Parenting Through Disney Songs

Fun fact about me, I have never met a Disney movie I didn’t like. What’s even stronger than my love for animated magic is the fantastic songs that accompany each featured filmed. You will often catch me singing along with the Disney Spotify channel at the top of my lungs while driving in the car, cooking in the kitchen, or working from my desk. Lucky for me, my oldest son is just as obsessed.

As we were belting our best rendition of You’re Welcome from Moana, it hit me, most Disney songs have a lyric(s) that reflect the life of a parent. Here are 10 Disney lyrics that capture what it’s really like to be a parent.

  1. Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas) – You think you own whatever land you land on. I think it’s a known fact that toddlers think they own everything. We are just here for their enjoyment and to be at their beck and call. In response to their incessant sass I say, if you listen to me You’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew.
  2. Un Poco Loco (Coco) – I’ll count it as a blessing that I’m only un poco loco. You know the moment when your kids flip from acting the fool to becoming the sweetest children on the planet? You look into their cherub-like faces and think “thank goodness you’re cute and only make me a little crazy (un poco loco).”
  3. I’ll Make a Man Out of You (Mulan) – Heed my every order and you might survive. This one is for all the boy moms out there [represent]. Boys may be less drama than girls, but it’s harder to keep them alive. When it looks like your son is about to fling his body off the swing set or headbutt his sibling, repeat the wise words of Li Shang.
  4. I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (Lion King) – I think it’s time that you and I arrange a heart to heart. When your kids are on the verge of going to time out, but you want to play nice cop, so you take a note from Zazu’s playbook. It’s either a heart to heart or the time out chair my friend.
  5. Almost There (The Princess and the Frog) – There’s been trials and tribulations. You know I’ve had my share. But I’ve climbed the mountain, I’ve crossed the river, and I’m almost there. When you’re talking to your parent friends about potty training. If you’ve ever seen a war movie and the main character is hobbling out of the trenches, that’s what potty training looks like for a parent. We’ve seen things we can’t come back from.
  6. Let it Go (Frozen) – Let it go (go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go). When my kids are having a “moment,” I often meet and exceed their volume with Queen Elsa’s anthem. Not only does it mute their complaints, it redirects their feelings and puts them into a state of confusion – they are confused as to why mom is actin’ the fool. I’m willing to assume that role if it stops the craziness.
  7. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story) – You got troubles, and I got them too. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you. We stick together, we can see it through, ‘cause you’ve got a friend in me. As baby brother bites his leg, I keep reminding my oldest he will be your best friend one day. You are born into a friendship with your siblings, but it’s one that will last a lifetime.
  8. You’ll Be in my Heart (Tarzan) – For one so small, you seem so strong. My arms will hold you, keep you safe and warm. This bond between us can’t be broken. I mean…this song just violently yanks at the heartstrings. I think the moment I became a mom and held my son in my arms, life truly began. There is something so special between a mother and a son. My boys are my world.
  9. Be Prepared (Lion King) – Yes, our teeth and ambitions are bared. Be prepared! This applies to both parent and child during one of the most excruciating moments in their life…teething. Have you seen the YouTube video where they time lapse a child’s teeth coming in? Search it; it’s absolutely horrifying. As you frantically search for the perfect solution to ease your child’s achy gums, maintain determination and prepare to get through it together, because neither of you will be sleeping.
  10. What’s This? (The Nightmare Before Christmas) – What’s this? What’s this? There’s something very wrong. What’s this? The age-old question of is it chocolate or is it poop can be summed up with the simple phrase – what’s this? Dare you even try to figure it out. Only the bravest of souls try to crack the mystery. Are you one of those people?

With hundreds of whimsical songs, there is bound to be one that fits every moment of parenthood. What song would you use to define your current state of parenting? Let me know in the comments below.

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4 Ways to Create and Maintain a Successful Family Routine

When routine changes it can throw everyone off, especially a toddler who LOVES consistency. I recently started a new job that’s extremely fulfilling but requires more office time than my previous job. When I worked remotely I could drop my kids off later and pick them earlier than most parents, but now I must drop them off earlier and pick them up a little later than normal. My three-year-old picked up on this change immediately, and let’s just say, he’s not a fan.

My son quickly became hyper sensitive and started not listening/following directions as well as he used to. One could say this is happening because he’s at “that” age, but it seems suspect for this to have started around the same time I began my new job.  I’m not a detective, but I can clearly breakdown the evidence.

