Meet Sanchia Cayzer

Sanchia CayzerToday I am thrilled to be introducing you to Sanchia Cayzer from Cherry Black Business Builders. Sanchia is the new owner and leader for Mumpreneurs WA.  We could not of had a better, more experienced and exceptional business person to take over Mumprenuers WA. I feel hugely relieved and very excited to see where we head next with this incredible group of business women in Mumpreneurs WA with Sanchia driving the ship.   Today you will get to read a bit more about Sanchia and her background.

Welcome Sanchia.

Hi Mumpreneurs,

I’m Sanchia, and my business is Cherry Black Business Builders. Not what people would call ‘traditional’ accountants; we believe in people first, focusing on a more personalised and less rigid accounting experience.

Cherry Black came about through my passion for helping people grow their small businesses. Working in accounting in Perth for almost twelve years, I’ve worked on and with a wide variety of businesses from listed entities to individuals.

Accounting for me is not just assisting with financial statements and tax returns, but educating a business; helping them to plan, grow and evolve. If you view people as individuals, and not just workers or business owners, a more rounded, complete and powerful picture emerges. This kind of accounting is what I believe in; the kind that goes beyond just ‘money’.

As an accounting firm, Numbers are extremely important, and that’s where our key strength and service to you lies. But we believe we’re at the forefront of the industry, leading a huge change, away from business ‘solutions’ or ‘services’, and towards business building.

At Cherry Black we’ll sit next to you, not opposite you. You won’t catch us watching the clock (there isn’t even one on the wall!). We’ll speak plain English: Accounting isn’t a language. We won’t charge for phone calls or meetings, we’ll just charge a fair monthly fee, and just so you know — we’ll probably be wearing jeans.

This is a business I’m immensely proud of, and humbled to be involved with, and I’m hugely grateful for the opportunity Mumpreneurs WA.

If you have any questions of if I can help you or your business in any way at all, feel free to contact me on 0425 725 386 or sanchia@cherryblackwa.com.au.

Sanchia

Good bye but not Sayonara

Julie CavaneyPhoto courtesy of Vibrance Studio

Good bye but not sayonara.  Sayonara is a very final term in Japanese, you use it when you won’t see someone for a long time.  The term to say good bye is ja mata or mata ne depending on where you live.   I am not leaving Mumpreneurs WA I am stepping back to free up some time to pursue other life goals.  After experiencing “superwoman syndrome” and burning out at the end of last year and then the passing away of two friends recently I know I can’t do it all and in fact I don’t want to do it all.

Mumpreneurs WA has been an incredible ride.  I want to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to you for all the support you have given me and this community to help grow it. It certainly takes a village and you are such an incredible village. I am so proud to be a part of it. Thank you for believing in me and Mumpreneurs WA.  My biggest achievement is forming so many incredible friendships and relationships with so many amazing and beautiful women. This is invaluable and priceless and as I move to the next phase of my business journey I am truly blessed to have these wonderful women in my life.

So where to from here you ask. As many of you know I am a teacher and I will be returning to teaching. My next big goal is to become fluent in Japanese and become a Japanese Language teacher in primary schools. I love all things Japanese and in life you have to follow your passion and do what you love as it is too short not to. I start university this semester and extremely excited and nervous but I know I have got this.

Are my business days over? No, Nope and いいえ. I think once you start in small business you have small business fever. I have some other projects on the back burner which I would like to achieve and get up and running before I am back in the classroom and my time gets tighter again. If you would like to follow me still. You can subscribe to my blogs on Julie in the Making or follow my Julie in the Making Facebook Page. I will be activating that again as I simply can’t help myself.

We will be seeing you at networking meetings soon and keep your eye on what events are coming up for 2017.  I am excited to be handing over to Sanchia Cayzer from Cherry Black Business Builders and will feature her in our next blog so you can get to know a bit more about her. I can’t be more thrilled to be passing my “baby” to Sanchia she has a wealth of business experience.

For now it’s good bye but not sayonara.

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My Mistake with Vegetable Tempura

Vegetable Tempura

Yesterday I was on day two of my Japanese eating journey Operation Nippon and I have already learnt a very important lesson about how to eat tempura vegetables. Here’s my mistake with tempura vegetables.

I had a good friend come over for dinner who was vegetarian. I decided I had never made tempura before so lets go all out and give it a go. I bought lots of yummy vegetables and instead of making the tempura flour from scratch which you have to put normal flour in the freezer, have cold water to mix the eggs to try and get the flour light enough I bought tempura flour which I highly recommend as it’s very easy you just add water.

