Eva Van Strijp
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six, business owner and creator of Simple Life, Peaceful Home – the 8 week strategy guiding busy mothers through the process of creating and maintaining a simple, peaceful family home.
When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.
Eva's quick and easy Asian Chicken Dish.
Eva attracted a crowd once she began playing.
Apart from the free play, walking and bike riding my kids do, they formally do karate year-round, Auskick in winter and tennis in summer. We’re blessed to live in a small country town with paddocks on our doorstep and long dirt back streets that are made for kids.
2. If your children could choose dinner, what
would it be? What would your healthy choice for dinner be?
My 10 year old would choose nachos, but I think the younger ones would go for chicken wings. My go-to healthy dinner option, which happens to be super quick and easy, is an Asian chicken dish. I love this one because I can make it within 10 minutes and everyone loves it!
1 BBQ chicken
Whatever mixed vegetables you have available (capsicum, beans, snow peas, carrots, broccoli, spinach etc)
Dressing: 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp cider vinegar
Shred the chicken, blanch the veggies and toss together with cashews, sesame seeds and the dressing.
3. What's something you think is important
towards supporting a child's emotional development?
Oh gosh, so many things… I think perhaps the most important when they’re really little is helping them to understand that it’s ok to make mistakes.
This requires a fair bit of patience from me, as I am naturally inclined to get cranky if they break a cup or spill something, but I’ve found that deliberately choosing not to get cranky has a huge impact on their emotional well being.
Instead of getting upset, I just let them know that it’s ok, it’s not actually important (certainly not as important as them) and encouraging them to clean it up. After all, they did actually make a mistake, so it’s important that they learn to fix it the best they can. But they don’t need to be belittled in the process.
As they get older, I’m finding it really important to let them contribute to family decision-making and support. Even something as simple as letting them choose what to make for dinner, and then actually teaching them how to make it – these things help them to feel valued as members of the family team, it’s equipping them with valuable life skills and it helps me out as a busy mother.
For a while there, I didn’t let my kids help too much as it really is quicker and easier to just do jobs yourself most of the time… but that doesn’t actually benefit them in the long run.
4. What would be the first small step you would recommend parents start with if they are wanting to simplify their life to enjoy more quality family time together?
Just say no.
Every day, we’re bombarded with requests, ideas, competing priorities and a variety of influences that work together to fill our lives with more “stuff” – physical, emotional, mental. It all adds up and can very quickly lead us into overwhelm. So we have to start saying no more often.
This isn’t always the case, but as a general rule, I’ve found that if I have to give a request “some thought”, I probably deep down don’t want to do it or know that I can’t manage it.
5. Best parenting tip for a Healthy Fit Kid you can pass on?
Send them outside! Even if they have to do something that involves sitting down (like reading or home/schoolwork), it’s much more enjoyable to do it outside than cooped up inside four walls.
Thank you so much Eva for your time :-)