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Parenting Is Hard

 

That old saying, “kids these days…” is really starting to ring true. As someone who spends the majority of time around children, both my own and those I teach, it is apparent that it is becoming more and more difficult to raise respectful, caring, well balanced children in this ever-changing world. More difficult but definitely still possible.

We hear about it in the news. They speak of how parents have reversed roles and are now being controlled by their children. Disciplining children has become a thing of the past. Parents try way too hard to be-friend their children rather than parent them. An important difference between parenting and friendship is a parent must be strict. In order to ensure the best possible future for your child a parent must be strict with routine in coordinating theocracy by doing so, the family dynamic has only to benefit.

Parents explain how they drive their children to activities 4 or 5 nights a week and how their own free time is now non-existent as its been replaced by chauffeuring children. There seems to be an increasing worry about ensuring our children are happy and keeping children entertained rather than allowing them down time and boredom, therefore teaching them patience and independence. In a world of I want it and I want it now, are we passing negative mindset to our next generation?

The alternative to this results in children that have little or no activity involvement and find it hard to socialize in situations with other children.

So, it seems we are darned if we do and darned if we don’t.

The truth is, I am so far from having the answer.

I believe in balance. Balance is the answer in many aspects of our lives; nutrition, exercise, work, and I also believe it can be used for parenting. Of course we want our children to be happy but not at the exchange of their behaviour, values, and discipline. Children need to know they are loved but they can feel this through structure, and through the most powerful parenting word we have, NO. I had a conversation with a friend the other day about how it is completely ok and actually essential to tell our children no. They must learn that they cannot have their way the majority of the time at a young age or it will only become more difficult as they age. It is ok to limit their activities and it’s absolutely ok to tell them no. Technology makes for some underlying competition or also known as, “keeping up with Jones”. It is natural to not want your children to miss out on other things kids their age are doing, but at what cost? Families sometimes find themselves in debt, missing quality time at home, missing meals and weekends together in order to take part in certain activities. These activities can also be really rewarding hence the importance of balance. If activities and commitments are putting more stress and strain on the family than reward, then it’s time to refocus on what is really important and perhaps why you started in the first place.

There are so many factors that influencing our children and our parenting. Factors include peer influence, school culture, environmental factors, technology and the list goes on. With so many factors out of our control as parents, we do have control over our time at home and how we deal with preparing for the other factors. It is our obligation to prepare our children to deal with all of these external factors, keep communication open and lead by example. Get involved. Get involved with their school, their friends, and their activities.

We got this parents.

Side hustle

Side hustle

You’ve probably seen posts and heard people talk about their, “side hustle.” Some of you will know exactly what that means and some of you will have no idea what people mean when they say it. In this post I am going to explain exactly what a side hustle means to me and how it has helped my family and I on more than one occasion.

I have years of experience in hospitality and retail before starting my career in teaching. My income ranged from $10-$12/hour or relied heavily on gratuities. Once working full time on salary my pay was much higher but so were my living expenses; mortgage, children, cost of living etc. After putting in a 40+ hour work week there was still a need for just a little bit more.

So when I took a look at the numbers, with small children how many hours was I willing to put into a second part time job that would take me away from my family on nights and weekends?

Truth? Zero.

I was willing to work away from home zero hours. Time is precious. If I were to work 12-15 extra hours part time in retail for example, my pay check would be $144-$180, probably not even enough to cover the gas getting me to and from the job and then to factor in what my time is worth, 3 nights of the week that I don’t eat dinner with my family or bathe, read to and tuck in my children.

It just was not a practical solution for me.

So, that brings me to the alternative, the side hustle. Using social networking, emails and messaging in small blocks of time throughout the day and after the kids are in bed. There are generally 3 components in order to make some money. You need to believe in network marketing or at least be open-minded to how it operates, you need to believe in the product or service that it has to offer and you need to believe in yourself.

