Meet Jancee, a writer. She has written all sorts of marvellous stuff and has a daughter, aged 8.
Meet WoMo Stephanie. She runs her own recruitment business dedicated to career returners and those reigniting their careers. They specifically focus on working with businesses who are open to attracting back talent that is returning from a career break and with businesses who have a strong culture on embracing diversity and difference. They also provide coaching services to their returners to ensure that they are fully supported in their transition. And finally, they run specific Return to Work programmes for corporates who want to run a returner programme but don’t have the resourcing capacity to run it themselves.
Stephanie has two children, a girl who is 9 and a son who is 6. She says "fortunately (unfortunately some days!?) they are super active children, so in the holidays they are very happy to pack the lunch box and head off to sports camps, play camps, craft camp, or whatever is on offer in our village! On the odd occasion where we are stuck we will call Grandma and Grandpa!"
I know there are some variations on half-term or Spring break if you are reading this in the US, but regardless of the holiday label, it’s a challenging time for the WoMo with big kids. With a baby, typically you will have a childcare schedule in place almost 52 weeks a year. When the big kids are at school a whole new set of logistics begins.
There are kids clubs, and holiday camps and there are temporary nannies and family help (if you are lucky enough to have it), but how do you make it all work?
I’ve had some brilliant suggestions from fellow WoMos over the last few weeks, so here they are...
Last week was a really tough week. One of those weeks when you think I just can’t do this anymore. The purpose of WoMo Network isn’t to say you can ‘have it all’ and it is all easy, it is to find a shared resource so that whether you are having a good week or a bad week, you have somewhere to find support.