A Puzzle a Day

2
May
2013


You’ve probably heard that puzzles are good for your child’s mind and cognitive development; in fact, you may have received puzzles as gifts. Honestly, when you have younger kids, it seems that YOU end up putting the puzzle together or just picking up all the pieces spread out on the floor.  It can seem an ugly, cruel game for busy moms!

But it was important for me to remember why are puzzles considered helpful to a child’s mental development.  My little guy can get quite a bit of time under his belt working with puzzles, if I help get him engaged in the process and encourage him. [Read more…]

5 Must Do’s in Parenting

18
Apr
2013

Part of being a good parent or one who is intentional in their parenting is teaching your kids to be good people, creating a genuine character that will carry them far in life.  The best way to do this is to be a good example. When your kids see that you are doing the things that “good people” do, they will automatically catch on.

You don’t have to be Super Woman, or Mother Teresa, you just have to practice responsibility, kindness, compassion and caring. Depending on your own beliefs about what it means to be good, and perhaps the influence of your faith, being a good person might not be exactly the same for you as it is for someone else.  That is why believing in yourself, your ability as a mom and knowing your family best is important.  This is exactly what I share in, “Becoming the Confident Mom You’ve Always Wanted to Be.”

You are your kids first and main teacher.  It carries a bit of pressure, or at least I think so!  Often I fail with being the example I want for my kids.  I blow it – yell, loose my temper, say ugly things – yep, that’s me.  I have gotten better over the years and learned techniques that help with diffusing my escalating frustration, but I am still very human and blow it.  Then I apologize and ask for forgiveness, over and over again.

But there are some things to keep in mind as you progress through your parenting journey, which will help keep you on track for training your kids.

Teach your kids about gratefulness

While your family may not have everything as far as material possessions go, you probably have lots to be grateful for. I can often get caught up in the everyday too and forget to be grateful for what I have and have been blessed with. It’s important to show kids that while life can sometimes be worrisome or disappointing, there are still many good things to be happy about. You can take the lead by expressing happiness about all the good things you have and avoiding too much complaining about what you don’t have.

Sharing with my kids the days when my health is ‘cooperating’ is one example of a gratefulness that has nothing to do with a material item.

Teach your kids about responsibility

As adults, we have to be responsible for a number of things. If we don’t take responsibility, we can suffer some fairly uncomfortable consequences, like penalties for not paying bills on time, or the consequences of not showing up for work on time. You can do your best to set a proper example, and talk to your kids about what it means to be responsible. As they get older, you can give them tasks to be responsible and consequences, both positive and negative, for choosing to be responsible.

In life there are already many consequences set up for being responsible and making the ‘right’ choice.  In nearly every choice there is a logical positive or negative consequence, the sooner your child learns this the better.  As I came away from visiting my daughter at college and shared some things with me that she was experiencing over the last few weeks, it was hard to see how her choices led to some unpleasant outcomes.  Standing by and allowing those consequences to spill out is hard…..but necessary.

Teach your kids about kindness

Being kind involves feeling empathy for others, or putting oneself in someone else’s shoes. It means reaching out to others with a smile or a friendly word.  If you are involved in a home church, this can be seen with the different ways to serve others and volunteer both your time and resources.

Treat others with respect

You’re children will learn that treating each other with respect is an important element of being a good person when the see you doing it.  We often think getting respect has to be earned, but I’ve found that when we offer respect to others, even our kids, we are giving the example of how this is to be shown.  As my kids have gotten older, I am glad I took this approach.

Be compassionate and caring

Show your children that compassion for others is easy to show and makes a real difference in the world. You can participate in a charity as a family by contributing to food banks, visiting nursing homes, even helping with park clean ups (compassion and caring for the earth). You can offer to help an elderly or disabled neighbor plant some flowers, or take a batch of cookies or a homemade casserole to someone who is recovering from an illness.

The possibilities are endless, so many people need assistance, it just takes us to make the first move to offer.

It is hard to be the best example all the time, but realize that what you do in your home now effects your kids forever.  Slowing down, re-organizing thoughts, routines and systems in order to truly be the right kind of example is key. Please don’t take this post and turn it into your own guilt trip party – this is just a gentle reminder for us all!  No one is perfect and we all need reminders!

How do you re-set when things get off track?  

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Confident Moms Raise Confident Kids

20
Dec
2012


As I get ready to kick off the release of my new kindle book, “Become the Confident Mom You’ve Always Wanted to Be,” I thought it would be nice to preface it by sharing why your role as a mom is so critical to your children’s success.  How you view yourself, display your ideals and consistently parent does make a difference and when you are confident in your decisions, well…..it makes all the difference in the world.

Confidence is a crucial part of our lives; as children and adults. Without it, we are left with a low self-esteem; feelings of unworthiness; and vulnerable to the pitfalls life sometimes doles out.

Confident moms raise confident kids and this, above all else, is the very foundation which will determine the future success or failure of your children.

Here are some tips on how you can increase your child’s confidence.

Be a role model for your child [Read more…]

Ending Procrastination

6
Oct
2012

Welcome to Day 6 of 31 Days of Mom Mojo – Tackling Time Management.

 

If you’re one of the few people who isn’t plagued with the problem of procrastination then you’re blessed beyond all measure.  This thief of time can quietly rob you of precious minutes, hours, or even days before you realize they’re gone.  You search for them and wonder where the time has gone, but it’s too late.

Do you wait until the last minute to start things, do you let things pile up?  Are you constantly apologizing for not finishing something when it “should” have been done.

 “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”    William James

Do you have those, uncompleted tasks or the list that never gets started?  That task you intended to complete today was put off until tomorrow and there was good reason to do so, but you can’t remember why just now. Yep, I know that exact feeling.  I often procrastinate sitting down and making appointments – I hate spending time on the phone calling around!

Procrastination comes in many disguises.  It’s called rationalization sometimes.   You say, “I didn’t get started on that task because the weather was too hot or I didn’t have time..”  One can always come up with many ‘seemingly’ good reasons to delay, but truly, they are never really good reasons, because the guilt often comes so quickly that it hinders other areas of our life. [Read more…]

The Art of Actively Listening

30
Aug
2012


Communicating with our children can be a difficult task at times.  We feel like they’re not listening to us; they feel like we’re not listening to them – it is a crazy cycle.

Good listening and communications skills are essential to successful parenting.  Your child’s feelings, views and opinions have worth, and you should make sure you take the time to sit down and listen openly and discuss them honestly.

I shared a bit about the importance of open communication and finding the times during our busy days to connect with our kids in my Back 2 School Survival Guide.  We often miss opportunities which are right in front of our eyes just because we think we don’t have the time to stop or that it doesn’t matter.  Be intentional when it comes to grabbing those moments when your child wants to share with you.  This is even more critical as your children enter the tween/teen years!

You can learn a lot about our kids when we take the time to just ‘be’ with them and truly hear them, we just need to keep a few things in mind.

Respond – Not React

It seems to be a natural tendency to react rather than to respond.  This seems to be automatically how we are wired – especially for those of us who struggle with being inpatient and with the inability to pause in the midst of conflict. We pass judgment based on our own feelings and experiences.  However, responding means being receptive to our child’s feelings and emotions and allowing them to express themselves openly and honestly without fear of repercussion from us.  [Read more…]

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