As a Mum, I feltl that the last few years I’d survived and that’s it. I knew I must have lived as I had memories and photographs of the family’s experiences and the joy I felt looking back at them was amazing. But, what I knew is that each day I had done the same things in and out without thought or intention. My eldest was turning 6 and youngest was 5 and all I was doing was surviving and in truth I’d lost myself in the process, the person I used to be, beliefs, dreams and hopes for my family, future and how I wanted and wished to live. Yes, without a doubt those had changed as I’d evolved as a person but some were deeply ingrained and were what makes me, me and before kids what my husband and I saw as our future.

Step out of mom survival mode and starting living with kids find out your first steps to make the changes and be the parent that you want to be

In some ways what I’m talking about is an intentional, authentic, simple life but it’s more than that and it’s the reason for the redesign of the site and new look. It’s LIVING with kids. As we start at the beginning of the year – I want to help you move out of survival mode as a mum and learn to live again. I listen to my friends berate themselves because they believe themselves not to be good enough, not live the life they want to have and get depressed and saddened that it’s not happening but I truly believe you can make subtle changes to move out of survival mode as I did and into LIVING with kids.

My husband and I discussed a word for the year at the end fo last year – something that we can strive towards and be as a family and for us it really was LIVE – to live with the kids not survive moving it even further forward. But, it’s not just me and us – I worked in conservation, I spent my teen years and university years working towards protecting the environment working with animals and the part of me that is the Nurturing Nature Lover seems to have gone by the wayside. Don’t get me wrong I recycle, I upcycle, I cook from scratch when I feel I have time (oh yes that’s another thing TIME!) but actually Living Naturally which is what I did for years and enjoyed and lived for has disappeared.

As a parent we do what we have to do, we get up we get the kids breakfast, ready for school drop them off, work, stay at home, pick them up, feed them, make sure that they are in bed when they need to be and then what? Yes, there are a couple of moments where we can connect with the kids if we are lucky but we’re not really living it is pure survival.

So how do you step out of survival mode and relearn to LIVE – but instead of as a single person, couple now LIVING with kids and how can you make the life that you will live more Natural, Authentic, Simple, Intentional and actually enjoy the life you are living, know that you are good enough and the best parent that your kids can have well it’s a little bit of self-care, a little bit of reorganisation, goal setting, discussion, love, laughter and eye opening moments.

I want to help you make this move away from survival and into living again and the first thing is with the restructure of the site – for me living naturally with kids is more than just about kids activities, crafts which I guess is what I have been known for since 2011 but it’s about LIFE – so now you can find a mix of different areas highlighted on the site.

Living Section

Step out of mom survival mode and starting living with kids find out your first steps to make the changes and be the parent that you want to be

Living for us is a little bit of home, a lot of parenting, some natural care, self-care and moments and events. It’s more of a family focus because that’s what I know and what I do day in and day out. Under our living section, you can expect to find life hacks, home hacks, me time moments, self-care, crafts for you, home decor, gardening, parenting and advice for living with kids. There will be a natural element to these, so expect homemade cleaning recipes just like my great grandma made, crafts from natural materials and more.

Kids Activities

Step out of mom survival mode and starting living with kids find out your first steps to make the changes and be the parent that you want to be

Yes, I will still be sharing kids activities because part of the way I live with my kids is I do things with them. Schools can’t cover everything and as a teacher I love supporting their learning at home so I will be sharing educational activities, but we also enjoy the world around us, arts and crafts.

Recipes

Step out of mom survival mode and starting living with kids find out your first steps to make the changes and be the parent that you want to be

We have to eat, and I love, although according to my home economics teacher I am not very good at it, to cook. Living Naturally with Kids to me means getting rid of the processed foods from our diet not that we eat a lot but enough and cooking with real food which hopefully will help the kids to get over their picky/fussy eater phase. So along with our cooking with kids recipes I’ll be sharing seasonal recipes to cook at home that families can enjoy together.

Family Travel

Step out of mom survival mode and starting living with kids find out your first steps to make the changes and be the parent that you want to be

I spent my 20’s travelling from visiting parts of the UK and spending time in my tent to exploring the world. Having kids meant that that part of me disappeared but over the last 6 months to a year I’ve realised that travelling with kids doesn’t have to be what I had sort of got in my mind and there is nothing stopping us from going and doing what we want – yes money is an issue but as I will talk about budgeting for the life you want is possible and take some changes but anything is possible.

Setting Family Goals FREE e-course

Step out of mQom survival mode and starting living with kids find out your first steps to make the changes and be the parent that you want to be

One of the first things I want to help you with is stepping out of that survival mode by setting goals – I’m not talking resolutions which is why I didn’t put this forward at the end of last year because this week and next in January is the time of the year in which over a third of people will already have broken their new year’s resolutions instead I’m talking about setting family goals.

I want to help you make a headway into stepping out of mom survival mode and get you on the right track for your family because every family is different so I invite you to join our FREE e-course starting on Monday 8th January.

It’s easy to sign up – you just need to register below and you will get a welcome email within the next few days welcoming you to the course and letting you know more of what to expect.

Step out of mom survival mode and starting living with kids find out your first steps to make the changes and be the parent that you want to be

Living Naturally with Kids Facebook Group

If you don’t want to wait till then why not come and join our facebook group it’s a closed group so no one can actually see within the group what is said but it allows people to join and we’re there for chat, ideas, inspiration and moments when you just need to be you.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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