Working from home: Tips for mums
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If it's all getting too much, there's nothing wrong with asking friends or grandparents to take the little monkeys off your hands for a while. But, warns Jessica, don't forget to tell them how much you appreciate their help and show that you don't just see them as a free nanny.

If grandparents are helping you out with childcare, invite them to spend time with their grandchildren during events that don't include childcare - like a Sunday roast or a family dinner.

Working mums also need to talk openly with their partner about what they need. Using the right words can make all the difference - and never ask for a favour. "You should see your family as a team," says Jessica. "That's why you shouldn't say you need a favour. If you've both been working all day and you ask your partner to put the kids to bed while you make dinner, that's not a favour, because the kids belong to both of you."

Appreciate they've had a long day, of course, and show that you know that - give them some time to change when they get home. Then tell them what they can do to help, while you go off to make that important work call.

Sophie Herdman
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