My Fifi is becoming quite the little artist. So proud of her! This is her free hand, she watches how to videos on YouTube and spends hours practicing. She’s a daily reminder that with practice comes skill. #lifeslessons#learningfromchildren
HOW WILL YOU REACT TO YOUR TEN YEAR OLD BOYS DEBATING BILLIONS AND COMPETITION?
I have known Jumia for a while, used their services many times over.
Therefore, my sons know Jumia. They see me receiving goods I ordered for online all the time.
This morning, after having breakfast, I went to my work station to meet my boys arguing.
What was the debate? Which company is bigger between Jumia and Shorprite?
Dillon was saying that Jumia is bigger, while Clinton said that Shorprite is bigger because it is in South Africa and they have big malls.
Then Dillon blew me away by saying that Jumia actually makes 1 billion a day.
Then he looked to me and asked " DADDY, is that not so? How much does shorprite make a day? "
First thing I wanted to say was that it's not possible. Then I remember teaching them to never say anything is impossible, but just say "it might be difficult." So I said, I am not sure. I was too blown away to hear my ten year old son call such a figure with seriousness. Omo! ! Google to the rescue!
Jumia, formerly known as Africa Internet Group (AIG), is an online company that started in 2012 and is now valued at 1 Billion US Dollars! It employs just about 3000 people.
In 2017, the company made a record sales of 226 Billion Naira!
Shop rite is Africa's number 1 supermarket brand that started in 1979, employing about 130,000
The company is valued at about 400 Million Dollars.
I didn't see myself doing this today. Was shocked to just see my boys debating business and needed to give them answers. Google has helped my this morning as I settle the issues.
My sons helped me to learn something today.
versus @shopritestores @shoprite
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There was meant to be a post on Halloween celebrations here, but life is not always what you expect. While playing with his friends my son got quite a deep cut to his forehead and we ended up spending the afternoon in A&E. They patched it up eventually and hopefully there won’t be much of a scar there once it all heals .
Once the shock had passed, my son and I were joking that he did not require any Halloween make up. The blood and bandages were all real. .
Also very happy with how he handled the situation. We have a lot to learn from our children. Resilience and lack of self-pity are among those things .
Этот пост должен был быть вчера и планировался как рассказ о Хэллоуине, празднике, горячо любимом английским народом от мала до велика. Но, как говорится, человек предполагает, а Бог располагает. Мой сын в игре с одноклассниками получил рассечение брови и мне естесственно было не до Инстаграма .
Первое, что мы сделали, это отправились в аптеку. Здесь советуют так поступать, чтобы специалист дал оценку/совет о дальнейших действиях. Нам сразу же сказали ехать в больницу, в отделение, где занимаются срочными случаями (A&E). Наша ближайшая больница такого отделения лишилась, в результате политики сокращения расходов правительства консерваторов, стоящих у власти. Поехали в больницу в получасе езды от нас .
Приехав в больницу, мы оформились в регистратуре. Потом был осмотр медсестрами. Только через 1,5 часа нас приняла медсестра-практик. Я очень рада, что обошлось без швов – здесь ими, как выяснилось, не злоупотребляют. Нам «склеили» рану и пожелали больше не видеть нас в этом заведении .
Итоги дня – обошлись без фейкового грима для Хэллоуина. Кровь, рана и пластыри у нас были настоящие. А ещё мой сын настоящий мужчина. Мало плакал и сказал, что будет обо мне заботиться❤ .
А как вы провели среду 31 октября?
There is an old Biblical teaching to learn from the little children and I believe there’s truth in it. I learn so much from my little daughter Naomi. She teaches me not to give up in pursuing my goals. There will be a lot failures, pain and tears along the way. And they will make me feel hopeless. But don‘t give up. It’s not the end of the story. Stand up, keep walking one step at a time and moving forward. I’ll get there eventually. As Steve Jobs said „You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something „
I chose to have faith in God ✝️ and believe that the dots is connected somehow 🙏🏾 Thank you Naomi ❤️
~ De mama die ik nooit zou zijn ... ~ Je had zelf vast ook een beeld van de mama die je zeker wel en niet zou worden nog voor je kinderen geboren waren. Gaandeweg merk dat je nooit op voorhand kan weten welke mama je wordt. Je kinderen maken je de mama die je voor hen bent en je groeit als mama dankzij hen. @miekids schreef hierover een leuke blog in de reeks 'bewust maar niet perfect. Ze vertelt over hoe fantasie en relatie niet overeen stemmen. Ga naar de link in mijn bio en lees haar herkenbare blog!
