When Alex was born, it took a while for me to become – and to accept – this new version of myself. The dual personalities of Rachel and Mummy. And the crucial commodity in all of it has been time.
Fifteen years after completing her PhD in marine science, Rachael Peart found her perfect role. The catch? It involved moving her family from New South Wales to New Zealand. Rachael talks about making the hop across the ditch, how her family have adjusted to life in Wellington and why a job with NIWA was too good an opportunity to miss.
Ever notice how normal things can sometimes be the most overwhelming? There's nothing unusual about a toddler going to nursery. Except now it's my toddler. And it's her very first day.
Have you ever watched Toast of London? There’s this one scene where the main character Toast and his acting troupe are warming up for rehearsals, led by the eccentric director of their play. They’re standing in a circle, gyrating to the intro to Hooked on a Feeling. That’s me a year ago.
We're celebrating ten years together. And is an anniversary really an anniversary if you don't write your partner an open letter on the internet?
We’re sitting on this hill when Alex starts smiling at a couple walking past. The woman smiles back. The man takes a couple of steps towards us, bending down to say something to Alex I reckon. Except he pauses for a second longer than I expect and then speaks to me instead.
When it comes to flexible working, opportunities can sometimes feel few and far between. There’s all too often tension between employers and employees, with new parents in particular feeling torn between their careers and their families. But what about when it goes well? Wellington-based lawyer Louisa Gommans has a flexible working good news story – and it all began with a single conversation.
Since leaving music school a decade ago, musician and photographer Hayden Hockly has worked a flexible week – which came in pretty handy when his son Ambrose was born. He talks about working from home, launching his photography business and fitting work around parenting and family life.
Matthew Berry is a software engineer in Wellington. He’s also Mr Fern & Rose and dad to our daughter Alexandra. He talked to me about the flexibility his work offers, feeling like my support team in the Tour de France of parenting, and what he thinks of my mum skills. It’s fair to say he thought this might be a trap of some kind; he was a little nervous at the start of our conversation …
‘I need coffee’: the anthem of the sleep-deprived parent. Abbie McKoy, co-founder of Wellington-based company For Mums, knows the feeling – and her Coolest Little Coupon Book makes it a bit easier to get that caffeine hit. She talks about launching the business, getting back to her day-job and connecting with her family in the USA.