Eilidh Barlow

Children: 3

Industry: Housing association (kinda)

How would you best describe yourself?

Energetic, positive & happy

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

Becoming a parent gave me the drive to work. I work to provide (alongside my husband) for my children and show them a work ethic. I believe it is important to show your children equality. We live in a society that is thriving on equality, so I want to show my two daughters not to be held back or scared by anything. Equally, I need to work for my own mental health. Being a stay at home mum wasn’t my idea, so I envy anyone that is able to do it and loves it! I just get more out of finding myself in a work environment.

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

Don’t plan. You can plan and plan for when to have a baby, but you would never truly be ready. You learn to adapt, and love another human!

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

Lockdown. Looking after a toddler and twin girls who all have different needs alone, was a huge challenge for me. I have overcome this by lowering expectations and planning for the future. As motivation and something to look forward to.

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

Organisation. Being organised allows you to be prepared for the day/ week. Meal prepping, having bags/ clothes ready the night before. This allows busy times, to be less stressful.

What do you do for self-care?

I used to do running, this gave me escapism. Allowed me to be alone in my thoughts, and challenge myself. This is not possible anymore with a husband that works away; so a bath with a glass of wine does it!