Teach kids creativity. The machines will beat us.

One of the most significant challenges that the next generation face is how to be useful in an ever more competitive workplace, but maybe creativity is the answer? Even now, there are many tasks that computers can do far better or far quicker than us mere mortals, and the robots are still on the bench, warming up. So where do the humans have an advantage? … Continue reading Teach kids creativity. The machines will beat us.

Maternity Leave. What are your rights as a working parent?

The end of paternity or maternity leave is sometimes a stressful time for new parents. Knowing what you are and aren’t entitled to when you step back into the workplace is confusing, but it could make the difference between a stress-free return to work and one littered with worry and uncertainty. Will Hill from Babythingz, a leading supplier of cosytoes and footmuffs, has written an … Continue reading Maternity Leave. What are your rights as a working parent?

Don’t react

I have this dream of an ideal morning whereby I wake, stretch, walk slowly but purposefully downstairs, reach for the cold-brew coffee, pour myself a cup and sit down at the laptop and write. But the truth stops much earlier in that process where I wake, stretch, reach for my phone to read the time and then the notifications. Half an hour later of reading … Continue reading Don’t react

Working Mum: Can you be an artist and a mother?

Amanda Palmer has written a fascinating insight into the stresses and worries of impending motherhood and becoming a working mum titled No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan). In her essay, she describes how she’s built a new wave of funding for her artistic projects using the Patreon platform which enables long-term fans of artists to commit to funding … Continue reading Working Mum: Can you be an artist and a mother?

The sisterhood of motherhood

Interesting campaign from an american advertiser looking at the different tribes of parents – breastfeeders vs bottlers, stay-at-home mums vs working mums etc. It taps into all the common insecurities parents have, which are usually expressed in defensive attitudes and language. Spoiler alert – it’s all ok in the end, because we’re all just parents first. Welcome to the sisterhood of motherhood Continue reading The sisterhood of motherhood

German Vice-Chancellor takes time off to pick up daughter

As far as headlines go, it’s a pretty crummy one. I mean, should it even be news that a father picks up his daughter… even less so when you realise that the news is that he intends to pick her up just once a week. But sadly this non-story has made the headlines in the German national press, the international press, and even on the … Continue reading German Vice-Chancellor takes time off to pick up daughter