'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work
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A Stay-at-Home-Mum for 14 years, I've slowly been preparing for a return to working life. Read about my progress on my blog: fromthedomesticbubble.com
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Mumternships — Meet the new intern - she’s your mother | The Times

Mumternships — Meet the new intern - she’s your mother | The Times | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Increasing numbers of companies are taking an innovative approach to helping mothers return to their professions
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Heard about this at last year's mumsnet conference. Hope it's a trend.
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The confidence trap: how to avoid back to work blues - The Guardian

The confidence trap: how to avoid back to work blues - The Guardian | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
The Guardian The confidence trap: how to avoid back to work blues The Guardian Confidence can ebb away with every month of maternity leave, making the return to work a daunting prospect.
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Good transferable advice.
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Wraparound childcare is the type of help that ordinary families want

Wraparound childcare is the type of help that ordinary families want | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
When the alarm goes off at 6.45am on Monday, for myself and like most parents across the country, it’s the beginning of a logistical quagmire. It’s a tribute to the organisation capabilities of fam...
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Political posturing by Labour Party, but interesting nonetheless.
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First Thoughts about Mumsnet WorkFest

First Thoughts about Mumsnet WorkFest | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
I attended the first Mumsnet WorkFest on 15th June for personal and journalistic reasons. On the train home I put down my initial thoughts about the event. A show of hands revealed our differences....
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And my thoughts on the train home.

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Can women really restart their career after quitting work for children?

Can women really restart their career after quitting work for children? | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
It's all very well for some, but the obstacles facing women returning from an extended period away from work can be insurmountable, writes Tracy McVeigh
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This article features some of the women who were at the mumsnet workfest and covers many of the ideas examined there.

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"She doesn't work... she's a housewife"

"She doesn't work... she's a housewife" | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
"Oh she?!?...she doesn't work, she's a housewife." This cartoon was developed by Neelabh Banerjee for UN Women India. The share of women's unpaid work is 51% compared to only 33% of men's unpaid wo...
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They say that pictures can say a thousand words...

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Alexandra Lebenthal: Being a Mother Makes You a Better Worker

Alexandra Lebenthal: Being a Mother Makes You a Better Worker | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
When a woman works and has a child, your multitasking genes kick in. You don't have an option other than to change a diaper and respond to an email, or get the report done and still get the ruby slippers for the Wizard of Oz just as the play begins.
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Yes, when you have children you discover hours in the day that you never before dreamt about.
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How Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Landed Me My Dream Job

How Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Landed Me My Dream Job | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
I did not want to leave my kids in daycare and miss all of the precious moments of their youth. I wanted to have my cake and eat it too and I was determined to do just that.
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How to 'have it all' - especially relevant to other writers. 

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Working- Mom Strategies - The Ledger

Working- Mom Strategies - The Ledger | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Working- Mom Strategies The Ledger Among them are mothers seeking full-time employment. Many working mothers dreamed of being a stay-at-home mom. Other mothers entered the workforce with the goal of being self-sufficient and independent.
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Some good advice for those who juggle.
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Have you got the XX Factor? | The Times

Prefer work to childcare? Driven? Loathe domestic life? Janice Turner talks to the alpha females who do not think motherhood is a full-time job
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This article from The Times' Janice Turner opened up a huge can of worms. Apparently, when it comes to women and work it's all or nothing.

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Connie Schultz: A Million Ways to 'Lean In' | Parade.com

Connie Schultz: A Million Ways to 'Lean In' | Parade.com | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
For working mothers, there's no such thing as one right path.
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More hope for mature career-changers.
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Make Linkedin a Return-to-Work Pal - 9livesforwomen.com

Make Linkedin a Return-to-Work Pal - 9livesforwomen.com | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Returning to the workforce after time home with family? Linkedin is fastest way to wake up a long dormant network: http://t.co/AvOgIKxcou
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Great advice for making LinkedIn work for you.
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Mind the career gap: The scheme helping mothers return to the City - Telegraph

