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July, 2013

25 Jul 13

Healthy food for kids: swapping ready meals for home-made healthy food can be easy

I was already a working mum when I got my big promotion at work last year. The kids were 8 and 10 and hearty eaters, but my schedule became so hectic that there was no time to cook healthy food for kids from scratch in the evening. The perfect solution? Ready-meals… …or so I thought! Frozen Meals A friend would pick the boys up along with her children after school, and we would coincide at home just as I was running through the front door. Then it was a case of opening the freezer, choosing the lasagne or the chicken Kiev and sticking the package in the microwave. Hey presto! With the kids fed and watered, homework done and tucked into bed, I would plop onto the sofa with a glass of wine and a clear conscience that I hadn’t served up corned beef sandwiches and crisps! Soon, though, even […]

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22 Jul 13

Mommy Brings Home the Bacon

I have just read this great book by an American woman, Nikki Mark, called “Mommy Brings Home The Bacon”, and I really recommend you read it with your kids – you will all enjoy it! It’s a children’s book exploring the relationship between a young boy and his working mum, told from the child’s perspective. This already gives the story an interesting twist! The boy has a vivid imagination and conjures up all sorts of reasons why his mother goes out to work, and a special bond develops between the two. Finally the child learns to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices his mum is making and understand that their “separation” will never alter her great love for him. At times touching, at others funny or whimsical, I would describe the narrative as a testimony to the working mum, caught between a rock and a hard place as she juggles providing […]

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