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      Parents and kids have benefitted from bonding during lockdown

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      Three quarters of parents have developed a closer bond with their children because of lockdown. The past three months have seen the mums and dads taking on a multitude of additional roles – with many having to carry on doing their job while also having to become an amateur teacher. As a result, 67 per […]

      Aren’t able to relax until after 8.30pm? You’re not alone

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      Busy parents juggling work, chores and children don’t get the chance to relax until 8:39pm. A study of 2,000 mums and dads found keeping the kids entertained, cooking meals and clearing up after the family mean they don’t get to sit down and unwind until late in the evening. Cleaning the kitchen, making sure children are […]

      Should parents be allowed to bring their children to work during summer holidays?

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      By Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer  The summer holidays can be a struggle for working parents as they look to put in place childcare arrangements whilst the schools are shut.  During this time, employers will likely see an influx of requests for annual leave and may have to not allow some of their […]

      Shared parental leave: A revolutionary concept, but sadly moving at a glacial pace of change

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      By Paul Guess, CABA Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced in April 2015. When asked about it, the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg explained, ‘more and more fathers want to play a hands-on role with their young children, but too many feel that they can’t.’ The SPL scheme was a way to give more ‘choice’ […]

      The best and worst countries for new working parents revealed (clue – the UK isn’t the best)

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      Estonia, Croatia, and Bulgaria all offer more maternity leave than the UK, though our statutory offer sits high on the list when comparing worldwide. According to research from Red Letter Days, the UK is 4th on the list for the country that offers the most maternity leave in weeks for new mums. Women in the […]

      Do you suffer at work when your kids are sick? You’re not alone

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      Parents are paying the price for taking time off work to look after sick or injured children in the shape of extra costs, cancelled holidays, unpaid leave and increased stress. New research from MetLife UK shows 76% parents taking time off work to care for children in the past two years say it has had […]