Returning from Parental Leave
The transition to parenthood involves significant changes and adjustments for new parents, especially when combined with managing a corporate career. This page contains content which has been created to help mothers and fathers through this time, delivered through Videos and Shorts available On Demand, Articles and Podcasts. Topics span practical and emotional preparation for becoming a parent, taking parental leave and support through the period of returning to work.
Please note: to access our On Demand programme and Expert Advice Articles you need to be a registered member of Cityparents; for more information on membership please click here. If you have any suggestions for topics or other supportive ideas, please contact Louisa - we'd love to hear your feedback.
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Peer Support Group
Every other month Cityparents is holding a Peer Support Group for those members who are Parental Leave Returners. The aim to enable members to share experiences, encouragement and advice on a particular topic. Informal, friendly and confidential, these events will connect City professionals who may be facing similar personal situations, experiences or challenges so they can support each other. To find out more about these group or to book onto the next session please visit our Peer Support Group Page.
|Becoming a Working Parent: Laura Nakano and Abigail Hadley from Accenture talk to us about the transition to working parenthood. Abby shares her experience of taking parental leave, returning to work and different working patterns and Laura talks about Accenture's Expectant Parents Network and how employers can support their working parent employees.|
|Shared Parental Leave: Anna Richards talks to lawyer Philip Reed, a senior associate at Farrer & Co, about his experience of taking Shared Parental Leave and his advice to other families who may be considering taking it up.|
|Careers, Parenting and Staying Sane: In this podcast Christine Armstrong, the writer, speaker and business advisor, shares some tips on how to best balance the many competing pressures of being a working parent. She also talks about her own experience as a working parent, and the experience of the many parents she interviewed when writing her book, 'The mother of all jobs: how to have children and a career and stay sane (ish).'|
Premature Birth: Jonathan Bright shares his story about the premature birth of his baby daughter and the rollercoaster of emotions and routines that ensued during this distressing and uncertain time.
Adoption: Rachel Addis from PWC talks about how she became mother to her two adopted children, including the process of being approved as adoptive parents, how she managed her adoption leave with her employer and how her flexible role helps her to balance her home and professional responsibilities.
|Special Needs - Emanuel Syndrome: Anna Richards is joined by Emily Acevedo, an HR Director based in the US and solo mother to Sebastian, who has Emanuel Syndrome. Emily talks to us about her life with him from the diagnosis, its impact on her life and career, day to day living and how she manages as a single parent.|
|Solo Motherhood: In this episode of Cityparents Talk, we talk to Mel Johnson from The Stork and I about her decision to become a solo mother, the highs and lows of her journey to motherhood and how she balances solo parenting with her corporate career.|
Our Expert Advice section is packed full of practical tips helping members to balance their work and family lives. Here we have selected the most relevant articles:
Returning to Work after Parental Leave - My Advice
Chartered Psychologist, qualified coach, mentor and a mum of one Dr Chrissy Jones considers her advice for new parents returning to work after having a baby.
Career Corner: How parents can stay engaged in the world of work
New parents returning from leave often find the transition back into the work place to be stressful or challenging, whilst parents on extended leave or a career break can quickly feel very disconnected from their professional lives. Two experts offer their advice on these challenges and how to stay more engaged.
Be a Boundaries Ninja and avoid the 'work-life' blur
Parents need to balance their conflicting and sometimes overwhelming responsibilities by setting clear boundaries, even more so in a world that’s working remotely. And in order to really be effective, you need to set limits and be realistic about how much time there is in a day.
Playing the Long Game in the City
Esther Cavett, formerly a partner in a magic circle law firm, now executive coach and passionate musician pens her musings on how to maintain work / life balance along with a successful corporate career.
Resuming Your Career after a Significant break
Sarah Lyons, an Executive Coach at the Executive Coaching Consultancy shares her advice on how best to manage the transition back to working life after taking a break, whether following maternity or paternity leave for after a longer period.