6 Ways to Return to Work Like Royalty

I’ve done it. The great ‘return to work’ that, in this country, means I pay other people to look after my children for 36hrs at an (almost) net loss to our family. From Monday to Thursday I am meticulous in packing bags with snacks, bottles and spare pairs of shoes and biting my lip around tantrums (and that’s just in the office).

Whoever coined the phrase ‘having it all’ in relation to having a family and a brilliant job must have been royal. Because, unless you have the skills of a ninja or many people to help, it is impossible for a day topped and tailed with nappies and filled with high level meetings to go smoothly.

It got me thinking about royalty and how they manage work and children. Are there lessons to be learned? Probably not but it made for another sparkly infographic. Now I’m off to feed the dog before I do my makeup and oil the buggy wheels.


Work IT lady (or Ms, Miss, Mrs…)

Life Love and Dirty Dishes
The Pramshed


  1. September 9, 2016 / 9:25 am

    I quite often ponder on WWKD (what would Kate do) whilst wrangling my child into compliance. I might get a bracelet made up to remind me not to throw the shreddies at the wall with my newly painted fingernails as that is not the royal method of dealing with a tantrum. I might make my son a WWGD bracelet whilst I’m at it. Welcome back to work. It sucks nuts. #fridayfrolics

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:02 am

      Doesn’t it? Although (and I sort of have to whisper this) I am feeling much more human this week. I think it’s the combination of knowing NC is snotty (and I’m not dealing with the whinging) and the fact that our work IT system is finally sorted. #fridayfrolics

  2. September 9, 2016 / 9:35 am

    Oh good luck with the return to work – seriously, well done. I’ve been there juggling the Nanny and the three screaming kids and the guilt and the painting nails while trying to feed kids – it’s not easy – buuuuut once you’re at work – wow – you can finish a thought process, you can drink a hot coffee, you can pop out and pick up lunch without the fiasco of smalls with you – lots of positives lovely – enjoy! #FridayFrolics

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:02 am

      You’re right Helen – and in fact I’m beginning to reap the benefits this week. So far averaging a cappuccino in a nice cafe a day!! #FridayFrolics

  3. September 9, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Oh I love your infographics! It almost makes me wistful for work! Almost. I agree with your plan of attack, all very sensible and royally organised. I too used to wash hair night before and Sunday night was nail night. Now I don’t work it’s a different matter. I’ve let myself go and my brain is slowly rotting away. Not that I had much of a brain the first place! 🙂 Thanks for linking up #FridayFrolics

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:03 am

      Thanks Emma. Yes, organised is the key although I know I would have scoffed at that pre-children. I DON’T think your brain has rotted, however. It seems very sharp and witty to me! 🙂 #FridayFrolics

  4. September 10, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I am moderately terrified that my brain is turning / has turned to mush and I’ll unveiled as a fraudster come January. The length of a pregnancy is a lovely amount of time to think “that was a bloody shit day at the office, thank god I’ve got a nice year off looming.”…I need a get out card so it doesn’t feel like a weary treadmill. Not another baby though, never that.

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:06 am

      Your brain hasn’t turned to mush. And you are SO right about those sneaky 9 months lulling you into a sense of ‘holiday-ness’. Then the baby comes out and it’s shit for a bit (well, for me anyway) and yes, no more for me either. Last week sucked but on balance this week I’d take working over full time motherhood so we’ll see how we feel next week as it’s one week all at the mo 😉 xx

  5. September 10, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Love this! I’m returning to work in 3 weeks eek! Good practical advice with a laugh thrown in! Love it! xx


  6. September 11, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Yep I bet Kate has bad days at work and as a SAHM mum too! such a cool post. Love the infographics. Being kind to yourself is so important, it’s not easy just switching back into work after time out #fortheloveofBLOG

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:07 am

      Thanks Sunita. Yes, trying to be kind to myself and making sure I eat a LOT of cake this week. #fortheloveofBLOG

  7. September 11, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve just returned myself too – talk about a shock to the system! Hot coffee is fab tho 😉 brilliant infographic #FridayFrolics

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:07 am

      Oh, I hope it’s going well for you! Thank you for your comment;) #FridayFrolics

  8. September 11, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Good luck with the whole back to work gig. In a lot of ways I loved going back, I was pretty crap for the first few months but I loved putting clean clothes on and brushing my hair:)
    Mainy x

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:08 am

      Yes, I’m getting there… I think! Thank you for your lovely comment Mainy. xxx

  9. September 12, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Absolutely agree with all this – especially about trying the just forget about kids & home stuff while at work. I work 4 days a week too! #EatSleepBlogRT

    • September 14, 2016 / 5:09 am

      I think it’s ok, actually – do you? I’ve been fretting that 4 days is too many, though to do less isn’t financially viable… but actually, this week is going well. We’ll see though – it’s only Wednesday. #EatSleepBlogRT

  10. September 14, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    Just popping back to say thanks for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRT

  11. September 15, 2016 / 10:09 am

    Glad the return to work is going well. I’ll be doing it soon – I’ll be doing everything the night before! I may even get dressed and do my make up the night before!
    Thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next time.

  12. September 15, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Ah I’m glad I caught this as I am going back to work in TWO WEEKS!! Gah!! Love this and my other half told me after returning to work “you know I’ve realised, no one gives a shit that I’m sleep deprived?!” Brilliant post lovely x #eatsleepblogrt

  13. September 16, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    Love the infographic! AH the joys of returning to work – some days like I love that I am not dealing with the day in day out stuff with the kids. Others it feels like its all too much like hard work and I would much rather be at home playing about on pinterest! #EatSleepBlogRT

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