Warning:

If you buy it from Fuji Mart it’s in Japanese but it has pictures and easy enough to work out. It was 160mls to 100 grams of flour. Unless you are doing a big batch up only use the 100 grams. I used 200 grams and had a bit left over.  I didn’t need much at all.

Cooking Tips

I never deep fry any thing so it was a fun learning experience. You need the oil to be 170 degrees and I learnt a great trick from Adam Liaw from Destination Flavour Japan that you pop your chopsticks in the oil and when they start to bubble a bit then the oil is ready. You can use a thermometer but I don’t have one.

Once I had cut all the vegetables very thinly and heated the oil it was frying time. I dipped the vegetables and fried to my heart content. I fried everything that wasn’t nailed down. It was loads of fun. The vegetables turned out amazing, light, fluffy and little buddies of yumminess.

Eating tips

Now to the part about how to eat them. I was so excited about all the vegetables I didn’t do any other dishes except a few nice pickles, Japanese mayo and tonkasu sauce. We got full very quickly and did manage to eat a fair bit. But here’s the tip of the century. You only need a few pieces of tempura, when I say a few I am talking two or three. Then you balance out the meal with a little bit of rice, a nice fresh green salad, pickles and even a bit of miso soup. Don’t just eat tempura or you will end up with a stomach when you go to bed.  Not the most pleasant night sleep. 

Ha ha I hear you laughing, it’s not rocket science but I was so excited about the big fry up forgot about a balanced meal. I certainly won’t be making that mistake again.  Secondly if you kept eating like that you will end up with a gorgeous sumo figure.

What dinners have you made that you have over done it?

PS sorry for the lack of photo’s I will do more next time as I do love a visual. I have had to use a stock photo which is not mine. 🙁

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Operation Nippon

Sushi Operation Nippon

Recently on SBS I saw a show called The Japanese Diet about an Australian guy Craig Anderson who went to Japan for two weeks to learn to eat like the Japanese for 12 weeks. Craig lost 25kgs. He had a bit to lose but did really well. He’s a cuddly bear type of fella, film buff, director, editor and all round nice guy. So when his mate asked him to be in the documentary he gave it a go. Bloody loved it. After watching this I have decided to do Operation Nippon. I am going to eat Japanese food for the next month (hopefully longer but we’ll start at a month) #operationnippon

I have always loved cooking and when I was a kid I wanted to be a pasty chef and then a chef but couldn’t commit to the hours. I love Japanese food, have a couple of cook books and do cook a bit of Japanese food at home. Last term I started go the step further and making dashi eggs and rice for breakfast, delicious. The health benefits are second to none for a Japanese diet. This got me thinking why don’t I just bite the bullet and go Japanese for a month. I love an experiment and have been inspired by Craig …….. Let’s go bento.

When I lived in Japan in 1999/2000 I lost 8 kgs living there. I cycled everywhere and I’m sure if I started cycling that much here the fat would melt away LOL. Over the year I was there I ate more and more Japanese food at home as I learnt more and loved the food. I was completely obsessed with okonomiyaki and got everyone I know to teach me and show me how to make it.

The guts on the documentary talked some good heath figures. Here are some the figures worldwide for health impact of the Japanese diet.
“Obesity Rates – Japan 3.6%, Australia 28.3%, USA 35.3%, Germany 14.7%
Coronary Heart Disease (deaths per 100.000) – Japan 31.2, Australia 60.3, USA 80.5, Germany 75.0
Cancer (deaths per 100 000) – Japan 217.1, Australia 323.0, USA 318.0, Germany 282.9” Quoted from Craig research on the documentary. This just blows me away. I am such a statistics person and this speak loud clear. Why not try this and why not have some fun.

I am currently on school holidays and we are on Easter break. I need a plan of action.  I am going to start tomorrow.  I need a few rules about going Japanese. This is the plan.

