Tick Tock Till Bedtime

A bedtime story created by Indeed that hopes to make the challenges faced by working parents more understandable for kids. ‘Tick Tock Till Bedtime’ celebrates the highs and lows that come with a working week, and shows how this can affect whether a parent makes it home for bedtime or not.

The story is part of a campaign by Indeed that aims to arm workers in the UK with the tools they need to have proactive and positive conversations about job search and work with their children, partners, friends and colleagues.


‘Tick Tock Till Bedtime’ tells the story of working mum Lizzie as she battles deadlines, deliveries and a deluge of meetings to make it home to her son Frankie before it’s lights out.

It comes after research found almost a third of parents miss bedtime at least three nights a week, due to working late, with many struggling to explain the reasons why to their kids.


To read or play Tick Tock Till Bedtime to your kids, download the story as a PDF or an audio book



‘Tick Tock Till Bedtime’ was written by award- winning children’s author, Giles Paley-Phillips. His most famous novel, “The Fearsome Beastie”, received the US Forward National Literary Award. Paley-Phillips is also the previous winner of the People’s Book Prize, Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013 and the Bizziebaby Gold Award. 

Giles says, “I hope this story will help make those parent-child conversations about work a little easier to navigate – and a bit more fun! I think Lizzie’s story of trying to maintain a work life balance will resonate with everyone on some level, regardless of whether they’re a parent or not.”



To help employees speak to their bosses about flexible options, Emma Kenny has created a series of top tips including how to negotiate, increase confidence and manage difficult conversations in the workplace. 

Emma Kenny, ITV This Morning’s resident behavioural psychologist, shares her top tips on how to broach flexible working with your employer, from preparing to have those tricky conversations to feeling confident and positive when you’re in the room. 

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1. Make sure you have cohesive reasons to back-up your request

2. Check your employer’s policy

3. Be confident in having a conversation on the flexible options available

4. Be positive in your reasoning and how it will benefit both sides

5. Demonstrate how you will use your flexible working effectively and efficiently 

6. Be prepared to meet your employer half-way

7. Suggest a three-month trial period in the first instance

8. Be honest with your employer as to why you need a flexible schedule

9. Ask around and see if workers in similar businesses are offered flexible working options to back-up your request

10. See rejection as an opportunity – if your request is unsuccessful you can use this rejection as motivation to pivot towards a new career

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