Office Mum stories – Rachael Schedewy

Rachael Schedewy Office Mum

“I sometimes look longingly at the mothers I can see from my office window, taking their kids for a walk to the park… sometimes I even tear up at my desk thinking about what I am missing out”  This week’s interview comes from the other side of the world - Rachael Schedewy is a 28 year ...

The impossible economy of childcare

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I remember the first time my Laser card was rejected. It was 2010, and I was just back at work after my second maternity leave. I was trying to buy some groceries, and couldn’t understand why my card wouldn’t go through. I checked my balance. Forty-three cents. Mid-way through the month. It took a few hours for it all to sink ...

The 7 Lessons This Working Mother is Trying to Teach

Her Family Lessons Office Mum Andrea Mara

I'm guilty of feeling guilty. Too much. Worrying about the time I spend away from the kids. Worrying that because both of us work, they're missing out. Worrying that I'll regret it all some day. I know that I have to work for the income, but I also know that I like working. Which of course just adds to the guilt. While ...

Office Mum stories – Nicola Sheehan

Nicola Sheehan Office Mum

“I knew that our wages would not cover a second child in crèche so I saved enough money to pay the second child’s crèche fees, for the 9 months until my older daughter starts the free preschool year this September. I’m hoping by then the burden might ease off a bit. It’s not easy, but I ...

Office Mum stories – Lucy Kennedy

Lucy Kennedy interview Office Mum

“I usually collapse in my pyjamas by 8.30pm… I flake out on front of the TV, watching soaps…taking off my make-up and putting Sudocrem on my spots.” This week’s interview is with Lucy Kennedy; TV presenter on The 7 o’ Clock Show and mother of two. She talks about childcare, trying to do everything, working mother ...

The Slow-it-Down Day

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Walking back to the car after the school run, I called to Sam to hurry up, then caught myself, realising that for once, there was no reason to hurry. It was 9am. We had just dropped Clara and Emmie to school. And both were invited on playdates after school – both being collected by other mums. ...

Gender Quotas – Problem or Solution?

Gender Quotas Office Mum

Gender quotas – a progressive approach to equal opportunity, or unfair and ultimately counter-productive? I desperately want to believe that gender quotas are a good idea. Women, particularly women who are mothers, miss out on career opportunities, and if there’s a fix for that, I’m in. But with gender quotas, I’m still on the fence. So I've done some ...

Office Mum stories – Bridget Farrell

Bridget Farrell

“I tip-toe out of the house every morning when our daughter is asleep and feel sad that I'm not there when she wakes up” The first interview of the new year is with Bridget Farrell, who is married to Ray, and lives in Tullamore. They both work outside the home and have a two and a ...

The need to be needed

Office Mum: telephone

A good friend told me last week that she's changing jobs - moving from a chilled-out project role back into the mayhem of daily operations. This is the reverse of what she wanted when going back to work after her second baby was born three years ago - in fact for many working mothers, chilled-out project roles ...