Welcome to the February issue of CHILD magazines, introduced by our editor-in-chief, Kim Richards.
Okay, I’m going to admit to you that my New Year’s resolution lasted six days. I know, I know…against all good advice I still do this every year. I guess it goes with the territory of parenting; courage and aspiration. Or, as Chicken Little says, “Today is a new day!” I prefer this attitude to ‘the sky is falling’ – which is kind of how 2016 ended in my household. #exhaustedmum
You’re wondering what the resolution was, aren’t you? It was to stop saying “yes” so much. The best example of how I failed was a recent trip to the shops to buy ingredients for my son’s sixth birthday cake. I should have bought flour, eggs and milk. Instead, I came home with $100 worth of fondant, icing pens, edible figurines, various sprinkles and several ready-mix cakes. It was simply ridiculous. (Not as ridiculous as me agreeing to buy a kitten, which I also did on the same day.)
I was standing in the aisle with five excited children who were arguing about the best choice and I simply said “yes” too many times – mostly to end the heated debate between the kids. As I predicted in last month’s issue, week five of the summer holidays is ‘The Beginning Of The End’ for many parents – and this moment was mine.
Of course, hours later when I was cleaning up our edible craft session, I was cursing myself for not adhering to my one resolution. I’m not giving up though, especially now the school year has started. The ‘yes-less’ rule still stands!
This month, we talk to two women to find out how they manoeuvred a successful career change change to accommodate the demands of their growing families. We also have some great tips and advice from Positive Psychologists about how to flourish as a mother in 2017.
Babs and Jenna created the most delectable Bento feature to inspire school lunches (and now we’re all trying it in the office, too!) And, we take a look at some of the extra-curricular activities you might consider for your family this year. Apparently karate has made the list in my house, along with musical theatre, acrobatics and hip-hop! But, I promise, I haven’t said “yes”, yet!
Have a great month,