Bear with me as I am sure you have heard that before, it is not a new or enlightened piece of advice. Really, it is one of the most common and thrown around phrases related to career decisions. However, in terms of being a working parent, it is crucial to ‘making it work’. If you aren’t loving what you do, if you aren’t getting up every day and heading to work knowing that you are doing something that you enjoy, something that brings out the best in you, that enables you to feel like a success than you are going to feel incredibly drained. Every little problem or hiccup that occurs during your day is going to feel a lot bigger.
They say do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life…I have never believed that more than I do right now! Find what you enjoy, what you love to do and throw yourself into it and as soon as you realise that you are excited to get up and face each day, it changes your entire outlook and all of a sudden that little person is seeing a parent that is positive, happy and loving life. Ideally, that would also rub off on them and maybe eliminate a tantrum or too.
It’s not that simple you say…well no, sometimes it isn’t. But for me, throwing myself into a job I really love certainly helped changed my situation. That, and always, always, ALWAYS…carrying emergency wet wipes.