Family, work and relationships – can you juggle three balls?

Family, work and relationships – can you juggle three balls?

I always wanted to learn but I was too busy making play dates, cooking dinners and trying to look sexy for my husband.

Nobody says to you at the end of the day ‘ great job’ if you want a bit of recognition.

Usually a grumpy disposition will get me the thanks I am looking for – sad really.

How can we include appreciation in our life? Is recognition important to you? Are you willing to admit it?

In Human Design recognition is something that Projectors crave. Some of us may have trouble admitting that it is necessary.

It all starts with the self. Before we seek appreciation we must give it. Before we seek recognition from others we must also learn to recognise ourselves. My most useful lesson this year. It has brought me much happiness.

We often start our meals with a round of thankfulness.

Each of us shares what we are grateful for. The kids often have random quotes like, the cat or my boogers (ha! ha! can’t force serious on kids).

The children have a prayer at school that thanks the farmers and the cook and the parents for the meal.
I do think that prayers often lose their meaning after years of repetition, like the question: How are you? How do you express appreciation in your families? How do you remind yourself of what is important and not take it for granted?

I was so happy lately when I asked my son Noah what he is grateful for.

He has been very unhappy lately.
Loneliness being the cause.
Being an expat kid is hard, friends come and go.
It is out of our control and there just seems to be a shortage of boys his age. It makes me feel helpless as a mother. It is so painful seeing your kids dissatisfied.

To brighten his spirit I asked him to give me five things he is happy for. I was pretty thrilled, that mum dad and sister were his first three. He loves us!!
We put our heads together and came up with eight things in the end! He went to bed feeling a bit better.

If I had a magic wand I would swish it in the air and turn some of our Koi into 11 year old boys for him to play with.

Would that be taking my nickname of ‘ Witchy Woo ‘ a bit too far?

How do you lift your kids spirits when they are down?

I am happy for my life experiences, my family, my friends, the knowledge I have gathered and the prosperity we have earned.

I am happy for my life experiences, my family, my friends, the knowledge I have gathered and the prosperity we have earned.

3 thoughts on “Family, work and relationships – can you juggle three balls?

  1. Antoinette such beautiful words from your ‘pen’. What a great mum you are to spend the time to sit with your son and help him through such a tough time. Wonderful – your family are blessed and so are you xx

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