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Work-Family Guilt Is Wasted Energy

Work-Family Guilt Is Wasted Energy | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Instead of feeling bad about it, fight for policies that will make the guilt go away.

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Guilt is a problem of the mind and emotions - good policies are a good idea but they won't solve the problem of guilt - that is in ourselves and for us to address?
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Erika Watson's curator insight, March 1, 2013 7:00 AM

Covers how female leadership works and interacts at the country, company and couples levels. Useful analysis as ever - but I think AWC misses the couples point and the need for balance at home to counteract and/or support imbalances elsewhere.  

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Work life balance, flexible working, parental leave, childcare - how does the busy business (or business person) make it all work?
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Forget maternity leave -  'women should get PAID menstrual leave'

Forget maternity leave -  'women should get PAID menstrual leave' | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Dr Gedis Grudzinskas, a London-based professor of obstetrics and gynecology, says menstrual leave is already recognised in countries such as Japan and Indonesia.
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Is this taking things too far?  If we are sick we get sick leave.   If things are so bad we are disabled with are covered by equality legislation?   Do we need another special kind of leave? Will people want to take on women at all if we want special leave of every kind?

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Fathers don't want to split parental leave with mothers because of fears over ... - Daily Mail

Fathers don't want to split parental leave with mothers because of fears over ... - Daily Mail | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Only one in four men believe that they should have an equal right to paternity leave according to a new survey. Almost half of men questioned said they were happy taking only two weeks.
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Are men just nervous that if they are equally at home they will have to take equal responsibility?   It is tough being a parent of a newborn and are they worried they are not up to the job?

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Don't blame the baby. A lack of trust is what keeps parents out of work - StartupSmart

Don't blame the baby. A lack of trust is what keeps parents out of work - StartupSmart | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Marque Lawyers started in 2008 with a 60% female workforce and it's never reached such a low level again.
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Trust on both sides is hard to create and easy to lose.  If you are a working parent you need to be viewed as trusworthy and trust your boss

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Nick Clegg blasts press ‘dinosaurs’ after rightwing attacks on parental pay

Nick Clegg blasts press ‘dinosaurs’ after rightwing attacks on parental pay | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Deputy prime minister dismisses ‘rubbish’’ criticism from Mail and Telegraph

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Why are people so against shared parental leave and pay? 

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Companies Still Staying Away From Stay-at-Home Dad Policies - Talent Management

Companies Still Staying Away From Stay-at-Home Dad Policies - Talent Management | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Talent Management Companies Still Staying Away From Stay-at-Home Dad Policies Talent Management Fathers are often left out when it comes to stay-at-home opportunities after their children are born, but more and more dads, according to a Boston...
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For some men a family friendly policy is just as important as it is for their partner.  Are you one?

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Almost half of working mums would consider shared parental leave - Fresh Business Thinking

Almost half of working mums would consider shared parental leave - Fresh Business Thinking | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Almost half of working mums would consider shared parental leave
Fresh Business Thinking
Workingmums.co.uk said there had been a 3% rise in the number of mothers or mothers-to-be who would consider shared parental leave.
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Would you go for shared leave?

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Lib Dems pledge paternity leave rise

Lib Dems pledge paternity leave rise | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it

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Does the party's attitude to parental leave influence how you might vote?

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Child Care Should You Hire a Family Member

More grandparents than ever before are caregivers for their grandchildren. Before "Nana" becomes "Nanny," watch our video for some pointers. Subscribe to the Parents Magazine channel - http://www...
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Can you rely on the grandparents?  Should you ask them?  What are the ins and outs...

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UK Birth Announcements 21/7/14 - 27/7/14 - British Baby Names

UK Birth Announcements 21/7/14 - 27/7/14 - British Baby Names | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it

"A compilation of names from BAs announced in newspapers in the last week, including a national paper (Telegraph) and a broad range of local newspapers from across England, Wales and Scotland. Sibling names are in brackets."


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What is your baby called?  Did you chose a popular name or something more rare?

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Clare's curator insight, July 27, 2014 6:07 PM

With Stanley Alfred, Frith Gregory Houston, Libby Freda, Tigerbelle Astarla, lots of twins, and many more.

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Gingerbread - Paying the price - Paying the price: Single parents in the age of austerity

Gingerbread - Paying the price - Paying the price: Single parents in the age of austerity | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Gingerbread is undertaking a three-year research project to look at how single parent families are faring during the ‘age of austerity’.
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Are you a single parent - balancing it all on your own...do you know about this survey?

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Women are on the march - but there's still one obstacle - Telegraph

Women are on the march - but there's still one obstacle    - Telegraph | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
The cost of child care is holding back the emergence of true gender equality (Women are on the march but there’s still one obstacle, says @IsabelHardman: our child-care system is broken http://t.co/Rrw9Urip1j)...
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Child care costs are soaring and wages are not.  At what point is it simply too expensive to chose anything other than staying at home?

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How flexible does flexible working need to be?

