Time alone

Time alone

When my kids were little I would crave time alone like a drug. Between family and work, it felt like every minute of every day was accounted for by service and I just wanted to hang out with me for a moment or two. Sometimes I would drive to the shops for milk and stay in the car park for a while, listening to music while life went on around me. ...

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Teach me how to work around my family

Teach me how to work around my family

'Teach me how to do something I'm rubbish at' is a series that encourages the clever clogs wearers of the world to show us less clever types how to do the things we've always wanted to do. These last school holidays made me more aware than ever that I cannot seem to do work and look after the kids at the same time. Thankfully, I know the delightful ...

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Gotta fight harder to have it all

You know what really gets me fired up about the whole backlash against the 'have it all' promise? (Read these articles here and here if you are curious why I'm launching this grenade again). The thing that really, really fires me up is the fact that no one ever questions why it's perfectly okay for a job to take up your entire life in the ...

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The shoeless cobbler

I used to make jokes about the fact that I was like the cobbler's wife who had no shoes. Married to a banker with no budget and no financial plan to speak of.Now I'm the cobbler I have a new understanding.Ever since I started my wonderful new job as the editor of Kidspot's Village Voices (do come visit if you haven't already!), I have been blogging ...

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Cleaning wish list

I'm considering getting a cleaner. I had a cleaner for 1 week back in 2005. LOML gave me a cleaner for my birthday when I was 7 months pregnant with Cappers, Maxi was 11 months old and I was working 3 days a week. I thought I couldn't possibly find time to clean the house with that sort of workload, little knowing that just 1 and a half years later ...

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Unlocking the cage

I know the thought of working outside the home terrifies some mothers, but the thought of not working terrifies me more.I've had a job of one kind or another since I was 13 years old and working for someone defines me in so many ways. After twenty years, the rhythm and jolt of corporate life is as much a part of me as anything else. I may ...

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Work / life integration

My life as a 'working mother' is not something that I talk about half as much as I'd like on my blog. Naturally it comes up from time to time, but to give it the same amount of focus that it has in my real life, well... I think my corporate job would bore the pants of half of you and make the other half cringe at my 'working for the man' status. ...

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Putting those balls down

No, this isn't a man-hating post (har, har, I crack myself up... I hope you read my title, otherwise I'll just be looking like a total nutter right about now... maybe still?) ANYWAY.No, this is a post about putting down the 'juggling balls' of motherhood. I hate to tell you this, but I'm SO sick of that expression that I just want to scream. The ...

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That entrepreneurial thing you do

A little part of me has always wanted to open my own business. Doing what, I'm not exactly sure, but maybe a children's party service, maybe a cafe (not just a virtual one!), maybe really throw it all in and open some kind of gardening business. There's a romance in doing your own thing that really appeals to me; a great satisfaction in ...

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Should more women be working full-time?

I've gotta stop reading the Sydney Morning Herald... or at, the very least, LOML has to stop sending me such thought-provoking articles. Monday it was the redhead thing, yesterday it was the women working part-time thing. Goodbye 'light hearted, easy on the eye' post, heeeeellllo 'WTF?' post.The article proposes that because more Australian ...

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