Planning a Party - The strength Based Way
Max turned 5 yesterday! I still can't believe it.
We had such a great party but here is the back story...
In my old life as HR Director, I was always organizing staff events for around 500 people with goodie bags, DJs, Cakes, Staging, entertainers etc etc.
Why then was organising a small party for a 5-year-old so stressful?
Firstly I forgot that when I was at 'work' I naturally used my talents which for me meant task lists, calendar schedules, deadlines etc. As I started planning this party I didn't even have everyone's phone numbers in one place! Solution: Finally, I figured this out and made a Whatsapp group of the mums, made lists of everything I needed to buy and do and I put everything in my calendar 😊
Secondly, on the day of the party Chris came with me to set up. Within minutes of arriving, we were making each other crazy... I was shouting instructions to put up balloons and he was asking a million stupid questions. I forgot that he had an 'Analytical' type brain and needs to know every detail to be happy. Solution: We realized that we were having a major clash of talents. So he went to collect the kids leaving me to get on in peace. On returning we had a beer together 🍺
And finally, for a brief moment, I forgot that I was organizing a party for Max. I started to feel like I was organising it for the parents. I was asking myself a ton of stupid questions. "What if they don't like the food, the party bags, the table cloths etc etc". Solution: I slapped myself around the face and asked the simple question "What would Max want?". He would want a party where he can play with his friends and his mum is having fun too.
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