Hoe gaat dat voor jullie? Wat zouden jullie op voorhand zeker nooit of zeker wel doen maar wat nu niet meer telt? Hoe ziet jullie groeiproces als ouder eruit?
Here's another view of the Praying Mantis. Within a few feet there is a school and young children were playing. They saw me taking photos and started shouting "it's a grasshopper". I said not quite, I don't know what it's called in Greek, it's a Praying Mantis. A smart young boy picked up on that and said "Mantis. It's a Mantis. The horse of the Panagea (Virgin Mary)". . . I learn new things each day. #kallithea#athens#prayingmantis#myneighborhood#learningfromchildren
Not a care about our hair!! I enjoy spending time and having conversation with him and peek into his creative mind an see what he’s thinking about.
Children weren’t created to listen to adults, they are here for us to listen to them.
They come on earth to teach adults how things are supposed to be, and the emotions they trigger around YOUR issues are revealed.
They are so RAW, truthful, and pure. They constantly remind me that emotions are okay to be expressed and I try to enjoy them. .
Today lessons were learned both on and off the track!
Not giving your all, will result in someone else winning, especially in a class of expert kids!
Friends who’ve been there, are the best because they get it way more than mom and dad ever will!
Videos are the most effective way for kids to learn from...(this is still my lesson to remember in these moments)!
Thank you, to all the racers, who stopped and talked with him. While he wasn’t very responsive to start, he appreciates it now a few hours later when the sting has worn off! He understands that these people care and that means a lot!
“Be proud of how far you have come and never stop pushing to be the best you can be!”
This little stomach bearing munchkin is a true champion. She’s always along for the adventure, she sleeps through gate drops, plate announcements and withstands everything in between.
Early Mornings ✔️
Late Nights ✔️
I believe she was chosen, extra special for me, to teach me how to live.. right now in this moment because that is exactly where she is...always!
I can’t thank the universe enough for this tiny being, for her spirit embraces mine and I know we have so much to learn from each other.
P.S. I happen to like this guy too, we only will celebrate our 10 year anniversary in a few short weeks. 💜😉 ✨😘 ✨😍 💜
It’s finally done!! After months of building this piece of furniture, I was excited to finally bring it into my sons bedroom. During the creative process, he spent many hours helping whenever he could, or playing alongside with his tractors and the wood chips. He was so excited that we were painting the shelf blue as per his choice, and was supposed to be on the top of the world when we surprise mounted it in his room. To my dismay, Wyatt was not extatique, or even excited. He actually literally flipped about the shelf being moved into bedroom and cried profusely. He couldn’t handle the change of his bedroom set up and was adamant that the shelf should be put into the living room instead.... Last nights ordeal got me thinking about older adults. Especially when they are forced to make big life changes. It must be so frustrating or frightening to move into a care home or private care home. I can’t imagine downsizing my entire life to the size of a small bedroom. It would be normal to grieve, cry, worry.
Here is my tip: Be sympathetic. Imagine your own toddler and how much acceptance and understanding you provide. All adults deserve this same type of compassion.
Nothing about this win came easy, these two boys on both sides of G were exceptional competition! All three of these guys went out, left their hearts on the track and came off friends!
I’m proud of Gray (and these boys) but not because of the plates they hold, it’s the passion on and off the track that astounds me.
I love to see them fiercely pursuing their goals without tearing others down to get there. I’ve witness them cheering each other on, rooting for the other one and then competing head to head for top ranks! They still play as if the race never happened 10 minutes later.
Even as adults, there are lessons we can learn from our children and this weekend, I definitely took away some! Congrats to all of you!!!
