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A letter to ALL Mums

Uncategorized Feb 03, 2017

Dear Mum,

I need to start by telling you how amazing you are - yes you!

Whether you’re a stay at home mum, a career-committed mum, or a mum in business…it makes no difference in my eyes.

As mums we come in all different shapes and sizes, from different walks of life, of different nationalities, with different beliefs, faiths, ethnic origins and views of the world.

We are all on different journeys and choose to walk different paths often to the beat of a different drum.

And thank goodness we are all so different - wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we were all made from the same batch of dough and looked like identical cookie-cutter gingerbread-mums!

I know you’re different to me in so many ways, and I’m happy about that. Our differences should be celebrated, that’s what makes the world a rich and wonderful place to live.

We do however all have one thing, one very important thing, in common. We all want the best for our children, and we’re all doing the best we can.

That’s perhaps where the little voice in your head kicks in “am I doing the best I can?”

I know how easy it is to feel you’re not doing enough, that you should be doing more

I know how easy it is to look around you and compare yourself to others who seem to have it all so together, wondering if you’re doing the right thing, you’ve made the right choices and the right decisions.

And if you’re like the rest of us, most days you feel there are not enough hours in the day for all the constant juggling, tug of wars and plate spinning.

Stay at home mum
Career mum
Business mum

I’ve been all three at different points in my life

Each provides it’s own pleasures and, let’s be honest…pains too

Which lane are you in right now? Stay at home, Career or business?

Whichever it is, I want you to know that all three of these swim lanes are of equal importance, after all they’re just different swim lanes in the same universal pool of motherhood.

There is no right or wrong, only what is right for you at that time.

The most important freedom of choice for a mother is to be able to choose the swim lane that works for her, and to be able to change lanes if she wants to. I’ve actually dipped in out of different lanes at different stages, for different reasons and this has been the most precious gift to me as a mother.

The only time these swim lanes become a problem is when we are either stuck in a lane where we no longer want to be, or we’ve chosen the lane we really want but are struggling despite our efforts.

Sometimes we’re in our lane of choice, but it’s tough…

Career-committed mums who really want to lean in (thank you Cheryl Sandberg)and stick to the career they’re passionate about, but the conditions seem to be working against them, like they’re swimming against the current

Stay at home mums fighting against a rising cost of living and pressure to have to go out and get a job to keep paying the bills

Mums in business, talented, passionate, driven, yet struggling to get their business off the ground and turn it into the success they deserve

To all Mums, I take my hat off to you! Motherhood is not always an easy gig!

To the stay at home mums, I admire you. Unless you’ve been a stay at home mum, nobody can really understand just what a full time, never ending, 24/7, no paid leave, no sick pay, less than minimum wage job it is - but how priceless the rewards can be!

To the career-committed mums, often working tirelessly in male-dominated industries, in companies and organisations which are sadly still playing catch up with today’s modern world to create a working environment we really need if we’re really going to harness the true power of gender diversity in a sustainable way.

And finally, to the mum in business, who has taken the leap of faith to switch from her career lane or decided her time has come and plucked up the courage to move from the stay at home lane. Either way - welcome to the club!

We are all equal, we all have a role to play, we are all united in our love for our children, for who they will become and the world they and generations to come, will grow up in.

Let’s m`ake a pact…

To stick together…across all lanes

To not judge each other for the personal choices we make that are right for us

To support each other - inter-lane and at all stages of our journey

To remember that the grass is not greener on the other side

To remember that in the pool of life, all lanes are equal

Let’s not compare ourselves to each other

Let’s not judge each other

We strive to create a loving, supportive and nurturing environment for our children so that they can be happy, healthy, strong, confident, enjoy life, reach their full potential and succeed on their terms…how about we do the same for each other

Sending love,

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