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Easter Activities In Surrey

March 11, 2016 Read more

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Easter Bunny Special with Fairy & Pirate Tots 

Creat something special with your little on at this great event in Horley 26/03 10.30.

 

Big Fish Little Fish family rave is coming back to Farnham Maltings on April 3rd - we can't wait!

 

Easter Mascot Event 27/03 colman redland centre , Reigate , RH2 ONA

 

Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day. 
Redhill Memorial Park.Saturday 26th March 10am till 3pm Tickets available now at £1per child for the hunt Also Table Top Sale / craft/ awareness stalls £5 per table
Message me or call 0752292212

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

All the action takes place in Grange Park on Saturday 26th March, 11am to 3pm, come rain or shine!

 

Family Fun Day Selsdon Hall 

Community Fun Supporting Local 16/04 11am - 2pm

 

Sanderstead Easter Eggstravaganza 

Join us in Sanderstead this Easter 27 March for Children's Easter Egg Hunt, Local Meats BBQ, Rose Petals Celebration Sweets and Confectionary, Arts and Crafts, Face Painting and more.

 

Funk The Family returns to Hove Park on Saturday 28th May 2016 for more musical fun and fantastic entertainment... for ALL the family! 

 

RHS Garden Wisley

Lots od things going on, check out the link for more info

 

Tandridge Trust 

Gome great activites on offer to keep the kids entertained 

JazzItUpCeramics

Looking for something to do this EASTER with the family? Why not get your creative juices flowing with a pottery to go hamper.
NEW Easter stock just in! Call 07976 647507 for more information. 

 

Busylizzy Reigate Open thought the holidays, they also have a Easter party with music and craft activities on Tuesday 5th April. One for toddlers at 10.10am and another for babies at 11.30am.

 

Easter Egg Hunt YMCA Redhill - Mertsham community Facility Trust, 28 Portland Drive.

Saturday 26/03/16 £1 call 07522922142 for more info

 

JUST OUTSIDE SURREY 

Easter Fair - Friends of Whitehall

19 March - Free Admission to Friends of Whitehall's Easter Fair. There will be Crafts, fancy goods, cake stalls, raffle and light refershments

 

Easter Eggstravaganza 2016

Tilgate Bakery! Come and join us for some Easter Fun on Good Friday, 10am until 3pm Take part in the FREE Easter Hunt to win in our special free draw.

 

Easter Familiy Fun At Hever Castle 

LINDT EASTER BUNNY HUNT: 19 & 20, 23 March – 10 April

EASTER FAMILY FUN: 25 March – 10 April

 

Easter Family Fun Day

Fun packed day for the family starting with an Easter Trail activity available between 11am and 1pm. Food available throughout the day with Paella Fella serving Paella from 1pm to celebrate National Paella Day. More Children's entertainment in the afternoon including the fabulously entertaining Boo Hiccup.
27 March - Entry is £5 per child over 2 and adults are free

 

Funk The Family Festival 2016

Funk The Family returns to Hove Park on Saturday 28th May 2016 for more musical fun and fantastic entertainment... for ALL the family! 

 

Borde Hill Gardens 

Garden and Adventure Playground open: 10am-5pm weekdays and 10am-6pm weekends.

All kids activities: daily between 11am-3pm* from 25th March-10th April.

 

Amazing April Craft Fair

APRIL CRAFT FAIR - FREE ENTRY 
Saturday 2nd April 2016 - 10.30am - 5pm

Brighton Unitarian Church (Nr The Dome & Theatre Royal) 
New Road, BN1 1UF 

 

 

 

If you know of any other activities taking place over the Easter holidays please let us know: admin@supermum.org

 

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Easter Activities In Oxfordshire

March 11, 2016 Read more

Why not make the most of Easter holidays and see what great activities are on throughout Oxfordshire:
 
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Get crafty and join the Rabbit Hop
 
Abingdon NCT are holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday 30th March 10-11.30am at Abbey Gardens
 
Banbury Museum: Get crafty with the Spring Farmyard
 
Bicester Avenue Garden Centre: Breakfast or Tea with the Easter Bunny
 
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock: Easter weekend activities include Easter Egg Hunt, Vintage Fun Fair and visits from characters including The Gruffalo and Tree Fu Tom 
 
Blue Cross at Lewknor are holding an Easter Fayre on Saturday 19th March 11am to 3pm, there will be stalls, raffle and a visit from the Easter Bunny
 
Bright Sparks Science are running Easter holiday camps in varios locations across the county
 
Chilton Garden Centre: Breakfast or Tea with the Easter Bunny 
 
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway: Easter trains are running so why not get on board!
 
Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford: It is Lemur Week at the park, why not enter their colouring competition?
 
Cogges Farm Museum, Witney: A great range of activities as part of their Easter Eggstravaganza including chocolate decorating  
 
Didcot Railway Centre: Easter Gala with guest locomotive 'Tornado' 
 
Earth Trust, Abingdon: Lots of fun activities as part of their Easter Fun on the Farm 
 
Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton: Easter Fun, explore the rabbit burrow and meet the Easter Bunny 
 
Farmer gows, Faringdon: A range of activities as part of their Easter Eggstravaganza 
 
The Jericho Kitchen Cookery School is holding 'Children's Italian For Beginners' on Wednesday 6th April (for 5-10 year olds) and Sunday 10th April (for 11-16 year olds)
 
Kings Sutton Pre-School are holding an Easter Family Fun Event on Saturday 2nd April 10am-12pm
 
Madley Park Hall, Witney are holding a family Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 26th March at 10am
 
Millets Farm: Spring Bunanza, Easter Bunny and Tractor rides 
 
Oxford Castle Unlocked: Kids for a Quid during the Easter holidays
 
Oxfordshire Bus Museum, Long Hanborough: Easter Egg Hunt and games on Easter Sunday 
 
Princess Risborough railway: Meet the Easter Bunny
 
Pitt Rivers Museum/Natural History Museum: A range of activities as part of their Easter Eggventure 
 
Steventon Sports and Social Club are holding an Easter Extravaganza on the 27th March with plenty of Easter activities for children
 
Story Museum, Oxford: Easter Cholocate Lab on Tuesday 29th March, booking required
 
Waterfowl Sanctuary, Banbury: Easter Egg Hunt across the Easter weekend
 
Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley: Why not join in their Easter Bunny Hunt?
 
West Witney Primary School are holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 19th March 11am to 12.30pm
 
White Horse Hill: Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 
 
If you know of any other activities taking place over the Easter holidays please let us know: oxfordshire@supermum.org
 
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Local Parent Warning

March 10, 2016 Read more

The incident below happend in The Friary Guilford Surrey. Please do take extra care when out with your children.

***PLEASE SHARE**** Be aware 

'I feel that I could of lost Lucy today. We were in town today as the kids treated me to Lunch. We were getting the lift down, we don't normally and wish we hadn't today. We pressed the button the doors opened William (my 9 year old) and Lucy (my 4 year old) got on, before Charlotte and I stepped in this man cut me up and got in the lift and pressed the button to make the doors shut. However Charlotte and I got in, this man literally sent alarm bells ringing and made me feel so uneasy. He was going to level 1 so I pressed 2 to get off quicker. I stood in the lift when the doors opened and let the kids off. We were off now, I looked to Lucy who was going back to lift like she had been called back!!! So I shouted out her name and grabbed her before she got back on and the doors closed. My kids are very shaken by this exchange and after reporting it we all agreed to go home. The thing with this is you knew exactly what was happening when it happened and afterwards because everyone is ok you doubt yourself. I watch my kids all the time when we are out, I don't leave them for an instant, I don't use my phone when I am out with them. You don't expect someone to call them back in to the lift. It's reported now, Lucy doesn't like lifts anymore (can't say I do either) The kids have calmed down now we are home. The Friary was brilliant they are checking the cctv and seeing if this man is on their list and they are reporting it to the police. Just be aware.

**update** I've just been informed that what happened to Lucy today also happened again shortly after in the White Lion walk. There are two men working together. Please be vigilant on your kids people.

