opinions, opinions, opinions! we are all surrounded by them each and every day! we also give our opinions each and every day, so we are just as much to blame as those around us! the funny thing is some have a hard time understanding that someone else’s opinion shouldn’t be taken personally and you don’t […]
for some st. patty’s day fun have the leprechaun visit your house and get your kids involved, excited, and learning about the irish! this is fun for the whole family and the look on your kids’ faces will make it all worthwhile!! please read my guest article for Club Mom and catch that little […]
sometimes i find that when it comes to sleep training your little one you need to just go back to the basics! there are some very important steps you must follow when helping to teach your little one to sleep properly. i am a firm believer in choosing a sleep training method that you feel confident in and one you feel you can stick to! if you are thinking of sleep training, have already sleep trained but need to get your little back on track due to sleep digressions, or feel you need to make some changes to your already established sleep regime than this article is for you! there are a few points that i feel are a MUST if you are in any of the above situations. without these pointers it is very difficult to create a concrete sleeper!
pregnancy and exercise are like ketchup and mustard…you just can’t have one without the other! i truly believe from the research i have read and from my own personal experience that exercise and pregnancy go hand in hand. they are the yin and the yang. you can’t have one without the other, or rather you can, but shouldn’t have one without the other. of course the variation in exercises will most definitely vary from one women to the next, but the fact is that each and every pregnant lady should do some form of exercise. not only for themselves; to make you feel better, maintain your strength during pregnancy and labour, increase your recovery time, along with many more positives. but, you should also exercise to help the health of your unborn child. research shows that exercise during your pregnancy can benefit your baby both in heart and overall health. in a previous blog post titled, “exercise your mind, body and soul for a healthy you and baby” i talk about many of the health benefits that exercising during pregancy will give you and your baby! check it out and i’m sure you will agree (whether you want to exercise or not) that you should get up off your tushy and start walking today!
just like most things in life, hard work pays off. becoming a new parent is a bit scary as it’s one of those things that you have to just sort of fly by the seat of your pants. there is no manual on how to parent, but i can say that if you simply love your kids as much as possible than you will always do your best. you will take the time and effort to always try. you will read articles, ask friends, learn through trial and error, learn from your mistakes and mainly you will give it everything you’ve got! afterall, what have you got to lose? we’ve only got one life and one opportunity to raise our kids! yes, you can simply just raise kids, but do you want to do that? or do you want to raise them to be the absolute best human being they can possibly be? i hope your answer is yes to this! your kids are counting on YOU!!! don’t do them a disservice and half-ass the job. make it your #1 priority to parent exceptionally! this is your time to commit to them and before you know it they will be all grown up and the proof will be in the pudding!
exercise is a huge part of my life and has been for many years. without it, i definitely wouldn’t be a ‘sane’ mommy! exercise gets me through my day, feeling as though i have done something for myself. in order for me to be the best mom, wife, friend, sister and any other hat i may wear…i have to exercise. without exercise it’s safe to say i might just be plain old mean! it gives me a chance to clear my head, get my endorphins going, helps me to look and feel my best, which is not only good for me, but also my marriage! if you know what i mean..wink, wink!!!
there is a very fine line between nice and too nice. between tough and too tough. between firm and too firm. these fine lines are lines you, as parents, have to distinguish and stick to through trial and error. ultimately you have to parent how you feel is right. discipline in ways you feel are logical and fair. in ways that work for you and your family. no one, me included, can tell you how to parent. nor, should anyone tell you how to parent. this is your job! they are your kids, your responsibility and it is all up to you how you decide to take this journey.
there really is nothing better than good old fashioned family time. the problem is, it seems harder to come by in this day and age. with all the newest and latest technology, television, schedules, over-programmed kids, working parents and much more it seems almost impossible to get back to the roots and just spend time together. time chatting with your kids. time playing with your kids. time snuggling and reading with your kids. time playing board games and eating meals together. all of these things seem like ordinary activities, but oddly enough they don’t happen in many households or if they do happen it’s not often. rather we (meaning society in general) rush by one another in the mornings trying to get organized for the day. we race from activity to activity from drop offs to pick ups. we feed one kid and then other later. we try to just get through the day using our survival skills and ready for the next. during these crazy days we often forget the importance of “good old fashioned family time!”
flexibility isn’t really a choice when it comes to parenting. it’s more like a must! without the ability to be flexible, parenting can become a much more difficult job than it has to be. your capability to be flexible in certain circumstances will make everyone in your family feel daily success, rather than pure defeat. as a parent you want your day to go as smoothly as possible. this is why we have schedules and routines in place. with these schedules your days run like a smooth oiled machine. without, it’s a crazy form of chaos. the schedules allow you to be organized, which is a pertinent key to having happy kids. schedules are your general guide, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stray from it from time to time. by having strict routines and schedules in place it will allow you to go off of them occasionally without insane melt downs from your little ones. you have to be flexible because life happens. you also have to be flexible because every time you have a schedule in place it seems your child than has a schedule change. goes from one nap to two. needs a later bedtime. wakes earlier and therefore naps earlier. there are many scenarios beyond these that come about, forcing you to be flexible.
summer is vacation is either here for your kids or quickly approaching! now the question for parents is…what am i going to do with them all summer long? i find myself asking this same question, but also being excited to have my little man home from nursery school to spend some good quality time together. hudson is so much fun to have around. like his teacher said in his report card, “morning chats are like tea time with a best friend!” she is exactly right in her description and i couldn’t agree more. therefore, i want to keep hudson busy enough this summer, while still allowing relaxation and time to just hang! we all need a break from the routine and business. time just to do sporadic activities, play with friends, and hang with the family.