Maternity Leave

Mum Uses Maternity Leave To Travel The World With 10-Week-Old Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Parents

After the birth of a baby, the last thing new mums will think about is hopping on a plane to travel the world. But that's exactly what Karen Edward...

The (Working) Benefits of Being a Millennial

Carolina Are | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carolina Are

Sure, Millennials have it a lot harder when it comes to making their job count. We will probably have worked 100 jobs by the age of 60, all while still renting a house in the middle of nowhere and commuting to work for hours. But we will also be able to change our job titles to something outlandish and, most importantly, shape our company and its products rather than letting them shape us.

Sharing the Caring Puts Family First

S.D. Robertson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
S.D. Robertson

I'm a big believer in fathers playing a more active role in their children's upbringing. I'm biased, of course, as that's my own experience. Not that my wife and I planned it. A happy accident would be a better explanation.

10 Things to Do at the End of Maternity Leave

Adele Armstrong | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Parents
Adele Armstrong

I enjoyed the last two weeks immensely as I had them to myself. Here are my 10 tips on what to do during the final countdown before the whole childcare/commute/work circus begins!

The 'Stay-at-Home' Mum Needs Re-Branding

Anne Marshall | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Stay. At. Home. Do not pass go. Do not collect tax credits. You are no longer interesting enough to leave your house. Did you forget that you were supposed to 'do it all', the name of the game was to 'have it all', and now you are 'nothing much at all'?

Women Returning To Work After Maternity Leave Get 'Less Pay For Decades'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Parents

Mothers who return to work after maternity leave get less pay and fewer promotions for "decades", researchers have told a parliamentary inquiry. A...

13 Things That Will Happen When You Return to Work After Maternity Leave

Katie Gregory | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

1. One or more of your children will get ill. Really ill. A sick bug, chicken pox, a mystery virus - whatever. They've been incubating it the whole time you've been off work, and storing it up for the week you return just so you're forced to have that conversation with your boss as early as possible.

The Best Places in London to Visit on Maternity Leave

Lucy Tobin | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Tobin

When I imagined maternity leave, I thought I'd be hopping all over London to visit the museums, galleries, and restaurants that I'd always wanted to go to but never had the time whilst working full-time. The reality is a bit different.

New Dads Will Now Get Four Months Paid Leave At Facebook

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Parents

Facebook has announced a new extended parental leave policy, meaning new fathers will now get four months of paid leave. The global policy, which w...

A Year on - Why Change.org's Parental Leave Policy Is Working

Antonia McElvenney | Posted 01.11.2015 | UK Parents
Antonia McElvenney

Our parental leave policy allows us to move past stereotypes about what a parent can or can't be at work. We are lucky to have a culture that encourages people to create authentic relationships at work and our parental leave policy is one of the many ways that we do this.

Are We Ready to Share Care?

Mandy Garner | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

Can Shared Parental Leave make a difference? Many are sceptical. They argue that examples from other European countries show that unless you specifically reserve leave for dads on a 'use it or lose it' basis, as they do in Iceland, they are unlikely to take it.

Mum's Appeal To Extend Maternity Leave For Parents Of Premature Babies

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents

A mum who began a petition campaigning for parents of premature babies to have extended maternity leave is nearing her 10,000 signatures target. C...

A guide to Corporate Baby Gifts

Lisa Roberts | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

Buying corporate gifts, being entrusted to make the right choice to convey the company's sentiments is a big responsibility. It is important to get it right and to hit the right note, never more so than when sending congratulations on the birth of a baby or to mark the start of maternity leave.

Flexible Working - A Missed Opportunity?

Tracey Bleakley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Bleakley

Embracing flexible working can actually bring substantial benefits to an organisation. Many small businesses know this instinctively. They hire in roles on a part-time basis as and when they need the resource in order to keep costs low and survive the tricky first few years.

Holly Willoughby Spills On Whether There'll Be Baby Number 4

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents

Holly Willoughby has ruled out having any more children. The TV presenter and her husband Dan Baldwin already have three children together - Harry,...

Duchess Of Cambridge Pictured On First Official Engagement Since Birth Of Charlotte

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents

The Duchess Of Cambridge has been pictured on her first solo outing since giving birth to Princess Charlotte, visiting the Anna Freud Centre in London...

Five Reasons Why Having a Baby Won't Ruin Your Working Life

Sarah Garrett | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Garrett

Women have been urged by fertility experts for years not to wait before having a baby. Many more women than before are starting their family later in order to focus on their working lives. While many believe there is no right time to have a baby, especially while they search for the perfect partner, we look at five reasons why having a baby won't ruin your career.

The Back to Work Mum

HarrietHarriet Castle | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Parents
HarrietHarriet Castle

You might have guessed I don't work as a lawyer, a banker, in finance, in the city, or even as I once did as a journalist. Let's not mess about, it must be near impossible to achieve this sort of work/life balance if you do.

Did I Put Off Becoming a Mum Until I Felt Valuable in My Career?

Raj Kaur-Hooper | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Parents
Raj Kaur-Hooper

Things like maternity coaching to help with the transition in and out of work, making sure that before they go off on maternity the have the opportunity to have a valuable conversation about their aspirations, what the future could look like and closing off any development actions.

Mind the (Career) Gap: Why Businesses Must Help Mums Get Back to Work

Bibi Hilton | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Bibi Hilton

Politicians and business leaders talk a lot about boardroom quotas, pay equality and diversity. But the issue of helping women return to work is not yet on our agenda and it needs to be. We need more women returning to the workplace to increase the pool at the top, achieve true gender equality and inspire younger generations.

Duchess Of Cambridge Ready To Juggle Family Life With Royal Duties

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Parents

The Duchess of Cambridge will return to public duties after four months of maternity leave with her second child Princess Charlotte. Her duties wil...

No Parent Can Have It All: My View On Laura Wade-Gery's Maternity Leave

Nicola Bonn | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Parents
Nicola Bonn

If Laura wants to return to her job after four months then why the hell shouldn't she? I'm sure that it won't be easy and there will be times when, however strong she is, she'll cry in the work loos because she misses her baby so much. However there is no reason that she will do any less of a good job than a male counterpart in the same position.

In Defence of Becoming a Mother at 50

Claudia Spahr | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Parents
Claudia Spahr

Laura Wade-Gery's announcement is an unprecedented event for new times. This is the future ladies and gents. More and more women will become mothers in their 50s. And why not? 50 isn't even old anymore, especially if you think that many of us could well reach 100, fit and healthily.

One More Reason Why Netflix Is Brilliant (Especially If You're A Parent)

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents

Netflix's new maternity and paternity leave policy will allow mums and dads to take off as much time as they like during the first year after their c...

The Truth About Being Pregnant at Work

Vicki Marinker | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Vicki Marinker

I found some employers acting like sexist dinosaurs, while other companies are much more enlightened when it comes to pregnancy in the workplace. I've changed the names of some of the women who spilled the beans to protect them from identification.