Kelly Brook’s right… working mums DON’T work as hard as women without kids

Yet on this occasion she rightly spoke from the heart – and many women just like me applauded her for it.

What woman who doesn’t have kids didn’t do a silent fist pump on hearing Kelly – on a live TV show! – call out working mums for endlessly using their kids as an excuse for their sloppy and unprofessional attitude in the workplace?

Us women who don’t have children are sick and tired of working mothers using their brood as an excuse.

They turn up late. They leave early.

They spend an eye-popping amount of time of their working day on the phone organising their offspring.

They refuse to go to meetings away from the office. If their kid is sick it is as though the world has tilted on its axis and they too have caught the ailment.

Ladies – it's about time you put your big girl pants on and left your family outside of the office.

Your colleagues and your employers don’t want to know.

In fact we are heartily sick to the back teeth of day-in, day-out, carrying your workload as well as our own.

Harsh? Not really.

Everyone knows that in the workplace there are two levels of women – mums and then everyone else beneath them.

I know I speak for other Childless and Childfree women when I say that we are the ones who are very much the second-class female workforce in the office.

We do NOT get first dibs over whether we have Christmas off or not.

Mums automatically get assume that privilege before us.

It’s the same with summer annual leave.

Us women without kids would never have the cojones to ask for a July or August fortnight – in case it offends the mothers in the office who have already made their family-friendly, two-weeks-in-the-sun plans.

When I got promoted to a TV boss initially I hired women in the top positions so they got a fair crack at climbing the career ladder.

I shouldn’t have bothered – it was a nightmare.

One producer informed me – after her contract was signed! – that she was only doing the job on the proviso of being able to leave at 5.30pm every day.

The rest of us – yep, those of us without kids – were routinely stuck in the office until 8pm doing her work.

Her luxurious ability to feed, bathe and put the kids to bed came at the cost of everyone else’s evenings.

When it came to working life and family life – those who paid her bills came a very poor second.

I vowed never to hire a mother in a top position again.

Mums who jump when their kids demand it aren’t doing the future generation any favours either.

The western world is already too kid-centric as it is. We’re raising future “Little Emperors” who believe – wrongly – that the world revolves around them.

As adults we need to remember that actions have consequences.

If you choose to have children then you would do well to remind yourself that they are your responsibility for the first 18 years of their life.

It’s down to you as a grown up how you managing your daily life and theirs.

Regularly running late, assuming you can leave early, pulling out of a meeting at the last minute because you’ve forgotten about sports day or world book day doesn’t cut it with your downtrodden and mightily unimpressed colleagues.

It's not that I dislike mums or their kids. I’m the first to organise a lavish office baby shower.

I’ll happily chuck in twenty quid for the whip round for the mum-to-be about to go off on maternity leave.

My best mates are mums. I know how bl**dy hard they work to show up in the office and at the school gate.

But there are a number of selfish, pushy mothers who believe that the world stops and ends with their kids.

What many mums forget is that all of us have lives and family commitments outside the office.

Our responsibilities are just as important as yours.

Abuse our kindness and generosity at your peril.

Kelly Brook, who doesn’t have her children of her own, admitted that she gets annoyed when women she works with use things like doing the school run or feeding their kids as an "excuse".

Speaking on yesterday’s Loose Women, she said:  “I have a pet hate, and I don’t have children so I don’t always understand, but I do work with some women that if they can’t make an appointment or can’t do something, or there is a deadline and some people will always say ‘oh it’s because I have to wash the baby’ or ‘feed the kids’ or ‘I’ve got to do the school run’."

Samantha Brick previously looked back on her car-crash thirties and reveals how she made it through.

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