Why Aren’t Men Taking Parental Leave?

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Only 1% of UK fathers are taking up shared parental leave, one year after it was introduced, according to news reports this week. Parents get 50 weeks between them, to share however they see fit, but the take-up by dads has been abysmally low. There are no similar statistics here in Ireland (as far as I could ...

Flexible work – what are the options and which one is for you?

Jigsaw - Office Mum

Imagine a world where there’s no five-day work-week. Where employees choose their hours, depending on what’s required of them. Where employers can rely on the job being done, regardless of where staff are based, or how long they spend working. Where parents spend more time with kids. Where carers in every capacity are less stressed about ...

Girls Can Drive Trains Too

Duple girl - office mum

Playing Duplo trains with my three-year-old last week, we had a crisis. We couldn’t find the train driver. I picked up the girl who came with the set and put her in the driver’s seat. My little boy took her back out. “No, she is a girl – she can’t be the train driver. We ...

Working To Pay For Childcare

HerFamily Irish mothers

Would you consider working just to cover the cost of childcare? According to a recently released EU-wide study, that's exactly what huge numbers of Irish women are doing. The researchers used a “Participation Tax Rate” (PTR) to see what percentage of earnings are lost through tax, loss of social welfare benefits, and childcare costs. The study was based on ...

I Know How She Does It

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"Stop complaining working mums, you've got it good!" was the headline on one of a number of recent articles about Laura Vanderkam's book I Know How She Does It. The headlines are provocative, and message in the book is prompting mixed reactions from working mothers. For anyone struggling to keep it all together, hearing that it's all fine, when ...

A Little Girl’s View on Women Who Work

"Because dads have harder jobs than mums," announced my seven-year-old, stopping me in my tracks, as we pulled into the playground. She was chatting about summer and playdates and conversations she'd been having with friends in school about seeing each other over the holidays. She'd worked out that one of her friends might be around, because ...

Out of the Office by the End of the Week

Clean House Sanity Happy Kids Triangle

I've published 53 interviews with women about balancing work and home, and I've written dozens of posts about women in the workplace, but I haven't said much recently about my own job. I do have an update though - after seventeen years in the funds industry, six jobs, eight bosses, and far too many pairs of black ...

The Kids Are Alright

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Are our families being damaged by the non-stop commuting lives we lead? Or are children with two employed parents doing OK after all? The media gives us conflicting answers to this - often on a daily basis. Most recently, there's are reports of a study that showing that children in families where two parents work are ...

The Holy Grail of Flexible Work

Working Mother - Office Mum

Babies and commuting and working and cooking and changing and feeding and trying - trying very hard to keep it all together. That's how it was for me in the early days - like for so many others - as a new mother trying to maintain a career. I vividly remember reading an article by Gaby ...