We are nearing the end of the In Conversation With series, for 2016, on Over Heaven’s Hill. This weeks chat, is the penultimate in the 2016 series, with the beautiful Jaki sharing her insight into parenting. Jaki is one of those bloggers who makes you think long and hard about the topics she writes. Often her blog posts sit with me for a few days after I’ve soaked them up. Posts like Why We Shouldn’t Feel the Baby Pressure and Who Should Discipline our Children? Read on to see how Jaki finds parenting her three year old son.
How many children do you have?
I have just the one – three year old Ethan. He will be four in December. The week before Christmas!
Are you a Stay-at-Home Mum, Working Mum or Work-from-Home Mum?
I am lucky enough to be a mixture. I work part time, 9.30-1pm Monday to Friday. Ethan goes to nursery three mornings a week and to grandparents on the other two days. I’m so lucky that my hours will be perfect when he starts school next year! 🙂
How do you manage your career/blog life around your family life?
I used to stay up really late but these days I am more organised. I find the only way I can keep up with it without it stressing me out is to have a couple of weeks posts scheduled up in advance. This way I can keep on top of it. I always have a few drafts on the go and ideas of what dates they will go up. It helps me keep focused and organised. I limit my screen time to the length of time it takes my laptop battery to run out – once it does, I’m done for the night. I get the best of both worlds this way.
Do you think it’s easier being a parent now than when you were being raised?
Good question. Back in the day they didn’t have Google. Google can be your best friend or your worst enemy. When it comes to kids anyway. You can worry yourself silly by incorrectly self diagnosing a fatal disease just by Googling some symptoms and this isn’t a good thing. But at the same time the Internet also brings us a fantastic community of other Mums who share the same ups and downs as we do on a daily basis. I don’t think parenting was as openly discussed when we were kids as it is now. I think they just ‘got on with it’. As we do. But we talk more. And that can only be a good thing.
What is your biggest fear as a Mum?
Something awful happening to my little boy. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
What is the one thing you would have done differently as a new Mum?
Baby led weaning. I didn’t stick with it and kick myself daily as I now have a picky eater on my hands.
What advice would you give other women about pregnancy and parenting?
Pregnancy? Enjoy it. It goes so fast and before you know it your knee deep in dirty nappies and sleepless nights. Rest. Lots. And enjoy some me time while it lasts. Parenting? Keep calm. I should take my own advice really. Go with your instincts. No one knows your own child better than you. Don’t listen to everyone else, listen to your own voice. You know best.
What are your hopes and dreams for your children?
To be happy and fulfilled. To be selfless and kind. To be content.
What is your favourite way to relax when the kids are in bed sound asleep?
I love nothing more than curling up to watch my current favourite on Netflix. Whatever that may be at any given time. Getting lost in a totally different world is good for the brain.
Thank you so much to Jaki for sharing your parenting insights with us. Remember to check out Jaki’s blog and give her a shout on social media. She can be found at her Blog Jaki Jellz, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Pinterest and on Bloglovin.
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