Working Dad

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 ...

Summer Camps – a guide for separated parents on avoiding conflict

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Parenting, Holidays, Family, Children, Childcare
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Summer Camps are becoming an increasingly popular way of entertaining your children during these long summer breaks, and for good reason. In theory, your child will enjoy a week or two away from the sofa and their phones, and you can have a week or two without the constant worry of how you are going ...

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 ...

Grandparents providing Childcare

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Grandparents, Family, Childcare
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With many parents struggling to balance work and family life, grandparents are increasingly being asked to lend a helping hand. The vast majority of parents say that grandparents are their first choice of childcare, and 97% of families receive some kind of help, ranging from regular childcare for babies and toddlers, to dropping of...

What yoga and mindfulness can do for Child and Parent Wellbeing

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Work life balance, Wellbeing, Children's health, Children
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Yoga and mindfulness are the buzzwords of the year, maybe the decade: at the gym, at work, or even in the classroom. Everyone seems to love it, because everyone seems to be stressed these days. But is it all just hippie hype, or can yoga really help you and your child achieve mental well-being and ...

Childcare – more for less

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Financial Planning, Childcare
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When I was originally asked to write this article on the theme of “doing more with less”, the first thing that sprang to mind, given that I am a mother of three children, was getting the most you can where childcare is concerned. It’s never been more relevant than now when most families are feeling ...