please excuse the mess, we’re making memories

this hit home. a very messy one at that. i’ve recently heard on more than one occasion a friend of one my children say that our home is a bit ‘messy.’ it’s hard not to take offense to that. but really, what’s more important – those important moments you get to spend with your children, or those dishes piling up in the sink? honestly, i’ll admit, cleaning is not my thing. and yes, i do want our children to live in a home that is tidy and taken care of – but, pass up a chance to bond with one of our children or snuggle up with a good book – i’m choosing that time every time. i’m not feeling guilty about that, are you? those moments pass far too quickly. i think most parents would agree, it’s time well spent. my house might be messy, but my kids are happy. so please, kindly excuse the mess because we’re making memories.

“Sometimes it comes down between cleaning the house, and taking (our children) to the park. Or spending time having fun with them, or teaching them to read or write. Sometimes I can either do the dishes, or teach our son how to ride a bike, or our daughter how to walk. I’d rather do those things, frankly. I’d rather not be that mom who ignores our kids, and myself, because I’m so busy worrying about what the neighbors might think of our messy house.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/21/i-blamed-my-wife-for-our-messy-house-i-was-wrong-for-many-reasons/

 

Treasure the Moments

‘Thank you, God, for braids before bedtime. Thank you for messy kitchens and legos on the floor. Thank you for noisy dinner times and late-night conversations, for forts, baby dolls, fingerpaint, and bedtime stories. Thank you for broken wrists and shampoo for brunettes. Thank you for teaching me to number my days. And, God, when I forget, please give me a nudge and number them for me.’

This is such a great post from Hannah Keeley. It’s a wonderful (but teary) look at just how fast time passes that reminds us to cherish the moments we have with our children, messy and all.

http://hannahhelpme.com/blog/when-did-i-last-wash-your-hair/

rock your daydream!

rock your daydream kids

When did (to do something) “like a girl” become an insult?

We can’t always be mindful of everything we say. But we have to remember, the things we say to our kids and in front of our kids shape who they become. Words can be powerful, and they can damage us or they can build us up. Choose to inspire them!

Parenting pick-me-up!

Parenting PMU early riser

a letter from your child…

Parents Letter from your child sm

Love who you are

The things that make you feel awkward about yourself now may possibly be the qualities that you appreciate the most later in life.
– h.burket

Affirmations for Children #25

Affirmations for Children #25

i carry your heart…

CarryYourHeart

Affirmation #23

Affirmation23

Children, you can be anything…

Children, you can be anything…

children, a standard of grace…

StandardOfGrace

 

Beautiful image by Kati Dimoff. More of her photography can be found at http://kdimoffphotography.com and http://youaremywild.wordpress.com

Parents, they’re only ours for a moment…

Don’t grow up too fast…
my heart drops as I let go of her bike for the first time without training wheels. How can I feel so excited in this moment for her when my heart is pierced with such a sharp rush of sadness? She’s growing up — and it takes my breath away and leaves me still with such a bittersweet sadness. Does it really have to be this hard? Why does every ounce of me want to hold on to her so tight? Dare she be able to grow! And then it hits me, they’re only ours for a moment. How beautifully cruel and blissfully amazing it is to be a parent. Their childhood flies by in slow motion. It’s that old saying “the days are long but the years are short.” Whoever wrote that definitely has been here before.

We can’t keep them from growing up, so what are we to do?
Live in every moment we can.
Be present in their presence.
Cherish, listen and love unconditionally.
Guide them with love in the right direction.
Be mindful of our words and actions.
Feel deeply every hug they give with open arms.
Build their confidence, guard their hearts, lift them up.
Feed their soul with goodness.
Show them the beauty in life.
Take hold of their heart and inspire their mind.
Watch them grow into every beautiful thing they are meant to be.
And then, with proud hearts and teary eyes…
Watch them fly.
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a great example for parents…

The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life.
Live your life so that your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful — you acted on it.

—Dan Zadra

you are the world

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Affirmation #22

Affirmation #22

10 amazing qualities children can learn from their parents

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I love this post by Desirée at The 36th Avenue :

http://www.the36thavenue.com/2014/06/10-things-children-learn-from-parents.html

Ten valuable qualities that children can learn from their parents. She gives such simple but powerful insight into being a positive role model for your child and the importance of gratitude, integrity and loving yourself. Really loved it, a must read!   ♥

 

Don’t quit your day dream…

Don’t quit your day dream…