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Being a mum is one of the hardest jobs you can do, and us mums need all the support we can get to stay whole and keep a sense of self in amongst the craziness of family life.

Mums That Can provides useful information relevant for women in their local and surrounding areas.

We aim to help you answer all those questions floating around in your head: where is the children's centre? What groups can I visit with my child today? How am I going to fill up my day without the CBeebies repeats? Am I ever going to have a life again?

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A day in the life of a stressed local mum by Karen Denmark

Early morning and alarm time again!

The nights are never long enough to prepare me to face the world again.

Enjoy an early morning snuggle with daughter no 2 for 10 minutes or so before we need to get up.  When I get down stairs I discover that the messy elves have visited overnight again – I’m sure it wasn’t this untidy when I went to bed last night!

A quick whip around and then I rush off to make breakfast.  Eating breakfast whilst catching up on emails before heading out into the world.  Before I know it, time has slipped away again and it is a mad dash to get out of the door on time.  On a good day we will get to school with time to spare, on a bad day the bell has already gone and daughter no 2 is one of the last to get into class.

Rush home and then the extra long commute to work.  Ok, it is only 4 miles really and never any traffic problems until I get about 100 yards from the office.  Sometimes that last 100 yards can take longer than the rest of the journey.  One advantage of running late is that I miss the traffic – thank goodness for flexi time.

An average day will see me running the gauntlet of meeting after meeting around dealing with complaints and dealing with my lovely team.  I love them all but they all bring individual challenges to my day.  On a very good day I actually get to do some of my own work!  How on earth I manage to meet my deadlines whilst juggling being a team leader, having so many meetings including those spontaneous “we must have this discussion now” type meetings that my boss loves so much I will never know.

If I’m lucky I will get a lunch break and on a very lucky day I will get to meet daughter no 1 and the grandchildren for lunch.  An interesting challenge sometimes balancing the needs of a 6 year old and a 21 year old with two young children of her own.  Sometimes there is a panicked cry of “I need help mum” and a mercy dash across town, especially in the evenings.

When it gets to 5pm I realise that I have half an hour left to do my work in, quite often the first time that day I actually manage to do something of my own.  After what feels like 5 minutes I discover that the clock has been on fast forward and it is 5.30pm and I need to leave NOW!  Cue somebody with something urgent to ask me.  No, no, no – you have had all day and I need to go home!  Ten minutes later and I can finally get out of the door.

The next challenge is to access the 6 year old who is in after school club.  Should be easy you say.  Yes, well.  Ring the bell.  Nothing.  Get the phone and try and find a signal to ring the staff.  No answer.  Lose the signal so walk around again until I get a signal again.  Try ringing again, and again.  Eventually get through and somebody comes down to give me my child back again.

A nice random chat on the way home which usually results in my daughter confessing she can’t remember a thing she has done all day!  On getting home daughter no 2 starts to demolish the entire contents of the fridge before she has to go to bed and I get on with cooking the dinner, or collapsing in a chair as hubby does the deed for the evening.  Then shower and bedtime, my favourite time of the day when my daughter and I have a cuddle and read books together.

Dinner, relaxing in front of the TV and then bedtime.

Hopefully those messy elves won’t put in an appearance again tonight.

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