Three things that can empower women

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the things that I think are important to empower women in 2015.  The first thing that strikes me when I think about empowerment is the struggle that women still face in male dominated workplaces.  For a female wanting to get promoted in this sort of environment, it really is a battle. I know, I checked.  The thing that I found difficult in that environment was that the men do tend to have a lot of solidarity. The higher management roles are predominantly held by men and they…

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Here comes the sun

The other day, I heard on the radio that the Meteorologists regard the 1st of March as the start of spring.  And after a few days that were a bit touch and go, right on cue for the weekend here comes the sun.  It’s days like these that make me love working from home. I dropped Libby off at nursery where she spent a considerable amount of time playing outside in the sandpit by the sounds of it.  Lia, Pluto and I headed for the hills to make the most of the glorious sunshine. On a sunny day, I wouldn’t…

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Our Thursday Photo #43

This week, for some reason things seem to have fallen into place.  Lia has been sleeping a lot better for a while now, but I hadn’t really managed to make the most of it and get my own life in order. I was still working until around 2 am most nights, sometimes even later.  So, towards the end of last week I decided to cut down on my work for a few days. I didn’t stop completely, but took on notably less for four days. We didn’t go away or do anything in particular, I just got back into a…

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Letting my children down

I think that as parents, we all beat ourselves up about doing the best for our children. Sometimes, our best is all we can do but I know that for me, it will never be good enough. Here are the ways I’m letting my children down. Can you relate to any of them? I don’t pay enough attention to either child. I know that Lia suffers in particular, to such an extent that her development is notably behind where Libby’s was at the same age. By now, Libby could point to all her body parts, even her eyebrows. She was…

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The problem with being the baby…

The problem with being the baby when there is a toddler in the house is that nobody has time for you. The first baby is spoiled and doted on from the day they are born. They have the love and undivided attention of both parents and of family and friends.  And then along comes baby number two. And what should happen is that mum and dad’s attention is divided equally between you. But it doesn’t work like that in reality, or not in this house anyway.  Babies and toddlers can both be a bit of a handful, but the toddler…

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The highs and lows of working from home

This morning was Libby’s nursery morning. She just goes once a week because we are lucky enough to have one of the best nurseries in the country nearby so we decided to make the most of it. She goes horse riding, paints and does crafts and other exciting things and Lia gets a bit of attention from me.  I got some work done while Lia had a nap, then when she got up we made the most of the sunshine and headed to the Malvern  hills with Pluto for a walk.  Being on the hills in the sunshine made me…

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Working from home – where do I start?

I recently wrote a blog post about the advantages and disadvantages of working from home. I know it’s something that a lot of people would love to do but perhaps they just don’t know where to start. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now, so here are my five top tips. Just a disclaimer before you start reading – I didn’t include in my last post the fact that sometimes your own children can be really, really annoying if you’re stuck with them all day. Please bear this in mind before you make any rash decisions! 1.…

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