Hayley Smith, a Buckhurst Hill-based mother of three and founder of Campioni Soccer Academy, offers up a unique insight into family life in West Essex
At this stage of my life, my priority is raising well mannered, balanced children – in Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules of Life book, Rule 5 is entitled “Do Not Let Your Children Do Anything That Makes You Dislike Them.” The ultimate point of this chapter is that we, as parents, have a responsibility to teach our child the rules of society, and helping your children become well-liked, functioning members of society is a key part of success, if we don’t, society will, in a much meaner way! This book is a must read for anyone (not just parents) at any stage of their life
Raising entrepreneurial kids
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an entrepreneurial spirit inside me. I remember sitting in my room making a list of ways I could make money on my own. Whatever job I undertake, I work tirelessly (in a slightly maverick style) to do the best I can, whether as an employee, freelancer or running my own business, I apply the same amount of passion and care. I explain and involve my children with projects in the hope that they too will grow up to have a good understanding of business, a high work ethic and most importantly to recognise and seek opportunity. Without being a pushy parent, I think it is important to give them a solid foundation and confidence to do anything they put their mind to. When my middle daughter asked to set up an Instagram page @savetheplanetwithjosie – to highlight and to educate her friends on what is happening to our planet – I couldn’t have been prouder.
Getting married (after having children)
For many people having a child is the ultimate commitment to a partner. A life you have created together and are responsible for raising. It’s a commitment many people make without getting married. Even though we are “as good as married” in everyone’s eyes, as our children are growing up – call us traditionalists – we simply think it is important for them to have parents that are married… So, as I write this, in true Hayley “impulsive fashion”, I am planning an intimate wedding in just four weeks – and it’s lovely being able to involve the children.