My husband and I sprang into action to make a new “norm” for our household. It’s important to us to have a space where our kids feel and actively participate in a healthy routine. Now, I’ve only birthed two little ones, so I can only speak from my experience with them, but thoughtful consistency is key.

Here are the four ways we successfully found our new routine:

  1. Communicate – Seems simple enough, right? You can never over communicate with your kids, at least in my opinion. We talk about and talk through our routine constantly with our kids, more specifically our toddler. He seems to respond to well to repeated verbal communication.
  2. Cool and Calm – As parents it’s easy to lose our cool when our kids react in a not-so-attractive manner when they get frustrated about the change in routine (I know from experience and I’m not proud of it). When we act in a level-headed manner, our kids will have a positive response. We set the emotional example.
  3. Sleep – When our kids are well rested, the world seems to be a safe place, but when they don’t, you might as well duck and cover. When my kids get a great night’s sleep, they are prepared to take on the day with a positive attitude. My one-year-old sleeps a solid 13 hours a night and my three-year-old clocks in between 10-11 hours a night. I truly believe sleep makes a big difference in achieving a new “norm.”
  4. Fun – It’s important to add a new and exciting component to the routine. Make it worthwhile for all involved parties. My husband and I “let” our toddler guide the bedtime routine. He picks the books, he turns off the lights, he arranges his bed, etc. We are known for putting on a performance. If it’s a song, a monologue, an interpretive dance of the book we are reading, we make it fun. This is part of the routine that is specifically tailored for him and something he looks forward to every single day. It’s HIS mom and dad time.

I’ll say it again, change is hard, but if you work to make it a positive experience, your kids will adjust. Fingers crossed we can maintain our son’s positive perspective and make the one-on-one time we have with him memorable in the best way. What are some tips that have worked for you? Let me know if the comments.

Christmas Crafts for Siblings

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new and cute crafts to do with the kids around Christmas time. Each year we gift our family members with new piece of personalized artwork. As the “director” of these artistic projects, I always try to do something different from the year before.

It was easier to create a festive craft when it was just one kiddo, but now with two, we have to come up with ways to incorporate both boys into the priceless masterpiece. My parents, in particular, love hand print and footprint crafts. So, I have come up with three Christmas art projects for siblings which include hand prints and footprints.

All paintings include toxic-free paints; safe for kids and animals.

Oh Christmas Tree!

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This cute craft highlights one of our favorite holiday symbols, the Christmas tree! Even though my 8 month old is only 4 pounds less than my two and half year old, my toddler has slightly bigger feet. For this painting, I pressed my toddler’s foot as the Christmas tree and used a press of the baby’s hand as the star on top of the tree. I added polka-dots and “OH” around the tree for additional pops of color.

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Perfectly Packaged 

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I used the wrapped presents under the Christmas tree as the inspiration for this colorfully pressed painting. As I was thinking about what hand prints looked like, I thought of a bow; the perfect touch to a perfectly packaged present! Since my kids are still little, this painting required a little more of a mommy touch with the designing of the present and the wording.

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

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Who doesn’t love good ole’ Rudy? Another hand print focused craft, the placement is critical. Have you ever tried to straighten your 8 month old’s hand as it is covered in paint in order to place it perfectly on the canvas? No?! It’s a challenge!! This is by far my favorite Christmas craft. Rudolph looks so cute (can I keep these out all year long?) and festive. You will want to make this painting with your kid(s).

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*Spoiler alert* for my family – you will be getting these crafts for Christmas. I challenge you to contain your excitement.

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What do you think of these sibling Christmas crafts? Do you think you will try these with your kids or kid? Let me know in the comments below or if you have any other craft ideas. I am always looking.

Merry Christmas and happy Holidays!

7 Tips for Streamlining Your Morning Routine with Kids

Can we all agree, mornings with multiple children can be the hardest time of the day? My toddler is a creature of habit and expects his morning routine to remain consistent. I was able to provide my slightly OCD child the comfort of his routine, but then we added a newborn into the mix, and it all changed.

I came to a point, where I said to myself, “Hannah, why don’t you work smarter not harder?” After I had this Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell moment (pan out to a scene of self narration), I decided I was going to streamline my morning routine.

