The Brat Race is a family lifestyle blog for people surviving life as working parents.
It’s written by Laura Gibson (that’s me!) and was borne out of a desire to support men and women to balance their home and work commitments, because juggling family and a job is never easy.
Here, you’ll find an array of articles about family lifestyle, travel, health and wellbeing, managing your work-life balance, looking after your finances, recipes, fun things to do with your children and much more besides.
If you’re a busy working mother or father, this is the place to come for advice and inspiration.
Meet the team.
The Brat Race is penned primarily by Laura Gibson, a journalist, multi-award-nominated writer and videographer. She is also a mother of two – her daughter Olivia (aged 8) and her son William (aged 6) – and describes them as ‘fabulous but fiendishly cheeky’.
It all started for me and my husband, like it does for everyone else, when that small, white, plastic stick revealed a single word which was to change our lives irrevocably; ‘pregnant’ (I chose the digital version, not trusting myself to read a traditional test correctly).
To look at, the age-old pregnancy test is such a little insignificant thing, but it wields so much power; able to completely transform lives in the minute or two it takes for the result to appear.
No-one told me how hard it can be having children. Or maybe they did, but I was so caught up in the excitement and thrill of it all, that I chose not to listen. Either way, even when I felt the most prepared that I possibly could be, the reality of parenthood was still one hell of a shock. Maybe you feel, or have felt, the same way too?
I was ready for the sleepless nights and knew that a baby would take up all of my time and attention.
What I didn’t realise was how responsible and guilty you can feel about your baby, right from the moment you discover you’re pregnant; or how the simplest of things like getting showered, dressed and out in the morning can become like a military manoeuvre, planned out to the last detail; or how the worst of the toddler tantrums always seem to be saved for when you’re out and about and surrounded by people (who, inevitably, start frowning at you and no doubt mutter about what a bad parent you are); or having to become a master of multi-tasking (I’m now an expert at feeding a hungry baby, cooking dinner for the rest of the family and answering the phone all at the same time).
Then, add more children to the mix and there’s things like sibling rivalry and jealousy to sort out.
It’s certainly not the easy, ‘romantic’ notion I had when I decided it was time to become a mother.
I love my children to bits and wouldn’t be without them for a second, but being a mum is all encompassing and there are times when I would love some ‘me’ time – it’s so much harder to achieve nowadays.
I decided to pen this blog to share my thoughts and experiences about being a parent and the joys, frustrations and difficulties that go hand-in-hand with the job.
The biggest challenge for me is trying to stay sane amidst the mayhem – what about you?