Digital Parents

Okay so I’ve skipped a few days….quite a few days but that’s because I’ve been busy doing stuff. The kind of stuff I used to do before I became a mum. I’m a part of something that makes me feel good; The Digital Parents Conference 2012 Planning Team.

I’m the Session Co-ordinator. I’m in charge of organizing and liaising with the speakers, thrashing ideas about content and really using my brain, stretching my brain to come up with ideas.

So many women who once has flourishing careers pre-baby revert to doing work that is below their skill set; often because they choose to work part-time hours or to simply reduce stress. Both of those reasons are true for me. And you end up just having a job; not a career so much. For some, that may be bliss; and if it is for you then more power to you.

But when founder Brenda Gaddi asked me if I would like to join the Planning Team I couldn’t say yes fast enough. This is one of those rare opportunities where I can work around my kids, the stress is lessened because the entire Planning Team is understanding of each other (we are all mums with kids to tend to) and the best part, I get to use my brain, and I mean really use my brain. Just like the good old days.

And this has a flow on effect; the laundry doesn’t do my head in nearly as much as it used to because it’s not the only thing I’m doing. It is no longer the sad highlight of my day.

So what makes you happy? A weekend away with other likeminded bloggers in Melbourne?

My Happy Place is the genius idea of Nathalie at Easy Peasy Kids. To read more posts about My Happy Place visit here.


  • At 2011.10.27 13:07, kirri said:

    Congrats on becoming part of the DPCON team! Sounds like a great opportunity and a fun one at that. Looking forward to connecting with you in person next year 🙂

    • At 2011.10.31 14:21, Maria said:

      Kirri, thanks you so much. I am looking forward to the conference to catch up with you and everyone else. It’s a good feeling when you can sink your teeth into something.

      And working together with the whole DP community is great.

      Love & stuff
      Mrs M

    • At 2011.10.27 13:59, Nathalie said:

      Maria I so understand what you say when you are doing other stuff that makes you feel good. I’m so pleased I know an insider on the commitee, who I’m sure will allow me to distrubute chocolates freely. xx

      • At 2011.10.31 14:22, Maria said:

        Ah Nathalie, chocolates are mandatory 😉 I’ll have to make sure I keep my excitement a little more contained. 🙂

        Love & stuff
        Mrs M

      • At 2011.10.27 20:45, Megan @ Writing Out Loud said:

        Love this post, Maria – I agree that being in a room of bloggers is amazing. Such talented, intelligent, driven people.

        • At 2011.10.31 14:23, Maria said:

          Thanks Megan. And yes being in a room full of bloggers is amazing. It’s one one to follow the twitter stream or read post-event blog posts but you can’t capture that energy unless you are there.

          Love & stuff
          Mrs M

        • At 2011.10.28 10:48, Brenda said:

          You’re most welcome, Maria!

          • At 2011.10.31 14:23, Maria said:


            Love & stuff
            Mrs M

          • At 2011.10.28 16:01, Kellie @ Three Li'l Princesses said:

            I so get this one, Maria! As you know, I left journalism to be a full time mum, then stumbled into a PR business. The beauty of my biz is that I deal with mums, which means we all understand when things crop up with our kids. Plus, I’m using my brain doing all the things I used to love – ie writing and coming up with story angles!

            • At 2011.10.31 14:27, Maria said:

              Kellie, I think there is such an amazing untapped group of mother’s out there. I have read often that the biggest stumbling block for mother’s returning to paid work is how their childless colleagues react to their ‘divided loyalties’ (for the lack of a better term).

              I want to say to people like that “we have kids, we know what hard work is”.

              Thanks for the visit and comment.

              Love & stuff
              Mrs M

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