Archive | April 2011

Making a cup of tea

Mr N has learned to make a cup of tea

Last night I was watching the Royal Wedding with my Mum, and the boys were watching the Football with my Dad. At one point, 9 year old Mr N came in and Oma (my Mum) asked him for a cup of tea. He had never made tea before, it’s one of those things I keep thinking he should learn to do, I just hadn’t taught him yet.

So, he went off with my Dad giving him instructions on how to make a cup of tea using my tea pot that I got for Christmas.  The tea was great and most appreciated by both me and my Mum.

This morning, Mr N was wanting to make me a cup of tea. Much to his disappointment, I had already made my first cup of the day. We’ve recently got home from Auskick, and he’s just made a delicious cup of tea. Never before has a cup of tea been made so enthusiastically!

This is a new skill for Mr N, and something else I can ask him to do for me ­čÖé He’s also telling me that on Mother’s Day and my Birthday, he can make me breakfast in bed (he already knows how to make toast).

Day 5 – A song that reminds you of someone

The Reason Why by John Farnham is a special song for me. I remember going to one of his concerts when I was younger with my Dad and him squeezing my hand when this song was sung.

Now that I have kids of my own, it’s even more special. ┬áThe Then Again┬áCD was one of the ones I had in the labour room when I had both my sons. When my eldest son was born, this song was playing as he was born (purely a coincidence).

So, whenever I hear this song, it reminds me of my two gorgeous boys.

Friday Find – Time Retrievers

Get some support for your business

Are you running your own business? Whether you are a Work at Home Mum (WAHM) or work out of home, it can be lonely at the top.

The answer to this is coaching. A lot of coaches are expensive, especially if it is one on one coaching, and out of reach for many business mums. Group Coaching could well be the answer you are looking for.

A couple of years ago, I met Peter Johnson, just as he was starting Time Retrievers, and have had group coaching with him and his wife, Suzanne. These groups are fantastic. At the start of each quarter, we sit down and set our goals for the next 90 days, including financial goals. As this is a session with others, there is the opportunity to bounce ideas off others.

Following this, we work to our goals. Each month, we meet for 3 hours with our group and share our goals and achievements, spend some time learning on an area of business growth, and set our goals for the next month. There is a lot of sharing and bouncing ideas off each other, and, in the case of the group I was in, lots of laughter.

The group is a supportive environment to help you grow your business and achieve your business goals.

As a business mum, there is the temptation to hold on to that Super Mum cape even more than normal as all the tasks a business owner needs to do is added to the long list of tasks a Mum needs to do. Group Coaching from Time Retrievers is a great way to achieve your goals and help you let go of some things and keep your business growing.

If you are in Melbourne, I can’t recommend Time Retrievers highly enough. Go to┬áhttp://www.timeretrievers.com.au/ for more details.

Cross roads, U-Turns and other speed bumps

Life is never a straight road

Life isn’t easy, and it’s not a straight road. When I was in high school looking at career options and what my life would be like, I never imagined that it would end up like it is now.

There have been so many cross roads, u-turns and speed bumps along the way.

As I mentioned in my post the other week about parenting by personality type, I am an INTP, one of the traits of someone with a P personality type is difficulty making decisions – and this is me! It’s also common to question a decision once it’s made, and this is something I do A LOT.

This year, I changed the boys school. For months I agonised over the decision, and when the decision was made, I agonised over whether or not the decision was the right one. Thankfully it’s worked out well and the boys have settled in to their new school really well and are very happy where they are.

In other decisions, things will pop up that will have me questioning decisions made. Some decisions will be reversed, giving a u-turn in my direction, others are decisions I will stick to, making the pop up a speed hump, and others will be confirmed, keeping me going where I’m headed, or even taking me in another new direction.

It’s funny where life can take you. I have some amazing people I can turn to, as well as 2 awesome kids who constantly surprise me, and even they will take me places I never imagined. Anyone who knew me as a kid would laugh at me standing on the sidelines of Auskick cheering my son playing footy, or even taking him to the MCG to watch Geelong play.

Cross roads, u-turns and other speed humps are all part of life. Each bring surprises, challenges and joys, and each takes us further on our journey. Enjoy the journey, you never know where it will take you.

Day 3 – A song that makes you happy

Day 3, a song that makes you happy. Now, this is one to think on…

There is one performance I was sent on YouTube that I love, it’s a flash mob performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus” that was performed in 2010. I love the performance and thinking about the reactions of those watching it. I also love the clip and looking at the crowd reactions. I hope it makes you smile too.

Hands Off our Lunchbox

Hands off our lunch boxes!

School is back today in Victoria, and that means packing school lunches.

I am tired of people telling me what I should put in the boys lunchboxes. When the kids were in prep, there was an information session at the school where a nutritionist gave a talk on healthy school lunches. I spoke with her at the end of the session to let her know the cheese sandwich on wholemeal bread and orange she was recommending would make one of my children sick – he can’t have wheat/gluten, dairy or citrus!

Having a child with food issues is a challenge, but my other son is also a challenge. He doesn’t eat sandwiches, and a lot of the stuff he will eat at lunchtime goes brown in lunch boxes or will be cold by lunch time!

So, the boys lunch boxes often resemble a snack box instead. There is a nude food policy at the school – which also has its challenges. My 9 year old loves wraps, however we have to use cling wrap to hold them together!

I know my kids have a healthy breakfast and dinner, so I’m not too fussed if their lunches look more like a whole lot of healthy snacks instead of the traditional sandwich and fruit (yes, they still have fruit in their boxes). I prefer they eat what I put in their boxes instead of throwing food out after a few days.

Please, hands off our lunch boxes. I’m getting tired of being told what to put in the boys lunch boxes, then feeling bad because I’m not serving hand rolled sushi (mind you, the boys would LOVE sushi in their lunch box!) or some other gourmet treat.

The other issue I have with those is there’s no┬árefrigeration at the school for lunches – but that’s a post for another day.