Why Children Make The Best Teachers

Motherhood can be a funny thing. We spend years putting as much effort into the lives of our kids as possible, hoping to teach them new things and introduce them to the world. Children are wonderfully innocent, and they have the amazing benefit of being able to experience everything for the first time. The world is like a giant coloring book to them — completely blank and ready for the pages to be brought to life. I have always viewed motherhood from the perspective of a teacher. We’re the ones teaching our kids everything, right? Of course, this is true, we do teach kids so much about the world that they take with them as they grow older. But, did you ever stop and think about how much your kids are teaching you? It’s an interesting idea, and something I touched upon in a previous article that I wrote after taking my son to the library. I won’t go through the whole thing here, but the main aim of the piece was to show that kids see things from different perspectives. They approach the world in a different way, and their memories are forged differently. It really got me thinking, […]

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You Can Be The Mother You Never Knew You Could Be

Thankful for Modi from moodswingmama.com for sharing her story about what she has learned parenting two children with special needs. Enjoy! I remember when my world used to feel so small. Me, my husband, and our growing family up against the world. I think of the times when the little things used to bother me to the point of borderline insanity. I used to relish the fact that I had it all. Boy, I was stupid back then. Before you become a mother, you create this illusion in your mind of what life should be. The perfect life. You envision your kids becoming athletes and honor roll students, keeping those date nights regulated with the hubby and never having to worry about the heaviness you didn’t plan for. Then life happens. Things change. Warning: that life you dreamt for yourself isn’t going to go the way it did in your head. I think to myself of all the things I took for granted. All the things that I used to put so much energy into that make me shake with anger and clench my teeth just thinking about now. Why was I so selfish and petty? Why did I always […]

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3 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself While Balancing Motherhood

While being a mom is one of the most wonderful things in the world, I am conscious of the fact that I don’t take care of myself and balance motherhood as well as I should. One thing that I consider difficult since becoming a mama is learning proper self-care. I began to wonder if there was any time to be a mom while looking after myself at the same time. Many moms make their children the priority in spite of their own wellbeing. The late night feeds with our newborns or early mornings with our toddlers or school age kiddos have an effect on our health, and we reach for the coffee and sugar to keep ourselves functioning. So what can moms do to give ourselves the morale boost we need during every exhausting day? 1. Exercise Exercising is a great mood booster, and the endorphins give you that much needed “feel good” feeling! Look, I know that it seems like a lot of effort to go to a class for an hour, especially when there is so much housework to be done, but you deserve time for yourself as well. Even if you’re pregnant, don’t forget there are lots of pregnancy […]

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What I’ve Learned From The Perspective Of A Child

One’s perspective is a powerful tool. Shifting mine to match the mind of a child has helped me find joy in situations that used to leave me feeling broken or defeated. Today, with my grandma and two little ones in tow, we visited the local library. Since my family recently moved back to my hometown, I have been eager to see the place I spent so much time as a kid. It was a nostalgic experience to watch my grandma who used to take me to a weekly story hour at this same library now chase my kids up and down the aisles of books. But while we were there, my son had a meltdown. Asking a two-year-old to pick up his toys to leave is basically equivalent to someone stealing all of a woman’s chocolate — a big deal! I tried to balance reasoning with him and enforcing my clean-up request all while nervous someone I knew would walk in and view me as an “out-of-control parent.” It’s a small town, so one wrong move can mean forever-labels. After what seemed like a long while going back and forth negotiating with my spirited little boy, I left feeling defeated and quite […]

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How To Be A Mom But Still Look Out For Yourself

Becoming a parent changes your entire world forever. Suddenly, taking care of your children becomes the main priority, and those sentiments ring true on a daily basis. Still, that doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore your personal need for happiness too.   This post is written to provide mamas with practical ways to not lose themselves along their parenting journeys. After all, a happy mom is a better mom. Making an investment into your long-term happiness is key to achieving balance in your life. Given that the rewards will improve the lives of your entire family too, it should be one of the key items on your parenting agenda. Here are 6 simple tricks to help you look out for yourself: 1. Be healthy. Maintaining great health isn’t always easy when juggling parenthood with other life commitments. However, keeping your body in the best possible condition will work wonders for energy levels and pain management.  Given the amount of time needed to prepare meals for your child, it’s not uncommon for your nutrition to lack the attention it needs. Visit momsintofitness.com to find practical ways to add exercise back into your life. By following plans designed specifically for moms, you […]

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