Rules for the month:

  1.  Eat a full Japanese diet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  2. Eat 150 grams of meat with my main meal.
  3. Half a cup of rice when eating it.
  4. Try nato at least once.
  5. I am not really a big fan of green tea but on the documentary it said it was full of magnesium and zinc!!!!! Hello there…. now that made me interested as magnesium and zinc rocks and especially when it’s in an actually food. Drink at least one cup of green tea per day along with the my usual tea in the morning, a cup of coffee and a decaf tea at night.
  6. Alcohol. I struggled with that and didn’t want to give alcohol all together so why not go Japanese with the alcohol. For the month I am only allowed sake and Asahi light Beer. Actually stop the bus any Japanese alcohol cause the last time I tried Japanese whiskey it was a long time ago.
  7. Snacks – edamame, nori sheets, nuts, ika (dried squid), fruits and vegetables.
  8. Deserts – only Japanese and once per week.
  9. Eat all my meals with chopsticks.
  10. Eat my meals in bento boxes or on Japanese plates.

I think this is not too full on and a good compromise to do this for a month. One month is not too long and not too short to get into the swing of things. Ultimately I would like to do 10 weeks but have commitment problems so don’t want to do a big call and fail. Bugger that pressure especially when I am doing this for fun.

Why am I doing this? A few reasons.
I love Japanese food and would love to be proficient in cooking it so why not do a full immersion and be forced to try new and exciting recipes.
Secondly the evidence for the health benefit absolutely too much to ignore. The list for the benefits of reducing my rates of cancer, obesity and heart disease are incredible compared to what we eat and don’t get me wrong I do eat really good. My diet is not high in sugar, processed food and I love my vegetable etc.
Thirdly, I love a good experiment and would love to see if there is a change in my weight over the month. Lastly, I am bored as bat shit of what I am doing now and the foods I’m eating. A good bit of inspiration will be fun to shake this up.

Wish me luck, you can follow my journey on Facebook or Instagram.  I would say Twitter but I am so hopeless at keeping up with this but will try.

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123 Magic Parenting Course

123 Magic Parenting Course

This week I completed the 123 Magic Parenting Course with Clan WA and the Roseworth Parent and Child Centre. If you get the chance to do this course. It’s a must do. I can’t rave enough about it. The course is straight forward, supportive and the techniques are easy to use. The hard bit is applying it while you are tired and when you get emotional. But like the old saying says “Practice makes perfect”.  I must thank my friend Anna from Perth Nappy Cakes for telling me about this course.  Thanks heaps Anna.

Why I wanted to do the course?

I have heard great things about 123 Magic even since I worked at the Educational Support Unit in Rockingham many years ago. We use similar strategies in the classroom and I wanted to refresh my skills and see how I could improve on the 123 and time out strategies I currently use at home. Although I do ok with parenting, as we all do I feel you can always learn more and continue to improve and grow with parenting. It’s like anything in life you never stop learning.

Structure of the Course

The course ran over three afternoons in session of 2 and half hours. I liked that you got to learn the skills and then try the new skills and when you return the next week you got to reflect on what had worked or what concerns you had with the course at the next session. Each session was easy to follow, run by supportive mediators and you had a workbook for notes.

Why the course works?

It was refreshing to revisit the strategies we use in teaching. The hardest part about parenting is that we are emotionally attached to what we do. When I teach I don’t have an emotional attachment to the students behaviour, it’s what we train our prac teachers to do, disconnect so you can manage behaviour of 32 people in one room. It’s simple but it works. The student plays up, you define the behaviour and ask them to stop, that’s one, you keep teaching, if they continue that’s two, you keep teaching, they continue that’s three…. take time out. It’s simple I never get into a power play, I don’t keep telling them off for the behaviour. They take time out, do a reflect sheet and then afterwards you discuss with them the better strategies or what they could of done better.

With 123 Magic the principles are the same. You don’t get into a tug of war with your children, define what they are doing wrong, count them down and then they go into time out for reflection. It takes your emotion out of it and you can get on with parenting and the children get to learn reflection and self monitoring of their behaviour.  This is the guts of it but you do need to do the course to get the full picture.

There are so many pearls in this course I can’t possibly discuss all of them here. Keep your eye out on the Clan WA website for more courses that may be available in your area. In some areas it’s free.  I highly recommend this course for everyone. I have more behaviour management courses under my belt than you would believe (I am very passionate about the area) and loved this. It was refreshing, positive and I came home feeling empowered and ready to tackle another day of parenting. If you want more information visit Clan WA or 123 Magic plus there is a DVD you can get out of the library if you want to watch the course with a glass of wine in hand.

Happy Parenting.

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Warning: You can’t build your business without real relationships

Building relationship

It’s not often that I come across people in business who have no idea about building relationships. I suppose when you start out you go through a bit of a spamming stage of wanting to shout out to the world of what you do but this subsides quickly once you have to really get down to business. Warning: You can’t build your business without real relationships. You need to network and be interested in people not just pretend to be interested but really be interested.  Here are my top tips for building relationships.

