BLEND­ING BA­BIES & BUSI­NESS

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As an en­tre­pre­neur ini­tially work­ing from home, Mandi dis­cov­ered the im­por­tance of a sup­port sys­tem, although she didn’t hire nan­nies or use day care un­til she had her third daugh­ter. “I re­ally thought I had to do it all,” she says. “Then I fi­nally re­alised that getting help around the house rather than with the kids was the an­swer. I got a house­keeper to come in four days a week in the morn­ing to help with all these tasks. It changed my life! The kids didn’t care who packed their lunch, made din­ner, or loaded the dish­washer, but they loved it when I could play with them. It’s some­thing one of my men­tors, Naomi Sim­son, men­tioned when I sat and cried in her of­fice about not cop­ing with the growth of the busi­ness and a house­hold to run. Some­times a men­tor is there to sug­gest the ob­vi­ous thing that you can’t see when you’re drown­ing.”

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