Recently, my six-year-old went through a phase of worrying about dying. She asked how it felt, and whether you can move and if your eyes are closed. She told me that her worry about dying seeped into everything she did – nudging at her consciousness while she was watching TV, reading or trying to nod off to sleep.
I’ve recently been researching a load of healthy apps through work, and I’ve started to incorporate some into my life. A few are helping me to become more organised, while others have the potential to make life a bit calmer in other ways. Here’s my guide to the unmissable:
Bet you’ve looked at those images of happy families in Christmas adverts and movies, and wondered why your family’s reality doesn’t quite live up to the media ideal.
When my eldest daughter first started at primary school, I was always disorganised. I would forget packed lunches, lose forms and have to leg it with the buggy to make it to school on time. But nowadays I run a much tighter ship before and after the school run, which means I feel calmer and less stressed. I also lose forms less often.
Here we are – back in the thick of uniform shopping, work deadlines and scrawling dates for upcoming school events on the calendar. And my summer holiday seems a very long time ago.
Here are some of the signs that my work-life balance is not up to scratch:
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a bit angry and shouty with my children. It’s usually because they’re not listening, or they’re squabbling or faffing about while I’m trying to get their hair and teeth brushed before it’s time to leave for school. Sometimes it’s simply the level of noise – a house with three kids is lived at top volume, and it can make my head spin. Sometimes, however, I shout because I’m dead tired and ready for the day to end. And of course, they’re still not listening.
Yes, childbirth isn’t necessarily much fun, but these tips worked for me when I gave birth to my three kids. Hopefully they’ll help you have a more positive experience too.