Its a wonder that Sarah Beeny has any time to herself. As well as being a property developer and website entrepreneur, she is also a mum of four. We somehow find the time to catch up with her to talk flexible hours and pedicures
You gave birth to your fourth baby, Laurie, six weeks ago- is maternity leave a bit of a non-event for you?
With my first three I had longer off, but my flexible workload allows me to be flexible about maternity leave. I am fortunate as I have a full-time nanny. Finding the right childcare is one of the most stressful things working mums have to contend with and Im incredibly fortunate to have help.
What word best sums up your parenting style?
Indulgent! I love being with my little tribe. Theyre also rather fond of snuggling up in bed with me, eating chocolate.
Does me-time actually exist in Sarah Beenys world?
My guilty pleasure is getting my toenails painted every eight weeks or so. I absolutely love it. Otherwise, being able to focus on just one child at a time is a novelty!
Do you and your husband divvy up parenting duties equally?
We do, actually- Grahams an artist, so we try to work it that when hes in the studio, Im at home, and when Im filming, he spends time with the boys.
Do you think that working mums get unfair press?
Working mums do get a lot of stick, but most of us are just doing what we can to ensure a smooth-running family life. Working mums should be helped and encouraged whatever their circumstances. Anything that gives them a bit of practical support has got to be worthwhile.
Sarah is supporting mumandworking.co.uk, which offers mums flexible working opportunites.