As I sit here, working with my three year old beside me, watching the clock so I'm not late to pick up my daughter from Kindergarten, but also needing to jump on a call with Claire, it is so obvious that "making it all work" is really just... a joke, right? There's a pile of laundry upstairs that needs folding, marketing materials to design, and the whole family needs some sort of dinner before the open house at our son's preschool tonight (that's scheduled right at dinner time, of course). Is it all even possible..? Can I really start a business, be a present mom and wife, and manage our household? Most days it doesn't feel like it.
We've all heard the term "work-life balance," but I don't think I'm alone in feeling that achieving this balance feels more like dream than a reality. Recent research shows that this struggle is particularly challenging for parents, but especially mothers. A CNBC report states that working mothers are 28% more likely to experience burnout than fathers1. Even when we split responsibilities 50/50, women still end up with more 'hidden' responsibilities2. Things like remembering upcoming birthday parties and scheduling doctor's appointments or even just knowing all the kids' ever changing shoe sizes fall on us moms. I know this "mental load" adds to my stress and makes the concept of work-life balance even more elusive--and I don't think I'm alone.
Part of the reason we're so passionate about bringing Hümanette to the community is that we understand that even attempting to achieve work-life balance is not just about having a space for your kids to play while you work. It's about creating a supportive community where you can genuinely feel connected to others. Hümanette is designed to be that sanctuary. While your children engage in meaningful play you can catch up on work, enjoy a cup of coffee, or simply take a moment for yourself with a book (or phone scrolling, no judgement). But we're not stopping there; we're fostering a community where parents can share experiences, learn, commiserate, and even form real friendships. We'll be hosting regular events focused on parent self-care, community building, and fun events for all. Because at Hümanette, we believe we're in this together; balance is not just individual but communal.
We're currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Mainvest, offering an exciting opportunity for local families and supporters to be part of the foundation of Hümanette. If this need for a place to find a semblance of balance resonates with you, with a minimum investment of just $100, you can help us bring this dream to life and also enjoy some fantastic early-investor perks.
Work-life balance might feel impossible, but it's a pursuit that matters for everyone--especially us mothers who often juggle more than our fair share. That's where Hümanette comes in. We're not just a space; we're a community committed to making life a bit more manageable and a [little] more fun for all.