Working Mothers.

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.)

I'm Self Employed But My Toddler Is The Boss!

Charlotte Wise | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Parents
Charlotte Wise

Let's face it, being self employed and running your own business is hard work, building your own startup is even harder, but add being a parent to the equation and any fellow mum will tell you there can be days when you will feel everything is impossible!

Health V Wealth: Working Mothers Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Claire Turner | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Turner

New research seems to confirm what many working mothers will already attest to - that they are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to ...

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...

Mummy's Heart - The End Of Maternity Leave

Deb Bunn | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

Just 18 short months ago my heart was breaking because it was looking like I would never be a mummy. Having spent years of loving my nieces and nephews and waiting my turn, I was facing the reality that I might not ever have a child of my own. I was sad and getting sadder.

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.

May And The Handmaid's Tale

Pam Jarvis | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

Mrs May claims that she is a feminist. She should therefore resign rather than enact such a betrayal upon us all.

Full Time. Part Time. All the Time

Rebekah Smith | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

It's not easy returning to work; back to the routine, back to caring about something more than nap times, feeds and tantrum negotiation. I returned three weeks ago, changing from full time to part time. I still work the equivalent of four days a week and it sometimes feels as though I am trying to 'have it all' - but why shouldn't I have my own identity, career and earnings.

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.

Parenting: What My Friends Without Kids Have Taught Me

Celine Bell | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

They've been your friends forever. Don't write them off because they are the link to your past, to dancing on tables, to uni finals, to first loves and inappropriate crushes. Sure, you'll dance on tables with your new mum mates (at some point).

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.

Why Politicians Should Do More For Working Women

Heidy Rehman | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Politics
Heidy Rehman

The future government needs to consider the pressure on the economy from our challenging demographics; we have a growing proportion of older people. It is now more important than ever for us to generate the best return on our domestic labour force. This means not only keeping women in work but in jobs that add value.

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.