Because some days it's not all 'Sunshine & Lollipops'...
Remember that other lifetime, before you were a parent?
You’d flick through baby magazines, imagining how it might be. Mentally casting yourself as the lead in the Johnson & Johnson baby bath commercial…
You imagined your Future Parent Self. Smiling, serene, refreshed. Dressed.
Everything would be washed and put away.
Squeaky-clean fridge bursting with greens that your kids would devour before clearing the table without a whiff of “It’s not my turn!”
Newly pregnant, you’d see parents in supermarket queues. They'd stand helplessly with a hotchpotch of groceries and a glazed expression. Baby bawling in the pram. Toddler running riot through the fruit section.
Every so often, they'd emit a faint signal along the lines of, ‘Johnny. Stop it. If I have to ask you one more time…’ while Johnny crashed the trolley through the self-serve like it’s a dodgem rink.
You felt for them. You really did. Then you thought this:
‘I’m going to do things differently…’
And here you are. Hotchpotch. Dodgems. If I have to ask you one more …
It’s not all the time, and not in exactly the same way, but there are enough similarities between how things were never going to be, and how things appear to be unfolding, that you’d quite like to go back and apologise for the rose-coloured glasses.
Because - as beautiful and joyful and rewarding and worth it as this is - parenting is harder than you thought.
The very same little people who have inched their way into every nook and cranny of your heart can drive you to tears in car parks. There are moments at 3am when you lie awake and want to scramble back all the words you said when you were at wits’ end. The corners you cut. The things you forgot. The time you wasted on Facebook while they sped through the months, and years…
Sometimes you want to wake your kids and apologise and hug them. Except that would be ludicrous! They’re fast asleep - peaceful, beautiful - and you can’t believe how lucky you are. A part of you wonders if you really deserve it. You worry that you’re messing it up. Messing them up. And that something will go wrong…
Nothing is ever finished. You’re never really on top of everything.
You have these priceless moments when it all just works. Everyone’s happy. Everyone's well. And you’re euphoric!
The very next day someone’s crawling with nits and there are ‘mean girls’ and the awards ceremony clashes with the company AGM and you’re floundering. Suddenly, you’re not juggling the balls in the air. You’re trying to scoop them up, one after another as they slip through your fingers.
Sometimes you pretend your heart isn’t thumping and the tears aren’t threatening because everyone else is doing a much better job.
You’re not alone.
Those parents who you’re comparing yourself to, who seem to know the secret? They don’t. They’re second-guessing too.
We’re all second-guessing. We're all in this together.
And then there are the times when our children shine. Times when we think, ‘I must be doing something right’.
Because we are.
My 15 Minutes for Parents is about celebrating that. It’s about tapping into those contented moments and building upon them.
It’s about stripping away the sense of ‘making mistakes’ and the ‘guilt’ and the ‘not good enough’ and guiding you to a place of self-acceptance and kindness. It’s about helping you see that it’s not just you - that what you see in other families is almost always their highlight reel, and that you have one too…
By building you up as a parent, the program helps you to build up your family. It’s about strengthening and pampering and re-framing and bonding - not by doing more, but by forgiving more (starting with ourselves).
It’s about setting new, realistic standards and expectations that will help rather than hinder. It’s about letting go of a whole lot of things, in order to gain a whole lot more.
It’s for parents whose harshest critics are themselves. Parents who love their children desperately, and wish they had more energy, more patience and a bucket-load of ‘chill out’.
It’s for every parent - regardless of confidence or experience - who has ever had a moment of doubt. It’s for anyone who is convinced that they’re screwing up this gig. It’s for parents who feel they’re doing pretty well, too - and want to cement that.
This program will help you to:
- Build your resilience as a parent, no matter how long you’ve been doing this and how old your children are
- Reduce feelings of guilt and overwhelm
- Be kinder to yourself
- Engage more deeply with your children and with other care-givers and supporters
- See all the things you’re doing well (which we so often bury under all the things we’re messing up)
- Set goals as a parent for yourself and for your family
- Weave your parenting into the bigger picture of your life
- Change some of your language around parenting
- Have more fun
- And more…
What this program is not:
- We’re not going to tell you how to raise your kids. We don’t know how to raise your kids - we only know how we’re raising our own.
