As mum to Huntah, 7, and Kayne, 2, Noni Ryan loves the challenges that come with being a mother and working two jobs.
As mum to Huntah, 7, and Kayne, 2, Noni Ryan loves the challenges that come with being a mother and working two jobs. Sharyn Oneill Roksmum

Mum thrives on hectic schedule

BEING pregnant with her second child wasn't enough of a challenge for Noni Ryan, so she decided to begin a university course.

Fast forward two years and the super mum loves her roles as mother, wife, co-owner of Rockhampton business CQ Powder Coaters, and senior contract manager for a Queensland Government department.

It's hard to imagine a role Noni couldn't take on or a goal she couldn't conquer.

She joins the 40% of Australian women who say they often, or always, feel rushed or hard-pressed for time.

Many women said they felt this way because they were not only shouldering the bulk of the domestic duties, but working longer hours as well.

The odd part is, Noni thrives on her hectic schedule.

Just like her blue-eyed two-year-old son Kayne, Noni said she was always "go, go, go".

"I'm always looking for something new - a challenge," she said.

"I stress out lots but I enjoy it."

The latest AMP. NATSEM Income and Wealth Report: Race Against Time - How Australians Spend Their Time, revealed full-time and part-time work hours have both risen for women.

According to the report women were also completing an average of three hours each day on domestic duties, compared to 2.5 hours for men, and spending 59 minutes a day caring for children.

But Noni said she and her husband were a great team, with him shouldering the lion's share of the cooking and splitting the rest of the domestic duties with her "50/50".

"I couldn't do it without my husband, he even does the school run," she said.

Noni said taking advantage of technology by emailing her seven-year-old son Huntah's teachers and having a routine were the most important parts of keeping up with a busy life - especially at Christmas.

She said she had organised presents, holiday plans and food for a great Christmas and enjoyed spending quality time with her family.

"I feel lost a little bit without the kids," Noni said while she cuddled Kayne. "I love quality family time."

Although there were a few things she missed.

"I don't have time to watch Home and Away or Neighbours anymore," she said.

"I used to watch it religiously."



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