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What are your returners saying?

Can you remember what you were doing back in March 2018? It feels like two minutes ago and a hundred years ago all at the same time for me! I was in the early stages of setting up Power of the Parent®. Figuring out how to support returners after my own dodgy experiences was in…
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What do line managers really want?

There’s a cracking group of line managers who have generously share their insights with me. They’ve been telling me what they want, what they really really want when it comes to guidance in supporting parents. As someone who spends a lot of time saying line managers have the potential to make or break the experience…
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Let’s not wait for a (inter)national day / week / month

National days, weeks, months. They’ve grown a lot over the last few years. Many that have been recognised for a long time are getting a fresh focus alongside newer moments. And my goodness they can be magnificent. Raising money, sparking conversations, platforms for sharing stories…it can be some really good stuff. It can also, however,…
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When parenting (teens) and the workplace collide: line manager edition

We need to talk about when parenting (teens) and the workplace collide.  A lot of the calls to support parents in the workplace are shrouded in ‘early years’ and ‘returner’ support conversations. Then it kind of drops off a cliff. But here’s the thing – that’s not the reality for parents.  Hopefully, long after those…
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When parenting (teens) and the workplace collide…

Shwezin Win is Power of the Parent® associate coach specialising in supporting parents in the workplace, particularly when they’re parenting teens. Through her coaching practice and first hand experiences of being a parent and step-parent, Shwezin generously shares her own vulnerabilities as well providing practical insights for parents and employers about how to support people…
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Power of the Parent turns six!

It’s been a hot minute since Power of the Parent® was born, and my oh my what a ride! Most of you know by now I like to share as many angles as possible for a few reasons. For one, I still think there’s an abundance of bullshit online about the realities of running a…
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The Truth about Employee Resource Groups

Over the last five years of running Power of the Parent® I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside a number of employee resource groups (ERGs) to navigate strategy and activity when it comes to supporting parents and carers in the workplace. You might also know them as networks, affinity groups or inclusion groups – and…
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The Art of Managing Expectations: Why It Matters

In a world driven by narrow definitions of ambition, desires, and endless possibilities, it’s no major surprise that managing expectations is becoming a vital conversation we need to be having. It’s been a topic I’ve covered with clients in workshops and 1:1 coaching since I first set up, but I’ve noticed it’s come into sharp…
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Nobody mention the school holidays

Ok, to be clear – we should definitely be mentioning the summer holidays!  Let’s be honest, for lots of us they’re a pain point. We’re often tag teaming holiday allowances, never quite a full compliment until mid September and parents will be uttering the phrase ‘holiday club’ more than they care to admit. We’ve got…
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Returning to work after any form of parental leave?

Returning to work after any form of parental leave comes with so many emotions and routine changes. Throw in expectations and new boundaries to navigate and there’s a lot to process. We return to a back drop of unhelpful societal narratives. They would have us thinking our careers are over because we’ve expanded our families.…
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