Browsing Tag: motherhood

The career-woman-turned-mum who has cracked the code for life

Tamsin Kate Simounds describes herself as ‘mum to scrumptious and oh so energetic ten month old Flynn, wife to Daniel, foodie, passionate supporter of working mums and mums in business, nutrition and wellness coach in training, working toward my second triathlon for ‘fun’… and as you can see lover of living a full life!’ You can tell from this alone that Tamsin leads a busy life…

Breastfeeding art goes viral

If you follow any breastfeeding or parenting groups on Facebook you’ve probably seen the Tree of Life breastfeeding pictures by now.  I’m not usually one to jump on bandwagons, but I couldn’t resist this one. The idea was started by Cassandra E, a mum from California, US, who posted a photo to a breastfeeding support group of herself nursing her 13 month old with a tree of life connecting…

#RockingMotherhood Tag

  When Patricia at White Camellias posted this #RockingMotherhood tag yesterday I just knew I had to take part! One of the reasons I started this blog was to talk more about how amazing motherhood is. We are so quick to talk about the struggles that we sometimes forget to look at the positives. This tag is simple: list 10 things you believe make you a good mother. Here’s my list:   I…

Managing expectations as a working parent

When I first started taking my daughter to work my boss gave me some great advice: don’t have too many expectations. In one sense this goes against everything I believe in – what’s a life without goals! But at the same time, I get it. Life with a newborn can be chaotic and unpredictable. What he was really saying was ‘don’t worry if things don’t go…

Benefits of babywearing

One of the first things I bought for my daughter was a Chekoh wrap baby carrier. At the time I didn’t know how much I would love babywearing or the benefits that it has for parent and baby. In fact, I bought a wrap because: I liked the idea of keeping my baby close to me; I thought it would be handy to keep my hands free while carrying my baby; and baby…

“Dad’s day”

This weekend my husband Jack was wearing Lilly in the baby carrier while we were shopping. As we left the shop the bag-checker-lady looked at us excitedly and said’How nice, is it dad’s day today!?’ I know she was being friendly and making small talk. It was all very lovely. But I couldn’t help thinking that she’d never have looked at me carrying our…

5 tips for taking your baby to work

If you follow my blog you’ll know that I have taken my daughter (now almost 8 months) to work with me since she was a few weeks old. Many people have asked me how I make this work, so here are my top five tips for taking your baby to work. 1. Have realistic expectations  Some (ok, most) things will take longer to do than they did pre-baby. Make a list of…

Should we post photos of our children online? 

When I first heard that a friend had asked her family and friends not to post photos of her newborn daughter on Facebook I didn’t get it. What’s the big deal? Facebook is private; it’s not like the whole world can see? But as my daughter grows I have been thinking about this more and more and I’m starting to think I might feel the same way…

The US florist whose staff take their babies to work

Florist The Flower Fest is just one of many companies in the US that now offer a babies at work program. I spoke to The Flower Fest to learn about how and why they implemented their babies at work program…

A day in my life: Taking my baby to work

Many people have asked me about the practicalities of taking my baby to work with me. How does it work? Do I actually get work done? What does my baby do all day? When Lilly was a newborn my days looked much like they did pre-baby, except that I’d breastfeed and change a nappy now and then. My happy newborn would wake to feed and then go back to sleep for a…