Jump to content

Working Mum - up to 15hrs p/w


  • Please log in to reply
35 replies to this topic

#1 BeYOUtiful

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

Do you consider someone a working Mum if they work up to 15hrs per week (averaging 12hrs)?

Someone mentioned in conversation the other day along the lines of me not really being a working Mum.
They then backpeddled and said the way they said it didn't come out right.
Either way I wasn't really offended, however would still consider myself a working Mum??



#2 B-B-M

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:48 PM

How odd. Yes i'd say you were a "working mum". You have kids - you're a mum. You have a job - you're working.

Some people are weird.

#3 msro82

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

Some people are weird!

I work 32hrs per week, but I am no where near full time apparently! I am only 6 he's short of full time.....

#4 Natttmumm

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

Yes for sure.
You work part time

#5 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

Unless you a working more than 15 hrs a week, you don't meet the work requirements for Centrelink to receive Child Care Benefit.

Which absolutely sucks when get offered 2 days a week work, when the work day is a standard 7 1/4 hrs.  Yep. Half an hour short of qualifying.

#6 TillyTake2

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I guess there are "grades" to an extent (at least in my mind). I work one day a week, 8hrs. I personally don't really consider myself a working mum. I don't find I have to juggle things the way I imagine a "working mum" does so I guess that's why I feel that way. My life is much more in line with a sahm than a working mum when I compare to my friends on both sides. I don't really mind either way, but now that I think about it I kind of see the point.

#7 BeYOUtiful

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:20 PM

Yep, that's why I asked.  original.gif
I first went back to work when he was 7.5mths - 2 days per week (16hrs).
I left home at 6.30am and home at 6.00pm.

Now that I am home until 3.30pm (and usually home from work on average 8.30pm) I notice differing comments - from my partner and the other day our hairdresser.
It sure beats all the travel I did before (3hrs a day) and they are great hours.  3hrs a night but most nights end up with 1hr OT sometimes more.
Next week for example I am rostered on Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat/Sun.  So it feels like I am working more because it is spread out over more days.

Anyhow was just curious.

#8 FeralPerthFembo

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

It would probably depend on the context of the conversation.

When I read the term "working mums" in articles I usually assume they are talking about women working 3 or more days per week as we usually talk about "working mum"s in terms of the struggles they face unique to their situation which I don't think parents working significantly less hours tend to have.

When I was working two days a week I identified a lot more with SAHP's than working parents as I didnt have the same stresses every single day about juggling the house, work and drop/off pick up committments that I do as a full timer.

In the reverse situation if I read an article about SAHM's in my head that includes those who work 1-2 days per week as they are home the majority of their week.

ETA: I think I tend to look at it as how many days a week rather than how many hours. So if you work 10 hours but its all in one day I'd be leaning towards not calling them a working mum. If they work 10 hours over 4 or 5 days a week I'd probably think of them more of a working mum

Edited by JBaby, 06 February 2013 - 03:34 PM.


#9 WibbleWobble

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

QUOTE (Alacritous~Andy @ 06/02/2013, 04:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unless you a working more than 15 hrs a week, you don't meet the work requirements for Centrelink to receive Child Care Benefit.

Which absolutely sucks when get offered 2 days a week work, when the work day is a standard 7 1/4 hrs.  Yep. Half an hour short of qualifying.


You should still be entitled to 24hrs of child care benefit as long as you are using approved care. Working more than 15 hrs entitles you up to 50hrs, which is what you would miss out on by half an hour.

As to the OP, I work 15hrs a week and consider myself a part time working mum. Given my work involves me being away two days a week DH and I still have to juggle to make things work.

Edited by WibbleWobble, 06 February 2013 - 03:40 PM.


#10 niggles

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

I work a 19 hour week and have always thought of myself as a part time working mother, when I need a box anyway.

#11 BeYOUtiful

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

Yes I think I am more on the spectrum of SAHM.
Although i think i preferred 2 full days done and dusted as opposed to higgildey piggeldey hours spread out over 5 days.
But we don't need childcare so a huge bonus.





#12 SUSIE25

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

I work full time. But i only get paid for the part time hours I am officially employed for. The rest is unpaid . i dont clock off once I get home  wink.gif

If you arent a working mum, what are you?

#13 BronR

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

I work 3 days per week (or 21 hours).

If someone asks me if I am a working Mum I answer that I work part time.

When I hear or read about "working Mums" I tend to assume full time work, I guess because I see full time working Mums have different struggles to me. But I certainly "work" so technically I am a working Mum.  biggrin.gif



#14 BeYOUtiful

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

QUOTE
I work full time. But i only get paid for the part time hours I am officially employed for

Aint that the truth.  I get home, scoff dinner and most nights have to get my son to bed or out of bed with his dad and in to his bed - when he sometimes wakes.  Then do the dishes and the midnight wake ups of late.


Yep PP I say part time too.  It was the not a working Mum comment that made me think.  Perhaps she meant not full time.

#15 Missy Shelby

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

Absolutely, I think if you get paid then you are a working mum.

