Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you a series of ’24 hours with’ where we profile some very inspirational women.
Our first inspirational woman is our very own Mamamia Contributor Bec Sparrow.
When we asked Bec to describe her family in a nutshell, she came up with, “My husband and I work as executive assistants/sherpas to our five-year-old, two-year-old and eight-month-old baby.”
And that is why we think Bec is a woman worth noting. Not only is she a great mum to her three kids and her writing really hits the spot, she also takes everything with a dash of humour.
So we sat down with Bec to find out how she manages her time as a full time mum who works from home without going a bit loopy. This is her 24 hours.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Dove. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
First thing in the morning
Forget alarms. Fin, two years old, often wakes at 5am! Good times! Not really. From 5am-8.30am, it is a kind of blur of nappies, school uniforms, hair being brushed and plaited, breakfast being made (usually porridge or scrambled eggs), sight words practiced, more nappies being changed and lunchboxes being packed and Fin trying to put porridge on our dog’s head (Chewie is now in witness protection somewhere in Darwin). And somewhere amongst all of this I attempt to have a shower. This does not always happen. If I can at least get out of my pj’s and brush my hair, I consider myself to be winning.
Post school drop off
I’m a WAHM (work at home mother) and there is NO start or end to my workday. There is just me scrambling around trying to stop the 325 plates I have spinning in the air from smashing on the floor. If I’m lucky, my babysitter Sarah comes over in the morning (after school drop off) to play with Fin and Quincy, eight-month-old baby, so I can work or, you know, hang out the washing without a toddler and baby hanging off me. Some days, not often, both Fin and Quincy are asleep at the same time (YIPPEE) and I’ll try and write a column or answer emails or work on a book. Or sometimes, I just completely squander this window of opportunity by sitting down and watching Dr Phil.