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Support and Self Confidence
Who do you ask for help? It's a question that provokes either a long list of names being rattled off, or a response like: 'no-one', 'I wouldn't ask' or, 'I'm not that kind of person!' The latter is more often than not uttered by someone verging on wits' end. As they dangle over the cliff-face, clinging on by a fingernail, with their work and kids clutching their feet by a shoelace, they'll explain further: 'I'm completely responsible for my own life and never rely on anyone.’ If this is you - dangling proudly off that cliff, with important things dropping out of your pockets into the ravine below - read on. There are 7 beliefs that might be holding you back.
The 7 types of busy: how to disentangle yourself from doing too much Frantic? Can't possibly take anything out of your schedule? Modern life is flat out, and that's that. Or is it? Have a look through the following 'types' of busy and see if you can identify your own style.
The art of letting go by a self confessed control freak - Dr Mataji Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist and guest writer, talks about focusing our energy on things we CAN control.
Will I ever use or find my brain again - Dr Mataji Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist and guest writer, talks about being mentally ready to return to work.
Don't call me Pollyanna, but..... - Dr Mataji Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist and guest writer, talks about her Positive Psychology course she attended and how she is using it in her family life.
Like mother, like self.....or not? - Dr Mataji Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist and guest writer, talks about how your relationship with your mother impacts on you as a parent.
In celebration of parents - Dr Mataji Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist and guest writer - shares a few snippets of her 5.15am start to the morning with 2 toddlers and a dog.
Send me a life raft - By Dr Mataji Kennedy, Clinical Psychologist and guest writer - If you were stranded on a desert island as a new mum (unlikely I know but stay with me), what’s the one thing you would take besides food and water? Well, I think the answer should be a support network.
Mothers are burning out - Is anyone listening? By Emma Grey, WorkLifeBliss - If you have struggled with the juggling demands of parenthood, take the time to read this honest, humourous and confronting article. Emma is also the author of 'Wits End Before Breakfast!'
Post and Ante Natal Depression Association (PANDA) - PANDA offers support to women and their families who are suffering from Post and Antenatal Depression.
How to find 7 extra hours in a week - By Emma Grey, WorkLifeBliss - The Australian Work and Life Index found that working mums are more harried and pressed for time than ever before. We know we need more ‘me time’, but how can we fit another thing into the twenty-four hours we’ve already crammed full of work, family, friends, study, multiplying loads of washing, supervising school projects, and the taxi service we provide for our kids. It can be easier to find that extra hour than you think!
Dads: How to support your partner at home - Keeping your relationship strong in the early years of parenting can be challenging. More and more dads are doing a great job at sharing parental responsibilities. And they are keen to understand how they can better support their partners at home. Here are some practical and common sense tips and advice to help support your partner while she is at home caring for the kids.
Get all the Answers and Take on the Workforce
We are dedicated to helping parents return to work with confidence. How do you start building that confidence? With the best information. We provide you with the answers to the key career concerns and questions working parents need resolved so you too can start thriving again at work. Get all the answers and take on the workforce.
Returning to work and the challenges of childcare: Mixing childcare with work can be very stressful. How can you control the situation?
mychild.gov.au: The mychild.gov.au site is an initiative of the Australian Government. This site is about children, with the main focus being on early childhood learning and child care. You will also find helpful links to other information for families in this site.
Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care: Fact Sheets
This comprehensive set of fact sheets highlight the range of Australian Government services and programs available to families using child care. The fact sheets include information on Child Care Benefit, Child Care Tax Rebate, Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care fee assistance, Child Care Support program; and Child Care Access Hotline.
Family Day Care Australia - http://www.familydaycareaustralia.com.au/
Find a family day care service in your area or find out how you can operate a child care business from home with resources, support and training.
Child Care Information - Centrelink website
Find out about the child care benefit and the child care tax rebate.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres: Find out information on local aged and community care services available, and arrange for help to take a break from your caring role.
Before and after school care, and holiday care: We have collected some useful resources to help you find suitable care for your children before and after school and during school holidays. The majority of outside school hours care services are approved child care services. This means that families using the service may be eligible for Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. Approved services must also show that they are meeting certain quality standards.
