This week I interview Charlotte Olson, founder and author of Suziebooks, stories that are aimed at helping children cope with new situations found in lots of families, inspired by her own experiences with her son who is autistic.
Hi Charlotte! Thankyou for being here for a Mamaview! Please tell us all a bit about you and what you do!
Suzie came to life during my college days when I trained as a Nursery Nurse doing my NNEB.
After giving up my job 7 years ago as a Teaching Assistant, I thought I would get back into writing and share Suzie with other children and parents and carers.
Some of her adventures are based on my own experiences and hurdles that we have overcome with my own children and Autism. The idea is that the stories can be of a learning and discussion aid to help other children cope with new situations and experiences found in most families.
Also they are simply fun; parents and carers can relate to them too.
Sammy has joined the collection now too and having either can appeal to all boys and girls.
I do hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them and Suzie becomes part of your family too!
What advice would you give to your 21 year old self?
Believe in yourself and be confident! You are worthy, you are bright and you can help others.
Can you give us 3 tips for juggling motherhood, life and business?
As my children are teenagers I probably find it easier to juggle than some, I would say:
Be flexible, as busy mums you have a lot to fit in.
Say No! Saying no can be so difficult but you can't please everybody so it is a must!
Celebrate what you achieve! In home and business you have a lot of blessings!
Tell us something no one warned you about being a work at home mama!
How lonely it can be when my children are at college or university and I am having one of those days where my brain is foggy! Those days can get lonely and exhausting I realise at the end of the day!
What is the best thing about being a WAHM?
Being able to do what I love in the comfort of my own home! Everything started in the conservatory, from the first idea to the books being on the bookshelf. I also love the networking and meeting people through social media to get Suzie 'out there'!
The best advice anyone ever gave you?
It won't happen overnight! It certainly hasn't. I have been doing this for 7 years now, and whilst I have progressed, success hasn't come instantly.
What WAHM has inspired you recently?
A few! Sally Marks of TotsUp reward bus, Sarah of The Sensory Fairy Club, Janis at EduTopix and the Mums in Business Association (found on Facebook).
How do you practice regular self care?
I try to run at least once a week, I just love being outdoors and listening to my music and getting in the zone! I recommend lots of walking too, just getting out can clear your mind and often get you seeing things in a different light!
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