For most women when they have a baby the thought of caring for their newborn is their priority and for some this feeling doesn’t change as their child grows.
Returning to work and leaving their child seems unthinkable. Their focus becomes more insular and their world revolves around their new family. They may have enjoyed their career before but it wasn’t something they felt completely passionate or aligned with.
For other women returning to work is a challenge but something they definitely aspire to do. They think bigger, are concerned about global changes and want their work to have an impact and play their part in making the world a better place for their child. They love their work and feel fulfilled doing it, so in many ways feel they show up as a better mother during the times they dedicate to this. It’s not an either/or. They love both and are committed to both.
Neither is right or wrong – it’s a very personal choice and there are many other variables to consider which come into the mix.
I am on a mission to help London’s big businesses truly understand the real changes that take place during pregnancy with a particular focus on the pregnancy mind of their senior level women – many of whom want to work but need it to work for them and deliver in different ways to pre-baby.
I am in the process of planning a trip in the early Autumn to the U.S and Dubai to look at how women in these two major commercial cities are balancing corporate life with children and talking to my international clientele about what are the norms in their home town to further research this area.
This current online event Blending Business, Babies and Beaches offers another persecutive. A panel of “successful international business owning mums who value freedom of time, location and expression in their business and life” and are making work, work for them. These are smart, successful women who stepped out of the corporate structure and are living a life that supports and integrates their desires for a fulfilling and financially rewarding career and be able to care for their children in the way they wish to, with travel and adventure thrown into the mix.
Something that was mentioned last week in one of my Bumps and the Boardroom conversations was that many women want to work – but they want to do it in a way that works for them. Their family’s needs are far more of a priority than those of their single self and corporations need to provide flexibility and understanding to meet more of those needs and keep their value and expertise in the workplace.
Blending business and babies is the new black, and whilst they are women after my own heart regarding long white beaches and a passion for travel, I know many women love the support and structure of a Corporation or SME and being part of a bigger team.
In life we need a blend of styles, strengths and desires. If we all ran off to the sea and relied on IT to support our flexible businesses the beaches would be crowded and the broadband stretched. I am imploring business movers and shakers to get behind Bumps and the Boardroom and support their valuable talent before it jumps ship and sails off into the sunset – but if this is your heart’s desire, let these women be your guide.
Let me know what you think?
Does travelling, living abroad and building your own business excite you or would you just like your business to understand you and your needs during the transition to motherhood more?