Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making the Most of Being Home Alone; Louise. WEBSTER Explains How Parents Can Find Fulfilment Once They Don't Spend All Day Looking after Their Children

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making the Most of Being Home Alone; Louise. WEBSTER Explains How Parents Can Find Fulfilment Once They Don't Spend All Day Looking after Their Children

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ONCE kids start school, parents who have given up work to look after them can find themselves in a new life stage - with more time on their hands.

Working out what to do once you no longer have to spend your days caring for children can be tricky, but there are lots of fulfilling options, whether it's finding work that fits in with family life, volunteering, retraining or simply finding a new passion.

It's a subject Louise Webster knows a lot about, having run a successful PR business before selling her company when she had her two children.

But she didn't stay out of the loop for long and, when her children were still young, she started the website Beyond theschoolrun, which helps parents utilise their skills in the hours available to them.

And now Louise, inset above, is spreading the word even more through her book A New Way for Mothers (Familius, PS12.48).

"The time you have when the children are at school is so valuable and, used wisely, it can make a big difference.

"It's important to find a routine - a rhythm that works for you - and it's not just about working, it's about creating a whole new way for the future."

HERE ARE SOME OF LOUISE'S TIPS: 1. FIND YOUR 'SPARK' "I'VE met so many parents who've said they no longer feel their previous jobs fit them, that they don't want to go back, but are unsure of how to go forward," says Louise.

"Exploring your element - others refer to it as your 'spark' - is one of the most valuable things you can do to provide you with the foundations for moving forward."

She suggests: | Volunteering - this doesn't just mean working at charities, you could explore a new profession by volunteering to help for free until you're more confident and have more experience.

| Training - while this can be going to college to learn something you've always been interested in, you could simply watch vlogs or train and learn online.

can 2. FIND YOUR FLOW FIND 'flow' by creating a routine, and remember the start of the day is very important to finding this flow. …

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