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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 ...

My Life as a Succesful Working Mother

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Work life balance, Uncategorized, Children, Career
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Founder and CEO of “An Inspirational Journey”, Heather Jackson embodies what many of us see as a successful working mother. But each of us sees success in a different way, so we asked Heather herself what she thought being a success was and how did she define it. “First question I asked myself when asked ...

Not Underestimating the Power of Networking

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Work life balance, schools, Career
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Networking doesn’t stop when you become a parent. In fact its power becomes even more important. Parental Choice asked Louise Websiter, founder of Beyondtheschoolrun, for her views on networking: “Sometimes I think we underestimate the power of our networks and yet when becoming a parent there is never a more important...

Why is the take up of shared parental leave so low?

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Career
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Shared Parental Leave (or SPL) was introduced by the UK government in April 2015 and was set to dramatically change the legal landscape so that caring for children became a joint responsibility rather than one exclusively assigned to mothers. A framework that allowed women to return to the workplace more quickly, without compromisin...