Mind the career gap: The scheme helping mothers return to the City - Telegraph | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
The Bank of America in Canary Wharf is running a free workshop for mothers looking to return to work after several years away to care for their family. Louisa Peacock talks to some of the eager mums hoping to regain a step on the career ladder.
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Another great article from Louisa Peacock at the Telegraph. And well done to Bank of America.
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It's National Flex Day. Do You Notice Where Your Employees Are Working? - AOL Jobs

It's National Flex Day. Do You Notice Where Your Employees Are Working? - AOL Jobs | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
It's National Flex Day. Do You Notice Where Your Employees Are Working?
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Some interesting points. I like the one about the man playing solitaire.
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Schools to stay open from 8am to 6pm to offer childcare under Labour plan to ... - Daily Mail

Schools to stay open from 8am to 6pm to offer childcare under Labour plan to ... - Daily Mail | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Daily Mail Schools to stay open from 8am to 6pm to offer childcare under Labour plan to ... Daily Mail Primary schools will have to offer childcare from 8am to 6pm under Labour plans to help working families.
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And some balance from the Mail.
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we need a new approach to family life – for both mums and dads

we need a new approach to family life – for both mums and dads | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Both men and women want fulfilling home and working lives but mothers still tend to be pushed into the home and fathers into work. Too often that has meant women stopping working and men unable to spend enough time ...
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A clearly stated argument.
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To the mumsnet Work Festival

To the mumsnet Work Festival | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
As a SAHM for 14 years, I know how daunting it is to consider a return to work. The mumsnet Work Festival had been organised to address these fears. The night before I mentally run through my wardr...
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Some of my thoughts on the way to the first mumsnet WorkFest.

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Guest blog: Work - is it getting easier to re-establish your career after time off for kids? | Mumsnet Discussion

Guest blog: Work - is it getting easier to re-establish your career after time off for kids? | Mumsnet Discussion | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
*In today's guest blog, columnist, [[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Half-Wife-Working-Familys-Getting/dp/0701185988 author]] and blogger Gaby Hinsliff spies
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Despite the positive tone of the blog - the comments suggest a different story.

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3 Practical Tips for Working Moms, From the Quora Question of the Week

3 Practical Tips for Working Moms, From the Quora Question of the Week | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Do you have any tips for working mothers? 3 Practical Tips for Working Moms, From the #Quora Question of the Week: http://t.co/rfqjMj4Zv5
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Some good advice.
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Working mums would take pay cut for a better work-life balance

According to a new study, more than half of working mums would take a pay cut for a job which offered them an improved work-life balance – proving that even in these difficult economic times, when it comes to work, it's not all ...
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Why 43% of Women With Children Leave Their Jobs, and How to Get Them Back

Why 43% of Women With Children Leave Their Jobs, and How to Get Them Back | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Good suggestions for how corporations can help women re-enter the workforce after maternity leaves. (@stewfriedman)
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This is a detailed and considered article which addresses the difficulty of returning to work after a long break to bring up a family. It concludes with an interesting idea on how to tempt such mums into returning.
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BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, Older Women and Style; Women's Unemployment; Politics of Sex Work

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, Older Women and Style; Women's Unemployment; Politics of Sex Work | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it

Jenni Murray on stylish older women, Women's unemployment Typhoid Mary, and raising a teen in your 50s and 60s.

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The part of the programme on Women's Unemployment has some good information on returning to work.

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Boys are paying the price of higher tuition fees | The Times

Girl undergraduates now dominate. We need to ask: is the financial logic of going to university weighted against men?
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So, girls, University can be a cost effective career move if you plan a child-rearing sabatical.

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Back to School Before Back to Work - 9livesforwomen.com

Back to School Before Back to Work - 9livesforwomen.com | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Need interim step, a bit more time, a bit more confidence b4 u return 2 work after hiatus? Consider reentry program: http://t.co/TQ352eSbPQ
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American, so the contacts are not relevant for the UK, but the general idea is about his to boost your confidence. It's worked for me!
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Clegg's free childcare offer - ITV News

Clegg's free childcare offer - ITV News | 'Mumback': advice for SAHMs returning to work | Scoop.it
Read Clegg's free childcare offer latest on ITV News. All the Friday 12th April 2013 news (The Government's new plan to help cover childcare costs. Do you qualify? And does it all add up?
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