Everyone is Talking
About the mom who is telling parents to stay off the sports field.
Why do I care?
If you’ve ever found yourself screaming at your kid from the sidelines, she may be talking to you.
Tell me more.
Allison Czarnecki is asking parents to take a breather when it comes to your kids and their sports. In short, she’s saying get off the field. She points out that injuries are at an all time high because kids are pushed too hard and too fast. Kids are dropping out of sports because the competitive nature has made it less fun. She also points out what we all know to be true, most of our kids aren’t going to make it to the Olympics, so let’s take a step back, shall we? Sports, she shares, play a vital role in teaching our kids about resiliency in the face of failure, that showing up is a big part of being an accomplished person, small victories matter, being part of a team feels good, and being physically fit is a huge benefit to our overall well-being. Accolades are good, but just being in sports is a win in and of itself.
That’s What She Said
Pregnant women and toddlers are basically the same, says one mom of a toddler who had this epiphany the other day when reflecting back on her pregnancies. Attention span lacking? Check. Sweets craving, prone to hanger, chubby feet and bellies? check, check, check and check.
We’re pickin’ up what she’s putting down here, and it’s pretty spot on.
In the Trenches
Marriage after kids, or any relationship for that matter, takes some serious effort, peeps. And, lately, a few bloggers have been putting those thoughts on ‘paper’ with letters to their husbands acknowledging the fact that parenthood, marriage and work needs have changed them. They’re laying it all out there saying they are no longer the person their husband married.
One blogger says she is simply a mother now. “I wouldn’t change any of it. I don’t want any other life. I love you and I love the life that we created. But I am not the spontaneous, beer drinking, sexy bad girl you met way back when. I am a mother. And it is all of me.” Which is getting strong responses that balance between mother and partner are needed.
Another on Scary Mommy, asks her husband to ‘wait for her’ as they weather financial strains and the raising of their two kids which is taking away much needed attention from their marriage, “But I know that I am not here for you the way that you want me to be, and I can see it wearing on you. I know that you know I know, but I also know that I just can’t right now. I just don’t have it in me to look after one more person.”
So, what’s a married couple to do to survive these strained times? How do we survive the strains of financial stress, young children, full-time work and more? Here are some simple ideas to remain connected, with little effort. Because, if you don’t nurture your love a little, it will fizzle out.
- Love Notes: When you’re packing your kids lunch with love notes, add one to your husband’s lunch – we found some that you can print out and have at the ready. Leave it in his car, near his razor by the sink, in his coat pocket or in his wallet if you don’t pack a lunch. It’s an easy-peasy way to show love. We promise.
- Date Night At Home: We love this idea of creating 30 Dates in a Jar for spontaneous options to have date night at home. When life is busy and/or budget is tight, this is a great way to stay connected to one another after the kids are in bed.
- Pillow Talk: The Dating Divas have a lot of wonderful resources for married couples and these Pillow Talk Conversation Starters are one of those resources. We all know keeping conversation flowing after years of marriage can be tough. Use these Pillow Talk Conversation Starters to get those words flowing like they did when you first started dating.
Hack it Up:
The Fourth is upon us and a ton of you are likely popping up your tents and camping for the holiday weekend so we wanted to find you some camping hacks to make it a bit easier for you.
Did you know that if you cut open some lemons, stick some cloves in them and lay them out, you’ll keep the flies away from your food? Mind. Blown.
Rub an onion on the grill and it will be nonstick. Yep, that’s apparently all it will take.
Bring a belt, some ‘S’ hooks and you’ll have the perfect tool for hanging up your pots and pans around a tree.
And, that’s not all, there’s a ton of camping hacks in this post by General RV. You’re welcome.
Just don’t forget to bring the S’mores. Buzzfeed has this epic post with a bunch of fun ways to make them (39 to be exact) if you want S’more variety this year (see what we did there? Heh). You’ll be the coolest kid at the campground.
If you’re taking some times to enjoy the beach this holiday weekend or another locale for a family outing, take some time to fiddle with that Digital SLR you had your hubby buy you when your twins were born *cough* six *cough* years ago. The beach, fireworks at night and kids in coordinating holiday outfits is the perfect time to work on your skills with some auto-shooting for good measure. We found a few resources to help you out if you want to give them a read while you’re in traffic and your loved ones are cursing as they inch along. We’re here for you.
“This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
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