Now, instead of hearing my alarm go off in the morning and frantically leaping out of bed to care for my newborn while simultaneously getting my two-year-old ready for the day, I roll over check my phone and leisurely step out of bed. I don’t know about you, but I sure do prefer a calm morning with my boys.

Here are tips to streamlining your morning routine:

1. Check Your Weather App – Let’s be honest, you’re probably reading this on your phone. Since you already have your mobile device up and running, pull up that Weather App and check what the temp will be like for the next day. I always check what the weather is going to be prior to putting my two-year-old down for bed and lay out the boy’s clothes for the day. I also take time to layout my outfit and accessories (if I feel daring enough).

2. Shower the Night Before – Now, I know this is big statement to make. For many individuals they self identify as morning or evening shower-takers. For me, I am prone to taking a nighttime shower because it helps relax me, but more importantly it saves me a bunch of time in the morning. If you feel daring enough to make the change to an evening washer, I encourage you do so.

3. Get Yourself Ready First – You’ve already laid out your clothes, so you should be able to quickly and efficiently dress yourself for the day. There is nothing quite as frustrating as trying to get yourself together while your baby starts screaming for food and your two-year-old asks to be picked up simultaneously. If you’re already dressed, caring for a hungry baby and demanding toddler is much easier to manage.

4. Baby’s Feeding Routine – Once I’ve put myself together, I give myself time to feed the baby prior to getting my toddler up for the day. I’ve worked on the little one’s schedule to prep him for a 30-minute feeding with enough cushion time to get him relaxed before waking the two-year-old beast (she says in the most loving way).

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5. Simplify Morning Hygiene – Every night before I go to bed, I lay out the toothpaste, tooth brush, face wash, and wash cloth for my son in the morning. Once he’s dressed, we pop in the bathroom and everything is already put together.

6. Have Breakfast Ready to Go – Have I mentioned before that my two-year-old is a creature of habit? Well, he is! Every morning before school he watches Bubble Guppies and/or Peppa Pig, drinks his juice, and enjoys his breakfast. At night, I go ahead and make his juice cup, charge up his iPad, and have the plate/bowl and silverware laid out, ready to go.

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7. Be Consistent – It’s so important to remain consistent. My toddler and even the baby boy know what the routine is each and every day. Since they know what’s going to take place, it makes everything run much more smoothly.

These are just a few things I do to help keep our mornings moving while maintaining our peace-of-mind. What are your tips and tricks?

Now excuse me as I go and prep for the next day!

Product Review and Mom Approved: Beautycounter Baby

There is something to be said about the products we use, especially the products we elect to use on our kids. I don’t know about you, but I try to pick the healthiest options for my kids when given the opportunity.

With a baby and a toddler, I am constantly slathering on balms, creams, and oils to ensure all the rashes, bumps, and irritations are treated quickly and efficiently. Since my average day requires the use of at least two remedies to sooth and heal, I want to make sure the least toxic products touch the innocence of my children’s skin.

Beautycounter’s Baby line is designed to keep our most precious gifts protected by placing the safest products in our hands. I have been religiously using and applying the Calming Diaper Rash Cream and Baby Soothing Oil on both of my children.

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No matter the age of our little one’s, diaper rash cream is a necessity. Beautycounter’s Calming Diaper Rash Cream “treats and prevents irritated skin with safer ingredients.” I love Beautycounter’s diaper rash cream, because it doesn’t linger and leave a greasy residue after application. The application of this cream is one that I can praise.

If you are privy to the use of diaper rash creams, you know that many of the creams have a strong odor, a chemical smell that is often difficult to eliminate. The Beautycounter diaper rash cream is free of scent; an added bonus. When changing diapers all day long, we already smell far too much, so we shouldn’t have to smell the diaper rash creams as well.

For all of my cloth diapering mamas, the Calming Diaper Rash Cream is safe to use. We, especially Beautycounter, can appreciate the sacredness of the diaper, especially the cloth diaper. If you’re using disposable or cloth, this diaper rash cream is safe to use.

Along with the Calming Diaper Rash Cream, I was introduced to quite possibly my favorite of the Baby line items, the Baby Soothing Oil. With an increased boost in essential oil use, it’s even more important to be careful about the oils we use on our kiddos. We can easily assume all oils are the same, no matter the packaging, but this is not the case. When it comes to Beautycounter’s Baby Soothing Oil, you can trust this oil is safe to use. The combination of jojoba, sunflower seed oils, and organic coconut, keep my children’s skin soft, smooth, and relaxed.

