Have it all and make it work? Challenge accepted!

There’s one thing about the whole women and work thing that gets my goat: it’s the constant message we receive from the media, and from society as a whole, that we can’t have it all.

I disagree.

I’m an ex-City lawyer, working mother of 4 and self-appointed champion of having it all. I believe women can have it all, and that instead of limiting ourselves to what others say is possible, we should just decide for ourselves the life we want to live and then get on with the business of making it happen.

If you want the career, the family and the lifestyle, the way to make it happen is to prepare and train to be a working parent before your kids come along. I founded Babyproof Your Life and created the Babyproof Career Programme to help you do exactly that. It is the blueprint for gaining the clarity, capability and confidence to have it all and make it work.

Click here to learn more about the Babyproof Career Programme.

My story

At an early age I found myself with a choice to make. Either I could settle for the cards life had dealt me, focusing on all the circumstances that were beyond my control and made it seem not just hard, but impossible for me to succeed. Or I could focus on what I could control: my attitude, goals, decisions, determination and hard work. I made it my rule that I would only focus on the latter. And it was a choice that has brought me riches – of the fulfilling work and wonderful home-life kind – beyond my wildest dreams.

Having kids was the only time in my life I broke this rule. Read more >>

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 Testimonials

Engaging, insightful and a pleasure to work with  
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“Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future.

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Sally Clare    1st May 2016    Head of Diversity, Ambition UK   
Engaging, insightful and a pleasure to work with  
Sally Clare    1st May 2016    Head of Diversity, Ambition UK   
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“Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.”

I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough  
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“Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this!

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Client T, UK    26th February 2017    Babyproof Client   
I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough  
Client T, UK    26th February 2017    Babyproof Client   
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“Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.”

Professional with a wonderful personal touch  
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“Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch. “

Louise Walewska, HSBC Asset Management    1st May 2016    Presentation Client   
Exceptional at cutting through the fog, Caroline has been brilliant  
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“When my son was around two years old I began to feel that I was really struggling to hold it all together. I felt unable to balance the competing interests in my life and consequently, felt at best that I was not excelling in any area and at worst that I was failing in all of them. I felt like I was being defeated by the challenge of finding adequate time to dedicate to my son, my work and my husband.

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Client G, Australia    26th February 2017    Work Life Balance Client   
Exceptional at cutting through the fog, Caroline has been brilliant  
Client G, Australia    26th February 2017    Work Life Balance Client   
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“When my son was around two years old I began to feel that I was really struggling to hold it all together. I felt unable to balance the competing interests in my life and consequently, felt at best that I was not excelling in any area and at worst that I was failing in all of them. I felt like I was being defeated by the challenge of finding adequate time to dedicate to my son, my work and my husband. And finding any for myself seemed like a fantasy. Caroline has been exceptional at cutting through the fog and helping me find existing opportunities for change and adjustment that I was failing to see. She has helped me adjust my perspective on issues that were weighing me down by taking an objective and analytical look at my circumstances and my thinking pattern. Caroline has also helped me on a very practical level to assess my existing routine and schedule and find openings that allowed me to make positive changes to accommodate the competing interests in my life without me feeling that I am short-changing any of them. No matter how down or deflated I have felt going into a session with Caroline, the sessions always end with me feeling calm, positive and empowered. Caroline has been brilliant and I would recommend that anyone feeling like I was should get in touch with her.”