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For all the Mummies going back to work – A Guest Post by Arthurwears

Welcome to the eighth post in the “Cheers!” Series!

Those of you that have popped by my site before will know that I am a tiny bit obsessed with rhyming. “Cheers!” is a series of rhyming guest posts that I am honoured to share, mostly with a parenting theme, from some of the most talented and lovely people in Blogland!

This week I am honoured to share with you a stunning post from the lovely Sarah at Arthurwears.  Sarah is a fellow Yorkshire ‘lass after my own heart who shares the adventures of family life with her gorgeous son Arthur, and writes about fashion, health and beauty, EYFS learning through play, parenting and lifestyle, not forgetting that she is also an incredibly talented poet.

This post first featured on Sarah’s site last year, and was written for a friend of hers who was about to start work again following her maternity leave.  To help her through this emotional time, which I’m sure that many of us can relate to, Sarah wrote this beautiful poem:

For all the Mummies going back to work – This one’s for you… (Poem)

And so the day has come,

You knew it would,

This maternity leave is done for good,

How can it be that a year has gone by?

It seems like only yesterday you heard that first cry…

The first nappy change, the first journey home,

That first lovely feed, your first day alone,

The cuddles at night when they don’t want to sleep,

Then the visitors come and they don’t make a peep!

Has it really all passed?

Has time really moved on?

Do you now have a child who is soon to be one?

And so nursery will call, and the promise of friends,

You’ll let go of their hand and think, “is this where it ends?”

They might cry for a week, they might cry for a day,

But you know they’ll be fine once you just walk away…

And yes, although it may feel like a loss you must face,

It’s just goodbye to the baby – there’s a child in its place.

So this isn’t the end, there’s still so much to see:

What path will they take? Who will they be?

You’ll still get to play games, get to watch them grow tall,

Hold their hand at the park and be there when they fall…

Perhaps not every day, perhaps not every time,

You won’t sing every song, you won’t know every rhyme,

But the things they will gain from this place they will go,

As their confidence soars and relationships grow,

They’ll learn to take turns, learn to play with their friends,

Learn to say sorry, be kind, make amends.

So remember this, Mummy, and always be sure,

You’re doing great, you’re amazing, you don’t need to do more!

The things you’ve achieved and the child you have raised,

Will love you whatever, be it 3 or 5 days.

So please don’t feel guilty, feel down or feel sad,

It’s time to feel proud – what a year you have had!

You did it! You made it! What a great job you’ve done,

You’ll be a Mummy forever – that job’s just begun. X 

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Hi, I’m Sarah – Early Years Teacher and Mummy of Arthur from

Arthurwears… (Yes, despite what some may think, Arthurwears is

actually written by a female!) I probably should have thought my blog

name through a bit more, but when I started blogging, it really was

just for the benefit of my family who all live pretty far away, so

that they could keep up to date with Arthur.

These days you can find me writing about the highs and lows of

parenthood, sharing our experiences of issues such as pregnancy,

feeding, sleep deprivation ( I still haven’t had a full night sleep

since Arthur was born!) – plus celebrating all of the amazing things

that being a new mum has to offer too.

I love to share information on health and beauty products that work

for me as a mum with very little spare time and I am incredibly

passionate about Early Years and play based learning – so expect a

fair few posts on activity ideas for babies, toddlers and children!

Although this is the first poem I have published on my blog, I love

poetry and have been writing poems and songs since I was 10 years old

– I wish I’d had the confidence to put some of my work out there when

I was younger – I’m sure what may seem pretty average coming from an

adult would probably have been much more impressive coming from a

child! Maybe i’ll just wait until Arthur is a bit older and pretend he

wrote it – ha!



You can find more of Sarah’s brilliant posts on her Website, and follow her on twitter, Facebook, instagram, Pinterest, bloglovin and Google+


Thank you so much for sharing your poem Sarah.  I’m thrilled to feature it for you as part of the #Cheers series.


Help yourself to the badge below too if you fancy….


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If you would like to feature in the “Cheers!” series, whether you are a seasoned poet or brand new to rhyming and just fancy giving it a go, please get in touch! I’d love to hear from you!

Dawn x


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25 thoughts on “For all the Mummies going back to work – A Guest Post by Arthurwears

  1. I love this post;
    It serves as a reminder
    That though staying home was good,
    Letting them go was kinder

    Kinder for them
    Because socialising is key
    Sometimes it’s not enough
    To always be with me

    Plus, like everyone
    We have bills to pay
    So returning to work
    Was the only way

    It’s hard for us
    To wave goodbye
    But they grow and learn
    And that is why

    We must let go,
    Let them spread their wings
    This isn’t the end;
    It’s just the beginning

    Of independence, exploration,
    Doing it alone
    But in the end, they’ll always
    Come back home.

  2. So lovely, I’m glad I didn’t have to return to work so when I did go back I was foaming at the bit to be honest…I should probably feel guilty about that #bestandworst

  3. What a gorgeous poem & it brought back my own emotions as I returned to work. It sums up the end of maternity leave so very well. It’s easy to look at it as a loss, but in fact it’s the start of a new adventure for everyone. And as you said, you may not know every rhyme or be there for every fall but you’re always mummy!

  4. Oooh that takes me right back to when I was going back to work after maternity leave. It was such a hard thing to do and your beautiful poem brought back all those funny emotions. *gulp and wipes a tear* Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam both xx

  5. Wow what a beautiful poem!! Made me feel so emotional ? I will be sure to share this with fellow mummy’s going back to work too! Stopping by for #ablogginggoodtime xx

  6. What a beautiful poem, so true, its not the beginning of the adventure, its just the start. just to add some thoughts of my own, I wrote this for my youngest on my return to work:

    Even though I won’t be there every minute of every day 
    I will still be able to sit on the floor with you and play 

    And even though I will not see all your little smiles  
    Know that my love for you stretches out for miles  

    It’s been such a pleasure to see you grow. You’re so cute and funny
    But now mummy has to work so we can have more money

    Just think of the things that we can all do
    When mummy has her special time with you

    For this is not the end, my darling, this is just the start 
    And everywhere I go, my baby, I will hold you in my heart. 


    1. Aw Jen that’s so beautiful! What a lovely rhyme! You’re so right – it feels like the end of an era but it really isn’t. Being mum is a forever job 🙂 Thanks for adding such a gorgeous comment and sharing your poem xx

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