Kids’ Pooping Problems: Everything You Thought You Would Never Need to Know

Before I became a mom I would hear the moms at my jobs discussing their kids’ pooping problems.  I remember being repulsed and feeling sympathy for their child.  I couldn’t believe these moms would discuss their child’s private matters with each other. 

Once I became a parent, I was quick to realize, there is some s#!+ no one talks about… before becoming a parent. Poop is one of them. The things I heard on the job site were nothing compared to the conversations Chris and I have had. We just didn’t know what we didn’t know. Needless to say, parents get baptized by fire in this department.  Quickly, we started Googling.  Thankfully, there was a poop load of answers.

Since those first questions we had, we have read more than I care to think about when it comes to poop.  We have learned about colors, textures, what inhibits it, what breaks it loose and what is considered healthy.

 

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Kids’ Pooping Problems Are Pretty Normal and So Is Talking About It

In PRIVATE that is!  Please, don’t embarrass your child on Social Media.

If you are around a group of moms it is not rare for them to move their stools closer and discuss the subject of kids’ pooping problems. There are 3 popular types of poop conversations. The child who holds it in and refuses to go.  Then, some have a child who is constipated often.  Lastly, the one that makes all the moms gasp. The child who Read the rest

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9 Things Your Mom Friend Wishes You Knew About Her Direct Sales Business

My purpose for creating a post on direct sales is so that when you see your Mom Friend trying to sell something on your social media feed or she contacts you directly, you know what’s on her heart! When I started in direct sales, I was really naive. I don’t know how I stayed under the radar.  Prior to getting into direct sales, I had not been asked to buy many products or host any kind of parties or trunk shows.  In fact, I actually asked to be a Consultant and an Ambassador in the companies I have joined, no one asked me.

I joined one company because my face was clear from acne for the first time in 32 years.  Then, I joined the next company because I am super pumped about their mission of supporting artisans in developing countries through fair trade.  Of course, I want to share YL Essential Oils with the world because they changed my family’s health and wellness. I want everyone to have this freedom.

Just like most, I’m not a salesman, and my schedule is packed, but I want to be part of something that is bigger than myself.  I don’t think anyone is running to the table yelling, “Sign me up.  I have so much time.” As a Stay-At-Home-Mom any extra income helps, so I have to carve out the time to give to the business.  They say people get into direct sales for 5 reasons: product, profit, people, purpose and personal Read the rest

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To the Lonely Mom: Form a Virtual Tribe to Get You Through

Being a mom can be lonely.  Have you ever considered yourself a lonely mom? I’m sure some will wonder how I could make such a statement when moms are rarely even alone in the restroom, but it’s true! 

When I became a mom I dropped a lot of the habits that weren’t serving me well. I also quit my career as a die-hard teacher and became a SAHM.  In addition, I battled postpartum depression and questioned every parenting decision I made.  I lived with so much fear.  We relocated to a new town when my firstborn was 2 months old, only to relocate again 2 years later after we had a second child.  I felt like I was constantly starting from scratch with my identity. Back then, I didn’t know what most of the issue was, but I know now.  I was a lonely mom.

This isn’t a pity party.  It’s a celebration.  It was a good thing.  Before kids, I had one foot on each side of the line.  Now, I needed to be intentional about being the person I wanted my kids to be. But I found myself feeling like an introverted, older, lonely mom hoping a new bestie would miraculously appear and ring my doorbell. 

Sometimes we have to be in the dark for a while to truly appreciate the light.

Maybe you miss the woman you were before you had kids.  That’s really hard too.  There are tons of valid reasons moms are lonely!

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How to Get Kids to Love Their Veggies

We would all like to live in a world where our kids love and enjoy their veggies and we don’t dread dinner times anymore, wouldn’t we?

But the reality is often quite different. The gap that needs to be bridged, from where we are today, to where we want to be when our kids make choices of their own, is different for every mother and every family. The goal is most likely the same – teach our kids to enjoy healthy eating so they can stay healthy and, in turn, look after their families when they grow up.

We all know about the health crisis in the world. Everyone is affected, just to different degrees. On the human level, a sick population means a bleak future for all of us. On your family level unhealthiness leads from cranky kids and clogged toilets to parents feeling guilty and stressed about wasting food and not being able to get their kids to eat right.

Regardless of the stage you and your kids are in right now – the ‘beige stage’ or adventurous eaters, applying the following 5 tips will guide you through the process of getting your child to love their veggies. The important things to focus on are taking it easy, lowering your expectations, and having fun and building a strong connection with your kids.

 

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Tip# 1 –  If you want your kids to eat and love veggies, you have to be the one modeling that.

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The Importance of a Mom’s Music Playlist

Mom.  I have to ask, do you have a playlist that you can turn to when Mom’in gets hard?  When you need a pick me up? On days you need calm or energy?  When you need to change your mindset to an optimistic one? Maybe when you need to remember why you ever got with your partner in the first place? If you don’t have a Mom’s Music Playlist, I want to encourage you to make it a priority to create yourself a playlist or a series of playlists.  The importance of a Mom’s music playlist has a domino effect on the whole family.  We’ve all heard, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

Research says that our moods even affect our babies while they are in the womb.  Create a positive playlist that you and the baby listen to daily while you are pregnant.  I did this and I swear by it.  I kind of forgot about it after Jock was born.  After he was older, I came across it, and I pushed play.  He started dancing around, and he knew a lot of the words to the 3 songs I played him daily while he was in the womb.  Freaked me out!

Moms, we can choose our thoughts and moods just the same way we choose our outfits every day.  The only person in the house we can truly control is ourselves.  We can use music for our family’s benefit.  The good part about having a playlist Read the rest

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Why We Love Alexa: Echo Dot Kids Edition

Alexa, set a timer for 30 minutes?  Alexa, what is the weather this week?  or Alexa, Play Snake Farm by Ray Willie Hubbard.  I didn’t set out to get my family an Echo Dot Kids Edition.  Actually, I gave it to my nephew for his birthday, but due to internet issues, Alexa wouldn’t work for him.  Within the first day of having her in our home, we knew that we loved Alexa: Echo Dot Kids Edition.

The thought of bringing another device not to mention another “woman” into our home made me cringe because one of my pet peeves is the drama that happens when I say device time is over.  I did not want to add any friction to our days.

It did not take long before I realized that Alexa does not cause the drama that screen devices cause in our family.  In fact, Alexa brings humor and joy and efficiency.  Now, who wouldn’t want a new family member that can do all of these things but doesn’t require feeding, bathing, or laundry!

The main reasons that I love Alexa: Echo Dot Kids Edition is because I can call on her without having to go to her or press a button, my kids are getting experience with living in a Smart Home, and the free 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited is worth the price of purchase alone.  Not to mention, I have an appreciation for the Drop-In feature which you can use Echo Dot like an intercom so Read the rest

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