As I get his shiny new uniform ready for Year One, it dawns on me that my son and I somehow managed to survive Reception.
This time last year, I remember the overwhelming feeling of anxiety. For him in terms of how he would settle and for me as to how I would manage to juggle everything with work. What happened if he cried everyday? How would I manage if he was struck down with a virus? And what are inset days? More childcare to worry about! Not to mention summer holidays, 6 weeks off? ... Brain explodes!
These were some of the small issues that would keep me awake at night while I could hear my husband happily snoring away....
The good news is that my son and I survived his first year at school and loved every minute (mostly!). So to help those working parents entering this new phase of life, here are some of my top tips.
Above all, the most important factor I always come back to is having a supportive boss and employer. Its a non-negotiable if you want to survive the journey.
I'm really lucky to have been with Morgan McKinley for nearly 10 years. During that time I've had four roles and two children. I still absolutely love getting out of bed everyday to work here, and feel very fortunate to work in a supportive environment where I’m able to manage work / life blend whilst having the opportunity to progress and deliver L&D initiatives for the business globally. In return I’m flexible to ensure deadlines are met, I still deliver a high standard and I ensure I maximise my time effectively (fitting in the odd fancy dress costume making session along the way!).
I hope you found this helpful, good luck and above all enjoy!