Wednesday 7 December 2016

'I have to pull back from work - juggling it all is hard'

Published 13/08/2016 | 02:30

Dearbhalla Baviera with her son Luke and twin daughters Maya and Alia at their home in
Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron Picture: Arthur Carron
Dearbhalla Baviera with her son Luke and twin daughters Maya and Alia at their home in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron Picture: Arthur Carron

School holidays are hard work for self-employed mum Dearbhalla Baviera.

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It is a case of juggling work, summer camps and childminding to ensure she can do her job and have her children looked after during the long holidays.

Ms Baviera has four children - Paul (9), Luke (7) and twins Alia and Maya (3). The executive coach and management consultant has been working for herself since she had children.

Her company, Clearbird Coaching and Consulting, helps women to develop their careers, and advises women on setting up a business.

She and her husband Pierre, who is chief executive of data analytics company Presidion, have an au pair during the school term.

But in summer, the south Dublin couple have no au pair. They rely on summer camps and child-minders to allow them to work, while Ms Baviera works less during the summer months.

"I pull back. I do as little as possible but as much as I can."

She says of working for herself: "It is hard doing all the juggling, but it allows for more flexibility."

The couple also share child-minding and babysitting with friends.

The summer camp option is expensive, at a cost of between €80 and €180 a week per child. A babysitter has to be used before and after the camps. Mr Baviera is French, and the children attend a French school in Dublin during term time.

This school operates the French system of after-school hours, which means it is open until 6pm and there is the option of the child doing homework or playing, although there is an extra cost for this.

Irish Independent

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