The kids are alright

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The debate continued in Sydney, working mums feeling torn to sending children to childcare while they worked, what is the result to the kids?

Like the event The Stella Network held recently in Melbourne, the kids are alright - it’s more about what you instil in the kids while you are with them - skills, capability and independence. The kids at the time might find it tough but by the time they’re having their own kids they are appreciative of the lessons they learned.

Daughter of financial adviser Eleanor Dartnall (Dartnall Financial Advisers) says, after thinking about her childhood and how much they were expected to do while their mum went out to work (this was in the days before fathers shared the workload at home) she felt her own kids were brought up too pampered.

Again, for everyone in the situation it’s different but the women on the panel Eleanor, Kate McCallum (Multiforte Financial Wealth), and Pamela Hallit (BT Advice) - the messages were clear. Leaving the children while they went out for work was a physical wrench and something difficult to do but then the children they produced made them proud. It was also important for Kate and Eleanor to work to be the people they were. They weren’t happy giving up the career part of their lives.

For many women, coming back to work involved negotiation for the role and Kate McCallum had advice on negotiating:

  1. Do your research. Know what market you’re negotiating in and what the other party wants and what you have to offer.
  2. Build a framework on how to achieve what you want.
  3. Prepare to negotiate - and remember it’s business - so don’t make it too personal.

Watch Kate McCallum's advice bellow: 

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