Day 7| Work:
My work life is split in to two unequal parts.
My prime role is as a stay-at-home-mum. My secondary role is as a part-time Office Manager for The Brainy One's company. It occupies just a few hours a week and the hours are flexible. I have an excellent boss.
An advert in The Lady for my work life might look something like this ...
required for family home in suburban London.
Duties to include cleaning (with additional outside help 2 hours a week), washing, ironing,
general housekeeping, child care (inclusive of AM & PM school runs, PTA and general school volunteer), dog walking, menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and any other duties as required.
Additional opportunity for part-time administration role in family business; hours to fit in with primary role.
Candidates must have experience in a similar situation,
have very high standards and an extraordinary eye for detail.
Should be a non-smoker and love children and animals.
7 days per week.
Holidays to be taken in conjunction with family.
Salary negligible, but rewards include limitless love, hugs and kisses.
Must have excellent references.
What do you think? Can't imagine many applications ...
As a child, I wanted to be a nurse, possibly influenced by the BBC series Angels from the 1970s. But as I got older, a distinct lack of understanding of the sciences and a realisation about just how poorly paid nurses were put me off that ambition. By my mid-teens I knew that I wanted to join the Royal Air Force. And I did just that, experiencing the most amazing things and meeting the most wonderful people along the way. I fell in to my second career by chance, thanks to The Lady magazine; in the late 1990s I became a Housemistress in a girl's boarding school. The hours were long and unsociable, but I loved it. I gave it up on marriage, as the two were sadly not compatible.
I like how my 'working' day pans out these days. Being organised helps, as does being happy with your own company. I love being at home. So much so, that I may never ever venture back in to the world of working outside the home ever again.