Hello blog family,
I read this quote a couple of days ago and it has really stayed with me and impacted my thoughts in a positive way. So many times throughout my day I find myself wishing and wanting for things I don't have, things that we could survive just fine without. There is always something we "need." Do we really "need" it? I've been thinking about people who have no clean water and wonder where their next meal will come from. People who in different nations who will never have a fraction of what we have. It is then that I realize how blessed we actually are.
My kids are so fortunate! They have never known to need, only to want. As they get older we explain that the things they have should not be taken for granted. I remind them that there are some kids who have nothing. (Not to make them feel guilty, but to make them aware and make them feel compassion for those who have less.) When my kids get new toys we collect the old toys and we give them to church or we find families we can give them to. It's my goal to raise children who don't have an entitlement complex and seek to help others.
My goal is not to get wrapped up in worldly things, like money and possessions. These things rule our lives. You have to have money to live, you use the money to by stuff, that stuff is never enough so you buy more stuff. It's a constant chase to have better stuff than the stuff you had originally. Breaking this chain, of course, is no easy obstacle. "I myself am completely flawed stitched together with good intentions."
Bye for now,
We made it one full week. She went to a birthday party yesterday and a play-date today. Both were in the comfort of a home, thankfully. I do not think I am ready for public restrooms. The potty fits like a glove in the back of my SUV. We have a multicolored blanket for privacy and books for her reading pleasure.
Perks of a DIAPER FREE home:
1. No more awful diaper changes.
2. More money to save.
3. Building her independence.
As she grows, I enjoy watching her take each step. I’m not the mom that cries at sight of their little one transitioning. I love the determination in her eyes and the glow in her face when she conquers an obstacle. She exudes a confidence that can be stifled if I am not supportive.
Hello blog family,
Today I was thinking about how important it is to me to raise my children to be polite respectful people. I can't count the number of times I've heard kids demanding things without saying please or thank you while we are out and about. That type of behavior is not tolerated at my house. Even my son who is soon to be two says please and thank you without being prompted 98% of the time.
My fiance and I are constantly reminding our kids that they won't get anywhere in life with the wrong attitude. We don't let our kids bully each other and we tell them to stick up for other kids who are being bullied. We tell our kids if someone is being bullied and they don't have friends you need to be that person's friend. Imagine if every parent monitored the way their child spoke to other people. Imagine if every person empowered their children to be advocates and protect the bullied.
My daughter seems to rub many kids the wrong way. She is extremely loving and curious. She is constantly wanting to hug and hold hands and pull you where she wants to be. She asks questions over and over but her heart is gold! If you are sick, sad, or hurt her concern and compassion is amazing for someone so small. As I said, though, many kids are irritated by her constant touching and questioning, Unfortunate, she has already been bullied.
As her mom, it's super heart-breaking to see her sad because other kids don't always want to play with her. For that reason I've had to toughen her up and explain people won't always want to play with you or be your friend but that's okay!! You can play by yourself or play with someone else. For this reason, we implemented the phrase "oh well, their loss." If someone is mean to her now, she tells them she doesn't like the way they are acting and she's going to play by herself.
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