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…

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…

How employers can help their staff with KIT days

I wrote this piece for a publication focused on employee rights and HR. Whilst I know it is focused on the employer, rather than the employee, I do hope it gives you some tips about how best to work with your boss/ line manager etc to make your transition back to work a little easier……

Guest Blog – Introducing Rachel

Rachel works for a digital educational publisher in Oxford and lives in Witney with her husband and two-year old daughter. She is the newsletter editor for Witney and District NCT branch. Rachel re-affirms my belief that there can be life after baby and doing something for ‘you’, something you really love, can help ensure you…

Maternity Mojo: Boosting your career during maternity leave

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her first baby, Prince George, she returned to her royal duties when he was just 1 month old. However, after the birth of Princess Charlotte, Kate opted for more time off and didn’t go back to work for 4 months. This is still a lot shorter than…