Friday's Five: Skills Every Mother Needs

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.

Stain Removal

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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  • At 2009.12.28 14:20, Sameha said:

    Yasmine, I think you can buy a big war2 cartooon and put on the floor so that baby Lulu can paint on it instead of the carpet, let her inside ,on it I mean and make close somehow to yr carpet’s colour :) . When she come to show yr master piece, u will sure have this smile and maybe latter on u can hang it for her to show her each day :)

    • At 2010.01.05 08:10, jessyz said:

      She has a huge sketch book, but toddlers are wacko, they just love to do what they are not supposed to. Plus I think on the long run it is better to keep training her on doing the right stuff instead of just stopping her from doing wrong things from the beginning, she will eventually learn not to draw on things other than paper. It is exhausting but I’d rather do it once and early on, so that she learns that there will always be limits and boundaries in life.

      • At 2009.12.28 16:26, Rula A. said:

        One of the best stain removers;
        I got it from Safeway and it is available too at Cosmo :)

        • At 2010.01.05 08:11, jessyz said:

          I’ll look for it. Thanx for the tip.

          • At 2009.12.28 21:07, mona said:

            Made up stories are the best!

            • At 2010.01.05 08:11, jessyz said:

              They sure are! Especially when they include lots of funny noises, sounds and faces to help make the story real.

              • At 2010.02.03 01:52, Diaper Cake said:

                Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner.