I have been a mother for 28 years.
#1 is 28
#2 is 23
#3 is 15
# 4 is 13
That equates to 79 years of parenting experience!!!
Plus another 36 months of pregnancy experience 😀
So why is it today I feel completely useless as a parent, I feel like I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing?
Am I giving them too much freedom, maybe they need more structure in their lives, do I enroll them in swimming, dance and piano? Take them to church? Ask that they do more around the house?
Am I teaching them what they need to know to succeed in life? Uggghhhhh!!!!
My self-confidence as a mother has disappeared, virtually non-existent.
I am questioning my parenting skills.
Could it be because I am living with two teenaged girls?
Is it because I have been so busy with work in the past and now that I’m home I’m realizing everything I haven’t been paying attention too?
I seem to be “debating” with #4 all the time, #3 doesn’t seem to want to spend any time with me. #2 has moved to Guelph which is 3 1/2 hours away, and I can never seem to “find” the time to go and visit. (she is not happy)
#1 and I haven’t spoken to or seen in quite some time and I miss him desperately.
#1 and #2 are functioning, happy young adults making their way through the world, they are good, kind, responsible people, #3 is one of the kindest, funniest kids around and #4 has fabulous debating skills and is a great friend to many, maybe I should stop questioning myself today!?
I guess maybe some days are just like that…
“Behind every great kid
Is a Mom
Who is pretty sure
She’s screwing it all up!”
A couple of my favorite veggies all in one Potatoes and Broccoli with the added bonus of CURRY!
This is a delicious and flavoursome broccoli and potato curry, which is healthy and alkaline at the same time.
Potatoes are very nutritious, however make sure to use fresh ones which have not been stored for ages, as they can develop fungal spots. They contain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and iron just to name a few.
Broccoli is a highly alkalising vegetable and has a positive and strong impact on our body’s detoxification system. It is packed with nutrients and is rich in Vitamin C, K and A, folate, dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids just to name a few as the list could go on for miles.
Broccoli and Potato Curry
You could use a Conversion Chart or just weigh your ingredients for this recipe.
800g potatoes (preferably red potatoes)
2 small onions or 1 large onion
1 can of coconut milk (preferably organic)
400ml yeast-free vegetable stock
2 tbsp coconut oil or rapeseed oil
100g red lentils
1 1/2 tbsp red curry paste
Himalayan crystal salt or celtic sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Peel the potatoes and cut into cube sized pieces. Wash the broccoli and cut into florets. Peel the onion(s) and cut into fine pieces.
Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the onion and potatoes for a few minutes. Add the coconut milk, vegetable stock and curry paste. Cover with a lid and gently cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Add the lentils and broccoli and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Season the curry with salt and pepper.
I’ve been home quite a lot on my own lately and loving it, as some of you know I have been unemployed for about 5 weeks.
I have been working part time and have signed up to volunteer at the OSPCA again, I can’t wait…!
I have been giving myself some quality “me” time. Spending time alone is a great way for me to recharge my “mental batteries” and regroup – everyone should try to do this!
So many great things to do alone like going to a bookstore, spending hours exploring every genre of book known to the world, snagging one off the shelf and plunking down in a comfy chair for a while.
I have become a Criminal Minds Junkie, watching almost everyday at noon I then move on to the Food Network and learn new recipes and cooking techniques which I try to whip up later in the week, but often end up making a mess of.
I’ve been walking more with the dogs and becoming one with nature again 😀 😀 began doing yoga again, not quite “class” ready yet but I’m getting there.
So much to do so little time…..I still want to go people watching, I love to people watch, it’s always interesting, often hilarious, very entertaining.
It’s nice to get to know me again, I lost sight of who I was for a little while and its awesome to have this time to get reacquainted 😀 😀
Learn to be alone and like it.
There is nothing more freeing and empowering than learning to like your own company.
– Mandy Hale