‘Key considerations for being a lawyer and a mum’ by Martine Barclay

‘Key considerations for being a lawyer and a mum’ by Martine Barclay

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I remember when I first told people I was pregnant for the first time, nearly nine years ago. I distinctly remember the responses from co-workers who were also parents and their responses were along the lines of “If you think you have no time now, you definitely won’t when the baby comes along” and “that’s it now, you’re time is no longer your own until your children are much older”. I smiled and thought, ‘I’ll be different’. How wrong I was. Nine years on and two children later, I have learnt so much. I think being a parent has to be the biggest personal development program you’ll ever go on, particularly for a woman. Below are eight key things I have learnt about being a mum while having a career…
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‘So you’re ready to return to work but is your CV?’ by Nicola Spooner

‘So you’re ready to return to work but is your CV?’ by Nicola Spooner

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Your maternity leave is coming to an end and whether it's been six months or six years since you last dusted off your best suit, the prospect of re-entering the job market is daunting to say the least. Whilst emotionally and mentally you may be ready to get back to work, your CV might not be, so how can you present yourself in the best possible way to secure that dream job? Firstly it is important to read your CV with a fresh pair of eyes, try to think about who will be reading it and what will they be looking for. If you are applying for a position, which has been advertised, have you addressed the position criteria? It may be obvious to you that you are perfect for…
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‘“Work-life balance” is a pipe dream for working mums – or is it?’ by Dina Cooper

‘“Work-life balance” is a pipe dream for working mums – or is it?’ by Dina Cooper

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When I first thought about this article and having the balance between family and work my thoughts went to the clichéd phrase “work-life balance.”  So what is it, why is it important to have it and how does one go about getting it?  Here are my views: What is work-life balance? The balance that works for one person does not necessarily work for another. My definition of work-life balance is the balance that you as an individual, are OK with to fit into your values and what’s important to you. I coach mums around this topic often and help them to uncover what they are OK with. I see some mums that love working, work a 60 hour week and really make the most of the time outside of that to…
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Q&A with Justine Turnbull – Partner at Seyfarth Shaw Australia

Q&A with Justine Turnbull – Partner at Seyfarth Shaw Australia

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Lawyer Mums Australia had the pleasure of interviewing Justine Turnbull, who is a Mother and also a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw specialising in employment law (http://www.seyfarth.com/JustineTurnbull). Justine kindly shared with us how she juggles being a successful lawyer and a mum, and also offered some insightful advice to other lawyer mums. Q1. What gets you up in the morning? Usually my dog Henry barking at a passing jogger and the need to get my children to school on time… Like many people it’s also the monthly mortgage payment, school fees, my particularly bad shopping habit and the thought of our next holiday. Q2. What do you enjoy most about specialising in employment law? I like the fact that employment law is related to people and each case is different in the same way each person…
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‘Present Parenting’ by Madeleine Shaw

‘Present Parenting’ by Madeleine Shaw

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One of the most common laments I hear from parents (including me) is how difficult it can be to feel like you are doing a “good job” at either work or home. When we’re at work, we feel like we are distracted or curtailed by the demands of home. When we’re at home, we’re not really there: we have one eye on the smartphone and our kids know it. There’s no easy fix for this, but cultivating the ability to do Present Parenting can really make a difference. Present Parenting means: Having the ability to be fully present when interacting with your child, and Making that choice more often. So, what does it mean to be “fully present”? It means paying 100% attention: No distraction, no judgment and no rushing. Now: When you read…
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