Positively Inspirational Round-up: New beginnings & making friends

Inspirational round-up

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Hello and welcome to the Round-up for August! I keep getting choked up! My daughter and youngest child is starting school in a few short weeks.  

We’ve been busy running around buying her uniform (she doesn’t like shirts because they’re too high on her neck) and with every bit of uniform tried on and bought she seems to grow a little older. We’re lucky really.  We got the school we wanted and have 2 years experience of our eldest boy having such a positive experience there. I am feeling a little anxious about the new parents in the playground, a whole new year of parents. Eek.

Katy’s post about how hard it can be to make mum friends in the school playground is so common.  Sometimes starting school can be much harder for the parents than the children.   I think it’s great that Katy is sharing her feelings about it and how she’s moving on positively.  

I am so fortunate to have lovely friendly parents in Harry’s year and with some experience under my belt my advice is actually to hold back for a little while.  Take the expectation that you will make any friends in the playground away.  I didn’t pressurise myself to make any friends at all when Harry started school.  I waited to see what friends Harry made at school and then naturally spoke to those parents as trips to the park, playdates and party invites just happened naturally.

I’m treasuring the time with Katie now she’s finished pre-school.   There’s a definite shift when a child starts school.  It heralds a new start, a new beginning.  It is emotional though, there’s no getting away from that and I know that once I have waved Katie off with a big smile on my face I will turn and walk away with tears streaming down my face. 

Danielle’s letter to her son’s nursery, as he leaves to go to school is so heartfelt.  I know I feel the same about the investment Katie’s pre-school have made with her and I’m forever grateful.  Danielle has more reasons besides to feel grateful to one person in particular at her son’s nursery.

Moving on from starting school.  Nadia writes about her personal ten commandments and I have to say I agree with them all! I might write my own.  As a mother it’s so important to have balance and be kind to ourselves.  A great read!

Kelly was super brave when her children were in charge for the day and then she wrote about the experience! I dread to think what would happen if my kids were in the charge for the day, they’d probably choose to sit on the iPad and eat chocolate!

Since taking care of myself more I read more fitness blog posts and spotted this fab one by Emma, who lost her baby weight alongside breastfeeding.  

I’m a big advocate of self-care, I think a lot of depression type illnesses could be eased with exercise and taking care of ourselves.  I know it can be tricky to find time as a busy mum, we have to fight for it sometimes.  

Sarah from Whimsical Mumblings has written a cracker of a post with 9 ways to practice self care as a mum.  My tip is to fight for some time to yourself because partners (no matter how much they love us) won’t book that desperately needed facial or hair cut, we do need to do it for ourselves.  Once you have that time, put it in the calendar and don’t let it go! 

Elaine writes about being a single mother by choice which I was really interested to read.  It’s a fascinating journey she’s sharing on her blog Single Mum Speaks.  Families are made up in all kinds of ways and I love how Elaine is encouraging others along the way.

Lastly but certainly not least a BritDad, Martyn from Inside Martyn’s Thoughts!  I converse with Martyn on Twitter sometimes and think him very much a positively inspirational kind of guy! I thought his post about World FSHD Day was great and definitely deserved a spot in the Round-up.

Handing back to Michelle from Mummy from the Heart for the September Round-up!

Have a fabulous summer and see you in the autumn.

Lizzie xo

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About Lizzie Roles

Lizzie is a mum of 2 spirited children, Harry 6 and Bea 3. Lizzie started her family lifestyle blog 3 years ago after suffering PND with both babies. Her heart was to share her journey to joy, and of putting actions in place to get her to a more positive mindset. As a recovering negative thinker Lizzie Somerset regularly advocated mindfulness, saying no to perfectionism and dropping mummy guilt like a stone. She loves nothing more than shouting about her home county of Somerset from the rooftops which is the foundation for her blog. On free weekends she can be found by the sea in their family's holiday home in Cornwall. She is happiest by the sea with her family and believes much can be solved over a cuppa and digestive biscuit.

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