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The Best of the Babyproof Blog 2018 – A Review.


As well as being brilliant for some serious box-set watching, that limbo-land between Christmas and New Year is a great time for a bit of valuable self-reflection – and it’s no different for us here at Babyproof HQ. I’ve been looking back over our 52 blog posts of 2018 to see what resonated most with you – and to share with you again the best bits from our most popular posts. Here I’ll summarise the top performing blogs and share their most useful balance tips and tricks to help you start 2019 in a positive and dynamic frame of mind. So, if you’re sure you’re sitting comfortably, then grab another mince pie, and let’s begin our countdown of the top 10 Babyproof blog posts of 2018.


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1. Yes, you can have it all, but you must do the work.
For those of you who want to have it all and want to know what it takes to get there.

What the blog teaches: 

  • Why you need to work at it to balance career success with raising a family
  • What you need to do 

Top tips:

  • Create a roadmap of your success – make a plan of how you are going to arrive at your destination using all available resources; research, books, podcasts, or even a coach.
  • Dance in the discomfort – working hard and doing new things will always be uncomfortable. Know that feeling discomfort is a sign that you are progressing, and embrace that.
  • Be accountable – get a friend, buddy or coach involved in the process. It is much less easy to let someone else down than yourself. 

For the full list of reasons why you need to do the work and what work you need to do to have it all, check out the blog here.


2. How to read a non-fiction book a week.
For those of you who want to read more.

What the blog gives you:

  • Inspiration to start reading again
  • A strategy for making more time in your life for reading

Top tips:

  • Set an ambitious target – have a quantifiable definable goal you can stick to.
  • Read what interests you – don’t torture yourself trying to read books you think are ‘worthy’ – just read what interests you and captures your attention. 
  • Keep a record of your progress – ticking off a goal is hugely satisfying (and motivational).

For the other 9 tips on how to read more, have a look at the full blog here. 


3. Why you need to embrace your uniqueness to achieve a meaningful and successful life.
For those of you who want to discover and celebrate what makes you unique.

What the blog gives you:

  • Reasons why being unique is so valuable
  • Ways to celebrate what makes you unique. 
  • Access to a free download on how to build your personal brand.

Top tips:

  • Tap into what makes you unique by taking time out to reflect on and articulate: 1.) your free square – the ‘special’ thing you can do easily and naturally without much effort, but which others find hard  2.) your skills 3.) your story.

For more ways to tap into your uniqueness and to access the personal brand download, read the full blog here.  


4. Not enough time in the day? You’re probably making at least one of these 12 mistakes.
For those of you who feel you are always short of time.

What the blog gives you:

  • 12 common time wasting mistakes
  • Access to a free download on how to take control of your time

Top mistakes:

  • Wishing there were more hours in the day – don’t blame time for how busy you are. Take ownership of the time you have and use it more effectively.
  • Multi-tasking – this inhibits productivity because of the accumulated time people waste switching between tasks. 
  • Spending too long on social media – limit yourself in 2019.

For the other 9 mistakes and access to the free download, have a look at the full blog here.


5. It is all about you: why being a selfish, not a selfless, parent is good for you, your children and your relationship.
For those of you who need permission to spend a bit more time on yourself.

What the blog gives you:

  • Reasons why being selfless isn’t a great way to parent
  • Tips on how to focus on your own needs

Top reasons:

  • It can harm your relationship – don’t neglect your partnership in favour of your children.
  • It can send a negative message to your kids – you are creating a negative role model for them to follow.
  • It can be damaging to your health – you need to take time out for yourself to maintain your own health with exercise and a good diet.

For more reasons and for tips on how to better focus on your own needs, visit the blog here.  


6. What I’ve learned about resilience and how it can help you as a working parent.
For those of you who want to cope better

What the blog gives you:

  • Ways that resilience can help you as a working parent
  • Access to a free download

Top benefits of resilience:

  • It gives you courage – being able to cope with setbacks gives you the courage to be ambitious.
  • It helps you bounce back from failure by helping you realise that a few mistakes don’t define you.
  • It helps reduce overwhelm – instead of succumbing to pressure, resilience helps you pause, reflect, and objectively assess situations.

For more thoughts on resilience and access to the free download on how to be resilient, click here.


7. 10 signs you are self sabotaging when it comes to being organised (and what you can do about it).
For those of you who need help organising your life.

What the blog gives you:

  • The most common ways you are stopping yourself from getting organised.
  • Access to a free download on how to be more organised.

Top self-sabotaging thought barriers:

  • “It’s too boring” – organisation tasks are by their very nature repetitive and dull. Make a deal with yourself to have a small reward at the end of each boring task.
  • “I’m too busy” – if you’re too busy to set up systems and processes that will make you more organised, consider that your lack of systems and processes is a major contributor to your being so busy.
  • “It’s overwhelming – there’s too much to do” – If you are daunted by the amount of organisation you need to do, break it down into micro tasks.

For the other 7 self-sabotaging thought barriers to avoid plus access to the free download, have a look at the full blog here.


8. Is your to do list keeping you awake at night? Then write a journal
For those of you who sometimes feel overwhelmed by their to do lists.

What the blog gives you:

  • A strategy for freeing your mind of your to do list so that you can get a good night’s sleep
  • A free download on how to start keeping a journal

Top reasons for writing a journal:

  • It reduces overwhelm by decluttering your mind and leaving space for problem-solving and creative ideas.
  • It brings clarity by enabling you to pause, reflect and reconnect with your values.
  • It aids self-compassion. When you read your own words back you can look at yourself more objectively and compassionately than when you deal with thoughts in your head.

For the other 5 reasons plus access to the free download, go to the blog here.


9. How to be an imperfect parent
For those of you who struggle with perfectionism

What the blog gives you:

  • Permission to be an imperfect parent!
  • Access to a download of my confessions of an imperfect parent

Top parenting imperfections:

  • Allowing Netflix binge-watching at weekends 
  • Not responding to school emails in time
  • Not volunteering to be class rep

For my many other imperfections, and a free download to my confessions, read the full blog here.


10. 6 Irresistible Reasons To Ask For Help
For those of you who want help to reduce stress and avoid overwhelm

What the blog gives you:

  • Reasons to ask for help if you want to succeed with work-family balance
  • Access to a free download on what every working parent should delegate

Top reasons:

  • “It takes a village to raise a child” – take advice from our ancestors. Families are not meant to be raised in isolation – we should rely on support networks.
  • It’s more cost effective – doing everything yourself is expensive! Consider whether it would be better to hire someone else for certain jobs.
  • You’ll have more quality time. Getting support with some tasks might free up your time for doing more of those things you love; hanging out with family and friends; embracing a hobby or pursuing a business idea.

For the other reasons, and access to the free download on delegating, look at the full blog here.


And that brings our review of the Babyproof Blog 2018 to a close. I hope that you have found the blog useful and will continue to do so in 2019. I can’t wait to catch up with you all again then. Look out for other exciting developments coming up soon from Babyproof HQ and enjoy the rest of the festive season. Wishing a Happy New Year to you all! 


fear of failureCaroline Flanagan is a Keynote Speaker, Babyproof Coach and Author of Babyproof Your Career, The Secret to Balancing Work and Family so you can Enjoy It All. Caroline believes passionately in the dream of having it all, and founded Babyproof Your Life to train and prepare ambitious career women for the marathon of working parenthood so they can find their own way to #enjoyitall and #makeitwork. You can reach Caroline at caroline@babyproofyourlife.com