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September, 2013

30 Sep 13

Stress management tips for working mums

Stress is an inevitable part of being a working mum. Balancing work and family is no easy feat! But just because stress is inevitable doesn’t mean there is nothing you can or should do about it. Because stress can have negative effects on your body and behaviour, including headache, stomach upset, chest pain, insomnia, irritability and anxiety, which can in turn can have negative effects on your performance at work and as a parent, it is important for working mums to learn how to manage stress in a healthy way. One of the most immediate ways to handle stress is to diffuse it. Go somewhere you can be alone for a moment, close your eyes, breathe in for 10 seconds, and breathe out for 10 seconds. Remember the last time you felt content, and hold onto that feeling in your mind. Now, put the kettle on, make a cup of calming camomile […]

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18 Sep 13

Post-It Notes be gone! Tips for better organisation

Being a working mum means having an endless to-do list. Between work, the children, food shopping, budgeting, housework, family and friends, it’s impossible to keep it all in my head. But a fridge covered in Post-It Notes reminding you to do this and that is a recipe for disorganization. Believe me, I’ve tried it! The notes fall off, become lost and are difficult to categorize. There are much better and less wasteful ways to be organised than those neon slips of paper. For example, I keep my to-do list in a computer spreadsheet that I constantly email to myself so I can read it on whatever device I am closest to. I also colour-code tasks based on priority to ensure things are finished on time. Green means I have plenty of time, but as the colour goes from blue to pink to purple, it means I have less time. I don’t […]

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12 Sep 13

Teaching children money management skills

Teaching children money management skills while they are young is extremely important. As a working mum, your strong work ethic already sets a good example for your children to follow. But giving your kids ongoing responsibilities with money such as household chores will help them develop a healthy financial philosophy, and they will be more likely to be responsible when they properly enter the workforce. When it comes to my boys Jack and Rodger, I have enlisted two strategies in order to teach them the value of money. Earning a wage I have found that giving my children opportunities to earn their own income around the house has big advantages. Most importantly, it means less work for me! It instils a good work ethic in children and teaches them the value of earning a wage. We have a job board where we post chores that need to be done and a […]

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03 Sep 13

Boosting your baby’s brain development

It’s not simply the luck of the draw that some children are bright enough to go to Oxford or become an astronaut when they grow up. A baby’s brain begins to form within the third week of pregnancy, and there are certain things mums-to-be can do to boost your baby’s brain development, such as get enough rest, eat well, exercise moderately and avoid stress. However, if you are working during pregnancy or are already a working mum with another on the way, these can be difficult tasks. A heavy workload is stressful enough, but paired with pregnancy side effects like swollen feet and sheer exhaustion, it can be a challenge to keep your stress levels in check. Takeaway lunches can also become a tricky balance of avoiding the wrong foods and including the right ones. Fish, Folic Acid and Protein When it comes to your diet, be careful with fish, […]

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