Does the UK have the most expensive childcare in the world?

Working parents

Yes, according to an OECD report. By a lot, actually. But when Joeli Brearley from Pregnant Then Screwed pointed this out, the BBC published an article that begged to differ. The problem, they said, was that the OECD report shows what it would cost to send two children (aged two and three) to a ‘typical’ […]

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“I couldn’t go back to a workplace that looked down on family life”: Claire’s #FlexiMamas story

Flexi Mamas

Welcome to #FlexiMamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features 33-year-old Claire, who is wife to Matthew and mum to 5 boys – Cameron (15), Harvey (12), Mckenzie (7), Caelan (5) and Cohen (3). “Before I had my eldest son I was a college student, studying my A levels,” says Claire. […]

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5 things I learned from taking a social media break

Blogging

I recently took a bit of a social media break for personal reasons. I might talk about those reasons one day, but right now I’m going to talk about something else: what I learned from taking a breather from the constant scrolling/tweeting/liking cycle. I wouldn’t consider myself a social media addict, but as a blogger, […]

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Flexi Mamas: Cath from BattleMum

Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features Cath, a 40-year old Irish ex-pat now living in Portugal. Before that she had been living in South Wales for over 10 years. She has one little boy who was born in Abergavenny. Before, and for a while after her […]

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What accent will my child have?


Parenting

I first noticed it not long after my daughter had started at her new nursery. “Are there lots of nice boys and girls at your new nursery?” I asked. “Yes. Lots of nice boys and ger-uls.” “Girls?” “Ger-uls.” Well, it’s official, I thought. My kid is developing a Scottish accent. Her Scottishness has started slipping […]

January 9, 2018

Flexi Mamas: Hollie from TriftyMum


Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features Hollie Gregersen, owner of www.thriftymum.com. She has two boys only 14 months apart so has spent the majority of the last two years on maternity leave from my job as a buyer in the public sector. Hollie couldn’t wait to […]

January 4, 2018

Flexi Mamas: Natalie from Plutonium Sox


Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers that working mums face. This edition features Natalie from Plutonium Sox, a family, travel and lifestyle blog about her life in rural Worcestershire. She has two children – Libby (5) and Lia (3). Before having children, she worked for many years in the legal arena. Most recently, […]

December 17, 2017

Flexi Mamas: Becca from A Mum Doing Her Best


Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers for working mums. This edition features Becca, who has four children between 8 and 16 months. She was a financial administrator before having children and always wanted to return to work. “It was me time, time to use my brain. Time for me to be me, not […]

December 6, 2017

How to decorate a Christmas tree with a toddler


Parenting

Build up the excitement about the Christmas tree for weeks. Point out other Christmas trees that you see and tell them that they’re going to get one too. Tell them how much Santa likes Christmas trees. Ask them if they want to get a tree every day before breakfast. They’re going to be so into […]

December 4, 2017

Flexi Mamas: Helen from Welsh Mum Writing


Flexi Mamas

Welcome to Flexi Mamas, a series about barriers for working mums. This edition of Flexi Mamas features Helen, who had her son at 41 (which she says makes her a geriatric by all accounts!). He’s now two, and he’s the only child that she and her husband have, though they also have a slightly deranged […]

November 29, 2017