Last night I sent an email to a colleague at 10pm. This morning she replied at 6am.
BC (before children) I wouldn't have dreamed of still working at that time of night (unless it was over a few bottles of wine!). I'd also have immediately pegged my colleague as a workaholic and struggled to imagine how I'd ever reach her dizzy heights of committment. Now I know better. She's just like me. A working Mum.
Nowadays we have the technology that in theory allows us to have a decent work/life balance. I don't need to spend 9-6 physically the office anymore. I can work from anywhere as long as I deliver results. So if I choose to work from home when I can, and stop work between 5.30pm & 8pm to spend time with my children, that's okay. Of course I do have to finish up when they're in bed - but it's not like I was planning on being out on the razzle, dazzle every night anyway.
So yes, I do send emails at ridiculous times of day and night, but it's not because I'm a workaholic or that I'm trying to prove I work harder than my colleagues. It's because I'm a working Mum who's just trying to fit everything in.