director of Garland PR, is home-based, while her husband Craig, a management consultant for KPMG, travels regularly to London and abroad for work. They live in Edinburgh with their two-year-old son Sam.
“We don’t have family near, so when Craig’s away, I’m solely responsible for the nursery pick-ups and drop-offs,” she says. “If Sam is sick, I’m the one who takes time off. It’s a lot of juggling but it’s not impossible if you’re organized and keep sight of your priorities.
“Sam is now getting old enough to notice when Craig’s not there. He has working hard.’
“It’s got harder for Craig to leave him so he now does as many day trips as he before and miss out on time with Sam. When he is here, he’s very hands-on.
“I’m used to dealing with the daily routine on my own but I do get more tired and have a shorter fuse at bath time when Craig’s away. There are times when I speak to him when I’m heading for bed at 10 PM and he’s out in London with one of our old friends and I feel a twinge of jealousy.
“Our situation works because we were together for a long time before we had Sam and Craig had to travel, so there is a lot of trust.
“I know Craig’s priority is to be home and if he’s away it’s because he has to be, not because he fancies a night out or a decent night’s sleep. We also know no job is forever and things will no doubt change.”