Showing posts with label Childminding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Childminding. Show all posts

Sunday, 29 January 2012

What happened to January (and my resolutions)?

I was all set for a change this year.  I spent last year trying to feel my way through the disorganised mess that is my life so I really wanted to start this year with a plan.  I imagined myself with charts and timetables; using my smartphone to the max and being a super organised mum.  But I seem to have gotten to the end of January without doing any of it.  I frustrate myself!  I know that all it will take is to sit down and work it out.  I just always seem to find something better to do.  I haven't even managed to get my 2012 calendar yet!  My main problem is that I work best under pressure.  I've always been the same - writing GCSE essays the morning they have to be given in and 'socialising' (ahem) instead of going to A level classes and then cramming the night before an exam.  It's just the type of work that's changed now.  I still haven't done my tax return that's due on Tuesday (that'll be tomorrows job) and I WILL order my calendar tonight and hopefully it'll arrive before my current one runs out in 2 days.

So what's it going to take to change my ways?  I made my New Years Resolution to be more organised this year mainly because my life has changed and there's so much more that I need to fit in.  I have finally registered as a childminder and have got two little girls to look after, I'm still working in my other job two days a week, I've got my blog to write (I've been rubbish with it and need to change), my usual family/home life to manage plus I'd really like to start training as a Breastfeeding Counsellor this year.  That's not including trying to maintain a social life.

So how does everyone else manage it?  I sometimes wonder if I'm missing some vital piece of information that allows me to fit everything in.  Is there a book I should read?  A miracle diary that will manage my life?  Am I just doing something wrong?

I know I could do it if I didn't sit down (or sleep), but surely there must be an easier way.  If I'm going to give up my old job and work from home then things need to change.

I need to go from this to >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> this
I know I should start by making a list; get it all out of my head and onto paper.  I know I need meal plans and a cleaning timetable.  I know this but I'm still finding it hard.  Is it just that I'm not being disciplined enough?  I don't really know any other work at home mums so I'm not sure how others manage.  The only comment I've heard is that "something's got to give", but what?  The cooking, cleaning, looking after my children?  They all seem like pretty vital things to me.  Maybe one day I'll be able to afford to hire someone to do my cleaning for me, but at the moment I have to do it myself, and it's got to be done properly as my home is now my business place.  I've only just started childminding but I know I need to be organised from the start and have plans, menus and paperwork all in place.  Oh god, my head is spinning.  I think I need help!!

Demands from the kids, demands from the hubby...... I'd better go, I'm being called again......!!

Friday, 9 September 2011

And breathe.....

I've finally done it. I submitted my application to become a Registered Childminder today. I can't believe it's done. It's only taken just over a year, and even though I always justify that by saying I've had a baby, it's still a long time to take to complete an application form! Though there were about a million policies to write up too (just a slight exaggeration there). But it's done! Done, done, done!! It's such a good feeling. I have been so stressed this week trying to get it finished. And then I felt really nervous about handing it in in case everyone thinks it's rubbish.

My biggest dilemma last night was over a photograph! The application form said I had to submit a recent photo of myself but didn't say what sort. So I was going through the very few photos I've actually got of myself (do we stop having photos taken of ourselves when we have children?) and none were suitable. There was me in a bikini (not very appropriate), me out with the girls (big wine glass in my hand, don't want them to think I'm an alchy), and then others where I either looked miserable, awful, or my top was too low cut! I eventually had to crop a photo taken of me with the baby. Though I still think I look crap.

Anyway, the forms had to be submitted to the Welsh Assembly buildings so I went over with the hubby and baby. I felt guilty before I even got to my appointment. We had to go through airport style security, and everything was beeping, but I think they could tell we weren't much of a threat and they let us in.

I filled my CRB form in and then waited with baited breath while they checked all my documents and application. And then breathed a huge sigh of relief when they said it was all okay and we could go. So that's it. Just got to wait now. The inspectors will be in touch at some point to let me know of any amendments I need to make to my policies, and my house will have to be checked, but hopefully in about 16 weeks time I'll be a fully registered childminder. Let's hope so anyway!