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Some Parenting Advice From This Mom

29th September 2011

I’m not Supernanny, or any type of expert in anything but drinking lattes, but I felt compelled to write this post today.

I’m just a Mom who wants to share some parenting advice to other Moms – because I’m a mom, but I was also a kid once too.

  • TELL YOUR KIDS YOU LOVE THEM – Don’t assume your kids know that you love them, and please don’t say that your kids “know you love them” so you don’t have to say it. Take it from me, your kids need to hear it. They WANT to hear it, and often. Say it every day, say it all the time. It’s such a little thing that makes such a difference. Believe me when I tell you that even as adults, you can remember that your mom or dad never said I love you, even though you know they did.
  • BE THERE FOR YOUR KIDS – Tell your kids that they can tell you anything, no matter what it is and that you’ll love them regardless. Tell them that you are their biggest supporter and greatest ally. Not feeling that you can talk to your parents about the scary stuff is so alienating and sad.
  • BE POSITIVE – Instead of taking the negative approach, focus on the positive. Make a point of reinforcing the good behavior instead of only punishing the bad stuff. Feeling like you never do anything right just sucks. I promise you, your kids take that feeling with them into adulthood – it’s not something that is forgotten just because they grew up.
  • TRUST GOES BOTH WAYS – There comes a point where you have to trust your kids to make the right decisions – give them that opportunity. They might fail, they might make a mistake or make a bad choice, but that’s how kids learn.  Overprotect them to the point of suffocating them and  they will resent you – another feeling that never quite goes away.
  • DON’T PLAY FAVORITES – It’s one thing to tell your kids that you love them all equally, and it’s another to show it. Don’t play favorites because one child is easier to parent than the other – just don’t. Don’t encourage or reward tattling and don’t use your kids as a means to finding out what the other kid is doing. Create and encourage an environment where your kids want to spend time together, where they want to be each other’s confidant, where they are each other’s best friend. Your children eventually grow up and remember that you played favorites, and that resentment will show in their adult relationships with their siblings.
  • IT’S THEIR LIFE – Don’t live your life through your kids. Their life is their own, and at some point they will grow up and want to be their own person. Stopping them from doing that on the premise that you’re protecting them is just wrong. You don’t want them to go away for school because you didn’t? Tough shit – how is that their fault? Don’t you want your kids to have every opportunity? Can you live with yourself knowing that their potential might have been snuffed out by your over-protectiveness? Trust me when I tell you, they will hate you for it.
  • YOU CAN BE A MOM AND STILL HAVE A LIFE – Your own life didn’t end when you became a mom. You still have the right to live out your dreams and aspirations, and you can still do that and be a great mom. Don’t stop living your life – your kids eventually grow up and then what? Will you blame your kids for the fact that you have “no life” because your kids have left the nest? Your life is your own, and if you do nothing with it – then look in the mirror and ask yourself why you let that happen. Carve out the time to be yourself, because you deserve it and so does your sanity.
I hope this post doesn’t sound preachy – that’s not the point of this post. It’s about me sharing some things I’ve noticed, and perhaps experienced in some way.
I support you Moms. You deserve to be happy. So do I.

Blue Sky Home Series – Review and Giveaway

26th August 2011

I was recently sent a package of Blue Sky Home Series products from Blue Sky, and being a huge fan of organizational things, I was super happy to receive them. This was actually the first time I had seen this line of products and I was immediately impressed.

I received a sampling of their available products including a grocery pad, door pads, a multi-task notebook, a mousepad and a weekly/monthly desk planner. I think they’re super cute, really well made and very useful. The multi-task notebook is a dream for list lovers, like myself. The grocery checklist is magnetic, and perfect for keeping track of what to pick up during the next grocery store stop. The door pads are going to be useful with the husband – he forgets everything!! Now I’ll be able to hang these cute reminders at the front door, so he can grab what he needs before he heads off to work. I also really like the planner, because it lays flat, looks pretty, and is laid out really well. Love that it has weekly and monthly calendars, space for lists, notes and more.

The Blue Sky Home Series offer organizational solutions for “busy moms with a fresh, contemporary design from designer Susy Jack Contemporary Paper. Blue Sky went directly to moms to learn real-life insights on how they manage their busy lives. They can be mixed and matched for portable planning, note taking, list making, communicating and storing paperwork.”

It’s also important to note that these products are all printed with soy-based ink on 50% recycled paper, and super affordable. The products range from $3.99 to $9.99 and can be purchased at Target stores and online at the Blue Sky website (blueskyimg.com).

GIVEAWAY!!!

One lovely reader will win a gift pack from the Blue Sky Home Series line.

MANDATORY ENTRY:

  • Leave a comment below with your best organizational tip for keeping on top of things at home. I can always use some great tips for being more organized!!

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL ENTRIES:

  • Like Blue Sky on Facebook and leave a comment below saying that you did.
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Enter to win a fab gift pack from Blue Sky on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog – http://bit.ly/rm3bsL #giveaway #blueskyhomeseries

RULES:

  • The giveaway will run until August 31, 2011
  • Open to U.S. and Canadian residents
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org
UPDATE: CONGRATS to my winner: #38 AMANDA BROWN – THANKS to everyone who entered!!!

It’s Ugi Time!

8th March 2011

Look what I got in the mail!

It’s Ugi Time!!

Ugi is a company created by three Canadian moms who wanted a “challenging, effective and sustainable workout that could fit into their busy lifestyles.”

So what is the Ugi philosophy? I’m going to quote their site here:

  • It is all about you.
  • It is about working out for real life, for health and happiness.
  • It’s functional training that helps you operate better and feel better every day.
  • It’s health training that helps you benefit from the relationship between good eating and exercise.
  • It’s happiness training, that helps you get more joy out of each minute, based on the idea that there are 1,440 minutes in every day, and if you use 30 of them for physical activity, the other 1,410 feel better.
  • So Ugi is really about helping you make small choices that add up to big, realistic results.

I was sent the Ugi at Home set, which includes the 8lb Ugi ball, an easy-to-follow workout guide, a five day workout dvd, and a guide to making good food choices, access to the online library and a free Ugi timer iPhone app.

I’m going to be using the Ugi for the next six weeks – a program that involves 30 minutes a day – 30 exercises – 1 piece of equipment.

I’m looking forward to blogging about my experience.

For more information about Ugi -check out their site, on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy their promo below:

 

UGI Promo from Adam Rootman on Vimeo.

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