There is often caution to using oils on newborns, but Beautycounter’s formula is safe for my baby boy. When he had a small case of cradle cap, a small dab of the Baby Soothing Oil helped clear it right up. When my toddler is, well, acting like a toddler, I will rub a small dab into his chest and shoulders before bedtime to sooth his nerves.  An additional benefit is that the oil does not leave a greasy residue behind. This soothing oil has become a staple item in our nighttime routine.

*Moms if you run out of eye makeup remover, a small dab of the Beautycounter Baby Soothing Oil will take it right off! *

Just as a mother handles their precious baby with care, Beautycounter is an extension of this love and tenderness. When I was introduced to Beautycounter, I welcomed my family to a world of products that are safe and effective. I encourage all of my fellow parents to take the leap and introduce Beautycounter to your loved ones. This mom approves!

Interested in these products? You can get yours by checking out the links throughout the blog. You will not be disappointed!

The First Meeting – Toddler and Baby

The weeks leading up to my youngest son’s birth, I was filled with panic about how my toddler was going to handle the new little person entering our lives. The pregnancy hormones, which raged throughout my body, kept me weepy until the moment I held Duncan in my arms.

I cried about if I was being unfair to my oldest son, if he would hate us, if he was going to hate his baby brother, and the list went on an on. I couldn’t keep myself together. Every time I looked at him, I started to cry. Not just standard tears, but crocodile tears which gathered in pools around me everywhere I went. I was fearful of how he was going to react, because until April 3rd, it had always been just the three of us.

My parents watched over my son while we were at the hospital with the new baby. I was so eager to see him and give him a little kiss and hug. Unfortunately, children under the age of 12 were not allowed on the Labor and Delivery floor of the hospital, due to the increased occurrence of flu within North Carolina. With this said, my mom called us via FaceTime, so we could talk with our baby boy.

His reaction to seeing me hold his little brother over my mother’s iPhone 7 screen, left much to be desired. He ignored us and he had zero interest in looking at his little brother. The moments we had shared over the smartphone, were the moments I feared the most. He hated us, I just knew it!

When we finally made it home and settled back in, I was eager to pick up my oldest from school. I wanted to first, get a hug and kiss from my little nugget and second, I wanted him to meet his baby brother (she said with some hesitation).

The five-minute car ride home consisted of a lot of conversations about baby brother and how he was a big brother, but still our baby boy. There were a lot of “okay” and “baby?” coming from the backset of the car.

When we walked into the house, he ran over to my husband and gave him a big hug, but he soon saw the rocking cradle in the living room. My heart briefly paused as he stopped in his tracks and said “baby?”

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He squealed in delight when he saw his baby brother. At that moment I breathed a sigh of relief. He wanted to take it upon himself to pick up the baby and hold him. He kept repeating “Hi! Baby!” over and over again. When my family came over and visited the following day, he didn’t want anyone to touch the baby and kept saying “Mine baby!” to everyone who approached his baby brother.

For the past week, each morning he runs to see his baby brother and give him a kiss. When he gets in the car on the way home from school, he asks about his brother throwing his hands up saying, “where’s baby?” When it comes to the end of the day, he goes to his brother and says “Night, night baby! Love you!” Y’all, these are the moments that make a mother’s heart full.

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I now feel silly that I was so worried about my boys coming together. I look at the two of them together and envision all of the wonderful times they will have growing up as best friends. I made these two amazing people and I believe they will always have each others backs. I’m a proud boy mom!

The Four Minute Push – A Birth Story

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Every birthing story is different. Each is full of highs and lows, but the end result is well worth each pregnancy ache and pain. On Monday, April 3, 2017 at 8:34 PM at 39 weeks, we welcomed our second son, Duncan Emerson.

My doctors have deemed my cervix as “stubborn,” so I was induced first thing on the morning of April 3rd. I was induced at 39 weeks with my first born as well. All day I was hooked up to my long, lost friend, Pitocin.

Pitocin and I have a love-hate relationship. I love that it gets things started for my cervix, but I hate that it amplified the contractions I had been battling against the four weeks prior. From 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM we moved onward with limited progression.

