One of the biggest juggling acts we have to deal with in life as a woman is having children and work. While it’s certainly possible for women to ‘have it all’ and there are lots of very successful mothers out there, often the practicalities mean that we are forced to choose between the two. Thankfully, these days the internet provides endless opportunities to earn money from home in a flexible way. That means if you’re a mum or have other commitments you can still make a living in a way that works for you and your family. Here are some things to bear in mind if you plan on taking the plunge:
In many ways, having a sleepover is really one of the first rites of passage that your children will ever have. It is an important kind of socialising for many children, and it can be useful for them in terms of gaining and developing friendships. It is also important for you as a parent; events such as the first sleepover are very often tests which seem designed to enable you to begin to let your child go out into the world. In all likelihood, you will be a little worried first time around. That is perfectly natural, but it’s healthy to try and let it happen too. In this post, we are going to look into some of the things to consider if your child is going on their first sleepover.
No matter what, we all have a family. From our parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family right through to our partners, children and grandchildren of our own in later life, family plays an important role throughout the course of life. Our family is a vital support network, one which provides us with all-important love, care, sympathy and words of kindness. Families should be there to help you out in your time of need – after all, who else will know you better than your close family!
To begin with, extended family is the original and best parenting assistance service there is. Even if you don’t get on with your in-laws now, after having a baby, you will appreciate them being around and helping to look after your child. Thankfully I do get on with my in-laws and I know I am lucky as they have helped me a lot along this parenthood journey. Becoming a parent is both the most rewarding and the most challenging thing you will ever have to do, as each stage brings with it its own set of challenges.
Now as most of you know who follow my blog, I am far from the perfect Mummy. I forget their school kits all the time, take them to school with their hair unbrushed or even worse uniform on inside out! It can be stressful trying to remember to do the mental checklist before you leave the house and those first days of school are harder. Because its the first day of school!
There is no occasion more beautiful than celebrating the blessing of a baby. Whether it’s your own baby shower or that of a loved one, toasting the bub and mummy-to-be is the first of many treasured memories the two will share. Now tailoring a baby shower worthy of nine months of discomfort – that’s the task at hand!
If you are currently gearing up to have a ‘big talk’ about the future with your elderly parents, you’re probably feeling a bit nervous about the outcome. Thankfully, I do not have to worry about this as both of my parents are in their 50’s, but it does make me worry about how things will be. Especially as I have watched how things with my GrandFathers have developed over the years, it’s difficult. It’s an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved. While making decisions on behalf of a mentally diminished parent can be emotionally draining, there are fewer worries about how to approach the situation and how to bring up the subject of outside care. With cognitively able parents, it can be tough just getting past the mental barrier that says ‘I’m the child. I can’t be in charge of this.’
The challenges of parenthood have a way of making you wiser over time, especially if you’ve prepared yourself for the journey. Social workers build careers around helping people improve their lives, and this knowledge and expertise can certainly transfer over to parenting. While there are different areas of the field that specialize in youth-related issues, all social work revolves around certain concepts and practices that can be beneficial in a child’s upbringing. With that said, here are 5 valuable parenting lessons learned from people while earning their MSW online:
Noah loves his football club sessions, he looks forward to charging about on a Wednesday evening and now looks forward to doing this with Daddy. Daddy has started coaching the little ones too. It’s nice that they have a hobby that they enjoy together. Noah is getting faster, better and more agile with the ball and it really shows each week.
I have been thinking of these things for a few weeks now, just some of the hurdles that become hugely impossible when you have children and frustrating struggles that overtime are quite comical. Apart from the obvious examples, not finishing a cup of tea or a conversation and going to the toilet unaccompanied, to name but a few. These are more of the less obvious but still equally as hilarious.