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10 Signs You’re An Amazing Mom

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By  Krystal Kleidon

1 – The Fact You Even Care About Whether You’re A Good Mom Or Not

Straight up, the fact that you even care about whether you’re a good mom or not immediately puts you into the category of ‘good mom’.

If you didn’t care about your children, didn’t care if what you were doing was beneficial or harmful, or didn’t care about motherhood in general, then it would be a very different point.

But, you do care. Even reading this article shows you do care.

2 – You Take Time For Yourself

Long gone are the days when women martyred themselves in order to prove their worthiness as a mother. We now know that this is not good for anyone and only contributes to poor mental health outcomes for mothers.

Instead, an amazing mom will take time for herself, take time to fill her own cup and take time to do what it is she loves. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day (but preferably a bit more than this!).

3 – Your Child Has Meltdowns In Front Of You

While in the midst of a meltdown you may feel as though you are the worst mom in the world and failing at your job, what this meltdown actually shows is that your child is comfortable enough to show their emotions in front of you.

This might not bring you comfort mid meltdown, especially one that is done in a public place. But, a child who releases their emotions, shows how they are feeling and essentially melts down when you are near is showing that you are their comfortable place, you are the person they can just release to, you are the one they feel safe with.

4 – You Say No To Your Kids

While it may feel like you say ‘no’ more often than any other word, setting boundaries for your kids is part of being a good parent. Kids need boundaries and respond well to them.

Part of parenting is raising your children to be normal, functioning and contributing members to society, and in the ‘real world’ there are boundaries too. Saying no to them is preparing them for the realities of life and teaching them that they don’t always get their own way.

5 – You Say No To Other People

While it’s important to say no to your kids, it’s also important to say no to other people. Saying no to others often means you’re saying yes to yourself and to your family.

Saying no to other people may be in the form of saying no to events on the weekends, afternoon play dates or invites to parties that just eat into your family time or could disrupt your routine.

As an amazing mom, you know you have to protect your families space, and you do so by saying no to others when needed.

6 – You Can Admit When You’ve Made Mistakes

Wouldn’t it be great to be a perfect mom? But the reality is, no one is. There’s no ‘right’ way to do this whole motherhood thing.

Which is why it’s so important to admit when you’ve made mistakes. Because this is when you learn and grow.

Admitting mistakes also teaches your children that it’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to try something and admit that it doesn’t work.

7 – You Have ‘Bad’ Days

Everyone has bad days at some point. As mothers, it can seem like these bad days pile up, and then you scroll through social media and feel even more alone because everything on there is just Insta-perfect…

But that’s not reality.

Having a bad day as a mom means that you’re human. It means that you care. It means that you have a limit and it’s about to be reached. It means that you love. It means that you know things can be hard.

It means that you’re an amazing mom because in order to have great days, you also have bad days, and it makes you appreciate the great days even more.

8 – You Are More Than ‘Just Mom’

Before you became a mom you were an independent, self-sufficient, functioning woman who had interests, cares, loves and hobbies. You had a life before you had kids and you are still you – you’ve just added ‘mom’ to your list of titles.

Losing yourself in motherhood is so easy to do, but as an awesome mom, you know that you are more than ‘just mom’. You are still you.

9 – You Know You Don’t Have To Do It All

Even though it feels like you have to do it all, you don’t. Whether you get help from others, outsource things, or if you just put it off to another day, you absolutely do not need to get everything done to be a good mom.

10 – Your Kids Get Bored

There are some moms who thrive on planning out activities for their kids each day. Which is amazing. But you don’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be a good mom. In fact, allowing your kids to get bored is good for their creativity, for their mental health and for their development.

While hearing your child say to you “I’m bored” over and over may be irritating as all get up, rest assured you’re not ruining them for not keeping them entertained for every moment of the day.

Maybe it’s time you give yourself a break, focus on all the wonderful things you do and stop being so hard on yourself. You’re an amazing mom, and I bet you have more than a few of these signs to prove it too.