"Why? A word and question that anyone who spends any time with young children knows all too well! Children have this in-built curiosity that drives them to ask incessant questions about everything. They are hungry to learn about the world around them. I am always blown away by the questions that my daughter comes up with. I am usually left flabergasted and questioning the answer myself! "
Want to read what this has led me to? Read the full post through the link in my profile (blog). #write31days#fiveminutefriday#writemakecreate#inspire18#why#learningfromchildren
Find time to PLAY. Children are the experts of play. They willingly let their imaginations run wild and freely express themselves without hesitation.
Here’s a challenge: What are 3 things you could do for hours on end? It can be anything that makes you lose track of time and self-consciousness. This will become your ‘play list’. Here’s mine:
1. dancing 💃
2. reading 📚
3. nature walks 🌳
Even in our busiest season it’s important to make time for play and rest. What will you do this week to connect with your inner child? #findjoy#innerchild#play#learningfromchildren#playbasedlearning
👆 My first baby rocking the mic. Totally schooling me with her self confidence.
❗️She amazes me with her sense of humour. It’s a delightful thing to step back and watch your children not as a parent but as a fellow human.
❓Do you have small people in your life? What do they do that amazes you?
Am filled with a sense of gratitude today.
Have just a weekend meeting so many members of my Chiropractic family from New Zealand at a beautiful and stimulating conference. I have been reminded of the power of connection and of the amazing gift of being part of this profession. I am at the same time reminded of how much work there is yet to do, however I have a renewed sense of passion to do what it takes.
I’m also filled with gratitude for being on this life journey with my best friend. We began our journey together at week 10 in the first year of a five year course and 29 years, several practices, two awesome sons,25 years of loving marriage and a multitude of challenges later, you are still the person I want to share everything with. We share our passion to make a difference and are each other’s biggest fans. I never take this for granted and feel so blessed every day.
Humbled by the blessings in my life.
When this magical being says, “Mama, can we just make a smoothie, sit down to watch Sesame Street & paint our nails?” Done. Because these moments with this young being are worth each and every second. I pretty much constantly find myself whirling around in survival, to make sure other beings in my life are cared for, so remembering to pause for these small but extensively grand moments make my heart and being content. #learningfromchildren#latergram [image: a tender young being with some gold glittery nails holding an all different fruit smoothie that’s a deep purple]
We teach by showing, by living beside... by being vulnerable about the things we loves... and our children and those we lead by example (and position) will follow us (or choose not to)... our choice is what we want to pass on.
Today I am challenged with the great responsibility of my choices, my loves, what I pass on. And blessed to watch some of the things I care deeply about passed on to those I love (both my children and those I lead.
This is my littlest love attempting to mimic my love of crochet! #littlelove#leadbyexample#mumlife#bevulnerable#bealeader#crochet#learningfromchildren
Morning journaling is such a big part of my life. Just a simple matter of starting the day right for me. Some days it’s brief and to the point, others it’s meandering and musing about my life. Some days it has swearing in it and some days its beautiful flowery prose. I don’t judge it, I rarely read it back, and it’s for no one but me. And after I’m done I close them, take a deep breath and think, now I’m ready for the day!!
So incredibly excited to launch LUX CONSULTING and share it with you. After months of planning, thinking, and creating it’s finally here.
LUX is all about people. Supporting them, their teams and organizations toward their ideal lives. Whether we are working one on one, with groups or teams we love to help you find your ‘light’. Thanks for your patience, can’t wait to share as things unfold!! @luxconsultingco
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Sometimes life is messy. Things don't go where they are supposed to. It's not all nice and neat. I may want everything to be just so - neat and tidy, both literally and figuratively. I'm learning to go with the flow. I learn from my grandchildren. (This is one of them. Isn't he a cutie?) They don't care about the mess. They find the joy. They take what they want and leave the rest. A good lesson for me.
Blessed to have these beautiful girls as my daughters. Always teaching me more about life everyday.
I never knew such passion or pain before having them.
Witnessing their zest for life, inquisitiveness and ability to live in the moment leaves me dumbfounded.
When did we lose these incredible attributes that we all yearn for now?!
I’m a bit melancholy as tomorrow i say goodbye to them for 10 days as we part ways to go on separate adventures.
Learning to live in the moment with them.