‘In my experience, babies adapt well to planes, climates and jet lag. And as children under two travel at around 10% of the cost of an adult fare, it’s the most economical time to fly with kids. The key is to try to stick to your routine – it’ll make it less stressful for all of you,’ says Helen Wright, travel writer and blogger at passportstamps.uk, who has travelled to 13 countries (so far) with son Finn, three. ‘Travelling with little ones can offer perks at airports, such as speedy boarding lanes and facilities. Often, buggies are available to borrow, so I ditch mine with the luggage. A baby carrier also makes navigating the airport much easier,’ she adds. ‘Plus, look out for airport activity areas, so toddlers can burn off energy before boarding.’
Modern mums have made flexible working a workplace trend for everyone – hurrah! One of the ‘foremothers’ of this, Anna Whitehouse (@motherpukka), shares her tips: ‘Suggest a trial period and prove it works by measuring productivity over that period. Form a flexible working group and include everyone, not just mums/dads, so companies can’t take a head-in-the-sand approach. Focus on the business benefits. A happy, healthy workforce is a productive one.’ She also suggests using flexible-working recruitment sites, such as Timewise, to find forward-thinking companies that you can apply to.
Modern mums are all about sharing the load – the good, the bad and the whiffy – and understand the importance of equality for dads, too. That’s why we love these movements:
And that’s why the work of these women needs shouting about. Dr Stephanie de Giorgio raises awareness about poor access to treatment for pre- and post-natal mental illness (she launched the #Hiddenhalf campaign with the NCT): ‘The effect of a traumatic delivery can be lifelong. I remember talking to an 80-year-old woman and it was still affecting her,’ she says. Here are three more names to know:
2020 mothers aren’t just multi-taskers – changing nappies while sending emails – they’re activists, too. For a start, lots of mamas are joining the fight for the planet: check out zero-waste champions @mamalinauk and @kate_arnell, plus @sustainablychic for tips on dressing responsibly. While breastfeeding in public is another important issue: we raise our breast pumps to celebs such as Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen and Pink for unashamedly sharing their pumping selfies. Get in on the act by making your employer and/or MP aware of the need to support breastfeeding mums who return to work. And when it comes to fighting for diversity, respect to Ranae Von Meding, who’s fighting for equal rights for children of LGBTQ+ parents (@equalityfor children); and Candice Brathwaite, the co-founder of @makemotherhooddiverse. We also love littleboxofbooks.co.uk, a subscription service for kids’ stories that feature diverse characters and family set-ups.
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