POLICE ARE NOW INFORMED< Please don't let your teenagers out on their own either as they have also targeted a 14 year old!. Be safe people x' Jane Clough 

 

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Our Super Tips: Increasing Page Likes

March 07, 2016 Read more

Here at Supermums, we often get asked how to get more Facebook likes and it is not an easy question to answer. For some businesses, increasing page likes takes a lot of time and effort but for some it just takes a few great posts to get a high number of likes. We ourselves are always looking at ways to increase our likes so we can get more support for our members. 

 

It is all well and good having lots of page likes but likes from random people are not going to result in post engagement and therefore won't do much for your post reach (the number of people who have seen your post). It is much better to have the RIGHT people liking your page as they are the ones who will take an interest in what you do, share and engage with you. 

 

Here are our top tips for getting more likes:

 

Run a competition: Sounds simple but it takes a lot of consideration to get the required results. You will need to think carefully about what you want to give as a prize, how people will enter and how you will get people to enter. You may want to share the competition in local groups or with friends and family. Really make your followers want to win; have a good image and stipulate one of the benefits of the prize. You may want to look at using Prizefinder where you can list a competition for free, it will result in some likes but only from those who tend to use Facebook just to enter competitions. Make sure that if you do run a competition you state that the competition is not affiliated in any way by Facebook.

 

Likes for likes: At Supermums, we do this a lot as it enables you to target your ideal customer and raise your business profile. As an example, when we first started Supermums we spent a lot of time messaging local businesses and inviting them to like our page.

 

Pay Facebook: This sounds like an easy option (apart from the cost) but in order to get a return on your investment you need to consider your target market so you can target your advert for page likes.With Facebook you can target your ad by demographics such as age, gender, location and interests. We would recommend you have a great image that reflects your business and will stand out in people's news feed.

 

Great content: experiment with your content. Great content, images and videos will, on the whole have a higher post reach. With engaging content your followers are more likely to share it, like and comment on it which results in more people seeing your posts and liking your page. Make people want to like your page, make it engaging, useful and relevant! One of our members for example who creates personalised gifts, posted a great video of one of her products in a national craft group which instantly resulted in a high number of page likes.

 

Network: you are not alone in wanting more likes, we all want some more. Keep an eye out for your competitors to see what they are doing to get more likes. Speak to other small businesses to see what works for them. You could also look at what our members do, we have over 160 members whose page likes range from 10 to 10,000.

 

If you would like more information or help with increasing your page likes just let us know. To take a look at our members see our directories;

Supermum Oxfordshire

Supermum Surrey

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Struggling To Stay Productive When Working From Home?

March 01, 2016 Read more

With more and more people working from home, the struggle to stay productive and focussed is becoming difficult. 

 

I always found it hard working from home, with lots of different distractions, I found it important to dedicate a working area in the home, even if you do not have an office or spare room. Great work from home spaces.

 

Create working hours. Just beacuse you work from home doesnt mean you should have the TV on, you may not be watching it but its too easy to get distracted from your daily goals.

'Gloria Mark of the University of California, Irvine has discovered that it takes an average of 25 minutes for a worker to return to a task once they’ve been interrupted.'

 

Set yourself reasonable goals. Running your own small business often means you are responsible for all the day to day duties, but doing too much or starting and not finishing jobs before you start others can often be unproductive and and leave you with rushed sloppy work and your potential customers will see this.

 

It is important to work with no distractions, if you have pre school children, with no childcare, plan your working hours around them, could mean you set your alarm an hour or so before they normally wake up. Capitalize on nap time, this can be one hour or up to three. You have older children? I found giving them my full attendtion, doing activities they have choosen, I can sit them down with a few healty snacks, some colouring in or there favourite TV show, I get an hour where I can fit in replying to emails or catching up on the house work. 

Learn to keep your roles as mum and businesswoman separate, giving each your full concentration for a set amount of time, or you'll never feel like you're doing either well. 

 

Take a BREAK! We recommend getting out.

A nice walk, Its a good way to clear you mind, this can also be very productive in coming up new fresh ideas.

Coffee shop?? they have WIFI plus its a chance for some human interaction while giving you a much needed change of scenery.

