Finding Balance in a Life of Chaos

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.”
– Thomas Merton

The word balance ironically makes my body wobble back and forth from anxiety. I am at a phase in my life where I have more than enough going on (we all feel like this at some point). On top of being a wife, mom to two little boys, full-time employee, I am also pursuing my master’s degree, which means my evenings are consumed with class and schoolwork. If this schedule gives you a case of the sympathetic anxieties, I certainly understand and appreciate your concern.

Before I graduated high school, back in the day, I was pretty chill and let everything (for the most part) roll off my shoulders. When I started college, I assumed unexplained anxiety and started wearing the weight of the world on my shoulders. No one asked me to; I just felt like I needed to take on the task. Now that I have a family, work, and a continued pursuit of higher education, I am now the mom running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

I often look insane and probably scare away any of the other parents who have their lives together (at least externally). Let’s get real though, social media does not help the overworked and exhausted mama, because only the best is captured by my fellow parents. I am guilty of this as well, but I will take a moment to share a snapshot of finding my one-and-a-half-year-old eating a crayon because I trusted he would be fine in the playroom by himself. Why was he in the playroom by himself? I had to answer a work email on a Saturday. I say all of this because I want, no, I NEED balance.

On this journey of balance, I’ve had a few realizations. Here are the five things you need to do to get started re-balancing your life –

  1. Call on the village: You don’t have to do this on your own. Call on your village to help when needed. Lucky for me, I have a great life partner who steps up all the time. I sure do appreciate him and all that he does, but sometimes he can’t be there because of work or coaching, so I have my family right around the corner to offer additional support. My family drops everything to help pick up the kids, watch the boys when I have a company call later in the evenings, take the boys on adventures when I have school work that has piled up, etc. We are lucky to have them. Don’t feel less than if you need help. We all need help at some point in our lives.
  2. Don’t compare: For many of us, we digest content through social media. For me, I am a lover of Instagram. I love snapshot content. As I mentioned earlier, we cannot put ourselves down if we are not like the Insta moms who have 50K followers, crisp white backdrops, and their cherub babies in perfect poses with rosy red cheeks. I’m lucky to capture a picture of my kids without having to tell them to stop hitting each other, not to pick their noses, to go clean their face, etc. In the same realm, we can’t compare memories made. The memories made of arts and crafts, playing on the playground, visiting the pet store, etc. should not be looked down upon compared to those of parents taking their kids to Disney World, Hawaii, or Time Square in NYC. You are still a great parent, so don’t compare yourself to others. Your kids are going to cherish the time together, no matter what you’re doing.
  3. Maximize your time: Who else loves a planner and calendar? This mama is obsessed. I love to have everything laid out in an easily consumed format. My husband has even tapped into this obsession and created a digital family calendar. We know at the start of everyday what to anticipate. When there are moments of down time, fill them with productive activities, like one-on-one time with the kiddos. I try to make an effort to spend down-time with my kids. If it’s down time during the work day, use the time to look at your to-do lists, consume a podcast, or read for grad school. If you’re like me, I am always concerned that I am using my time effectively, so using your time to care for yourself, spend quality time with the babes, or prep for the future is a great way to not feel guilty about having free time.
  4. Self-care: Take care of yourself! You can’t be a great partner, mom, employee, student, etc. if you’re not taking care of yourself. I make a point to have at least 30 minutes of me time daily. If it’s watching a YouTube video, taking a therapeutic bath, or watching re-runs of the Great British Bake Off (my guilty pleasure), you are becoming the best version of yourself. You are not shellfish; you’re thinking about everyone around you. It’s OK. Go take a bubble bath.
  5. Keeping working: Balance is a hard thing to achieve, so think of this as an effort of achieving fulfillment. Are you living a fulfilled life? Once you feel fulfilled, balance will follow. This is a process, just buckle up for the ride and take everything in stride. You can do this!

Do I currently balanced? No, but I’m getting there and I’m not doing it alone. I have the best group of folks supporting me through this journey. If you don’t think you have the support system you need, I’m here for you! We’ll find balance together.

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4 Ways to Teach Your Kids Patience

What is it they always say – patience is a virtue?

I am the first to admit, my patience level is nearly nonexistent. While it has improved over the years, especially with the addition of children (God bless my kids for bringing me down a notch), I am always keeping myself in check. I’m like the Energizer Bunny always on the move and in a hurry, so don’t get in my way.

