Navigating your return to work after parental leave
Working Mumma
by Carina O’Brien
4d ago
Returning to work after maternity leave can be both exciting and daunting. It is important to acknowledge that your return to work will be a transition over several months. Preparing for this transition mentally, emotionally, and physically over some time helps set yourself up for success.  In this episode, I explore practical tips and insights to help you navigate this significant change with confidence and ease, to help you transition from parental leave back to work as smoothly as possible. From managing mum guilt to defining your "why," and communicating effectively with your employer ..read more
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How to keep your relationship strong after having a baby
Working Mumma
by Carina O’Brien
2w ago
I sit down with Laura Press, a relationship counsellor and mother of three, to discuss how to keep your relationship strong after having a baby and managing the mental load of working motherhood. Laura shares practical strategies for setting standards and expectations with your partner, effective communication techniques, and the importance of self-care. Whether you're struggling with balancing work, family, and personal time or looking for ways to reconnect with your partner, this episode is packed with valuable advice to help you navigate these challenges. * Learn how to establish clear expe ..read more
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Brooke Hanson on Olympian to working mum and inspiring resilience
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by Carina O’Brien
3w ago
Everyone has their own parenting journey and I had an inspiring conversation with Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson. She shares her journey from an elite athlete representing her country to a working mum. Brooke has 4 children, 3 earthside and one angel baby, Jack, after he passed away when he was 9 months old.  ----more----She has faced my challenges in both her professional swimming career and throughout her motherhood journey, and Brooke shares how she often comes back to her "why" to help her determine what is best for her family at that time, and why we don't need to compare ourselves to ..read more
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How to define your working mum plan. It's more than a birth plan.
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by Carina O’Brien
1M ago
Many women meticulously plan their childbirth, but what about planning for the long journey of being a working mum? Parenting and balancing work can last 18+ years, spanning various stages from childcare to high school. Each phase brings unique challenges and chances to reflect on your desires for yourself and your family. In this episode, we delve into the importance of creating a 'working mum plan,' exploring how to uncover your true desires and navigate the complexities of working mum life. Tune in to define your path and envision the working mum life you truly want.   ..read more
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How to Create a Supportive Workplace for Working Parents with Jodi Geddes
Working Mumma
by Carina O’Brien
1M ago
In this episode, we delve into the challenges and triumphs of being a working mum. Jodi Geddes, the co-founder of Circle In, shares her personal journey from corporate life to becoming an entrepreneur, highlighting the importance of setting boundaries and prioritizing tasks. We also discuss strategies for managing the mental load of motherhood and the benefits of building a supportive workplace for working parents. Join us for an inspiring conversation that redefines success for working mums everywhere. Jodi has built Circle In with her best friend and also received VC funding to help grow the ..read more
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Reversing Roles - When Dad Becomes the Primary Caregiver
Working Mumma
by Carina O’Brien
1M ago
In this episode, we dive into the unique journey of Stephanie-Kate Bratton, a mum, lawyer, and author, who shares her experiences navigating a successful career with motherhood and having her husband as the primary caregiver. From international career moves to redefining traditional gender roles, Stephanie's story offers a unique perspective on the challenges and joys of balancing work and family life. We chat about: The role of her husband as the primary caregiver and the challenges they faced in reversing traditional roles Society's perceptions of gender roles and the importance of supporti ..read more
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8 things I wish I knew before becoming a mum
Working Mumma
by Carina O’Brien
2M ago
In this episode, I delve into eight things I wish I had known before embarking on my journey as a mum. While pregnancy comes with its fair share of advice, there's often less guidance on navigating the complexities of balancing career and motherhood. Join me as I share these personal insights to help you navigate your own journey: - Understanding why each transition, whether it's returning to work, going on maternity leave, or managing multiple childcare needs, presents its unique challenges. - Acknowledging the reality of mum guilt and learning to manage it while pursuing a fulfilling career ..read more
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Raising a child and running a business in school hours with Kate Toon
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by Carina O’Brien
2M ago
I chat with Kate Toon, business mentor, digital marketing coach, author, and mother, and dive into the world of raising a child whilst running a six-figure business within school hours (tip - it's not as easy as it looks). Kate shares her journey of business ownership over the past 15 years, from deciding to become a freelancer when she was 5 months pregnant, and a bumpy first few years trying to run a business whilst caring for a small child. She shares practical tips and inspiring insights for all the mums out there looking to start their own business, or navigate the challenges of entrepren ..read more
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Removing barriers to help working mums thrive with Dr. Ellen Ford
Working Mumma
by Carina O’Brien
2M ago
Welcome to the Working Mumma podcast! In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Ellen Ford, an advocating for working mothers, award-winning leader, military veteran, international speaker, facilitator, and mum! Ellen shares powerful insights on redefining success, finding harmony between work and parenting, and valuing the skills you have acquired during parental leave. Hear practical strategies for having productive discussions with your employer about flexible work arrangements, with a strong focus on outcomes and results rather than counting hours. Ellen also opens up about her journey as a wo ..read more
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How to rebalance the mental load
Working Mumma
by Carina O’Brien
3M ago
Mothers often respond with "good" when asked how they are, but deep down, many are exhausted. This exhaustion is often due to the mental load they carry. Yet, comprehending this mental load could be an initial step towards managing it better. My thoughts on how to improve gender equality? It starts in the home. The more we can rebalance the caring and mental load in the home, it will have a flow on effect to organisations because fathers will need to share more of the caring responsibilities and understanding of female colleagues, especially those that are mothers. In this episode, I share wit ..read more
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