1. Love this post – three great reasons to put ourselves first. I know I am very guilty of skipping breakfast and just grabbing a coffee because I am so busy in the mornings but it does mean I’m more grumpy and as you say, it doesn’t set a good example. I’m sure my girls would also enjoy having mummy sit at the breakfast table with them for a few moments at least rather than rushing around so they get better quality time with me in the mornings too. #MMBC

  2. Hi Louise, that’s a great point! Kids really do benefit from quality time with us in the mornings, it’s a calm start to the day for them. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Ruth Carson

    Lila, I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts, especially this one for new mums! As baby Carson is due any time now, I am already feeling overwhelmed by the fact that I don’t know everything there is to know about babies! Thank-you for taking time out to remind us that we don’t need to have it all worked out in the first few weeks, there is One greater who is there when we feel overwhelmed.

    Ruth xx

  4. Thanks Ruth, I’m glad you found this helpful. I think all new mums feel overwhelmed at some stage! I look forward to the news of baby Carson arriving 🙂 Enjoy the last couple of weeks of nesting xox

  5. Hi Lila, society should be more focused on health than dress sizes and like you said a 12/14 is average. Seems a little drastic to not put all dress sizes on the rack and I would have done the same as you and just left too.


  6. Hi Lila, being organised when i comes to shopping and cooking does save time and money. I shop twice a week and usually know what meals I have planned for the next few days. Too much time is wasted when I don’t know what to cook.


  7. Wow, this really made me think. I’m trying to raise my daughter (21 months with faith) and while we talk about it lots at home and at church if I’m honest we probably don’t rnough elsewhere. I’m going to make a big effort to change that #MMBC

  8. […] This month I’m setting myself a little challenge to reduce our food bill.  Lately, we’ve been very casually buying groceries and a quick look at what we spent last month was shocking!  I’m not doing anything drastic, just getting back to frugal habits I used to practise.  I blogged a couple of times last year about this, you can read about it here. […]

  9. Hi there I found you on #MMBC. I am so sorry your little had chicken pox. This is a great list however, and one that should be posted in every home! Thanks for sharing!

  10. To point number 7 I say “here, here!” Thank you for pointing out that experiencing difficulties is not failure – a simple but day-changing reminder.

  11. Great thoughts, Lila. We have 6 children and don’t pay them to do chores. They are responsible for helping the house run smoothly, but I admit I’m not great at keeping them on task. There aren’t many chores that we pay them for, but we will offer some jobs occasionally (stacking wood, cleaning out the chicken coop, washing the car).
    Our kids are expected to get their money mostly from jobs outside the home. A few of our kids are better at that than others. My teenagers buy their own clothes, make up, and extras. When they ask for something other than a basic need, they usually ask us to get it for their birthday or for Christmas.
    Sometimes our kids might wish we were like their friends’ families and buy everything for them. But they don’t spend much time arguing about it because it’s just the way it is. “Mom and Dad don’t hand out money.” As a result, they’ve become pretty creative in finding ways to get what they want. They all love hand-me-downs, bargain shopping, and DIY projects. I really enjoy seeing how excited they get when they buy or make something themselves.

  12. I think setting the rule that parents don’t just hand out money, is a great way to see how kids can be creative and find ways to earn their own. It also stops the sense of entitlement that many children have today. Thanks for your comment, great to have you here at Mum On A Mission!

  13. Good topic and one which we often talk about in our home. We do ask the children to do chores and most are unpaid. Sometimes, we may feel generous and give them a small amount of money if they have done something really well or achieved something. We encourage them to save that money for their holidays. they love changing that to Euros or dollars at the airport. It teaches them about world currency and makes them savvy about spending their money. They need to realise how far the money stretches.

  14. Hi Mina , thank for your comment, yes it’s really important to teach children about currency and how to spread their spending, especially on holiday!

  15. Emma

    Love this! We have four children and all four help around the house. They’re aged between two and nine. It’s vital for children to understand how a house is run and the work it takes to keep a house clean. They won’t live at home forever and I need to know as a parent that my children can survive and keep a house on their own one day. We’re teaching them important life skills. I really believe independence in children is very important. We do not pay for them doing chores as no adult I know of gets paid for general housework and children need to be aware of that. And sadly I couldnt afford to pay them. They do however get praised and told how much their contribution is appreciated and very much beneficial.

  16. Hi Emma, absolutely agree with this! Life skills are so often overlooked in our academically minded world. Thanks for your comment, it’s great to have you here! Lila

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