Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Raising not managing...

I have been given a few pearls of wisdom that I want to record to remind me of when I no doubt forget!

A new friend was telling me about her weekend and she commented that her weekends were always busy because she loved them. Why? Because she loved having fun with her kids. It was so lovely to hear someone talk about spending time with their children with such joy and I wanted some of what she was having!

Another person chatted to me about the idea that parents can either chose to manage their children or raise them. Managing will focus on getting all the tasks done and being frustrated when they don't complete them. My friend with a 13 year old is still battling to get them to clean their room and I felt dread when I heard that - so many more battles ahead for me. But raising children will involve living in a mess as you seek to teach them things. There room may stay messy for awhile while they figure out the advantages of it being clean or that there is discipline and consequences for it being messy. Rather than packing up the lego make a big fortress out of it all together, leave it there to talk about the activity you did together and then all pack it away. Raising children will mean enjoying them more.

While I realise all this is easy to sit here and type and there will be many frustrations head and many lessons that will need to be taught, for now I want to focus a bit more on enjoying the lovely ladies I have.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Girls Night In.....

This year I hosted a Girls Night In for the kindergarten Mum's at MiniMe's school. The Girls Night In is an initiative of the cancer council to help raise funds for and awareness of women's cancers.

The idea was to come dressed as what you wanted to be when you grew up when you were in kindergarten or to wear something pink.

The local florist donated a bunch of pink flowers as a lucky door prize, the local spa donated a spa package for best dressed and the new cupcake shop donated some cupcakes for dessert.

I made some Martha Stewart tissue pom poms as decorations. They sounded simple but were bit more time consuming and fiddlier than I thought they would be. But they went well with the girly pink theme!

We raised $500 dollars on the night and had some fun in the process!!