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'There are days I don’t speak to another grown-up. Online chats keep me going'
Social media provides company at 6am when you’ve been up all night with a crying baby, writes Andrea Mara.
Column: Christmas expectations vs reality
Real Christmas trees, trips to see Santa, and snow – these are all much better in your head.
Opinion: 8 things I've learned about Christmas since having kids
Before kids, Christmas was about nights out as much as nights in – and about finding the perfect sparkly dress for the office party.
Opinion: Forget the fancy stuff, THIS is my Christmas wishlist
Imaginative gifts are all well and good but just help me out with the basics!
Opinion: The unwritten rule that helps stressed parents through the tough days
There’s a casual solidarity between parents of young children that can lift you up on the lonely days.
Opinion: Why are employers rewarding long hours in the office above all else?
Some companies believe they’re getting more out of staff who are present in the office for long hours – but many employees just stay late because it looks good.
Opinion: Are women less competitive than men?
On average, women are less confident about competing than their male counterparts. Why?
Opinion: 5 things I got completely wrong about starting school
When my first child started school I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong.
Motherhood and Work: 'Why do more women than men stay at home with children?'
Overall, more women than men stay at home to raise children (at least for a short while). But why?
Opinion: Why do people continue to do 'the hardest job in the world'?
Parenting can be very tough – and thankfully more people are being honest about that – but let’s not forget about the good stuff.
Opinion: Once, there were artists, entrepreneurs and everyone else on the sidelines. Then the internet came along.
The playing field has been levelled. Now, secret bakers can set up kitchen businesses, talented crafters can open Etsy shops, and technically gifted people can invent apps.
Opinion: One year on from the Prime Time childcare exposé – what have we learned?
I watched last year’s Prime Time documentary in tears, as did many parents around the country. Have the inspection and regulatory changes that followed been enough?
Opinion: Women CEOs more likely to be fired? Here we go again ...
Female CEO are more likely to be fired, according to a new report. Let’s look at the possible reasons for this finding.
Column: Is there really a glass ceiling for women in the workplace – or is it just for mothers?
The ‘glass ceiling’ is less to do with being a woman and more to do with having to care for small children.
Column: The 'Mammy Wars' – do we judge each others' choices?
Andrea Mara writes: there are no universal truths about the different circumstances mothers find themselves in … and aren’t we all too busy, anyway, to have time to judge one another?
Column: Playground etiquette and other mysteries
I admit it – I don’t like playgrounds with all their dangers and unwritten rules. And I’m not the only one, writes Andrea Mara.
Column: Do you have Impostor Syndrome?
Do you ever suspect that you’re a fraud, and sooner or later your boss will say “I’ve just realised, you have no idea what you’re doing”? Then you might have Impostor Syndrom, writes Andrea Mara.
Column: Yes, I leave work on time – that doesn't mean I don't work hard
Employers need to ensure they’re not discriminating against working parents that are organised enough to leave at 5 o’clock – judge the output, not the hours, writes Andrea Mara.
Column: Five things I swore I'd never do if I had kids...
(… and guess how that worked out)