I am making up for all the missed “Friday’s Five” posts. Another Kolena Laila post. Motherhood is awesome, exhausting, bewildering, fun, crazy, exciting and did I mention exhausting.
Becoming a mother comes with lots of new skills like changing diapers, burping and juggling.
Stains are a part of motherhood. Did you know that bananas stain terribly? So does milk and it stinks too. Children are like super stain makers. They color your carpet with crayons and think its hilarious and will call you to show you their new masterpeice. Learn to smile, tell them that crayons should only be used on paper, hide the crayons and google how to remove that stain. A pound of prevention is worth an ounce of cure. Try and keep things that stain out of reach and act fast when something does get stained. Just keep in mind that children are children and that their development and happiness is worth more than your favorite duvet cover.
Find your parenting style
This is probably one of the hardest skills. Finding a parenting style that suits you and being consistent. Do something you can stick to not something you think you should do.
Read nutrition labels
A healthy child needs to eat healthy foods. Learn to read the nutritional information labels. While most of us will check the labels for calorie or fat content you should also be checking products for sodium content, additives, sugar and vitamins to make sure you are getting more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff. Children need different nutrients in different amounts depending on their age so make sure you know what they need so you can give it to them.
Tell a story
Most kids love stories. Make up crazy stories, read stories from a book or tell a fable. Whatever you decide to do try go crazy, make sound effects, change your voice with every character and they will love story time even more.
Just that. Remember to smile even when you are exhausted. Monkey see, monkey do. You don’t want a grumpy child now do you?
About the juggling, I was serious every mother can carry a baby, talk on the phone and cook lunch all at the same time. Juggling has nothing on this.
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