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15 Nov 13

Finding a reliable baby-sitter

It had been a long couple of weeks. Being a working mum to two young boys is exhausting! Thank goodness that the weekend was finally here, and I had some long-awaited me time planned for my husband and I – dinner and a movie – and a baby-sitter booked to look our sons at home. But only a few hours before our date, I received a message from the baby-sitter: “I’m so sorry, but I won’t be able to come over after all.” There went our evening out! When free time is at such a premium and your limited social life hangs in the balance, there is nothing quite as crushing as having to cancel plans that you have been looking forward to all week. That’s why finding a reliable baby-sitter whom you can trust is so important. I learned the hard way! Ask friends or family No one knows […]

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07 Oct 13

The importance of a working mum’s me time

Wake up, get ready, get the children ready, make breakfast, eat breakfast, and make packed lunches. Take the kids to school, work, pick the kids up from school, take the kids to extracurricular activities, cook a healthy dinner, eat, shower, and sleep. Repeat five days a week. My day-to-day routine is quite hectic, leaving very little time to spend time alone or with my husband John. But a working mum’s me time is important and something that shouldn’t be skipped. Otherwise, you will drive yourself crazy! Alone time It’s not always easy to make a dramatic upheaval to your timetable just to make sure you get a little bit of alone time. Parenting is a 24-hour job. But stealing moments here and there for yourself can make a huge difference. Don’t make the mistake of thinking ‘me time‘ doesn’t matter. Retirement is a long way away, and you will wear yourself […]

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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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