Maternity leave; a checklist

There is so much to think about when getting prepped for maternity leave, so let me help take the strain off with my maternity leave checklist:  Know your rights – especially when it comes to taking time off for antenatal care, pay and sick leave. Have a look at the Gov.uk website for more details. Also know your partner’s rights too. I was…

A mumpreneur’s view on the highs and lows of running a business

A guest post by Helen Hibberd, founder of Messy-Me There are many mums out there successfully running their own businesses around their families, but it’s not easy. Along with some amazing highs, there are of course some lows, today I’ll cover both and give you a sneak peak into my day to day life running…

Top tips to deal with feeling overwhelmed at work; a guest post

By Joy Burnford, founder of My Confidence Matters In this piece I’d like to draw on the experiences of a lady called Matilda in order to talk about the very real issue of feeling overwhelmed at work. We all feel it at some stage or another, but it’s how you deal with it that really…

Would you take a moment to vote for me?

Great news! I am through to the second round of the UK blog awards. If you have a moment, then please could you vote for me. You can find me on page 7 of the parent & baby section under PitterPatterPither. All you have to do to vote is click on the red heart. Simple…

A Pregnancy Pause or career suicide?

When I was on maternity leave (not all that long ago) I came across a US campaign called The Pregnancy Pause. I had heard of this term before whilst speaking to one of my clients about maternity leave rights, but didn’t know it was an actual movement. In a nutshell, it’s a campaign to help new mums explain their baby induced hiatus to prospective employers. The main crux of…

Maternity leave anxiety… it’s a thing

It’s perfectly normal to be anxious about going off on maternity leave. Since I started writing and researching this blog, the below fears and worries are just some of the things I have heard in the struggle to let go for mothers to be. Do you resonate with any of these? “I am worried about…

Is work / life balance a myth for new parents?

A question that I am regularly asked is this; Is work/ life balance a myth for new parents? Well I think this all depends on what you mean by ‘balance’… If ‘balance’ means completely equal, then no I don’t think this is possible… ..But if you mean, can one achieve some form of balance over…