- We’re not going to throw any of the following grenades into this program: delivery methods, breast or bottle feeding, paid or unpaid work, immunisation, toilet training, controlled crying, best age for a mobile phone, social media for tweens, teen dating etc. These topics fall into the ‘how to parent’ category (see point above).
If you’ve ever caught an episode of Supernanny or Wife Swap and thanked your lucky stars that it’s not you and your family on display…
If you think you’re doing okay, and you’d love to build on that…
If you’re keen to get creative in your parenting and find clarity on this part of your identity…
If you want to deepen your relationship with yourself, your partner (even if you’re no longer together but co-parenting) and your kids…
If you’re looking for a new perspective and fresh ideas…
You’ll love My 15 Minutes for Parents.
How does the ‘My 15 Minutes’ Program work?
How we’ll deliver it:
- 15 minutes at a time!
- In a simple, straight-forward, easy-to-follow system landing in your inbox daily, that allows you to build your resilience as a parent, one easy step at a time
- It's a daily shot of inspiration and an action plan that, when added upon daily for 30 days, enhances your parenting the way that compound interest enhances your bank balance
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If you’re keen on our My 15 Minutes For Parents program, you'll also love our highly-acclaimed My 15 Minutes Life 90-day program. If you’re new to My 15 Minutes, click here for more information.)
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Why our clients love it...
Here are just a few comments from our My 15 Minutes program members. Read more on our Testimonials page.
The My 15 Minutes program has re-awoken my passion for life. I didn't even realise that I had lost it amid the daily grind, but now I have so much more enthusiasm and energy. Beth Cavallari, Double Negative Photography
This program is amazing at reminding you how much is possible and it only takes 15 minutes at a time. It re-energised and re-ignited me as an individual set me on a new path of self discovery and self worth which benefits every aspect of my life. JL, My 15 Minutes member
Thanks so much!!! Some simple things that we forget, and the reminder that we need. And fantastic ideas we'd never think of. Loved the program! LK, My 15 Minutes member
Just wanted to thank Emma and Audrey for an exceptionally run program. Particularly your obvious commitment and dedication shown in your responses - both in speed and thoughtfulness. Your video today addressed a specific issue you had observed as opposed to a generic topic. Well done and thanks again. X" SP, My 15 Minutes member
Who are we?
We've each been running successful small businesses since 2009, and together we created the popular and life-changing My 15 Minutes program in 2013. What started as a simple idea is now evolving into a range of programs to meet the needs of busy people...at work and at home.
Find out all about the co-founders of My 15 Minutes, Emma Grey & Audrey Thomas on our About Us page.
Your Membership Includes...
Plan For Personal Change
A 15 minutes a day, 30 day system for personal change. Including a daily email, with clear instructions on a wondrously-easy thing to do to improve your life as a parent, 15 minutes at a time
Get Ready Kit!
Pre-program materials including tips and tools to get you off to a strong start [and get you ready for kick-off on the Monday after your join us]
Video & Audio Downloads
Bonus mindset videos and downloadable MP3 audios [so you can listen on-the-go]
Access to an interactive private Facebook community with your fellow parents (including Emma and Audrey) to keep you motivated and accountable, and to ask questions and share resources
Bonus webinars, pod-casts, templates and other cool stuff
Access To Your Members' Hub Coaching Portal
Private access to your own online member portal, where you can access your program at anytime to suit your lifestyle
Member Only Offers
Exclusive members only offers for coaching with Emma or Audrey
Recommended reading lists and other suggested resources
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Our 7 Day Happiness Guarantee
Like all things in life worth having, there is no guarantee this program will work for you. However, by following the program and really committing to making some changes, we are confident you’ll love My 15 Minutes For Parents.
We are proud to offer our 100% Happiness Guarantee – if after applying the tips and action steps during the first 7 days of the program, you’re not completely satisfied, your fees will be entirely refunded.
Still On The Fence?
We know that this program is not for everyone. Much as we'd love you to join us, this program is not for you if...
- You expect an email a day to magically change your life, without taking action each day on that email
- You're not prepared to roll up your sleeves and implement each daily task, for 15 minutes per day
- You're happy to do the fun and easy challenges, but likely to avoid what's outside your comfort zone
- If you miss a day or two, you're likely to give up instead of dusting yourself off, picking up where you left off and continuing
- You can't confine yourself to 15 minute slices of activity, and you're at risk of exhausting yourself by going overboard
- You don't want to have a lot of fun!