2017-04-24T13:08:07.862-07:00You are a mother. You are a mother who is stressed. You are a mother who is not only stressed, but don't feel so good about the upcoming holiday. Whether your own mother is alive or not, you realize that another celebration of mom and/or you is not what you need right now. Then say so. Maybe you have decided you are not cooking, visiting, party planning, or expecting anything from anyone.
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2017-04-23T17:58:30.739-07:00Do you feel frustrated in your search for the right compost tumbler? You decided to start making compost, but are struggling with the vast choice of tumblers that is available? Read on to learn more about the different types of tumbles and some top ideas!
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2017-04-20T10:26:00.953-07:00It's All In the Family: Parents: Are You Turning Siblings Against One Ano...: One or all sons and daughters just might not come for the holidays to see parents and grandparents, because they know how they truly feel a...(image)
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2017-04-19T09:46:06.241-07:00boredom with many children. The school year reveals a lot about children and what their educational, emotional or physical needs are. Sit back and think about the following and begin your quest to get your child some needed help so that he or she will be prepared for the next school year. Think about the catalysts behind why your son or daughter had challenges this year. Take some time to interview him or her.
2017-04-13T15:19:23.362-07:00Are you constantly hitting new levels of stress because of the kids at home you have to deal with? As a new mom, stress is the biggest factor you need to watch out for. Your mouth may be in danger because of the huge amount of pressure you’re under. Dental specialists all over the world report increased incidence of tooth issues from stressed out moms, especially new mothers. Dentists are almost always able to tell if you are stressed out, because it shows in your mouth in many ways. Here are some of the ways in which dental quality is impacted by how stressed you are.
2017-04-05T14:36:51.353-07:00In his early forties, he would have never thought it would happen to him, a father, former boxer now a grandfather. His handsome 16 going on 17 year old son, popular, a high school football player, now a father! “How could this be?” the father thought. He cussed, fussed, acted violently with anyone who was in his way. “I don’t want to be a grandfather! He told me he was using condoms! He said she put the condom on! I told him never let a girl put the condom on! She poked holes in it! I can’t believe this!” But he had to believe it. After the anger wore off, he and his son’s mother had to figure out something, but what? You may be in a similar situation. So what do you do? The first step is to find your peace of mind, so that you can be of assistance to your child and his girlfriend. What that means is find someone or something that can help you take control of your thoughts and emotions so that you can think clearly. Some people take vacations during the heat of a crisis and others consult with a beloved family member or friend. Without peace of mind, you will only further aggravate the already complicated situation. In the true story described earlier, the girl’s mother had a hard time hearing about her 15 year old daughter being pregnant. The gorgeous girl was an honors student and all her mother could do was witness her child’s future flash and then disappear before her eyes. She was so hurt by her daughter’s irresponsibility that she said some hurtful things about her boyfriend and her daughter to the both of them, the kind of things that may forever scar both children. The mother wasn’t ready to be a grandmother. She was so emotionally wounded, that she kicked her daughter out the minute she heard the news. The girl had nowhere to go, but to her boyfriend’s home. At least his parents had found their peace of mind in time to open their doors to her. But it wouldn’t be easy for the girl to live in her boyfriend’s parent’s home, for they would now preach abstinence despite it being less than a couple of years prior to the pregnancy that the boy’s father was providing him with condoms. The mother-to-be was to sleep on the couch in the basement while the father was to remain in his room during the night. They could never be in any part of the house alone. So how do you handle the news that your son and his girlfriend are pregnant? Assuming that you already spoke to your son, meet with him again. Find out if his thoughts about his situation have changed. How are the girl’s parents handling the news, that is, if she told them? Does she plan on getting an abortion? Does your son want her to abort? You may run into a situation where he doesn’t want the child and she does. Then what? He may be willing to give over all his rights to the child’s mother, but does that mean that future child support payments will go away? Can she still sue? You will need to consult with an attorney to find out all the details. Your son and his girlfriend may agree to give the child up for adoption. Someone within your family or hers may want to care for the baby until they can manage. Whatever he and his girlfriend may decide, avoid the temptation to name call, talk about how miserable their life will be, or say or do anything that could jeopardize your relationship with your child and future grandchild. Your son and/or his girlfriend may be in a fragile state of mind and you don’t want to be responsible for pushing him or her over the edge. Meet with the coupleOnce you and your son have talked, arrange a date to meet with his girlfriend. You will want to know what her intentions are. There may be discrepancies in their story, she may have changed her mind concerning the baby, and she may be having tr[...]
