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This week is all about parenting.   Parenting is a journey filled with every high and low possible.  Professionals and other parents are fonts of inspiration in helping us be the best parents we can be.  There is no one right answer for any parent or child, and we can all glean little tie bits from different places.   Hope you get some tips that help you!!

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1. One tip to stop yelling at your kids

Super cute tip on how to curb a gut reaction to yell.  In the last year I’ve cut down the yelling a lot.  Still could do better, but this tip might be just the ticket to kicking it completely!

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2. Modern Day Parenting Crisis

A British nanny gives five reasons modern parenting is harder and not as awesome.

I have to tell you that the village certainly feels dead in public.  A few weeks ago I took the kids to a summer fun movie.  After getting the three 6 year olds settled into their seats and even having a lighthearted moment with the mom a couple seats down, the 3 year old and I headed to the snack bar for our much loved popcorn.  It took 20 minutes.  When we headed back in, my sweet son was scream crying in fear from his seat on the top row.  The lady who we had joked with was Gone!  It wasn’t her place to do anything, but to move seats instead of talking to an obviously scared 6 year old?  The village failed us.  It certainly renewed my desire to help whenever someone in my ‘village’ needs help!

Of course this does not take away from my poor judgement on the readiness of my 6 year old to sit with his twin and cousin.  I take full responsibility for a bad decision that failed my son.

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3. Kids playing around the World

This is another one of my visual shares with a collection of children playing around the world.

I feel like this is a reminder to us to let kids play.  Let them play with simple things.  Play with our kids.  Life is better with some playtime!!

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4. Parent mag – 8 Tips to be a Better Parent

Their images from this article were super tiny so here is an image of my boys with their cousin having some fun!

I adore the tip about embracing change.  Kids change so much as they grow and develop, if we don’t change to accommodate things can go sour.  Looking back over the last six years of being a parent it is pretty easy to see when we made good adjustments with their changes and when we took wrong turns.  When the twins were babies and one needed a nighttime feeding we woke the other one to eat.  One day I just decided to sooth the waking baby back to sleep.  It worked great!  Then it dawned on me….  How many days, weeks or months ago would this have worked?  lol  We’ll never know.

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4. Raising Well Rounded Kids

This is another Parent’s magazine article on raising well rounded kids.  My personal belief is that a well rounded person can accomplish many great things in life.

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Thanks for visiting our site today.  I hope you are inspired and have a wonderful week!

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Redefining Knights in Shining Armor

We have this ideal as teenage girls, that “Knight in Shining Armor who sweeps us off our feet and takes us away to Happily Ever After.”  We dream of him, and plan for him, and place our hopes around someday finding him.

He will be handsome, charming, intelligent, strong, and romantic.  All at once.

Then we meet the man we marry, we fall in love and we SEE him as this knight in Shining Armor.  We put him up on a pedestal and expect him to be the paragon we dreamed of in our youth.

And then, suddenly- he isn’t.  You probably realize it gradually as he makes little mistakes, or even big ones.  Maybe he steals the TV remote and changes the channel without asking, or puts the toilet paper roll on backwards.  Maybe he forgets to tell you that you are beautiful or even yells when he’s having a bad day.  But he isn’t perfect.  You watch movies and read books with handsome heroes who arrive at the perfect moment to kiss the heroine in the rain, and you wonder.  Why isn’t my life like that?  You still love your husband, you just wish you had MORE.  More of what you think it means to be in love, but you are wrong.  In all of your wishing, and hoping, you are missing all the little things that really matter.

We need to redefine what it means to be a Knight in Shining Armor.

Today I was sick.  I have a nasty cold with a fever, chills, stuffy nose, headache, the works.  And it was a horrible day, full of screaming, fighting children and a progressively messy house.  My husband was at work all day, he’s a police officer and works a 12 hour shift, so this is a LONG day- full of stress and frustration.  When he came home over an hour late, the best I was able to have waiting for him was a plate of deviled eggs and 4 hungry crabby children waiting to be fed and put in bed.

The Heroes in stories may rescue damsels in distress from hungry dragons, but the Hero in my life simply sent me back to bed.  He then not only fed the four hungry children, but got them ready for bed, and curled up on the couch reading them stories until they were tired.  He got the older ones busy cleaning up the kitchen and doing dishes and after tucking in the 2 little ones, he came in to check on me.

Moments like this are easy to miss, if you are busy waiting for a fairytale romance.  I sometimes catch myself wishing my husband was more romantic, and that he would tell me I’m beautiful everyday, or bring me flowers and chocolate.  But I have learned over the years that those things aren’t real, they fade and are meaningless in the face of the trials that life brings.

True Romance – in REAL LIFE, more often comes in the form of,

Letting me sleep in, when he’s worked several days in a row and needs sleep badly.

