Nearly three years ago I decided to follow my dream of working with children and changing their behaviour and I established Easy Peasy Kids. My dream is now very real, I live it everyday and I’m totally loving every single moment. My initial dream had also factored in; more time at home, no stress being my own boss, seeing families and children perhaps once a week which would allow for heaps of time for my research, studying, writing and some serious lounging on the couch. The reality is working the longest hours ever, late dinners of toasted sandwiches, unclean uniforms sprayed with Impulse for Miss 17 and Lynx for Mr 8 and collapsing into bed fully dressed. Plus throw in emotional grief from deaths as life has no guarantees, illnesses, caring for my mum who is no longer here but always in in my heart, a full hip and thigh bone replacement and life lessons I would never ever though I could have dealt with, yet my dream has grown beyond anything I ever imagined. There a so many people to thank, that gave me their time, advice and support and I owe them big time and of course those that read my occasional blog post, the blogging community and friendships formed and so many that have rallied around with moral support over the last three years from Facebook followers, bloggers, friends and family.
Introducing the new team at Easy Peasy Kids
The new website was designed by the most patient person in the whole world Kelly Exeter of Swish Design. Kelly has put up with my grumpy days, changing my mind every
hour few minutes and an huge support on my venting days.
I am grinning from ear to ear knowing that I have my beautiful and wise friend Martine from the Modern Parent as an associate consultant and speaker on board to help teenagers, their families and her huge wealth of knowledge on navigating the online world with your children.
Contributors and writers for Easy Peasy Kids went through a rigourous selection test in that I love what they write and blog about. Please meet and welcome three awesome bloggers Sharon from Twitchy Corner “I’m for the underdog and want to see more kindness and compassion, and less bullying or ignorance. Living daily with ASD and ADHD in our household is partly what gives me my personal perspective on life and its quirks.”
As I advocate for children to play as much as possible as through play they learn so much and it is fun, two dedicated learning through play contributors. The very lovely Kate Grono from The Craft Train “Mother of two and blogger at The Craft Train. I aim to keep our craft ideas simple, achievable, inexpensive and creative – oh, and fun too.”
The equally lovely Bekka Joy from Just for Daisy “Formally a teacher and now mum to two girls and devoted to providing enriching and engaging playing and learning activities”
I know I may have over used the word lovely but they are, so I am surrounded by loveliness. One of the perks of being your own boss.
Assisting me to organise, schedule, respond to emails and keeping me on track the very efficient Lisa from Assist You Now.
Managing my PR, speaking events, marketing, sponsorship, workshops, book launches (yes that is plural) and work life the team at Agents of Influence.
All these wonderful people found through the social media channels of Twitter, Facebook and the blogging world and to think that three years ago I didn’t even know what a blog was. Until Alli fro Motivating Mum pushed me to write and introduced me to the world of Twitter and blogs, eternally grateful and recommend her business one million per cent. I also received invaluable advice and time from Darren Rowse – Problogger, Trevor Young and Nicole Avery –Planning Queen.
What’s next for Easy Peasy Kids?
A continuation of support for children, families and schools. Some serious fundraising for Foundation 18 in keeping with my mum’s ethos of supporting a cause with a passion with half of any advertising (Special festive rate of $1oo) going directly to support this cause and you can also purchase the most original handmade gifts at Cabo Pickles. Every little bit helps.
Newsletter finally being launched before Christmas, the Happier You Program, workshops on child behaviour and the pilot scheme of Kind Eyes instilling emotional values for others to reduce bullying going ahead and being implemented across schools due to its success so far.
I’m exhausted, happy, emotional and thankful. I love working with children and finally accept that yes they do allow me into their world, we do connect and this has allowed me to learn so much from them and make this my area of expertise . I will continue to advocate that there is a lot more to a child’s behaviour than what we see, that each child is an individual with their own passions and that parents are the experts because they know their child better than anyone else.
If you ever feel like sharing a parenting moment, some tips, play ideas or anything that fits in with the Easy Peasy Kids ethos drop me a line and I will happily have you as a guest blogger.
Now off to farewell my baby girl who is off to schoolies.