#Working Moms

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

Nicole Roder | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents
Nicole Roder

I started off just trying my best to refrain from making negative comments about myself in front of them. And let me tell you, it hasn't been easy. If they're awake, they're listening to me. (Well, not listening per se, but they're hearing me, anyway.)

How Could Motherhood Possibly Be This Hard?

Nicole Roder | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Parents
Nicole Roder

I want to warn you, before you read any further, that this will not be your typical mum blog post. I won't be telling you some sarcastic, relatable story about a time that my kids did something aggravating, then toss in some "funny" so that you can walk away with the feeling that this is all normal, lighthearted stuff.

Eight Days In - Returning To Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

On my first post I introduced myself as mummy to Baby M. It had become my identity and whilst it is still all I really want to be. It's no longer all I am. I am a school leader. And I'm a working mum. I am a mother that juggles two roles and tries to do her best.

Expectation V Reality. The First Week Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

When you're pregnant people tell you that the love you will have for your child will be unconditional, but until you hold your baby in your arms you c...

Relief It's Over? The First Day Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

So, it's done. The long anticipated day has come and gone. I did it, I left my beautiful girl and went back to work. When I woke up this morning, I fe...

I Went On Strike At Home

Michelle Lowbridge | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Lowbridge

On a normal day I dropped the kids at school, came home, and did all the jobs waiting for me. By the time I sat down to do any work the day was half gone, I was fed up and frustrated and had lost my motivation for doing any work on my business.

One Week Countdown

Deb Bunn | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

I got in quite a flap the other day, and to be honest I had to have a word with myself! You see, these feelings are primarily me feeling sad for myself. There is of course a significant feeling of worry about how baby M will take to me not being around after nine months of a 24/7 relationship, but I know really she'll be fine.

Mummy's Back At Work

Deb Bunn | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

In my line of work I deal with a fair amount of long term staff absence and pride myself on supporting colleagues back to work through phased returns and other appropriate flexible and supportive arrangements. I recall a colleague asking for a phased return from maternity a couple of years back.

To The Mummies Returning To Work

Deb Bunn | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

The days will come and they will go, some days will be tough. When baby is ill, when your friends that are still on maternity meet up without you, you will feel a sense of loss, but most days will just come and go.

My Experience Of Exclusively Breastfeeding And Being A Working Mum

Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke

I did not want to appear as the team member who 'disrupted' the discussions with a crying baby, neither was I willing to give up the newly found cause I was championing with every fibre of my physical being and my mental strength- breastfeeding.

A Home Or A Distraction?

Emma Williamson | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Williamson

One day I woke up and thought, I think I should work from home permanently. That day I signed myself up to a different world. Working from home can be extremely challenging. It can be difficult to concentrate when the whole house is in a state of disarray (especially when you have four kids and it's minutes before school run).

Single And Motivated - But Are You Happy?

Emma Williamson | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

It's 37 minutes past seven in the evening and I'm wondering if I should write about a slightly taboo topic. Taboo because no-one wants to receive the backlash of opinions when speaking for or against single parenthood!

So What Do You Do?

Emma Williamson | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

Do I tell them how, every morning I get up, get ready, wake my partner and four children up and try and nag them out of bed to go to work/school, whilst making breakfast, emptying the dishwasher and respond to half a dozen of email before 8am?

Why We're Not Equal- A Controversial Look At Gender Inequality

Deb Bunn | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's now 3am and she's awake again. It must be her teeth. I read somewhere that the pain can be worse at night. But baby M doesn't want Calpol. It takes me 45 minutes to coax it into her and 15 minutes later she's back in her cot and I'm crawling into bed. Mr MBAW is snoring.

'Working Mums': Why The Term Is Meaningless

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

I've been back at work for two weeks and already I can feel the old syndrome is kicking in: destroying my posture by slouching forward onto my desk, resisting the need for caffeine, every hour, on the hour, feeling the urgency in every single task.

Mourning My Maternity

Deb Bunn | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's a lot of things to miss about being with M all the time, and I guess it's a kind of grief that I'm experiencing. Mourning my maternity leave. But then, I'm so very grateful, that I have those things to miss. That I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a mummy, and to spend 9 blissful months with my girl.

The Truth About Post-Birth

Meagan Jukes | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Meagan Jukes

But then I lost it. Where did the overwhelming rainbow feeling go? I lay in bed with my 2 day old son who keeps licking his lips at me. He doesn't love me. He doesn't know who I am. He just wants milk.

Can You Love Your Baby Too Much?

Deb Bunn | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

When I was waiting for my miracle baby, I was desperate to be a mUmmy. It was a real biological need to have a child. My friends had already started their families and being with their children and my nieces and nephews cemented my belief that I would enjoy being a mummy, but I had no idea that I'd love it this much!

What Do We Want From Work? - How Work Became Life and Things Got Tricky

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK
Anniki Sommerville

When I started my first proper job I had low expectations. I'd been working in a furniture shop and it involved standing up for long hours and watching other people buy stuff I couldn't afford. This new job offered me my own laptop and a sit down desk. It seemed like a step in the right direction.

Businesses Must Create an Environment Where Working Mums Can Succeed

Sasha G Brown | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Parents
Sasha G Brown

I was able to balance family and work by working on my schedule. My employer at the time appreciated how important time with family was, and besides mandatory meetings, I was free to work on my schedule; as long as tasks were completed on time.

A Working Mum's Guilt

Julie Seeney | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Parents
Julie Seeney

When the time came to return to my job it hit me hard especially as at the time I was suffering with then - undiagnosed postnatal depression. I work Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. My little man is in nursery Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.15pm.

Single Mothers Are Doing It for Themselves

Pam Warren | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

I have recently procured the services of a young 20 something year old personal assistant. She is a single mother of a five year old and wanted some part time work to not only bring income into her household but also to stimulate her mind.

I'm Every Woman

Katy Cox | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Cox

They say Rome wasn't built in a day....but had it have been built by women, then I am confident that it would have been erected in a matter of hours. We are awesome.

Why We Need to Stop Talking About Working Mothers

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

This week there was a report about the rising costs of childcare in the UK, which is indeed a big problem for parents. Yet I kept reading how this was an issue for working mothers or mothers returning to the workplace, never about fathers.

Breastfeeding Support Is Ignoring Working Motherhood

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Ellie's piece resonated with me on a lot of levels, and I am so proud of her for advocating for something that ALL women and babies, of all socio-economic levels, everywhere, need and deserve. But it also got me thinking that something continues to be missing from this conversation. (I can say this, knowing that Ellie will have my back!)