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A Way To Get Healthier and Feel Better

In this weeks Sunday Herald-Sun they had an article about ways you can make yourself healthier in simply 10 minutes. As mums and dads we need to look after ourselves so that we are operating at optimal best for our children.  So see what you can do to improve your quality of life.

Workout in the TV breaks

Instead of watching TV why not use the ad breaks to do star jumps, sit ups, push ups, running on the spot to keep our body moving.

Write a meal plan

Work out ahead your meal plans and write down what you eat to make sure you choose healthy options.

Calm down

Take time daily to meditate (one activity I love to do at the start of the day and at the end of the day)

Make small gestures

Rather than relying on overt displays of affection, it was small gestures like saying thank you, serving cups of teas in bed that can keep a couple together.

Exercise

Exercising is extremely important for everyone’s health. But it is important that you do exercise that you enjoy as if you do not enjoy it then you will not do it.

Take longer to prepare dinner

So that you can put some vegetables away for during the day as easy snacks.

 

 

What is Your Greatest Achievement So Far as a Parent?

I was asked this question today by Wendy Jacob and it has given me a lot of time to reflect on my journey of parenthood.  But if I have to give only 1 achievement it would have to be my journey through major depression and postnatal depression.  No one can understand the depths of darkness I felt during the hard times of PND.  The thought of not wanting to take Emma home from the hospital makes me sick to the stomach.  But it is also a journey I would never change.

The hardest part was being in a psych ward for 3 months.  I think for the first month I did not allow the girls to come and see me because I did not want them to see me like I was. It gutted me to be away from my girls especially as Em wasn’t that old and I was missing so much of her first year of life.  But being in the psych ward also gave me the chance to really look at who I was and what I wanted for me and my family.

I am still growing as a person and parent everyday as no one is perfect all the time.  However we do not have to be perfect all the time, we just need to be good enough.  Parenting is not an easy journey at the best of times but we can truly evolve into the parent’s we want to be for our children.  Some of the time it can be extremely difficult but I know through my own experience that with some inner work we can all be truly amazing parents.

Great Tip For Children Who Read!

My eldest is six months into prep and she is doing well with her reading.  I am lucky to have a child who has always enjoyed looking at books.  However just like every other child she too goes through stages where she is not motivated when reading. Her posture is slumped, she is pretty much mumbling and as a parent this can be frustrating to say the least.

What I get Grace to do when she is in one of these moods is get up and do 10 star jumps, 10 frog jumps and anything to get her moving.  The outcome is always a bit of a laugh but there is definitely an improvement in her reading.

This is also a great way to keep learning to a maximum if they are studying etc.

boy reading book at the library

Children’s Names That Will Only Lead To Bullying

What kind of name is North West?

Kim complains that the media tend to pick on her about everything and anything and then they name their child North West.  Someone honestly needs to smack her over the head and scream at her that naming their child something so ridiculous is only going to aim more bullying towards their child.  Imagine the jokes that children are going to put the poor thing through. It is bad enough that they have sold their child to the highest magazine bidder.

Parent’s really need to think about the consequence of choosing strange names and the affect it will have on the child.  We all do not want to our children to be bullied but why set them up from day one with a name like North, Apple and the list goes on.

What are the strangest names that you have heard parents call their child?

 

When Life Gets Out of Control!

That pretty much sums up the last few weeks in my household.  We have decided to build a bigger pergola outside, get the garage fixed, fix the roof and it is all happening at the same time.  There has been many hours spent outside knocking down walls (which was great fun), bringing down the old pergola and then painting all the beams (even at night at 3 degrees).  Plus normal life also had to happen at the same time.  I became quite good to listening to Grace’s reading whilst painting.  I also had to deal with my mum’s first year anniversary which was far from easy.

It got to mid last week and I was tired, grumpy, irritable and was not a lot of fun. Plus we were not spending quality time with the girls.  The girls helped us outside but it was not the same.  The girl’s behaviour became challenging and it increased their anxiety with all the changes that were happening. Steve and I were stuck in a hard spot because we couldn’t work out if it would be better to get it done so it is done or slow it down to spend time with the girls.  But I knew with everything going on at the same time I was going to crash.  I put my training on hold (but I could say I was doing a lot of strength work), my eating was not regular and generally I was not looking after myself.

I made the decision to stop it and get back into my exercise with a 16km walk and I have been making sure I have had some down time to relax a bit.  When life gets crazy and your feeling your about to fall off the track, you need to take a deep breath and re-establish some old routine to get you through it. I know that I became a better mum once I started exercising as I was laughing and bouncing around more.  I hate the out of control Bec.

 

The Magic of I Love You

  • How many times in a day do you say “I Love You”?
  • Can you say “I love you” too much?
  • When you say “I love you” is it coming from the heart or are you simply just saying it because that is what you want people to hear?

love2  I am a person who says “I Love You” when I feel it in my heart and I could say it 10 times a day. I am also known for calling my husband and simply telling him that I love him and then I hang up.

I tell my girls all the time that I love them because no matter what happens I want them to always remember that I love them.  I do not remember hearing that a lot when growing up so I want to make sure that they know that I love them.

Sadly we do not know what our future holds and it can be gone in a second but I never want the people I love to doubt if I love them.

I Love You | Motivational Monday

 

I love you

Thankful Sunday

Every Sunday I am going to put up a post called Thankful Sunday for people to write one thing that they have been thankful for this week.

Thank you 2

The Challenges of School Holidays

008I have to admit that I was actually looking forward to school holidays. I miss Grace and Emma when they are at school and kindergarten.  I was looking forward to not doing school drop off for two weeks.  I was looking forward to simply spending time with them.

But of course that did not happen.  I was not prepared for the onslaught of poor Grace not being in routine.  I did not expect it to make sucg a difference to her because she had holidays at kindergarten last year. But I guess I did not factor in that she had days off during the week so it did not faze her as much.

Believe me this year it did!  I ended up calling her stand off Grace. Getting out of the house was a massive challenge with most of the time took 20 minutes.  Plus she constantly lost the plot throughout the day. It definitely woke me up to all the challenges that children with autism have.  On top of this, the holidays were full of catch up therapy appointments for both girls which gave us less activity time. But honestly, even without the appointments the activities would have been challenging to control her melt downs.

But she did manage to settle into holiday mode this week on Wednesday and now I wish we had another week to go.  I spoke to her occupational therapist and she suggested a social story for next holidays so we can at least prepare in advance for holidays.

Listen to Your Gut Instinct | Filming Friday

 

 

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