Working Mothers.

If You're A Working Mum, You Actually Help Your Daughters To Thrive

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents

Daughters of working mothers have better careers, higher pay and more equal relationships than those taised by stay-at-home mothers, a new study has f...

When the Wheels Come Off: Poorly Child Versus Work Commitments

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

In an ideal world the minute that a child is unwell or unhappy we would drop everything and tend to them completely. But it is not always that easy, especially when one is self-employed.

Why the Queen's Speech Means I Can Have Another Baby (Maybe)

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

According to the Conservative Party manifesto the 15 hours a week currently available to children following their third birthday is going to be doubled to 30 hours from 2017.

Working Parent Problems: Ten Things That Nearly Stopped Me From Getting to Work Today

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

Although I work from home I regularly travel and meet people in London and elsewhere. But despite meticulous planning and a lot of (expensive) childcare it doesn't always go smoothly. Here are just 10 things that nearly stopped me from getting to work today:

Why I Keep Measuring Myself Against the Perfect Mother

Kiran Chug | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Parents
Kiran Chug

The first time my one-year-old daughter rejected me made my eyes well up. The tears rose as quickly as my heart thudded to the ground. My daughter didn't want me. She wanted her grandmother.

Juggling Business and Family... Hints and Tips

Michelle Jay | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Parents
Michelle Jay

Having it all sounds like a bit of a dream. Sure - if you've got an army of nannies and PA's, you might just be able to juggle your business and your family - but for the rest of us working mums? Pah! Forget about it.

Running Your Business From Home... Challenges and Solutions!

Michelle Jay | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents
Michelle Jay

Just as a regular working schedule can help set limits for others, having a fixed place to work from will help you to remain more focused on your work activities. A home office can be easy to set up - ensure you've got all your essentials close at hand. Even if it's just a corner of the living room, try and designate a clear space that really is just for work.

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.

Motherhood - The Biggest Sacrifice

A. Dassu | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

The moment I found out I was expecting my first child, my life changed forever. Nothing was going to be the same ever again. It couldn't be taken back and even if the pregnancy hadn't gone through, I still would have remained changed. This much I knew.

It's International Women's Week, so Here's to Mothers - The Minions of the World

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Vanessa Olorenshaw

So, where does that leave a mother who wishes to stay at home and raise her family? Between a party who loathes them, a party who patronises them and a party who ignores them.

I'm Every Woman

Katy Wright | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Wright

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.

Creating Your World

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

We are all able to choose to support ourselves, to be compassionate and loving toward ourselves. The way that we behave toward ourselves is the most important message that we are communicating to the rest of the world about what we expect from the people that we invite into our lives.

Is Labour's Paternity Leave Policy Progressive or a Poll Bribe?

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Simon Ragoonanan

While this Labour policy may seem progressive, reflecting the reality that many fathers want to be at home with their newborn too, I feel what it's really reinforcing is that after four weeks a man's place is still at work while a woman's is at home with the baby.

I Asked My Daughter What She Wants to Be When She Grows Up... Her Answer Surprised Me

A. Dassu | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

Have you ever heard someone say that they want to be 'just' a mum or a dad when they are an adult? If they have, I wonder what the reaction was? We are always expected to have another role. Mothers are now expected to go to work, have a career, and play a role financially even if a partner supports them.

Can Your Career Survive Motherhood?

Marina Gask | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Depressingly - yet perhaps inevitably - recent research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that half of women believe that having a baby poses such a risk to their career that they would consider remaining childless.

Five Tips for Women in Business (Who Happen to Be Mums)

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

Life here is pretty tough with very few real jobs so most people seem to be in business. I wonder if my advice would be at all relevant? Probably not, in a subsistence economy there is no need to remind people to...

24 Things You Could Do After Maternity Leave

Soozi Baggs | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

Please don't stop at dreaming. Do something about it. There really are loads of opportunities out there which will help you to change your life for the better. I've distilled some of these ideas into a handy list for you. This is your 'what I could do after maternity leave' list. Read it, pick out a few, and develop them into your own ideas.

Has Feminism Gone Too Far? Or Will We No Longer Have a Place For Mothers in Society?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Feminism and the fight for women's equality rights has never backfired as much as during the last decade. Where men demand from women to be what they want, i.e. equal. And rightly so.

Women and Whaling: Scientifically Women Should be Mothers First, and Career Should Come Third (After Their Husband)

Olga Levancuka | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

They don't blatantly say women should stay at home. Well they do, or to be precise they did, but since it was all too obvious, the public reaction forced them to become craftier at their messages. And, rather scientifically, as in whaling, the politicians turned toward actions and away from words.

Treat Fathers Like Idiots...

Soozi Baggs | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

There has been a lot of speculation about how men won't take up the opportunity of shared parental leave because the money is not enough for them or because childcare is not seen as a man's job. These are valid concerns but I think it goes even deeper than that.

No Such Thing as a Bad Mother

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

I was 16 when I first fell pregnant (accidentally, of course), and again at 20. I didn't want my first two children. "Daddy, I have changed my mind," I cried big tears when I was being wheeled into the delivery room. "I don't want a baby!" In the beginning, I never felt that I was a good mother. In fact, I have always believed that I was a bad mother, blaming my youth for my shortcomings.

'Work Life Balance' or 'Personal Balance' - Which Would You Prefer?

Janice Haddon | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janice Haddon

When we think of 'work life balance' it can give us the image in our heads of two separate things that compete with each other for our time and attention. Pitching 'work' versus 'life' can give the impression that 'work' isn't part of our 'life' when in fact, for many of us it is a big part. So how do we strike the balance?

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!)

So, Is It Easier to Be at Work or at Home With the Kids?

Andrea Mara | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

I remember a work colleague of mine from some years ago, who regularly told me that work was easier than looking after his kids. "The office is a break for me," he used to say, "I'm heading home now to the real job". I didn't have children at the time and I assumed he was exaggerating. In fact, as the work we were doing at the time was very challenging, I thought it was a form of self-praise - a humble-brag of sorts.