Working Mothers.

The Night My Daughter Called Out For Daddy, Not Me

Catherine Wiltcher | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK Parents
Catherine Wiltcher

It's the harshest of penalties, and I place the blame squarely on society's shoulders. More specifically, the default setting that generations upon generations of women have adhered to - the mother, the carer. There's no point chucking another 'e' at the middle of that word.

You Can Call Me Mummy

Michelle Pannell | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Pannell

Change is a good thing, there is nothing wrong with being known as a mum. It means you are doing an amazing and incredible job. You have been entrusted with a small person to nurture, to teach values to and to help become a compassionate citizen who can add to the world rather than just take from it.

Why Do You Object To Breastfeeding In Public?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

Before formula, there was breast milk.  Before bottles there was breasts.  The human race has lasted this long because we are physically able to nurture our young using our bodies.  That's incredible.  Women's bodies are genuinely incredible.  We can grow these humans and feed them with nothing except what our bodies naturally do and that is truly remarkable.

Tackling Maternity Leave Anxiety

Saira Aspinall | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Saira Aspinall

The realities of maternity leave when your job is dependent on YOU - as a personality, a creative, a presence in the system really isn't discussed enough. The idea that we are all replaceable, often with a younger model or another identikit 'part-time mum', is difficult to confront.

I Can't Have It All...

Beth Barker | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Parents
Beth Barker

Women can have it all these days, so they say. We can be mothers and sex goddesses and ambitious career women, and can generally achieve great things. We can.

Winging It. Returning To Work With Two Children

Jeni Dibley-Rouse | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jeni Dibley-Rouse

I returned to work at the beginning of this year after chid number two and I can safety say that we have been winging it ever since. Over three years ago I returned to work after my first child and I can't really remember it being a terrible time and we did decide on having another child so it must have been ok?

A Vision Of A Family Friendly Music Industry

Vick Bain | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vick Bain

I don't talk often about my experiences of balancing a career in the music industry with being a parent - it is something I, alongside thousands of others, just get on and do. But my start to parenthood was perhaps tougher than many - my partner left me whilst I was pregnant and my twins were born two months premature.

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 Mother's Life Is The Best Sermon I Have Seen, And The Only One I Remember Everyday

Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anushka Fernando-Goonetilleke

As I turn 32 this Mother's Day I have come to the realise the impact and power of my mother in my life and how her actions influence and inspire me on a daily basis. It is not the words she has spoken but what she did and how she lives her life that I remember and draw strength from.

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.

Five Ways To Make Your Maternity Leave The Stuff Of Dreams (Not Nightmares)

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

BBC's drama The Replacement was a disturbing exploration of maternity leave that tapped into the fears of many mothers-to-be but also raised a number of questions around our biases and assumptions that impending and new mothers are not to be trusted and start to unravel the moment the two blue lines appear.

The Government Wants To Help Mothers Return To Work, But What Can Flexible Working Really Bring To An Organisation?

Jane Johnson | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Johnson

Flexible working itself requires highly sought-after skills, and we should not be afraid to draw this to the attention of recruiters and employers. We will need to prove ourselves and the value we bring. We are a flexible working PR and Communications consultancy, and here are some of the lessons we have learnt from our own experience:

How Will It Ever Work?

Tamara Spurway | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

Yesterday was a game of two halves for me, a bit of a rollercoaster. I woke up early enough to have a decent length shower, wash my hair, dry it (shock) and put on a full face of makeup. All before the little man demanded breakfast.

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).

International Women's Day - Be Bold For Change And Save Motherhood!

Angela Spencer | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

all women everywhere First and foremost, we have to remember that our entire future rests on the ability of woman to give birth to healthy babies. There will be no 'next generation' if we do not start making motherhood a right and a priority, and that is across the world!

The Judgement Of The Working Mum

Gemma Devaney | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

all women everywhere Sadly I hate to admit that it has been more women than men who have hit me with the type of comments above. But if we are going to continue to make our daughters stronger and our sons more respectful, us women need to stop the mum judgment and support one another now so that we can continue to have a choice in how we parent and live

Returning To Work: Three Things I Wish I'd Known At The Time

Helen Casewell | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Casewell

If I had known then what I know now I really wouldn't have worried so much, so I wanted to share some of the things I wish I had known at that time to help anyone else in their return to work:

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.

How We Survived Financial Crisis. Just

Clemmie Telford | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Clemmie Telford

2016 was a shitty year. The universal reasons hardly need mentioning: politics going tits up. The loss of so many amazing creatives. And of course Bake Off. But for my family and I we also went through a proper deep dark financial crisis.

'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.

The Only New Year's Resolution Worth Keeping...

Katherine Lowe | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katherine Lowe

Lying in bed, listening to my husband cope just fine downstairs without me I suddenly realised how ridiculous I was being - if my kids had this many ailments I would have packed them off to the doctor's weeks ago (and been awake at night frantically Googling their symptoms...)

Pregnancy Discrimination: The Government Is Sitting On Its Hands

Jo Swinson | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jo Swinson

With evidence that pregnancy discrimination is at shocking levels, and has almost doubled in a decade, the Government urgently needs to act. We have outlined the steps the Government needs to take, from high-profile leadership to practical help for employers, abolishing the employment tribunal fees that prevent dinosaur bosses being taken to task, and ensuring women have access to the advice and help they need.

The Fatherhood Penalty: It's Real And It's Here

John L. Adams | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

You've probably heard of the motherhood penalty. It's the penalty many women pay when they have children and either leave their careers or take on lower paid, less demanding jobs. Have you, however, given any consideration to the fatherhood penalty?