Did you go back to work or take a different path?

 MOST MUMS RETURN TO WORK BECAUSE OF THE HIGH COST OF LIVING AND HALF OF THEM RELY ON THEIR MOTHERS FOR CHILDCARE

A study on behalf of Philips AVENT has revealed eight out of ten new mums headed back to the office because they were ‘in desperate need of money’, while only one in five returned to work because they loved their job.

,43 per cent of mums said they cannot afford to pay for childcare despite being back at work.  This is why nearly half of them, 46 per cent, rely on their mum to care for their child, while friends and grandparents are also called upon regularly.

 The vast majority polled (86 per cent) went back to their previous job and four in ten did so once their maternity leave ended.

Deneice Harwin from Philips AVENT, said: ‘”Our research shows that balancing work and family is still a great challenge for most women. Having a good network of family and friends as well as flexible working hours can certainly make the difference and help them find the right balance.

The research shows that six in ten continued working full time, while four opted for part-time and typically went into the office for three days a week. “

 The research, which was undertaken between 29 March – 4 April 2011, also found that of the 35 per cent who said they plan to resume their normal nine to five, one in twenty said they will search for a job which is less stressful and demanding. More than one in ten (12 per cent) will look for a different part-time job completely, while seven per cent will look for a freelance position.

 One in six mothers will not return to work, with two thirds saying they want to stay with their child and be more involved with their upbringing. Four in ten said it is not financially worth it because it ends up more expensive hiring a nanny or forking out on childcare costs averaging £4,280 a year. 

 One in ten said they don’t like their previous job enough to go back, while a quarter are fortunate to have a partner who earns enough for them ‘to get by’. The study found that around one in twenty women left their husband or partner at home with their child while they went back to the office. One in ten said the fact they brought home a bigger wage packet than their other half persuaded them to return.

 It also emerged four in ten have thought about starting their own business, with half persuaded by the thought of being their own boss. Seven in ten like the idea of flexible working hours.

 Two thirds of respondents work full time as well as their partner. A massive 87 per cent said they jointly feel under pressure to both pull in a fair wage to provide for their family.

For 56 per cent money worries constantly play on their mind and 87 per cent wish they could provide more for their family. Although it emerged that only one in five don’t budget properly and half have under £200 a month disposable income.  The study also found that 70 per cent of them were aware of the Government’s proposed child benefits changes affecting families from this month.

Sue Hayward, Philips AVENT Financial advisor, added “These results demonstrate that women are seriously looking at alternative jobs to live a balanced as well as rewarding lifestyle.  Planning, budgeting and looking for the best deals are still wise ways to save money and have the family budget under control especially now with the recent child tax credit changes to be introduced”.


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zoobles review

I love new toys and so do my kids and even though we have had the excesses of Christmas we were thrilled to be sent a Zoobles to play with. Her is our Zoobles review.

Curled up in little balls which you can roll around, Zoobles™ jump into life and they are  the cutest, oddest looking animals. My children were delighted by theirs.  You place them on top of  their “happitat”which is a little cage they can go in when all curled up. This has a little magnet on top and they sit on theses spring up and transform into cute, colourful animal characters to play with  Press their heads and they’ll blink, wink or even wag their tail  Each Zooble is unique and comes with its very own happitat where it can curl up to go to sleep, or spring to life on the hot spot.   

My kids aged 3 and 6 both loved this and even though its aimed at girls 4+ my 6 year old son really liked it too.

They apparently come from magical lands and underwater worlds like Petagonia, Seagonia and Azoozia, there will be over 150 Zoobles for little girls to collect (that could be VERY expensive I would suggest not aiming for the whole set! They cost £5.99 or a two packs costs £9.99) . If you want to find out more about Zoobles visit www.zoobles.com I think these will hugely catch on, they are delightful and great fiun for kids to share and compare!

These will be avaibale from Argos, Asda, The Entertainer and Smiths as of next week

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I am absolutely delighted to tell you my new ebook is now available. It is packed with ideas for winter fun with your under five  It has ideas for when you are cosy indoors and activities for when you are out and about. It has lots oof lovely craft ideas like making snowglobes and crayon cakes, It also has recipes, songs, games, giving ideas and reading suggetsions. The book also considers ways to celebrate lots of Winter festivals such as Chanukah and Chinese New Year as well as Christmas and  Winter Solstice. It will keep you busy!

For just £1.50 it can be downloaded now, Wishing you hours of family fun

Becky x


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How to Afford Time Off with Your Baby: 101 Ways to Ease the Financial Strain

Well done to Rebecca Brown who wins a copy of my book How to afford timeoff with your baby. Here is how she finds creative time. 

I don’t do early mornings and my children are 4 months and 3 years old respectively so it’s a case of grab time in snatches here and there!

I do most of my writing in the evening when they’ve gone to bed but also during 4 am feeds, using an iphone to either get inspiration or to make notes or even blog posts! I’ve found breastfeeding is great thinking time, and ironing too – so many times I’ve had to put down the iron and rush to the computer!

I’ve also taken up sketching and it’s great watching the kids play and trying to capture their movements in little sketches.

(Basically she ditches her ironong….way to go Rebecca!)


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How to afford time off with your baby – 101  ways to ease the financial strain is my very first book and it was published last September by Vermilion.So far I have sold around 4000 copies and I am so proud to have written it and gotten it out there. I really wanted to share my ideas and all I had learned about affording time off and writing my book was on my life list of things to do.. so it was truly a dream come true.

book signing of how to afford time off with your baby

Next week there will be a post on how to get a book published but for today I just want to share a tip with you that has massively helped me combne parenting and creativively finding ways to make money ………

……I get up really early (5.30) and  go to bed by 10

Okay it s not exciting or astounding but it does work for me giving me the time to create, plan, organise etc. that I need. It#s all very well waiting for your baby to nap but mine both stopped daytime naps at 1!


Competition


To enter the competition to win a signed (oh yes indeedy!) copy of my book please answer me this…whats your

secret to fitting in your career or creative time around your little one?  The most inpiring answer wins!

Competition ends next Sept 3rd at 4 p.m.

Becky x

T&C

Baby budgetings decison is final

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