You Know You’re A Working Mum (Or Dad) When…

1. You realise you’ve gone the entire day with a small Bob The Builder sticker attached to your shoulder.

2. The commute to and from the office feels like a proper treat. Actual time to sit and think. Or in my case, actual time to stand, crammed onto a train, up against a bunch of fellow commuters. But you get the idea.

3. Your child is sick and you have that “My working day is more important than your working day” conversation with your partner, where you mention all the very important meetings you must attend.

4. You give yourself a mental high five for getting through the working day, after only three hours sleep (thank God for double shot lattes).

5. You open your handbag to fish out your work ID badge and pull out a Peppa Pig book instead.

6. Five years ago, every Monday morning you’d swap stories with colleagues of an amazing Saturday night out at an edgy pub followed by the most epic hangover in front of Hollyoaks. Now, you swap stories of soft play and this really good tip  to get kids to sleep through the night that you’ve heard.

7. During an important meeting, you look down and spot a crusty, single Cheerio attached to your shoe. Do you ignore it, or draw attention to it by picking it off?

8. When pregnant colleagues say they’re looking forward to chilling out lots on maternity leave, you bite your tongue and smile sweetly (but inside you’re thinking “YOU’LL LEARN WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE!”)

9. You stand up from your desk and absent-mindedly tell colleagues that you’re “going for a wee wee”.

10. You realise you’ve been quietly humming the theme tune to Tree Fu Tom for the past ten minutes.


You Know You're A Working Mum Or Dad When...



  1. March 20, 2013 / 9:23 am

    …or when someone points out the snot trails on your shoulder!! *hangs head with shame*

    • notanothermummyblog
      March 20, 2013 / 12:46 pm

      Ha! Another very good one…

  2. March 20, 2013 / 11:56 am

    Ha ha, I love this. I think that I have experienced every point you make.

    I would like to add one if I may…

    A quick after work drink is considered a ‘night out’, even if you are home by 9pm.

    Sam x

    • notanothermummyblog
      March 20, 2013 / 12:46 pm

      YES! Also: I just read your recent blog post about nursery fees on bank holidays. I was *this* close to including that in my list. “You regularly have conversations about how unfair it seems that you have to pay for childcare even when your child is sick/on holiday/on a bank holiday.” The Bank Holiday thing is definitely the most galling though, when it’s not the parents’ choice to keep the child/children at home.

      • March 20, 2013 / 3:24 pm

        Yes yes and yes. I’m glad that I am not the only one rather frustrated about it. I can feel a strongly worded letter brewing!

  3. March 22, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Ah yes, number 9… I got picked up on that by a colleague once. I think I’ve just about managed to get away with the rest!

  4. becky
    April 1, 2013 / 6:57 am

    This is why I work form home and no one can see me unless its on skype and I angle the camera well to avoid the old PJs look. You are one of my tuesday treat recommended blogs this week for this fab posts

    • notanothermummyblog
      April 1, 2013 / 7:31 am

      Ah thank you Becky! 🙂

  5. April 13, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    Absolutely cracking post! I’m visiting from Baby Budgeting’s Tuesday Treats and I think it might be the first time I’ve visited your blog. Brilliant post, very accurate. The wee-wee one is very true of me this week in school.

  6. Becci Jones
    April 16, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    I’m always pulling a peppa pig toy or one of my little girls books out of my bag at work! And constantly singing Sarah and Duck or Numberjacks at my desk lol. Think another one is pulling baby wipes out of your bag at work An also my lunch hour (or 30mins) is my ‘me time’!
    Very true blog post!

    • notanothermummyblog
      April 16, 2013 / 8:24 pm

      Argh – Sarah & Duck is such an earworm, isn’t it?! My little one loves it and I’m always singing it at work.

  7. April 19, 2013 / 11:15 am

    Hahaha… I once went out with lots of dino stickers on my leg

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