It's working for Paige Wolf, Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations & Author of Spit That Out
“Our 'Normal' is constantly changing. It’s gone from one baby plus a nanny to one baby and no nanny to two kids with one in school and one nanny to two kids, two different schools, no nanny! Every year is a new challenge but we make it work."
Sleep while you can.
I started working for myself extremely young – I was only 22 when I quit my first full-time job and stumbled into freelance PR work, which evolved into my own company. I worked for myself for about seven years before I became pregnant with my first child, and while I was spoiled with the luxury of working from home, I was terrified about how to keep running my company with a newborn. Maternity leave was not an option when my clients were paying for ongoing public relations campaigns and I was – and remain – a one-woman show! Before both births, I informed my clients that I would only be working “selectively and reactively” for the next month or so, and would not be charging them for that month. It wasn’t entirely fair to myself, but it was really the only solution I could think of.
Basically none. See #1.
With both children, I did a part-time nanny for about 18 months and then started full-time preschool.
Our “Normal” is constantly changing. It’s gone from one baby plus a nanny to one baby and no nanny to two kids with one in school and one nanny to two kids, two different schools, no nanny! Every year is a new challenge but we make it work.
Travel is vastly more difficult. And sometimes clients want to have meetings at the worst possible time as far as childcare logistics!
I have a very supportive husband. We share work and childcare pretty much equally.
As a working parent, a good day is when there are no major “wrenches” being thrown into the schedule, like a sick parent or child.
As a working parent, a bad day is when there are wrenches.