Diane’s Puppets : Kidspartyheaven. This is my one hundredth blog post.
To commemorate such an auspicious occasion I thought I’d take time to be a little serious and introspective .
Times are tough right now, especially for parents. We are all struggling to make ends meet in this very challenging financial time and this can be very stressful for parents. No parent wants to pass their worries onto their children . We want childhood to be an idyllic time, full of fun and new experiences. We want our children to have a better childhood than ourselves and this can be very tough to achieve, particularly right now.
In my day job as a Children’s Party Entertainer and puppeteer, I see parents doing their utmost best to provide the best childhood experience they can for their offspring. I applaud my lovely clients for realising the importance of creating good memories and the celebration of milestones for their children. Without wanting to sound like an advert for credit cards or package holidays, this stuff is priceless. But obviously it comes at a price, this is why I try and tailor my party packages to allow people to budget for what they can afford. This is also why I unashamedly display my prices on my website. It is the first thing I would look for, as a consumer, if I was looking to throw a party for my own child.
It is stressful just to live right now, jobs are at risk, things are impermanent. I feel this in the pattern of bookings I’m getting: everyone is very last minute. This reflects the consumers anxiety about how hard it is to forward plan with no ability to be able to trust in our financial future. I too share your concern. We are all in this together.
We are told that the way out of this awful state is to start being confident, to start spending and trusting again. Easier said than done right?
I believe it is important to start with our emotions, to lighten up , to try and start being less gloomy. Our children pick up on these emotions more than anything, they live in an emotional world, rather like dogs. ( I’m a fan of the Dog Whisperer, can’t you tell?) I’m on a one woman mission to
Respect the Silly
It may sound silly. It probably is. But there is a serious side to all of this. If we continue to live in the very grown up world of doom and gloom and recession and financial ruin, well… I don’t really need to spell it out do I?
We all need to laugh. We all need to feel good and light. It makes us healthy.
On this note, I’ve been busy making stuff to lighten up our lives in the medium of crochet.
It’s my way of staying positive and trying to bring lightness and brightness back into our world. If you are with me, please spread the word!
If you’re a social networking person, add me on @CrochetBandB on Twitter or www.facebook.com/CrochetBrightandBeautiful on Facebook.
Right, it’s time to go to work.
Hi ho, Hi ho, it’s off to work I go…* whistles*
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