My friend recommends the gym, (its walking distance to her) she often books in a mid day class 3 times a week and boosts how engergised and ready to take on the rest of the day.

 

While the above is not practical for eveyone, we can all take time to follow my favourite breathing excerise below, I recommend a good 5 mins, I would normally find a comfortable peaceful place, set my alarm for 5 mins.

Drink lots of water, dehydration plays a massive part in being focus and productive.

 

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Puddle Duck Fun!

February 26, 2016 Read more

When my daughter was born we did everything with her: baby massage, Sing & Sign and swimming lessons. When my son came along it was a different story as i realised how much harder it is doing activities with two children and my son was far happier playing with his trains. He does though, love the water so when i saw that Puddleducks (one of our lovely members) were starting new classes in Standlake on a Thursday i decided to sign him up for a term.

The location in Standlake is Lincoln Farm Park, a lovely small pool which is used just for Puddleducks (so it is quiet with no distractions) at the time. It has all the facilities you would expect, hot showers and clean changing rooms. We joined a small 'Little Dippers' class which is great as there is plently of opportunity to understand the lesson and get equal help from the qualified teacher.

There is a strong emphasis on safety, ensuring that you and your child/baby enter and leave the pool as safely as possible. The classes are tailored to age and ability and each lesson is different so the children learn something new each week but also build their confidence and ability by practising everything new they have learnt. The classes are a great mix of technique, games and singing and there is even a few minutes at the end for playing with the toys. My son's favourite is singing 'Jelly on the plate' and jumping in off the big mat!

We are both loving the classes so far, why not try one for yourself? I think that swimming is an invaluable life skill and that it is important to build your babies/child's confidence in the water as soon as possible.

For more information on classes and times take a look at their website

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2016. What are you going to do with it?

February 25, 2016 Read more

New Year, New Hangover

As we nursed our Prosecco hangovers on the first day of 2016 we were thinking about the countless New Year’s resolutions that are made as one year ticks over into another. Sometimes the resolutions set for the year ahead are simple; read more books, eat less sugar, spend less – you get the idea, but sometimes the resolutions we set are more about real life changes that last more than a few months and require a higher level of commitment and faith.

The New Year is undoubtedly a time for reinvention, as much as it is for fad diets and promises to ourselves. From a work life point of view it’s one of the most likely times to change jobs, brush up your CV or think about a whole new career. If you have a skill, a passion or just a real interest in something it’s easy to dream about making that into more than a hobby, but hard to take that step. Just because January is long gone, 2016 is just getting started and with #LeapDay on Monday 29th February there is no better time to make this year the #yearoftheleap.

Some of our Supermums:

These stories of Supermums and their small business journeys are perfect if you’re looking for that bit of inspiration, encouragement and a gentle nudge over the edge.

Read about Michelle who runs Supermum Oxfordshire from home around her two children, relying on her social media addiction, supportive husband and good old chocolate kicks.

Here’s Sarah, of Beaming Light Photography. A photographer who travels the county taking amazing photos with her portable studio in your own home. She encourages other mums who want to start a business to just go for it!

Memorable Moments is the ‘sweet’ dream of part-time teacher Sarah, who delivers all types of confectionery and candy carts to your events in and around Carterton, whilst also raising her 20 month old.

Katie had an idea just two years ago and shares her tips with us about doing your homework before starting out on your business journey. She did hers and now has a successful pet sitting business called Moggies & More Pet Sitting.

We talked to Saveria about her business Full Bloom Therapies and how she set up as a hypnotherapist, a Wise Hippo hypnobirthing instructor and a HypnoMothering practitioner to help mothers in the local area following her own experiences as a new mother.

Sharon’s advice for small business owners is to work hard in the first year and make some great contacts. Read more about how she manages a part-time job alongside her business Guest Factor Oxfordshire.

And finally, meet Sandra of Banbury Village Yoga who views her business venture as the perfect opportunity to do something for herself, to both build a business and friendships within the local area.

