Hi there! I hope you and your family are staying safe and also finding interesting ways to pass the time as everyone tucks away at home! If you are fortunate to be enjoying the toddler years like I am with my 2 year old and 4 year old - this will mean that you are also squeezing in a little pre-k learning during the days now that pre-school is out for a bit. If you are trapped behind the walls with the even-more-demanding-than-a-toddler teen - I am right here with you (I have 2 teens and a preteen, haha). With all sorts of things happening in my big family I have to ensure that my toddlers are well occupied with meaningful activities each day if I want to catch even 5 minutes without anxiety 🙂 For this reason exploring great learning apps is a must-do for me. Recently I signed my 2, 4 and 7 year old daughters up for the Reading Eggs online educational program - I have no regrets! If you are checking out activities for your kids, be sure to browse the features of this one. Readings Eggs has hundreds of things to do and every activity is a learning experience presented in a fun and exciting way; you can hear more about it and get a sneak peak here!
Talking to teens about sex is never an easy topic for most parents but it is one of the most important discussions we must have. In this short post I chose to share some encouragement for mommas who are preparing to or worrying about the day they have to open up and talk to their daughters about sex.
When food ran low before our next voucher, I sat with my older girls (then about 7 and 6 yrs old) and apologized to them for our struggles, I held them and cried and made them promise not to make my mistakes - I told them they would only go hungry with me a few times but if they concentrate on their education then when they become women like mommy they will never be hungry again and they had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and never have to make them. I gave God thanks that my life was the sacrifice for them to see what happens if you dont take your future seriously and commit to walking right...
So many mothers have lived that heartbreaking feeling of seeing your child hungry and having nothing and no way to feed them - even if only for one night, this feeling can tear a mother to pieces ...
All in all I appreciate that differences are to be expected and all eyes are on mommy to see how she handles these situations and I am keen on admitting that my behavior will surely be mimicked by my girls so before I act on anything these days I stop, breath and try to remember to ask myself "would I want my kids to say/do this?".
When my beautiful babies are grown and moving out to find their own lives and families I pray to be in a little rocking chair on the front porch looking at the quiet yard and remembering those care-free giggles and crazy screams that I never thought would transform so quickly in to the adult voices that call from university or wherever the future and my great God leads my little ones.
There are always tiny things that bring sunshine in to my life even on dark days, but it can take a crap-load of effort to attempt to find happiness during moments of despair or feelings of failure which can often lead to depression. They say "laughter is the best medicine" and that is indeed true - but when even a laugh commands more effort than you are willing to give during these moments - I have found that it is first best to at least find your smile.
As a mommy of 7, notably all daughters, there are times when I can sense that one of my girls is craving a bit of “mommy and me time”. With two teenagers ages 14 and 13, a 10 year old and the 6, 4 and 2 year olds, (plus my 2 month old latest addition),… Continue reading MOMMY & ME TIME: MAKING MEMORABLE MOMENTS