Working Mothers.

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.

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.

Tackling the Taboo of Flexible Working

Janvi Patel | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Janvi Patel

I think flexible working is the new way forward and for us and our market, it is the only way forward. Now is the time for employers to be brave, to seize the opportunity and embrace the future model of working. Flexible working is not just about a better work/life balance, but about making us all - employees and businesses alike - more effective.

Trump: The Voice of Business on Breastfeeding and Work

Jessica Shortall | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Shortall

While many of his public statements run contrary to conventional political wisdom, Trump is accurately representing the voice of American business on this one. Many CEOs, managers, co-workers, and human resources professionals all over the country are following the same playbook when it comes to new mothers who need to pump breastmilk while on the job.

Does It Matter That Top Female Politicians Are Not Mothers?

Donna Navarro | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Politics
Donna Navarro

If you look at the world of politics currently you may consider women are well-represented. Successful women successfully voted in as MPs to represent...

Maternity Discrimination: 'I Was Fired Four Days After Telling My Boss I Was Pregnant'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents

New mothers are being forced out of work every year because of discrimination against women in the workplace, a new study has found. In a survey of...

To the Working Mother This Summer

Kiran Chug | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Kiran Chug

This summer, I will feel the ache of not being there. I will live through the photos, I will cry at night, I will miss them with such longing I will feel your anger that we aren't there.

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.