Archive for December, 2012

Just a Mum?

I can’t remember where I found this article but I love it!


A woman, renewing her driver’s license at the Motor Registration office,
was asked by the counter clerk to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

‘What I mean is,’ explained the counter clerk,
‘do you have a job or are you just a ..?’

‘Of course I have a job,’ snapped the woman.

‘I’m a Mum.’

‘We don’t list ‘Mum’ as an occupation,
‘Housewife’ covers it,’
Said the clerk emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Medicare office.

The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
‘Official Interrogator’ or ‘Town Registrar.’

‘What is your occupation?’ she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.
The words simply popped out.
‘I’m a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations.’

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,
in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

‘Might I ask,’ said the clerk with new interest,
‘just what you do in your field?’

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
‘I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn’t)
In the laboratory and in the field,
(normally I would have said indoors and out).
I’m working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are
more of a satisfaction rather than just money.’

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk’s voice as she
completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,
testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than ‘just another Mum.’ Motherhood!

What a glorious career!
Especially when there’s a title on the door.

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Finding a more peaceful way of life.


As Christmas is  getting closer and close, I can feel a sense of panic rising at all that’s left to do! I hate leaving shopping to the last minute and this year I do seem to be getting into it later than normal! So when I came across this article by Joyce Meyer on Finding a more peaceful way of life , I thought it would be good to share it with the rest of you  frazzled parents!

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Caffiene in Pregnancy

One thing I remember as very confusing when I was pregnant with my boys was how much caffiene was safe. With Andrew I swapped to decaffinated coffee and tea but continued drinking diet coke! This was also helped by the fact that the mere wiff of a coffee cup would make me extremely nauseous. I nearly killed my work colleagues at the time when they bought a new coffee machine for the office! The current guidelines, as reported on, is that you do not need to give up caffiene, but you should stick with 200mg Caffiene  per day. 200mg is equivalent to two mugs of tea or two cups of instant coffee. However, don’t be like me and forget the other sources of caffiene that add to your daily amount such as Caffeine is in coffee, teas (including green tea), cola, some energy drinks and chocolate (FSA n.d,a).

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Average couple has four rows a day during December!

Average couple has four rows a day during December!

That’s the statistic quoted in this article by Care for the Family on the pressures couple face over the festive season! Hopefully by following some of the advice they give we can all aim to be below average on this one!

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More Christmas tradition…

Came across this article with even more ideas of Christmas traditions  – you can’t be short of ideas now!

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Making memories at Christmas

10122010022As Christmas approaches fast for another year, I find myself wondering what family tradition I can introduce this year to mark the occasion in a fun way and remind my boys what is the true meaning of Christmas. I realised as I started putting  the school carol concert  and Christmas fair dates in my diary how much I love this time of year. It lends itself to some great family times and building memories, as well as some good scrap booking fodder. Family traditions are so important as they build family identity and give children reasons to love being part of their family.This is important on two levels. Firstly it gives security when things around us are constantly changing and moving at such a fast pace. Secondly, it gives our children a reason to want to be at home, which is really important during the developing teenage years, when peer pressure becomes very influential. If you don’t think you have any particular family traditions, try asking your kids what they love most about Christmas in your family. You will be amazed at what children see. One family I know goes to the pantomime every year and even though now they are all married with grand children, they all come back on one day, with all the children, for the family pantomime outing. We have a folder of Christmas films that we dig into once we hit December. You can’t beat “Elf”, hot chocolate and popcorn. Putting up the tree is also a family affair, when I dust of my Christmas CD for a loud rendition of “last Christmas” as we deck it out with tinsel and baubles. (The hardest thing is not to rearrange the ornaments after the kids have gone to bed). My sister in law has bought a special tree decoration for each of her children’s  stockings from the first year they were born. That way they will have their own special decorations to take with them to their own families. Another friend shared with me her idea of finding a really nice nativity scene and placing each piece in a different day of a advent calender. By the time they get to Christmas day, they will have a lovely scene and it will build excitement for the day with her toddler.  Still another friend of mine always buys new pyjamas for all her kids and let’s them unwrap them on Christmas eve.

Whatever you decide to start doing, remember to have fun. Now where is that Christmas album…

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