Archive for July, 2012

Concern as nearly 40% of mums dread school holidays due to childcare and work issues

July 29, 2012

Marilyn Bradshaw, from What’s On 4 Me, reports on the shock findings of a recent mums survey

It’s not often that news reports prompt me to blog  – however a recent survey reported that 40% out of 2000 mums surveyed are dreading the Summer Holidays and “the extra childcare and juggling it around work” was named as the biggest issue for 48% of those.

Babyworld.co.uk summarised the key findings of their recent survey and report that:

“Four in ten mums are dreading the school summer holidays…Difficulties juggling work and childcare…mean millions of mums aren’t looking forward to the break from school at all.

Mums worry about the months of July and August in particular because they have to rely on friends and family to look after their children…Other concerns include having to return to a mounting workload after taking time off with children.

Half of the 2,000 working mums polled even admitted to reaching a point after three weeks and three days where they actually start looking forward to their children returning to school.

The study also revealed that 40% are dreading the start of the school holidays, with the extra childcare and juggling it around work named as the biggest issue for 48% of those.

More than a third even said they still haven’t got childcare arranged for the full six weeks…and 17% hate the fact they’ll eventually have to call on friends and relatives to look after their children so they can continue going to work.”

This is of great concern to me, because I’m a working mum and, in contrast to 40% of other mums, I have been looking forward to this summer’s six-week holidays so that I can quality spend time with my two boys who are six and three year old.

I’ve been looking forward to it so much that I’ve even invited my seven year old niece to stay with us for the holidays too, so that she can join in with the fun alongside my two boys.

The reason that I can work flexibly and that I’m looking forward to the holidays is that I work from home. I manage my business around my life.  My business, What’s On 4 Me gives me the flexibility to do that.

I’m not taking any time off work and I’m not reducing my work hours, I’m simply working flexibly.  So, I was amazed that such a high proportion of mums do not have a flexible work arrangement – especially when many jobs and businesses can be managed from home.

If this is YOU – if you are one of the four in ten mums that dread school holidays – then take a look at our What’s On 4 Me work-from-home opportunities.  They may not be for you – but they could be?

We have both business and employment opportunities – take a look here.

Joining our What’s On 4 Team and start preparing for the next holidays – in October.  The majority of our UK team are work-from-home mums, so we know What’s On 4 Me works.  How wonderful would it be for you to spend every school holiday with your children?

Please feel free to share this via Social Media or Email this to friends and family who might need a helping hand to reduce their dread of the school holidays.

Come on mums, start looking forward to your kid’s school holidays and spending quality time with them!

To see the full report findings go to Babyworld

Enjoy a 50% discount to watch this summer’s must-see open air theatre events: Black Beauty & Freerunning@

July 4, 2012

Enjoy a 50% discount to watch this summer’s must-see open air theatre events: Black Beauty &  Freerunning@

PEEL Heritage brings the classic novel of ‘Black Beauty’ and the UK’s first FreeRunning tour to some of the most magnificent stately homes in Britain.

Black Beauty is told through the eyes of the stallion, the story follows his life as a workhorse in the 19th century – from his carefree days on a country farm to a more gruelling existence pulling cabs in London, and his dark days down the mine. A warm and inspiring story that has captured the hearts of people all over the world.

If you fancy watching a show with high-energy stunts and action, then the Freerunning@ tour is the perfect choice for your family. Enjoy the spectacular urban art form of freerunning@ – this brand new high-energy outdoor production exhibits the agility and strength of some of the best freerunners in the country.

Our incredible athletic performers will negotiate our cutting-edge set with daring feats of graceful gymnastics combined with awe-inspiring stunts, dance and martial arts.

Enjoy a fantastic day out with your family and please do bring a picnic whilst you see these stately homes come to life in a way never been seen before!

To claim your discount, simply enter the below voucher codes shows when you click through  to the ATG ticketing websites. Please note, your voucher codes are only valid for the listed venues.

Black Beauty: Enter code BB50 http://www.blackbeautylive.com/book-tickets/ 

Freerunning@: Enter code Freerun50 http://www.freerunningat.com/book-tickets/

Normal ticket prices
Tickets £10 Children, £18 for adults and £50 for family tickets (concessions available)

Valid For The Following Venues Only

Black Beauty

JULY July 17th/18th Ingatestone Hall, Essex July 20th/21st Althorp House, Northamptonshire July 26th/27th – Castle Howard, North Yorkshire July 31st Prideaux Place, Cornwall

AUGUST August 1st Prideaux Place, Cornwall August 4th/5th Avington Park, Hampshire August 9th/10th Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire August 12th Lulworth Castle, Dorset August 16th Hagley Hall, West Midlands August 18th/19th Scone Castle, Perth, Scotland August 24th Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire

FreeRunning@

AUGUST Bournemouth Littledown Centre – Saturday 4th August Exhibition Park, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear – Thursday 9th August 2012 – 2:30pm and 6:30pm Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – Friday 17th, Saturday 18th August 2012 – 7:30pm Aston Hall, Birmingham, West Midlands – Wednesday 22nd August 2012- 2.30pm & also at 6.30pm Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland – Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th August 2012 – 7:30pm Black Beauty

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/#!/blackbeautylive

Twitter – @BlackBeautyLive

FreeRunning@ Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/#!/FreerunningAT

Twitter – @Freerunningat

Terms and Conditions Your voucher codes are only valid for the venues and dates listed here. Your offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability.


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