Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

Hands Free Mama is an amazing book and Rachel has a way of writing which is very emotional and very raw.   The book starts with turning off your gadgets so you can spend more time with your children and partner.  However, it goes into more depth and just turning off your mobile phone is not enough, you need to connect and be present for your kids. Continue reading “Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford”

My day as a list

Thought I would try something different and write out my day as a list.  Yesterday was a particularly unproductive day and I felt very frustrated by not getting a lot done.  Tuesday on the other hand had been a really good day. I had managed to complete a few tax returns. Anyway, this was my day yesterday:

  • Press snooze
  • Wake up
  • Shower
  • Quickly get ready
  • Wake up the girls

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Youngest daughter is now off to school

I can’t quite believe that my youngest daughter is now off to school. Today is the last day of half days for settling into school. From next week both my daughters are at school. Freedom! Woo hoo!  A little part of me is quite glad that school has started and we can get back into a routine. Another part of me is feeling a bit sad that this phase of childhood is over. It’s strange when something is over I want to go back and recapture it, hold onto it a little bit longer. Continue reading “Youngest daughter is now off to school”

The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

The Price of Privilege is another parenting book highlighting the plight of parenting in this day and age. The author is a psychologist who treats a lot of wealthy family kids – especially teenagers.  The case studies themselves are enough to make you feel unbelievably sad and unhappy. It gets you thinking about your childhood and that of your kids.  You hope and pray that you are doing everything right and the doing your best is enough. But there are so many little incidents that ring true that make you think, is that me? Will that happen to my girls? Continue reading “The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.”

Summer Holidays are coming….

Most summer holidays so far, I’ve tried to plan and re-plan and schedule the holidays as best as possible. This is so that the girls are not completely bored and also so they don’t forget what they have learnt so far.  However, this summer holiday I’ve not planned anything at all. This summer holiday I’ve decided to just go with the flow and see what happens. Continue reading “Summer Holidays are coming….”

The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle

The Little Book of Talent – 52 Tips for Improving Skills by Daniel Coyle

This is a follow on from the last book, the Talent Code, my review for which can be found here.  The 52 tips are split up into three sections as follows:

Introduction
  • Part one: Getting started
Stare, steal and Be Willing to Be Stupid

Tip 1-12

  • Part two: Improving skills
Find the sweet spot, then reach

Tip 13-42

  • Part three: Sustaining Progress
Embrace Repetition, Cultivate Grit, and Keep Big Goals Secret

Tip 43-52

  • Glossary
  • Appendix: The New Science of Talent Development

 

In the last book, he looked at talent from the point of view of a student and a coach.  In this book he mainly focuses on honing your talent from the point of view of a student and what a student needs to do to become great.  There are 52 tips, however, I have listed out the 17 most important steps that I found useful in a previous blog here.

You can also download this by following this link: Cultivating your talent in 17 steps.

This book too, I found very useful and as my children are at and starting school, this is something I want them to try and practice in all the areas of their studies.  Some of the things that he mentions I can see in my older daughter happens almost instinctively without much input from me, especially with her reading and spelling new words. However, I also want it to happen in her maths and her dance and other after school activities apart from watching spongebob squarepants on loop.

Little book of talent book cover

 

 

 

Mehndi Night!

My daughters are so excited about the wedding this weekend. The first thing they were looking forward to for almost two months was the mehndi night. Finally, they got their mehndi done on Tuesday night. My youngest daughter’s mehndi really is beautiful. She managed to keep her hand straight and refused to take it off, doing everything possible to keep it on in order to make it last longer. Continue reading “Mehndi Night!”