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Statement on Incident Involving Visitor on 2nd October 2022

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#TurksandCaicos, October 4, 2022 – The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) regrets the unfortunate incident involving the death of a visitor to our islands on 2nd October 2022.  The incident which occurred was accidental and not one in which the victim was targeted.  While the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police force (RTCIPF) continues their investigations, we wish to reassure the public (citizens, residents, and visitors alike) that the safety and security of all, is our top priority.

The TCI has long established itself as a safe destination for visitors from around the world.  Evidence of this can be seen in the countless awards the destination has won, most recently at the World Travel Awards.  Our commitment to providing safety to residents and visitors is unwavering.  The government will continue to work with local authorities including the RTCIPF and our partners in the international community to protect residents and visitors alike.

The incident which occurred on the date mentioned above is one that is rare and does not reflect who we are as a people.  On behalf of the government and people of these islands, we extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.

As this matter is now an on-going police investigation, further statements will be referred to RTCIPF.

The TCI remains a safe destination and the government is working assiduously for it to remain as such.

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Brave presentation in defence of Bahamas’ financial services reputation by PM Davis

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TheBahamas, October 1, 2022 – Prime Minister of the Bahamas Phillip ‘Brave’ Davis is again calling for equality in the financial services sector and for the United Nations to leverage its universal jurisdiction for greater oversight of global anti-money laundering de-risking and tax cooperation matters.

In addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, September 24, Prime Minister Davis said the Bahamas is one of the best-regulated countries in the world, yet it has been under attack by international bodies and placed on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) blacklist while transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

He questioned why this was the case and highlighted some disparities in the financial sector.

“Why is it that European states that operate frameworks akin to that of high-risk or blacklisted countries, are not even eligible for inclusion on these lists? Why are all the countries targeted – all of them – small and vulnerable, and former colonies of European states? We find it astounding that the $2-$3 trillion dollars which is estimated to be laundered each year through the developed countries, are never flagged as causes for concern,” articulated Phillip Davis, addressing the 77th session in New York.

Prime Minister Davis further noted that there are elements of racism in the decision-making when it comes to regulating black-governed countries in the financial services sector. He also declared that black-governed countries matter as well.

And yet my country, which is widely recognized as one of the best-regulated countries in the world, and other countries like The Bahamas, are singled-out for such reputational attacks? The robust regulatory regimes of our Central Bank, Securities Commission, and Insurance Commission, are chastised on minor details of technical process, while much bigger transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

The evidence is mounting, that the considerations behind these decisions have less to do with compliance, and more to do with darker issues of pre-judged, discriminatory perceptions. Black-governed countries also matter.”

 Davis also highlighted the need for reforms that apply to all in the global financial system.

“Mr. President: We support the call for reforms in the global financial system to make it more relevant to the needs of today. But those reforms need ambition. They need to go beyond the incremental. And they need to apply to all. For example, the community of international financial institutions are in a position to forgive the debt incurred by the economic shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. They should do so.”

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Will US President Biden deliver on Climate Change funding?

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, October 1, 2022 – US President Joe Biden has reiterated his promise that low income countries, which are also low carbon emitters will receive increased climate aid from the US to the tune of $11 billion per year.

The President was speaking at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly recently where he maintained his administration was working with Congress to get the funds which would ‘help lower-income countries implement their climate goals and ensure a just energy transition.’

The plan was announced in September 2021 and is a reflection of the USA’s part in the 2010 global pledge made by developed countries to give $100 billion annually in climate financing to developing nations each year.  Biden has indicated that the plan will be in effect by 2024.

While he stressed at the UN that the need is ‘enormous’ the President is having trouble convincing lawmakers at home.  So far the funding which must be approved by Congress has not materialized. The United States Congress is known for having a particularly tight hold on the national purse in regards to climate change funding.

In fact congress dedicated only a little over $1 billion to climate change this year according to Bloomberg.  The US also has a history of promising funding for climate change but not delivering on those high priced promises.

Whether this $11 billion will actually get to nations like those in the Caribbean region is yet to be seen.

This year, the General Assembly heard from 190 speakers, including 76 Heads of State, 50 Heads of Government, four Vice-Presidents, five Deputy Prime Ministers, 48 Ministers and seven Heads of Delegations according to General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi as he summed up the first in-person General Debate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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