Caitlin Jacobs

Children: 1

Industry: Education

How would you best describe yourself?

I’m 29 years olds, a wife, a mum, an AFL lover, and a Primary School Teacher who loves a good chat!

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

Work isn’t everything. I love my job, I love my school, I love my career.. but I love my family more! There are many people who are great teachers, who could be teaching my class well. And there will be many classes of mine in the future who will come and go. But I only get this chance to be a mum once, and I want to do it well! I was surprised by how much I could equally really want to stay at home with my daughter and still desperately want to be back in the classroom.

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

You can try to plan your life out, but that’s not how life works! Relax! It’ll happen and in hindsight, in the best timing.

What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date? How have you overcome this?

Overall, just stepping into this new role as a mum. As a first-time mum, everything can be quite overwhelming. Learning that I can’t do it all and that the way I previously did things just wasn’t possible anymore. I would previously have described myself as a bit of a ‘yes’ person who definitely suffers from FOMO, so learning to say no sometimes for myself or my family's sake has been tricky but beneficial!

What are your strategies to manage the juggle of career and family?

Trying to be as organised as possible! For example, trying to get my outfit ready, packing bags, and making lunches the night before to make the mornings smoother. Prioritizing has also become really important both at school and at home. It has been really challenging, but I am having to learn to let some things go. There are things that are nice to get done, but don’t affect my ability to be a good parent or a good teacher.

What do you do for self-care?

I love baking, colouring, reading, drinking coffee while it’s still hot, and catching up on reality tv.