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Meet Erin. "To Teach is to touch a life forever - Unknown

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"To Teach is to touch a life forever - Unknown

Firstly, we would just like to share a special thank you to all the dedicated and hard working teachers out there (both male and female) for inspiring and helping to guide little lives into becoming positive members of the community. In celebration of International Women’s day, we want to explore the lives of everyday women doing extraordinary things in their own ways.

Erin Tibbey, a diploma trained Early Childcare Educator has been in the industry for 13 years. She left school after completing her School Certificate in year 10 and has been apart of hundreds of children’s early-life stories. She has helped many youngsters through some extremely happy times and helped them navigate through the sad and even tragic times with love, compassion and with an attentive ear.

We asked Erin about what inspired her to go into a childcare trainee-ship after school. She described it as a positive and fun environment. She is extremely happy that she was able to do her initial studies and on-site training at the preschool she attended as a 4-5 year old.




Times are generally quite happy and enjoyable at the centres she has worked in over the past 13 years, however like any workplace, it comes with its challenges. She describes some of the frustration that herself and other educators have experienced throughout different centres.

“Depending on the type of centre you work in, you might find that the larger companies can sometimes lack in providing the required support to educators. For an example, educational resources and quality staff. This is extremely challenging when you strive to provide the upmost quality of care and early education for the children. “

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Erin is a great spokeswoman for embracing a body positive mindset and striving towards her best-self. As a daughter, sister and a positive role model for the little ladies she teaches every day, we were curious as to what message she would want to give to other girls.

I feel that every sister and daughter have their own personal and unique stories and definitions of strength. Personally, always remembering your worth and that it is OK to not always feel "strong". Sometimes strong is simply getting out of bed. This is something I preach to my little sister and I'm sure has been influenced by my Mum.

Something Erin likes embrace with her students is how all of your thoughts and feelings are totally valid and real. Talk it out and know that things can and will always work out. You got this!

To us, she is a superhero without a cape (unless its superhero day at her centre). She is a beacon of inspiration everyday as she helps youngsters become their own unique individual.

Here, at Little Bluebird, we can tell that Erin is putting an incredible amount of magic into the world without even realising it. We would like to thank this talented early-educator for her time in order to share some of her wise words. We can tell Erin’s passion and commitment towards the children is extremely real. One last thing;

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?

“I would have to choose teleportation. I hear Bora Bora is nice.”

(We personally think you deserve a trip to Bora Bora… can we come too? Just saying.)

Are you ready to make 2019 your most productive year yet?

Sarah Cassim

Already Mid-Jan…

The cracks of the Christmas Bon-Bons have long faded and most of us have taken down our Christmas decorations for another year. There are many people with Christmas food regrets as they try to fit into their summer clothes and the Christmas ham has gotten slimey. It’s time to let that one go, Uncle Johno.

It’s now the time to focus on 2019 and setting some solid foundations for the year ahead. Sure, we all would like to go on a holiday or get that new car and they are great ambitions to have! Let’s just not forget about the stuff in between. NOW is a great time to evaluate 2018 and establish what worked well and what didn’t. If I have lost you, grab a piece of paper and have a think about these questions:

What is the thing that causes me the most stress through the day/week/year?

Who do I need to be organised for? Is it just me or am I trying to organise an entire family/group of people?

What do you want to achieve in the next 3,6 & 12 months?

What are the steps I have to take to do these?

These questions may seem broad, however, the truth in these answers will help you evaluate where you may need to try something new to help both make life easier and hit those goals you have been working so hard for. We asked a group of mothers what their answers were. You may/may not relate but here are a few ideas we have come up with to help you on your quest towards a bright 2019.

“I HATE dinner times. I spend way to much time and money doing a shop after work EVERY DAY! We don’t save!”

“I get so stressed out with all the notes and birthday invitations that come home with the kids. It gets so overwhelming and my kids are literally always missing something or late. It makes me feel like the worst person in the world!”

“I am so sick of being the token late person”

“I am always behind on paying bills and can’t save.”

“Last year I was continuously juggling work life and family life. Can I get more hours in my day to play with my kids, please!?”

Generally speaking, money and general life were the main focuses when we thought about what was causing the most stress.

The main thing which I took away from the mini-session with our ladies was that amongst us all, the biggest factor was ORGANISATION.

I challenge anyone who struggles with any of the above issues to walk into any department store and purchase these things:

  • A WIRE WALL HANGING FOR YOUR KITCHEN

  • A WHITEBOARD/BLACKBOARD (get a couple if you can)

  • A DIARY (You will be able to purchase through us in due time!)

The best way to keep on top of all your schooling/sporting/music-ing/partying children is to have it in your face, every morning. Wake up, check the board. What notes are due? What assignment needs to be done tonight? What presents do you need to purchase for what kid- and who is that kid even? Never heard of him. (Luckily for you, you can just hop onto www.littlebluebirdbooks.com, get those last minute gifts for anyone and let the presents come to you in time for Saturdays party)

Wire notice boards can be the greatest thing ever and after every term finishes, just clean it off and get it ready for the next term with a clean slate. 5 minutes of prep work for every term and it can really save you and your kids butts from those embarrassing ‘whoops’ moments.

Photo: Sarah Cassim. Freshly cleaned off ready for 2019. I had to use some extra bulldog clips because the board didn’t come with enough. All in all, this piece of metal has been an absolute lifesaver. BOUGHT FROM ALDI

Photo: Sarah Cassim. Freshly cleaned off ready for 2019. I had to use some extra bulldog clips because the board didn’t come with enough. All in all, this piece of metal has been an absolute lifesaver. BOUGHT FROM ALDI

We are so accustomed to using our technology for everything. Even our day to day planning. If you are the type of person who forgets, or is late- try using an old fashioned journal or daily planner. Sometimes when we write things down, it sticks in our memory better. It may take some getting used to but once you are back in the habit of writing things down again, you will notice the difference. The chances of double booking or a booking being deleted off your I-phone for whatever reason will drastically go down and you may find yourself becoming more productive than last year.

