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29 Nov 13

Making sure a working mum’s children don’t feel neglected

Time flies when you are a busy working mum. We begin the week making promises to spend more time with family, but before we know it, the entire week has slipped by, and we’ve spent most of our time not with your children, but with work. Whether you are working out of financial necessity or for your own well-being, the work-life balance can be challenging for mum and kids, who don’t see each other as often as they’d like. It’s easy to feel guilty, but there are certain things you can do to make sure your children don’t feel neglected because of your schedule. Breakfast bonding and lunch box notes I like to give my boys Jack and Rodger little reminders throughout the week that I love them so they never doubt it, even if I’m not around. I find that the kids are most receptive in the morning than in the afternoon […]

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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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13 Nov 13

Should working mums feel guilty?

As a working mum, you trade hours with your children for hours at the office. Whether we are working for financial reasons, for the love of the job, or both, we working mums feel guilty from time to time for our choice. I know I do! As long as we remain loving, hands-on mothers to our children, we shouldn’t feel guilty. After all, our work ethic sets a good example for our kids! But simply telling ourselves not to feel guilty doesn’t always get rid of the negativity. So how can we deal with this nagging feeling? Self-reflection A bit of self-reflection can help you put things into perspective. Make a list of reasons why you work, and carefully read them over while asking yourself, “Is this best for my family?” Is it for the money? Clearly, you are doing the right thing. Is it for your happiness? You are […]

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05 Nov 13

Tips for working mums who have trouble falling asleep

I often used to have trouble falling asleep come bedtime. It’s not that I wasn’t tired. In fact, as a married working mum with two sons who wakes up at 6.30 every morning, I was (and still am) exhausted! But when you are busy and engaged all day, it can be hard to turn off your brain at night, which can prevent you from getting enough sleep. Sleep loss can have a negative impact on your day-to-day performance. Lack of sleep causes stress, affects your decision-making, and can cause weight gain. It can also contribute to a negative mentality. We don’t want any of that! So if you are finding it tough to wind down after a long day, here are some of my tips. Establish a bedtime routine Having a regular bedtime routine has really helped me fall asleep better. Reserve the hour before your bedtime for some quiet winding-down time, […]

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22 Oct 13

Quick and easy packed lunches for kids

As a working mum, it’s sometimes tempting to save time and energy by sending my children off to school with a store-bought packed lunch or with a few pounds of pocket money so they can buy lunch. But those meals are usually high in the bad stuff and low in the good, so I try to avoid doing this. Instead, I like to prepare quick and easy packed lunches that are also tasty and healthy. The best packed lunches are the ones I can whip up and keep in the fridge during the week, so when it comes to filling my sons Jack and Rodger’s Spiderman lunchboxes in the morning, it only takes 5 to 10 minutes. I always include a piece of fruit and sometimes a small piece of chocolate if the boys have been good, and I avoid fizzy drinks at all costs. Here are some of my go-to recipes for […]

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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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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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01 Aug 13

Nursery School Conundrum: the Classroom

One of the hardest moments in a working mum’s life is the first month of nursery school. After spending so much time together with her little one, separation seems like the end of the world! However, when it’s time to go back to work, nursery school is the only option. Choosing a nursery school can be a long and tedious process. There are a million factors to consider and, if you are a tad overprotective like me, I am sure there are a thousand worries floating around your head. I am all too familiar with the “what if” scenarios that range from a slight cut to an end-of-the-world catastrophe! But don’t worry, these fears are completely normal! And they are healthy, if not taken to the extremes. By considering many possible scenarios, you will be prepared to choose your nursery school facility wisely. I will write a few posts about […]

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