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Author:Charlotte Speak

What are your returners saying?

Can you remember what you were doing back in March 2018? It feels like two minutes ago and a hundred years ago all at the same time for me! I was in the early stages of setting up Power of the Parent®. Figuring out how to support returners after my own dodgy experiences was in…
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What do line managers really want?

There’s a cracking group of line managers who have generously share their insights with me. They’ve been telling me what they want, what they really really want when it comes to guidance in supporting parents. As someone who spends a lot of time saying line managers have the potential to make or break the experience…
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Let’s not wait for a (inter)national day / week / month

National days, weeks, months. They’ve grown a lot over the last few years. Many that have been recognised for a long time are getting a fresh focus alongside newer moments. And my goodness they can be magnificent. Raising money, sparking conversations, platforms for sharing stories…it can be some really good stuff. It can also, however,…
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When parenting (teens) and the workplace collide: line manager edition

We need to talk about when parenting (teens) and the workplace collide.  A lot of the calls to support parents in the workplace are shrouded in ‘early years’ and ‘returner’ support conversations. Then it kind of drops off a cliff. But here’s the thing – that’s not the reality for parents.  Hopefully, long after those…
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When parenting (teens) and the workplace collide…

Shwezin Win is Power of the Parent® associate coach specialising in supporting parents in the workplace, particularly when they’re parenting teens. Through her coaching practice and first hand experiences of being a parent and step-parent, Shwezin generously shares her own vulnerabilities as well providing practical insights for parents and employers about how to support people…
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Power of the Parent turns six!

It’s been a hot minute since Power of the Parent® was born, and my oh my what a ride! Most of you know by now I like to share as many angles as possible for a few reasons. For one, I still think there’s an abundance of bullshit online about the realities of running a…
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Power of the Parent 6: S5 Ep6: Single, Solo and Co-parenting Special

In this episode of the podcast we’re doing things a bit differently!Today I’m talking to a few different people about their experiences of being a part of the workplace whilst navigating the family set up of being a single, solo or co-parent. There are so many versions of parenthood that are not talked about in…
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Power of the Parent 5: S5 Ep5: Andy Nichols

Power of the Parent 5: S5 Ep5: Andy Nichols

Today I’m joined by Andy Nichols, someone who I know kind of by accident because our worlds have overlapped this year! Andy became a parent through adoption, and I’ve had the absolute privilege of hearing about his family’s experiences for a little while now, so I was thrilled when he said he’d come and chat…
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Power of the Parent 4: S5 Ep4: Sophie Cliff – The Joyful Coach

When your friends and work collide, it’s always a treat! In this episode I caught up with Sophie aka The Joyful Coach and boy did we cover some ground. In no particular order, Sophie is a positive psychology practitioner, a coach, an author, a podcaster, a mum and the queen of book recommendations. Sophie’s gorgeously…
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Power of the Parent 3: S5 Ep3: Jennifer Elworthy – Fertility and Career Coach

Jennifer is a career and fertility coach, after going through her own personal experiences of recurrent miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and fertility treatment in the workplace, she knew there was more support that needed to be offered. Her employed career saw Jennifer navigating the world of marketing, working with a few familiar brands including BBC, ITV…
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