Working Mothers.

The Five Biggest Time-Wasters in Parenting - And How to Zap Them Today

Tanith Carey | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents
Tanith Carey

The number of families who now need two wage-earners to keep up with the cost of living in the UK has hit a record high. We also have some of the longest working hours in Europe. But the truth is that when are overwhelmed and overworked, it can wear away at our parenting skills, despite our very best intentions.

Why We Need to Be Talking About Working Fathers

Alice Weightman | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Parents
Alice Weightman

I want to take a moment to talk about working fathers, yes working fathers. Why? Despite the fact that the issues facing working dads garner little media attention, they are very real. And these issues are not just affecting men; they're holding women back too.

Young Mothers Face Intolerable Discrimination in the Workplace

Joeli Brearley | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Improving attitudes towards pregnant women and mothers will require a cultural and societal shift. We need to start valuing care as much as we value professional achievements. Both are equally crucial to a well functioning society.

I Don't Have it All - What I Do Before I Start 'Work'

Nic Williams | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Parents
Nic Williams

I follow 'Man Who Has it all' on twitter. Sometimes it makes me laugh, sometimes I post a snide reply and other times it makes me cross. If you haven't heard about it, it's a parody of how woman have to juggle family and business life but with roles reversed.

When Are You Going Back to Work?

Victoria Leith | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents
Victoria Leith

I got asked this question quite soon after the birth of both our babies. Like raising a tiny human is not work? Like somehow, every bit of work I did up until the point of giving birth was valid and worthwhile and now this is... well, what exactly is it?

Five Reasons Upgrading My Home Helped Restored My Sanity

Sasha G Brown | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sasha G Brown

But I do value my health and understand how regular exercise affects my mental and physical well being. When work begins to pile up and I need to relieve some stress, a 10 minute jog on the treadmill in our garage is heaven.

'Urgent Action' Needed To Tackle Maternity Discrimination At Work

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

More than 70% of working mothers have experienced pregnancy or maternity-related discrimination, a new report has shown. The research, carried out by...

How an Introvert Is Championing Change for Mothers

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

If someone had said to me a couple of years ago I would put my head up above the parapet and start a movement to revolutionize the workplace for mothers and mother-to-be, I would have laughed. Then I would've curled up on my couch with the next series of 24 and forgotten all about it.

Why Taking Nine Months Maternity Leave Was Best for My Career

Juliana Alaba | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Juliana Alaba

I've been in the Marketing industry for six years and have two kids under five. I would never call myself a career woman but I know I could never be a stay at home mum either. I love my kids to the moon and back and believe I take better care of them (and myself!) if I'm not in the picture all the time. It also means I enjoy and make the most of the time we have together.

Motherhood Pay Penalty: Women Having Children Earlier 'Earn Less' Than Peers

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Parents

Women who choose to have children aged 33 or younger are sacrificing part of their pay packet, a study has found. Dubbed the "motherhood pay penalt...

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Four

Olga Levancuka | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Arrange for your partner, husband or a reliable friend to look after your child for just an hour approximately. Feed your child, change their nappy and head out of the door to the nearest coffee shop. Enjoy a hot drink of your choice in peace.

Work at Home Parents Neglect Their Children

Kate Tunstall | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Parents
Kate Tunstall

I know the furtive checking of your mobile phone - ahem, office - like a crack addict seeking their next fix. Worse - it's often executed under the guise of 'Oh, shall we see if it that's Daddy, letting us know he's on his way home?' Even when it was blatantly an email notification.

Post-Baby Body Blah

Emma Fulu | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Fulu

I used to be reasonably fit. I am vegetarian, have practised yoga for over a decade and have always been naturally slim. When I had my first child my body stretched and strained but within six months of a natural birth I returned to a slightly heavier, slightly hippier, saggier-boobed version of myself. But not that dissimilar.

Working Mum or Stay at Home Mum?

Louise Gillett | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Louise Gillett

I do usually manage to fit in some writing during the day but it is sometimes hard to find the motivation as well as the time. So by last weekend, after a whole week of not writing, it was tempting to think that perhaps I should find a job and contribute to the family in a more measurable way - i.e. financially.

Fearne Cotton Chatted About Breastfeeding At Work At The NTAs

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Parents

Fearne Cotton opened up about motherhood and breastfeeding at the National Television Awards 2016. The 34-year-old mum, who gave birth to her secon...

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

Business Suit and High Heels: The Battle of Working Motherhood

Sumbel Gilani | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents
Sumbel Gilani

On my way to work this morning, I saw a woman in her early thirties. She was smartly dressed, in a business suit, and looked like a lawyer or other professional also on her way to work. She trotted along in her high-heeled court shoes, a slight frown on her face. She was probably thinking about an issue at work.

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!

How To Be A Great Working Mum

Helen Thorn | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Juggling motherhood and a career can be tough, according to every article about juggling motherhood and a career ever. But it's important to remember that being a parent can have its advantages in the workplace.

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.

What Is the Secret to Creative Success? An Interview With Celebrity Portrait Photographer and Mother, Jenny Lewis

Lou Mensah | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents
Lou Mensah

Jenny Lewis' new book One Day Young, features portraits of women in their Hackney homes within 24 hours of giving birth. A few of these images are of acquaintance's, but most were stranger's at that point, all depicting an arresting intimacy and timelessness that would sit perfectly amongst the collections at The National Portrait Gallery.

Let's Stop Talking About Superwomen

Alice Bell Reeves | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Parents
Alice Bell Reeves

While many mothers actively want to take on paid work - for financial, intellectual, civic, social or sanity reasons - and some of us have career ambitions too, that doesn't mean we all want to work almost all the hours in the day.

The "G" word

Nia Joynson-Romanzina | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Parents
Nia Joynson-Romanzina

What are the symptoms? A state of prolonged muted agony, a constant background nagging in your head... you're not doing enough, you're not giving enough, you're not being enough with your children.

If Dads Heard The Inane Crap That's Spouted At Working Mums

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents

A hilarious parody Twitter account is calling out the inane advice working mums hear all the time. @manwhohasitall offers "top tips for men jugglin...

Solved! The Mystery of the Disappearing Women

Hannah Martin | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Martin

Back door exits such as mine are also usually shrouded in the threat of an NDA (I was told that the meeting in which I was sacked was 'without prejudice', which meant I couldn't refer to it in a tribunal). This ensures that you can't tell people what actually happened, robbing you first of a job, and then of your ability to share your story.