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Mother of all important occupations

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First things first, I am not a mother. I wouldn't presume to speak as if from personal experience in conversations about parenting and motherhood. I have no right, nor desire to suggest that I have any idea what it is like to be a mother, and I've learnt from experience that it's very important for a childless woman to get that disclaimer out of the way before daring to make any statement about child rearing.

That said, I have a lot of respect for mothers. I may not be a mother, but I have one, and I know that I'd be lost without her. She is one of the most selfless people I know. She's always put the needs of her child before her own, which seems to be a common feature of motherhood. When I look back at my childhood, I don't know how she managed to juggle all of the responsibilities she had on her plate.

But she did. Because that's what mums do.

Essentially, my mum had two jobs. One that she was paid for and one that she wasn't. As a small business owner in the hospitality industry and a mother, both of her jobs involved very long hours and no holiday pay, sick leave or public holidays. Both of them were challenging and rewarding in their own ways.

When I spoke to her on the phone this week, she wryly........

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