- Care for Kids resource: Search for before and after school care in your area
- YMCA: Look for care options for school age children in your area
- mychild.gov.au - Find out about outside school hours care in your area
- Google your local Council for after school and holiday activities
School Holidays and Public Holidays
Find out the dates of school holidays, school term and public holidays in every state and territory in Australia. Click here
Return to Work with your Self Confidence and Skills Intact
During parental leave, many mums often experience a lack of self confidence when it comes to their career and the prospect of returning to work. It is so common, and happens simply because you are removed from the workplace for a period of time.
View practical information and suggestions from CareerMums
Work and family balance tips
Ask us a question
- 5 Things you really need to know as a new mum - Dr Mataji Kennedy is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. She specialises in helping women adjust to motherhood and in helping women with Postnatal Depression.
Tools and Fact Sheets
CareerMums Users Q&A - CareerMums responds to career questions on a daily basis - either by email or on the phone. We are going to start collecting these questions and responses to assist other CareerMums users who may be faced with the same career / work challenge.
Australia's Paid Parental Leave Scheme - Find out about eligibility, payment rates, how to claim, and other resources.
Flexible work arrangements - All carers are entitled to request a flexible work arrangement according to the Federal Government's National Employment Standards.
What to ask your manager before going on parental leave - Parents who have taken parental leave will tell you that being prepared for your departure and potential return to work in advance makes the whole experience much less stressful for everyone involved including your baby.
Weekly household schedule - CareerMums has created your very own weekly household schedule to ensure an orderly chaos on the homefront. Print a new copy out every time you need to change the schedule.
How to make job sharing a success - CareerMums spoke to Angela from Canberra about her successful negotiation to job share a full time high school teaching role. This case study will give you confidence to explore and negotiate a flexible job opportunity, despite the position being advertised as a full time role.
Making your case for telecommuting: How to convince the boss - If you're seriously thinking you'd like a job where you can telecommute, a few reality checks are in order first.
3 steps to working smarter, not harder - Recently, I was speaking with a career mum on the complexities of furthering her career and juggling family responsibilities. We came up with a game plan on the work front on how to re-think her role and how to work more efficiently - with the focus being on quality not quantity.
Mind Map - CareerMums has created your very own mind map to start mapping out how to get out of the place you are stuck at. Everyone experiences periods of self doubt. The trick is to do something about it. This mind map will help you to define again who you are, what you are good at, and what you want to do with your life.
Working from home - Working from home is something most of us would love to do. Being able to work part time and structure work around your family is so appealing. Flexible work options such as part time work, job sharing, flexi-hours, telecommuting and working from home are becoming more prevalent in organisations.
Managing your career as a working parent - Managing your career becomes more challenging after you have children. Before children, all you had to worry about was your career, your social life and your personal relationships. Children add a whole new dimension of responsibility and selflessness to your life, and unashamedly to most people, they take priority to a career. In saying that, it does not mean that you want to give up your career.
A game plan to help you find a flexible job - Despite a national skills shortage, finding flexible working conditions can still be a challenge. Some of our CareerMums have expressed frustration when dealing with recruitment firms who are not as excited about their potential in the job market when they say those 3 little words: “part time job”. Don’t be discouraged. There are employers who want your skills and experience, and are more than happy to ‘think flexibly’. It is just a matter of knowing where to look, who to talk to, and how to approach it.
Keep your skills up to date while on parental leave- During parental leave, many parents often experience a lack of self confidence when it comes to their career and the prospect of returning to work. It is so common, and happens simply because you are removed from the workplace for a period of time. In order to make the transition back to work as smooth as possible, it’s important to maintain your skills while you’re on leave. Be proactive. Seek out opportunities that enable you to retain and build on your current skills.
Tips for dealing with recruiters: Like it or hate it, recruiters tend to be one of a few employment channels we pursue when looking for a new job. CareerMums surveys have shown repeatedly that parents have not been impressed with recruiters, particularly post-child.
Typical interview questions: Job interviews are always stressful - even for job seekers who have gone on countless interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared. Take the time to review the "standard" interview questions you will most likely be asked. This is a great source!
