As I touched on in my bio, before Ted (BT) I worked with children and families.
I started out as a teenager working as a nursery nurse – working with the children was great but the hours were long and the money was shockingly bad, I became a classroom assistant next and enjoyed this role so much but a term time, school hours only contract made growing up and moving on with my life almost impossible.
After completing a basic NVQ qualification I decided to venture in to long term and maternity nannying, then after investing in additional education and lots of professional short courses to boost my skills, confidence and knowledge I moved into a Community Support role alongside Sleep Consultancy.
I discovered a real interest in sleep or in most peoples cases, lack of on one of the short courses I took with MNT training and never really looked back! I’ve always been a notoriously bad sleeper, not only as a baby but all through my childhood, so much so when my Mum spoke to friends with young, sleeping children she’d reply with a roll of her eyes;
“Really? Laura’s 12 and I’m still waiting for her to go though the night”
I’m a lot better now but still suffer with insomnia sporadically, especially during stressful times so I’ve always understood the awful effects sleep deprivation has on people.
Although I’m currently not working…well, if being with a little person 24/7 counts as not working! I’m really passionate about supporting and empowering other Mum’s – everybody’s situation is different, there is no one size fits all response but we all can benefit from a sympathetic ear and some words of support from people who understand our pain.
Life on the other side of the advice is very different and that’s often what I blog about, no matter how much I want to be a certain type of parent, sometimes emotions, situations and yep, you’ve guessed it, sleep deprivation makes me feel like I’m not quite getting it right – but I’m doing my best and that’s all anyone can ask (except Me obviously, the expectations we set for ourselves are always befitting of someone who wears their pants over their trousers aren’t they?!)
Come and say Hi…I’d love to hear your stories!