If I haven’t meet you or conversed with you online don’t inbox me your sale pitch

Huge mistake, big mistake and a rookie mistake. Don’t inbox me or ring me talking all about yourself and flogging your wares to me. I don’t know you and I don’t care what it is that is going to change my life or my business I have no relationship with you. When you don’t care about me and you only want my money. Bing Bong you are gone.

You need to be authentic

If I am really your target market and you want a relationship with me. Care about me. Actually be real and not a fake, fair weather relationship. At Mumpreneurs WA we have built real relationships with each other, we care and we support each other. It’s meaningful. I don’t get spammed and love to share at any stage businesses of our Mumpreneurs when ever I can help them and I know they do the same for me. Why? I know they care about me and I care about them as people and I care about the friendships. It’s not rocket science and it’s really that simple.

Get out and start networking

It’s like snail mail you just can’t beat it. The same with real, face to face networking. You need it. You can’t network all the time and be everywhere as you won’t get any work done. But it’s vital you do network with your target market. There are many great networking and business groups. My favourites of are Mumpreneurs WA (lol of course and you can network with your kids), District 32 is insanely good value for all the events and business support you get and Joondalup Women in Business where you get invaluable business education.  Not only do get to build the relationships with other business women but you can form great alliances with other businesses.

Business relationship building can take some time. I am not a shy or reserved person and I found it hard when I first started business networking. The groups I am involved with are so friendly and warm it’s hard not to keep going back for more.  This is all a part of building your brand and your business.

What are your favourite business networking groups?

Cheers Julie xx

How to run your business without selling a kidney

How to run your business without selling a kidney

Business is hard. There is so much too do it can be quite overwhelming. Yes you can outsource but in the beginning money is tight and you could easily sell a kidney, get into debt and blow the budget with your new business. Here’s my top tips on How to run your business without selling a kidney.

Time management with scheduling

There are great website that can schedule all your posts for your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and social media. If you are time poor, you can sit down on a Friday night or a Sunday afternoon watching a movie or drinking a glass of wine and schedule your posts for the month. My favourite is Bufferapp and on Facebook you can schedule on your business page with the drop down triangle when you go to publish. If you have run out of ideas follow Andy K Business Mentor and Inspirational Speaker she has loads of great idea’s of what to schedule for the month.

Use Freebie website

Customer Relation Management can be expensive. When you are first starting out use the freebies sites like Waveapp, Agilecrm or go old school and use a spreadsheet. These are all free (and more great advice from Andy K). One of the best tips I got from Suze Trappit from Cherish Cherub Babysitting told me to until your business is groaning and you have to up grade from free or outsource do it then not before. Suze was a one woman show for a while doing everything and now has 3 employees and over 100 babysitters.

Follow what you need through Facebook or email lists.

If you need a professional photographer for business shots follow a photographer you like. Vibrance Studio or ShaBo Studio photographers offers great deals at times to get the professional shots you need at affordable prices. If you follow them or subscribe to their email list you will get a good deal when they come up and they are fabulous photographers.

Follow the people you love and take up their great offers.  The best business coaches or entrepreneurs online can give you heaps of tips online. Two of my favourites are Janine Davison from Exposure Coach and Sarah Cordiner from Main Training. These ladies are legends.  They are a must follow if you are in business.

Learn how to do it yourself

This is a hard one and the most painful part of running a small business. You have to learn how to do it yourself. I built websites through WordPress, created my own graphic on Canva, learnt Vector images and more. It’s a never ending story as they say. Sometime you just have to take the time do the god damn tutorials which there are thousands of freebies on Youtube to help you. It always makes me groan when I have to start learning something new but I do feel great when accomplishing it.

“Business is easy” said no one ever. It has the ups and the downs but you don’t need to sell your kidney to run your business. There are loads of great freebies to use when you are a micro business or in the start up phases.  When business is booming you can up grade but until then there is heaps of great resources online.

Have a fabulous Business Day today and if you know someone who needs to read this. Please share with the buttons below and tag them. Thanks.