Work, Business, Career
How to negotiate flexibility - The term 'negotiating flexibility' can make people weak at the knees. It sounds hard but it doesn't have to be. In fact, with the right advice, it may prove to be an easier exercise than negotiating with your toddler or child!
Flexible Work Options - Working flexibly explained and examples of flexible work options.
Work and Family Balance Tips - Ideas to help you achieve an improved balance between work and family.
Career Change - Many women experience a change in their career after having children. Typically, a career change is embarked upon to create more of a balance between work and family. Read about how CareerMums users have transformed their careers.
MyFuture - Discover and explore career options with a personalised career exploration tool.
Volunteering Australia - Find out about volunteering opportunities near you. Gain experience and contacts to help you get back to paid work.
Women on Boards - Women on Boards is the leading online network for women seeking leadership roles. It promotes diversity on boards in the not-for-profit, private, government and public sectors.
Return to Work Tips - Returning to work can be a daunting prospect. Many mothers experience a lack of self-confidence when considering a return to the workplace. Here are some tips to assist you.
Resumes and Cover Letters - Create and re-create your resume using Careerone's resume templates.
Negotiating Flexible Work Arrangements - Tips on how to negotiate flexibility with your employer.
Maternity at Work - The Office of Industrial Relations has compiled everything you need to know about your obligations and entitlements when it comes to maternity leave.
Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) http://www.eowa.gov.au/ - EOWA's role is to administer the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act and through education, assist organisations to achieve equal opportunity for women.
Career FAQs – http://www.careerfaqs.com.au/ – Career FAQs is Australia’s leading publisher of career resources.
Workplace Obligations and Entitlements Resources
National Employment Standards - Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Julia Gillard released the new National Employment Standards, a key element in the Government’s plan for Australian workplace relations. Read the section on flexible work arrangements.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) - www.humanrights.gov.au - ph: (02) 9284 9600 | General enquiries and publications: 1300 369 711
Australian Government Workplace Ombudsman - Protecting your workplace rights - www.wo.gov.au
NSW Anti-discrimination Board - www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/adb General enquiries and Employers Advisory Service: (02) 9268 5544
Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland - www.adcq.qld.gov.au - ph: 1300 130 670
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission - www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au - ph: (03) 9281 7100
Family Responsibilities: New Guidelines for Employers and Employees by Victorian Equal Oportunity and Human Rights Commission - Changes to Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act mean that employers must consider seriously any request for flexible work arrangements from staff members who have children or people who depend on them for care.
Equal Opportunity Commission of South Australia - www.eoc.sa.gov.au - ph: 1800 188 163
Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia - www.equalopportunity.wa.gov.au - ph: 1800 198 149
Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner - Tasmania - www.antidiscrimination.tas.gov.au - ph: 1300 305 062
Northern Territory of Australia Anti-Discrimination Commission - www.nt.gov.au - ph: 1800 813 846
ACT Human Rights Office - www.hro.act.gov.au - ph: (02) 6205 2222
Your Finances and Financial Security
Understanding Money - The Financial Literacy Foundation was established by the Australian Government to give all Australians the opportunity to increase their financial knowledge and better manage their money. Put yourself in charge of budgeting, saving, investing, controlling your debts, superannuation and more. View their free information sheets for women wanting to build their money skills.
Know your entitlements - are you receiving the Australian Government's Child Care Tax Rebate of 50% for your out-of-pocket child care costs? This is not income tested. You should also find out if you are eligible for other child care assistance. Visit mychild.gov.au to find out more.
Women and Superannuation - The Office for Women, in partnership with the Australian Taxation Office, have developed the brochure 'Women and Superannuation – taking control of your future'.
Smart investing: How to survive when two incomes become one: Maybe you have received a redundancy. Or one of you has stopped work to be a full-time parent. Perhaps you’ve decided to study full-time, or your partner has started his/her own business. Whatever the reason, the switch from two incomes to one can be challenging. Here are some practical tips to help you survive without getting deep into debt.
Starting Your Own Business
Australian Business Number - If you are thinking about starting your own business, read up on how to apply for an Australian Business Number.
Confidentiality Agreement Generator - Confidentiality agreements can give you some protection when you need to disclose secret information for meetings with potential investors or business partners. Download this agreement generator and fill in the details prior to discussing your innovation or idea.
