Posted on May 26, 2015 by Melanie Brown
It’s half term and I have 3 excited and overly active children around me. I have to come up with ideas of what to do as they get bored very quickly. But do you know what? I don’t really mind. I actually enjoy it.
Thankfully I have created a life that allows me to work from home and look after them. Gone are the days when I have to battle with work colleagues to apply for time off over the school period. Have you ever had that experience? There’s about 10 of you or it could be more, (and I’m not exaggerating), who all want the school holiday period off to look after their children.
Obviously it would put my employer in a difficult position because they needed someone to cover the office or appointments and some people were definitely not going to be happy with the decision. However, I don’t have to worry about those days.
I was fortunate enough to create a life which means that I can work from home enjoying what I do and not having to worry if the school telephones me to say that my children are ill and need picking up. I used to fret terribly when this happened because I sensed the “evil glares” from colleagues who felt that they had been put upon to take over my work as well as dealing with their own. I have to say that I felt as if I had let them done. That’s why I thought that something had to give so that I could be fair to all those around me, and in particular to my children, who were seeing less and less of me.
It was difficult to start with. When you have been working in a high adrenaline environment and then have to slow down, it can be quite a shock. However, I started to create an enjoyable world which fits around my lovely family and my new choice of work, and do you know something? I don’t have one regret!