July 2012

Getting a new pet

The other day, my two-year-old was watching some of his favorite characters build a dog house.  He asked me if we could make a dog house too and I told him we didn’t need a dog house because we didn’t have a dog.  His response, “Well, we just have to go get one.”

While I didn’t go into detail about how I am not a dog person nor mention that we would never get him a dog, I did use it as an opportunity to talk with him about the responsibilities of pet ownership. I also began to think about when I might be ready to get him his own pet.

Dealing with bad attitudes

Teaching children how to be respectful is not easy.

One of the worst characteristics of my children is their attitudes. They do not have bad attitudes all the time, but this negativity does appear far too often. I have read things written by experts that state that if you don’t correct this when a child is young, by the time the kids are teenagers they may be really bad.

The importance of taking care of yourself

Mothers forget to take care of themselves because of their demands in life.

Parents, or mothers especially, are often so overly concerned about their children that they fail to take care of themselves. Taking care of you is just as important as taking care of your kids. If you don’t care for yourself, you will not be able to do your best job at taking care of your children.

Getting out of the house

When you have young kids, especially if you have more than one young kid, venturing out of the house to run errands or visit local attractions can be tiring. You feel like you have to pack the entire house for a simple trip the grocery store. Let’s face it. When you have young children, staying in the house is a lot easier than venturing out. However, even if it is easier to just stay at home, it is important to get out of the house every now and then.