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Category: (Grand)parenting (Page 2 of 3)

10 REASONS YOU NEED TO COOK WITH YOUR KIDS

You know it’s going to be messy. You pray they don’t sneeze into the mixing bowl. You understand the patience of a saint will be required just to make a simple snack.

But the benefits of cooking with your kids far outweigh the mess and stress. This is one of the most important activities to share with children as we all need to eat.

We may get through life without ever painting that canvas we had planned, or knitting a scarf, but we won’t get through life without food.

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We may not all become chefs, but if we are taught at an early age to understand food – where it comes from, what it does, we are more likely to make wise eating choices later in life.

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HOW TO ENRAGE A MOB (Mother of Boys)

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Enraging any mother is pretty easy. Just say something rotten about her kids and you’ll wish you were being gored by a bull or clawed by a bear – the pain would be less.

This fierce protection starts in the womb and increases to a point of touchiness that would put a snowflake’s sensitivity to shame.

For some of us, sanity prevails (usually when the kids are teenagers) and we eventually realize our kids are human and therefore come with a few eensy weensy faults.

All the same, we mothers NEVER like to hear negative stuff about our kids.

MOBS (mothers of boys) have their own special sensitivity points, added to the general ones all mums share.

This is a practical guide on what NOT to say to a MOB – whether you are a friend, loved one or stranger.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR KIDS KEEP SELF LOVE ALIVE

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There are so many articles on self-love at the moment and it strikes me this is not a new skill to be learned, but more like a forgotten art.

Consider babies and children – their absolute fascination with their bodies, even the things their bodies produce, shows a lack of the disgust we adults often feel for ourselves.

We look in the mirror and listen to the outburst of our inner bully telling us we are too old, too fat, too thin, too whatever.

A child looks in the mirror and smiles and laughs in delight.

 

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We were once those smiling children, delighted to see our own reflections.

How did we lose the art of self-love?

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HOW A BABY MADE ME FIND MY CALM

 

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It’s no secret that children can often be our best teachers but it comes as a surprise that a five-month-old baby is teaching me something no one else has been able to.

Our newest little Goddess is teaching me how to calm myself – from the inside out.

Perhaps it helps she is not yet able to talk.

I recently saw a thing on Facebook that said; “never in the history of calming down has anyone calmed down by being told to calm down”. Truer words have never been spoken.

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 HOW TO GET YOUR MUMMA MOJO BACK WITH ONE LITTLE WORD

 

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It rolls off your tongue like honey off a spoon when your kids are little.

“No, you cannot use the sharpest knife, or any knife in the kitchen to cut those vegetables,” we tell our three-year-old.

“No, you cannot climb to the top shelf of that high bookshelf to see what the view is like.”

“No, you cannot hit your sister in the face because she played with your toy.”

We get so used to using that tiny word to protect our kids and to teach them acceptable behaviour that it comes out without us even registering it.

Some studies claim many parents resort to using that word up to 400 times a day!

Time passes, the kids grow up and, hopefully, more responsible, and we parents say it less and less.

Then one day we realize we’ve forgotten how to say it.

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11 SURVIVAL TIPS FOR TAMING TERRIBLE TANTRUMS

You can see glimpses…the cherub face contorts for seconds at a time giving you a preview of the hell to come.

The tiny body stiffens, the voice gets louder and before you know it you are witnessing the massive meltdown indicative of the ‘terrible twos’.

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The thing is, many people coast through the moods of a two-year-old without any battle scars – claiming victory in parenthood.

Then three hits, and WHAM, they get the full force of what they’ve been missing.

I remember Hubby and I thinking we must be truly marvelous parents as our first born seemed to sail through the ‘terrible twos’ – not realizing that three was, in fact, The Perfect Storm.

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WHY PARENTS NEED TO BE DETECTIVES

I was about seven or eight years old when my grandfather started sexually molesting me.

I didn’t speak out at first. I knew, as children do, that it was a bad thing.

It was not until much quizzing by my concerned mother, when I started ‘acting out’ in an effort to avoid being left with him, that I opened up about his activities.

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WHAT EVERY PARENT OF SONS ABSOLUTELY NEEDS TO KNOW

All parents are daunted by the enormous responsibility of the newborn life they hold in their hands.

 

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This tiny, vulnerable bundle is completely dependent on you for everything and you become acutely aware that your decisions, your words, your actions, have more power than ever before.

Many of us spend countless hours researching how to be the perfect parents (though we all know there is no such thing!).

We ensure we are feeding our child well, we are nurturing, teaching, playing with and loving them.

There are so many dangers we need to protect them from.

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BABYSITTING BATTLEGROUND – how much is too much?

HOW MUCH BABYSITTING IS TOO MUCH?

 

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When my mother was pregnant with my sister her mother said: “you know I love you more than life itself, but don’t ever ask me to babysit”. Mum never asked and Granny never babysat, even when I came along eight years later and Granny was living with us. I have very fond memories of her though.

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YOU HAVE NIPPLES!

NIPPLES, NIPPLES EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A NAPPLE IN SIGHT

“You have nipples, not napples”, our three-year-old granddaughter loudly proclaimed while we were standing in line at the grocery teller.

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Just another day in Grandy-land and anyone who hangs around young children will enjoy the same entertainment as kids say the funniest things.

This little Goddess had just learned that those little things were indeed nipples, and not napples as she had thought, so she wanted to share this information with the world.

Did you know there are eight different kinds of nipples, not napples? I read about this recently and was truly fascinated. In fact, if you pop on over to  Laugh Lines   you can get a whole bunch of interesting information about nipples, not napples, and the mammary glands they’re attached to.

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