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The EMBABE Diaries

Mum’s the Word Archive

May:

One of the things that get me fairly annoyed when it comes to shopping is how incredibly difficult it is to find clothes for boys in bright colours. As soon as you go past newborn size (I do love baby blue), it’s all brown, black, grey, dark blue…as if there’s a conspiracy of dullness. Little boys, it seems, had better not have fun with their clothes.

Aren't they just!
Aren’t they just!

Well, here’s a fun little find (courtesy of that treasure trove, the LBS alumni network): Wrybaby.com sells the most hilarious snapsuits for ages 0-12 months, in beautiful, bright colours. Here’s waiting for sizes 1-6 years!

March:

This month’s “mum” tip is from Julie Sweet, the General Counsel, Secretary and CCO of Accenture. In an interview for the website Little Pink Book (littlepinkbook.com), she describes a rather sweet way that she has found to help make it easier for her two daughters when she has to travel (coincidentally, about once every two weeks, just like us EMBAs!):

“I have two daughters—ages 6 and 4—who didn’t take it well when I started traveling every other week. My mom gave me the idea to leave them a note every time I go out of town. They like pictures, so I bought a how to draw book intended for five year olds to improve my artistic skills. If they wake up and I’m already gone, or they’re at school when I leave, they’ll always find a note on the dining room table. I’ve never failed to do this, so they look for it. It gives them a connection to me, and makes a difference for them.”

Full interview (well worth reading if you have the time!) here.

Oh, and if you have ten minutes (and an FT subscription) – I urge you to read this wonderful article (Jobs, motherhood and varieties of wrong, 29 July 2012) by Lucy Kellaway. It’s one of the most liberating things I have ever read, so I printed it out to have handy during my (unavoidable) next attack of mother’s guilt. My favourite bit:

“There is no best length of maternity leave. There is no best way of combining motherhood and jobs. Above all, there is no balance. Instead, it’s a continuous, fluid game of survival, the rules of which are unclear, shifting and different for everyone. […] There is only one certainty in playing this individual game of survival. Whatever you do, there will be angry voices in the media telling you that your answer is wrong.”

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