You're probably busy, you're stressed and you're anxious trying to do for them. You're probably weighing mom guilt and feeling stretched thin trying to do for them. But what do your kids really want? More than all you're doing "for them?" Your kids just want YOU to be happy.
Routine acts like a safety net to a child where so much is constantly changing. It’s so hard being a kid. You know, having someone cook for you, change your diapers, carry you everywhere and provide for all your needs.
No wait, that’s not the hard part.
What’s hard is that their brains, their bodies, their grade level and their eating habits are constantly changing. It can be pretty tough for a little person. Having a routine means they have something constant, they have reassurance that some things are predictable.
Picky eaters can definitely be CAUSED by us parents and fortunately, they can also be REMEDIED by us parents.
That's it! My prayer time does take a few minutes, but a bit of that is me getting distracted and refocussing. These simple prayers have been a huge gamer changer! You can see why, right?
Because they're focussed on what I can control: Asking God to intervene on their behalf and asking Him to help ME see and BE the mom they uniquely need.
By focussing on what I can control and allowing God to lead the way, I have a recipe for success. Apparently. I'm still reeling from Zach doing the dishes without being told.
Somewhere along the road, I apparently adopted the idea that being a married, adult woman with three kids meant I wasn't allowed to do things I like to do. I know that sounds crazy and younger me needed therapy. But I bent my will so hard for everyone else, I rarely did just what I wanted to do in my late 20s and earlier 30s.
You know the golden rule? Treat others the way you want to be treated. I'd like to apply that today to our kids and their "clean" rooms. You know what I mean, when they've "cleaned" them but they are so not clean. That's frustrating and it wastes a lot of time, doesn't it? Not to mention … Continue reading Take the frustration out of clean rooms
10 ways to encourage your child. Praise hard work. As in praise effort, not just success or natural ability.
Tell them something you're grateful for about them.
Express what you find unique about them.
When we bubble our kids in so many rules, activities and safeguards, they aren't able to exercise their own decision making skills. That's a bummer because they're going to need those skills a lot as adults. They need the space away from our grasp to make their own decisions and grow their own character.
TWO years ago one of my awesome tribe members recommended an awesome book to me. When doing so, she summarized some of the key takeaways for me (how nice of her). One thing she impressed upon me was selecting a life verse for my kiddos. It was a quite a revelation to me. I'm always … Continue reading Applying the bible to your kiddos
We've been listening to Dave Ramsey for a while now but we really JUST started following the program recently. Like any other life improvement skills you learn, I think it's natural to want to teach your children. I want to launch my kiddos into the world PREPARED for awesomeness. I was taught the value of … Continue reading Teaching kids to win with $