Jack Quann
Jack Quann

16.58 15 Apr 2021


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One woman, who has made the decision to become a stay-at-home mom, says the pandemic has shone a light on the issue.

Lisa Nolan worked in marketing for an investment firm, but says she will not going back to her job.

She told Lunchtime Live why her decision to stay at home is pandemic-related.

"I am a mum of four, I tried to go back to work in August last year after having twins.

"I went back on a part-time basis; my husband, obviously like everyone else, was working form home as well.

"So as a family we were trying to manage both of us working from home, kids, home schooling - so we decided to give it a shot the best way we could".

Lisa said they were also limited by the fact that there was no available childcare.

"So it just didn't work, we were both completely burnt out, we were spending our days trying to work around each other's Zoom calls and work commitments.

"To be honest, we were just completely burnt out - and it got to the stage where we felt like it wasn't working for anyone.

"I felt myself like trying to do everything meant I wasn't getting anything done".

Lisa said she did feel somewhat conflicted over the move.

"I loved my job and it was a very big part of me... it isn't as simple as 'You just give up your job to be a stay-at-home mum'.

"Of course we all love spending time with our kids, but our roles as working mums mean a lot as well.

"And a lot of us have worked very hard to get those roles - you can feel completely conflicted.

"I felt very sad, I felt like I was letting part of me go in giving up that role."

'My toughest role'

But she said the pandemic has actually shone a light on stay-at-home parenting.

"It's not a role like a 9 to 5 role, like everyone else does, it's 24 hours.

"It's the toughest role I've ever done because there's no getting away from it.

"I don't think it's insignificant, but I do think that it is looked on as less of a role than other people may have.

"People often said to me when I was having the twins 'You'll just have to give that up now and be a stay-at-home mum'.

"And it kind of felt like people do belittle it, whereas they absolutely shouldn't.

"And I think if the pandemic has done anything positive for anything, it's shone a light on the fact that being a stay-at-home parent is tough".

And she added that she hopes to go back to work in the future too.

"I am happy with my decision because I see the fact that the household is happier, I don't think it'll be the end of my working life.

"I think that I will go back to it at some stage - but I think that the pandemic as well... I'm hoping that companies may look favourably on parents now and give that more flexible working arrangement.

"I think that it's going to change things".

She also believes that recent plans by LinkedIn to include 'stay-at-home parenting' as a role means her career "is not completely erased".

'It's going to change things' - How the pandemic 'shone a light' on stay-at-home parenting

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Main image: Lisa Nolan at home with her children. Picture by: Instagram/lisa_nolan.ie

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