Inspiring Mummy: Caroline Jeeves
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Tell us about yourself:
Hello I’m Caroline, the Mummy behind the blog Clean Little Tummies Happy Mummies. I’m 38 (how did that happen?), married and am blessed with a daughter and two sons.
Tell us about your family set up:
My three children are 5, 3 & 1 so life is busy at home. My husband works in London and does long days leaving me in charge of the children and the house! Luckily, I am surrounded by a supportive family who help me and come to my rescue for babysitting duties!
Do you work or stay at home? How does that work for you? How do you feel about those decisions and choices? Has what you do greatly changed since you’ve had a family? In what ways?
I stay at home with the children. Whilst it was always something I thought I might like to do the decision was made for me when we moved away from where my teaching job was and it wasn’t possible to return to my job after my daughter was born. I know that I am very lucky to be able to stay at home with my children and I am so grateful to be able to be with them as they start playgroup, ballet lessons, pre-school etc. I do struggle at times with the relentlessness of being a stay at home mum; it isn’t always easy to really feel like it’s the weekend when my week and weekends are quite often the same. I do miss my profession - I loved teaching languages and that feeling of being part of a team, but I know that they won’t be small for long and there will always be teenagers to teach if and when I do return.
What I miss most about not working is a sense of satisfaction, so I started to write a blog, following my own passion for cooking. The blog is a place for recipe inspiration and ideas for food for the whole family. It has really allowed me to be creative and develop new skills as well as feeding my family healthy nutritious meals and snacks. I am starting to enjoy some successes from the blog in the wider community and this is really giving me a personal sense of satisfaction for what I’m doing but it also allows me to be with my children.
What are your day-to-day challenges as a mum?
As any Mum will tell you the main challenges I face are getting three children fed, watered and dressed ready to leave the house each morning single handed. I, like most mothers, also get a lot wrong! And I am readily reminded each day that I’ve brought the wrong coloured apple for a snack and that I’ve cut the toast in the wrong direction – we’re on triangles this week!
What would you most like to change about your current situation?
I would like to have more time to spend with each of my children and I sometimes feel that busy days mean I can’t give them the individual attention I would like and that I think they need.
In what ways do you hope to inspire your children?
My main hope is that I inspire them by doing. I work hard at home with them to ensure they are well mannered, kind and thoughtful. I am very motivated in all I do and I hope this inspires them to be the same. I will always tell my children that they can be whomever they choose to be and achieve whatever they aspire to but that this can only happen with hardwork and endeavour.
What inspires you the most? (People/books/art etc…)
My own Mum is a huge inspiration to me. She herself has three children and it is only now with three of my own that I realize how hard she worked as we were growing up and she inspires me to do the same for my three children. I am constantly inspired my friends and media friends. There is so much inspiration to be found in the blogging/instagram/pinterest world that if I am ever lacking inspiration I take a little look through these to find some new inspiration and motivation.
Do you currently take any regular time out for yourself? What do you do with that time out?
I don’t have a regular time out for myself mainly because my husband works long hours but my mum kindly looks after the children so I can go for a run most weeks and I usually try to get out for a run at the weekend when my husband is at home. I’m pretty good at meeting up with friends at the weekends and my husband is always happy for me to do that. It is a constant battle however between my own time and family time which is also scarce.
What are your thoughts about the Inspiring Mummy Club, and what do you see as its appeal?
It is such a great idea to bring Mummies together and show them ways to manage being a mummy well. I know when I first became a Mummy it was such a life changing time. You read so many books and guides about looking after the baby but there is a lot less written about looking after you. You can often feel lost or lonely as a Mummy, so a supportive network like this has a very definite place.
You can find out more about Caroline's fabulous blog by clicking on the link! www.cleanlittletummieshappymummies.com