Browsing Tag: working parent

Thank you for showing up

My boss just thanked me simply for showing up. Not for working hard or coming up with good ideas. Not for being risk management extraordinaire (that’s a thing in lawyer world). Not for being an awesome employee (I’m that too, by the way).  For showing up. And showing up late at that…

How I Flex #WorkThatWorks

Other than the odd social media post here and there, I don’t post much about my day-to-day life as a career mum. So, in line with my new commitment to sharing more of my personal career mum journey, here’s what you may have missed…

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…

Should we leave our personal life at home?

We’re often told that we should keep our personal lives separate from our work lives, but I don’t agree that we should leave our personal lives at the door when we go to work. In fact, I think we should encourage employees and colleagues to share more about their personal lives. Here’s why…

My never-ending quest for work-life balance

Our lives are constantly changing. Balance is not a static thing. The scales will shift and we need to remain mindful of the changes and ask ourselves if the status quo is still working for us…

7 tips for work-life balance for working parents

The key to a meaningful life is living the life you want to live. In an aim to find and live out our passions and joys, many of us juggle multiple commitments. Finding the right balance between these can be a struggle. Being mindful of your competing priorities any why they are important to you is key.

Here are my tips for finding work-life balance as a working parent…

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…

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…

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…

#babiesatwork

When I finished work for maternity leave (if 10 days counts as maternity leave) I didn’t plan to return to work within a matter of weeks with my new baby girl in tow. I didn’t plan to give up working altogether – I’d studied for six years to get my degree and had worked hard at my job. I also loved working – it was (and still is) a…