The phrase I
use most often as a mum is “Hurry up!”. I probably say it more times in a day than I say “I love you” or “Good job!” to my three kids.
You may have read a blog post making its rounds on Facebook, called The Day I Stopped Saying “Hurry Up”. The blogger, Rachel Macy Stafford, the author of www.handsfreemama.com, wrote about how her children were a wake-up call to her to live life at a slower pace – their pace. She talks about her “hurried existence”, her Type A personality, her “frenzied soul”, and having a child who would constantly “deviate from my master schedule”.
I have a child like that, too. A dreamy, happy-go-lucky sweetheart who lives life on a different schedule from our harried world. When I’m ready to leave the house (already late, of course), she decides it’s time to pack a snack to take along. When all I want is to get from Point A to Point B, she is, literally, stopping to admire the flowers along the way.
In her post, Rachel wrote that her carefree child was a gift to her taskoriented personality. That struck a chord with me. I realised that my daughter, too, is a constant – and needed – balance in my life of extremes.
When I’m ready to hit warp speed, she’s my reminder that the sweet things in life are whizzing by. Things like stopping to caress a mimosa plant we spot, and to giggle when the leaves close upon contact. When my first instinct is to focus on the end point, she shows me that taking the meandering route can make a task so much more enjoyable.
I need to slow down when I’m with my kids, to enjoy our time together. The solution: find ways to do other things more quickly, to free up my time.
To help harried mums do that, turn to our story on page 47, where we have advice on how to do everything faster – from 20-minute recipes to the most delicious frozen meals, quick decluttering tips, how to cut down on clothes-shopping time, and more. Once you’ve mastered these shortcuts, you’ll see how much extra time you have, to take care of the things that really matter.
We’re helping you in other ways, too. First, with the 26 winners of our Smart Shopper Clean Home Heroes 2014 – gadgets and cleaning products for every surface in your home, from floors, to walls, sinks, windows and other areas (pg 114). Then turn to page 92 for reunion dinner recipes from chefs.
The Simply Her team also tasted a slew of sumptuous pen cai (pg 102), and Chinese New Year goodies with a modern twist (pg 98) – so you know the best ones to buy this year. From all of us, have a wonderful 2014 and a prosperous Year of the Horse.