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A career in the prison service


What is your image of the prison service? According to Carol Carpenter, HR director of The National Offender Management Service, there are a lot of outdated stereotypes around. “We are always trying to fight against the media perception of the prison service. Our workforce do an amazing job on behalf of society with little or […]

16 hours in a car with four kids…


We’re off on holiday. Sixteen hours in a car with four kids and 16 hours with no wi-fi and no possibility of receiving email. Hooray. It could in fact be longer than 16 hours given the problems in Dover and Calais and news that the French farmers are blockading the borders. It feels more like […]

Jobless figures ‘underestimate number of women who want to work’


Official figures used by government underplay the number of women seeking work, according to a TUC analysis. The TUC analysis of Labour Force Survey (LFS) data from the Office for National Statistics headline says unemployment figures only cover people who have very recently applied for a new job and are immediately available to start, and […]

Raising girls


When I was a little girl, my imagination would look forward to the future, to being a mum, having a family, everything being perfect. The sun would be shining, my family would be full of smiles and giggles and we would all skip through fields holding hands as if from a scene from Little House […]

Gender attitudes become more traditional after birth of first child


When their first child is born, men and women grow more traditional in their gender attitudes towards mothering, as well as about who does housework and caregiving, according to a new study. The study of nearly 1,800 new parents led by Janeen Baxter, Professor and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for […]

54,000 women ‘forced out of jobs’ due to pregnancy


Around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year, according to a report on maternity discrimination from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Their report is based on a survey of over 3,200 women, in which 11% of the women interviewed reported having been dismissed, made compulsorily redundant where […]

Living the holiday schedule


The great switchover has happened. Gone are those term-time days of daytime working. In their place, the holiday schedule, which tends to involve early mornings and late nights. Fortunately, daughter one is old enough to babysit. The only problem is she sleeps until 1pm. Fortunately, my mum is nearby. One way or another things get […]

Stress levels rise over the summer holidays


Over half of mums say their stress levels increase dramatically over the school holidays, particularly the summer, according to a survey. Some 55% of 1,000 mums surveyed by self-development and meditation app Anamaya say their stress levels go up over the holidays. Almost a quarter of mums say they suffer from prolonged anxiety as a […]

How to keep the kids entertained over the holidays


Whilst the summer holidays are undoubtedly the best time of the year for children granted six whole weeks of freedom from homework, teachers and early mornings; for parents they can be the most stressful and busiest time of the year. If you’re a working parent it can be difficult finding adequate and cost-effective childcare and […]

Summer Holiday Activities for all The Family


The Canal & River Trust are offering their free summer holiday activities guide ‘What shall we do today?’ which is packed full of ideas and stickers to keep kids entertained. Finding fun, affordable ideas for quality family time can be tricky, especially when you have to compete with computer games, TV and the internet. Our […]

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