2017-04-03T14:02:53.699-07:00One of the bravest things a mother can do for herself and her child is know when to let go and just do it! It doesn't matter the child's age, when things are getting out of control and you feel as a mother that you can't do much more for your child, pick up the phone! Some moms probably did just that this last break. In the near future, other moms will end up not doing too much to get some assistance because they falsely believe they can do everything on their own. This is why we see or hear of children being abused or worse dying in the care of moms. If you have a newborn or toddler and you are feeling a bit frustrated or at your wits end, start looking for resources that offer child care. There are programs out there that are discounted and even free for a time. But you don't know if you don't look. Check with human services department in your city, churches, mother support groups, and online ads related to childcare programs or home daycare.Spring breaks (or any school breaks) can be grueling. Your money, time, and patience is only going to go so far before you look at the calendar and say, "Thank God, back to school." So before the next break, put an action plan together for yourself and the children. Know what you are going to do when things get rough again at home. The following is a list to help plan for the next break which is the longest of them all, summer break (sigh).1. Save money for activities. Start now signing them up for stuff if you haven't already.2. Find out what events are happening in other neighborhoods where your relatives live and make plans with them to take your children to them during the summer. This way you have some relief.3. List family freebies and discounted days at restaurants and elsewhere. Note them on your personal calendar. This way you don't have to cook on those days.4. Check in with friends and find out what their plans are for their children this summer.5. Plan what you will do when children are unable to go outside. Do you have some fun things for them? Rotate toys and don't allow them to see and play with everything all at once. This way when you pull the fun stuff out of storage it will be like Christmas time for them this summer. 6. Talk with tweens and teens about household chores and work. There are sites online that pay children 13 years and up so start searching. Schedule days for them to work. Check with relatives who are in need of help and talk with them about paying the children for tasks. This way you can relieve some stress on your wallet.7. Share concerns with your Creator, a person of faith who can pray for you or a counselor. When you are able to communicate family matters with someone, you are better able to deal with children. Also, they don't feel so much tension emanating from you.Nicholl McGuireWhen Mothers Cry Author[...]
2017-03-22T11:07:09.945-07:00You love them. They mean a lot to you. You would do almost anything for them. But are your children everything to you? Now before you are quick to say, "No." Answer the following:1) Do you find yourself rearranging your schedule to suit them even when you could ask others for assistance?2) Do you show up at most events and when you are unable to attend do you viciously argue with others about why they should be at your child/children's performances?3) Do you have frequent headaches because you expect your children to be the best at whatever they do and when they fall short you have a long list of consequences?4) Do you threaten others about your children sometimes over the most mundane things?5) Has your marriage or dating relationships come to a swift end because someone spoke up about the way you treat your children?6) Are you in much debt because of children? How about you take a moment and check your bank account, credit card, and personal loan statements, are your children's requests showing up? How much did you spend last year on toys, activities, unplanned grocery items, crafts, entertainment, etc.?7) Do you fight with the desire to do for you or do for them even over the littlest of things like whether you should avoid buying lunch at work for yourself v/s ordering them a pizza or whatever else they like after work?8) Do you find yourself skipping a bill payment just so that you can buy something like a Nintendo Switch for your child or some other item merchants have brainwashed our children into believing they must have?9) Do you have relatives or friends who don't feel comfortable around you due to your overreactions regarding your children?10) Are your children getting in the way of your personal time with God?Image used under license from Freestock.comNow that you answered those questions, hopefully honestly, consider the time, energy, sacrifice, money, and more that you give up for your children. Should they be esteemed like this? Are they more important than your marriage, personal hobbies, employment, and more? Remember children are in our lives for a season obeying us, but then they will no longer be all that agreeable and will want lives their own. Then what? Your life is either starting or is revolving around your children for any number of factors such as:A spouse no longer likes or loves you so you use the children to fulfill personal needs.Family and friends who are often busy and don't have much time or energy to be there for you, but "Hey, there is always the kids and all their activities."Too much extended family involvement to the point that they have driven you toward your children so you use them as an excuse.Your faith has been stagnant for years and God is no longer important (if he ever was), but those "idols" are there and so you worship them.You don't like your job so any excuse to leave it for the kids.You are running away from other responsibilities by spending more on them for the temporal pleasure of feeling good that you did many things for your children.You feel like you need to prove something to your spouse so you go overboard helping your children even when they don't need or want your help.You probably can list a few more reasons why your children are all-too-important these days.Sometimes parents feel guilty about a number of things and others use their remarkable treatment of their children to cover up some dark things within and around them. As we all know, too much of anything isn't good and sooner or later the act will be revealed. For other doting yet obsessed parents, they will unfortunately start to resent their children sooner or late[...]
