Thursday, 22 March 2018 09:44

When parents separate it affects the entire family. Regardless of the adult issues, if the best interests of the children are the focus from both parents then that is the best outcome. 

How does Cherished Cherubs assist in these situations?

Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:01

Jo is a single mum. She works full time to provide for her and her 11 year old daughter.  Her daughter has a condition that makes her hard to manage at times. Living in a housing complex brings additional constraints to consider with management. Jo has limited supports of family and friends around that listen or help her. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:43

I love the photo of a drop of water falling into a pool and seeing the ripple effect. One drop  affects a whole larger area. 

This is reflective of life. Sometimes you see the effect readily, and other times you don't even know you were that very important drop that had an effect on the world.

After a couple of melt downs I used this ripple scenario with one of my children to show how just one of their actions affected an entire situation. 

Monday, 15 January 2018 13:07

With young children we encourage them to try new things and for the most part they are quite receptive to this. As they mature and turn into pre teens and teens, what one may view as encouraging can quickly be turned around to say you are pushing them.

Where is the line between encouragement and pushing???

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:12

That is easy to tell my friends.  "I had a bad day yesterday but I'm okay today."

But on the bad day, am I picking up the phone saying "I'm having a tough day". Generally no. Can you relate?

It may be something around our child, at work, in a relationship, or with health, regardless, we still react the same way.

The times that we should be reaching out to our family and friends we battle through and this in essence can make it worse than it otherwise could be.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:00

Which Christmases do you remember over the years?

What are you remembering about those Christmases? Is it the location? Is it the people? Is it what you did on that day? Or do you remember the presents you received?

Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:28

The people that cross our paths, it always interests me the effect they can have, and how we do not know the impact they will have on our lives, sometimes until years later.  

There have been many times when I have met someone, believed we had little in common, but then these very people have had an influence on my future endeavours, whether that be around my parenting, my lifestyle, my business or a multitude of other areas, or alternatively, I have impacted them.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 10:43

What is it that sets Cherished Cherubs Babysitting apart from other babysitting options?

Why do families keep returning to Cherished Cherubs and large hotels and corporations keep using and recommending us?

I can sum that up in one word – Personalisation.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:48

Are you instilling destructive emotional habits in your children?

Are you inadvertently imposing emotional abuse on your children? 

Will this follow them into adulthood? 

Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:37

LogoWhat is my company's story?

What do I want Cherished Cherubs Babysitting to be remembered for?

Is it about the journey, the entrepreneurial growth, the business or something else?

When I reflect, these are my thoughts on the journey of Cherished Cherubs Babysitting.....

Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:59

‘I hope you haven’t had her immunised’

What the, where did that come from?

Out shopping with my new baby a little while ago when out of the blue a man walks up to me and says ‘I hope you haven’t had her immunised’.

It sure did stop me in my tracks.  This is a complete stranger telling me his view on anti-immunisation, taking no consideration for me as an individual. He does not even know my name let alone my level of understanding about immunisation or history with previous children.  

When is the right time to air your view with the community?

Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:57

Ever noticed how a house with kids is never like the magazines? 

Are adverts for household furniture and haberdashery ever aimed at parents?

This is how they should sell household items to parents or future parents....

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:36

What if I told you I could predict the date of your divorce?

It’s an algorithm really.  

  1. how old are you and your partner?
  2. how old are your children?
  3. now many date nights do you have?
  4. how much time is spent altogether in the family home?
  5. how aligned are your parenting beliefs and strategies?
  6. how much control do you take on?
  7. how often do you go out with friends, without your partner or children?

These will all have a dramatic effect on your relationship and how long you are likely to stay married. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:21

It only dawned on me recently that I have never lived alone… ever, and I wonder how that has impacted my outlook on life.

Here is some Suze history. A middle child, I was bought up with my family until the age of 12 years. Due to isolation I would spend the next 5 years of my life at boarding school with over 100 other teenagers. Students don’t have money, so shared accommodation followed me after high school with my studies.  

From there I became a parent, and have had a growing number of children living with me ever since. In amongst that I have had other family and friends stay with me for extended periods (up to 3 years) so my home has been filled, continually. Some of my older children have left, but even today I still have 6 children living in my home and regular guests. 

Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:59

How do others describe you? Are you pigeon-holed as one thing but you are so much more than what people see you as?

Ness is a strong business woman, John an inspirational leader, Jane is Pete’s wife, Fiona’s an adventurer, Michelle is Jack’s mother……..What defines you as a person?

Thursday, 20 July 2017 10:35

How long does it take to have a business fully set up?

How long does it take to meet all legal requirements, to have the people trained, to have the systems in place, to have everything seamlessly working for the desired outcome, ticking over without any major issues?

It’s been 15 years building my business from the ground up. We have a dedicated team, have implemented a lot of systems, fine tuned many processes, and we have built a fantastic database of happy clients. You would think everything would be down pat by now, wouldn’t you?

Thursday, 06 July 2017 13:10

Does work take priority over your family?

Be honest, if you are flat out with your work, does this take your time and thoughts over spending it with your family?

If you have your own business I can virtually guarantee the answer will be yes.

So here's the reminder, don't forget your family.

It sounds simple, but when in our busy lives, we sometimes prioritise work over family, and I admit I have been guilty of this, and still do at times.

Monday, 26 June 2017 12:20

Throw the guilts away, stop justifying your need to be with your child all the time. Time away from your child is good not just for you, but also for them.  

Here are 5 reasons you should be calling the babysitter and walk out the door……

Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:10

2 weeks agao, I've written a blog on my recent trip to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. If you haven't read it, please click here

This blog post is a continuation to the questions and answers everyone is asking about our adventure:

Monday, 19 June 2017 14:40

Date nights, they happen all the time when we are starting our relationship. As time goes and we begin our families, they tend to disappear. We have every intention that they will start up again, but do they? Are you having regular date nights?

What does it take to get the spice back in your relationship, how will you manage to go out and not feel guilty, or worry about the safety of your children?  Let’s do up a plan…