Working Mum

Learnability quotient – The new superpower

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, Career
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We have been accustomed to thinking of life in three stages – education followed by work followed by retirement and then some sunlit years until we die around three score years and 10. Many of our cultural norms both at work and on the home front have been designed around this three stage model. So, for ...

Back to school, back to work

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Work life balance, Career
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(with thanks to Helen Letchfield from Parenting for Professionals for this blog) I still remember the nervous excitement of the first day back at school in September after a long, summer break: meeting my new teachers, seeing my classmates after a long break, the (slightly stiff) feeling of the smart new shoes and uniform. And ...

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 ...

Are women in control of their finances?

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Tax and Pensions, Financial Planning, Career
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So, are women in control of their finances?  According to a recent UBS article, the answer surprisingly is ‘no’. The report, ‘Own your worth – how women can break the cycle of abdication and take control of their wealth’ makes interesting reading.  It focuses on two key facts, which in isolation may appear a little ...

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 ...