I’m not sure if I ever had a specific vision of what being a stay-at-home mom would look like, but I probably could never have imagined the amount of time that I would spend cleaning up puke, wondering how long I could stand it holding a sleeping baby with my arm asleep, or trying to trick my toddler into playing the quiet game again.
But the truth?...more
This past weekend was a tough one. Adrian received his first real punishment.
He has been misbehaving at school, saying disrespectful things, and not listening when spoken to various times. By Thursday I had had enough, and I punished him for four days. There would be no TV, no playing on his tablet, no playing his 3DS, and no going out.
His response? "I don't care."
I thought to myself, "Oh boy, you are going to hate this!"
He isn't a toddler anymore so the "five minute time out" no longer works. It was time for a real extended punishment.
As promised, I wanted to follow up and let you know which Valentine my son chose to make for his classmates! At first, he was torn between the bugs in a jar and the bouncy balls, but ultimately decided that all of his friends would really enjoy playing with the bouncy balls.
He said, and I quote, "Some of the girls don't really like bugs." (I can totally relate to them, kid).
Bouncy balls it is!
I don't think any of us start off with the goal of allowing electronic devices to rule our lives. None of us intended to be texting when our son or daughter hit a home run or shot the winning basket.
We all got here somehow. Now even the young kids are on board, too.
I see kids playing with their electronic devices everywhere I go. I see parents and caregivers playing/checking/reading too.
My house and my life were controlled by electronic devices for a while as well. It all started about six years ago on my first son’s seventh birthday....more
I always imagined my parents exchanging Valentines all through elementary school: my father eyeing my mom's glossy black hair as he tucked heart-shaped cards into her shoebox; her tiptoeing over to his desk with candy hearts while he was at baseball practice. They met in first grade, went on their first date to the Sadie Hawkins dance in junior high, and married at age twenty.
I was born two years later and grew up longing for more attention from my workaholic father and my mother who was busy attending to my younger sister and our home.
One of the most important things that we can do as parents is to teach our children to be grateful...
for the little things.
for their family.
for their health.
for their freedom of choice.
In a society where more is better, sometimes more is just more. We need to show our children that gratitude is a choice they get to make every day.
Here are five laws that I hope you will keep in your parenting strategies toolbox.
By Heather Morgan-Shott for YourTango.com
Think I'm a selfish, terrible mother? Actually, the opposite is true.
"Are you and daddy getting divorced?"
I was four years old, sitting on the bathroom floor and chatting with my mom while she soaked in the tub, when I blurted out this question. "No, of course not!" she immediately responded. "Why would you think that?" I don’t remember what I said next, but somehow we moved on to a new topic....more
Yes, I’m one of those people…the ones who posted just one word in her Facebook status at the beginning of 2015. A word that would hopefully define the year ahead. My word for this year is simply, simplify.
Since having kids, I’ve tried to be the mom who not only did it all, but who also felt the need to take it all way over the top. But, one of the loveliest things I’ve learned recently is that my kids are happy even when I’m just showing up.
The friends and family who know me well know that I am a sucker for planning a fun party. My son's birthday is at the end of March, and as soon as the Christmas and New Year holidays come to an end, I get excited because that's when I get to start planning his party!
Since I was young, I've always been very organized with the little details: labels, coordinating colors, personalized touches that I think bring the entire party together. It becomes a fun celebration and experience for all of our guests.