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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 ...

Are we over-testing primary children?

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Parenting, Family, Education, Children
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There is a feeling among many that we over-testing primary children and the tests children are required to take at primary school in England are overly complex and a source of “unnecessary” pressure on children at too young an age. On the contrary, the Government says testing is an important part of ensuring that children ...

“What’s the point? I’m going to fail anyway!”

by ParentalChoice
in schools, Education, Children
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“What’s the point? I’m going to fail anyway!” is quite possibly a statement you said growing up when talking to parents about exams.  If you are a now the parent to a teenager now, you may well hear it yourself over the next few months.  We know how our children like to take advice more ...

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...

Moving pets overseas

by ParentalChoice
in Relocation, Moving house, Global Mobility, Career
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You need to relocate and your family features one or more furry friends.  We all know how important these non-humans are to our family, so if you are moving pets overseas, how do you make sure that all your family members can relocate? Preparation for pet relocation Firstly, you need to research what (if any) quarantine requireme...

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...