Women lose a lot when they become mothers: income, social status, control over their pelvic floor. One thing I wasn’t expecting to lose was the ability to enjoy leisure time without guilt.
Before I was a mother there was a striped neon yellow and black line marking the boundary between work and play. As soon as I clocked off I’d spend my time and money doing things that I enjoyed — for no other reason than it was fun and I wanted to.
My leisure activities ranged from cocktails with my friends to staying in bed all weekend with Mr Darcy and a tin of Quality Streets. Because I worked hard, I didn’t once feel guilty, lazy or self-indulgent.
But then I become a mother and my sense of entitlement to leisure time disappeared faster than you can say ‘Burnt Chop Mother’.