Browsing Tag: motherhood

“Table for one?”

Here I am, at a real restaurant, on my table for one, having ‘me time’. That’s what we’re meant to do, right? ‘Me time…

A ‘normal’ day 

Happy Father’s Day! I’m not usually one for Hallmark occasions, but I do have a soft spot for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
We aren’t doing anything special today. In fact, Jack made me breakfast this morning, not the other way around. As mundane and boring as that sounds, it is exactly what I need. Away from the ‘busy’ of late and into the ‘normal’ of every day life…

5 things I do differently to other working mums

I love being a career-mum. Like, really love it. What do I do differently to other working mums that helps me love my life? Here’s my list…

Why aren’t we asking dads how they ‘do it all’?

Six months ago, my husband Jack volunteered to do the 750m swim leg of a team triathlon. 50 minutes in, he was pulled in by a JetSki, defeated and exhausted. Today, he crossed the finish line of the Bunbury Iron Man 70.3 in 5 hours. In just six months he has taught himself to swim, bike and run. While waiting at the finish line, something struck me: why doesn’t anyone ever ask…

The art of saying no

Saying ‘no’ is an art that many people struggle with – they don’t want to let others down, miss out on opportunities or jeapordise a relationship – but it is a valuable skill to master and it doesn’t have to be difficult…

How motherhood inspired this scientist to lean in to her career

Reese McMillan is a mum of two living in a small close-knit town outside Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For Reese, motherhood changed her career goals in a way she didn’t expect: it showed her just how much she was capable of and made her more ambitious. In addition to her full-time position managing environmental projects, Reese also cares for her two young children and her mother, volunteers for her church and still makes…

5 things my first year of motherhood has taught me

As I reminisced on Lilly’s first year – how fast it went (seriously, it feels like she was only born 5 minutes ago) and how much she has grown in every possible sense – my thoughts kept coming back to the ways in which I have also changed in the last year…

Ursula Tavender’s Mumbelievable mission: to support a million mums

After starting her blog, Mumbelievable, Ursula discovered her passion for helping other working parents to regain confidence, overcome guilt and achieve better work life balance. She now supports women to manage the demands of being a working parent through live events, online programmes and confidence-boosting products…

Lean In: A short review

Given the name of my blog, it will come as no surprise that Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In makes it on the list of books I love. In Lean In, Sandberg examines why there are still fewer women in leadership roles than there are men, and, controversially, she suggests that women take charge of their circumstances and focus on what they can do as individuals to take charge of their own path and, ultimately, change…

Time vs money: why working parents should outsource household chores

I returned to work shortly after my daughter’s birth and I very quickly resented that I was spending half of every Saturday morning cleaning the house. Within weeks we had hired a cleaner and for the first time in my life I was paying for a service that I was equally as qualified to provide myself. How did it feel? Freeing…