Karren Brady on the Stay-at-Home Mother

I came across some recent comments made by Karren Brady in an interview for Telegraph Wonder Women.

I’ve been a long time admirer of Karren Brady, from her early days on the interview stage of the UK Apprentice. I love her dress sense, especially her Chanel items. She’s definitely a career role model.


Here’s what she said about her five month spell as a stay-at-home mother:

“I had five months where I didn’t work and I found it really unrewarding. Because all the things you do at home are just taken for granted…You’d make a lovely meal and the kids would come in and say ‘Oh no, I’m having beans on toast’. And I’d be like, ‘What do you mean? I’ve been cooking all day.’

“Or you’ll tidy out the airing cupboard or hoover – all the things that are important work but have no value. I think that’s a great shame because actually being at home and dedicating yourself to your family is a wonderful thing and should never be underestimated. It’s not something I chose for myself because I wanted to have a career and a family and I’ve had to make sacrifices for that. But it’s not menial work and it should never be considered as that.”

Karren Brady also touched on the issue of affordable childcare which in addition to her comments above we can all relate to.

Of course many woman know that being a stay-at-home mother is hard work. In fact, most working mums still have to undertake most of the same tasks when they are not at work.

Everyone has choices to make and no should judge a mother for choosing to work or stay at home.

I know it was hard for me to return to work when my son was eight months old but it was my choice. Karren Brady is famous for returning to work three days after the birth of her first child. That was her choice.

A lot can be said about traditional gender roles in our modern society but I’ll leave those for another day.

Find out more about Karren Brady, Baroness of Knightsbridge below.


Finally I’ll leave you with this story I read online recently. Note: Author unknown. Enjoy!

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door.
As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap, and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel.

She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked:

“What happened here today?’”

She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?”

“Yes,” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, ‘”Well, today I didn’t do it.”

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