Last year I wrote a little piece called Mom Morsels- part 1, I promised a follow up. These are tips and bits of advice on mothering I’ve collected for years:
- It’s good for kids to see their parents kiss and hug. Make them wait while you have your time together talking.
- Flirt with your husband
- Tell your children, you love your husband the most. You love them bunches, but if you had to choose, you’d choose him.
- Encourage your husband in his parenting-ways. Praise him in front of the children.
- Kids only whine if you’re willing to listen to it.
- Give your attention to your husband 1st, the kids 2nd. Make them wait.
- Hang a calendar by the nursery door and write one new change your baby makes each day for a year.
- olive oil on a pregnant belly is better and cheaper than all the expensive cremes on the market. 1000s of years old.
- Pray for your child to have a wise heart, it’s worth more than good grades.
- Try to remember: every mess and every spill is just some spot that may not have been cleaned today 🙂
- Children will copy your fears, attitudes, words, actions.
- If you swim underwater with your children, they will swim underwater also.
- Only use plastic trashcans in the bathrooms. Use old grocery bags for the trash and fast removal, as these can double as a throw up bin for a sick child.
- As you cook, put things away after using them. Less clean up.
- Clean a part of a different bathroom every day. Vacuum once a week: upstairs one week/ downstairs next. Sweep or dry mop daily.
- Kids can help with dusting by putting socks on their hands.
- Designate some toys for different floors or just for their room. Less is more. Put some up and rotate them out.
- Cut the children’s hair yourself. Watch videos about cutting and trimming, it will save a fortune! Invest in hair scissors and an electric shaving kit.