february issue of child mags

February 2017 Issue of CHILD Mags

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.)

February 2017 Issue of CHILD Mags

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!

February 2017 Issue of CHILD Mags

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.

February 2017 Issue of CHILD Mags

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!

February 2017 Issue of CHILD Mags

Have a great month,

Kim x

February 2017 Issue of CHILD Mags

Words: Kim Richards / Flat-Lay Photography + Styling: Jenna Templeton