“Give your child a compliment and a hug; say, ‘I love you’ more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. Friends move away, children grow up, loved ones pass on. It’s so easy to take others for granted, until that day when they’re gone from our lives and we are left with feelings of ‘what if’ and ‘if only.’ … “Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in ...
25 Rules for Mothers of Sons 1. Teach him the words for how he feels. 2. Be a cheerleader for his life 3. Teach him how to do laundry 4. Read to him and read with him. 5. Encourage him to dance. 6. Make sure he has examples of good men who are powerful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity. 7. Make sure he has examples of women who are beautiful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity 8. Be an example of a beautiful woman with brains, determination, and integrity. 9. Teach him to have manners 10. Give him something to believe in 11. Teach him that there are times when you need to be gentle 12. Let him ruin his clothes 13. Learn how to throw a football 14. Go outside with him 15. Let him lose 16. Give him opportunities to help others 17. Remind him that practice makes perfect. 18. Answer him when he asks, "Why?" 19. Always carry band-aids and wipes on you. 20. Let his dad teach him how to do things 21. Give him something to release his energy 22. Build him forts 23. Take him to new places 24. Kiss him 25. Be home base
lessons = positive ways to act & consequences of behavior
Paint wood scraps, and $5 cheap frames from WalMart! Love it!
CHRISTMAS STOCKING IDEAS............. 1) $5 gift cards (Starbucks, Borders, Cold Stones, etc)….2) A favorite candy (M&M;’s or mini candy bars)….3) CD of favorite music….4) A favorite magazine….5) Nail Polish….6) Paperback by an author they love….7) Hand Lotions….8) Tic Tacs or breath mints….9) Nice pens….10) Chapstick….11) Pocket knife….12) Socks….13) Mini Flashlight….14) Gloves….15) YoYo….16) Small photo frame w/ picture….17) Votive Candle….18) Personalized Key Ring….19) Golf balls…20) Golf Tees….21) Mini Perfumes….22) Travel Clock….23) Letter Opener….24) Fun, Colored Office Clips….25) Cool White-Out Tape….26) Uno/Phase 10 Card Game….27) Colored Pencils….28) Ruler….29) Small Measuring Tape….30) Rubber Band Ball….31) Lipstick….32) Eye Shadow….33) Makeup Remover….34) Nail Polish Removal….35) Measuring Spoons….36) Wooden Spoons….37) Bendy Straws….38) Tide-To-Go….39) Batteries….40) Fingernail File….41) Small Makeup Bag….42) Fishing Lures….43) Movie Tickets….44) Pocket Calculator….45) Matchbox Cars….46) TechDeck Finger Skateboard….47) Bouncy Ball….48) Shoe Strings (Fashion Color)….49) Brainteaser Mini Wire Puzzle….50) Stopwatch….51) Pedometer….52) Vitamins….53) Kitchen Timer….54) Cookie Cutters….55) Ice Cream Scoop….56) Nice Razor….57) Stress Ball….58) Magnifying Glass….59) USB Flash Drive….60) Cuff Links….61) iPod Ear Buds….62) iTunes Gift Card….63)Toothbrush….64) Lifesavers….65) Mini Kleenex Packets….66) Handkerchief….67) Tire Pressure Gauge….68) Eye Glasses Cleaner and Cloth….69) Address Pre-inked Stamp….70) Earrings….71) Hair Clip….72) Comb/Brush….73) Eyelash Curler….74) Bobble Head….75) Reusable Shopping Bag….76) Shopping List Pad….77) Travel Book….78) Travel Electrical Adaptors….79) Sleep Mask….80) Mini Book Light….81) Luggage Tags….82) Purse Hanger (To keep off of floor)….83) Luggage Scale….84) Compass….85) Portable Mini Speakers….86) Zhu Zhu Pet….87) Cool, Decorated Erasers….88) Pencil Sharpeners….89) Personalized Pencils….90) Digital Golf Scorecard….91) Money Clip….92) Mini Bubble Bath….93) Scented Soaps….94) BBQ Tank Gauge….95) Fingernail Clippers….96) Back Scratcher….97) Recipe Cards….98) Chopsticks….99) Mirror Compact….100) Personalized Christmas Ornament
PARENTS READ! Humbling to say the least! A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents. Reading this just makes me want to do everything to be a better Mom. 1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you. 2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily. 3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly. 4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated. 5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner. 6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me. 7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me. 8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister. 9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special. 10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God *Feel free to print off and put on your fridge for a daily reminder of how to treat your kiddos! **A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents, by Dr. Kevin Leman
Bully-proofing your kids - Starting when their son was 3, psychologist Tammy Hughes and her school psychologist husband started teaching him. At night, they'd say, "Tell me three good things that happened to you today." This helped him make the distinction between events and his feelings about them. Once he had that mastered, they added, "Tell me three good things that happened to someone else (lesson: the world includes me and other people, their feelings and actions)." Next they asked, "Tell me something you did that worked out well. Now, tell me something that someone else did that worked out well for someone else." "These simple questions help children differentiate themselves and others, and (teach them) cause and effect. If you can connect these ideas and feelings, then it helps children to prepare to identify bullying -- negative versus positive behaviors -- and who did what to cause the outcome"
Focus little ones on OTHERS this month - over 50 free acts of kindnesss to choose from.
Bored Jar: if a kid complains of boredom they have to pick a slip & do the activity, good or bad. It might be going for ice cream, it might be cleaning their room.
7 SECRET HOME REMEDIES FOR WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK OR IN PAIN. 1. The B.R.A.T. for diarrhea. It stands for- Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast 2. BLACK LICORICE will cure their constipation nine times out of ten! 3. The chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar creates a cooling effect that will soothe your child’s minor burns. Just pour equal amounts of the ingredients into a bowl to bathe your child’s hand till the burning stops. 4. For an earache, use a hot pack big enough so they can lay their head down to relieve the “ache”! 5. For a headache, before you go for the drugs, like to try these three things: Give them a big drink of water. Rub their head/neck making sure to work out the knots. There is a pressure point between your thumb and pointer finger. 6. For teething take a wash cloth, wet the center with a little water, spread on a Tbl of apple sauce, roll it up, then freeze it. Babies love this b/c it’s sweet, chewy, & cold so it numbs their gums! 7. When their throat is killing them, make them “Grandmas Top Secret Lemon Honey Drink.” heat 1-cup water, add 1-Tbsp lemon juice, and 1&1/2-Tbsp honey!