Motherhood by Sam Flynn - Social Media Trainer and Speaker

Updated: Feb 21

Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.

I’m a social media trainer, delivering training inhouse to help businesses grow using social media. I also run an online membership site, Planet Social Media, with lots of training videos and live masterclasses.

I have three girls – Ella, 8 years, Sienna, 6 years and Nancy, 3 years.

How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

Since having my first, I reduced my hours right down to working only two days a week. I steadily increased this with each child and now only take Fridays off to spend with my youngest. Mostly, running a business helps with the balance, as I can manage my own time. This means I can do the school run a couple of days a week and can take time off when needed.

The downside is, it’s expected that I will take the brunt of childcare (such as during a pandemic!) and I can find it hard to work from home while they are here!

What top tips would you give to any working mum?

Take the pressure off. You don’t have to be superwoman! If your kids are fed, clothed, clean and happy, you’re doing great. You don’t have to be the insta-perfect mum!

I should say ‘be organised’ but I’m rubbish at this and probably need to get better myself!!

What do you love most about Manchester? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?

I love how many options there are for things to do and how diverse Manchester is. I also love living so close to the city centre, yet still not feeling like I’m in a big city!

We don’t really have a favourite spot as such, we try to keep things varied! We probably do end up at our local park most weekends though for a dog walk!

How do you define quality ‘me-time’?

Something that allows me to either relax or feel refreshed. Exercise or walking the dog is good me-time for me!

What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?

Favourite is the hugs and the love, and the laughs! There’s nothing comparable to having fun with your own children!

The least favourite thing is the mundanity. Such as having to put them to bed every night, cook dinner for them, etc! While there is lots of spontaneity too, there are aspects of parenthood that can be mundane!

What advice would you give a first time Mum?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You don’t have to enjoy every minute. And your house definitely doesn’t have to be spotless!!!

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