That’s sometimes the hard part, the believing in yourself, while everyone around you is telling you it will never work. Numbers tell you that only 5% of network marketers will make enough money to quite their day job. I choose to look at that number as 5 out of every hundred people DO MAKE ENOUGH TO QUIT THEIR DAY JOB. Many will make that little extra they need to help out with bills, pay for a car payment, save for a trip. Those that get started and fail have simply lost one or more of the 3 beliefs.

I have always had a little voice in the back of my head telling me, “There has got to be a better way.” Making ends meet, work day in and day out and feeling exhausted when you get home. Your career uses up all of your energy. That constant struggle because the ones you love the most are left with what little energy you have left at the end of the day. The day starts off with a rush to get everyone dressed, fed and out the door. Stop at daycare (hugs and kisses, maybe some tears, the lingering final hug that lasts a little longer because that little being that loves you more than anything is going to be gone again for the entire day), then school drop off (not as emotional), then off to work. 8 or 9 hours pass until it is pick up time. Your littles are exhausted and you are too, but all day you’ve been missing them and cannot wait to see their little faces and find out how their day was. Pull into the driveway, time to make dinner, eat, bath time, story time, and they’re out. You put your feet up and think of the million things you should be doing but don’t have it in you to actually do them. You go to bed, alarm clock rings and you do it all over again. What if it didn’t have to be like this?

Now picture this day.

Similar, but using a few little pockets of time you send a few emails, create a few posts and answer a few messages. Just like that you have created the same amount of income as the part time job that takes you away from your family 3 nights a week.

Or, better yet, follow a proven system in a company with a solid structure and those few small pockets of time increase to a few hours of your day but you have now replaced the income that were making for 40 hours of work in just ten. What would you do with your extra time? What would that mean to you and what would that mean to your family?

If you have that same voice that tells you, “there has got to be a better way ,“ then we need to talk!

 

Don’t just Rise, Shine!

Rise and Shine

Seriously, do it! It’s Monday morning so there’s no doubt you will need to rise at some point, that is inevitable. BUT it is your decision as to whether or not you’re going to SHINE. So, just do it!

We watched Mary Poppins this weekend and as I watched I swayed from loving her character to becoming a little jealous to loving her again.

Ever wonder how she does it? A smile on her face, loved by everyone, not a care in the world and all the forest creatures’ dance around her while she radiates loveliness. The truth is, I do feel this way from time to time. BUT most of the time, I’m just going through the day floundering around trying to make ends meet. Cleaning, prepping, helping, feeding, and ensuring that everyone around me has what they need.

Moms these days that work full time but have the heart of a stay at home mom burn the candle at both ends trying to be the best but often neglect themselves. Why not take a little time out of each day for yourself.

What empowers you?

What uplifts you?

What makes you feel like a million bucks?

What makes you SHINE?

I guarantee if you can answer this question and truly take the time to do it, you will be much more productive and those around you will most certainly benefit. It’s easier keeping track of what everyone else needs, your kids need lunches, dinner needs to be made, laundry needs to be done, house needs to be cleaned, groceries need to be bought, but it’s your time now. Do some soul searching and answer those 4 questions above. You deserve it!

House Keeper- yay or nay?

Have you ever woke up Monday Morning and felt as though your weekend went too quickly? Or that you didn’t have much of a weekend at all? Sometimes we spend the majority of our weekends catching up on house work that we didn’t get around to during the week. This then turns into that Monday Dread that I spoke of in a previous post.

If you can relate then I ask you this, at what point is it ok to spend money in order to buy your time back?

We will often prioritize what we are willing to spend our money on without giving it much thought. We live in a world of immediate gratification, convenience, satisfying urges, keeping up with appearances, etc.

So I ask you, is hiring a professional to clean your home necessary or simply another way of keeping up with what society makes us feel is necessary?

There are definitely arguments to both sides of this but lately I’ve been noticing a number of articles backing the fact that when you’re able to have a professional come into your home and take some major time-consuming burdens off your plate that you will not only be grateful but it will actually add years to your life. OK, I made that last part up but I wouldn’t doubt if it were true. It’s like anything else, you need to decide if the benefits out weight the consequences.