I am slowly starting to see my lack of patience in my children. Could it be my unfavorable characteristic is now reflected on them or general toddlerdom? We may never know, but what I do know is that I am constantly working towards self-improvement and providing my kids with the tools they need to be patient individuals.

Here are four ways to promote patience –

  1. Parents Practicing Patience – I’ve already admitted my faults, but we should lead by example as parents. My kids are my driving force to actively show what it means to be a mindful and patient person. If mommy can do it, they can do it too!
  2. Slow and Steady – I don’t know if this can be said for all toddlers, but my boys are always on the go. A moment of Zen is very rare and achieved when they are asleep at the end of the day. A great way to establish mindfulness and patience is to introduce activities like coloring, building with Legos, or baking cookies. We want to slow down the soul and enjoy the outcome of taking our time to complete the task at hand.
  3. Celebrate – What kid doesn’t love praise? When our kids practice patience let’s acknowledge them with a job well done. While we should tackle moments of impatience, complimenting them is of the upmost importance. A reward doesn’t hurt either. We have a mindfulness chart at home where my son fills the chart (with stickers) every time he shows patience. When all 12 slots are filled, he can then select a prize from the treasure chest.
  4. Start the Clock – A trick my parents used when I was a youngster – the egg timer. I have found my oldest responds well to the clock. He will sit there and wait for it to ding before he moves to the next activity. “We are going to park in five minutes,” “You can watch your iPad for two more minutes,” or “we will be home in 10 minutes,” are all examples of establishing expectations through time. It eases anxiety and helps when the anticipation of what’s to come.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Tolstoy

Do you or your kids struggle with mindfulness? How do you address patience? Let me know in the comments below.

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Celebrate Diversity – All Are Welcome – Book Review

As parents we have a very important job – to raise the world’s future. The way we decide to raise our kids now will leave a lasting impression for years to come. With the current political climate, the need to create a loving, accepting, and kind environment is more important than ever.

I was raised by two parents who provided me with tools to learn, love, and grow. I’ve kept a lot of my parent’s techniques within my own parenting artillery, but I’ve also tapped into my natural childrearing abilities. I know they are just in the beginning of their lives, but I feel my kids are on the right path to being decent human beings, and it has a lot to do with my how I’ve embraced my role as mom.

My three-year-old has been an empathetic soul from day one. He is always tapping into other’s feelings and providing comfort to those in need. It melts my heart when I hear from his teacher’s that he embraces others with ease. However, like many children, he has started to recognize differences between himself and his friends. As he starts to tap into varying cultural, racial, sexual, etc. aspects of other’s, I want him to keep his heart and mind open as well as erase the idea of judgement, because none of us have the right to pass judgement on others.

Sometimes finding a starting point for those conversations can be difficult, but the dynamic duo of Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman have created a beautiful children’s book, All Are Welcome, to help navigate dialogues in a fun way. With lovely words and captivating illustrations, All Are Welcome has built of world of curiosity and understanding for my son.

All Are Welcome is a enlightening book that follows a group of young children through their school day “where everyone is welcomed with open arms.” Not only does it show that school is a safe and caring space for everyone, but it highlights kids from various backgrounds. The book shows how they come together to learn from one another. They embrace aspects of life different from their own, such as the celebration of the Lunar New Year, with understanding and appreciation.

When we first sat down to read this book, my son was immediately captivated. Eager to flip through every page, he enjoyed sitting down together as a family with a good book in hand. It was after the initial read that we then read it three more times. During our second, third, and fourth takes of the book, we talked about the dynamics of families (i.e. some kids have two mommies, two daddies, a mommy and a daddy, etc.), what is a hijab, what does it mean if one of our friends is blind or visually impaired, and so much more. The questions flooded in, which is exciting for this mom! I LOVE that he wants to understand and learn more.

Through its continuous displays of encouragement, All Are Welcome highlights the beauty of diversity and lends a helping hand to parents, like me, when it comes to talking to our kids about embracing the wonderful things that make each of us different. I have a feeling we will be reading this book for weeks to come, and that’s alright with me!

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A Timeless Treasure – Eric Carle

If you were to ask my parents what author I loved the most as a child, they would say Eric Carle without a second’s delay. I owned about every one of his books, in particular those that were readily available in the early 90s. There was something so magical about the interactive text and captivating illustrations. I vividly remember reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? over and over again (mom and dad I apologize; I get it now).

Now in 2018, Eric Carle is still prevalent in the realm of childhood literature. He has expanded from books to animated pictures and toys. My sons are able to experience the beauty of his educational pieces in a way I did not have access to in the 90s (#jealous).

