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Children think they know.. but they have noooo idea!

What I learned from my kid..

There are a few things that I have learned from Dylan in 4 1/2 years..

  • If you change their diaper, they will poop as soon as you walk away
  • If you clean up the toys, there will be twice as many toys on the floor the next time you come into the room
  • As soon as they take a bath, they will want to eat spaghetti
  • As soon as they are in bed, they want a snack

My mom is probably laughing right now and chanting “I told you so!

     Here are a few things my mom learned from me.. in 18 years..

  • If you buy something new; whether it be a car or a couch, I will puke on it (ha ha)
  • Put sunscreen on the kid! 😉
  • Lipstick does not come out off couch cushions
  • When adult says “NO”, wild teenager hears “YES” (ha ha ha)

In the end, valuable lessons are learned, tears are shed, probably by both mom and child, and hugs are given.

Dylan has taught me some of the most important lessons in my life (He is a pretty smart 4-year-old)

  • Love is unconditional I still get hugs and kisses and cuddled after his timeout
  • Dinosaurs buried themselves in the dirt
  • Love comes in all forms “Mom, I got something for you cause I love you. It was in my nose”
  • Sometimes sleeping with a stuffed animal makes you feel better
  • Saying sorry takes a lot of effort, but has a huge effect
  • No one is going to love you more than your child does

Pretty good so far..  I am looking forwards to the many more years of lessons (or should I be worried?)

 I’d like to end by saying “Sorry for my teenage years, mom! I love you!” 🙂

Children think they know.. but they have noooo idea!

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Strength

I told a friend yesterday  “God wouldn’t give you a challenge if he didn’t think you could rock it!”

I found myself saying that again today. To myself!

            I am currently going through some struggles of strength. How strong am I? I don’t mean physical strength, I know I can carry a 35lb child through the zoo, no problem 😉  But Mental Strength, Spiritual Strength and my Strength in Trusting. All of these tie into my overall Strength as a Parent.

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.”

    I belong to a wonderful support group, women young and old, who are in or have been in the young single mom situation. Some of the older women act as advocates to the younger. Whether it’s giving advice, offering resources, lending an ear, giving a shoulder to cry on or just a friendly face to visit with. These women are AMAZING! I can’t say enough good things about it!

Recently we have been talking about praying; what to pray for, how we do it, who we pray for. I have always prayed like this “Please let the answers come to me! Make the parenting plan process easier than it really is! Make (insert name here) just go away so I don’t have to deal with them!” If it only worked like that…

I now go about it like this “Give me the wisdom to find the answers. Give me the patience and will power to work through this parenting plan. Give me the strength and courage to deal with (insert name here). Grant me the wisdom, grace, and strength to better myself as a parent.”

You will only be cheating yourself if your challenges and expectations are lowered. Keep your expectations high, look that challenge square in the face, and be ready to receive the powers to reach and accomplish. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? So *fingers crossed* you don’t die.. Lessons will be learned and mountains will be climbed.

When I am having a tough time, I come to the Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

So as I work on Strengthening myself to be the best parent I can be, I hope you are able to be strong in a tough situation in your life.

For some reason, I feel like signing off  ‘May the force be with you’

🙂

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Whats your favorite {sleep} position?

Looking through my pictures, I have realized I take an unusual amount of photos of Dylan sleeping. He tends to sleep in some odd positions, angles, places..

Kids are a mess when they sleep! They flop and flip and roll and flail.

As we fall asleep with our child, we can picture it in our minds.. your wee one is curled up perfectly next to you, laying perfectly still, fitting perfectly in the folds of your body as you are perfectly and comfortably laying in the exact middle of the bed.

HAH!

It’s not only the awkward sleeping moments that I capture, it’s the cute and normal ones too! I’m a mom.. come on.. of course I take photos of my kid sleeping! I want to capture him in the moment and keep him small forever! And also, he is holding still and quiet and clean, I want to remember how peaceful he was and how at peace I was at this moment.. because pretty soon he will be running around, diving off the couch, his face covered in who knows what and he will most likely be missing a sock.. or both socks.. or his pants. *sigh* That exhausted me just thinking about it!

Here are a few of my favorite “Sleeping in the car seat” shots:

 

And then we have the “Sleeping on the ground” series:

 

                                              The “In a sleeping bag on the bed”

 

                                                           The “Face Plant”

 

                                                           The “Hand Pillow”

                                           

              

 

 

 

 

               

Then we have the “Middle of the bed” Sprawl

 

 

I love cuddling up with Dylan in bed.. but I need my space too.. As you can clearly see.. he is all over the place. He may not be perfect, but I am perfectly happy. I wouldn’t have it any other way 😛

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