Friday, December 28, 2012

Parenting-It's Not that Complicated

What if parenting really wasn't that complicated?  Hard...yes...but it doesn't have to be complicated! 
When we are aware of our goals and we spend the majority of our time working toward our goals then we don't have time for a lot of distraction...ultimately keeping life simple!

THINK Sit down and really think about what values are most important to you and also your significant other or co parent.  Is painting the playroom something you have time for or is going to Disney World something that will be fun or will it be stressful?

FOCUS Put down your cell phone when spending time with your child, get down on the floor with them, and take the time to be structured and always one step ahead of them.

LISTEN We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. If we don't listen to our children and instead always try to do what we THINK our children want/need than we can confuse the situation and create our own problems.  The truth is we don't know everything that our children need and if we listen to them we will get to know who they really are, understand them, and build a mutually respectful relationship.

ELIMINATE  Maybe it's time to get rid of toys the children aren't using or cut back on activities.  Pay attention to clues to assess what your child needs.  For example, if getting ready for dance class is always a fight with your child, maybe it's time to rethink dance classes altogether.

Monday, December 3, 2012

5 Reasons Why You're NOT Better than Other Moms!

1.  That mother you saw on Facebook at the restaurant while her child next to her was also on Facebook was actually playing words with friends, an interactive game with her daughter on their phones. 
2.  That mother you saw bragging about being a stay at home mom and doing everything PERFECT(including all those damn elf on the shelf activities...does she really need to post EVERY picture?!) She is actually miserable and pretending like her life is better than it really is.  She is doing the best she can.
3.  That mother that you saw working all those hours while her child is in daycare spends TRUE quality time with her children when she is home and really appreciates EVERY moment while she works her butt off to provide nice things for her children.
4.  That mother you saw going through the fast food drive through AGAIN never buys junk food at the grocery store and always makes her children eat healthy food at the dinner table.
5. That mother you saw yelling at her child in Target never had parents who taught her discipline, healthy boundaries, and respect and although she loves her children she has no idea what a healthy family looks like.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Best Holiday Jokes for Kids

Which of Santa's reindeer has bad manners? - Rude-alph!

What do elves learn in school? - The elf-a-bet

What Christmas carol is a favorite of parents? Silent nightWhat do snowmen eat for breakfast? Frosted flakes!

What does a cat on the beach have in common with Christmas? - Sandy claws.

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?Frostbite!

Where do snowmen go to dance? A snow ball!

How many presents can Santa fit in an empty sack? Only one, after that it’s not empty any more!

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinselitus!

What often falls at the North Pole but never gets hurt? Snow!

What is the best Christmas present in the world? A broken drum – you can’t beat it!

Why was Santa's little helper depressed? He had low elf esteem!