Grandparents and family

Being a proud working mum

Being a proud working mum

As parents we endeavour to create a lifestyle that is right not just for us, but for the family as a whole. For some mums, this means becoming a stay-at-home parent, while for others it means returning to work. There are many reasons why being a stay-at-home mum is great but it’s not for everyone

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Do working parents find life harder now

Do working parents find life harder now

A YouGov poll conducted last year found that over half of parents (56%) think life is harder now than it was just 20 years ago. Childcare High on the list of issues facing working parents is balancing work, childcare and home life. With more families than ever having two working parents childcare facilities and, often

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Are you better off working than on benefits

Are you better off working than on benefits

There have been plenty of headlines recently suggesting that families may be better off living off benefits rather than going out to work. But is that really the case? Is the system designed so that families can ‘earn’ more through not working? Figures The Joseph Rowntree Foundation recently looked into how much people earn on

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Single parents returning to work

Single Parents Returning To Work

Single parents are consummate jugglers. They have to be. Adding work into the mix brings another dimension to the delicate balancing act, that is single parent life. A whole new set of challenges. Whatever your motivations for returning to work, it’s important to take things one step at a time, give you, and your children

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Understanding childcare options

Understanding childcare options

When children arrive in your world it’s a dead cert that at some point you will need childcare provision. Even families with a stay-at-home parent need to fall back on third-party care for the kids occasionally, so what are the options? A lot depends on your circumstances and budget, here are the most common forms

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More childcare help for working parents

More Childcare help for working parents

Childcare costs are a drain on many people’s resources but families with working parents are set to notice a reduction in the amount of money they fork out for childcare due to a government scheme scheduled to come into place this year. The Childcare Payments Bill will allow working parents to claim up to £2,000 per

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