I told my husband, mom, and sister to head out for dinner around 7 PM, because with my first-born, the moment they went to dinner everything started to takeoff. Call me superstitious. I thought if they left for dinner the same thing would happen this time around. This wasn’t the case.

On the same day as my scheduled induction, our beloved UNC Tar Heels were playing in the NCAA Finals. The game was to start at 9:27 PM and I just knew Duncan was going to make his appearance right at the start of the game or during it (clearly Duncan was a lucky charm for the Tar Heels – #GDTBATH).

While they were at dinner, my doctor checked-in and broke my waters. I closed my eyes and whispered to myself “alright Duncan, you got this kid! Let’s make a move.” As everyone returned from dinner and settled back into the room, expecting the baby to arrive hours later, my nurse came in and rotated me to my side. It was when she rolled me to the left that it all started to happen.

The pressure and the contractions during those moments went from 0 to 60. The nurse checked me out and then looked me in the eyes and said, “it’s time to have a baby.” I was convinced it wasn’t, because it felt so different from my last pregnancy, but sure enough, it was TIME!

My doctor came in, suited up, and stated the standard phrase, “are you ready to push?” Now, it took 15 minutes of pushing to welcome my first born. I had a tendency to gloat about how fast and determined I was to push him out, but I definitely beat my record this time around. It took 4 pushes and 4 minutes, yes 4 minutes, to meet Duncan Emerson. There is nothing like the relief, both physically and emotionally, when you finally have your child.

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Until later, I was not aware that the quick transition caused the umbilical cord to wrap around his tiny little neck. My doctor and nurses worked quickly to manage the situation, and thank goodness they did, because he soon turned a plump pink in color and quickly let out his first cries. When I heard him cry, I started to cry! My baby was here.

When I looked into his face, I saw a glimpse of my oldest son and all of the sweet memories of his birth came back. In just a matter of minutes, my life quickly went from a small family of 3 to a happy family of 4. My love expanded that day. The aches and pains I previously mentioned, all floated away.

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Each nightly feeding, poopy diaper, and spit-up stained shirt puts a smile on my face. They are the signs of a mother. I wear them all with pride. These symbols of mommyhood not only mean I have two little ones to love and who love me back, but that I am responsible for raising awesome human beings. Lookout world! The Earnhardt boys are going to make a true difference in the lives of many.

10 Ways I’m #RockingMotherhood

Motherhood cannot be perfected by a Nashville or Reyes filter like the life we often portray on Instagram. It’s messy and chaotic, but I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t remember what life was like prior to becoming a mother. I truly believe my life started when my son was placed in my arms. He and I were instantaneously bonded. Now I will admit life as a mother has brought forth many challenges, but I can confirm these obstacles have been well worth the stressful and anxiety ridden days.

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I want to send a shout-out over to Caitlin at Better with Babies for tagging me to participate in the #RockingMotherhood Challenge. Often as a mother, especially a young mom, I am often faced with the opinions (both appreciated as well as unwanted) of how I can be better, what I am “doing wrong,” etc. as a parent. I am going to take on this challenge and highlight the 10 ways that I think I am rocking this thing called motherhood.

Being the mom to an outgoing, fearless, loving, and stubborn two-year-old boy and soon-to-enter-this-world baby boy, my life is filled with constant surprises and unexpected adventure. I love being their mom; it’s my life’s work! Here are the 10 ways I am #RockingMotherhood.

The #RockingMotherhood Challenge is an opportunity for moms to encourage other moms by tagging them to highlight the 10 ways they are #RockingMotherhood.

