Mother of 7 and 9 year old daughters
We met right before we both came to Switzerland to work independently from one another. I'm not one of those women who always knew I wanted to have kids. In fact, I’d never been too keen, but shortly after we had gotten together, my husband started saying that he would love to start a family. I thought if I was ever going to have children, I wanted to do it with him, so I said yes. Based on the Swiss maternity system I knew that after my first baby I would only have twelve weeks off work and when my boss asked me whether I'd like to come back at 80% I said: "of course not!" I wanted to show to myself and to my colleagues, that things won’t be different just because I had a baby! Then, after my second child, I did come back at 80% and it was great to have some free time with them, although Wednesdays (day of the week when primary school children are off school in Switzerland) were always the most tiring day of the week...
I find that life as a working mother is made of a very delicate balance. So many different things need to work out to make the whole picture pleasant! Being a mother is not enough for me. I need to be fulfilled in so many different aspects of my life at the same time and that’s often hard to achieve. Most importantly, I want to remain myself, but include my family in my life in bigger and more meaningful ways.
- Marina Cavazza
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- Portrait of a (Working) Mother