Julie xx

How Teaching and Small Business are the Same

how Teaching and small business are the same

After being in small business for nearly two years I have learnt a lot.  I am no millionaire but mind you I have chopped and changed to find what fits for me and what I really want to do. I view this as my apprenticeship and I know there is no overnight success stories and there is always a background story. My background is teaching and I’ve come to the conclusion that teaching and small business are the same. They are both hard work. Others can often view teaching as easy street with lots of holidays or small business owners sitting around in their pj’s with a cuppa working. Nothing could be further from the reality. Here’s how teaching and small business are the same.

The work is endless

The work is endless there is always something to do. You can work yourself into an early grave and many a small business owner and teachers have left due to the overwhelming workload. If you are not marking. planning or teaching there is always departmental paperwork to be completed so that the everything is accountable. In small business there are the clients, the back office work, the accounts, marketing, social media, blogging, follow up and networking. I have known many a small business owner and teacher who have burnt out and had to quit.  It’s not for the faint hearted.

You totally need to see the big picture

You need to see the big picture and not get stuck on the small details. With trying to balance work and life if you spend hours fiddling around with charts, clean classrooms or marking every piece of work your students created……start digging that grave now. It’s the same in small business you need to have a clear focus of what you want to achieve with your business, which is why a business plan is essential or you can be aimlessly drifting for one thing to the next (Urrrmm I need my own advice here LOL, an update is in order). In small business you can waste hours on social media, making lovely Canva post, messing around with the lovely excel spreadsheets for your accounts and cleaning up. Fine details are great but you do need to keep it in check. To have a business you need to have customers and to get customers you need to be out there letting people know about your business. You can’t be the best kept secret, you are more likely to do business with someone you have meet you need to be out there.

Your clients are not always going to easy

Your clients are not going to always be easy. There are times when they are going to be so demanding it will take all your energy. Unless you don’t work with humans, then you will experience this. Clients and students can be unreasonable, grumpy, talk back, not act how you want, expect you to give them the world for free and cause you to scream into your pillow at night.   Keep in mind there are only a few of these clients and most will love you.

There are big fist pump moments

There can be huge fist pump moments. When you have a win with the penny dropping for a student, moving a student forward either academically or behaviourally, getting that client you wanted or that Facebook post going viral. It’s these moments that push you through the tough times. Fist pump moments that make it worth it.  Keep going you can do it.

Teaching and small business are not so different. They both require hard work, dedication and can be lots of fun. When times get tough remember there are others out there with the same experience as you and you are not alone. If you feel alone we run three networking events each month for you. Come and check us out get the support you need in small business.

Do you think teaching and small business is the same?

Keep going, you are doing great.

Julie xx

Why you need Holidays?

Bridge Monkey Forrest Bali

It’s early morning in Ubud Bali, the rooster are crowing, the birds are cooing, the cicada’s are cricketing and the kids are stirring to wake up.  There is a cool smells of humidity in the jungle in the air. I have a few minutes of quiet time before our day starts.  Holidays are vital and I can’t think of anything better to spend my hard earnt cash on.  What is is about holidays that we so need? What is it about getting away from our lives which is so important? This why you need holidays?

The world is bigger and more different then what your brain imagines

These days we are so bombarded with so much information and we are over stimulated up to our eyeballs.  Our senses are assaulted more than ever. In fact our poor old eye balls are hanging out of their head with scrolling overload.  We are constantly being consumed through the internet, the papers and magazines.  In the 80’s and 90’s people where concerned about magazines and the impact on us. Now we have even more thrown at us. It’s bloody tiring.  Being away you see the most awesome stuff gives you a break and time to unplug.

Yesterday (when I was on holidays a few weeks ago) I saw the smallest frog in the world, actually I didn’t spot it, my friend daughter did.  Not only where the kids thrilled, I was too.  Yes I could see this on the internet and in fact I didn’t even know frogs got that small. It was about the size of my toddlers small fingernail. It was incredible, sitting in the indent in the stairs.  I love that holidays present you with the new and help your brain grow and exposes you to new people, situations and ways of living.

Lotus Flower with Frog

It’s worth the money

Holidays cost money and they are so worth it.  You work hard and you deserve to spend on yourself. I get really annoyed when I get told “You are so lucky” or  “I want your life”. I have worked my guts out my whole life to set up my life, it’s far from perfect, it’s far from rich but I do live in Australia. I have budgeted since I was born for everything I want. I squirrel away money and even on holidays I am on a budget.  I make choices all the time to live a simple and cheaper life so I can spend my money on holidays with my family.  It’s about choices, do you want to buy the extra cakes when you go for coffee or put those extra $5 away for a family holiday. It does make a difference.

