Mum Coach Blogs & News
21.11.21 “Moments are unexpected and unpredictable events that motivate us to start, modify, continue, and expand projects. Moments reveal new possibilities and make existing projects doable or not doable” via Professor Rama Dasaratha, ADDIT Together.
21.11.21 Vintage M&S red trousers, discovered in the Oxfam shop on Goodge Street, London, on a back rail labeled size 6. In fact, they pulled up nicely over my size 10/12 bum and hips, and I love the zips.
My teenage daughter and her friend wanted a day in London as a birthday outing, so I escorted them whilst keeping out the way.
It's an easy 30-minute train ride for us, so a pretty regular exciting adventure.
On the way back from wandering along the South Bank, I popped into the National Gallery and set up a selfie snap with the backdrop, before a couple of fun tourists offered to take it for me, and likewise, I took theirs.
Doodle by Colin Horner.
20.11.21 At last night's monthly "Resilient Mums" coaching session we enjoyed chatting, connecting and sort of having a virtual night out on zoom, with a bit of a laugh and serious self-reflection. I also shared some resilience bolstering tips for kids. The best bit was knowing we didn't have to drive back in our car in the cold and dark, and that we could head straight to bed to relax and read our books by 9.00!
8.11.21 It was on my wish list to get an e-bike. I spent quite a bit of time investigating which one to get, due to Brexit and issues with supply. many were unavailable or had big waiting lists. I spent a lot more than I anticipated, it's definitely mum adventure investment! I'm on it all the time at mo it's great fun. Going to update my wish list and goals - maybe you'd like to join me?
3.11.21 Grandma Val of "Learning With Grandma International" has headed on her own and randomly to COP 26. I sent her over a photo of my Crab Apple tree to include in Moses from Uganda's ebook. I've written about Val's story here and updated it with her latest mum mission.
12.10.21 Last week I turned 50 and continue to celebrate in various ways. My mother-in-law bought me a green kimono with storks. I love it. I also went out with my girlfriends for lunch followed by a walk to the natural burial ground at Clandon Wood, UK. The Johnny Cash reference at the end of this video is a nod to my dead dad.
27.9.21 "I've updated my Mum Coach website, what do you think?" I asked Number 3.
"I like the mum coach, I can see a need as having children is life-changing in many ways, so one aspect, of course, is it can dull dreams as the children need care and attention. Yet being a mum should not mean you cannot do your dreams as well. So a platform and support to bring out ideas to make a positive impact is good.
26.9.21 Where are you called to make a difference?
“Understanding and mitigating the impact of climate change and air pollution in a playful manner”
Full video here
23.9.21 Not sure what I was saying to the Mayor of Guildford at the relaunch of an event I host called Business Buzz Guildford.
Probably something like, "I wish I’d worn red like you too!"
"You obvs didn’t get the memo!" said Arwen
"How many times do I have to tell you? Black spotted dresses and scarlet jackets are THURSDAYS. On Wednesdays it's Levi's and something that at first glance makes you look like a Catholic priest." Paul
"And I think she’s saying she wished she was joining you at the hoedown," Emma
"GAH...these shoes are too damn tight and this woman next to me just will not stop talking...!" Julie
"Good to be different!" Kay xx
21.9,21 This week I've been exploring "Empty Nest Syndrome" It’s not exclusive to parents of older children leaving home, it can also affect parents of younger children transitioning to nursery for the first time, longer school days, doing more social activities independently as well as moving away to study, travel or work.
“With the kids not here I’m not sure what to do with myself - it’s an empty nest kind of feeling. I’ve been so focused on them that I’ve lost sight of myself,” Lucy, mum of three primary-aged children.
11.9.21 "During the past 100 years, the countryside has lost almost 70% of its ponds, resulting in the critically damaging reduction of a major form of habitat" Wildlife Gardening for Everyone: RHS & Wildlife Trust. There is a wealth of wildlife that depends heavily on ponds for success. Swoopers, surface suckers and pluckers to a pond may include: pond skaters water beetles snails mayflies caddis flies damselflies dragonflies Remembering also, frogs, toads, newts (60cm depth), and birds.
If we had a pond in our wildlife garden we may have won a gold award, instead, we are delighted with our Silver Gilt This is me showing off our certificate earlier this week, after the "Guildford In Bloom" award ceremony at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
My teenage daughter came along too, and understandably didn't want to be featured in the photo with her embarrassing mother! We did get a pic together on the stage, and shared the free choc in our goody bags.
By the way, we do have a bucket pond which I occasionally tweet about here. and use #pondbucket.
20.8.21 Have you ever got dressed and ready for a gym and swim and then created a video about alpacas instead? https://www.linkedin.com/posts/janetyson_teacherrascal-canvaclinic-resilientkids-activity-6838016636650303488-qx-2
20.8.21 It was one of those throw-away comments. Also does this make me a digital "mum" nomad or just a mad mum? Read on... https://mailchi.mp/5fd593d7ab44/it-was-one-of-those-throw-away-comments-11211190
14.8.21 Mum Coach adventures to the Tate Modern in London . By the way, click here to learn why Matisse made the snail collage below out of paper, this also includes a video reel of our mum, daughter and niece outing.
9.8.21 Meet Mrs Valerie Wood-Gaiger MBE "Learn With Grandma" Mum of 5, Grandma and Great Grandma to 14 - "Helping to break down the digital age gap by sharing skills; love & knowledge across the generations". Enjoy our Random Dialogue video just below, else view us chatting over on Facebook. I've also written this Mum Coach blog about Val too.
8.8.21 Number one on Amazon across 8 categories - we did it! Mums Supporting Mums! Read more about our book launch here.
14.7.21 I'm excited to share that I am officially an author! And the amazing book that I have co-written will be out soon.