I don't think it really matters if you work 10, 12, 22 or 38 hours per week, working is working.

#16 Julie3Girls

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

QUOTE
Unless you a working more than 15 hrs a week, you don't meet the work requirements for Centrelink to receive Child Care Benefit.

Which absolutely sucks when get offered 2 days a week work, when the work day is a standard 7 1/4 hrs. Yep. Half an hour short of qualifying.

Everyone gets 24hrs of CCB, regardless of working status.
And the 50% rebate only requires you to be working/training/studying, no minimum hours, so you would qualify for it as well.

To me, part-time work is the ideal situation original.gif Best of both worlds. I work school hours 3 days a week. As far as my girls are concerned, I'm a sahm, because I'm always home when they are. And I get the benefits of working as well.

#17 tibs

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

QUOTE (Julie3Girls @ 06/02/2013, 05:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Everyone gets 24hrs of CCB, regardless of working status.
And the 50% rebate only requires you to be working/training/studying, no minimum hours, so you would qualify for it as well.

To me, part-time work is the ideal situation original.gif Best of both worlds. I work school hours 3 days a week. As far as my girls are concerned, I'm a sahm, because I'm always home when they are. And I get the benefits of working as well.


My kids do preschool where there is a work study test for the (meagre) CCB that they pay.  When I was working I worked 2 full days a week but the official work hours were 7 hours a day so I didn't meet the work study test.  And of course there is no CCR for preschools so lose out there too.

#18 strawberrycakes

Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

I work 4 hours a day 5 days a week, I consider myself to be a working mother but have had quite a few people scoff at me & say that I have it so easy & it's more like a holiday  huh.gif

#19 Jane Jetson

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:12 PM

I figure if you're in paid work, you're a working mum.

QUOTE (~*Twilight~Zone*~ @ 06/02/2013, 06:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How come we don't talk about working dads?


I must *not* eat bait, I must not eat bait...  biggrin.gif

#20 JRA

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Firstly, why does it matter that much?

A few have said unless you work more than X hours or Y days you aren't because you don't face the "struggles" of a working mum. The number of hours a mum works is only part of that equation. Do they have a partner? Does their partner work?  Do they have a mother or father that does all the care of the children when at work? Do they work at night, when their partner is home looking  after the children.

I don't think having "struggles" of a working mother is a judge of whether you work.

It is also about context. What is the discussion about? Do you earn money? Do you need childcare?  Do you you have to deal with a boss who p*sses you off.

People spend a lot  of time worrying about labels, why?

#21 lclb

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:25 PM

I work 15 hours a week over 2 days. I consider myself a working mother.

I feel like I am lucky enough to have the best of both worlds, 3 days a week at home with my kids and 2 days using the knowledge and skills I went to University to gain and financially contributing to our household.

#22 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:48 PM

If I had to go with a label I'd go with PT working mum in that situation, I guess.



#23 Beancat

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE (Alacritous~Andy @ 06/02/2013, 04:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unless you a working more than 15 hrs a week, you don't meet the work requirements for Centrelink to receive Child Care Benefit.

Which absolutely sucks when get offered 2 days a week work, when the work day is a standard 7 1/4 hrs.  Yep. Half an hour short of qualifying.



yes but you can add other things to this to get the 15 hours.  Ie if you volunteer in any capacity (ie listen to reading at school counts,or being ona parent commitee) or if you are looking for work or studying as well.  it all adds up

QUOTE (Alacritous~Andy @ 06/02/2013, 04:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unless you a working more than 15 hrs a week, you don't meet the work requirements for Centrelink to receive Child Care Benefit.

Which absolutely sucks when get offered 2 days a week work, when the work day is a standard 7 1/4 hrs.  Yep. Half an hour short of qualifying.



yes but you can add other things to this to get the 15 hours.  Ie if you volunteer in any capacity (ie listen to reading at school counts,or being ona parent commitee) or if you are looking for work or studying as well.  it all adds up

#24 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

Honestly, if I heard the term 'working mum' I'd assume full time without further information.

I wouldn't disagree that you are a working mum though.

FWIW I always stay I'm a SAHM, though technically I'm studying part time, I do spend pretty much all day parenting, and squeezing the study into spare hours of the evening and the odd all weekend cram.

#25 Freddie'sMum

Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:59 PM

I'm a part time working Mum.

I work 3 days a week - so 21 hours and am home 2 days a week.

I sure as eggs qualify to think of myself as a employee / worker because on those 3 days at work - I squash in at least 4 days worth of work !!






1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

A mum's tragic battle against inflammatory breast cancer

At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.

The business of babies around the world

Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.

Finding a positive path through IVF

It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.

Giving strangers the gift of parenthood

A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?

Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.

What's so wrong with looking 'mumsy', anyway?

Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?

Trying to speed up the inevitable

As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.

One month later: where is William Tyrell?

It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.

Winter's child less likely to be moody: study

Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.

Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.

The best and worst month of my life

A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.

Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ?misunderstanding?, say police

Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.

Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.