Rosie and Adam, The duo behind the Irish Mummy, the show where business and motherhood meet is all about combining the two worlds that make life, and lifestyle, possible.
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The Funny Things that Change When You Become a Parent | Adjusting Your Life
You get used to one way of living, but when you have a child, everything seems to change and you therefore have to adjust, so we want to talk about our experience as parents and what we have done to adapt to a new lifestyle. One thing you kind of have to give up when you have kids is privacy as all the kids think when you go to the bathroom, they can come too. Eating is another thing you can no longer do alone and as soon as those kids see you eating something, they’re gonna want some and will feel entitled to have whatever it is you’re having. You’ll never feel lonely when you have kids.
Never lonely 15:18
“Every single treat has noisy packaging, and it’s like an alarm that little kids, like sharks that can smell a drop of blood in a million liters of water or something like that, kids can hear that. They can’t hear anything else, but they can be 3 miles away and they’ll hear a crisp packet open, or a chocolate bar, and they’ll come running from 3 counties away.” 8:45
How to Find You Time | Taking Advantage of Each Moment
On today’s episode we’re talking all about finding time for you, which is just in line with where we’re at right now with the new baby. Not having a lot of time on your hands is good because it forces you to prioritize the most important things, whereas when you have more free time you might focus on things that aren’t so important. We give some tips on how to free up your time, such as figuring out first what you want, then freeing up the space to make it happen. You can break up your time and get things done in 5-10 minutes at a time in those short moments between other, bigger activities/tasks.
Having to readjust 0:56
How to free up more time 3:40
Spreading out your workouts 6:19
Adam’s priorities 8:24
Rosie’s priorities 9:47
Finding more time to read 11:41
“So you’ve prepped and worked out one of the things that make you feel re-energized, you’ve carved out the space to make it happen, or if it’s something simple like the peppermint tea, you’ve prepped it so that you could do it on the fly and get that moment of just where you can breathe.” 10:47
Elijah's Home Birth Story | My Miracle Birth
Rosie just had our new baby this last week and we wanted to talk about how that went. She had some fear and anxiousness about this birth because of Ezra’s birth. We set up a little pool in our home where Rosie was able to remain when giving birth, and then her midwife had her sit on the toilet to help open things up for the baby. From there, she was able to get in the pool, stand up, and deliver the baby almost right after getting in. We were all pretty shocked the baby came so fast at that point, but Rosie was very relieved that things went so smoothly. “If it doesn’t get to happen and you just went to hospital, like I did with Daithi, that’s great too because you’re already much more prepared than you would be without it.” 26:36
Getting ready for Elijah’s birth 2:17
The massage technique and birth 9:55
The second wave, or the placenta 16:45
Things happened so fast 19:31
“It was like going to the movies and the lights came on and you were told to leave after the trailers had finished. The movie hadn’t even started and you’re like, ‘Hey it’s finished!’ I spent more time filling the pool than you were having contractions for nearly.” 18:48
How to Teach Your Kids Important Life Lessons | Teaching Them Why in a Simple Way
Children have a need for being taught in such a way that they can understand, which requires us to be able to teach in a simple way. Rosie gives the example of using animals to teach them by likening the animals to how their brain works and deciding which animal will be in control. Often when your children are struggling to do what you ask them to, it’s because they don’t understand why it’s important to complete these tasks. Using stories to teach a principle will make learning much more impactful, especially if you can share a story that tugs at their heartstrings.
An example of teaching in a simple way 1:42
Respecting differences 6:38
Teaching them why 11:19
Using timers to motivate 17:11
“When you teach a principle, it’s like a third party in your relationship with your children. Sometimes if you say like, ‘Patty, can you get dressed?’ or ‘Saoirse can you have your breakfast? Can you do this, or can you do that?’ They see it as a request from me and that they’re just doing it because I want them to do it, but when you bring a principle and you teach them, and they understand the why and the benefits and the blessings of what that means, they take ownership and they feel empowered.” 11:27
Powerful Business Strategies for Busy Mums | How to Grow Your Business to Grow Your Family
This episode is less for people who don’t really have a business and are just getting started, but more for people who already have a business and are trying to re-navigate where you want to go with it because you’re having more children. We discuss the idea of delegation, which is assigning tasks to someone else so that you don’t have to do them yourself and therefore can have more time. The Pareto principle, or 80/20 rule, states that 80% of our results are coming from only 20% of our efforts, so if we’re able to pinpoint which efforts are providing the most value, we can stop focusing on the less important efforts and thus provide ourselves with more time. Another great question to ask yourself as a business owner is, can you make your business more profitable with less sales? “I am telling you, productive people have no problem helping when it’s productive.” 36:11
Delegating in your business 1:21
The Pareto principle 6:26
Things that are bad investments if your business isn’t set up right 9:16
Some key principles to follow 16:16
Short term and long term employees 24:51
Grading clients 27:08
Your peer group matters 31:57
“Sometimes when you have too many hours, you just start doing random things, like you don’t really think about what you’re doing, you’re just doing. And I really looked at in our business what would add the most value if I could just do those things consistently.” 6:11
Divorce | The Impact on Kids
On today’s episode we’re talking about divorce and the impact it has on kids. This is a really touchy subject and it comes without any judgement at all. Adam’s parents got divorced when he was 6 years old and we feel divorce can be a necessary thing depending on the situation and how bad it is. Rosie never experienced the feelings that come with having divorced parents, which Adam explains, such as feeling guilty during the times when he wasn’t spending time with his dad, or feeling afraid when he wasn’t with his mom. Adam was a confident, happy little kid, but he remembers after the divorce he found fear and worry always accompanying him, even though his parents tried their best not to put the weight of the divorce on their kids’ shoulders.
It’s good to talk about these things 2:20
What brings on the worry in children 5:45
Avoid trying to push your opinion on them 14:22
Remembering how everything changed 23:53
Talking about the issue and the pain 29:25
“One thing when we got together, I said to Rosie, ‘Look, up until we have kids, you can go whenever you want. And after we have kids, then we have to fight for our marriage, unless it’s so diabolically bad that being together is just going to scar the kids.’ You know what I mean? It’s tough. This is really an intense topic to talk about.” 2:50
Adam and Rosie are a remarkable couple who have a very compelling life story. They went through a grinder and came stronger and more committed to succeeding and helping others. Worth a listen, particularly if you do not have the opportunity to be with them in person!!!
Refreshing & authentic
Rosie is such an intuitive and heart filled leader. I love the refreshing non-judgmental view she gives on being a momprenuer. Keep the content coming!