Parliament started without me today. It got me thinking about all of the things I wanted to help change this year. My list is long, but right up there is my bill on child poverty.
If we are truly committed to tackling child poverty in New Zealand, we shouldn't be afraid to put our plan into law, and to share with the public the progress we are making every single budget. After all, what's more important than the well being of a society's children?
Academic records are going digital soon. Students who have graduated from 2010 onwards will be able to access digitally signed copies of their graduation certificate and transcripts securely online from around March this year.
This will make it easier to share these documents securely with anyone such as potential employers or other universities. It also means no more mailing, scanning and manually certifying – saving time and hassle.
One of my friends said to me today "I love my kids but ALWAYS talking about kid shit doesn't interest me" and my response was "I love talking about kid shit - it's all my life is LOL" ...
Her kids are a little older so her life doesn't have to be all about kids anymore but it did get me thinking:
I really don't have a life outside of my kids. Is that a bad thing?
I mean, I do have other interests: Wine, Kmart, Coffee .... and of course my website. Which ironically is all about kids :/
But other than that, I'm fully immersed in this parenting gig.
When I go to a supermarket and see another parent, I look to them with eyes that say "please be my friend and acknowledge me as a human" ....
If I see a Mum struggling with their child I always give a sympathetic look and secretly wish I could jump in and help.
Once in a cafe I pulled out one of my own kids' toys and gave it to a screaming child - in the hopes it would help the parent out a bit.
When I bloody stand in a queue, I rock backwards and forwards as if I'm rocking a baby. It actually comforts me!
Everything in my body screams "I'M A PARENT" haha ...
Sometimes, when I'm at home alone (thank god for my husband who looks after the kids on the weekends), I still think I can hear a child crying :/ ....
Being fully immersed can be overwhelming, but it does however have it's advantages. It makes me really appreciate non-kid things ... it makes me appreciate when my parents look after my kids for the day. It makes me appreciate lone trips to the supermarket, or Kmart. It makes me appreciate that one-on-one friend time i don't often get.
I love my kids, and I know there is more to me than just them, but for now I'm going with it and I kind of love it.
As your toddler gets older they start to do more with their hands like drawing, turning the pages of a book, and using a spoon and fork. You can encourage their fine motor skills with some sewing. Get a paper plate and cut small holes in it across the plate, get a long piece of ribbon and show your toddler how to thread the ribbon through the holes, making a pattern on the plate.
On Sunday, November 13th our boy Eric Thomas was in NZ. The world-renowned motivational speaker, who collaborated with us on the creation of ‘What’s your why?’ stopped by to share some of his wisdom. Credited by Lebron James as part of his inspiration for winning the 2012 NBA Championship, you don’t want to miss what he had to say.
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The baby slept through the night! The baby slept through the night! This is not a drill! The last time he slept through the night was 28 February. How do I make it happen again?! Do I have to replicate the conditions? Christmas every day?! What did we do last night? We didn't do the routine! He fell asleep on my lap watching Frozen for the 860 millionth time and then I transferred him into bed. No bath! No story! No bottle! Does this mean I have to watch Frozen every night? Is he sick? But he has been sick the last two nights and he woke a trillion and kill me now times! So he can't be sick! We bought an enormous teddy from the warehouse for $10 (such a bargain) did he think the teddy was one of us? Is it a co-sleeping teddy? Was it the trampoline? Do I have to start a charity that provides sleep deprived parents of almost two year olds trampolines and giant co-sleeping teddies?! What if he does it again?! What if he is turning a corner? What does it mean?! What if he's going to start actually sleeping now?! What if sleep is just a developmental milestone and he has only just met it now at 23 months and every child is different and there's nothing wrong with him and nothing we could have done? What if he goes back to waking a fuck tonne every night again? Oh well I will just turn my brain off and enjoy waking up without a headache. Damn on this much sleep I'm going to parent the fuck out of this day. I'm going to be Mary Fucking Poppins all day long. Is this what getting sleep feels like?? I feel like I'm super human like I could bench press a fucking rainbow. 🙌🏼 If you see me today with tiny birds following me, singing songs about spoonfuls of sugar and shit then come say hi - the margaritas are on me. Yeeeeeeow! I havent felt this way since . Have a great day everyone!! Everything is beautiful! Fuck yeah.
Yeah baby! We are still in the running! #Breakernation don't forget to sign up tonight for playoff's pre-sale opportunities. Huge thanks to everyone out there who supported us this season through thick and thin. Looks like Mika sent us some good vibes from his hospital bed tonight :) #oneteam #togetherstronger
It's not something you expect to see when you head over the Kaimais but this Tauranga guy was indeed spotted playing a set of drums on the side of the road. Do you recognise him? Read the story here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11781235