My Favorite Reads for Mamas…
Was the first week of the New Year all that you expected? Did you set your New Years Resolutions or as I like to do – Focus Words for the New Year? If not, take some time for yourself this week to think about it and read. It might help you organize your thoughts and goals for the year ahead.
My Mama Read Picks for Your Week Ahead…
- 4 Powerful Mantras for Mindful Parenting – Similar to my focus word as a New Years Resolution, I love the idea of having go-to “mantras” for stressful parenting situations.
“‘Pause, reflect, respond.’ So much of parenting is reaction. This is a gentle reminder to take a moment to examine your own emotions, as well as the circumstances behind a situation, before engaging with your kids.”
- How to Make Childhood Last Longer – Feel like your kids are growing up too fast? I love these ideas to SLOW it all down.
“The most important thing to make childhood last longer (for a parent) is spend more quality time with your children. Learn to love playing with them, teach them valuable life lessons, find common interests and get to know your child better.”
- How Getting Up Before My Kids Has Changed Everything for Me – I tend to stay up later in the evenings after the kids are in bed for my “me time.” But I’ve wondered about this myself.
“Because of my personality being the way that it is (loving organization, feeling most at peace when there is a little structure/routine, etc.), the result is that I am more patient…I am not as quick to get frustrated and angry with my children…I respond to them in a more loving way…To me, these things are completely worth setting an alarm for a ridiculous hour.”
- Mores and Lesses of the New Year – I love this way of categorizing resolutions into “mores” and “lesses!”
“For my FAMILY… MORE laughing, LESS griping. For my HUSBAND… MORE praising, LESS critiquing. For my KIDS… MORE face-to-face time, LESS facebook time. For MYSELF… MORE contentment, LESS guilt.”
- Autism: It’s a Colorful, Vivid World in There – I feel like I can SO relate to this. While my sons don’t have Autism, their special needs give them a unique perspective, too.
“I am seeing more and more that with his struggles come the most incredible inner view; a way of seeing and responding to the world which leaves me in awe. Sights and sounds which go unnoticed by me, I am privileged to experience because of him; because of autism.”