Relationships tips and advice

What did you say: slang dictionary for mums with teens or tweens

If you’re a Mothers Who Work regular, you’ll know that I also run a tuition business called Geek School. With more than 100 students attending different schools, and coming from different areas, keeping up with what the children are saying (slang, for ‘old ladies’ like us!) is a task, I tell you!

Here’s a breakdown of some of these terms, which I have had my 13-year old gloss over to avoid embarrassment!

Are you on a hunt for the perfect Father’s Day gift?

If you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for a husband or a partner who deserves a medal, or your own father, look no further. As the lady of the house, you need to manage everything. Keep the children in line, make sure your man is going to work and come back on time, keep food on everyone’s plate, and on top of it all, you are Santa’s little helper- well, in this case, you are the one making sure Father’s Day gifts make it to your household in time.

No time to read? Don’t be a statistic… find out how to read a book a day

According to a youGov survey almost 4 million adults never read for pleasure. While you might blame technology for taking over where a good book would pass the time, or the fact that we’re just too busy to read, making progress in life requires that you seek knowledge.

So how do you make sure you keep learning?

Get your ship in order: How to lessen the load as a working mum

Forget all notions about being Superwoman. By now, you’ll know that it was fictitious and she didn’t have children anyway!

Being a working mum takes some effort. All the juggling of childcare, shopping, work commitments, social activities for the children, and then just taking a breath for yourself can be exhausting.

Don’t let parenting stress you out – here’s how

If I had a pound for every time someone told me how tiring parenting is, or how much hard work it must be to juggle working with raising a family, I’d be quids in. The truth is, everything has it’s challenges, but that doesn’t mean it is an impossible task – and parenting is no different. It really does not always have to be a stressful job.

How to prepare for being a single parent

With the dawn of a new year, many people start making changes in their lives – new job, new body, new home, new attitude…and divorce, according to research.

If you’re facing the possibility of being a single mother, you’ll be thinking about a lot of things – your finances will probably be somewhere high on that list. Watch the following video to find out how you can prepare yourself financially for becoming a single parent:

Is your family really benefitting from you working at home?

It’s time to take stock: is your family really benefitting from you working from home?

It’s easy to get buried in the needs of your work when you work at home. A little bit of planning, however, can go a long way towards making working at home a wonderful experience for all. Your family is why you decided to work at home, so don’t let the stresses and demands of work put a dampener on that.

The single working mum’s guide to finding love again

Coming out of a long-term relationship can be a sad and scary time particularly if you have young children to look after, but it can be liberating and exciting too.

Once you feel ready to meet someone new, you might find that the world has changed a bit since you last dated! Nowadays, there is so much more opportunity to meet people that you would never have bumped into otherwise, thanks of course to online dating.

‘Playful tiff’ or domestic violence?

The issue of domestic violence has hit the headlines this week following a popular celebrity chef being publicly assaulted by her husband when he apparently grabbed her by the throat.

Having been caught on camera, the husband later dismissed and minimised his actions as a ‘playful tiff’. However he subsequently accepted a police caution after voluntarily attending the police station, which in fact means he accepted he committed a criminal act.

Divorce and the family business: what the law says about family businesses and what happens after break up

Michelle Mone seemingly has it all – founder of the successful Ultimo bra company, married with three children and living a jet-set lifestyle which takes her all over the world to promote her business, which is worth an estimated £50m.

So the news earlier this year that Mone was to split from her long term husband and business partner Michael came as a major shock. In interviews in February Mone described how her hectic schedule had effectively left her and her husband as only business partners, and how their split had left them living in separate wings of their substantial family home.

How to stay positive in your business when your spouse or partner is unsupportive

Started an online business can be an exciting and daunting prospect, but when you’ve got no support from those nearest and dearest to you it can feel like an uphill struggle.

So – before you start thinking divorce, or ditching your business altogether, here are some tips to help you make the most out of your situation when your spouse or partner seems to have no care in the world.