Paula Anderson

Working with Children (specifically my own!)

Working with Children (specifically my own!)

5 February 2018

What was I thinking? Was it an ego trip? Was I the ultimate provider and protector of my children? Was I doing them a favour? Was I being a helicopter mum and not believing that they could go out and get their own casual school job? Was I too lazy to recruit other young staff? Did I secretly want them to take over the family business?

Whatever the reason, I went down that track with each of my 3 children and each of them were sacked and reinstated numerous times. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times!

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'Tis the season

'Tis the season

17 December 2017

I find it difficult to be politically correct around Christmas time and have struggled with this blog as I realise that not everyone shares my Christmas experience and enthusiasm… I also have perhaps a little guilt that I actually haven't been to church on Christmas Day for the past few years!
Nevertheless, my catholic/western world upbringing gets me involved in the Christmas scene wholeheartedly and I shamelessly love it - warts and all!

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The First Day... Failures and Fanfares!

The First Day... Failures and Fanfares!

27 November 2017

Ok, it’s opening day… you've worked so hard, thought of everything, planned, polished, perfected, had countless sleepless nights, ate too many comfort foods and drank too many wines. And because of this or in spite of this... opening day has arrived and it is one of the coolest feelings in the world.

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The two business and three school age children family

26 October 2017

The Beginning:
“I am soo proud of you, I know you weren’t happy in your job and know that this business is just what you need. It’s great that I have my own business too as I can have the flexibility to help out”

The Middle (sometimes):
“I need you home at 5 as I have to open the restaurant”
“Yeah sure”
“Where are You? Its 4.50?”
“Just finishing off something.. I will meet you at the restaurant”
“F_____, come on kids, in the car and bring some toys”
“Hey… stop wrestling, don’t make a mess, you can’t still be hungry, Dad will be here soon (expletive, expletive!!!)

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Where to Start?

12 October 2017

Opening your own business can be daunting, exhilarating, scary, exciting, stressful, overwhelming, successful, not so successful and completely wonderful. It’s not for the feint hearted and working for someone else can be the safer option... BUT it was not for me. I think I must have been a slave or incarcerated in a previous life (if you are into that sort of thing), I felt trapped being in a traditional workplace and needed to have flexibility in my life. The fact that my brain never turns off about my business is irrelevant… I am in charge now!

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