Parenting 101

I LOVE being a mom!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough job, but the rewards are astounding. 

 

Unfortunately, when I was a child, my father passed away;

I was left with a mother, who was very young and simply didn’t want to be a mom, IMG_0665

but now I get to BE the mom I always wanted to have, and in the process I’m reliving my childhood, packed full with all the pool parties, sleep overs, nerf wars, and fun foods that I decided as a little girl, were SUPPOSE to be part of the childhood experience!

 

God is SO GOOD.

If I have one bit of advice to all parents, it is this…learn to laugh, because with this job… a sense of humor is a MUST!

 

There will be days when you are sleep deprived, worried about money, starved for affection, (that is to say hugs, kisses, and words of affirmation, that are NOT immediately followed by a request for a cookie) NOT feeling attractive, and overwhelmed with everything that needs to be accomplished in a single day!

However when you have a sense of humor, it tends to take the edge off, and make it not only easier to bare, but a deep and beautiful experience.

 

When kids are happy, fed, and well rested…THEY ARE A LOT OF FUN! And they tend to say the craziest things!

One time my youngest child hurt her eye, and she had to wear a patch over it for a week. She looked so sad with her injured eye covered, that my heart went out to her, every time I saw that little face.

Walking out of the hospital she asked me, “Mommy, do I look like a PIRATE?”

Confused, and feeling much like a deer caught in the headlights of an on coming truck, I ventured out and cautiously responded with “Do you WANT to look like a pirate?”

As I held my breath, awaiting her answer, she looked up at me with a HUGE smile on her face, one big blue eye gazing into mine, then said “SHIVER ME TIMBERS!!!”

LOL!

Immediately all the fear for her little feelings vanished as I realized that the whole ordeal had upset me, far more than it had her.

I said “YES baby girl, you look like the prettiest pirate on the high seas!”

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She is high energy, brave, resilient, and kind, with a sense of humor that shines light into the darkest corners of my heart, and brings joy to even the most hectic moments of life.

No one can really teach you to be a parent, because every child, every situation is different. What it means, or what it’s like, is difficult to convey to someone who hasn’t lived it.

It’s AMAZING, unbelievably difficult, exhilarating, hilarious, and tragic.

It will break your heart, yet cause you to smile through the tears.

When my first child was born, more than 20 years ago, my mind raced with all the things I would teach him, but in reality it has been my children, who have taught me.

Taught me about unconditional love, perseverance, sacrifice, how to find humor in serious situations, keen negotiation skills, and how to rely on God in everything.

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Pls note that in this one, she has taken off her dirty sock, put it on her forehead, and is saying “I just need a little ME time right now…could you let me rest?”

Thanx so much for reading!

Share with us, something funny that your child has said.

Something that TOTALLY cracked you up?!?

Pls post your story in the comments, because we’d love to laugh with you. 

Talk soon 😉

“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” ~Bob Keeshan

Strawberry Summer Salad

As a mom, I’m always looking for healthy menu options like summer salad, so I thought I would share with you, my new fav…

STRAWBERRY SUMMER SALAD

1 Package of SPRING MIX  (my personal favorite, is at CENTRAL MARKET…however, any grocery store/market should carry it)

1 Pint Whole Organic Strawberries

1 Large Apple (my favorites are Pink Lady, Gala, Honey Crisp, or Fuji)

1 Pint Mushrooms

1/2 Cup Pre-packaged Sliced Almonds

2 Large Tomatoes

1 Whole Cucumber

1 Pint Fresh Organic Blueberries

1 Package Garden Onions Diced

1 Package Quinoa (cooked then chilled)

Fresh Shredded Parmesan Cheese

1 cup Olive Oil

1 cup Balsamic Vinegar

Cracked Pepper to taste

 

“Strawberry Summer Salad”

Make the Quinoa, according to the directions on the box, then cover, and set aside in the refrigerator to chill.

Rinse Spring Mix thoroughly, use salad spinner or other method to dry, place into salad bowl; set aside.

Rinse Strawberries, then cut into slices or squares; add to salad bowl (full of spring mix.)

Peel Cucumber, then cut into slices, or one inch squares; add to the salad bowl.

Cut up tomatoes, into one inch squares; add to salad bowl.

Rinse Blueberries; add to salad bowl.

Rinse, then dice the garden onions; add to bowl.

Rinse, then slice mushrooms; add to bowl.

Rinse and/or peel apple, then cut into one inch squares, and add to salad.

“Salad Dressing”

Mix the Olive Oil, and Balsamic Vinegar in a bowl, or dressing dispenser…set aside, and use on top of salad, as desired.

“Topping”

Put fresh cracked pepper corn, on top of salad.

Sprinkle the fresh shredded Parmesan Cheese on top.

Sprinkle chilled Quinoa on top of salad.

Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.

 

Then you can add some cottage cheese, and/or

Rice Chips, or crackers on the side.

 

ENJOY 😉 and stay healthy!

I have listed a link below to give you some information on Quinoa …I LOVE it, and because of it’s AMAZING health benefits (too many to list here,) I try to incorporate it into many of my recipes.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA