Working Mums

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 22.03.2016 | 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 17.03.2016 | 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...

Motherhood Enhanced My Career (and Vice Versa)

Metok Lee | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents
Metok Lee

Both pregnancy and motherhood have enhanced my career and surprisingly, my career in turn enhanced my motherhood.

A Pregnant Pause...

Sophia Walker | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

You worry that the longer you take off the easier you'll be forgotten. There's always a younger, cheaper version of you out there, more than willing to fill your Louboutins, so keeping in touch days quickly turn into 'don't forget me' days.

What Happened to Sisterhood?

Sarah Turner | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Turner

It is hard enough to know whether you are doing 'the right thing' (and to not feel guilty about it) at the best of times, and, when it comes to working, it seems you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.

The 'Stay-at-Home' Mum Needs Re-Branding

Anne Marshall | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Stay. At. Home. Do not pass go. Do not collect tax credits. You are no longer interesting enough to leave your house. Did you forget that you were supposed to 'do it all', the name of the game was to 'have it all', and now you are 'nothing much at all'?

Seven Things We Need to Stop Saying to Working Mums

Crystal Lowery | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Parents
Crystal Lowery

A wage gap between the sexes still exists, as does the stigma of motherhood in the workforce. If we're ever going to overcome these obstacles, we need to stop saying the following things to working mums.

How to Juggle Motherhood and Work

Annie Vasconcelos | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Parents
Annie Vasconcelos

Being a working mummy can be tough. Feelings of guilt and that constant dividing of your attention between work and family can get a mummy from cool and calm to stresshead crazy lady in minutes. So what is the key to finding that balance between the two jobs?

The 10 Month Itch

Adele Armstrong | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Parents
Adele Armstrong

My husband told me the other day that's it's not my personality to get down on the floor and play with her but it suits him (so she wont be so deprived after all!). I think I'm more of a "teacher" than a "player", I really look forward to her reading, painting, cooking with me etc over the coming years.

How Do You Do It - the Most Common Question Asked of Working Mums

Vicki Psarias | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Psarias

When we get to the crux of it, the context of the questioning is pretty anti-feminist and shoddy really (society/media's fault and the inequality of the workforce for mothers are to blame rather than the enquirer)...

Childcare Is a Family Issue, Not a Female One

Mandy Garner | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

The number of mums now working is up by a fifth since the 1990s and the figures for those working full time have increased to around a third, up from less than a quarter in the mid-90s. This has also meant a huge focus on childcare for working families.

Mind the (Career) Gap: Why Businesses Must Help Mums Get Back to Work

Bibi Hilton | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Parents
Bibi Hilton

Politicians and business leaders talk a lot about boardroom quotas, pay equality and diversity. But the issue of helping women return to work is not yet on our agenda and it needs to be. We need more women returning to the workplace to increase the pool at the top, achieve true gender equality and inspire younger generations.

Getting Women on Board

Mandy Garner | Posted 15.07.2016 | 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 11.06.2016 | 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.