MY ANXIETY IS MAKING ME A TERRIBLE PARENT – am I in the wrong career?

First off, I want to make it very clear that I’m by NO means making the suggestion that people with anxiety disorders, or other types of mental illness, shouldn’t be parents.  Nor am I saying that people with anxiety disorders, or other types of mental illness, don’t do a great job of being parents – because that would be blatantly false.

I’m not even saying that I’m a terrible parent.  I love my children, and I think that I’m doing a good job raising them to be independent, polite, tolerant, and well-rounded individuals.

Just to brag a bit, I actually often get complimented on my children’s behavior when we are at restaurants.  Thumbs up to me.

What I’m saying is my anxiety makes me a terrible candidate for this parenting job that I’ve managed to get myself hired for.  It’s not that I don’t have the skills to do the job.  It’s just that my anxiety disorder makes my role as a parent more difficult, than if I was the same person just minus my anxious tendencies.

Wait STOP! Stay with me for a second. 

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TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids

I know that I say this a lot, but parenting twins is tough.  Actually parenting in general is tough.  It’s essential to get some tricks in your toolbox.  So, today I give you a TWIN HACKS: creating your own audiobooks.

Feel free to use the HACK with any kids not just twins 😉 !

We’ve always tried to limit the amount of screen time our twins are allowed; especially when they were little.  But, every parent needs some down time, even if it’s just so you can get dinner cooked.

With twins, getting a free moment to get anything done is challenging.  Someone always needs you for something.  Enter the audiobook. Continue reading “TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids”

Getting Back to Living Sugar-Free in 4 Easy Steps

Living sugar-free is a healthy choice.  But, it isn’t an easy one.  So what do you do when despite your best intentions you can’t stop consuming too much sugar?

You use these 4 sugar-busting strategies to get you back on track and living sugar-free.

IS IT GOING TO BE EASY?

There are two types of people: those who can resist sugar and those who can’t.

The ease with which you banish sugar from your life is going to depend on what kind of person you are.

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Sunshine Blogger Award – Sunshine on a Rainy Day

It’s winter, and in Victoria that often means rain.  Since the little bit of Christmas snow that fell melted, it’s been a pretty steady downpour of rain. And when it rains around here, it’s rare to see any sunshine.  But, not so for me 🙂 .  I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Angel Lou at Strong Heart.

As a new blogger, I feel very honoured to be recognized. Thank-you so much Angel.  Angel is an Environmental Science graduate and advocate who blogs about her daily life – sharing her insights and experiences.  Make sure you check out her blog.  It’s a fun and inspiring read with some thought provoking topics, such as this one: Religion. Does it matter when applying for a job?

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Why I’m NOT Making New Year’s Resolutions This Year + My 5 New Year’s NON-Resolutions

Happy New Year to all my readers.  Have you made your resolutions?

New Year – the time of resolutions.  A happy, hopeful time where everyone is brimming with enthusiasm for all that they’re going to conquer in this brand new year.

There’s something magical about New Year’s Day – not in reality, of course.  It’s really just another day, just the same as the one before; except it isn’t.

Like many people at this time of year, I’ve had resolutions on my mind.  To tell you the truth, I always have a pile of resolutions bouncing around in my brain.  I’ve always got a multitude of ‘self-improvement’ tasks that I’m ‘working’ on or am on the verge of implementing.

It’s exhausting.

And, frankly, this year between the chronic pain that I just can’t seem to conquer and trying to hold my life together, I just don’t have the energy for it.

So, I’ve made the decision that this year all my resolutions were going to be non-resolutions. Instead, I have a list of things that I won’t be doing in 2018. Click To Tweet
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My Christmas Wish – peace, forgiveness and maybe a diagnosis

Merry Christmas to all my readers.  I hope you are enjoying the holiday times whatever your beliefs are and whichever holidays you celebrate.  I’d like to take a moment and share my Christmas wish with you.

Leading up to Christmas, my children have been fervently hoping that they’ll lose their two front teeth.  Several of their classmates have, and my twins desperately want to be able to sing “All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth.”

I also have holiday wishes, but they look a little different then my children’s Click To Tweet.

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Why the Winter Solstice is the Perfect Time for Rejuvenation + 5 Energy Restoring Strategies

Happy Winter Solstice or whichever ‘holiday’ you prefer to celebrate to mark this festive time of year :-).

I won’t go into details about what I believe or don’t believe, and where I stand on religion and the great Christmas religion vs secular debate.  I believe that spirituality is very personal and that every person has the right to express it in whichever method feeds their own soul – as long as it does no harm to other living things.

But, I am going to invite you to join me on The Longest Night, as I follow the example of the natural world and take some time to rejuvenate my soul.

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POSITIVE THINKING: I’m positive I’m working on it. 5 Steps to Positive Thoughts.

Over the course of my life, I’ve been counselled numerous times, by friends, family and mental health professionals, that I need to change the way I think.  I need to be more positive.

The advice is often couched in simple platitudes: relax, don’t worry, everything’s going to be okay; but, what they’re really saying is that I need to change my negative thoughts.

I have to admit, no matter how much it irks me (and those kinds of platitudes really irk me, but that’s a topic for another day), they’re at least partially correct.  They’re right that I need to change my thinking; they’re completely off the mark in their thinking that controlling my anxiety is as simple as ‘just relaxing.’  But, like I said, that’s a topic for another blog post 😉 .

But just because I can’t think away my anxiety disorder, it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try and change my thinking patterns.  You never know, it just might lessen the impact of the anxiety.  Maybe I’ll suddenly become one of those Zen types who seem to float through life sans stress.  A girl can hope, right? Continue reading “POSITIVE THINKING: I’m positive I’m working on it. 5 Steps to Positive Thoughts.”

My (almost) Sugar-Free Egg Nog Substitute – Keeping Christmas Sweet Minus the Sugar

With the Christmas season here, I’ve been wracking my brain for ways to reduce the amount of sugar my children are consuming.  Christmas has many delights: egg nog, music, lights, visits to Santa, parades and SUGARY TREATS.  What’s a mom to do?

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Whenever I get to thinking I’m doing amazing, I find someone doing it better: A LESSON IN PERSPECTIVE.

Recently, I got out biked by a guy who was riding a cargo bike with two kids on the back.  It turned out to be a lesson in perspective.

And it got me questioning my fitness, something I pride myself on, and it got me questioning the success of my crusade to be a minimal car use family.  I mean, I’ve been focusing a lot of energy lately on getting us back out on our bikes and out of our van.  And, I was feeling pretty proud of myself.  But this guy, he had me beat.

Not only was he faster than me, when I was solo and he definitely wasn’t, but there was also no way I would’ve biked up that hill with my kids in tow – I would’ve gone around the longer, flatter way.

Was I just fooling myself?  Was it time to throw in the towel and stop pretending that I was actually accomplishing anything or had any right to give advice?

Or was it a lesson in perspective and loving yourself where you’re at? Click To Tweet
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