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“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It is not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it” – Margaret Thatcher

I don’t know about you other moms, but those days when I lounge around doing nothing it’s usually because I have mentally shut down a sure sign that this mom hasn’t been looking after herself. When I studied Early Childhood Education one of my professors actually encouraged us to take care of our selfs with a mental health day as required. I learned that for me a morning walk and sneaking away (even if it meant cutting class) to hit the rowing machine at the gym.

Keeping mom healthy isn’t just about eating right and getting exercise. Those morning walks may count for exercise but it really those walks are about my state of mind. Clearing my thoughts, keeping things in perspective.

Our mental outlook not only helps us physically, studies of optimists found that those at age 25 were significantly healthier at ages 45 and 60 than those who were pessimists*.

Wouldn’t it be great to hold the following powers in your super mom hand ?

– less stress (think of your to do list)

– more patience (think of the morning school rush)

–  cognitive clarity ( a presentation at work ?)

– a higher rate of acheivment in most areas of your life

Aren’t these things we want in our lives and to pass onto our children ?

Optimism; some of us may be born with it but the great news is the rest of us can choose it. By modelling optimism, we can install this trait in our children.

Maryann Troiani, Psy.D. offers five great tips to feel super optimistic in her article
5 Ways To Feel Super-Optimistic: Tips for Your Health, Wealth, & Career Success.
Take a moment to write them down … you just may see those super mom powers increasing this week!
*Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman’s scientific articles.

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Some of us are blessed with an internal alarm clock. A little voice that wakes you up two minutes before your alarm goes off. This may be a blessing if that little voice also alerts you ten minutes before your son’s soccer game or before the school bell rings. However I don’t have that blessing.

Of course I have the internal ability to wake up 30 minutes BEFORE I have to wake up after only five hours of sleep. Unfortunately that alarm doesn’t seem to carry over into the waking hours. A thirty minute heads up would be handy.

Not having that constant heads up, instead, I wear the super mom cape as I leap over shoes, bags and the cat in a flurry of movement. Knowing full well that the school bell is going to ring in ten minutes and the drive is a minimum of 11 minutes and three seconds if no one is in the cross walk and that light isn’t red. Of course, I will have to drive laps to locate a place I can stop to let my son in. All the parking spots are taken by those nannies with an internal clock.

I thought I had the alarm clock before I had children. As a professional Nanny I was never late for a soccer game, a music lesson, or birthday party. It turns out there are two types of internal alarm clocks. The one reserved for those of us who don’t have children under the age of 18. This one allows you to roll out of bed just before your alarm goes off after a night of 8 hours of restful sleep.

Then there’s the other alarm clock. The one called the mom alarm clock. This internal alarm wakes you up at three minutes before the baby needs to be fed, or two minutes before your toddler wets the bed, or 8 minutes before your five year old wakes up with growing pains. Sometimes these alarms are all in the same night. The mom alarm clock results in a pure hatred of the real alarm clock that wakes you up at 7 am as the children are peacefully sleeping telling you to start your day.

Luckily I have some other time management tips under my cape to keep me on time and organized as a mother. Despite the internal mom alarm clock working against me at night, my children make it to their soccer games and birthday parties, usually with the present and cleats in the bag. Was that the blue bag or the red one?

*I wrote this last year – feel free to share it on your blog or website, just link back :)

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Each family is unique, some simply celebrate with family, some hire a band and invite 50 children. There is no right or wrong in most areas of parenting, just a difference of what’s right for your family and theirs.

cake.jpgMy daughter turned five this week and on Sunday we are having a princess and fairy party. This year my bathroom is in the middle of renovations and the family trip to Disneyland has left my single parent budget a bit strapped.

When you plan your children’s party I encourage you to plan in your budget. Some years she may have 20 guests, this year thats just not feasible.

To my daughter its all about the cake. She was in tears yesterday when she thought the cake we made for after our family dinner was”THE cake” once she realized her party would include the special ordered Tinker Bell cake with a rainbow (rainbows are her favourite thing). She was happy. Her birthday will include the cake, three special friends, making magic fairy wands, Disney princess karaoke (we have a family machine) and loot bags.

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easter.jpgAuthor: Kacy Carr

How time flies by, it only seems like yesterday when the tedious job of taking down the Christmas decorations was undertaken and stored up the loft, only to repeat the whole tedious process accordingly to commemorate Easter. However, because the lord is involved with both festive dates – makes tasks as such not so tedious at all but much more rewarding. Christmas day we celebrate the birth of Christ and Easter Sunday his resurrection.

Tradition up holds by giving a child a chocolate egg on Easter Sunday, and in some cases more because of greed, all because mom and dad give in to their demands. This is not good for their health or your pocket. Parents need to downsize on the chocolate egg or quantity. Huge savings can be made by doing this thus giving you those extra pennies to spend on healthy candy alternatives.

Easter is about feasting but do take care of what edible delights you are serving up. Keep your child’s welfare in mind. hence no guilt trip for you if the child is sick from overeating or piling on the pounds.

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