When I realized joining the military was something, my son wanted for his own life, I began to relax and God was then able to work on my heart. It was revealed to me in my time with God that I was perhaps praying against God’s will for my son's life.
My Daughter's Walking Adventure I imagine that like myself, most parents cannot wait for the moment their baby learns or starts to walk independently. My daughter first used her playpen as a safe space to test the limits of gravity as well as practice her pulling up. The moment she could pull herself up at…
God has a humorous way of showing us He cares. My prayer is that my testimony will encourage you to trust God with your life and open your eyes to this truth, You Matter To God! https://videopress.com/v/g56Dl1x8 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable…
Wonderful spiritual lesson by another Christian momma raising a toddler. My little one is only 9-month-old but I am already using the words, “Don’t” and “no”. One major take-away from this article is that God doesn’t keep things from us, He keeps them for us. This is why patience is important in our walk with God, parenting and doing life. Jess encourages us to accept the fact that some prayers we tag ‘unanswered’ or ‘NO’ from God may be for our good. Personally, the beauty of every NO is that they challenge me to seek God’s best in every situation. Enjoy this short article and be blessed!
“We don’t swim in the toilet!” No.
“Don’t feed your breakfast to the dog!” No.
“Don’t eat MY breakfast!” No.
“Don’t pee on the floor!” No.
Whew! You guessed it: these are some commonly overheard phrases in my home. Life with a toddler- what a season! Some days I feel like all I do is utter the word ‘no’ to her in one way or another. It’s a frustration to constantly speak it, but I can, in fact, accurately imagine that it’s frustrating to be on the receiving end of that word as well.
But why do I tell her no, or forbid her from doing things? Is it because I’m a big ol’ bully who just wants to be boss? Of course not. I don’t let her splash in the toilet because, germs. I don’t let her feed the dog because she needs the fuel herself. I don’t let…
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Four days ago, DH brought my attention to the fact that our little one's vision has changed over time. He reminded me of a time when the little one's vision was blurred. DH also mentioned that the little one now has very good vision for seeing tiny things on the floor which he tries to…
If you spent two hours after dinner bouncing and shush-shush-shushing a fussy swaddled bundle because the books said it would calm him and please Lord you just need the noise to stop—somebody else shushed, too.
Brain regions that respond more strongly to the mother’s voice extend beyond auditory areas to include those involved in emotion and reward processing, social functions, detection of what is personally relevant and face recognition.
I have been intentional to guard my children from any word spoken against them, and yet in that moment I was the one speaking negative. I know that this is easily a situation where you can get hyper "religious" but for me it was eye opening.
Some may argue that my attempts are futile as she cannot understand what I am saying. However does that stop parents from talking to their babies? Isn't it from our talk, describing the world around them and constantly telling them who daddy and mummy is that our baby's first words come from those s/he hears the most. We are already training our babies in so many areas: eating, using a car seat, table manners, talking, walking, biting is bad and so on.
I don't know what to call the sleep training method my husband and I have been using since the beginning of the year. The cry-it-out method??!! I am not sure. This is because we don't leave the little one in the room to cry till he falls asleep. His father is always with him. I…
Most times the story of Esau and Jacob is often told to emphasize the deceptive nature of Jacob. There is often little or no emphasis on the role Esau played in losing his birth right. Alicia, the author of this article highlights the role Esau played in the loss of his birth right. The author uses real life experiences with her children to help us understand the dangers/consequences of instant gratification as seen in the story of Esau and Jacob. Enjoy!
I’m assuming my kids are no different and share a common enthusiasm with other like-minded boys and girls—the electronic obsession!!??
These kids of mine would eat, drink, and sleep electronics if my husband and I allowed it, but thankfully for the sake of healthy living we’ve put a cap on their amount of exposure.
As a family we circled up in the living room about a year ago to hash out a plan or schedule for electronic time. That might sound over the top, but seriously it was necessary and has actually been pretty beneficial.
