Sometimes it’s isolating
Being a mum can at times be incredibly lonely and daunting – transitioning from your old life and figuring out your self-identity again as well as adapting to each phase as your kid(s) grow up brings constant challenges. If you work from home, when exactly do you have a chance to socialise with other adults?
I returned to work when my son Leo was 7 months old. I had previously been working from home for just over 3 years for Skype and returned to the same role. For me, it was the right thing to do, but I did just feel a bit crazy being at home alone, and also not hugely productive as I’d inevitably get distracted with household chores. Before I knew it, it was time to pick up Leo again and I’d end up opening my laptop again after he went to bed to try to get more done.
Why I started Mumming
I decided to start something that would bring together local work-from-home mums using venues that are typically not busy at the times and days we would want to be working (weekday mornings). Think gastro-pubs, nice boutique hotels, swish cafes… I have a lot of experience in connecting people having worked for Skype and in digital marketing for over 15 years (how did that happen?!)
I found that the mums who were interested in this were typically looking for something a bit different- they were starting their own business and didn’t want to commit to rigid childcare the exact same days and times every week. They just wanted a few hours of focus time, with their little ones taken care of, then be able to carry on the rest of the day together with them. That’s when I started running the Mumming pop-up creche which operates in the same building, in a separate room.