Why are we putting so much pressure on ourselves?

Why are we putting so much pressure on ourselves?

I’m freshly jobless and have been in a somewhat pensive mood over the last few days. In a strange way, having more free time has made me reflect more on the way we use our time and the sheer amount of pressure us mums (and dads) put on ourselves. Modern life is stressful and anxiety and depression are prevalent in our society. A day doesn’t go by without me hearing someone say how stressed they feel. What would happen if we looked at things a little differently, I wonder? View Post

The pros and cons of working from home

The pros and cons of working from home

Working from home is becoming increasingly common. We live in an age of technology where it is easy to work wherever we are and stay in touch with our colleagues all around the world. I personally do a lot of working from home in my day job as a Software QA Specialist. Whilst working from home has many pros, there are some cons to it too.
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5 pros of returning to work after maternity leave

5 pros of returning to work after maternity leave

I recently went back to work after 13 months. Due to a short hospital stay at the end of August last year, just under a month before giving birth, I started maternity leave a couple of weeks early. I’m fortunate that I am going to be working part time for the next year or so rather than full time. However, I’m still missing Autumn like crazy!

To make myself feel better, I’ve decided to try and focus on the positives of going back to work. View Post

A husband’s view of paternity leave and returning to work

A husband’s view of paternity leave and returning to work

Going back a couple of generations, looking after the home and children was very much thought of as “women’s work”. However, with the rise of stay-at-home dads and dads seeming to be more hands-on in general, I wondered what my husband’s thoughts were. He’s wonderfully hands on with Autumn and has expressed in the past that he is worried about missing her doing different things like crawling and walking for the first time. I thought I’d do a little interview with him about his thoughts on paternity leave and working, leaving his baby at home. View Post

Sunday Review: Maternity Leavers, Soozi Baggs

Sunday Review: Maternity Leavers, Soozi Baggs

A couple of months ago, I was sent a book to review, Maternity Leavers by Soozi Baggs. I don’t often find the time to sit down and read, now that Autumn is on the move, so it’s taken me a little longer than first anticipated to get round to this. However, I’m glad that I found some time to read this. I think it’s difficult for many women on maternity leave to make a decision about work. Some can’t wait to get back, while others dread it and either try to be a full time stay at home mum or work from home/become self-employed. View Post