Taking the kids to the park so I can have some much needed me time

Doing the dishes when they are piled up and getting crusty

Bringing a symphony bar with toffee in it home from the store after a long day of work- and sharing it piece by piece for several days.

Growing a beautiful garden for our family and making sure to plant lots of Zucchini for me, since its my favorite!

Turning off ESPN and changing the channel to HGTV without being asked

Grabbing a basket of laundry and folding it without being asked.

Putting the kids to bed so I can have a girls night

When our babies were small he would get up with them every morning and play with them so I could sleep in after a long night

Overlooking a messy house, and dirty room- because he loves me

Taking me out for a date, even when we don’t have the money- just because he knows I need out of the house!

Not yelling about the fact that I lost the keys…again.

 

So, can you do it? Can you watch for the little things your husband does to show you he loves you?  Try to take a little time each day to notice and be grateful for the things he does for you.  And thank him for them!

Post in the comments and share what your husband does to bless your life.

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Get in the picture MOM! Yes, YOU!

Get in the picture MOM!  Yes!  YOU!

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The day my daughter came up to me and said, “Mom, are you going to have any time for me to cuddle with you today?  I really hope you don’t have to work all day.” Yeah, that was not awesome.  Working from home is a wonderful thing, but it has its drawbacks during busy times.  The work is always right there, and I often feel anxious if it is left unattended for a while.  However, I had to think about how the growing up years are when we have the privilege and opportunity to teach our children everything that will help them along the path of life.  The trouble is, most of what we teach them is by our actions and example.

My actions.  My example.

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In the moment described above, I had a big wake up call to cut back on the amount of work my business takes on.  Sure our family was and is in need of those funds for our big move and the loss of income from my husbands job due to his moving positions at work.   But it really made me evaluate the effect my work actions had on our family.   We can find so many examples in our lives where our kids can teach us if we pay attention.

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Do you kids love to be in pictures?  Have they asked to take a picture with you?  I know most women in my own life often fuss, protest or flat out refuse to let someone take their picture.  Now, you might be thinking this isn’t nearly as important of an example as my daughter letting me know she wasn’t getting enough time from me.  But it IS just as important!!!  When mom happily gets into pictures with her family and friends, it teaches her kids by example to not only be happy with ourselves but also to treasure our relationships and moments in life.

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Some things I’d like my boys and girl to be when they are adults:

Be faithful and service oriented in church.

Be happy with their body image.

Be comfortable with themselves.

Be comfortable in a group of strangers.

Be sensitive to the feelings and needs of those around them.

Be inquisitive and adventurous.

Be awesome parents who play with their kids, lead them, love them and discipline them.

Be hard workers.

Be close to family members.

Be joyful.

Getting into pictures certainly won’t magically make all those things happen.  Writing down a list of things you would like your children to be.  Examine changes you can make to set the tone in your own life for them to learn from your example.

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So moms, get in those pictures!  Embrace the not so perfect you that you are.  Let’s teach our kids that people aren’t perfect, and that is OK.   We’d love for you to share your pictures of you with your kids in the blog comments, on our Facebook post and or on Twitter!  Let’s see you with your cuties!

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This Week in Webland

Everyday-Creative.com - We love this week1.  7 Ideas for Living with Less

What would living with less actually mean for my family?  Not sure, but whenever we have done with less we have been happy.  I can see where consciously making do with less would be very freeing.

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2. 41 Cheap and Easy Backyard DIY’s

Summer is coming do an end soon, but you may find something on here to help you enjoy those last warm days before the colder days come on in.  Love the image below for a weekend movie cuddling up with the family on a still warm September evening!   There are also several ideas involving fire pits which can definitely be helpful on chilly nights!

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3. Inspiring Passwords

OK, so he may look a bit grumpy, but the man has some seriously inspiring words and advise.  He took a low point in his life and developed a system to inspire and change his life.

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Krafty Kaleidoscope Giveaway!

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I’d like to introduce Laurel Arnold and her business Krafty Kaleidoscope.  Laurel is an amazing woman with a multitude of talents.  She is truly creative EVERY single day, which makes her a perfect feature for our site.  Although they live on a small budget, she finds ways to decorate on a shoestring and brightens up their tiny home with countless beautiful ideas.  I’ll admit, I’m a bit biased in my praise, since she is also my little sister!  I can remember a day when she complained that she wasn’t artistic like the rest of us.  She must have been about 12 and my mother challenged her to find her own ways to create.  She was up for the challenge.  Since then she has dabbled in everything from pottery and sculpture to painting and sewing and has YET to be anything less than amazing at any of them.  Her most recent enterprise has been to conquer the art of wood burning, and I must say she does an excellent job.  I am excited to share that she has agreed to give-away some of her hard work in our newest give-away.

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