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Why being a working mother is vital for diversity in the workplace.

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Family Friendly Companies, Career
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“I recently read that there are more CEOs named John than there are women CEOs. I’m changing my name to John.”   (Overheard at ‘She Runs It’ – Working Mother of the Year Awards, 2017) Seven years ago, I had my first child. I was in my early 30s, and I had worked in the City ...

The return to work and how to boost your relationship with your Manager

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, New mum, Career
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Those of us who have taken a period of months away from work will know that returning can be the hardest part. Most of us would also say that the relationship you have with your manager is paramount to the long-term success of your return to work. Building a strong relationship with your manager takes ...

Childcare and Flexible Working

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Flexible working, Childcare, Career
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Finding the right childcare when working full time or flexibly can be like finding a needle in a haystack and if you do find that needle it is often diamond and gold-plated! Parents spend up to 45% of their disposable income on childcare and when it comes to a return to work, families (and in ...

A Dad’s Share

by ParentalChoice
in Working Dad, Shared Parental Leave., Childcare, Career
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Back in November 2014 my wife and I were overjoyed with the arrival of our daughter Beatrice. Being at home with her for those first two weeks was amazing and she was perfect in every way, but a month in to her life she was diagnosed with hip-dysplasia and we were told she would need ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Father

by ParentalChoice
in Working Dad, Shared Parental Leave., Parenting, Childcare, Career
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I’m a three-time stay-at-home dad of two: a seven-and-a-half-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son. That sentence has way too many hyphens in it. Where was I? My first stint as full-time carer for my daughter was by choice; I’d been freelancing in the marketing/PR field for a while and earning well, so when my wife’s ...

Survival Tips for Work-Life Balance

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, Flexible working, Children, Childcare, Career
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Work-life balance is never going to be perfect! How can it be? When you bring a child into your life, something’s got to give to make room for him or her. And it doesn’t get easier as your child gets older… school hours and holidays bring additional challenges for working parents, right into the teenage ...