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The New Wave Of Working Mums

A study by  The Ohio State University and Mayo Clinic last year highlighted that women who put in long hours for the bulk of their careers, are more likely to suffer with life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.  With nearly 12,000 people taking part in the said survey, the results showed those working on an average of 60 hours or more over three decades appear to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis.  The resulting effect of more stress and sleep and digestive trouble causing fatigue.

And a mother’s work is never done when the office hours are over.  Traditionally, Mum’s also do the lion’s share of work at home, including taking time off to look after sick children, school runs and everything in-between.  However, the new wave of working Mums are changing the rules of the game.

More women are starting to take charge of work-life balance and there is a growing shift towards...

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How to Explain Terrorism to Your Child

The devastating attack at Arianna Grande’s concert in Manchester’s last week event has shocked the world and left us broken.  Comprehending what happened, targeting innocent people including young children, is difficult for adults to understand, but even more traumatic for children. Here are some ways to help your child deal with what happened:

  • Reassure your child that they are safe by offering some perspective, that this type of danger is incredibly rare and unlikely to happen to anyone they know and there is much done to keep us safe and protect us.
  • Age-appropriate conversations are important. Explain what death means, it is not usually until the age of 5 or 6 that children really know that death is permanent.
  • Explain why it happened – by talking about bad behaviour, not bad people. This will help children distinguish between bad acts and bad people, which can be more easily understood.
  • Children are surrounded by social media and conversations on the...
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Start behaving like a child!

At some point in our younger years, we decide to make the transition between being treated as a child to being recognised for the level of maturity the left brain brings. We stop behaving like children and logic and rationality come into play.

This implicates all area’s of our younger lives – we go from living the life we dream of – to the life we are expected to live. If I think back to my younger years, I was at my happiest when I was centre-stage and leader of the pack, which manifested in energy, idea’s, excitement and having a lot of fun. But somewhere along the way, we get conditioned to think that child’s play is just that! We begin to compromise and set our own limiting beliefs around what we believe is possible.

In 2004 when I set up my first company bStrategic, I relished running my businesses in a way that was advancing my clients to the next level. Helping and inspiring businesses gave me the rewards I was seeking through tangible results...

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Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Technology is a catalyst for change, but never have I seen the masses come together, as I am witnessing with female entrepreneurs in the UK. When I set up my first business – bStrategic in Australia in 2004, going solo meant exactly that.  Fast forward to 2015 and setting up mySircles in the UK and it has been a stark contrast on many levels.

The collaborative infrastructure that is mushrooming from groups that inspire and motivate like BizMums with nearly 350 members across the UK, to those bringing together women in tech such as DevelopHer, are catapulting women into a space of growth and expansion. There couldn’t be a better time for female entrepreneurs to follow their passion and play the big game.

The challenge however, is to get comfortable doing it!

Like many entrepreneurs, my journey is about combining passion with purpose. It was only when I was asked to give a lecture at Anglia Ruskin University to Masters students in International Business and...

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Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Last week, I had the opportunity to present mySircles to a room of inspiring and awesome entrepreneurs at Infocus: Women In Innovation event, organised by Innovation UK.  There were some great pitches from wearable tech for young children from TechSixtyFour, to Do It Kits bringing ‘how to make’ inquisitiveness into the classroom. It was truly inspiring to hear so many women wanting to make a difference through innovation in the UK.

Around 200 female entrepreneurs attended Innovate UK’s networking event on 8 February 2017. The event was designed to encourage women to turn ideas into successful businesses.  The highlight was a Q&A session with Innovate UK ambassador Claire Williams, the Deputy Team Principal of Williams F1 who was quizzed not only on surviving, but thriving in a male-centric environment.  Claire has been instrumental in the successful restructuring of the Williams Group over the last 3 years and the growth of Williams Advanced...

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The A Team

If you peel back the layers of any successful company, at the heart and soul of the business you find the team that makes things happen. Great people make great companies. However, for businesses that are in early stage formation, finding the right people that share passion, fit the culture of an organisation and have the drive and determination to make things happen can be difficult.

mySircles is based in Cambridge UK, the heart of Europe’s largest technology cluster – there are 57,000 people employed in more than 1,500 technology firms. However, finding the right talent is presenting some interesting challenges. Building the ‘A Team’ is coming at a cost of slowing down product development, a sacrifice that becomes necessary if the plan is to build great product.

We have sponsored Cambridge University’s Hack Cambridge Recurse – taking place over this weekend (28 and 29 January 2017). The 24 hour Hackathon involves breaking, building and pushing...

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A new year, a new blog

Here at mySircles, we have been overwhelmed by the support we are receiving from parents that hear about our new app. Parents everywhere want an easier way to communicate with each other and we are on a mission to make that happen! As we embark on a new year, the timing seemed right to pivot our blog to take you on our journey as we prepare to launch mySircles.

My name is Babita Devi and I am the founder and owner of mySircles. The idea for the app came from a very personal need… moving my business and daughter across multiple continents, cities and schools put a large amount of pressure on me to build a strong network of friends for her. However, data protection makes it difficult for schools to share contact details of other parents. There are many ways of communicating with parents – from emails, to chat to text, but this adds to the complexity and trying to remember ‘how’ something was communicated. mySircles will make it easier by having...

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How Much Should Santa Give?

Amid the Christmas festivities, there has been one age old question circulating around Facebook…how much should Santa give? Many parents have never even considered this as an issue, however, it may be an important question to consider this Christmas. After all, Santa should give equally to all children, right?

We spoke to Emily Symeou, school teacher and mother of three: Andrew (5), Lilly (3) and Theo (3).

“My husband and I allocate £10 – £20 on stocking presents that are from Santa, but this is dependent on kid and age. The twins are younger so we can get away with less!”

The Symeou household adheres to the old Santa saying, “something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read…so, small presents go in the stocking”.

“I think at the moment we (the parents) spend more than Santa. We buy from September to help spread the cost. We also buy from eBay and charity shops if and when we can. We also...

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Have You Decked Your Halls?

There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by making your own festive decorations (with the added bonus of saving money)! So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite child-friendly DIY Christmas decorations for you and your little one to try out!

Paper Snowflakes – Let’s start with the most popular of the DIY decorations…the snowflake. These are perfect for children as they’re easy and fun to make. Top tip: Attach the snowflakes to a string and use as a festive garland.

Christmas Wreath – Honestly, this one involves some patience…but the end result is definitely worth it! Christmas wreaths are also reasonably pricey, so you’ll be saving yourself a quite few pennies.

Citrus Garland – Not only does this have a great, rustic look, but it smells amazing! Top Tip: How about adding some cinnamon sticks to the garland to create a real Christmas aroma?

Frosty Pinecones – These are...

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