We interviewed Silvia to know, through her life experience, the progress in the fight for women’s rights. This article was intended to be a tribute to a working woman, and many others like her, I confess that it started from the usual topics, with some preconceived ideas, but her story, her life, her family, her example, led me to a very different reality : equality exists.
Silvia is 44 years old, married to Nacho, works and is the mother of 4 children, Iván, Alex, Héctor and Yago. Let’s know his story …
We meet Silvia at the exit of the Metro, already at night, and she receives us with her affable character, she does not feel protagonist, she considers herself another mother, we walk chatting with her to home, where she is received, between hugs and kisses, for your little ones, who gather to tell you all the news of the day.
As many couples had their first child and, when he was six years old, they decided to go for the second one, but “then triplets came to us! Suddenly we became a large family.” While Alex, Héctor and Yago play chess, Silvia explains that “the first impact was of fright, concern, of crying for a few weeks, but then we thought we could move forward. At that time I was unemployed, the situation, he confesses, came a little big.
Silvia does not dramatize, her words are born from tranquility, first they gave the news to their families, “the pregnancy was hard, but, when they were born, it was time to get everything that involves having three children: strollers, diaper expenses, food .. The first thing was to relocate the house a bit, and, in the end, to change houses, it has been the biggest and most expensive change ”together with buying a seven-seater car. “The first two years I dedicated to the triplets and, when I started school, I decided to work, especially for economic reasons, also to get out of the routine, continue with my profession and have time for me, even if it’s just working. ”
Day to day
Nacho joins our conversation while Silvia explains: “The first days Nacho had 21 days of leave, we took care of everything equally, I was breastfeeding two, he was giving the bottle, changing diapers, baths … After Nacho had to keep working, he gets up at 5:30 a.m., is a driver and needs to sleep his hours. I occupied myself more at night and in the morning and, as soon as he arrived, at 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and all the same. When you have four children you need at least four hands“
Silvia emphasizes that her day to day is a matter of two, they combine “quite well. I get up at seven, awake and prepare breakfast for the elderly, at eight he goes to the institute, organize the house and awake the children: breakfast, dressing, teeth, cleaning, preparing backpacks, lunch and, at nine, to school . Then I go shopping, almost every day, I make the house, I prepare the food for my son, my husband and mine, and I usually leave half-cooked dinners. At two I leave home. Nacho is responsible for picking up, extracurricular, English, snack, homework and, at eight, I arrive. We finish doing the homework with the little ones, then asking the lesson or helping the older one, we prepare dinner at about nine o’clock, the children have dinner and brush their teeth, and we have dinner about 10 pm, which is when They go to bed. ”
Reconcile personal and work life
Silvia once again emphasizes that “the parents are now very involved, all the benefits and duties for the woman, when she has a child, the parents should have them, the same parental leave, this is a matter of two, it is a job that they have to Do both equally. When I looked for work I wanted in the morning, to be with the children in the afternoon, Nacho works in the morning, so we think the best option was in the afternoon, I leave at two and Nacho arrives at 2:15 p.m., we don’t we see, but that way we can combine doctors, months of vacations, that a child gets bad, etc. We don’t have to count on grandparents or take them to any camp, which costs money. ”
Seen from outside, Silvia could be a super mom, but she clarifies: “In specific moments I could consider myself, especially when they were newborns, people offered me help, but I answered that I could. I’ve had moments of not considering myself anything super mom, of doing everything fatal and that the situation surpassed me, but Nacho collaborates a lot and, if I feel like a super mom, he would be a super dad“
Measures to take
“Children have a lot of homework, a lot to study, mothers work, parents work, we don’t have time, we educate them, but we don’t teach them, in schools they had to get more involved and empathize with working mothers and fathers. ”
“We are a large family, we have a limited economy, you can do a lot of things with the children to have a good time, as a family, but it all costs money, there is more help, leisure centers, cinemas, theaters, my children have not gone to the theater. “
Finally, Silvia would dedicate Working Women’s Day “to moms and dads who have no family around, there are always situations in which you have to ask for help, these families have a lot of merit.”
These lines are only a few strokes of Silvia’s story, but I can’t resist ending without asking her if she is happy and, with the expression on her face, the words would have been left over: “Yes, very happy, I can’t ask for more.”