Working Mums

Being The 'Perfect' Mum Drove Me Crazy...

Sophia Walker | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

This doesn't bode well for me. For, in order to be 'successful' I have to survive on five hours' sleep, do exercise at the crack of dawn every day, hold down a career, be the perfect wife (and cook) and all the while eating healthily. Apparently these are all traits/ways of living that successful CEOs and Mumpreneurs observe, so they must be on to something, right?

Mary Berry Admits She Felt 'Very Guilty' About Being A Working Mum

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Mary Berry has revealed that she felt ‘very guilty’ about working when her children were younger. In an interview with Women and Home magazine, th...

Hot Trends For Tired 'Mombies'

Sophia Walker | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

Returning to work from maternity leave was the final boost I needed to start putting myself first again. Inspired to make more of an effort during nine-to-five, I started to research and test products that would revive or disguise the daily grind of being a parent.

2017 Has Been Billed As A 'Tipping Point' For Flexible Working, So Why Is It So Hard To Find A Job Outside Of The 9-5?

Hayley Kearney | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hayley Kearney

Many professional women are lucky enough to be able to return flexibly to their posts after maternity leave. But what if you take a career break or your company can't offer the flexibility you need? What about flexible roles at the point of hire?

The Toughest Job Of All Is Being A Working Mum

Sophia Walker | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

I decided to update my CV and ring around some recruitment agents. The reality check was humbling. I was told to be 'thankful' for even having a job, while others told me no-one would employ me part time when there's 400,580,235,253,532 younger girls willing to do seven-days a week at half my day rate.

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?

Working Mums And Entrepreneurs: Why We Can Have It All...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

Yes it's hard work, yes there are times where you feel unappreciated, and yes it can feel as if you're wading through treacle at times, when no amount of distractions will stop a tantrum.

The Real Reasons Why Working Mums Want A Career

Jane Johnson | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Johnson

Surely we owe it to the next generation to prove we not only made educating women the norm, we also made it possible for them go on and do something with those highly educated brains? In an age when we can work across continents and timezones, do we really believe the only place and time to get the job done is 8am-6pm in the office.

Essential New Year Resolutions Every Mum Should Make

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

The mums I know have so much they want to accomplish in 2017 - firm up, lose weight, see more friends, take toddler to more classes, do more creative play, spend more quality time together as a family, write a book, start a blog - up their instagram game... t

How Motherhood Has Helped Our Business Balloon (And How You Can Do It Too!)

Sally Hodge | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sally Hodge

Mums running businesses is BIG business - according to a report from Development Economics, commissioned by eBay; "mumpreneurs" generate £7.2bn for the UK's economy and over 200,000 jobs.

Juggling: Musician, Mum And Me

YolanDa Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
YolanDa Brown

I am a Musician, a Wife, a Mum an artist, writer, presenter, racing driver, educator, daughter, sister and friend. Pausing to think of these titles that make up Yolanda Brown gave me a strange feeling... was it stress, anxiety? How do I do it? Am I ok doing it?

Shit To Working, I WANT To Stay At Home

Tina Medlock | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

There is an undeniable amount of pressure on working mothers to fulfil a new role that has been developed over the past twenty or so years. And curiously enough this role has been created by women themselves.

Has This Mum Written The Best Or Worst CV Cover Letter EVER?!?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

So alongside my wondering if I can include my new skills of being able to breastfeed whilst changing a pooey bum and being able to pick up teeny tiny pieces of plastic crap faster than the speed of light onto my "updated" CV, I've also had to draft a cover letter for said "updated" CV.

Self-Employed? Work From Home? Family Suffering?

Shahilla Barok | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Shahilla Barok

I may be so much more conscious of this issue as a single parent, who is self-employed, runs a charity and has raised two kids 'single handedly'. My girls roll their eyes and mime at this line as it is much used, mainly in an aim to get people to see that if I can do it....anyone can, seriously, anyone can do this.

Victoria Pendleton And Gabby Logan On Self-Reflection

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Olympic cyclist turned jockey, Victoria Pendleton, and former gymnast and sports broadcaster, Gabby Logan, sit down to share their experiences of bala...

8 Things You Totally Miss Now Your Child Is Back At School

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Parents

We may have moaned about having our children at home during the summer holidays - having to constantly entertain them and having even less time to our...

My Wife Won't Get A Job While I Work Myself To Death: Why This Is Unfair

Antonia Welch | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents
Antonia Welch

Earlier in the summer, a middle aged husband, lets call him Mr X, wrote an anonymous letter to The Guardian lamenting his wife for refusing to entertain the possibility of a return to work even though both their children have been at full-time school for some time. Indeed, the eldest is about to start college.

Breastfeeding Mum Takes Revenge On Fridge Raiding Colleague

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Parents

A breastfeeding mum who was fed up of her colleague stealing her coffee creamer devised a clever plan for revenge. She used her breastmilk to fill up ...

Updated CV: CEM, Chief Executive Mum at Household Inc

Meagan Jukes | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Parents
Meagan Jukes

Parents do not get enough credit for having children. Becoming a parent is the hardest job in the world, however companies and employers do not appreciate the skills parents have gained. Especially woman returning from maternity leave or from being a Stay-at-Home Mum - they are considered a done and dusted vegetable head.

Six Reasons to Love Working Part Time

Laura Clark | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Clark

I always imagined I'd love being a stay-at-home-mum. Although I've always enjoyed working, and I'm pretty good at it, I've never been what you'd describe as a career girl. I assumed once I became a mum I would find my forte in life and never look back. I figured I would eventually go back to work part time but it would be because we needed the money, not because I actually wanted to return.

The Perceived Emasculation of Stay at Home Dads

John L. Adams | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

The parenting world, especially the early years environment, is very heavily biased towards mums. If you are male and going to enter that world and thrive, you have to be a thick skinned, confident individual. Far from being emasculated, you have to be tough and very sure of your masculinity.

Why You Don't Always Need a Plan

Katherine Lowe | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Parents
Katherine Lowe

Like most women I know, and almost every mother in the universe, I am one of life's planners. No major life event has taken place without an epic 'to do' list and multi-tabbed financial spreadsheet.

Holly Willoughby On The Childcare Option That Helped Her Return To Work

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Parents

Holly Willoughby has praised her own mum for helping her out with childcare since she's gone back to work full-time. Willoughby, who is mum to Harry,...

How We're Tackling the Gender Pay Gap

Bibi Hilton | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bibi Hilton

I believe that if we want to address the gender pay gap and help women work up to leadership roles, we need supportive office environments that embrace flexibility and shared parental leave.

The Science of Part-Time Work

Sophia Walker | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

My time was up, 365 long, exhausting and beautiful days had passed, it was time to resume duty, resurrect the old me. I decided that returning part-time would give me the best balance possible. Four days with baby, three days with normal people, no more time with the NCT massive! But which three days should I work? Well here's my science...