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Being a Champion for Your Child

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Have you ever done something completely out of your comfort zone; something so unlike your usual behaviour, without a second thought or hesitation, all in the name of your child?

If you can answer yes to this question then you’re like me, thousands of other parents and the character Kristina from the hit TV show Parenthood.

I’ve been a fan of this show since it first aired. I quickly became caught up in the lives of the characters as they made their way through child rearing, relationships and career challenges. When Kristina spoke the line “…haven’t you ever wanted to be a champion for your kid?”, I began writing.

Kristina was advocating for her son Max who has Asperger’s Syndrome. A large part of the show focuses on Kristina’s family and their challenges. One doesn’t need to have a child with autism to identify with them. Aspects of their story are easily relatable and you’re able to put yourself in their position. You will find yourself cheering them on and asking the question ‘what would I have done?’

Kristina’s words struck a chord with me because the other day I did something that surprised me a little. I picked up little S from school and began a quick chat with one of her teachers to get an update on her day. S has been going through a ’testing’ phase both at school and at home so we’re used to getting some not-so-great feedback at the end of the day. It’s usually no big deal. My husband and I will chat about it at home and decide on our action plan if any. On this day, though, the feedback was delivered in a way that seemed unprofessional and unfair to little S. This caused me to feel that on this particular day, from this particular teacher, S wasn’t getting the best treatment possible.

This made me mad furious! I know things can’t be perfect at any school or daycare and my child is not perfect either, but I still expect the best care possible for my little girl. For that reason I let her have it voiced my concern. I wasn’t rude or unprofessional. I just expressed how I felt. This is something that I find difficult. I hate conflict and will often try to avoid it.

I started with a comparison of S’s current teacher with her teacher from last year who “was so great at dealing with S.” I then went on to state that it was rather obvious that she (her current teacher) was getting frustrated with little S and that she was the professional who should know what to do. I also made some reference to government regulations (based on a statement the teacher had made about being alone).

When I got home, I reflected on the event and wondered from where the courage came and from where the words had emerged. Now I know. I was being a champion for my child, and when you’re playing the role of champion, not much can stop you.

I’d love to fill you on the rest of this story, but the end has not yet happened. My husband and I will have a meeting with her teachers later this week where we will discuss the issues that upset us. At this point it seems that her teacher was getting frustrated at being a teacher, which while understandable; the fact remains that neither student nor parent should ever pick up on that.

There are some battles we will have to let our children fight for themselves and there are some where we, as parents, will have to gear up, armour and all and be the champions.

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The Power of the Alphabet

Let me ask you, does everyone take a multivitamin supplement each day?

Maybe I’m asking an obvious question.  This is something I only recently started doing myself.  Of course I did take my prenatal vitamin religiously while pregnant and breastfeeding.  Unfortunately I fell out of the habit when life as a busy Mom took over.  I know; excuses, excuses.

I had convinced myself that I was getting all of my daily nutrients through the foods I was eating but clearly I wasn’t.  I use the word ‘clearly’ because since I have started with my daily regimen, I have really noticed a difference.

For example, just last week, my sister asked me if I had been tanning.  The answer to that was no.  I refuse to give wrinkles any type of advantage.  The night she asked, I would have said I didn’t look my best.  It was the end of the day and I was tired. I was puzzled, but then it dawned on me; the multivitamin!

I have also noticed that my cravings for sweet snacks have significantly decreased.  Don’t get me wrong, I’d still choose chocolate over a rendezvous with Christian Bale but it’s not a do-or-die situation.  My body had been trying to tell me something, and I wasn’t listening.

Overall, I look better and feel healthier.  They say is takes 28 days to create a habit.  After 15 consecutive days of swallowing a One A Day Women’s Multivitamin supplement I am well on my way.  The Women’s blend is specially formulated to support healthy bones and breast tissue and includes 50% of our daily Calcium requirement.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  • Vitamin A helps our eyesight and a deficiency of this vitamin can lead to blindness
  • Vitamin B6 (& biotin) works as an anti-aging agent by preventing greying of hair and hair loss
  • Vitamin B12 can support and increase the rate of our metabolism
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant and can protect your body from free radicals which may cause heart disease and cancer
  • Vitamin D has been associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in women
  • Vitamin E can help to promote healing and skin hydration

So if you don’t already have a daily habit of eating your alphabet, now is the time to start. With our chaotic, 21st century lives we can’t always count on getting all the goods from our foods.  Popping a pill each day will ensure your overall wellbeing.

Happy swallowing!

For More Information:  One A Day Womens

Will You Be Working on That This Weekend?

“No!  I will be spending time with my family;  my amazing little girl, whom I only see 3.5 hours a day, and my husband,  with whom I get about half that amount of quality time.”  This was my desired response when asked this question from a colleague at work.  My actual response was a simple “No, I won’t be.” 
This question left me buzzing, antsy fingers and all, with the only possible remedy coming in the form of a good workout on the keyboard.  I wanted, and needed, to dig into this. 

Can a parent be successful and at the top of his/her game in all facets of life?

Let’s look at the main aspects of a typical person’s life:

  1. Family (children, partner)
  2. Extended Family (parents, siblings etc.)
  3. Career (hours at the office, overtime, networking etc.)
  4. Social
  5. Health & Wellness (exercise, nutrition, personal hygiene, hobbies)
  6. Sleep

This list is not presented in any particular order but the items do jump out at me as the six main components of one’s life.  Is it possible to perform the best you possibly can in all six areas or is it inevitable that one or more will suffer?  Do we need to dilute our performance, spreading out our energy and focus or can we achieve top results in all areas?

Am I expected to work on a project over the weekend?  Will I get ahead faster? Will my career suffer if I choose not to?  I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to know the answer to these questions is a big bold Yes!  So where to hone in?  This is obviously a choice made on a very individual level and personally my family comes first…but what area of my life is losing out because of that?

The words ‘balance’, ‘prioritization’ and ‘time-management’ seem to be key in answering these questions but first we need to find time, energy and focus to explore those areas to put our skills to the best possible use; and all this is making me dizzy.

What are your thoughts?  How are you finding harmony in your life?  Share your tips, ideas and thoughts and have a relaxing weekend!

Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net photographed by Stefano Valle.