We have found Eric Carle to be a hit for both our three-year-old and our one-year-old. Through his books, toys, and animations, our children are receptive of his teachings. Here are our favorite Eric Carle pieces –

Books:

An essential part of our nighttime routine is the bedtime story (or three) and often all of the stories come from our favorite, Eric Carle. We are currently reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar (a classic), Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? (a new favorite), Have you Seen my Cat? (my original copy), and The Mixed-Up Chameleon (my toddler’s FAVORITE). With either impactful messages, educational components, or both, my kids are sent to bed with thoughtful and colorful images in their heads.

Toys:

The World of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Discovery Cube, 8” is one of my youngest’s most loved toys. With textured rings and fabric, peek a boo flaps, rattle, and crinkle sounds, it’s a sensory dream for a newly turned one-year-old. This discovery cube is plush, so he loves to cuddle it at night while he drifts off to sleep. With artwork from Eric Carle’s stories, the vibrancy of the illustrations, in my opinion, must ignite blissful dreams.

Eric Carle My First Smart Pad – PI Kids is a delightfully exciting educational toy that my three-year-old plays with often. “The electronic activity pad and 8-book library teaches alphabet, spelling, opposites, animal habitats, sounds, and sizes.” He calls it his “computer” and carries it around to conduct “business.” The beautiful illustrations and the familiarity of his favorite characters inspire him to sit down and absorb. As a parent, I LOVE it!

Animation:  

I don’t know about you, but we intake all our “TV” through Netflix. We love how there is an option to create a kids account. My son can access his favorite shows and we don’t have to worry about him watching something wildly inappropriate. Under the “Watch Again” tab is his Netflix account is The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories. Voiced by Brian Cummings and Linda Gray, some of his favorites like, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, and The Mixed-Up Chameleon, to name a few, are brought to life through animation. He likes to snuggle up on the couch in his “cocoon” made of blankets for 30 minutes (or more depending the repetition of his viewing) and relax. It’s fantastic!

With books dating all the way back to 1967 (i.e. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?), Eric Carle has been a staple in the lives of so many individuals including myself and now my kids. If you don’t have Eric Carle in your personal library I suggest you run to your nearest bookstore or public library and introduce yourselves to these beautiful classics of children’s literature.

A Healthy Snack Picky Eaters Will Love (Miffy and Friends US)

My three-year-old is a master when it comes to working around his picky eating habits. I could have a member of the Paw Patrol team parade his food in front of him, in a bowl made of sprinkles, with a firework display in the background, but he would see right through my creative efforts.

Finding a way to get him to eat his veggies is, dare I say, impossible. When I ask him to try something he takes the tiniest, microscopic bite. Immediately following his “attempt” of trying something new, he produces an intense feeling of repulsion. What is a mom to do?

Our friends over at Miffy have unlocked the answer to my prayers. Their Healthy Tulips snack-tivity has inspired my son to eat more than just processed carbs. I have never, I mean never, seen my child eat carrots, cheese, and cucumbers in one sitting, let alone at all.

Make eating healthy fun with Miffy and her friends. Here is what you’ll need for your Healthy Tulips:

  • One large carrot
  • One cucumber
  • One block of cheese
  • Toothpicks
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • A toddler with an open mind (I added that one in for myself)

  1. Slice carrots into a flower by cutting two triangles out of the top to create a tulip shape.
  2. Cut cucumber slices into halves and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds of the cucumber.
  3. Cut the cheese into blocks.
  4. Layer the difference pieces onto the toothpick
    1. Place the toothpick into the cheese creating the base of the flower.
    2. Next place the cucumber to create the leaves of the tulip.
    3. Finally, place the carrot at the top creating the flower.

Voila! Now you have an adorable, healthy, and delicious snack for your kiddos. So, if you have a picky eater, give this snack-tivity a try.

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Miffy Night Lamp – Toddler Review

The only word to describe my three-year-old’s nighttime routine would be UNWAVERING. To infiltrate his “process” is a task you DO NOT want to take on. The fury his little toddler body can evoke is startling; however, he made an exception for the cutest night lamp in all of the land – the Miffy Night Lamp.

I truly believe my son is in love with his lamp. Do you know the scene in a romantic comedy where the two main characters run towards each other in slow motion across a field of flowers to then fall into each other’s embrace with true love? This is what happened when he made eye contact with his new Miffy Night Lamp.

