Got mom-guilt while being a working mom with either a home business or a job? Feel judged by other moms who have the luxury of the exclusive home-maker life? Not certain if you can effectively raise your children and contribute financially using your natural or learned skill sets in a job or business? Relax, Mom, you are right where you need to be for yourself and especially for your children. Believe it or not, your children do benefit from having a working mom.
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You’re less judged than you realize. Where does this need to have the “house picked up” before friends or family come over come from? What was it your mother said (or MIL) to you that instills this cringing fear of OMG, the house is a mess and they’re coming over. First things first, messy is not the same as filthy. Messes tend to happen when children are running around daily and there’s a lovely collection of activity-induced materials strewn across the home. This is normal. Filth is literally like sludge, grime, pools and pools of dirt – an uncleanliness that can actually cause sickness. So let’s face it, Mom: Unless there’s a super-nanny-cleaner at the heels of your family members to pick up, dust off, wipe up, catch, prevent, and finally care enough till their dying day, having a messy home is simply: A part of a successful mom-life.
Should I breastfeed or bottle feed? Swaddle or co-sleep? Read to them every night or just hold them close? Never yell or keep my frustrations to myself? Gee, that’s a lot of questions to ask oneself! “Perfection” in terms of motherhood pretty much alludes to the best of us no matter how hard we try. And yet, we keep apologizing for our shortcomings that seem undoubtedly, normal. So, I stopped being the ‘perfect” mom; and just became, Mom.
Love is one of those words that have multiple meanings and yet unless you know how you express love individually, it can be rather challenging when discovering another person’s love language. Your children are no exception. According to Gary Chapman, the author of The Five Love Languages, there are five very distinct ways in which a person feels “loved”. He uses the love languages to fill their “love tank”- or even better – to have it overflowing, it’s best to discover not only your own love language but that of your partner. Well, let’s take the same logic behind the successful love language talk and apply it to your children.
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Do you tend to be the kind of traveler that plans everything or do you leave room to improvise? If you happen to be in the northeastern region of the United States, say around Wilmington, DE, you just may want to divert your plans for at least 48-hours, even if you are a stickler for a set schedule. Unbeknownst to myself and family, there are surprisingly a lot of American history, family-friendly activities, and our favorite, tax-free shopping to do in this little town. It certainly has popped up on our radar as one of the places to visit this holiday season: Wilmington, DE.
This holiday season, Daily Mom is stepping up our giving game by hosting our 60 Days of Giving event page. From October 20th to December 19th, Daily Mom will be giving away a different prize to our amazing readers to say thanks for being you! Read below to see what we are giving away today and how you can enter.
Is it the new “plastic”? Hardly! Think silicone, safe, and then switch to these cups for kids because that is exactly what parents should be doing. 100% safe, dishwasher friendly, and ready to travel, you won’t believe these cups for kids are simply silicone. If you are on the go, even in your own home (because really, we don’t have time for spills), the Silikids tableware is replacing the plastics in the kitchen – FAST!
It’s really true, not any ‘ole gift will do. Seeking high and low, to and fro, and lo and behold, it’s the perfect gift. Unique and simple, yet rare and precious, let this holiday shopping satisfy even the most contentious. Browse our holiday guide for some of the unique finds this holiday season. Whether it’s a unique gift for someone near and dear to your heart or a sweet little something for yourself, you’re in for a treat.
We all have that special child, niece, nephew, god-child, or simply a little person we adore. Sure, you can scour the various department stores and endless aisles and still not find the extraordinary toy that matches perfectly with their personality. But, we’ve sought out the very unique and put together the ultimate toy gifts for your special little person in your life. From boys to girls, outdoors and within, year-round ideas await you here. Let the excitement begin!
This holiday season, you may want to think more about what you want around the house with guests coming and going to and fro. This year, we’re featuring some not-so-thought-about collection of items your household may need in order to fully enjoy the company and entertainment coming your way. Who knows, you may even find that they are gift-worthy to those who are more practical and appreciate a thoughtful household accompaniment.
Raw milk delivered, a local butcher and your farmer around the corner, complete with freshly churned butter, garden-fresh produce, and the sweet nectar of honey. These are the staple ingredients for traditional cultures back in the early 1900s and long times past where disease was uncommon, children were happy, adults were under-stressed, and the food was abundant in season. Fast forward 100 years and we’re sicker than ever and stressed beyond our eyeballs, with more food than we need.
She needs to hear that it’s better than “okay” and “you’re good enough”. Our teen girls are constantly bombarded with the social “standards” of what beauty and brains should be (not to mention individuality). What happens when she’s alone with her own thoughts and reality? Is she able to decipher her perception of situations from reality? What you say to her can elevate her to a new standard of self-confidence, or the lack of can leave her in f.e.a.r – (the false evidence appearing real) of her own self-worth.
Reading is a fundamental right to our culture and according to readingisfundamental.org, we as parents should start reading to them when they are young and stick with it. At just a few months of age, our children are able to look at pictures, listen to our voices, and even point at objects. This simple task of reading to my children, I must confess – I don’t do on a daily basis (or even weekly).
Whether you had an “oopsy” or methodically, thought out, well-planned pregnancy, your bundle of joy, snuggled in your womb is just waiting to be born. Your anticipation of the excitement, joys, scary ‘what if’ moments, and the over flowing emotions of love are ready and eager to pour out all over this child. Well… that is until just a few years later as their personality really is developing – it comes out… just like that water balloon that was filled just a wee bit too much. Next thing you know… POP! As clear as day, the voice of your mother fills your ears… just you wait till you have your own! They’ll turn out just like you. And she was right.