Working Mums

Getting Women on Board

Mandy Garner | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

There has been a lot of fanfare this week around the reaching of the 25% target for women on boards. Lord Davies set this voluntary target for FTSE 100 companies back in 2011. It's clearly a good thing that boardrooms are getting more diverse and having a target has meant the whole issue has been in the news for the last few years.

Festival Kids

Annie Vasconcelos | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents
Annie Vasconcelos

We took our boy to his first music festival when he was just weeks old. He did his first camping festival at the age of three. It is now just after his 5th birthday and after our first festival of the year that it has come to my attention that some people frown upon taking children to festivals.

How to be a Stress-Free Working Mum

Jo Eden | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Eden

I'm sure there will be a few people that will read this and think, "I've got loads to do, wait till you've got three kids it's not that simple, my other half does nothing..." If you're thinking anything along those lines, you've completely missed my point.

How Grandparents Are the Unlikely Lifeline for Working Parents - But at What Cost to Them in Their Golden Years?

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Grandparents are supposed to have the pleasure of playing with their grandkids, then handing them back. But these days, with the rising cost of childcare, it's like they are being parents all over again.

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.

How to Be Self-employed Over School Holidays Without Going Insane

Jo Gifford | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Gifford

Wanna know how to be self employed as a parent over the hols without going la la? Here is my short and sweet lowdown on living, loving and working during what can be a challenging time for self employed parents.

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.

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!)

If Your Partner Is Your Only Friend, You Need to Get a Life

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

If you're one of those people who spouts off about not needing friends because your partner is your best friend or because you're too busy, widen your horizons. Become an individual. Don't get into that unhealthy trap.

One Man's Symbolic Bow

Laurenne Chapman | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laurenne Chapman

I am very impressed by the way Japan have dealt with this and I think we need to use this as a springboard for the articulation of how culture needs to change going forward as we move out of the old patriarchal paradigm into a new chapter with new norms...

Back to Reality - How to Find Creative Work After Having a Baby

Lou Mensah | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lou Mensah

It may or may not be true that we become our parents, but I want to be careful of the example I set. These choices are more far-reaching than my own sense of satisfaction. I want my daughter to see me as someone who provides, and someone who is available for her.

Top 10 Hacks for the Working, Breastfeeding Mother

Jessica Shortall | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Pumping breast milk is a part-time job on top of the full-time job, not to mention that other little thing about going home and raising a baby. So it's no wonder that working, breastfeeding women are vertiable magicians when it comes to hacking their jobs, their breast pumps, and their surroundings to make it all work.

The Real Challenge of Juggling Work and Motherhood? Divvying up Your Brain Space

Naomi Greenaway | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi Greenaway

Creating the ideal work-life balance is usually discussed in terms of juggling time. But slicing and dicing our hours between work and motherhood is only half the challenge. Equally important is how we juggle our headspace and how skillful we are at separating the two worlds.

Women 'Suffer Greater Stress And Inequality Than Men At Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Women are suffering greater inequality and disadvantages in nearly all aspects of working life, international research has shown. Researchers said ...

Are You a Mum Looking to Return to Work?

Liz Nottingham | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Nottingham

There just aren't enough women with a wealth of life experience available to hire and there are many businesses out there lacking this demographic of strong, capable, 'life' savvy women who could add great value to their work-force.

Nigel Farage Proves That Sexism in the City Is Alive and Well

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Within weeks of joining the bank, I became aware of barriers to my progress that were simply not there for my male equivalents. Women weren't given a chance to prove themselves, men bonded in strip clubs, women were paid less than their male counterparts, sexist 'banter' ruled - and that was before I even noticed what was happening to the one other female executive in my department, who had just had a baby.

Happy New Year, Same Difference

Claire Irvin | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Irvin

So it's back to work and after a magical, if never-ending Christmas break, the world welcomes the return of routine and breathes a collective sigh of relief. Except mums. That is.

The Complexities of Gender Roles in 2013

Jay Nadarajah | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jay Nadarajah

Why, in this modern age, is it still sometimes hard to replicate this same transition as easily on the home front? To this day, it's still common to grow up in a family where mum is the one predominantly wearing the apron and dad brings home more of the pennies.

Ten Reasons Why Working Mums Make Kick-Ass Employees

Sal Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sal Thomas

Working mums get a hard rap. If we're not being brow-beaten by family for abandoning our babies, we're being bitched about by less child-challenged colleagues for leaving work early enough to spend quality time watching our kids crap in the bath.

Ban Teachers From Going on Strike

Katie Hopkins | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

Over the next few weeks, many teachers are going on strike. The NASUWT says: "parents understand we have to stand up for our pay and conditions." The NUT adds "Parents are very supportive of our position". Well here's the tough love on that one. We don't understand and we don't support you.

Mums Are Breadwinning

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

The gap between policy and real life currently undermines the reality for many women and their families. Mothers are breadwinning at higher rates that ever before and it is a trend that shows no signs of reversing any time soon.

The Battle of the Stay-at-Home Mums Versus Working Mums

Katie Hopkins | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Hopkins

I have been doing quite a bit of work recently on issues regarding 'stay at home mums' or SAHM's as they endearingly like to be called, versus working mums, who like to be called productive. I am struck that no matter what the issue, no matter how inert or economically sound in its presentation, SAHMs and working mums will fight about it.

Why Learning Isn't Just for Kids

Michelle Foot | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Foot

Last week was Adult Learners Week, a time to encourage adults from all walks of life to keep on learning - even busy working mums like me! When I left school, I thought all that was behind me, but my apprenticeship has taught me all kinds of new skills and made a big difference to myself and my family.

Working Mums: An Asset to Our Business

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lindsay Pattison

Being super-organised is another essential part of the package. Coordinating school drop-offs and pick-ups and after-school activities around the working day means that working mums have to focus and plan their time precisely.

A Job I Love, an Apprenticeship I Value, All Whilst Being a Working Mum

Emily Hales | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hales

So many people who are around the same age as me are finding it hard to get into a job, let alone one that gives you the chance to gain nationally-recognised qualifications. Keeping up with my education has always been really important to me, but it is not always easy to do.