Miffy Lamp 3

My husband and I have been on the hunt for perfect nightlight for my son for quite some time. Since turning three (back in February) our son’s imagination has reached an all new level. To quote my son, “the tooth fairy put a wolf under my bed and he ate my frog.” With a “wolf” under his bed, he needs a light to keep him safe in the dark, and the Miffy Night Lamp is the perfect companion.

Now available on Amazon and at Walmart, the Miffy Night Lamp is the adorable and safe night light your kids need to keep them safe from the “wolves” under their beds (in my son’s case). With an easy on/off switch, your kids can take an active role in illuminating their Miffy Night Lamp. The lamp has a padded bottom, which will prevent any scratching on furniture. At a whopping 5.9 x 4.5 x 12.2 x inches, Miffy is adorned in her classic dress, available in blue, yellow, or orange. My son’s Miffy Night Lamp is rocking the bright orange dress, which is his favorite color.

Miffy Lamp

You may be wondering if this lamp is going to be too bright or overwhelming since it’s a larger night light, but it is far from it. With 3-WATT LED, the Miffy Night Lamp glows with a warm yellow light. The warmth of the light creates a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for your little one. This Miffy Night Lamp is perfect for any nursery or toddler bedroom.

When I asked my son if he liked his lamp he said, “My lamp mommy. My lamp. Not your lamp. My lamp. I love Miffy!” So, there you have it; the Miffy Night Lamp is a hit!

Miffy Lamp 2

You can decorate your kid’s living space, while making them feel safe and calm at night with the Miffy Night Lamp. To get your lamp, check out Amazon or Walmart TODAY! Let your kids fall in love with a lamp like my son LOL.

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Brush-Baby: The Teething Game Changer

Alright parents, let’s talk about teething. We can all agree there is nothing worse than watching your poor, sweet, little baby writhing in pain from the continuous eruption of teeth from their tender little gums. My oldest (now three) would spout out three to five teeth at once, and his little brother (11 months) is following suit.

Continuously drooling, sticking everything in his mouth, and whining (you know the teething whine), my baby was pretty much screaming at me to get him the “goods” to fix his frustration. What are the “goods” you ask?  Brush-Baby!

When I tell you Brush-Baby is the gum soothing and mom sanity saving teething grace I always needed in my life, I am not telling a lie. This UK based company is dedicated to the healthy development of gums from teething to the loss of baby teeth as well as the formation of adult teeth. Their products are designed for babies, toddlers, and young children. Healthy tooth development and oral hygiene is important to instill at a young age, and Brush-Baby is there to offer all the support you need.

There are three products I know, trust, and we absolutely LOVE for our teething youngster: My FirstBrush and Teether Set, Chewable Toothbrush and Teether, and Applemint Teething Toothpaste.

My FirstBrush and Teether Set (£6.75 or $8.38 approx): This must-have starter set is perfect the little ones, ages 0-18 months. The First Teether is my son’s FAVORITE. The soft silicon bristles help massage and ease the discomfort of teething within seconds (no joke). The teether is dishwasher safe, which I know all my fellow parents out there can appreciate, and it has an easy grip with flower guard perfect at keeping that teething game safe. Brush-Baby recommends cooling the teether in the fridge or placing teething gel on the silicone brush, and folks, it’s a game-changer. Additionally, the FirstBrush is the perfect size for brushing those tiny baby teeth. With a small head, gentle bristles, and long handle for easier brushing, this toothbrush steps up the oral hygiene game.

Chewable Toothbrush and Teether (£4.99 or $6.20 approx): Similar to the First Teether, the Chewable Toothbrush and Teether offers much needed comfort for the teething aches and pains. This award winning, yes I said award winning, silicone brush can clean teeth and gums, while soothing gums simultaneously. This toothbrush/teether is designed to reach those pesky back molars that cause a lot of aches and pains. Perfect for babies and toddlers ages 10-36 months, you can feel safe giving your child this silicone teether (highest grade medical silicone).  You need to put this in your teething arsenal ASAP!

Applemint Teething Toothpaste (£2.35 or $2.92 approx): Now I am one of those parents that will often taste everything before I give it to my kids, so naturally I gave the Applemint Teething Toothpaste a try, and it was DELICIOUS! No wonder my baby is pawing at me for more. Brush-Baby has created a special toothpaste formula that has dental protection with the natural anti-inflammatory impacts of chamomile to help soothe gums. I know there is always a concern about fluoride with small children, but this teething toothpaste has low fluoride safer if swallowed and still healthy for the tooth’s enamel. The Applemint Teething Toothpaste is also gluten free, dairy free, paraben-free, cruelty free, suitable for vegans, and SLS free non foaming. This toothpaste is great for kids 0-2 years of age.

