Never stop trying new things.
Though it drives me to the end of my rope, don't stop asking "why?", or wanting to learn more.
Don't settle for less than, but strive to do better. •
If you fail, I pray you would always get back up and try again.
That your sense of imagination wouldnt be crushed by the already available imitations.
My desire is that you'll always, at least to some degree, be my little boy.
And somehow, in a short time you'll already be 3. Oh that what time steals, my memory cherishes.
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Kid: I’m drawing you a picture!
Kid: how do you write your name? I have the S already! Me: *spells name*
Kid: *while mom is at my desk checking out their books* don’t look yet! Don’t look!
Me: *doesnt look*
Kid: Ta-da!! *holds up picture*
Me: wow! I love it!! I love the ice cream and the rainbow and...
Kid: it’s says your name and i love you! I’m your best friend!
Me: yes you are kid, yes you are. 💛 #childrenslibrarian#librarylife#lifewithkids#bestfriend
What Saturday mornings look like with kids...leftover pouch food for Mum, IKEA tub rides scratching the floor down the hallway 🙄 but hey, I washed my hair and that’s a bloody win 👌🏽 #mummydiaries#brisbanemums#lifewithkids
SATURDAY ~ Looks like this! Mad Dees fan, already dressed for the game (running out with Auskick today) Tired, sick, using my good linen like it’s worthless/to wipe his snot on 🙀 Another child took this photo/ stole my phone/ accidentally deleted all my apps.. and there’s another one running around somewhere, probably already changed her outfit 5 times.. I need coffee in a drip today! I know so many people can relate, the beautiful things don’t always look so beautiful 😜❤️💙
. #parenting#parentingmemes#parentinghumor#momlife#dadlife#kidlife#lifewithkids#momhumor#dadhumor#childhoodunplugged#parenthoodunplugged#funny#lol#digitalparenting#digitalwellbeing#screentime#media #regram@katiethehealthychiro: ’Tech Neck’- It’s Real and Prevalent in Today’s Society🤳🏼
I’ve seen way too many KIDS (and adults!) suffering from headaches and neck pain because they have ‘tech neck’: generalised pain and stiffness that arises due to consistent use of mobile or electronic devices in a poor posture... .
Read below for 5 simple steps to alleviate this condition :
1. Raise your screen higher, to avoid sloping your head forward
2. Take breaks often, set an alarm on your phone to remind you (3 minute break every half hour)
3. Sit up straight when using screens: You can use a Swiss ball in place of a chair, or use a stand up desk
4. Strengthen and Stretch your muscles: over time, muscle imbalances can develop due to forward head posture. Keeping the muscles in good shape helps support the weight of your head and minimise stress on your cervical spine
5. Use Pain as a Warning⚠️ : If you experience pain in your neck, between shoulder blades, numbnesss/tingling in arms, or headaches, there may be something more serious going on. That’s when it’s time to book in to your chiro for an assessment 👌🏽
“Self-love and selflessness must go together. It's the secret to having beautiful relationships.” - Bo Sanchez
Self-love equates to respect and self-care. Selflessness equates to giving and sacrifice. How beautiful is it when these two are practiced in marriage or any relationship? We achieve personal growth and become a better person.
I saw a post by @mother_pukka highlighted by @cherryhealey earlier ❤️, and it got me thinking. I spent most of my early 20s acquiring stuff (actual stuff, other people's opinions, self esteem issues, general mind clutter etc) figuring out who I was.
Now I'm nearing 30 the act of shedding all the (mostly) self inflicted pressure of it all, is incredibly freeing. It's easier to do now, as a mum, because you don't really have a choice. It's a lesson in humility and humbleness like nothing else, and during that metamorphic time of finding your feet as a parent; after the cocooning, rose tinted naivety of pregnancy, you get a feel for the person you are under all those layers; the contrast for me felt pretty drastic, and contributed to a good 4 months of PNA and agoraphobia.
Cultivating a sense of personal integrity, trying to 'stay true to yourself' literally couldn't be harder now in a culture of ads, influencer culture and curated content, being a parent is already hard enough. Back then 20 year old me would have caved, would have felt the stress of the haves and have nots, and the pressure of not measuring up.
Near 30 me, with a toddler, a house to run, job to juggle and an 11 year relationship under the belt, says fuck it. I define what progress and triumph means to me, personal success can only really be measured by ourselves, not by comparing with others.
Getting my kids to do their own laundry has been a huge time saver for us! The earlier this routine gets implemented, the easier it will be. ✨
Every child is different and develops at a different pace but overall, kids are more capable of doing things than we give them credit for. (If they can operate a smart phone or game system, they can do their own laundry 😆)
Introduce laundry to them in phases. When they are younger, get them involved in the laundry process with you and let them see you sorting, washing, drying, folding and putting the clothes away.
As they get older, let them join you in doing some parts of it like picking out all their clothes into their own pile to fold or have them fold something simple with you, like shorts.
Eventually, the idea is that over time, they will come to know and be used to all the different processes and with a little supervision in the beginning, you can let them do each part of the laundry process on their own.
These were the phases my kids went through:
Phase 1: Put their folded clothes away
Phase 2: Fold their clothes + Phase 1
Phase 3: Take their clothes out of the dryer + Phase 2->1
Phase 4: Take their clothes out of the washer and put them into the dryer + Phase 3->1
Phase 5: Put their dirty clothes into the washer + Phase 4->1
Phase 6: Put detergent and fabric softener in and start the wash + Phase 5->1
I think I started this process with our kids when they were 5 & 7, although I definitely could have involved them in it a lot earlier. Now at 8 & 10, they are doing their entire laundry on their own. (My oldest takes care of measuring out the detergent but just last week, the 8 year old wanted to learn how to pour out the detergent so he's getting there 🙌🏼).
It is SOO worth it to take that extra time and effort to train the kids. I know sometimes, it's much quicker to just get it done yourself but in the long run, you won’t regret it!
Tag a friend who could use this with her kids!
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Don’t be so judgy. We’re all trying our best. Questioning every decision we make for our little people. I spend so much time telling my amazing mummy friends just how amazing they are. Because they don’t see it, they judge themselves so harshly. Then some f^*%er comes along and makes a comment that sets them back again. Back to feeling like a shit mother, when the truth is that that person was just a shit person. It doesn’t have to be a comment, it can be a look, a simple look that can ruin our day, our week, it’s not difficult to be nice, in fact I find it much easier to be nice, It leaves them feeling happy and me feeling happy. Win win I say. So next time you go to say something, or roll your eyes or give a look that says something negative to a parent who’s trying their best, just remember what your mother taught you...if you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all...or even better, say something nice! To those on the receiving end, don’t let it mean anything to you, because you’re doing a great job #motherhood#mummy#mom#mumlife#lifewithkids#mom#mummyblogger#parenting#parenthood#mumlife#motherhoodunplugged#motherhoodquotes#parentingadvice
I totally forgot about this photo
This is Eliana at the Yarraville festival 2019 vs Aila at the Yarraville festival 2018 (swipe right)
Same location .
Same outfit .
Different attitudes .
Same, same but different .
Does your family get the best of you? Or, do they get the tired, cranky, less-than-pleasant version of you? We know we’re called to ❤️ one another, but it’s often easiest to apply this out in the world than in our homes. As @heidgoehmann reminds us: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“When I’m called to love one another, that includes my husband and my kids and my parents and my in-laws. It’s easy to under-apply Scripture to our families, particularly in the case of marriage.”
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