Working Parent Blogger nomination. Vote Jungle.

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A lot of parents work.

Parenting takes a lot of work. A lot of parents deserve this award so I am going to struggle to create a post that both conveys my immense gratitude at being nominated and my pride and respect for every other working parent out there that has one foot in the playground and one in the office…Hats off to everyone else that heads off to work with porridge in their hair and Lego in their pockets.

I am late writing this post, actually I am in my pyjamas hastily typing from a sofa bed somewhere in Wimbledon desperately trying to find Wi-Fi (I am not a city girl). I took two days off work and left my son with the OH (for the first time) and came for a fleeting and rare friend visit in the big smoke.

It is good to take a break from juggling so many brightly coloured balls. Why is this relevant? I had a time-out because I have been struggling with being an at-work mummy recently so this nomination comes at a perfect time, it’s like a digital cuddle that says, you are doing ok. Actually you are frigging amazing and deserve a snickers.

I don’t talk a lot about my job on my blog, you won’t see me describing what I do..mainly because the nature of the role is sensitive, emotive and not easily paired with talking about Superhero’s and sleepless nights. Work is challenging and complex but rewarding. I like not wearing pyjamas for a while, my workmates do not wipe their noses on my sleeve. I don’t iron my jacket and often eat Kids munch bunch for lunch. My job is a part of me, like Leo is. I love both. I take pride and reward from my work, just as I do parenting. I went back when he was 8 months old, then a necessity as I was a single parent. It has not always been easy and somehow I squeezed a Masters in the middle. Mum’s are multitasking ninjas. I say this as I think some people perceive that when you become a parent you become less. It made me more, more determined, more hardworking, more efficient on less sleep. I have wept over articles where people debate mothers returning to work that suggest children are worse off for it.

I now work part time, flexible working, so get the best of both worlds. Or on gloomy days feel like I am getting a meagre grey sliver of both, never fully in one and striving for balance. After the school drop off its straight to work and after work its straight to school with a quick breath in the middle. I fight to overcome the guilt that all parents face but none deserve.  My own mother, a single parent worked hard and I fondly recall playing racehorses on her ergonomic desk chair when she took me in on sick days.

I know full time SAH parents and full time at the office with coffee parents.

We are all extraordinary.   

So yes, not a concise vote driven nomination post. I will work on my campaign strategy…give out biscuits or something…A shout out to all parents, a high five to working parents and a timid pat on the back to myself.

Vote for me if you like, I would be ridiculously flattered, but please vote in general to pay tribute (not hunger games style) to the kick ass people in these awards.

A Mum Track Mind

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  1. May 12, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Congratulations!!! Yes, working parents deserve a little bit of recognition as well. It is such a balancing act to juggle work and kids.

    • May 12, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Thank you lovely, I am not sure if voting is open yet, will give you a shout when I know 🙂 Not very practised at this nomination malarkey yet..can barely use WordPress…!xx

  2. May 12, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    You are wonderful Jade. As are all parents, like you say. I think these awards are a fab idea!

  3. Gillian Brewster
    May 13, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Congratulations. Hats of to all parents but working ones deserve a medal!!

  4. lozandthesprog
    May 15, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Congratulations! What a great awards idea! Good luck and you have my vote!x

    • May 15, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you lovely I think its a lovely way of celebrating working mummies..that or cake…xx

  5. May 15, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Congratulations! Also, lovely post.

  6. May 15, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Also, done voting for you 😉

    • May 15, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much for a lovely comment and for voting, I am honoured! x

  7. May 19, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Yes! love this – being a mother does make you more of everything not less. It has made me far more focused and driven in all aspects of my life, mainly because time becomes so precious and you have to make the most of every hour. I’m so glad you have linked up to our linky #fortheloveofBLOG so that I could discover your blog because I can really relate to so much of what you write about. You have my vote! x

  8. May 22, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    You got me I just voted for you….because I’m pretty sure that’s the only piece I’ve read on working mums that didn’t berate either working or sah parents. And I like your jokes 🙂 I’m a new blogger & I found your post through #fortheloveofBLOG

    • May 23, 2016 / 5:00 pm

      Hehe thank you I am very grateful for it, I think I can only berate other parents choices when I am perfect..and that will never happen..we all try and do our best for our children. Welcome to the blogging world!!!We are always around on Twitter for a chatter x

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