Here’s what we came up with: My kids love cereal (almost as much as electronics) and would prefer it for every meal. I’m not a fan; there can’t possibly be much nutritional value to a morsel of puffed up air, coated with sugar. Soooo, collectively, we determined cereal mornings would be limited to three mornings…
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My 2 year old is OBSESSED with 2 things- swords and my house shoes.He doesn’t like wearing his shoes... or socks... or the slippers we bought him for Christmas. BUT if my house shoes aren’t on my feet, we all know where to find them. But here’s the problem. They don’t fit him. They weren’t made for…
When I moved to the U.S. in my late teens, I desperately wanted to change my accent. I wanted to fit in. I didn't like my accent despite people telling me "I love your accent" several times. They often follow the compliment with "where are you originally from?". That's the question I didn't like answering. I would have to tell them I am originally from Nigeria but I didn't want to. That was the problem and motherhood solved the problem.
I, without thinking grabbed a dark brown crayon and started coloring the girl's skin. Without skipping a beat, the little boy asked me why I would use that ugly brown color because my real skin was so nice and white. I didn't know if I wanted to cry or hug him more in that moment.
I think a lot of moms have been in my shoes. Let's be honest. There was a time you had to or there will be a time you will have to take your child to the bathroom while you do number 2...except you are Hollywood type of rich or have a 24/7 nanny, family assistance, and husband services.
Anyone want to guess what my son, Carlos is pretending that big plastic spoon is? If you guessed sword, you are correct! He has been obsessed with soldiers and swords for months now. He watched a few episodes of “Bible Man” with his siblings and now that is just about all he wants to play. …
The fact that the little one reaches out for me even when I discipline him convicts me of my natural tendency to treat people the way they treat me. It's the silent treatment and creating a distance instead of having a healthy confrontation...
Jesus tells us in Mark 12:31 to "love your neighbor AS you love yourself"
Exactly two months ago, I wrote a blog post requesting the support of Christian mommas in the fight to prevent the execution of a Christian mom who was charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. The Christian mom, Asia Bibi is finally FREE! Thank God! To everyone who prayed, donated to the cause, and signed the petition-…
My heart today is burning for moms who feel defeated. Moms feeling alone. Listen to me… You aren’t supposed to be her, your children aren’t supposed to look exactly like those children...
Definitely Worth Reblogging. Many times, our children help us discover our own inadequacies and strengths. God speaks to us through them. What a blessing! Enjoy this beautiful story with tremendous lessons!
My son eagerly inquired for what seemed like the hundredth time, “so mom did he text yet? I’m really wanting that pocket knife, did dad text you yet?”
“No Warren, he sure hasn’t.” I responded in a gentle but exasperated voice.
My boy and his dad had made a deal (a few days before) pending good behavior—If my son (Warren) held up his end of the deal, showing respect and a good attitude, he’d eventually receive a mini-pocket knife from his dad’s scant collection and on the flip side: poor behavior and lack of respect and bad attitude would equal no pocket knife.
Pretty simple formula to process.
…maybe not for an eight-year old boy with an abundance of extra energy.
First off when this deal was initially communicated a deadline must’ve been overlooked and never discussed. Warren seemed to be failing at recognizing that patience…
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I have gotten to a point where I clean my phone and hand it over to him when the fight for my phone gets real. He thinks cell phones and everything belongs in the mouth. I am beginning to think he is the second in command after God in our home.
I will wage war for life, but I cannot justify trampling the wounded on the way to the battle. I must keep my heart at a place that I will stand for truth, but also be willing to run across the street for the broken carrying the weight of her choice. When I forget how to do both, then I fall into dangerous territory myself.
Do you feel like most days you are in survival mode? Do you long for a good nights sleep? A shower in silence? Or better yet, a nice hot bath... alone?
Three little girls were sitting on the bottom bleacher watching the basketball game. As we walked by, one girl stuck out her foot and tried to trip my daughter. She then stuck out her tongue and told my daughter that her hair was ugly.....