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Call for flexible working for all hits Parliament, but women should still be looking after the children….a juxtaposition?

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Uncategorized, Parenting, Flexible working, Childcare
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There were two stories in the press in the last couple of weeks which resonated here at Parental Choice HQ for different reasons.  Firstly, was the great news that a private bill relating to default flexible working for all was bought before Parliament by MP Helen Whatley.  We couldn’t agree more with her statement; “How ...

School holiday childcare – costs increasing!

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Parenting, Holidays, Childcare
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If like me you have a headache at the thought of where your children will be and with whom over the summer holidays, then the added thought of the soaring cost of school holiday childcare will have you joining me in a darkened room for a lie-down! Unfortunately, here in the South East we are ...

Helping children manage stress during exam season

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Teenagers, schools, Parenting, Education, Children
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The summer term has started, and so has exam time so we are looking at helping children manage exam season stress.  While the lead in to the May half term is just a few weeks, for some families this time will be a highly stressful period.  Children in years 2 and 6 are taking the ...

How employers can help working parents beyond flexible working

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Employee Benefits
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Real Business magazine has published an article which tackles the issue of flexible working for parents.  It addresses the three main issues faced by working parents:  the cost of childcare, flexible working and impostor syndrome.  It’s a very interesting read and has challenged businesses to demonstrate how they support wo...

Modern Families Index 2019 – messages to business leaders

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Flexible working, Family Friendly Companies, Career
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Our friends over at Parent and Professional (P&P), have taken a good look at the Modern Families Index 2019 which was recently published by Working Families and Bright Horizons. The index raised many issues faced by working parents, but the conclusion drawn by P&P is that until business leaders and decision-makers really tak...

From babies with love – love in the workplace

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Parenting, New mum, Family Friendly Companies, Employee Benefits, Children
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Is love a word you often hear at work? In respect of how you feel about your colleagues, how you feel about your company, or how your company feels about you? I wonder if a staff survey ever asked: “do you feel loved by your company”? On Valentines Day From Babies with Love launched with ...