double standards and a nice cup of tea

tea - office mum

I should have been in bed, it was heading towards midnight on Sunday, and I was due up at 4am to head to the airport for a work trip. As usual I was feeling 90% apprehensive - worrying about leaving the kids, anxious that the baby would wake during the night and not understand why I'm not there, certain that ...

Seven tips for going back to work after maternity leave

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No matter how much you enjoy your job, and certainly if you don't, returning to work after maternity leave is often daunting. Even if you feel "ready to go back" it's hard leaving the little person with creche or childminder. It's difficult the first time, and it's no less difficult after subsequent babies - not ...

What the childminder said

"And it's just that I don't want her to feel self-conscious about how she looks with or without her glasses, and I know that this isn't creche and that as a school teacher you have a whole class to look after and you can't see everything and it's not your job to monitor all of ...

A mother’s right to work is sacred

We woke one morning last week to the news that new Personal Insolvency Guidelines would mean people would be asked to cut out Sky Sports packages, stick to one foreign holiday per year, take the kids out of private school and get rid of that expensive second car. It was an interesting topic for the various ...

Best for babies?

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I saw an interesting post on an online parenting forum of which I'm a member - the question was whether or not the "ideals" of La Leche League would be offputting for new mums. The question came from someone who had invited friends to come along to a meeting and in the end they hadn't - she wondered ...

Guilt

clock - office mum

Last night I wrote my first blog post, about the challenges facing working mums, and the universe subsequently laughed at me, in a "you ain't seen nothing yet" kind of way, then unleashed a properly challenging day on this working mum: My baby was up from 3am onwards, feeding like a newborn, oblivious to my looming day at ...