Motherhood requires sacrifice. Our time is not our own. Our identities get erased and re-written, sometimes on a weekly basis. And you may have to kiss goodbye to a normal-functioning pelvic floor.
But there was one sacrifice I wasn’t ready for with motherhood: the ability to navigate the QANTAS check-in.
The first time I caught a flight on my own after I’d become a mother, I was on the verge of having a panic attack.
This was a genuinely new reaction; I used to travel on my own through busy airports in China and not-so-touristy destinations such as Lithuania for work.
Of course, the check-in process wasn’t really the issue. The problem was that all those months out of the workforce had hammered my confidence.
It turns out this is not uncommon. According to a recent study conducted by skills recognition specialist Get Qualified Australia, over two-thirds of mothers suffer a hit to their confidence at the prospect of returning to paid work.