I got my 11 year old a phone for her birthday. I know, 11! Crazy. Except that I forgot to pick her up one time from an after school thing, and when I forgot again last week, thankfully she just called me to come get her. I found this on Pinterest and thought it was a great thing to go over with her.
On the show today, we’re talking about what to write in cards. You know, sympathy cards, new baby cards, thank you cards. If you’re anything like me, you just stare at the blank space wondering how to communicate how you are really feeling. Here are some really great idea starters.
Also, I don’t know who originally said it, but I love the quote, “We compare what we know about ourselves, to what we don’t know about others.” That is, you know the truth about your family, your marriage, your struggles, your whatevers. Then we go on facebook and make assumptions about other families, others marriage, other peoples kids…based on a highlight roll that show shows up in our facebook feeds everyday. It’s making us insane! It’s turning us into crazy jealous people! That’s exactly what I’m tackling a week from Saturday at I-61 Ministries for Women Fall Breakfast. For 12 bucks you get a catered breakfast, praise and worship and well, to hang out with me for a bit on a Saturday morning. You can only get tickets til Friday, Sept27. Buy them here! Love to connect with you in person!
Good Morning Friends! I thought this was a super cute idea for gifting cookies. Start saving your foil/wax paper/Press n Seal boxes and use them to gift cookies over the holidays! Idea borrowed here.
Also on the show today, I’ll be reading from another incredible blog post called, Mom Guilt, I’m getting over it. Most of the time, I feel like I do a pretty good job of being a Mom, I mean, life is just gonna be crazy for awhile. But I totally connected with the negative thoughts Lisa-Jo Baker says run through her brain too…like,
–You should have added pureed spinach to dinner tonight.
–You should have remembered to buy spinach.
–You should have been meal planning for the last four years so that spinach could have made it onto the shopping list.
–You shouldn’t have let them watch TV while eating last night. Or this morning.
–You should be having more meaningful dinner conversations.
–You should have baked the birthday cake from scratch.
–You should have bought more favors for the party gift bags.
–You should have taught them to do their own laundry by now.
–You should at least have a chore chart.
–You should have done more educational activities this summer.
–You should read more to them. You should watch less TV with them.
–You should work less. You should educate more. You should stop feeding them Chef Boyardee anything.
–You should make them actually open the library books we checked out. You should enjoy them more.
–You should lose your patience less.
–You should have a more creative system for displaying their art than just putting it up on the fridge with the magnets that come with the pizza delivery.
–You should have built more fairy gardens instead of just giving them the leftover parts of the last vacuum cleaner to fashion into random pirate swords, wands or zombie weapons.
–You should make home made snacks.
–You should wash their sheets more regularly.
–You should eat less ice cream. You should exercise more. You should go to bed earlier.
You should be like her. -
She goes on to say “You are wildly under-rating yourself.” That’s my favorite part. Because we do, don’t we mama’s?
Yesterday, this little 4 year old of mine skipped off to Preschool. She had the choice of attending her first day with either myself or her daddy. She picked me obvi. We found where to hang her backpack, put together her name puzzle, figured out where the mini book library was. She was a little ticked there was no snack to speak of. The teacher announced 55 minutes later that we were done and if the kids wanted to spend a little time playing before the hour was up they were welcome to. Like any good Mom I grabbed her mini backpack and headed straight for the door. On the way home, I said, “So Pipes, how was it?” “Terrible”, she replied. “I should have brought Daddy. He would have let me stay and play.” Yeah he probably would have. Maybe he can volunteer to be the class helper next Wednesday. Ahem.
I read this article today about how we are over-scheduling our little kids within an inch of their lives. Shocking! Experts say this is actually counter productive. We should just let our kids play a bit more. Actually A LOT more. ”“Kids need time to play – without rules or structure or supervision. Play IS their work. Through play, they learn how to communicate, problem solve, count, share, and generally make sense of the world around them.”
The Mom Tip is for you if your whiteboard looks like this. According to this Pinterest, You can use Febreeze to clean a dry erase board that just wont erase (because the ink is very dried on) . Spray the board and wipe, it also helps recondition old dry erase boards.
Have you seen the Febreeze commercials where they blindfold people and drag them into a living room with rotting garbage and they claim it smells like a flower garden? Yeah right.
If you missed the Mom Tip yesterday…You can use shaving cream to take the foundation-makeup stains from your shirt collars. Cool!