Joining the club
So here I am. I sat and wrote and re-wrote my first post for this blog multiple times. In the end I decided a simple introduction to who I am and why I’m here would be best. So, without wanting to sound like this is ‘mums anonymous’ My name is Hannah and I am a mum. I’m actually a mum to three (four if you include the husband). My eldest daughter is 9 soon to be 10. We call her Kiki, her real name is Caitlin, Kiki comes from the time my son was learning to talk, he struggled with the pronunciation of Caitlin so dubbed her Kiki, which stuck, so it is now and possibly forever will be her name. The middle child, who we call Little Fairy (real name Freya) is everything you would expect a fairy to be. At 8 years old she is a perfect balance of beauty and sass. My youngest is known as many things. Teddy is his ‘day name’, Edward is his ‘you’re in trouble name’ and Master of Mischief is his pseudonym, he is a four year old force of nature. A loveable bundle of trouble who pushes my patience just past the limit, while at the same time making my heart sing with joy. Together they are mine, I cooked them, I birthed them and for almost a decade I have given my all to raising them.
A bit about me. Since becoming a mum I have tried my hand at a range of things. After gaining an early years diploma straight from school I fell pregnant with Kiki quite young, so was unable to go onto university to become a primary school teacher, which had always been the plan. During my initial parenting years, I took up part time office work, I did a brief stint in the care sector and I dabbled in hospitality. Nothing ever felt like the right fit though. I struggled with finding something I was passionate about. I loved spending my time with my children and my enthusiasm for their development along with my early years training gave me the knowledge and creativity to provide them with fun and imaginative ways to learn. As they got older and started school and nursery, I felt lost. So, with the support of my husband in 2018 I returned to education. I initially studied psychology and sociology to give me the qualifications I needed to get me onto a degree course, which I started last year. I have just completed (in COVID-19 lockdown) my first year of studying for a BA in Young Children’s Learning and Development.
It has been tough striking a good balance, especially financially. While I was finding my feet as a student, mother, wife and woman, I found that although there are some absolutely amazing mummy blogs out there (which did get me through some tough times) there weren’t any that fit my situation. It struck me that there are so few examples of realistic and achievable ideas or outlets for the masses of people who struggle financially. Being an ‘old’ student (I’m 29 – so not old in human years, but in student years, I’m practically a fossil) trying to build a better life, feed and entertain three children, and create a happy home on a low income hasn’t been easy. So, I decided to create this blog as a space to share my experiences, my tried and tested financially friendly activities, affordable and family friendly recipes and anything else I discover along the way that works to keep the family happy, without breaking the bank.
As parents, we are in this together. To those still reading, I hope that this is the start of a beautiful journey and that you can all share your ideas and experiences with me.