Business Plan Guides and Templates - Starting your own business means writing a business plan. Here are some guides and templates to help you get started.
Australian Security and Investments Commission - If you are unsure of a self employment opportunity, visit this website to find out if it is a scam.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Scam Watch - a site to help you recognise, report and protect yourself from scams.
Flying Solo - http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/ - If you are one of Australia's million solo business owners or have dreams of going it alone, you'll find inspiration, advice and a sense of connection through Flying Solo.
Springwise - http://www.springwise.com/ - Springwise scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation.
99Designs - If you need graphic design work done such as logos or a website design, visit 99Designs. Provide a brief and a budget, and an online community of graphic designers will sumbit designs to win your business.
iStockPhoto - Locate a cheap image for your corporate brochure, website or presentation.
GoToMeeting - Use GoToMeeting to present, demonstrate and meet all you want for one low flat fee. Give sales demonstrations, meet and collaborate across the globe, deliver online training.
Top 10 tips for business sucess - Read about my top 10 tips for business success that I have picked up along the way. Importantly, I am still learning.
GrantsLINK - This website helps you find funding available under a variety of grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities to help you to develop solutions to local and national problems, fund ideas and initiatives or provide assistance in times of hardship.
Does your personal and business image do you justice? - Joanne Becker, Stylist and Brand Manager, talks about the importance of image and brand even when launching a solo business (i.e. you!)
Huggies - www.huggies.com.au - Visit the Huggies website for lots of information on pregnancy, parenting, fun and learning activities, special offers and much more.
Kidspot.com.au http://www.kidspot.com.au - A resource for parents and children to find hundreds of extra curricular activities for kids.
MumZone - www.mumzone.com.au - An interactive parenting and pregnancy website full of useful and practical resources, ideas, tips, articles, reviews, baby names and more.
Parenthood - parenthood.com.au - A comprehensive information site for women who are trying to conceive or already pregnant, and mothers with young babies.
Parent Wellbeing - www.parentwellbeing.com - Parent Wellbeing helps parents improve their quality of life. Parent Wellbeing does not tell parents how to care for their children. Instead, they help parents care for themselves so they are better able to care for their children.
Single Mum - singlemum.com.au - Australia's single mother information website for separated, divorced, ex-defacto, pregnant and solo mums offering exclusive single mother articles, help directories, product reviews, media call-outs and much more.
Single Mother Forum - www.singlemotherforum.com - Australian single mothers supporting single mothers - Australia's only dedicated single mother community forum, with a huge membership of welcoming and supportive single mums actively taking part in thousands of relevant single mum topics and discussions.
Dress for Success
Online shopping - friend or foe?: I have recently been working on the implementation of an online shop for a fashion retailer and it has made me ponder the question….. Is this technology really the answer to our prayers as working mothers??
Shop with confidence - Insider tips: For the majority of women, shopping for clothes is a daunting and stressful experience, add motherhood to that mix, and the lack of time only increases that fear and leads to many costly mistakes being made. Here are some important tips to help you with this process and give you the opportunity to get it right every time.
Accessories - The key to defining your own personal style: As a mum and particularly as a working mum, it is very hard to find time to shop, let alone follow trends and stay abreast of fashion. The priority becomes wearing clothes that are easy care and not spending half your time shopping or reading fashion magazines.
Finding your own style after becoming a mum: As women, we can find it hard to feel confident in ourselves and the way we look after having a baby. Who do we now want to be in the workplace and how should we present ourselves?
Look great at work and home: This is not about waiting to dress up in a cocktail outfit and spending a fortune. Looking fabulous is something you want to do everyday and you can regarless of whether you are a working mum or stay-at-home mum.
Return to Work Stories
Returning to work for many parents can be a really difficult and traumatic experience. A lack of self confidence is often the biggest barrier. On the positive side, it can be done and there are some wonderful stories of parents who have overcome this challenge and are thriving back in the workforce. Find out how they did it.
Other Useful Services
Fitted For Work - www.fittedforwork.org - A volunteer based organisation, Fitted for Work offers business clothing, presentation and interview skills as well as building self confidence and assisting women on their path to self sufficiency