Have you ever looked at the lengthy school holiday dates and silently screamed in desperation?Have you gone part time yet are still doing a full-time workload?Have you ever been too afraid to ask about maternity benefits or flexible working?Do you constantly feel guilty about missing school events and secretly envious of other mums at the school gates who seem to be doing it all better than you?If any (or all) of the above rings true for you, you are NOT alone.While the demands of work are increasing with longer working hours and more pressure to remain ‘switched on’ to our phones and computers, the needs of our children and the world of school and childcare have stayed the same. Something has got to change before we all reach breaking point.The Mother of All Jobs brings together the wisdom of women who opened up about their experiences into a manifesto to help working parents thrive.
Mother of All Jobs: How To Have Children and A Career and Stay Sane(ish)
When Christine Armstrong became a mother, it never occurred to her that she would want to stop work or even work part-time. But the truth is, combining work and small kids is hard. From the broken breast pumps on business trips, to hiding chickenpox from the nursery, to the heartbreak when you come home and realise your baby smells of the childminder. When Christine Armstrong tried it, she found herself desolate with misery. Determined to make it work, she looked for answers by interviewing other working mums and found that she wasn’t alone. These are the stories of the women who shared everything (and we mean, everything) and what they want you to know.