Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Blog+Giveaway

Hello, I wanted to invite all my old followers to my new blog. I'm running a giveaway to kick things off too. I'm giving away one free toy of your choice to a random follower at the end of September, AND I'm giving away five free toys $15 or less to 5 lucky commentors. So come, comment, and follow (subscribe).

Friday, January 27, 2012

Back to the Drawing Board

This is a Mama Made Them post. An update on the business in the new year.

I had the best and most challenging Christmas season ever. To start off crunch time, a week or so before Thanksgiving I tried to cut off my finger. Well, clearly I wasn't trying to, but I cut it down to and into the bone. So for the whole Christmas season, I was basically minus the middle finger on my left hand. I also did a group buy (where a bunch of people get together to purchase at wholesale prices) right before Christmas as well. I also had the most successful selling season ever. The problem was that I was totally unprepared. I had no stock. I worked 12-16 hours a day for about a month, with the odd break to play games and baseball with my son. I read books while oil-finishing toys. I hand sanded during meals. It was crazy. I ended up being pretty sick for a week after New Year's Day.

So this year, I am turning over a new leaf. I am working ahead starting now. I have already started planning for Christmas next year. Even though this business has been feeding us for 2 years now, it really hit me this year, that this is for real. I need to start working more, because I disappointed people at Christmastime--I had to turn away buyers.

But no more. I'm blogging about this as a way to keep myself honest. Come Christmas 2012, I will be ready for you, I will ship promptly, and I will have the time to sleep and make proper meals for us.

Be a Heavyweight Champion

There is a great story about John L. Sullivan who was once the heavyweight prizefighting champion of the world. It's related by John Holt in Teach Your Own.

"Late one afternoon he and a friend were riding standing up in a crowded New York City streetcar. At one stop a burly young man got on who had had too much to drink. He swaggered down the center of the car, pushing people out of his way and as he passed John L, he gave him a heavy shove on the shoulder. John L. clutched the strap to keep from falling, but said nothing. As the young man went to the back of the car, John L.'s friend said to him, " Are you going to let him get away with that?" John L. shrugged and said, "Oh, I don't see why not." His friend became very indignant. "You're the heavyweight champion of the world," he said furiously. "You don't have to be so damned polite." To which John L. replied, "The heavyweight champion of the world can afford to be polite."

The world is full of people bristling at the slightest offense, jumping up to defend themselves ferociously. We need more people around that can afford to be polite. We ourselves need to get to the point where we can afford to be polite: to each other, to our children, and to ourselves. It is one of my objectives as a parent to raise a heavyweight champion, who can afford to let the insults and the bumps and pushes slide, because he is secure in his own worth. The best way to teach children things is, of course, to model them yourself. And not just to model the values you want him to hold, but to really be the kind of person that you want your children to grow up to be.

The world would be a lot better off if parents stopped lecturing/punishing/worrying about our children's behavior and worked on our own.