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I talked in my last vlog, Social Networking Coaching Club about how Ann Evanston’s bootcamp has changed everything for me including getting me blogging. I am very honored this week to have been asked to be a contributor/writer/reviewer for a blogger friend of mine. She has a Book Review Website called Katie’s Bookcase and I am very excited that, on that blog, I get to talk about one of my greatest passions – reading. I hope you’ll all have a listen, a look at Katie’s Bookcase and also leave comments. You can also follow my blogger friend at her other blog Sluiter Nation or on twitter @ksluiter or you might just spot both of us at #wineparty on Twitter at 7pm EST as we both like to drink wine 🙂

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I am talking today about what got me into blogging and more into doing something I love – using social media networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

I have been lucky enough that my company, Cultural Care AuPair, offered me the opportunity to take Ann Evanston’s Social Networking Coaching Club bootcamp. This course has changed my life and has enabled me to break free of the constraints of living in a fairly remote area and of a dislike of ‘sales’.

The course has taught me how I can build relationships online and that that can eventually grow my business and also find some great friends along the way. Through this I hope I know I will  find many families for whom hosting an AuPair is a great option for childcare.

I hope that some of you will be inspired to take a a look at Ann’s bootcamp and not miss out on this great opportunity to get a lifetime membership for half the price it normally costs. I know I plan on becoming a lifetime member and I have also become an affiliate because I believe in Ann’s coaching so deeply.

Are you inspired to take a look? What do you think? Have you already taken Ann’s bootcamp and if so would you like to  share your experiences to add to mine?

There’s no denying it, I’m an older mum.  I had my daughters at 37 and 40 and I’m now 50 with a 12 and 10 year old. However,  have never really seen it as an issue or problem. Sure, as I talked about in the post ‘Older Mum? Or Just Plain Old?’I got a certain amount of attitude about my age during pregnancy but I know I was fit and healthy and fairly very young at heart. I knew there are people who think being an older mum is not a good thing but have never paid too much attention to it.

However, now I am blogging, I have set up google alerts about the topics I wish to blog about and yesterday I came upon this discussion on Pregnancy and Parenting which asks the question ‘what do you think about first time mothers who are in their 40s?’. Whilst it’s a fairly balanced discussion I was quite stunned by some of the criticisms of older mums.

  • Older mums are selfish because they are not thinking of the child, their own health or the higher risk of birth defects.
  • Older Mums don’t have enough energy for young children
  • Kids of older mums are too ‘mature’ because their mums don’t/can’t get down on the floor and play
  • Older mums are selfish because they have a greater chance of not being there for their kids as adults or – even worse – the kids might have to take care of the aging parent
  • Older mums are selfish because they put their career first and then give in to this ‘sudden need’ to have a child.

Wow! Some people really feel this way about older mums! I would say that they clearly don’t know many.

Women that become mums when they are older seldom plan it that way. Some, like me, just don’t meet and settle down with the right partner until they are older. Some try to get pregnant but do not have a successful pregnancy until they are older. And, yes, some chose to wait until they are older and more secure financially and I’m sure there are the few that just feel that biological clock ticking and go for it. I would say each and every one of them DOES think about what they are doing – very carefully – as they have lost much of the impulsiveness of youth.

On the subject of energy. I have days where I have little energy and days where I’m full of energy. I remember feeling that way when I was younger too. I would say that 50 sounds really OLD until you get there. I personally do not feel OLD – I work out, I play with my kids, we have fun. I certainly got down on the floor and played with my kids when they were younger. I’m sure there are some older mums that don’t but I’ve also know younger mums who just sit around watching their kids play.

As for the subject of not being around for your kids as adults. Well I say pooey to you! None of us know when illness and death may strike. In general people live longer healthier lives these days so there’s a good chance I’ll be around for 30/40 more years for my kids. On the other hand my Dad died from brain cancer at the age of 61 having been very fit and healthy up until that point. You just never know what’s in the stars for you.

I guess the point of my post is not really to put the case for older mums. I say whatever works best for each person is okay by me. But to those that see us as wrong for being older mums PLEASE don’t tar us all with the same brush and see that there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ mums of all ages.

Have you ever felt affected by some people’s view of you? Or have you faced the stigma of a different stereotype at all? Do you think it’s okay to be an older mum or are some mums just pushing it too far nowadays?

All I’m hearing right now is BlogHer this, BlogHer that and EVERYONE seems to be going to BlogHer 2010. I’m so new to blogging (4 weeks) that I hadn’t even heard of BlogHer before and still know little or nothing about it except that EVERYONE (yes EVERYONE!!!!) is going but me.

Well, okay, not quite true – there’s a little group of lovely bloggers that I have met who AREN’T going to BlogHer and are doing Blog Hop instead. I was invited by my lovely new bloggy friend NewBreedofMom who I did a recent guest post for recently. Join us if you like. This is virtual BlogHer – well kind of :)))

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This is not what I planned for my second blog post but I’m extremely excited so am going to go with the flow and talk about this.

For the last few weeks I have been throwing myself into a social media coaching club which my very forward thinking company Cultural Care AuPair is giving us the opportunity to take as they see the future of viral marketing.

This Coaching Club is run by Ann Evanston and she is teaching us how to use social media to grow our business the right way. I have found Ann to be inspirational and one of the main things I am learning from Ann is to be a go giver in social media. This means engaging with people, commenting, liking and just generally being open and friendly on social media. those of you that have known me for a while will know that I don’t find that concept very difficult as I get told I spend too much time on facebook often enough 😀

Well, needless to say, I have taken Ann at her word and I’m liked all her business pages on facebook, follow her on twitter etc etc. I comment and like everything that’s interesting at all to me by all my friends and I have started blogging and commenting and following other people’s blogs. And I can highly recommend all you bloggers out there click on that link and join in with Blogger Monday with Ann Evanston.

Every Friday Ann announces a fan of the week (based on commenting, liking etc) on her business page; Warrior-Preneur and I am honored and excited to be chosen as this week’s fan of the week – eek!

We recorded a podcast interview yesterday which you can listen to here and also I answered a few questions in writing which will be on her website blog. Ann will also be putting this out on facebook and twitter throughout the week which will hopefully bring me more friends and followers and one day more referrals and business – but the relationships are the fun bit for me 🙂

Anyway, I hope you’ll take the time to look at and listen to my interview and tell me what you think – I’d love to hear your comments!