2017-03-21T08:07:07.266-07:00Seeing your child's teeth for the first time is one of the cutest and most momentous occasions in your life as a parent. After months of watching them drool and gnaw on random objects, they finally have that first microscopic tooth emerging. A full set of baby teeth will replace that annoying grandma smile in a couple of years. According to smilesonyonge.ca, child tooth care is extremely critical. Some people think it isn’t because all of these teeth will one day be replaced by permanent teeth. You still need to care for them, though. Gum Care for Babies Gums need to be taken care of right after they have been born. Do not use a toothbrush or toothpaste at the start – they are still very sensitive to chemicals like fluoride. Instead, get yourself a soft cloth that is moist, or even a damp bit of gauze. Twice a day, instead of brushing, wipe your baby’s gums. This task should ideally be done right after feeding them, or right before they go to bed. Cleaning the gums down prevents bacteria from building up on the gums, and leaving plaque behind that could start eating away at your baby’s teeth, the second they begin to emerge.What About Brushing Their Teeth?You can start brushing their teeth when their first tooth emerges from their gums. You should pick an unique baby brush with a soft set of bristles, a tiny head, and a large, easy-grip handle. Don’t use the toothbrush at the start. Just wet the brush and use it instead. Start using toothpaste the size of a grain, and then increase it gradually to a pea-sized amount as more teeth begin to come in. The toothpaste should ideally be fluoride based and made for children. Over the course of about three years, increase the size of the amount of toothpaste. Teething and Maturity You have to keep brushing at least twice a day, until your baby can hold their brush when they are a toddler. This chore doesn’t mean you let them do it on their own, though. You have to supervise the brushing for as long as you can, or until your child can spit their toothpaste out without you having to help them. This phase usually happens when they are six-years-old. Teething is the process by which your child’s first teeth erupt through their gums. It is every bit as painful as it sounds. Over the course of two whole years, the baby teeth make their way through the gums to the surface. Babies cry, drool, have gum pain and toothache, and can even have a slight temperature while teething! You can relieve the pain by rubbing their gums with your finger (clean, of course), or by purchasing special teething rings that your baby can munch on to help the teeth emerge faster and to numb the gums, so they don’t hurt as much. Try to make whatever you put in their mouth as relaxed as possible. [...]
