Monthly Archives: July 2014


Last week I discussed the second step in Cheryl Richardson’s book “Take Time for Your Life”. This week I will be looking at Step 3 and applying it to how we can help ourselves become better parents or the parents we want to be. Step 3: “Identify the things that drain you and eliminate them – people, places, and things – once and for all” Richardson, cleverly, uses an analogy of an internal energy barometer that lies within all of us. Certain things will cause these levels to fall and others will cause them to rise. Every action we take uses energy but more importantly, and often over-looked, is that actions you don’t take use energy as well, like distractions, disorganization, incomplete tasks and things that hang over you.  Interestingly, when Richardson works with clients, right off the bat, she spends more time removing things from their lives instead of setting goals. With this in mind, as parents, maybe we should be looking at removing things from our lives that drain us and cause our energy levels to fall before we embark on other things? There are certainly times in my parenting life where I would have happily removed my …Read more →


Last week I discussed the first step in Cheryl Richardson’s book “Take Time for Your Life”. This week I will be looking at Step 2 and applying it to how we can help ourselves become better parents or the parents we want to be. Step 2: “If your schedule doesn’t reflect your priorities, stop reacting to life and take control of what gets your time and attention.” Some of the points that Cheryl Richardson makes regarding this are as follows, the key being, CHOICE: Don’t confuse tough choices with no choices – we always have a choice If you want a quick and dramatic improvement in the quality of your life, make a big choice Time is a gift that most of us take for granted We get so caught up in the busyness of our daily lives that we rarely stop and take a serious look at how we’re spending this gift of time We can’t manage time, time will always tick away no matter what we do! We can, however, manage ourselves; this is self-management not time management In order to prioritize, we first need to know what our priorities actually are and then what things currently take …Read more →


Last week I introduced you to a seven part blog I will be doing on the seven steps that Cheryl Richardson, author of “Take Time for Your Life”, recommends you should take in order to take time for your life. This week I am focussing on Step 1.  Step 1: “If you think selfish is a dirty word, learn to practice extreme self-care; put yourself at the top of the list and everyone else will benefit” If you are anything like me, the concept of self-care sometimes sits low on my list of priorities. Cheryl Richardson goes as far as saying that it should be extreme self-care. However we choose to define it, it is probably one of the most important things we should be doing for ourselves. As parents, I think it is fair to say we are not that great at doing this; there is always something else which seems more important. At the end of the day though, we have a choice as to how we want to live our lives and that should be to honor some degree of self-care. After all, how can we look after our family and be “good” parents if we don’t …Read more →


With the summer holidays virtually on us, I thought it would be a good idea to find some ways to make sure that I get some time to myself. If you are anything like me, as much as I love the summer holidays and having the kids around, I find that I rarely get time to myself and as we advance through the holidays I find my patience fraying and often just want to escape the family all together! The bottom line is, everyone needs some time for themselves and for parents this is especially so. Just as I was thinking about doing this, I happened to be recommended a book called “Take Time for Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson. It’s weird how things like that show up in our lives; we think about doing something and before we know it, something is presented to us, to guide us down that very particular path. More details about this book about this book can be found here: This book is rated a #1 best seller and it offers an inspiring, practical, seven-step program to help you create the life you want. I think that many of us will often have …Read more →


For many of us here in BC, Canada, the holidays came a bit sooner than expected and caught many parents off-guard. One day the kids were at school with two weeks to go and the next minute they were home with all their school “stuff”! It was officially the end of the year. I am sure that many parents, like me, were scrambling, and didn’t have time to really thank their teachers and administrative staff for another fantastic school year: I would like to say a collective THANK YOU from all of us. So with that, the summer holidays are upon us. What do the holidays mean for you? What do you do during the holidays? What do your kids do? For our family, we see the holidays as a time to be largely free from routine, schedules, sports programs and the general hubbub and busyness of life. Kids nowadays have so many more scheduled activities than kids used to that it can leave them precious little time to just be kids and play. The importance and value of self-directed and un-scheduled play for children is vital to their development and cannot be understated and the holidays are the ideal …Read more →