Getting back into work after having children

Looking after children can be a job in itself. You put in all the hours under the sun, you’re always on call and you don’t get paid for it. Yet it’s one of the most rewarding jobs around. As children get older and begin nursery school many mums who have previously stayed at home looking after their children often start to contemplate how they’re going to get back into work. Employers will often chose someone who has recently been employed or is currently employed over someone who has been a stay at home mum for the past few years.  For… [Read More]

5 tips on returning to work with a newborn

There’s no doubt about it, returning to work with a newborn can be hard, but if your maternity leave is coming to an end or you’ve been head-hunted by job agencies like CCJM and have decided to restart your career early. Here are five ways to make the transition easier: 1. Make childcare arrangements you’re happy with First and perhaps foremost, it’s essential to make childcare arrangements you feel comfortable and happy with. If you know your little one is being well cared for during the day it will make going back to work far less daunting. There are many great nurseries… [Read More]

The perfect work/life balance

Is there such a thing as the perfect work/life balance? Before I had children I had a full time job working in a call centre.  I would work Monday to Friday and also the occasional weekend and late shift. Weekends were spent with my husband either going out somewhere nice for the day or usually lazing on the sofa on a Sunday watching TV. Since becoming a mum I reduced my hours from 38 hours a week to 16. This means I work two days a week and spend the rest of the week with my girls.  Not long after… [Read More]

Why I could never be a stay at home mum

Some people may think badly of me after reading the title to this post, but I assure you that I love my children more than anything in the world and would do anything for them.  I just don’t think I’m cut out to be a stay at home mum!  I absolutely admire anybody, Mum or Dad, who stays at home with their children 24/7.  Being a parent is the toughest job in the world.  Before my children were born I thought that I would want to spend all my time with my children and that I would never want to… [Read More]

Meet Twin Daddy

I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and I realised a little while ago that I haven’t actually written a post about my husband! Throughout this blog I refer to him as Twin Daddy, but his real name is Nigel or Nige as I call him. I do have an about page on my blog, but that’s more about us as a family. My husband and I first met when I was 17 years old. I was working in a shop just down the road from where I used to live and Nige happened to be driving past one day…. [Read More]

Cycle to Work – The Perfect New Year Resolution

As we enter 2014 and many of us plan to improve our lifestyles, cycling to work is an easy and practical way to get more exercise. The government Cycle to Work Scheme initiative is there to help make the transition from car to bike as easy and affordable as possible. During the last decade we have seen constant warnings about the problems effecting the earth such as our global warming, etc,, and how the things we do day-after-day could have a dramatic effect down the road. This can include those things we think nothing of, like leaving a light bulb… [Read More]

Blast from the past

It occured to me the other way that I have a number of favourite posts from months and months ago that haven’t been read much lately. I do have blog archive widget to the left of this post in the side where these posts among others can be found, but not many people appear to look at it. For this reason I thought I would share with you my favourite posts from the past. Enjoy!A Day in the Life of a Twin MumI Survived Baby Group!But will they think I can’t cope?The return to workHappy Birthday! Our twins are 1… [Read More]

Maternity and Women's Rights in the Workplace

I recently read an article online about one woman’s views on working mums and how she believes that childless women are being penalised for not having children by working longer hours and having more pressure put on them along with bigger workloads than those with children. This has led me to think about maternity and women’s rights in the workplace. I was shocked to recently read that 46% of women had their jobs terminated after revealing that they were pregnant after accepting a new job while knowing they are pregnant, without revealing that they were. Is this fair? I suppose… [Read More]

The return to work

I returned to work last week, only 2 days a week but I must admit I have enjoyed going back. I guess it helps that I enjoy my job but honestly if you’d have asked me when I was pregnant if I would look forward to returning to work, my answer would have been something like this: “No! I don’t want to go back! I want to be a stay at home mum!” I enjoy work because it is a nice break, for some adult time. Obviously, I miss our girls like crazy when I’m not with them, but it’s… [Read More]

First Visit to the Nursery

Today, twin daddy and I visited the nursery for the first time today. I am returning to work in January for two days a week, which means that the girls will need to go to nursery.  We are undecided as to whether the girls will spend one or two days a week in nursery. Twin daddy is self employed so originally we were thinking that one of the days I work, twin daddy would stay at home and look after the girls and the other day they would go to nursery. I am looking forward to returning to work as… [Read More]