So, what are the benefits? Saves time, clean house, more time to spend with your family or doing the things you love. You can

The consequences? Money, you could get someone that lacks professionalism, not cleaned the way you like.

Perhaps I am over thinking but I am curious to know your thoughts? Is it worth it? Is it necessary? Comment your thoughts…..yay or nay?

Case of the Mondays

Anyone have a case of the Mondays?

There are 2 ways to look at Monday, you can be enslaved to it and be cranky all day or you can embrace it and start your week off with a bang. The first view is so much easier and seems to be much more popular. This really just means you now have one less day in the week to get done what you need to do and Tuesday now becomes your Monday.

I have often dreaded Mondays. Weekend is over and now back to work.

I haven’t always used my days or my time effectively which has resulted in less production, less success and ultimately 52 less opportunities in the year to have a great day.

If we tell ourselves it’s Monday and Mondays are bad then it only make sense that our day will go according to our mental state.

Once I decided to start taking my Mondays back things started falling into place for me. I started using Mondays as my day to shine. Starting the week off with a clean(ish) house, a nice outfit, wake up a little earlier (not a lot, but a little) so not to rush. This changed my mindset for the entire week.

We are creatures of habit and if we fall into bad ones, it’s hard to break out. Make sure your habits are ones that are working in your favour and not against you. Life is hard enough as it is.

Hitting snooze Monday morning and setting yourself up for a bad day is all on you. There is no one to blame but yourself (and we’ve all been there). Make a habit out of liking Monday again and you have just given yourself 14.3% higher chance of enjoyment.

It’s worth a shot right?

Summer is just around the corner!

Summer in 3 months!

Some of you are feeling fantastic, super comfortable in your own skin and you are exactly where you want to be- that’s awesome!

Others have a vision of where they would like to see themselves but are not quite there yet.

If we use summer as a timeline, we have exactly 3 months to prepare and ensure we will be feeling the way we want and deserve by the time that beautiful, bathing suit wearing, and flip flop wearing weather arrives. You may even have an idea or know exactly what you need to do to get yourself there but just need a little jump start or some accountability.

OR

You may have no idea where to start.

What’s important to remember is that you’re not alone in this. There are so many of us that need that extra push, motivation and guidance along the way and that is totally normal. While personal training I read article after article supporting the positive results of hiring a trainer and it was evident that individual results were dramatically increased for those that worked with a trainer vs those that worked alone. The same can be said about individuals that have a workout buddy, walking buddy or accountability buddy while trying to make some healthy living changes. Knowing that someone else is there for you and also there to hold you accountable leads to an increased success rate. If you don’t already have that buddy or you’re not in the position to hire a personal trainer or nutritionist then you’re in the right place. I will be right there along-side you every step of the way.

There is currently a group pf motivated women supporting each other in taking the small steps necessary to a healthier lifestyle. Send a shout out to espositofit@gmail.com to join FOR FREE and start living your own healthy lifestyle.

Sitting on the sidelines

Do you ever just go through the motions of life without really living it?

I’ve been there. It had been a year and a half since my second child was born and I was dragging through the days, weeks and months with low energy and a negative mindset. I had gradually gained pound after pound and was putting off all the things I enjoyed because I just didn’t have the energy. I felt as though I was on the sidelines of my own life.

Have you ever found yourself wishing you could make a change in your life but not really sure where to start. Well, take it from me, better to just start even if you’re not sure where. The longer you think about doing something without acting on it, the longer you’re sitting on the sidelines of your own life. The day I decided to take action and start acting, rather than wishing, was the day that changed my life for the positive. Little by little those pounds I had slowly gained began to melt away and little by little I felt by body and mind transform from tired, unmotivated and weak to energetic, strong and ready for the day. All of the activities that I had once enjoyed I was doing again and I had no trouble keeping up with my kids and enjoying my moments with them in a way I hadn’t.

I encourage you to make the changed necessary to live your days your way. Do not be held hostage by your limitations but break through and live your best you! Looking for extra support? Be sure to join myself and many others as we work together toward a healthier lifestyle.

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