Greetings from The Happy Parent Project!
12 Steps to a Healthy Family is a digital retreat for busy parents that want to bring calm, space, health and happiness into their day to day family life. Created by Mum and Occupational Therapist Nicole Beardsley, the purpose of 12 Steps to a Healthy Family is to slow parents down, have them reconnect, and bring the joy of parenting back into every moment. The 12 Steps to a Healthy Family ethos is that parents are the gatekeepers to their family’s health and happiness, and that in order to have a healthy and happy family, we must first be healthy and happy parents. Throughout the 12 Steps Nicole uses specialized Occupational Therapy tools to support parents to organize their day/week/month and achieve their business, health and lifestyle goals. She then teaches parents how to cook wholesome, allergy friendly meals, boost their family’s immune system, balance their hormones, boost their energy and get back their spark for life.
SouleMama: Please tell us about the beginnings of your business, and how you've come to be where you are now?
Nicole: My business is The Happy Parent Project. As an Occupational Therapist I support busy parents to organize their day so that they can manage the demands that come with parenting and get back to enjoying family life! I’m also a certified Health Coach and support parents to transition their family to healthier eating through my recipe book ‘Sugar Free Baking’ and DVD ‘Natural Living – The Basics’.
I feel so privileged to be where I am today, working in a job that I love and helping busy parents to reconnect as a family.
15 years ago I gave birth to my first son when I was just a baby myself. I was a young and naive 18 year old, but I was determined, passionate and I loved being a Mum. As a teenager I didn’t have the pressures of ‘life’ that most married Mother’s have – there was no mortgage, husband to feed, toddlers to run after, or the social expectations of a clean house – people expected me to not really have it together yet! So I was off the hook and allowed to simply revel in the wonders of motherhood. I used to look at frazzled ‘normal’ Mother’s and wonder why they complained so much about being a Mum – I just thought it was awesome!
By the age of 21 I had completed my Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. I spent the next 5 years working in some incredible rehabilitation hospitals in New Zealand, Australia & London teaching brain and spinal injured patients how to achieve their goals of walking, talking, getting back to work and returning to their family home.
In 2008 I had my second child and by this time I was married and considered a ‘normal’ mum. All of a sudden I got it – it was hard. I was juggling part time work with running a household and managing a husband and 2 children. People expected me to ‘have it together’ now, and that was a lot of pressure! I figured out pretty quickly that in order to manage all of this ‘stuff’ I needed to apply the same techniques that I was teaching my patients. Being thrown into the world of Motherhood is really quite similar to suddenly acquiring an injury – it’s alien, confusing, demanding and requires planning, prioritization, goal setting and support to make it through!
That’s where The Happy Parent Project was born from. The tools and techniques I used gave me my life back, myself back and my happiness back. I wanted to make my techniques and tools available to other busy parents to remove that ‘struggle’, to help them get organized and to give them back their happy family life.
This weekend, The Happy Parent Project is generously offering the following gifts to THREE lucky SouleMama readers:
Winner 1: 12 Steps to a Healthy Family digital workshop valued at $89 (includes FREE Natural Living DVD and Sugar Free Baking E-Book)
Winner 2: Natural Living - The Basics DVD valued at $39.95
Winner 3: Sugar Free Baking Paperback Book valued at $24.95
In addition, for the month of April The Happy Parent Project is offering all SouleMama readers 25% off any Paperback, E-Book or DVD purchases by using the discount code SMAMA. All 12 Steps to a Healthy Family workshop orders also receive a free Natural Living DVD and Sugar Free Baking E-Book included in the order (valued at $64.95).
To enter today's giveaway, leave a comment below (one entry per person, please). Comments will close by 8am EST on Sunday. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced in this post shortly after.