Mums as a circus act:

As we support these mum-run businesses with our local low-cost advertising, we’ve come to realise that they all have one thing in common. They have taken that step to do something they love, that they are good at, and that works around their family. For the last few weeks we’ve been celebrating these mums who’ve taken a leap and started their own business, even when at times it can be scary and hard work. If you have children you’ll know about the constant struggles to balance everything and when you add a full or part time job into the mix, it can be a bit like juggling slippery fish, but mums after all are circus aficionados and these businesses are proof that juggling can pay off.

#yearoftheleap = A whole extra day:

#LeapDay (February 29th) used to be known as the day when a woman could propose to her man and take the matter of engagement into her own hands. These days it’s not as uncommon for men to be the ones saying ‘Yes!’ after some romantic gesture planned by their future wife. Of course it’s also not necessarily a commitment being made by a man and a woman and that’s where the concept has started to fall by the wayside. This year, we’re making #LeapDay all about the #yearoftheleap and we want to know what you’re going to do with your whole extra day.

Talk to us: 

The mums we’ve interviewed as part of our campaign are just some of the businesses working with Supermum Oxfordshire. We can support you at any stage of your business. If it’s just an idea and you want some advice about where to start or if you’re interested in local advertising, take a look at the Bronze, Silver and Gold packages starting from £4.99/month on our website. Alternatively, drop an email to Michelle directly via oxfordshire@supermum.org or call her on 07969 677760 to have a no-obligation chat about your ideas, your small business needs and to access a community of supportive mums in Oxfordshire.

We know that taking that leap can be scary, but join in the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, use the hashtag #yearoftheleap and chat with us about your journey.

Written by Zoe Greenall

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Don't See The New Facebook Reactions Yet?

February 25, 2016 Read more

 

The new Facebook reactions are finally here — which means you can respond to someone's status with Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry in addition to the familiar, original Like.

If you're not seeing those options in your News Feed yet, though, we're here to help.

On desktop

On the browser version of Facebook, simply just hover over the Like button, and the new reactions will pop up in a bar above. (Just be careful; it's very easy to accidentally "wow" or "love" someone's status inadvertently when you mouse over the new options.)

Once you use the new reactions, each post will show the top three reactions it has received. Clicking on those reactions will give you a breakdown of how many people have used each reaction. Though you can only use one reaction to respond to a post, you can also change to a different one if you change your mind afterward (Facebook will just change the count).

On mobile

In the Facebook mobile app, you might need to close the app completely and reopen it before the reactions appear. Once you hit the Like button on a post, a message will appear that instructs you to hold down on that button to bring up the other reactions. So don't be dismayed if you don't see the new reactions immediately.

 
FacebookReactions

 

Hold down the Like button on the Facebook mobile app to bring up the new reactions.

IMAGE: FACEBOOK

At this point, the reactions are only available to use on posts, pictures and videos — not on individual comments.

Bonus: Facebook has become the app most can't live without (minus Messenger)

 

Re Blogged from MashableUK 

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Girl Power: A Record Number Of Women Run Their Own Businesses

February 19, 2016 Read more

Here at Supermum HQ we were thrilled by the recent story that a record number of women are running their own businesses 

The number of ‘mumpreneurs’ – mothers starting firms from home – and other women setting up part-time now exceeds 800,000.

There are 807,000 self-employed women working part-time – the highest since records began in 1992, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The figure has risen 3.7 per cent on last year.

Mandy Garner, of Workingmums.co.uk, said: ‘One of the main reasons women choose to set up their own business is flexibility.

‘They also want a challenge – to be able to use their skills and do something they feel passionate about.’ 

She said technology meant it was easier than ever before to work outside an office, with some mothers running global businesses from home.

MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 

Sarah Pittendrigh, of County Durham, set up her business eight years ago, when her son William was nine. 

She was bankrupt, divorced and on benefits.

‘I wanted flexibility. If I worked for an employer I would have felt I was missing out on William growing up,’ she said.

Sarah Pittendrigh, of County Durham, supplies tablecloths and chair covers for weddings

She now expects to make £100,000 in annual profits from Simply Bows and Chair Covers, which supplies tablecloths and chair covers for weddings, and has 11 franchises. 

She won the Daily Mail’s Mumpreneur of the Year Award for 2015.

