Coronavirus: what do to if schools close

Coronavirus: What do to if schools close The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. There are many countries which have made the decision to close schools and colleges and cancel mass events.  The UK government have resisted pressure to do the same, and the Prime Minister, Boris...

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The reasons behind the motherhood penalty

What are the reasons behind the motherhood penalty? As a mother, do you ever have a “sliding doors” moment and ask how might my life have been different? What if I had not chosen this path and done something different instead? What would I have earnt had I not had children? One judge recently awarded £400,000 in a settlement to a wife within a...

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Grieving the Loss of a Mother

Grieving the Loss of a Mother Everybody reacts differently when their mother dies. My mother and I were close and when I lost her, I thought that I would never feel ‘normal’ again. I sometimes couldn’t breathe and was often sick. I couldn’t sleep and had to force myself to eat. Yet somehow through all that, I accepted that this is how it was and...

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Feeling Closer to your Children

Feeling Closer to your Children You might think it is a sign of progress that parents in the UK now spend more time with their children than they did 50 years ago, but, in fact, they actually feel an uneasy lack of closeness to them. And the children are more anxious. And everyone is feeling lonelier. So why? It’s always been the case that...

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Survival tips for work-life balance

Survival tips for work-life balance Work-life balance is never going to be perfect! How can it be? When you bring a child into your life, something’s got to give to make room for him or her. And it doesn’t get easier as your child gets older… school hours and holidays bring additional challenges for working parents, right into the teenage years. But...

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Starting nursery

Starting nursery – how to prepare your child Starting nursery school is a big step for both children and their parents. For many it will be the first time they have regular and substantial separation from each other and in addition it marks the beginning of the child’s path towards increasing independence. This often gives rise to mixed feelings...

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A look at good company culture

A Look at Good Company Culture: How Performance (and Everything Else) Will Follow Despite some improvements in happiness levels among the UK workforce, The Independent reveals that nearly half are still set on searching for new jobs. And the biggest culprit? Poor management. Poor management is an expensive weakness that can cost companies lost productivity...

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Stop, look, listen – men’s mental health

Stop, look, listen….advice on men’s mental health Man to man advice on men’s mental health by Brian Ballantyne Talking about mental health I was talking to another man this week, and we got onto the subject of mental health. I said that I was comfortable talking about mental health, and he commented that it was interesting that we often give this...

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All change – settling relocating kids

All change – settling relocating kids When I first expressed my concern to friends and family about how our kids (then aged 3 and 6) would cope with our forthcoming move from London to California, everyone was quick to reassure me how adaptable children are. In reality…. …it turned out that uprooting ourselves from our little patch...

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Employee Wellbeing – a productive workforce

Employee Wellbeing – a happy workforce is a productive workforce Is your organisation really embracing employee wellbeing or is it simply ‘ticking the box’ by doing the bare minimum?  For example, help yourself fruitbowls, subsidised gym memberships and a cycle to work scheme. Employee Wellbeing should be central to a business, adopted by senior...

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