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Reasons why being a stay-at-home mum is not as easy as it looks

“Oh, you’re so lucky to be able to stay home all day!”“I wish I could stay at home like you so I can sleep in.”“I’m so jealous that you can just play all day with the kids!” Do these sound familiar? As a stay-at-home mom of three kids (an 8 year old tween, and 2 under 2) , or a ‘homemaker’ (as some like to call it), I’ve definitely heard my fair share of these...

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Celebration

The pregnant woman’s work Christmas party survival guide

Navigating the work Christmas party is always a challenge and can leave even the most confident woman spinning with questions: “How many tequilas is too many? Is it weird to take a selfie with the boss? What’s the best way to signal to hubby that his fly is open?” But if you’re pregnant, things are about to get even more complicated. Hormones are going crazy, maternity dresses don’t seem to fit and depending on how...

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Returning to Work

Sand, snot and sewing?! 41 things no one tells you when your little one starts daycare

There are so many parts of this parenthood game that no one warns you about. Breastfeeding – ‘whyyy is this so hard?’ Sex after baby… WTF! And then along comes daycare. Sure, making the decision to send your little one to daycare is a big deal and finding someone you trust to care for your precious bub is always going to be a big decision. But making the decision on which childcare to choose is...

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Parental Leave

How well does your employer support pregnancy and parenthood?

Finding out you’re pregnant can be a really exciting time! From dreaming up cute baby names to picking a pram and planning your nursery aesthetic, it’s easy to carried away with all the fun things. But then there are all the practical things to consider, too.  Navigating pregnancy and work can be daunting. From deciding when to tell your employer you’re pregnant, planning your maternity leave and figuring out what kind of parental leave payments...

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icon-heartReturning to work after baby number two
Returning to Work

Returning to work after baby number two (and why it’s OK to ugly-cry at drop off)

It’s the age-old question that plagues parents and caretakers all over the world: when will you wrap up your parental leave and return to work? On any given day, I probably change my mind at least 20 times.  “Forget having a career. I want to be a stay-at-home mum forever! It’s so rewarding looking after my baby and watching her grow!”  Fast forward to five projectile vomits later (from her, not me) and I’m suddenly...

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icon-heartNavigating the 5th trimester
Work and Career

Navigating the 5th trimester – returning to work on your terms

“The hardest part about parenting so far was coming back to work” –  Lauren Smith Brody The 4th trimester, a now famous term first coined by Dr. Harvey Karp, paediatrician and author of Happiest Baby on the Block, refers to the first 3 months of a baby’s life after birth. Dr. Karp explains that babies are born too soon; unlike other mammals who are born being able to walk (more or less), human babies, who...

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