Being a working mum has its rewards and its challenges. From racing about in the mornings, sorting school bags and lunches, to juggling pick up times, homeworks and the odd PTA meeting. All while holding down a full-time job in a busy airport – an environment which is 24/7 so there is no clocking off!
So, to celebrate International Women’s Day, some of our employees took some time out to meet with other working mums at Parenting NI’s Networking day.
Parenting NI showcased three speakers from different back grounds who all have taken different paths but all with something equally valuable to say.
Our PR and Marketing Manager, Deborah Harris attended the event and felt that it was beneficial to hear the views of other parents. Mrs Harris commented, “There is no magic solution to being a working mum. It’s all about organisation and prioritisation but more importantly letting go of that guilt that we as women feel every day, whether a mum or not.
“Being a working mother is important to me, work is very much part of who I am and I am proud of the road my career has taken. It shows my children the importance of working hard, being dedicated to something and that the money earned is used to pay bills and mortgages, or to go on holiday, buy clothes and put food on the table.
“But going forward I am going to take some better care of me. Self-care is so critical to keeping our minds and our bodies ready for the day ahead and that is so important for the workplace and for our families.”
Parenting NI Event Organiser, Lucy McCusker said, ‘I am delighted that we had so many working mums attending – coming together on International Women’s Day made this event so much more poignant. Parenting NI is committed to offering support to all working mum’s across NI and we are excited at the amount of employers who now recognise the importance of supporting working parents.’
A similar event for working dads, held at Ulster Rugby in October, was also very successful.