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Mary Kenny: Working from home seemed like an ideal solution when I had small children - but, as many are now finding out, it has its downsides

 

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Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin

When my children were small, it became obvious that it would be more practical for me to work from home rather than go to an office daily. It even seemed like the ideal solution for a working mother. The daily rush to get the kids to the child-minder, or then to the nursery school: the elaborate arrangements for picking up on time, or boxing and coxing with other parents to collect their children in fair exchange for reciprocal arrangements - always a stress.

Simple solution. I was a journalist and writer and I could work from home. Unlike other women I knew who needed to be present at their place of employment, I had that choice. Wasn't I lucky? And that was how I proceeded from there on.

It was a useful option - and today, with communications so much more developed through electronic media, it can be for many more people. Yet to be honest, I really did miss the office, especially at the beginning.