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Why can't Jacinda Ardern juggle work and parenthood? I did

Yes, before you ask, balancing motherhood with a full-on job is a challenge. And?
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Yes, before you ask, balancing motherhood with a full-on job is a challenge. And?

I'm a 36-year-old mum of two kids, aged 5 and 2. I'm also an architect and director (one of seven) of a company that employs around 115 people.

I became a director of the company two years ago, just after coming back from six months maternity leave after having my second child.

I had worked for the company for six years prior to being appointed as a director, and have only ever felt supported by management in my decision to work full-time in a high pressure role and be a mum.

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The company worked around the timing of my maternity leave and also made arrangements for a private space for me to pump while I was still breastfeeding my first child.

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My role works for my family as I have a very supportive husband who works full-time, although less hours than I do, and is able to take on the lion's share of housework and cooking.

I definitely get a lot of questions and comments from well-meaning people, the most common being: "how do you manage working such long hours and being a mum?"

I have to say, I do get a bit frustrated seeing as my male colleagues never get asked the same question. However, I try to remember that most people making these comments don't mean to be offensive or sexist - they're usually expressing admiration for the fact that I manage to do both.

I don't believe we have any right to know Jacinda Ardern's parenthood plans, they are none of our business.

It would be refreshing to see a strong, intelligent, female Prime Minister successfully run the country whilst pregnant and bringing up children. I see absolutely no reason why she couldn't do that if that's what she wants.

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