Meet Beck. Beck is The Rambling Mummy and here she talks about the benefits and challenges of being a full-time working mother to two gorgeous children.
Introduce yourself Hi I’m Beck. I’m a 26 year old working Mum.
Introduce your family I’m married to Ryan. I met Ryan when I was nineteen, it was very much love at first sight. Since we met we are lucky to have spent a weekend apart from each other. We have two beautiful kids, Campbell who is two and a half, and Charli who is seven months.
You're a full time working mother. What motivated you to return to work full-time? Money! We have bills coming in left right and centre. I could have stayed at home a bit longer but we wanted to be able to give our children the best. I don’t want them to miss out on something they need because we can’t afford it.
How have your family benefited from your decision to work full-time? We have been able to do so much more together. We make a real effort to do a family activity every month, like going to the zoo, or a weekend getaway.
What have been some of the challenges? Everyday has a challenge. It may be trying to get the house tidied, dinner cooked and spending time together or it could be my little melt down because I miss the kids!
What things would make your life easier, trying to balance full time work and family? Working together with hubby helps a LOT. We are very much a team with the kids. We get an hour and a half with the kids before bed time during the week so we plan a lot on the weekends so that week nights are easier. We cook a lot of bulk meals so all we need to do is heat and eat during the week. Also my slow cooker has been put in to over drive. We use it about 4 times a week now. We have also recently purchased a dishwasher and I can’t wait for it to arrive! A good chunk of our time in spent cleaning, hopefully this will give us more time with the kids.
What have been other people's reaction to your choice to return to work full-time? I’ve copped a lot of negative comments for returning to work. Mostly other mums with the comment “how can you leave your children”. It really upset me at first, I wanted to be with my babies more than anything but it was going to get to the point of not being able to put food on the table. As a family we decided it was the best option. I try not to let all the comments bother me anymore, we did what was best for OUR family.
You're a fabulous blogger, tell us about your blog and what motivated you to start? I originally started blogging as a way to keep in contact with a friend that had moved to Queensland. It then turned into a way for me to document Campbell’s life and now it is my little place to share my story with others. The Rambling Mummy is my place to vent, cry, laugh and remember every little moment.
Where can people find your fabulous blog? The Rambling Mummy can be found here and also on Facebook.