Maria answers more of your questions
Last Tuesday Maria Foy from Happy Mum Happy Child ventured down to Christchurch to our Monty Morning with LEGO DUPLO bricks. But beforehand we asked you guys to get your questions for Maria in on Facebook, anything that you would be keen to have her answer. She picked her top ones and voila she took over our Facebook page for a live Q&A session.
But there were so many good questions that didn't get answered so we got her to put pen to paper and answer a few more for you.
I've started a parenting blog and was wondering how you got your following base?!
Start by sharing with your friends, and then just do you - write about what you know and slowly with word of mouth your blog will get out there. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen.
Does the success of your blog ever feel a bit surreal?
Absolutely it does! I often feel like a bit of a fraud because I’m just a girl from South Auckland who writes about the weird stuff she does with her kids. I never thought in a million years that people would be able to relate to it on the level they do.
What advice do you have about balancing family life for someone expecting their second child?
Just take it one day at a time and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Adding another person to the family will always be challenging - but it will be nothing like the first time. You already have the knowledge of parenting - so it becomes a bit of a juggling act. When the baby sleeps, perhaps play with your toddler. If you’re feeding your baby, there’s no reason your other child can’t sit with you and see what’s happening.
How do you cope on days you feel like it's too much?
I always just acknowledge within myself that it’s “one of those days” and then communicate with my family. Even communicate with my kids - saying “I’m struggling a bit today so we’re all taking it easy” isn’t putting anything on your kids. It’s just being honest with them. It can make a big difference when you get it out into the open. Then during the day don’t put any pressure on yourself to do anything. Washing - who cares. Dishes - they can wait. Meals - just make it easy for you. Remember every day is a new day, and no two days are the same.