Tantrums, ignoring and just being rude is all part of the 2-3 year old life. And boy is it frustrating!
Miss A is very stubborn and very strong willed, so when I tell her not to do something. she just does it any way. I tried timeout, counting to three and at times yelling because I was seeing red with frustration all to no avail.
"How am I going to get through to this child??!! "Was a constant thought going through my mind.
I remember my husband telling me about a goal sheet he had as a child and how it worked really well for him. So after telling Miss A "stop doing that" for the hundredth time that day, I decided to give the goal sheet a try to see if that would stop her from jumping on the couch. And sure enough it did!
She now doesn't jump on the couch, or if she goes to all I need to say is "you won't get a sticker" and she sits back down.
It really has helped me not to get so frustrated with her doing the things she shouldn't be doing. Plus she is learning a life lesson that behaviour has consequences, positive or negative, and if she works hard she will get a reward at the end of it.
During this pregnancy, like my first, I have had to slow it right down in my third trimester, which has meant no real exercise. I didn't realise how much I loved moving my body until I can't do it - not even a walk is on the cards because of my pelvic instability. So I did this little workout, mentioned it on Instagram and you asked for me to share it with you, so here it is.
Whether you are pregnant or not, my latest video blog is perfect to get your body moving in a really loving and low impact way. All you need is a little bit of space, a few minutes and off you go.
This past 2 weeks since we moved into our new home has been crazy to say the least. I have had to take the foot of the accelerator starting on moving day. I was hoping to be unpacking, helping to get our garden looking like a garden and cleaning up, but no, other things were in store for me...
On moving day it was hectic to say the least. We picked up the keys at 9:30am from our builder, had an appointment for Ava at the Royal Children's Hospital at 11:30am (she is okay, we just had to take her to emergency for stomach cramps on the Sunday) and then we went straight back home and moved house that afternoon.
That evening as we had all of the helpers, boxes everywhere, people asking where to put this and that, my body was yelling at me to STOP!
I must admit, the past few months have been a little rocky and unsettled for me.
Not knowing when or new house will be finished or when I need to finish up seeing my personal training clients. Can I go to this event or will it be moving day?
Everything has felt in the air...and I really don't do well with this I've learnt. I like to be able to plan things and know what I'm doing and when. So needless to say I am itching to get into our new home.
The empty time frame expectations that we have been given by our builder over and over again has really done a number on this organised and impatient woman.
I feel exhausted, emotional, unstable and on edge. I think I will collapse in relief when those silver keys are handed over to us and we now know what we are doing and when (please hurry up)!!
But the lesson I am trying to find in all this is very similar to the feelings I had when I was pregnant with Ava. She tried to arrive early at 32 weeks and then held on until her due date (prompt and precise is my little girl) with me on bed rest for those 8 weeks. Again that not having control, instability and impatience got the better of me then too. Until I came across the very simple word SURRENDER.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming with knowing where to begin when it comes to starting your health and wellness journey, do you agree?
The market for this information is saturated, conflicting and sometimes, confusing.
I don't want to add to that, so before you read any further, I want to let you know that you know what is best for you. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa, and isn't that exciting. If we were all the same, the world would be a dull place. So I ask of you to experiment and have fun. Try all of the things, but if it doesn't feel right for you, don't do it.
Only you know what is best for you, so trust that, trust yourself and health will come your way in the best form for you.
But I wanted to share with you some of the things I love to do for my health so it can get you experimenting and having fun like I mentioned above. Remember to take what works and leave behind the rest.
What you will find below may seem straight forward or may seem a little out there, but don't judge before you try. I have tried and still try, lots of new things to help keep me healthy and happy. Some are whacky and some are simple, but I give it a try because you never know what you may fall in love with.
And without further ado...