Experience and head space

The experience and the head space are the two underlying factors for holidays. You get to see how others live,  you get to appreciate your life and how you are doing ok. Most importantly you get head space. You get out of yourself and your brain frees itself from all the niggling jobs, nigglings annoyances of the daily grind,  you get time to think, you get time to process and you get time to step away to re-access how you really want to live your life.  We only have one and you never know when it’s going to end.  It resets your buttons to go home, work on your business, your work, your life and more importantly book another great holiday.

Things do go wrong on holidays

Remember holidays are not perfect and things do go wrong.  Kids get sick, you can get ripped off, you can get sick, flights can get cancelled and you can loss your cool and your kids will get tired but this all happens at home anyway.  This trip our flights were cancelled and we were rescheduled from a 3 and a half hour flight home to an 18 hour flight via Sydney home. Did I care?  Not one bit.  I love flying. The best part was that on my cheap trip we didn’t have anything on my epic redirection I got food,  wine and I got to watch two recent movies.  Those two movies were the only movies I watch all holiday. Winning.

If you need a good holiday, can’t remember the last time you got away, I mean really got away. Start squirreling money away and book yourself the holiday. You deserve it and remember one day you will die and you can’t do it then.  Cut out the extra’s in your life and set a budget and get saving.  Not only will you have fun booking, finding accommodation and getting ready. You will have a wonderful experience.

Where are you booking to go on holiday next?

Have a great day.

Cheers Julie xx

Parents STOP complaining about school holidays

Parents Stop Complaining about school holidaysIt’s that time of year again and you have 6 weeks of holidays with your beloved children. In the last couple of days I have seen a few articles of Mum’s complaining about the school holidays and how long they are. These articles have made my blood boil. They state I love my children but the holidays are too long. You can’t be serious. One called for shorter holidays for the kids. I think she had forgotten that that her little humans are actually children. They are not meant to be flogging it out full time. Parents STOP complaining about the school holidays and lets address some of the complaints.

School Holidays are expensive

Yes that is right they do cost money to have a wonderful experiences and give your child interesting and fun things to do that are engaging to their mind, body and souls. But if you are like me and you live on the smell of petrol you can still have fun and inexpensive times with your children. Look here for a great list from Kids Around Perth of things to do around Perth that are cheap or here’s a list of 100 Activities from Buggy Buddys. Remember at times kids do need chill out days are home kicking around whinging they are bored.

Children are never out of the fridge and always eating

Don’t even me started. They are your kids you feed them anyway. THE END.

You have to give up work time

True you do have to give up time with work to look after your own kids. It’s called parenting, it’s what you signed up for when you gave birth. One article complained about that fact that this falls to the woman and quoted statistics how much time a woman loosing at work. In all honesty I would much rather be spending time with my kids then working but if you are a career woman kudos to you. You just have to suck it up and sort it out.

Husbands don’t share the responsibility

Fathers/husbands don’t even know when the holidays are and don’t share the responsibility. I have zero sympathy if you have a husband that is like that and you should address it with him for his lack of parenting responsibilities. If you are a single parent, work it out with your ex and if you have a drop kick father, yes it’s hard but you still have to manage just like solo parents, like myself who are bloody grateful to have whinging kids.  Some don’t even get the chance to have kids.

School should have less holidays as the school results need improving

If you feel so passionate about this write to the Curriculum Board who pack in ridiculous amounts of outcomes to be achieved. Teachers and students work incredibly hard at school. If you want better results for student put in the the time at home. If you want to lift your own child’s results it’s also your responsibility to help your child’s education. Sadly it’s a real struggle to get homework returned, teachers can’t do it all.

School should have longer school terms it helps the families with childcare

It’s not the responsibility of the schools to look after your child and parent them because you want to work. I have no words for comments like this, well actually I do. If you are a teacher like myself you see how tired your students get and particularly towards the end of the year. They work hard at school with a packed curriculum, they need to rest and recoup. I have known children who go into full time care during the holidays and they never have enough down time for themselves. These kids are very tired. They don’t even look forward to holidays which makes me incredibly sad.

Holidays can be hard work with your kids but that is reality. Before you know it they will be moving out of home and you can work 100 hours per week, have a full fridge of food, no fighting and no mess. I am sure you will miss those summer holidays down the beach eating ice cream. Bottom line stop complaining and enjoy the ride as it doesn’t last.

What do you think about school holidays?

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