20 March 2012

Four Day Week

I've gone from freelancing to a four-day-week full-time job.

In my line of work, where the pace is known to be frenetic, it's sounds almost too good to be true. 

Well, we'll see how it pans out. 

If it works, I'll get the best of both worlds. Steady income for the work which I love doing, and extra time for myself and/or the kids. After all, who hasn't dreamed of working 4 days a week (albeit for lesser pay)? To me, as a mom, it is just right. Enough to give me a sense that I still have somewhat of a career, and not to the point where I feel like I'm shortchanging my kids.

I guess it's a step in the direction of that elusive 'Balance' we all try so hard to achieve.

Of course, it's going to get tough when the kids are sick. But hopefully, given the more flexible working style of a small company, I'll find a way around it (like work from home at times). It's a real plus too, that the office is a 15-minute drive from home.

To be honest, I never thought this day would come. When I quit and became a stay-home mom to care for Vera, I really thought I'd left my career behind for good. And then when Daen came along, adland became even more of a faraway land. 

Three years on, with a good help who loves Vera, and a good childcare for Daen, I can firmly and finally step back into the workforce.

I've always thought I'd make a better mom if I'm working. I've learnt that not every woman is cut out for the extremely trying, no-let-up job of a stay-home mom. Sometimes I think it's a shame, that as modern women, taught since young to focus on our education and careers, we no longer see ourselves as existing simply to birth and mother our children, as how it was a few generations ago.