• 5 WHYZ,  Mental Matters

    5 Reasons Why I’m Grateful For My Anxiety

    Let’s be honest, anxiety can be a real pain in the arse. It’s not easy overthinking and worrying over pretty much everything I do and at times, it can leave me feeling pretty isolated. But what if the negativity surrounding my mental health was flipped on its head? What if I’m grateful for how anxiety has changed me? It’s these questions that have caused me to reflect and be thankful for the important role that anxiety has, and always will, play in my life. It has taught me about compassion To this day, I still find that some people completely misunderstand my anxiety. Sometimes it can be a hurtful comment…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Editors Picks,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Ignore Mums At School

    The best thing about a collective blog is you can write about things you wouldn’t normally put on your own. This, is one of them. Now Before I start here’s a disclaimer, I have some awesome mummy friends, some I’ve even met through the school and I’m all about sista hood!! And supporting other mothers etc etc but there are some things I don’t like and I’m not afraid to share them…… here….. (far too terrified to share them on my own platform) So here we go! 5 reasons why I rarely talk to other Mum’s in the playground Reason 1 I’m scared that if I talk to you once,…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why I’m Project Managing My Home Renovation

    Are you considering renovating part or all of your house this year? If so, Nicole is here to give you five reasons why you should consider taking charge and managing the project yourself… So The Costs Are Less Likely To Spiral Out Of Control One of the biggest problems home owners face when renovating is the risk of running out of funds. It’s seen all the time on home shows, where the build has had to come to a complete standstill and contractors laid off because the home owner hasn’t sufficiently planned their budget properly. Or worked in contingency funds if something goes wrong. Our builder is extending our home…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Mental Matters,  Parenting

    Five Reasons Why We Should Build Resilience In Our Children

    It is a sad fact that mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children, including depression and anxiety. Which is often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.  What is even more alarming is 70% of children have not had appropriate interventions.   The emotional well-being of children is just as paramount as their physical health.  Good mental health will help children build skills to develop their resilience; this will help them to cope with whatever life throws at them, making them happy and healthy adults. So what does this term resilience mean? There have been various definitions of resilience, the one I like the most is…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why It’s Ok To Talk About Money

    I don’t know why it’s an issue if I’m quite honest but most people including myself are really closed off when it comes to talking about money. We don’t talk about our salaries, debts, outgoings and struggles but recently I’ve changed my attitude and here are some reasons why. 1 – Honesty I was always brought up to be honest about everything and sometimes it’s gotten me into trouble because my mouth runs away with me and my filter doesn’t kick in. I can talk to my friends about sex, relationships and everything else going on in my life but money is such a guarded secret. 2 – Support In…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Ways to Make Potty Training Easier on Yourself

    I’ve just potty trained my third child, a boy, and I was honestly expecting it to be a nightmare. He showed no interest in using the toilet or wearing pants and would absolutely freak out when it was mentioned. On a whim at the start of September I decided to just go for it and was pleasantly surprised. Here are a few tips that worked for me and might make it a bit easier for you. 1 – Preparation Before you even think about starting training make sure you have everything you need. Potty, pants, puppy pads, waterproof bed sheets. Let your wee one help to pick their potty and…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Editors Picks,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Won’t Home Educate My Second Child

    I love home education. I think it’s wonderful. I think that it is absolutely the best way for most young children. Formal education in this country starts way too soon. We expect our tiny four year olds to learn phonics, to have an interest in reading and writing and to have the ability to concentrate when actually, most of them would rather be picking their noses and kicking the shit out of each other. I home educated my first child until he was nine years old when he decided to go to school for year 4. Obviously, there is a much longer story behind that including a divorce (me, not…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why It’s Hard Being A Stay At Home Parent

    I became a stay at home mum four years ago and the amount of comments I’ve had about how easy my “job” is and how “lucky” I am has really got to me! I was struggling with giving up a career I was bloody good at and had spent ten years building up. Of course there are lots of positives too but it is hard at times. Here are my top 5 reasons why: 1 – No Pay Now obviously I get paid in the love of my adoring children but I had a good salary before and that immediately goes from your household. We knew it would be hard…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why The Younger Sibling Gets The Better Deal

    Being the eldest child, I have long suspected that I got the rough deal. I was after all, the ‘first’ – the practice baby, the “we don’t know what the fuck we’re doing baby” , if you will. My younger sibling was always somehow freer. Free of being told to act her age, free from the responsibility of setting the example. Free to run wild from all that parental micro managing that happens with the first. I always had to wait for everything. I wasn’t allowed to have my ears pierced until I was 10 years old, I wasn’t allowed further than the shops or I always had to phone/text when…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Life

    5 Reasons Why You Should Try Alternative Parenting Methods

    Parenting is an ongoing learning lesson that no one is an expert or professional at. It’s a learn-as-you-go experience that lasts a super long time. While you can always ask for advice from family, seek PhD help from a doctor who wrote a book on it, or just “wing-it” and hope you’re doing the right thing, parenting is probably the one thing you will always have questions about. It’s the one thing in life I question myself on from time-to-time because I’m constantly learning. While many people have their own parenting doctrine, here’s five reasons why you should try alternative methods to parenting. You open yourself up to ideas. Trying…

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