  1. I Express Unconditional Love – The love I have for my boys is limitless. My sons, along with my husband, are my true loves. My boys have a strong hold on my heart. I would do anything for them, because as a wife and mother, I believe that is my responsibility.
  1. I Say I Love You ALL.THE.TIME. – Whenever there is an opportunity to say “I love you” to my sons, I say it! My kids will never have to question how much I love them. My two-year-old is constantly saying “I love you” and it just melts my heart.
  1. Family Comes First – No matter what’s going on in my life, if it’s a personal crisis, work, etc. my husband and my sons will always come first. There is nothing that I would ever put in front of them. They are my priority!
  1. I am Patient with My Son – I make a conscious effort to be patient with my son at all times. Whenever he has a moment of frustration or throws a toddler tantrum, I get down to his levels, talk him through what he is experiencing, and sooth him. There are a lot of feelings and emotions raging through such a small human being. He often doesn’t know how to handle what’s going on, and as a mother I’m suppose to guide and comfort him through it.
  1. I Play with My Son – Whether it’s reading the Pout Pout Fish 18 times a day, watching Troll Hunters and snuggling on the couch, holding a conversation on play cell phones, or building the tallest Lego structure, I take time to sit down and play with my son. I think it’s important to have that one-on-one time with my little guy!
  1. I Let Things Go – Before I had my son I was insanely particular about everything. If something was out of place, I would have an internal breakdown. Now as a mother, “I let it go,” as Elsa put it in Disney’s Frozen. My previous need for perfection is something I do not want to pass along to my sons. I want them to know it’s OK to make mistakes and not everything has to be perfect.
  1. My Son Has Manners – My two-year-old says please and thank you unprompted. I have a little gentleman on my hands. Whenever he asks for something he starts of his request with “please” and ends it with the sweetest “thank you.” I will take all of the credit!
  1. I Worry About Being a Good Parent – I worry about being a good parent all of the time, which in my mind means I am a good parent. I question if I am showing my son enough affection, am I teaching him the right things, am I responding to his needs appropriately, etc. My boys are my everything and I want to make sure I am doing my best as a parent to lead them down the right path, whatever that may be.
  1. I am Raising Good Men – As a mother it is my job to make sure my kids are working towards the greater good. The way I speak, react, and interact with my kids is all in hopes of raising decent human beings. They will be men who will care for others, be accepting of everyone, stand up for what is right, and show love and respect. We need to good men, and God-willing, I am doing my part to ensure that we do.
  1. I am a Certified Mama Bear – I self-identify as a mama bear. You may or may not see this as a good thing, but I wear the badge with pride. I am extremely protective of my boys and I will do everything in my power to protect my babies. Do you know the signs at the zoo that say “Please don’t mess with the caged animals”? Well they apply to my every day life as well. I should walk around with a sign that says, “Please don’t mess with my kids, because it will not turn out well for you.”

Hey moms, I’m tagging you to participate in the #RockingMotherhood Challenge:

  1. Brittney at Our Shouts of Joy
  2. Cacia at DIAMOM
  3. Jaclyn at Jaclyn Bree – Living the Rocky Life

 

#RockingMotherhood Guidelines

1.Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.

2.List 10 things you believe make you a good mother.

3.Tag some bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.

4.Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

Hey moms! You’re #RockingMotherhood

The Most Important Job: Raising Decent Human Beings

As parents we have a vision for how we hope our kids will turn out. We place all of our hopes and dreams into these little human beings and pray they will develop into decent individuals. As the mother of an outgoing two-year-old boy and soon to be newborn baby boy, I want to make sure my kids grow up to be positive catalysts for change in this crazy world.

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Photo courtesy of Access Consciousness Blog

My kids, God-willing, will be gentlemen. Now more than ever, we need men who are going to bring everyone up and not push them down. Men who see each individual as an equal, and don’t hold themselves superior to others. We need men who know how to love others the right way, instead of the wrong. As a mother, it is my job to make sure my kids work towards the greater good.

Here are just 5 of the hopes and dreams I put out into the world on a daily basis for my kids:

  1. I hope they will become caring individuals. I want both of my boys to express concern and kindness to every person and animal they meet (while also being aware of potential danger; I am a paranoid mama for heaven sake).
  2. I want my kids to be loving and accepting of everyone, no matter the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, religious affiliation, age, etc. They should not feel like they have the right to pass judgement on anyone. That’s not their privilege to have.
  3. My kids will stand up for what is right and never cower at an opportunity to make a positive difference. I truly believe they will make a difference in this world.
  4. As brothers, they will always love one another and champion for each other. These two little boys should always be the strongest advocates for one another and help guide each other in the right direction.
  5. Finally, they should be men who show love and respect to those they love. They should never, ever, put down the ones they care about or those who care about them. Their dad and I will let them know each and every day how much they are loved (more than they can probably handle) and together, he and I will be positive examples of how to love your partner.

As parents we have a very important job; we are tasked with raising our kids to be good people! I know, this can be a lot of pressure, but together, we can raise a generation of children who spread joy, love, and kindness. I don’t know about you, but I’m game for this undertaking. Put me in coach!!

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