I met a woman recently who when I asked her what she did for a living she responded…
“I chose motherhood as a career.”
This grabbed my interest like a half price sale at John Lewis.
I have never seen motherhood as a career…occasionally I have seen it as a job with little recognition, crap pay, poor hours and no healthcare. On particularly sunny days when positioned in a beer garden with a G&T in hand watching my offspring play I have considered motherhood a blessing. When absent from my kids I think there is no better life that being a mum; but I have to be honest on some days when my nerves have been pushed to breaking I have seen motherhood as a jail sentence with no parole.
But a career?
Then I started to panic, is there a contract I missed where motherhood can be opted into as a career. Did I forget to sign something when ‘coming down’ from the effects of an epidural? Was it only offered to women who struggled through on gas and air and tore from arse to fanny?
If I can be a career mother do I then have a boss? If so who is she? Is she God? Or is it Mother Nature?
If it is a career can I push myself, rise through the ranks and employ a trainee mother to do the shite I don’t want to do? Namely nappies that reek like land fills, school runs in the rain and childbirth!
If you can choose this as a career can I take a sabbatical? I only want two weeks a year to sit on a beach alone without some nineteen year old student bellowing down a microphone telling me the family pool tournament is about to begin following a package holiday rendition of Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini…
Can I work flexi hours? Ideal for me would be weekdays between nine and five, I would expect overtime rates to be paid outside of that at least at double pay.
Can I bring a grievance? I can’t even begin to detail that list…
Surely if I can transfer to being a career mum I must be already at board level, what with three kids? Or do you have to join the PTA to enhance your CV to achieve promotion?
Can you choose motherhood as a career? And if so does anyone know the pay?