Five Reasons I know I’m a Working Mum

Feeding my list addiction, treat Kate does it again this week with her inspired ‘5 reasons I know I’m a …. (fill in the blank).

Here’s my contribution with my five reasons why I know I’m a working mother.

1. Colleagues who travel from London to the Edinburgh office where I’m based arrive in the office before me in the morning, salve and I’ve only had to do the school run before getting there. I’ve usually been up earlier than them too.

2. I get funny looks when I rush out of the office calling ‘have a lovely evening’ and it’s only half past two.

3. I answer our home phone with  the greeting ‘Julie-Ann Murphy speaking.’ My mother has been known to hang up and ring back when I’ve done this, thinking she has a wrong number.

4. The contents of my handbag cover a broad spectrum – baby wipes, tissues, emergency raisins (kids), emergency chocolate (me), pre-reading papers for a weeks worth of meetings, six biros, a pack of post-its, teabags, school fete flyers, permission slips for school trips, calpol sachets, loyalty cards for the local soft play. It truly is my Mary Poppins bag.

5. Colleagues recognise the voice of the nursery manager if they pick up my calls on my behalf whilst I’m in meetings. And they can usually assess by the tone of her voice whether I need to leave immediately to pick up my sick child or whether they are just calling to give me advance warning that he bopped another child on the head with a plastic dinosaur.



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  1. chuckling at all of those! Especially the call from nursery! In our case its usually the bopped on the head call. xx

  2. Super Mummy says:

    Oh us too Emma! Or ‘another child bit yours on the cheek/threw his lunch at his head/tripped him up’. Would hate to be in charge of their risk assessments!

    Thanks for popping in. X

  3. This sounds pretty much like me. Always running late, bag full of everything and pretty much holding it all down. x

  4. Super Mummy says:

    And that’s a key point Susan, isn’t it- we’re STILL managing to hold it all down. There’s skill in there, it’s not just luck! X

  5. I found a pair of scratch mitts in my handbag last time I went out drinking, Never know when these things will come in handy! I think part of being a mum is being prepared for every eventuality no matter how unlikely! I am more likely to forget the baby than forget the wipes!

  6. Super Mummy says:

    Oh Bex that made me laugh! Agree though, being prepared for any and every evantuality is good practice. And in my experience, there is no evantuality that’s arisen that baby wipes have not been invaluable in!
    J x

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