Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CHEATING AT LIFE





There are two very important phone calls one needs to make when they decide to cheat at life;

1. To your mother
2. To your cleaner

Last week I made them both.

It was awesome. Life is so much better when I surrender to my limits and call for back up.

How are you going with that ol' job of keeping a house and raising a family? have you called for back up lately?


27 comments:

  1. I don't think this is cheating. Like you say, life is so much better when we surrender and ask for help!

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  2. Yes! Embarrassingly we have actually decamped at my Mum and Dads while our house is renovated so I have her warm support and help and her cleaner who comes weekly on tap and I don't blooming was want to move out some days!

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    1. oh thats ACE!

      I wish building delays upon you!

      xo em

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  3. It's not life cheating, it's life enhancing :)

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  4. Not a cheat. I had my Mum on call in times of need when Olly was a baby and I was struggling with the demands of three children. I will gladly offer up the same services if and when my children need me in their hours of need. As for the cleaner. Very tempting!

    Leanne xx

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  5. I love in canada and my mum lives in England so I get backup support via Skype! Somebody needs to invent a portal that can make that journey 5 minutes rather than 8 hours on a plane!

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  6. Mum lives next door... I don't even ask anymore. Some days I walk in & it's like the fairies have been. Relief. Bliss. Love. xo :)

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  7. I am failing at life at the moment.
    The house is a mess.
    I have been slack with the kids.
    I am exhausted and just have not found the energy to do enough.

    School holidays here in New Zealand for two weeks starting next week. I am sure I will get some catching up done while pottering with my kiddos. And not having to rush off to school etc in the mornings.

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  8. I am the polar opposite I cheat myself of a life by doing everything and never asking. I consider myself quite intelligent yet I fail miserably at this simple concept....

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    1. could we be twins, separated at birth?
      cheers Kate

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    2. Tessa & Simplelife... This is a life long issue of mine. It's like a blend of feeling guilty for "admitting defeat" and an unfortunate control freak issue.

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  9. I don't have either of those things, sadly.
    But you are so fortunate to have them so why not make the most of them.
    cheers Kate

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  10. hate asking for help, would prefer to drown in my own filth than do it! good job really with family too old, sick, vile or far away, i'm pretty much on my own! x

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  11. Definitely not cheating ...just playing smart :-)

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  12. I'm learning to ask , and boy is it good! You're very wise, Em.

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  13. Yup. I called in back-up a week or so ago. It was a good thing to do.

    I wish I had a cleaner to call though! That is SMART!

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  14. I am always asking people to drive Olive to kindy, and pick her up .... sometimes I feel like such a pain, and it's embarrassing. I would give anything to have my Mum help out. Kellie xx

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  15. I am glad you know when to ask for help,it is important to be able to know when you need to,a cleaner is a great idea for a new mother xx Lisa Mckenzie

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  16. I'm struggling with the concept! I've accepted I need to do more around the house (a cleaner is unfortunately not an option) to ensure our weekends can be full of family fun times, but I'm not sure how to make that happen. Grocery shopping is the biggest one - my husband does it (Aldi and awesome grocer once a week, meat every 2-3 months!), but it means he's gone on a Saturday morning, when he wants to be at home with us, and I'm desperate for a break. I'm trying to figure out how to get it done during the week. I'm just so bad at it, and he does it so well! My cheats are giving my son those sachets of food as lunch/snack when we're out, and doing washing so I don't feel like Ive done nothing all day!

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    1. Have you tried online shopping? It's a real pain to start with, but once you get your list up and you're used to it, it's the BOMB! Woolies and Coles also have a link with your rewards cards, so anything you buy at the shop and use the rewards card, it puts it onto your favourites shopping list. Totally get what you mean with hubby. I don't want you to shop, I want you to take the kids! Or talk to me, adult conversation is a life saver!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em