My brother and I use to go to a weeded area beside my parents house to pick dew berries when we were children. He would always walk ahead to knock down any hanging limbs or vines that may hit or scratch me. I would make sure to step where he stepped as to not step on thorns or worse, snakes. I only picked the berries after he cleared the weeds out of the way. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a cleared path as we raise our children? My first son was raised on trial and error, and with a lot of advice from older mothers, so i can say they cleared the weeds from my path. That is my goal with The Parents Path; to help clear the way with advice, ideas and suggestions that may make raising successful children easier. Please share your thoughts as well. What each of us experience and share may encourage another parent along the way. #ClearApath #BeAwesome
I walked into the living room yesterday and noticed my youngest son watching a cartoon that had several cuss words in it. I did a double take as I grabbed the remote to changed it. He didn’t say a word, yet I felt the need to explain my actions. “I don’t want you watching shows with that sort of language.” Later that night I was having a phone discussion with another adult and lo and behold, I used a couple of cuss words. To my dismay, who was standing in the kitchen listening to every word, my son. Did he hear me when I loudly told him, this sort of language was unacceptable, or did he hear me louder when I used the same kind of words.
#BeCarefulGrownUpsWhatYouSay (sung to the tune of “Be careful little eyes”)
“Hugs and kisses aren’t only good for your children’s heart, they are also good for their heads”–Dr Tony Evans.
Its been scientifically proven that a loving touch helps us all feel better, be it a hug, a kiss, a pat on the back or a gentle nudge; but do we need science to tell us that? Not really, but it kind of cool that it does.
This study, at Washington University, found that children who are loved on, held, hugged and kissed, are able to learn quicker, remember better and respond to stress more naturally.
I bet you didn’t know that kissing on your kid on their way out to school was making them smarter, now did you. The next time my 13year old puts his hand up for a fist bump when I try to kiss him, I’m going to tell him all about this study..#BeAwesome
Peace is a difficult word for me. I’ve never really understood the meaning of the word. I’ve prayed and asked for it so many times, but I’ve never known exactly what it looks like. Is peace the same as being happy? Is peace the everything is going well, no disappointment, no anger kind of feeling? I sometimes think of peace as a overwhelming calm, like those pictures of monks at prayer time, or people meditating or doing yoga. Is peace that calm, still, quite place? I always pray for peace for my children and in a sense, I hope peace is all of those things for them. I hope peace is their happiness, with no disappointments and no anger. I hope peace for them is that overwhelming sense of calm and I hope that Peace never leaves them. On Saturday, I will attend my first cousin’s son’s funeral. I have no words for a mother who loses a child, but I pray for her every ounce of peace, and I pray that for her, peace is ALL of those things.
All mothers want the best for their children. We all want our children to be happy, healthy and wise, as the saying goes. We want our children to know how to behave, especially in front of others, and make friends and to make good grades; the list goes on and on.
I guided my children along the path, which was not always a smooth one, to become successful children and I can happily say that guidance has stayed with them through their teen and early adult years.
The things you read here are my family’s experiences, our trys and do overs. This may not work for you and your kids the way it did for me and mine, but its a good place to start if your looking for advice, encouragement or just something positive to help with leading you children to the positive life we all want for our children.
If you ever see a post here and try the advice or suggestion, let us know how it went for you and your children. If you have a piece of encouragement or positive input that may help others with their children please share.
Thanks, and as always….
At the beginning of every school year, I would always make myself acquainted with my boys teachers, I still do this with my youngest son. By working in a neighboring school district, most years the “meet the teacher” night fell on the same night, so attending my sons was impossible. I would make my initial contact via email. I would send a greeting, introducing myself and passing along my contact information, including my cell and office phone numbers and email addresses, and give permission for them to contact me when necessary. When my boys where very young, I would let teachers in on some tidbits that would make getting to know my child easier. For my middle son, Id explain how shy he was and that asking for direct eye contact from him would probably lead to a melt down that could land her in the “mama i don’t like her” category. I would usually just ask for mercy for my oldest and youngest because, just like their mother, they sometimes talk too much. I would end the email by welcoming each teacher to my son’s learning team and wish each a happy school year.
That contact usually set the tone for the year. I let teachers know that my children had at home support and I was reachable and that we were all in this together!
My advice… make contact with the teachers, be a visible presence when ever possible.
#BeAwesome #Be Involved