November 11, 2022
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⛈️ Read this on those days when it feels like everything is falling a part…
💖 #Girldads, bond with & build up your daughter.
😔 Feeling like your spouse is a bad parent? Here’s what you can do.
👨👦👨👧The role of positive male figures is SO important for your children– Wanna know why?
💔 If your child’s marriage is falling apart, these tips can help you navigate.
tips & tricks for growth
if the grandparents dare question your parenting…
The first thing to know is that you’re not alone. In a national poll asking parents of children ages 0-18 about parenting disagreements with grandparents, conducted by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, a vast majority of the families (89%) reported their kids saw a grandparent often or occasionally. And, out of those families, 43% said they had either minor or major disagreements with the grandparents about parenting choices: either the grandparents were too lenient, too tough, or both. That’s a significant number.
The most common disagreements included: issues of discipline (at #1), meals and snacks, TV and screen time, manners, and matters of health and safety—all very important parenting issues. Sound familiar?😕
No matter what your situation, there are some tactics you can use to handle parenting disagreements with the grandparents. Disagreements as to how to treat the grandkids is often multifaceted and complex. But we’ve got the info you need to handle the conflict.⤵️
first-time parents; how’s it going?
Welcome to the most incredible adventure of your life… parenting. I’d love to offer you a roadmap to being a successful parent, but I’m still looking for that one. I can provide you with what I’ve learned from almost 10 years of mistakes and countless conversations with fellow parents.
So, buckle up and get ready for the wildest ride on earth – PARENTHOOD.
Here are a few tips/reminders for you along this journey:
🍼 Everything is about to change (and it may be for the better).
Change can be scary. But over time, you won’t be able to imagine life any other way.
🍼 It’s natural to feel stress as a parent.
When you find yourself stressed, it’s okay to step away for a moment and take a deep breath. Put your baby in a safe location (like a crib) and step outside for just a moment.
🍼 Take care of yourself.
You can’t give what you don’t have. Do your best to spend a little time for yourself. Take a walk, grab a coffee with friends, get in a quick workout, do a puzzle – whatever fills your soul.
🍼 Hold your baby a lot.
Don’t worry; you can’t spoil a newborn baby by holding them too much. They need your touch and attention. You’re providing a foundation for them to grow and feel safe emotionally, physically, and mentally.
🍼 You can’t completely prevent your kid from experiencing bad things.
They will get sick, they’ll have bad things happen, and they may even do bad things. You are there to help prevent what you can and work through what you can’t.
Parenting is a journey. Take it one step at a time, and don’t get ahead of yourself. And have fun! You’ve got this. I’m rooting for you.
let’s get REALatable
It’s time to take things a step further & get a little intimate with a Q&A. What do you say?😉 Learn a little bit about the faces behind all of this relationship gold. This week we’re chatting with Gena Ellis, wife to her college sweetheart, mother of 3 boys, and a Relationship Coach here at First Things First! Let’s get REALatable💛 & learn a little bit about her:
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: 🙃 Ungratefulness. I believe that people don’t have to do anything for you. If they choose to, the least you can do is say thank you. Gratitude is one of the surest ways for you to insure that someone feels seen, heard and understood. When you choose not to acknowledge someone, it not only minimizes them, but it minimizes you. It creates a sense of entitlement of what people should do for you.
Q: Best part of being a mom?
A: 💛 Witnessing my sons grow into the men they were created to be. My goal as a mom was to be the type of mom each of my sons needed. Because they are 3 different people, in turn, I had to be a different mom for each of them. It does this mom’s heart good seeing my young men make good decisions for their lives. Sometimes, they even ask my opinion. I even share it knowing it’s within their power to make the final decision.
Q: Would you rather have a clean house or a clean car?
A: 🏡 A clean HOUSE. I admit that I am organizationally challenged and a pack-rat. I have tried different organizational systems, but none seem to work for me. I’m realizing maybe they don’t work because I don’t work them…🤣
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