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You know you are a working mum when

Sticky work phones and dried food on your clothes are all signs you're a working mum. See more here.

To get through life intact, the thing working mums really need is a good sense of humour. Here’s a guide to the highs and lows of juggling work and kids.

You know you’re a working mum when you start the day scraping snot off your shoulder, peeling stickers off your iPhone and rapidly applying make-up in the toilets at work. And the best coping mechanism of all is to laugh. So here we look at the tell-tell signs you’re officially a high-functioning working mum...

At a glance

  • There are a lot of good points about being a working mum
  • There are some downsides too but not quite as many
  • Your organisational skills will be the key to thriving as a working mum
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The good signs

  • You stagger into work looking forward to a 'sit down'
  • You remember that long forgotten essential – your brain!
  • You get your career back on track
  • Conversations aren’t stopped dead by a leaky nappy, spilt drink or just waaaaaahhh!
  • You suddenly have lots and lots of different things to talk about 
  • You savour your coffee while it's still hot
  • Your iPod fills with new music, not just those relentless nursery rhymes
  • Lunch is sushi – not leftovers
  • Your commute is precious ‘me time’ – to read a book, text friends or gaze out the window
  • People ask about you, not just your kids...
  • You get a lunch hour – to get fit, go shopping, see friends...
  • You say things once – not seventeen times!
  • Black is back – your clothes are safe from food and snot 
  • Jewellery makes an appearance –even those lovely dangly earrings
  • You’re bringing in money again
  • Chances are you’re reclaiming your sense of identity
  • You get recognition and praise for what you do!
  • You race home because you’re bursting with excitement about seeing your kids
  • You cherish time off with them and make it seriously fun
  • You don’t have to watch in the night garden every day.

The not-so-good signs

  • Getting to work on time takes military precision, begging and bribes
  • You spend hours trying to understand how childcare tax vouchers work
  • You lay out every last item the night before - clothes, bags and breakfast
  • You walk into work scratching dried food off your shoulders
  • Your iPhone is covered in Dora stickers and your handbag’s rammed with raisins
  • Impromptu drinks after work are a thing of a past
  • You’re surgically connected to your mobile phone in case the nursery calls
  • You’re a champion juggler, queen of multi-tasking and your mind is always fit to burst with things to remember
  • Nothing scares you more than a late pick up at nursery
  • When you get to work you feel like you're half way through the day.

The key to survival

Whether you’re working full-time or part-time, practising law or teaching in a school, the key to survival is finding childcare  you’re happy with, and striking a good work-life balance  so you stay sane, keep your job and enjoy your kids all at the same time!

Care to share? To find other working mums, visit the Bounty Community.

At a glance

  • There are a lot of good points about being a working mum
  • There are some downsides too but not quite as many
  • Your organisational skills will be the key to thriving as a working mum
You remember that long forgotten essential – your brain

You know you are a working mum when