a peek inside the fishbowl

31 Oct, 2011

p.s. to the previous post

Posted by andrea tomkins in: parenting|Yaktivism


“Mummy, tell me again, why is there a stickie note inside our medicine cabinet?”
“It’s a kind of reminder.”
“To do what?”
“To take one minute for myself.”
“One minute? For what?”
“To take my vitamin D and a big drink of water to go with it. To stand up really straight and tall while I brush my teeth. To put on sunscreen in the morning. To breath deeply and to fill my lungs.”
“That’s a lot of stuff to remember.”
“It is, and that’s why I need that stickie note. And I think if I timed myself I’d discover it all takes a little longer than one minute, but not by much.”
“Parents are weird.”
“Yes we are.”

3 Responses to "p.s. to the previous post"

1 | Carly

October 31st, 2011 at 11:33 am


Love this! (Random typing now to fulfill WordPress’ need for a longer comment.) :)

2 | Javamom

October 31st, 2011 at 12:40 pm



I remember when I used to work at a desk job and Microsoft Office was just invented (or we just got it as part of our office staples, I don’t remember) it was recommended by the senior colleagues to schedule into the handydandy reminder system to ‘take lunch’.

I remember thinking who needs to be reminded to take lunch? And then I worked there for a few months and…click. The penny dropped. LOL

So…nice note!! I like. Is it working?

3 | andrea

October 31st, 2011 at 12:44 pm


Thank you Carly!
Javamom – I’ve had it up for awhile now. Totally works for me, mostly because I can’t ignore it and it makes it impossible to forget!

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