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Love

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family, Children
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‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return’. David Bowie. I find these words from the late master of reinvention humbling. Someone can have ‘everything’, but, without love, it is nothing. As I sit here contemplating this, I am surrounded by tissues and various cold remedies, having succumb...

Redefining conventional families

by ParentalChoice
in Family, Children
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There was a time when everyone could tell you what an ‘average family’ was. A Mum and Dad and 2.4 children (never quite understood that number myself) were the norm and every TV advert featured a stereotypical family of four with matching hair colour. But what is a conventional family now? Is there such a ...

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...

Changing face of parenthood

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, Flexible working, Children, Career
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Last week was a big week for Parental Choice. I went up to London to speak to a couple of big name corporates about using Parental Choice to provide childcare resource services for their employees. Companies that recognise that work / life balance is an equal right to all; mums and dads whether they work flexibly or ...

Parenting Teenagers

by ParentalChoice
in Teenagers, Parenting, Family
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As our children grow up our relationship with them changes, as does the way we parent them. Some children move with relative ease through the ‘tween’ stage and into teenage years, others have a rockier ride.  How, as parents, can we help our children negotiate these transition years as smoothly as possible? Stay Connected The ...

Parenting Tweens in 2014

by ParentalChoice
in Teenagers, Parenting, Family, Children
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The pre-teen era is an exciting transformational journey for your child. It’s also an opportunity for you to really live, laugh and learn with them, polishing up on your own life skills so you can help them confidently navigate, fully engage with, contribute to the big, wide world. Alarmingly, it seems our 9 to 12 ...