Working Mum Interview With Emma Forbes
I am a TV presenter, now doing podcasts called @TheLifestyleNewshound with myself and @sheppardstyle where we interview inspiring people – aimed as a ‘conversation’ you want to listen into and is on all global British Airways flights as well as iTunes and Google.
I also have a website EmmaForbesLifestyle – exploring all things to do with home, health and fitness my other passions!
What were or are the biggest challenges you faced going back in to the work place after children?
The biggest problem I faced going back to work post children was literally just being able to manage the ‘juggle’ – I always said when everything worked it was fine – but the minute a child was ill, or something to do with school – the juggle became very hard – I think all working mothers feel a guilt..
How do you achieve your work life balance of career woman and mother?
I guess I achieve the work/life balance by trying to just go with the flow? Never easy…and now I have older children I think it’s just different challenges!! Each stage brought a new challenge. I did become more selective with my TV work – I didn’t want to take things where I travelled as much – and I had periods of time where I opted out of things in order to be with my children – they have always come first for me.
If you could give your past self-one piece of advice about being a working mother what would it be?
One piece of advice for a working mother from me would be children basically like happy mums – if you are happy working – it passes onto your children – try to be kind to yourself about the juggle and when you are with your children give them the 100% – separate work from home life!
Have your career goals and aspirations altered since becoming a working mother from that prior to your children?
Career goals and aspirations totally changed when I became a mum – in every way – I never had to worry about anything pre children in terms of location, timings, staying extra hours etc. – time becomes much more precious, working for people who also have children who ‘get it’ was a huge help, and I did really slow down my work and my ambition wasn’t gone it was just more in perspective.
What are your future goals in your career path in the next few years, what do you hope to achieve?
Future goals are to continue to always have my children be my main priority whatever age/stage they are at but to get my phase 2 of my life going more – I have more time to be with my husband and re-build my career again – at 52 I would love to think there is life in my career still and it can go a new way! I would love to do more in America as both my children will be there, and ideally present documentary style programming…and build my website/brand/podcasts so that I can travel with my work.
If you had the power to change one thing in the business market for working mothers, what would you change?
If I could change one thing for working mothers….gosh. Better flexi time I think….so that people don’t feel they lose jobs when they have kids.
What is the best piece of business advice you have been given?
Best piece of business advice – if at first you don’t succeed try try try again!! And always follow your gut instinct…
If you could recommend one book to our readers leisure or business what would it be?
I loved the Power of Now – it was a good life changing book for me!
Question from previous interviewee – Kay Mellor As a working mother, you must do a lot of giving emotionally and spiritually. Who gives to you?
As a working mother – who gives to me….my children, and my husband give to me – they are my foundation, my light, my life, my reason for everything!
What question would you wish to ask our next working mother who takes this short interview?
I would ask – do you put guilt on yourself working or do you think it comes from peer pressure from others?