The 44-year-old, who has remarried husband Stewart, said: ‘It makes me a better wife and a better mother, because I am a happier person – it never feels like work.’

 

Figures show there are about two million stay-at-home mothers in the UK, a drop of 3.5 per cent in a year.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3452041/March-mumpreneurs-800-000-women-run-businesses-time.html#ixzz40cGoC2NP 

 

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Are You Body Confident?

February 19, 2016 Read more

How many of us are truly body confident? Sometimes that depends on the day, the mood and a myriad of other external factors, but people are remarkably cruel to themselves. Given epidemic in our society of us hating our own body, it really is time to start changing our internal monologue – NOW!

How do you do it? It takes time and practise and a good dollop of self-compassion. What’s the big secret? Admire yourself in the mirror. Now I know you’re laughing and thinking ‘you’re joking’. Or perhaps something less polite…

Yeah, OK, laugh away. BUT. What goes on in your head goes on in your body – some of you will know this if you get a knotty back when you’re stressed. Now I’m not saying you can just think yourself into your perfect body but having a positive mental attitude really helps. On a regular basis, look at your reflection – naked or otherwise, make faces and pose and think really nice thoughts about yourself. If this sounds like the absolute most self-obsessed thing you’ve ever heard... it kind of is. But creating that positivity in your head is vital, so here are some top tips:

1. Change Your Point of View to Someone Else's

So you’re standing half-naked in front of a mirror, and all you’ll see are glaring flaws and lumpy bits. But the key to this practice is to admire yourself from the point of view of someone else, someone who loves you for who you are. Don’t compare yourself to them, just try to see yourself as they see you, not as you see yourself. They look at you and think ‘He/she’s kind, lovely, successful, helpful, beautiful, amazing, sexy, great boobs, nice bum, funny….. (insert your own positive adjective here – or theirs – ask them!)

 

2. Put Action Before Appearance
Shift your focus from what your body looks like to what it can do. Instead of saying 'I hate my thighs,' ask yourself: ‘What do your thighs allow me to do?’. Maybe that thought could become 'My legs allow me to squat in my Metabolic Effect class, which makes me feel fab.'  When you can talk positively about yourself in terms of what your body can do, you will slowly start to view your body in a very different way.

3. Identify Body Parts You Love
Make sure you're also focusing on the things that you love about yourself. Some people look at themselves in the mirror and say horrible things, often out loud, which makes the negativity worse because you’re hearing it as well as saying it! I’ve looked in the mirror plenty of times and thought ‘Ugh!’ about something or other. So pick a body part that you love— I like my stomach—and talk out loud about it, so that you think it, say it and hear it! ‘My stomach looks great from the side’.

4. Break Out the Post-Its Changing how you talk to yourself is a habit that you have to both break and create, so expect it to take a month before positive self-talk feels like a bit more normal. If you're thinking 'I feel like I'm lying to myself,' ask your friends for help. The next time a friend or family member pays you a compliment, ask them to write it down on a post-it, then stick it to your mirror. (Or, if you're too embarrassed to ask, just do it yourself). Getting the statements of positive people in your life, and having those statements reinforced every time you look in the mirror helps combat the negative things that you think about yourself.

5. Who Is Your Body Bully?
Negative self-talk can feel like it's your voice, but it often isn't. Try to figure out who or where it came from. That boy named John who made fun of your nose in high school. If you have a negative thought, you can say 'John, you're not welcome here.' You then take the negative thought off yourself and put it on an object. It's not your voice, it's not the truth, and it makes it easier to move on.

6. Hold Yourself to A Higher Standard
Be as nice to yourself as you are to the people you love. Would you say those things to your best friend, sister, mother? If you cannot imagine another human being who you love having this said to them, then why are you talking to yourself in that manner?

So be nice to yourself. Regularly. Practise it until it doesn’t feel weird. Take small steps if you have to – “I don’t look too bad for having had 2 kids’ is a huge positive step forward from ‘OMG look at that hideous fat bum’. As you get used to doing it, you’ll feel less silly saying great things about yourself. Be proud, be confident – you’re amazing!

By Jayne Attwood who runs JTA Fit, take a look at their page to find out more about their great classes for busy people

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