Talking about writing things down, lets put those white/blackboards to use. Meal plans. Yep! They work. Let’s put it in perspective. On a Sunday Michelle will do a $200 shop. She is aware of what she is purchasing and ensuring that she buys only enough for the meal plan she prepared for the week as she goes. She is on budget and does not need to purchase any other items through the week. Now, meet Taylor. Taylor did a $150 shop on Sunday. She bought SOME stuff, but not thinking about what she was going to cook, she got things she doesn’t really NEED. Every afternoon after work she struggles with the thought of what she needs to cook for dinner for herself and her family. She probably has a mild argument with her partner about it and continues onto the grocery store. Every afternoon. Spending on average $60 a night just getting those bits and pieces. All up, Taylor’s total is about $510.

… AND TAYLOR IS LEFT WONDERING WHY HER SCHOOL FRIEND MICHELLE ACTUALLY GETS A FAMILY HOLIDAY

They work. Trust me. Save money and take the stress out of your week. Give it a whirl!

PLAN OUT YOUR WEEK AHEAD

Monday:

Mum: Dentist 10am

Dad: Cricket 7pm

Johnny - Music 3pm

Daphne - Dancing 4pm

Tuesday:

Mum: Meeting 9.30am, Teacher interview 3.30pm

Dad: working late

Johnny - Sports day, Football practice 4pm

Daphne - Free!

Etc.

This is beneficial to do weekly. Mapping out where people need to be throughout the week can assist in your ability to stay on track with what NEEDS to happen that day and what to expect for the day. There is a lot of pressure throughout the 10 weeks of school term and sometimes there might be time where you didn’t actually realise there WAS time. By limiting the procrastination between activities or throughout the day, this is your chance to make the most of every hour of your day. You may not need extra hours, but work out how to use the time you do have to its full potential.

Finding free spots in your week can feel like finding a pot of luck! Use that time wisely.

Finding free spots in your week can feel like finding a pot of luck! Use that time wisely.

We work so hard, don’t forget to schedule in your new diary: FAMILY TIME. A couple of hours which don’t belong to anyone else, other than the ones you love most. If this is hard to come by, you MUST set the time aside to spend with them. Not only for your own well being, but theirs as well.

All in all, 2019 is going to be a fabulous year for so many of our beautiful customers and we are so looking forward to sharing the journey with you all. So, we raise our glasses to you all. CHEERS! To the greatest year possible!

Why Sundays are more important that Mondays

Sarah Cassim

Sunday.

The day before Monday rolls around all over again. Sunday night blues are a real thing. Unless you are in retail, hospitality or work some pretty radical shift work- you will probably find yourself sitting in that quiet dread of Sunday night.

How can we change that? Attitudes towards Sunday could be the key to drastically changing the outcome of your day on Monday. Spending your day with your family, friends and simply alone can make your week start off exceptionally better than if you end your week in a complete an utter Sunday funk.

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Family and Friends are so incredibly important for our well-being. Make Sunday the day to make the time to see your family and friends. Life is such a busy thing and if we don't make the time, we don't make the time. Time is fleeting and before you know it, time just might be up. We all have such a limited time on this Earth, it’s best to make the people we love the priority at least once a week.

We are all battling our own life battles. Our own ups and downs - without these, we are not human. The ability to be able to communicate and talk about our life experiences with our family and friends can be one of the greatest therapies. To share the highs and lows of our experiences can lift a weight of the shoulders of the strongest person. We are all in this life together- supporting one another is what friends do.

We are forever under the stresses of everyday life and DAMN, it can get hard. Setting aside an hour to chat with your loved ones can help take your mind off that report that's due on Monday morning or the job that needs to get urgently done or you will have to feel the wrath of a client of colleague. This can be an incredible reprieve from worrying (which is a great break from your over-worked brain).

Family fun days can be a great way to spend time with the kids. They grow so quickly and building memories can be a great way to build those strong connections where they can truly open up to you about all the hurdles they may we facing in their life.

Family and Friends are more important than that report due on Monday

Family and Friends are more important than that report due on Monday

Time for yourself

We have heard it TIME AND TIME AGAIN. Turn on Instagram and every second post is endorsing this view, but,

TAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF IS GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL

Get to know yourself. Go for a walk, take up puzzles, colour a page or simply read a book and go on a journey without having to leave your home. Make that cuppa for one and take a time-out. Our minds are constantly worrying about social media - I mean, what’s more interesting than what Carly who went to primary school with you 30 years ago did when she went on her trip to the supermarket? Turn it off. Take a break. Listen to your thoughts for once!

We spend so much time taking in information from external sources, what about what we are really thinking and feeling? We need to know what we are feeling to be able to work through those emotions of whatever is on our minds to truly understand ourselves. Give your self a chance and listen to what is happening in that big beautiful brain of yours.

What happens if I DO work shift work, weekends, in retail or hospitality?

Pick a time through the week. Designate that day/half day/hour off to ensuring that you are able to chat to those around us and take that time to recover from that stressful week of life’s stresses. It will do wonders for your well-being.

Sunday’s are (regardless of when they fall in your working week) the most important day of the week. Adjusting the Sunday blues attitude to gratitude can be life changing. What are you waiting for? GO! Make your Sunday count! Your Monday experience will thank you for it.