Office Mum stories – Emily Hourican

Office Mum interview: photo of Emily Hourican

“If the whole world worked part-time – three days a week, or five mornings/ afternoons – we would all be much happier, and less judgemental about each other!” I couldn’t agree more. This week I meet journalist Emily Hourican who is the author of the recently-published How To Really Be A Mother, a book about having ...

At the dinner table

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This is how it goes in my house: "Kids, dinner's ready, come to the table." Then with a little less patience "Kids! Please come to the table!" Multiply this by pointlessly high number. Give up calling, start threatening and/ or physically lifting them into their seats. Cue dinner responses: Clara: "What's this? I don't like this dinner. Why do we ...

Know your maternity leave rights

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Childcare booked: check. Back to work date set: check. New work clothes (essential!): check. Back to same job: check? Of course you expect to go back to the same job - and your employer knows that demoting you is illegal. Your salary cannot be decreased nor can your title be taken away, unless you agree to it. But as ...

12 signs my kids have taken over my house

office mum post: laundry

It's messy here. Marker marks on walls, little piles of folded laundry waiting expectantly but in vain for someone to pick them up, a single toddler shoe sitting on the bottom step of the stairs. When exactly did the kids take over the house? The most obvious sign that the kids have taken over the house ...

Product Review: Beltlock – keeping seatbelts closed!

Office Mum product review: photo of beltlock

Do your kids ever open seat-belts while you're driving? Or accidentally open a sibling's seat-belt when opening their own - the one that's supposed to stay closed because it's holding a car-seat in place? We don't have a problem with the first situation but the second is a regular annoyance. And OK, it's not always the ...