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2017-03-04T14:01:17.762-08:00Storm clouds will always come in relationships, but it is up to all of us to prepare for the pending storm by taking care of self first. Where are your hat, raincoat, boots, and umbrella? If you are a Christian, where is your spiritual body armor? Did you leave them at home in the back of the closet or on a shelf collecting dust? This is what we do as mothers. We make sure everyone else has their protection but us! Meanwhile, we go into storms with our partner, children, and relatives without a covering. This may be why many mothers end up with children in the first place. They go into physical relationships without protection for their heart or vagina. I will be the first to admit that is how most of my children came about and when I did get protection for one of them it was ineffective! We think we have to be strong for everyone, but when we are down whose holding us up? If you don't have a faith or something or someone to help you when you are down then you are in trouble. Our relationships will always be tested. From in-laws to money woes, everyone needs a plan for when the trials and tribulations come. Some mothers who don't pray any other time or only pray for certain things like money and protection will holler, "Help! Pray for me church!" In every past relationship, I have always asked my partner questions about situations before we entered them particularly where in-laws are involved. I want to know what to say or do beforehand so that I am not the one offending or coming home stressed about them too. In my experience, when it comes to men in relationships, I find that they can put on special glasses when it comes to family and friends making it hard for some of these momma's boys to see the truth...What is the truth you may ask? It could be a number of things from how an in-law "really" feels about you and the children to how they treat your side of the family. You may recall experiences where your partner's relative or friend said or done something to you or your children and you went to your partner expecting him to handle the matter, comfort you, and take up for you and the children, but instead he tried to convince you that what you saw "really" wasn't what you saw, what you heard wasn't "really" what they meant, or what they did. You argue your point you tell him the truth about the family member or friend and he acts as if he doesn't care about your feelings. There are many mothers that are weeping inside presently about this issue... I don't understand why so many mothers who are prone to getting their feelings hurt by the same people at family gatherings will continue to attend them only to experience the same problems year after year?... At some point you would think that a mother will see that the tensed environment she keeps taking her children into is not good for them. Eventually, your little toddler will become a teen and will ask, "Why do we go to these things Mom, because you know all you are going to do is get mad at everybody?" By the time your child becomes a man or woman, he or she will have heard or saw so much negativity from you that he or she will most likely avoid the drama altogether. So don't bother to ask, "Why don't you ever come to the get-togethers?" If your son or daughter grows up not to be fearful of hurting your feelings, he or she will probably say (or may have already said,) "I don't enjoy being around certain family members and I am not going to force myself to like being around people that don't like you or me." If this is ever said or something similar, accept i[...]
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2017-02-28T11:04:59.660-08:00You may have witnessed your mother, father or a guardian do some things that were questionable in how they raised you or other siblings. You may have vowed you wouldn’t do what they did with your own. Yet, to be sure, you might want to use the following as a checklist on what you may or may not be doing to enhance your relationship with your teenagers and/or adult children.http://parentsbabieschildren.blogspot.com1 – Staying with your spouse for the sake of your children. You know that you don’t want to be with your spouse anymore, but you stay because of the children. This kind of thinking causes more harm than good. The reason is you are not emotionally available to your children like you think. You aren’t happy and everyone knows it. Your anger outbursts, sadness, impatience, and other negative behaviors your children are experiencing. Do yourself and everyone a big favor, put a genuine smile on your face for once and find a place that brings you peace and makes your children feel welcome. In time, you and your spouse will agree it was the best decision for the both of you. 2 – Loving them more than you. You didn’t receive the love from your spouse that you needed, so you yearn for that love from your children. You expect them to call you everyday, take care of you, spend time with you, and some of you are actually doing some things that won’t be mentioned here, but you know what they are. Stop. Make up in your mind to stop seeking attention from your children. They will never be able to give you the love that a spouse can give. By behaving in these ways, you are hurting your children and eventually you will have to face the consequences of your actions. If you ever wonder why some families have so many problems with their children and grandchildren it is usually because parents have a perverted way of expressing their love toward their children.whenmotherscry.BlogSpot.com3 – Lying for them. When your children bring trouble to your doorstep, you find yourself lying to family, friends, and local authorities. Then after you tell lies, they only get in trouble again. Allow them to be accountable for their actions. You will cry and so will they, because they will feel you weren’t there for them, but in the end they will be a better person if you just step aside.4 – Giving them money whenever they need it. This is just the start of a never-ending cycle that teaches them nothing more than to come to you every time they have a problem. However, what happens when you die? Your children will have to face a society that will not care about them as much as you. Don’t leave them in this world without survival skills.5 – Finding ways to get them out of trouble. Whether you ask family members for money, lie or steal to help your children, these tactics will not aid them in becoming productive citizens in society. You may or may not know this but your family is talking about you and you may have ruined some relationships, because of your children.6 – Making excuses for them when they fall short. When people ask you about your children, you find yourself making up stories to make them and you look good, but the reality is you and your children have problems. Eventually you will be found out and rather than telling the truth, you will want to blame others and use circumstances for why yo[...]
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