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As working parents, we all share the juggle. The good news is that we're not alone. So if you need inspiration or support, if you like a good story and if you want to hear how other parents raise a family alongside their career, then this is the podcast for you.In this podcast series, I chat to inspirational working parents and ask them to share their own, unique experiences, their struggles and the moments of joy and I hope, in each episode, there’s something that can bring you a bit more s ...
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What if becoming a parent could change how we view the climate crisis and motivate us to take meaningful action? Join me and my co-host Parisa Wright, along with our special guest, actor and parent Paul Ready, as we tackle eco-anxiety head-on, discussing the overwhelming emotions that can arise when confronting this important issue. From the 2018 s…
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As a working parent, do you struggle to find the time and energy to stay active and maintain your physical health? Wendy Welpton, founder of Reclaim Movement and mum of three, joins me in sharing her enlightening journey of overcoming physical challenges and discovering the power of natural movement in daily life. Wendy's inspiring story of determi…
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In this final episode of the series, Elliott and I talk to Gita Banerji from Suffolk County Council about how organisations can still actively support parents without a formal staff network. Gita shares their great work on fertility leave, benchmarking and enhancing many of their policies. Find out more about Gita: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gita-…
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Welcome to the Parent Equation podcast series, full of inspiring stories from working parents who are passionate about designing a life that works for them and their families rewarding career alongside a balanced family life. "We're all there with a similar mission to help women juggle careers and family, and I want to try and offer things as acces…
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Lead from the front. A key message from Emma at Co-op when it comes to running a successful parents network. Elliott and I also chatted to Emma about how network leads manage their own emotional wellbeing when faced with emotive topics as well as lots more. Find out more about Emma and Co-op: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-southworth-157743a3/ Fi…
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What if you could create an award-winning support network for working parents and carers while building meaningful connections in the wider community? Join me as I talk with Tim Soper from Aon about the incredible success of their Parents and Carers Network and its subgroup, the Dads at Aon Network. Discover how these innovative networks have grown…
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Welcome to the Parent Equation podcast series, full of inspiring stories from working parents who are passionate about designing a life that works for them and their families - having a rewarding career alongside a balanced family life. "You don't have to be a woman to hold a child to your chest and comfort them… " "And again, the perception is act…
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Liz da Cruz, co-lead of the parents network at Centrica chats to Elliott and me about their lean in, lean out approach, leveraging volunteering, being vulnerable and lots lots more. Find out more about Liz and Centrica: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethdacruz1/ Find out more about Music, Football, Fatherhood: https://musicfootballfatherhood.com…
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Recognition. A key word when it comes to running staff networks. The leads of these networks, like Deonne and Jocy at PepsiCo, run them alongside their day jobs because they're passionate about supporting their working parents. Yes, budget and executive sponsorship are needed, but the appreciation for the much needed value and support they bring is…
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Welcome to the Parent Equation podcast series, full of inspiring stories from working parents who are passionate about designing a life that works for them and their families - having a rewarding career alongside a balanced family life. "...someone said to me yesterday, in fact that in running your own business, 80% of it is probably the job you do…
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Join Becky Candy and Leanne Chalmers who are sharing the growth journey for the John Lewis Partnership's parents network. From coffee and community to several autonomous peer groups providing enormous value to their partners. Hear about their journey, their key insights and tips for running a successful network, including building a community, pass…
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Originally from France, Camille decided to change the course of her life and over the last 18 years has studied and lived in Spain, moved to Mexico City for a few years, and has now settled in London. From being a beauty and lifestyle writer in a fashion magazine she is now an Adult and Child advisor, dedicated to being at the service of others by …
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In this episode, Hannah shares her experiences and strategies for managing the ubiquitous mental load as well as how she and her husband share it. Hannah made a choice to change career before motherhood which has given her greater flexibility and taps into her passions. And as a HR professional, she shares her insights into how organisations can be…
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Anita Cleare is a parenting expert, writer and coach and co-founder of the Positive Parenting Project. Her book, The Work/Parent Switch (known as The Working Parent’s Survival Guide in USA) is a positive parenting guide for working parents. Anita started her career in international development, spending four and a half years in Mongolia where she w…
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Chloe, founder of Hopscotch coaching, works with families to bring fun, play and creativity back into our lives. She also chose to take one of her children out of mainstream education, so as a home educator has quite a unique perspective on raising children. And alongside she also finds time to run her business! Find out more about Chloe: https://w…
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Soumya Karkera was brought up in India and is now bringing up her own daughter in the UK. In this episode, she shares this experience, alongside her insights from her work as a coach for young people. How do we bring our children into the conversation? How can we be more present with our children, especially as busy working parents? How do we embra…
