And decide to launch a no holds barred podcast and blog for real mums
I'm Jeanette, and I live with my husband and 2 children, Lara (5) and Nate (2) in London. I did a Latin and Greek degree and left uni fulfilled but somewhat confused career wise and somehow ended up at a Big 4 Accounting Firm where I got my numbers qualification before venturing into the world of consumer goods. After stints at Innocent Drinks, Burberry and Jimmy Choo, I joined a tech start up as employee no. 1 - just after my 2nd maternity leave. Here I did everything from sticking up posters in student loos to investor fundraising.
I've always been one of those working mums. 1st to arrive at nursery and last to pick up... which I've struggled with for a while. I LOVE working, to the extent its sort of my hobby (sad as that might sound) but of course my children come first and I'm really trying to find a balance. I'm passionate about normalising flexible hours, championing women in the workplace and ending mum-shaming (come on.... we all do our best! Even if I've never pureed a carrot....) Being of Chinese heritage I also want to actively encourage a more diverse representation of motherhood. In my spare time I mentor at The Princes Trust, helping young people start their own businesses.
Likes: Looking at houses I can't afford, travelling and horrifically trashy TV
Hi, I’m Nadia. I’m a doctor and a mum of 2, Lydia who is 9 months old and Miles who is 2, nearly 3. I live in London and I am currently on maternity leave but my working life is in hospital medicine, specifically respiratory and sleep medicine and involves a lot of shifts which can make childcare very difficult (especially as my husband is also a doctor). Usually I will have one day a week at home with my children (which I wouldn’t call a day off!) and I find that it’s a good work life balance for me (in fact I am much happier working part time than I was full time). I am passionate about reducing pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the work place and talking about the challenges of work-life balance, flexible working, and, being mixed race, the impact of ethnicity on parenthood and raising children. With my interests in sleep medicine (mainly adult, I have no clue why my kids won’t sleep!) and my current lack of sleep with 2 children under 3, and how this impacts on every aspect of daily life, this is also an area I hope to bring into our discussions. During lockdown I have rediscovered my love for painting and creating things and now have joy in making recyclable toys for my children, so far a shop, post box, train board and multiple animals!