How flexible does flexible working need to be? | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
How flexible does flexible working need to be? -     Facilitated by Annabel Kaye, Director of Irenicon Ltd, Annabel keeps it clear, demystifies the jargon and keeps the focus on getting the bes...
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It is easy to lose focus on the fact the arrangements have to work for both parties...Join our free dial in conversation (July 10th 8pm to 9pm) and lets talk about how to make it work for you

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Health Insurance - Group Risk - Office-based employees take 70% more sick days than home workers

Offices are also six times more likely to promote stress, say employees
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Tell your boss this! When you are talking about wanting to do some home working

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Companies hugely underestimating shared parental leave demand

Companies hugely underestimating shared parental leave demand | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
New research points to firms being woefully underprepared for the number of fathers looking to take advantage of new laws enabling them to share parental leave...
Annabel Kaye's insight:

If you are a boss - what's your plan?    What problems do you foresee and how can you handle them?

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Tech Giants' Freeze-Your-Eggs Policy Is Not Enough - Huffington Post

Tech Giants' Freeze-Your-Eggs Policy Is Not Enough - Huffington Post | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
The world's most innovative and creative organizations should be dreaming up new ways to establish a better work-life balance for all their employees.
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The whole shape of corporate life is not very conducive to family life whatever your gender?

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All You Need to Know About Paying Filipino Virtual Assistants

All You Need to Know About Paying Filipino Virtual Assistants | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Virtual assistants add value to your company. These professionals secure your company’s progress, so they count on you to provide them with the same security towards their career. Know what that means? Making sure their fees are met and their salaries are remitted on time.
Annabel Kaye's insight:
Whst it doesn't say is the UK data protection prohibits sending your customer personal data outside the EU unless strict conditions are met. talk to us before you take this option
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Flexible working: why do we treat it as a women-only issue?

Flexible working: why do we treat it as a women-only issue? | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Tanya Korobka: Though everyone has right to ask for flexible working, recruitment expert Tracey Eker says employers retain unfounded fears about it
Annabel Kaye's insight:

Do we fear they won't be doing anything if we can't see them working?  And it is not just women who have people and things to take care of!

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Flexible working would work in industry, say civil engineers - New Civil Engineer

Flexible working would work in industry, say civil engineers - New Civil Engineer | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Flexible working would work in industry, say civil engineers
New Civil Engineer
Though I was given the flexible working hours by my line manager when I was employed, HR did not support the ideas.
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Civil engineering can create part time roles if needed.  Have you manged to get one?

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12 Things Not To Say To A Stay-At-Home Dad -

12 Things Not To Say To A Stay-At-Home Dad - | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Mark Greene offers helpful tips for avoiding those pesky conversational faux pas with your local Stay At Home Dad.
Annabel Kaye's insight:

I wouldn't say the equivalent to a stay at home Mum - would you?

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Third of Small Firms Ignoring Flexible Working Laws - Fresh Business Thinking

Third of Small Firms Ignoring Flexible Working LawsFresh Business ThinkingHe said: "This should be viewed as an opportunity, not a hurdle to overcome, as flexible working can produce immense benefits for a small business.
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7 Financial Hurdles to Becoming a Stay at Home Dad

7 Financial Hurdles to Becoming a Stay at Home Dad | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Blog post at Luke1428 : Today I'm guest posting and commenting at the personal finance blog Reach Financial Independence.
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29 Essential Pieces of Advice for a New Dad - Huffington Post (blog)

29 Essential Pieces of Advice for a New Dad - Huffington Post (blog) | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
29 Essential Pieces of Advice for a New Dad
Huffington Post (blog)
You see, I wanted to give you a gift, but I'm a stay-at-home dad of young daughters; the belts have all been tightened and the budget wouldn't budge.
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What do you think of this advice for new stay at home dads?

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Flexible Working: Are UK Employers Still Stuck in the Dark Ages? | Christopher Benn Associates

Flexible Working: Are UK Employers Still Stuck in the Dark Ages? | Christopher Benn Associates | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
Four in 10 workers want to work flexibly, but just a quarter of job ads specify that they can, leading to businesses missing out on the best talent, a survey suggests. (#Flexible Working: Are UK #Employers Still Stuck in the Dark Ages?
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Who is left holding the baby if everyone works flexibly?

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UK set to embrace flexible working from 30 June - ITProPortal

UK set to embrace flexible working from 30 June - ITProPortal | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
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UK set to embrace flexible working from 30 June
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New research indicates that there will soon be a dramatic shift in attitudes to flexible working across the UK.
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Are you expecting a dramatic shift in attitudes to flexible working? I am thinking more like a slow continuing burn....

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The unpaid intern ....

The unpaid intern .... | Balancing the Bump | Scoop.it
If "work experience" is actually just "work observation", then it doesn't have to be paid. But if "work experience" involves actual working, then (subject to specific exclusions) NMW minimum pay r...
Annabel Kaye's insight:

Summer means the beginning of let's exploit the student season, as well as time for genuine work shadowing, training and experience.

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