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Jane is the founder of Careering into Motherhood. In 2015, she was the first person at HSBC to negotiate a Global Director role as a job-share, igniting her passion to support other working mums to also create roles and careers that works for them. With the aim of helping more women to have access to similar career opportunities, in 2016 Jane launc…
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In this episode, Karen Farrell, founder of Mindful Station shared: 🧘‍♀️ How mindfulness can help busy mums to win at motherhood without losing their minds. ❤ The importance of selfcare and why you need to be intentional about making time for YOU! 💃 Why you shouldn't compare yourself to others and how you can turn it into inspiration. 📇 How you can …
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Charlotte founded Power of the Parent to positively challenge the experience of parents in the workplace. Imagine workplaces where parents can love what they do without their identity and worth being measured by how many hours they’ve worked or how many kids they have. In this episode, she chats to me about what that power means to her and how she'…
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In this episode, Adam and I chatted about life as a self-employed working dad, how he pandemic changed the way he and his wife work and how he's able to be more present for his kids. He was also very open about the loss of his sister and the importance of talking about mental health. I was asked recently where working dads can find support and it's…
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In this episode, Kate shares her working parent journey so openly. We cover everything from part time working and the intensity of being a working parent through to raising teens going through their own unique journeys. Kate's approach to supporting her children is quite inspirational so for those parents also in the LGBTQ+ world, her experiences w…
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When Lyss Morton realised that her 9-5 role wasn't working for her anymore, she felt she had to discover what she was really passionate about. And without any prior experience, she landed on floristry. Entirely self-taught, and now extremely successful, Lyss has taken her business one step further and coaches fellow mums who also want to start thei…
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Hannah, like so many of my listeners, moved from a secure corporate career to starting her own business, in coaching. Which of course we talked about, but what really struck me was her experience when her child was born prematurely and how she kept herself together during that really tough time. In this episode she also shares the highs and lows of…
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Alexis is an entrepreneur and a working dad who helps other parents find their purpose and balance. This episode will give you that dose of motivation if you're thinking about starting a business or have started but are feeling stuck! In this episode, we also talk the effect that our role modelling has on our kids (and how our parents impacted us),…
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In this episode, Liz and I talk about opportunities for women and in particular mums returning to work. Her background in recruitment, plus her experience of being a working parent, led her to start Investing in Women, a platform that supports and inspires women as well as helping them find a role that work for them and their families. And when it …
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When Tova shared her story of not feeling like she possessed the mum superpower when her kids were born, I totally related. I didn't 'love' my first daughter from the first second, it had been a traumatic birth and my emotions were all over the place. What Tova does brilliantly is normalise motherhood, promoting our authentic selves to ultimately o…
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Natalie's journey from nursing to corporate to running her own business as a leadership coach is enough of a story in itself. Add to that life as a stepmum to two teenage girls and you have a podcast episode that's not worth missing. Her approach to parenthood comes with a different perspective, that of a step-parent, and I found it fascinating how…
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You can be guilt-free about being a working mum and in this episode Hannah Russell explains how she makes it work. She also shares her story of building her own business, award winning podcast agency, Mags Creative, and working alongside her sister, bringing them closer together as the years have gone on. Her business 'feeds her soul' and makes her…
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Katie's newsroom story is not unfamiliar. It's a full on career path and when she had her children she decided the two couldn't co-exist so left to start out on her own. But it's not easy leaving a successful career you've taken years to build. In this episode, we also talk about making time for yourself, the importance of a support network as a ne…
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Rebecca built her business from the ground up, alongside raising her three, now grown, girls. After an 8 year career break to bring up her children, she had to make a decision about what came next and for her, owning her own thing was something she knew she wanted. Rebecca's journey shows how a commitment to your business and a passion for people c…
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I'll admit it. I know I should be doing more when it comes to sustainability. I do my bit, but there's a lot of confusion and if I'm honest, some real fear of judgement. Parisa's mission is to make sustainable living accessible, and enjoyable for everyone, so that we can not only set the right example for our kids but try and repair the damage so t…
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Jessy has been very open about one of the most vulnerable moments in her life as she lost herself and paid the motherhood penalty. In this episode, she talks to me about creating a positive mindset to define your worth and not allowing your background or parental status to define it for you. She's a TedX speaker, an amazing role model for her two c…
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Sara's journey from serving in the armed forces to motherhood and a career change into coaching is peppered with incredible learnings and experiences, all of which has shaped who she is today. We talk about the effect on her children and how a life on the move has given them a different perspective on life as well as how we build confidence after p…
