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‘I find it incredibly hard to show up for my job, and my kids in the same way’

Ask Layla: Recognising that we’re navigating within a system that is not designed to support us can help relieve some of the stress and guilt

Parenting is often likened to a leadership role. However, the recognition we receive for our parental efforts pales in comparison to the accolades we receive for achievements in the workplace.


I’m a woman in my mid-40s with two children and a full-time career outside the home. My husband also works and has a demanding job. I love what I do, it is high pressure, and can often cause me stress but I also get a lot of fulfilment from it. It is a very social job that challenges me and keeps me engaged. I manage a small team, and while I find that also ...