Petra Wetzel Petra Wetzel

Balancing Acts

Everyone who knows me knows that my son Noah is the most important person in my life. I’ve been running WEST as a single mother since he was a small baby, and it’s been a continual balancing act.

Over the years, I’ve learnt a few things that I think are incredibly important for any working mother to realise. Firstly, you’ll never win the worlds best mum award OR the most outstanding CEO. You’re going to need to make sacrifices on both fronts. If you feel like you’re achieving 90%, you’re doing absolutely fantastically. Secondly, you can’t feel guilty about that or you will completely lose the plot!

These days, if I didn’t have my nanny, Helen, I simply couldn’t do the job that I do. Knowing that there is someone who my son loves and respects at home with him when I can’t be means the world to me. Noah’s dad lives in America, and my parents are still in Germany, so it is incredibly important to me that I have someone who I can rely on to look after him well when I can’t be there.

Affordable childcare is a huge issue for women returning to the workplace. There is still such a long way to go here in Scotland to ensure that this is an option that is open to women at every level of employment. Surely it’s better for everyone if women can afford to get back to work and contribute to the economy?

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