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Sarah Green experienced what so many parents experience, and that's the desire to move away from fast fashion, to endeavour to be more sustainable and to not end up with bag loads of baby clothes that need a new home after just a few months. I've certainly been there! With this in mind, Sarah left her career in publishing to launch Borro, a circula…
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Rachel swapped a successful career at the BBC for an equally successful coaching career, supporting mums returning to work, women who feel a loss of self after taking a period of leave to raise their children. We talk about the real struggle of working parents in careers that can't be home based, like reporting, why a career change is often felt to…
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Chris left a successful career to 'not retire', to have more flexibility and to put his sons first. His father passed away at 41, so when Chris got to 41 he knew he had to do something differently, and find what he was destined to do. His mission to help people become financially independent has produced a successful business, a business that gives…
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Liz Wilcox is the self-proclaimed Fresh Princess of Email Marketing, a working mum from Florida whose entrepreneurial journey is full of twists and turns, all told with an immensely engaging style. It's seriously hard not to smile when listening to her story. She found her way there via life as a military wife, living on the road in an RV all the w…
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Dr Chelsey used to be a Professor of Education, focused on social emotional learning and language and literacy. Now, she's transformed that research into tools and principles to support families and schools build calm and inspire connection with kids. And as this podcast dicatates, our conversation goes from her professional work into her personal …
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Jo Wheatley is an award winning coach, hosts a #1 podcast, The Coaching Crowd, has just launched a book and, oh yes, is an adventure loving mum. This conversation is full of her personal experiences of raising children in a way that empowers them and also gave me (and so will give you) practical ways of being the best role model we can be to them. …
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Elliott Rae is a true working parents champion, working tirelessly to push forward the agenda for working dads. He started Music, Football, Fatherhood as he put it, "in a small corner of the internet" to help him manage his mental health as a new dad. MFF is now a thriving community and Elliott has gone on to write a book, star in a documentary, la…
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Zoe, co-founder of In Good Company, is a global, multi award nominated master accredited coach, coach supervisor and coach trainer. She's also a fellow podcaster and hosts The Coaching Crowd, a must listen for coaches, new and old! Her philosophy is centered around connection and inclusivity and meeting her has genuinely added so much to my life, b…
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Becky and Leanne, co-leads of the Working Parents Network at the John Lewis Partnership talk to me about their passion and dedication to supporting fellow parents at work by creating a community that can share, learn and inspire each other. It just shows how much is possible if we all reach out to each other, with a common goal to support working p…
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"I can't be a taxi driver Mummy because I'm a girl." This was her daughter's statement that started the Ducky Zebra journey. Sally's background isn't in fashion, or retail, but she knew that she wanted to tackle gender stereotypes and #breakthebias when it came to kids clothes. So she quit her corporate job and put everything she had into her new b…
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Jen is such fun to talk to. Full of energy, full of love, full of inspiration. And her journey from a children's intensive care nurse to leadership coach is a story of resilience, confidence and of embracing change to achieve a better life. She shares how she came to the momentous decision to leave nursing, how she felt she lost her identity as a r…
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Naomi, like many of us, had a secure 9-5 (ish) corporate job but knew that she wanted more. The dream of owning her own cafe had been there for years so last year she and her husband finally took the plunge and left the corporate world behind. In this episode she talks to me about how she got there (it's never an overnight thing) and the ups and do…
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Jacob Merkley is a doting dad and husband, entrepreneur and co-founder of Story Tyke. His goal is to help parents increase bonding time with their children through an easier storytime, which was music to my ears! He is a proud husband to the girl he met in a lift and is the proud father of three kids under six! He freely admits that some of his pre…
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As a physician in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit), and working mum, Susan knows only too well how easy it is to burn out, physically and emotionally. Through her personal experience, suffering from burnout late in her career, Susan shares how she recovered by fostering her own mental health. She is really honest about post natal depression, …
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Hayley is as passionate about being a mum as she is about supporting small businesses to succeed. Her entrepreneurial spirit emerged at a young age and she was running her own company at 18, and is still going strong. Chuck in two kids and you have one of the most organised mums you'll ever meet! We talk about family teamwork, kids independence and…
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Han-Son is the founder of DaddiLife and personally led the research programmes into the modern day dad - The Dad Index and The Millennial Dad at Work. His work has been profiled in the likes of The Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and Huffington Post so it was an honour to chat to him on this episode of The Parent Equation. Shining a light on moder…
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In this episode, Eva talks to me about how we can understand our values and use them to support our decision making both professionally and at home. As a global family, currently residing in Quito, Ecuador, she shares her experiences of bringing up a tri-lingual child, and how she hopes she will be a good role model based on her own travels and aca…
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