Working Mothers, The Essential Guide
I was really pleased to have been asked to review the book Working Mothers, The Essential Guide by Denise Tyler. As a self employed working Mum myself, I know what a minefield it can be to find information such as childcare provisions and financial help for working mothers without having to trawl the Internet – which can be very time consuming! Here is a book which covers so many different aspects of working life and includes a wealth of information, tips and resources for working Mothers.
Whether you are employed or self employed, this is an excellent book. It is very easy to read and I found I could relate well to Denise’s informal writing style. She writes clearly and concisely without being patronising and you can tell much of what is written is from experience. I read the book cover to cover for my review, but you could easily use it as a reference book.
I found the chapters on time management, working from home tips and positivity, particularly relevant to myself (I think positivity is so important) and there is also a whole chapter on the guilt we can sometimes feel as working Mums which is essential reading!
The practicalities of being a working mother are also covered really well such as childcare options, financial help and legal aspects of flexible working. There is a chapter on how fundamental our health and wellbeing is – we can all feel a bit burnt out and stressed at times and there are some practical tips (and even exercises) that we can do to improve our well-being included in the book.
If you are looking to start your own business you will find the chapter on this helpful as it covers the nitty gritty of starting up alone, along with some basic questions to research. Business plans and franchise options are included although unfortunately direct selling isn’t (relevant to me as I run a successful direct selling business with Phoenix Trading) – I would have liked this to have been an option too.
The back of the book has a useful help list of organisations that can provide further information and support, such as financial help, small business resources and parenting.
All in all this is a simple, well written book. It doesn’t go into great depth on any one subject but does provide a solid guide for any working mother and I would certainly recommend it.
Review by Suzannah, Work for Mums Parent Review Team