Best Boot Forward- Inspirational Women

Many of you may have seen a few previous posts that I have written for #BestBootForward. These posts are written because I am a member of a group of very inspirational bloggers, who all come together weekly to help, inspire and boost each other. It’s women helping women… and it feels awesome to be a part of that group!

Today’s questions come from Chloe who blogs at Indigo Wilderness.

Tell us about an inspirational woman in your life

This is a hard question! There are lots of inspirational women in my life… seriously! Every aspect of my life has been inspired by some amazing ladies and their passions.

Millie Hill, the founder of The Positive Birth Movement. This lady has changed the way women birth. Fear, anxiety, and panic are waved goodbye. This lady has changed the way that babies arrive on this earth. She is AMAZING. I had the pleasure of meeting her in the Press Room at The Baby Show last year, and she is every bit as inspiring in the flesh as she is in her book!

Lucy Johnson who inspired me to have 4 kids and live my life as wildly as you can (before you get arrested or go crazy). Check out her epic glittery instagram… If you like pictures beautiful houses, crazy animals, glittery rainbow outfits and 4 gorgeous boys, give her a follow!

I became a Mother/Mummy/Mum/Dave whatever they want to call me 10 years ago, I don’t get paid for it, the shifts are 24hrs a day 365 days a year, I don’t get to switch a computer off& go home, my work is here raising these 4 little boys& I doubt my ability at doing it every day. I don’t get a monthly appraisal telling me where I can get better at it, areas I need to work on, I don’t get a raise or a bonus to make me feel appreciated! Jesus Christ this job just throws you into a spiral of questioning your decisions, your ability to succeed at the endless task ahead, doubt, irrational thinking, am I strict enough or too strict the list goes on but I must be doing something right because they are all still alive, they are polite, funny, individual and they are amazing burpers (always important) I am (We/Ben because it’s not just me) are raising a small part of the future here and I’m pretty excited to watch it unfold!! Being a Mum is the best job I’ve had in the world, my colleagues (the boys) rock! Wouldn’t change it for the world! HAPPY MOTHERS TODAY TO ALL THE BAD ASS MOTHERS DOING THEIR THING! Pic minus sleeping Ziggy 🙏🏼 #mothersday #mumlife #love #work #doubt #kids #mumofboys #insta #instadaily #garden #love #life #instagramers #future #burpers #goodjob

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Tamsin who blogs at EcoFluffyMama. She blogs about all things green and eco, and is a wealth of knowledge. She’s having to concentrate on her health at the moment so doesn’t write as often, but her website is full of massively inspiring blog posts.  She also stole the UK Blog Award from me for the best Green and Eco blog in 2017… I’ll never forgive her for that 😉

Rachael from Moontimes who inspired me to switch to reusable sanitary wear several years ago. I suppose she planted the seed that changed my whole way of living. It was because of her I discovered CSP, as I had never heard of it before. Well, look where I am now… HA! A beautiful soul, who is passionate about women’s health. Rachael is a menstrual revolutionary, so check out her shop.

Those above are just 4 women who I adore, along with every single woman who I see daily/weekly/yearly. Judith, Sally, Holly, Michelle, Kylie, Megan, Caitlin, Alice, Amber, Sarah, Jen, Gemma, Jolene, Jessica, Rebecca, Julie, Abby, Dani, Kelly, Dianna, Vicki, Lesley, Jackie, Rasha, Sharon, Sam, Jenny, Pippa, Stephanie, Sarah, Maria, Zoe… and all the others, whose names I could spend all day typing. You’re all inspirational and I love you all.

How do you think you inspire other people?

Again, another hard question. I suppose it would be best to ask other people this question and see what they say.

Apparently, I give mothers confidence to know that they are doing the very best that they can in parenthood. I take everything in my stride, remaining calm, even when the going gets tough. I have inspired people to get outside and have a go at growing their own food, and making better choices when it comes to being more eco-friendly. I have had women message me for advice on choosing reusable menstrual products, cloth nappies. They have asked me for their advice on breastfeeding and even fertility issues!

My husband says: “Me, you inspire me to get out of bed every day and do something to help us get that bit closer to having the house, garden etc that we want. People read your blog and were inspired to start their own too. I could go on? Everyone asks you for advice because they value your opinion and recognise you’re a bit of an expert.”

So, there you have it!

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How To Source The Right Care Center For Your Child

There comes a time in every parent’s life when they have to be parted with their child for the very first time, and this can be very stressful for both the parent and the child. While the new environment will take some time to get accustomed to, you need to ensure that the facility is right in terms of providing a suitable early learning environment, and with that in mind, here is a guide to sourcing a good child care centre.

Use All Available Resources

If you live in a city, it is likely there will be several child care centres within driving distance from your home, and the best way to start your quest is with an online search. This would be location based, and with a list of potential venues, you can start to evaluate each one by reading their website, and if you live in Australia, you might be asking the question, “How to find Guardian child care centres near me?” and the simple answer is, with an online search.

Established and Experienced – One cannot afford to take any chances when it comes to the well-being of one’s offspring, and the ideal child care facility would have been running for at least a few years. When a child care centre gets the formula right, they usually grow, and with several branches in most major towns and cities, you will feel reassured that they really do know their stuff.

Personal Visit – If the child care centre’s website ticks all of the boxes, the next step is a personal visit, and this is one time when you shouldn’t take junior, at least not until you have made your decision. Aside from the fact that your child will divert your attention, there is little point in introducing a new environment until you are sure of it. The moment you walk into the facility, you should be observing how the carers interact – so it is important to arrive when the kids are in attendance – and also the general environment. Ask about the daily schedules, which should comprise of short activities that are designed to stimulate the children in some way, and it makes sense to enquire about menus, as you want your child to be eating healthy food.

 Talk to Other Parents – If you time your visit well, other parents will be either dropping off or collecting their children, and this is the ideal time to ask them how they feel about the care their children receive. You might want to first have a conversation with the management and talk to some of the carers, then if you wait outside, you can approach parents as they are leaving. This is perhaps the best way find out how the centre operates and providing the feedback is positive, this will be further reassurance that you have, in fact, made the right choice. There is a useful guide on what NOT to say to your kids, which might help you avoid confusion or a misunderstanding.

 

Your choice of child care centres could have an impact on your child’s development, and by bearing in mind all of the above, it is hoped that the transition will be a smooth one and both parent and child are happy.