I have seen a complete transformation in my son’s teething process since we’ve introduced Brush-Baby into our teething tool belt. I wish I had these products when my older son was going through all of his discomfort. I will be ordering more of these products as my kids continue to grow. Again, with products are for babies, toddlers, and children, Brush-Baby will grow with our family. Will you introduce them into your family as well?

Thank you Brush-Baby!!

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Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (with Pancake mix?!)

I’ve spoken about it before, but we have a house of picky eaters (really just my toddler), and we are often left with an excess of various food. For example, one day my son LOVES bananas and the next day he hates them. It hurts me deeply to throw away perfectly good food, so I’ve become an inventive chef in my kitchen.

So, what can you make with limited time and overripe bananas (because your son decided the day you brought home the bananas he was no longer going to eat them)? Chocolate chip banana bread!

With four simple ingredients and less than an hour (because as parents we don’t have a lot of time), you can make a delicious treat guaranteed to fill your stomachs and make your home smell like a local bakery.

What you’ll need:

– 4 ripe bananas
– 2 eggs
– 2 cups of pancake mix (YES! Pancake mix)
– 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350

Step 1: Gather your four ripe bananas and mash them up.

* Here’s a trick I like to use when I’m baking at night and want to stay quiet – place all four peeled bananas in a gallon bag, zip up the bag tightly (remove all excess air), and start to smash. Once the bananas are fully mashed up, you can cut the tip of the bag and pipe out the contents like you are icing a cake.

Step 2: Crack and beat your two eggs.

Step 3: Combine the pancake mix (will work with gluten-free pancake mix as well) and chocolate chips, mixing it all together.

Step 4: Mix the eggs into your dry mixture.

Step 5: Fold in the mashed banana.

Step 6: Once all four ingredients are mixed together, evenly dispense the contents into a greased loaf pan.

Step 7: Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for 35 minutes on 350 degrees.

Step 8: Cool and enjoy!

I’ve made many types of banana bread over the year, but this is by far my favorite combination EVER! Give it a try and let me know your thoughts. Trust me, it’s delicious!

When Dad Is In Charge

When you’re a mom, it’s assumed you are the one to always power through and take care of everyone at any given moment, but what happens when you get sick? I know, I know, what a horrible thing to say, but it happened! I have been struck by the flu. THE FLU! A three-letter word we as parents, especially moms, never want to hear. It’s like “he who shall not be named.” Don’t say it! Get it out of my house NOW!

The origins of my illness are unknown. Could it have been something my kids brought home from daycare? Was it someone I shook hands with from work? The list of culprits is extensive, but none of that matters, I have been out of commission and the three men in my life – husband, toddler, and baby – have been left to fight for their own.

Now, I will give it to my husband, he does a great job, but a screaming toddler and teething baby can take a toll on anyone. As I laid in bed with a headache like no other headache I’ve experienced before (the fluorescent lighting was trying to take me down), I just let go of my mom control issues and just assumed the following would take place:

(When dad takes the daily photo)

  1. Lotion? What lotion? My husband hates the feeling of lotion, so I assumed my kids will not be moisturized and fall victim of the winter chap.
  2. My toddler would be exposed to some Netflix series, well over his head. Today they watched Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which I can’t complain too much. At least it wasn’t something ridden with gore and death. I’ll just have a nearly three-year-old question his existence on this planet. Swell!
  3. My children will bully their father. When you have two kids yelling at the top of their lungs, you give in. If my toddler will want puffs, pretzels, cheez-its, goldfish, fruit chews, pediasure, yogurt, and an orange and he’ll get it, because one screaming child is better than two.
  4. When they bump their heads, or face it with my child, fall off the couch, they get a rub on the head and a “you’re OK Bud” instead of some serious mom cuddles.
  5. Finally, my toddler may or may not wash his hands following the use of the potty. Who needs basic hygiene? Not my son!

I could highlight the things I would have done differently, but when it all comes down to it, my husband rocked it. He confirmed everything we speculated, he’s an AWESOME dad! While I was quarantined, my kids:

  1. Got quality one-on-one time with their dad.
  2. They were able to play lightsabers or ninja with their dad without mom chiming in on safety issues.
  3. My toddler was able to follow his dad around and help with his baby brother (who absolutely adores him).
  4. They learned about the infinite expanse of the universe with Neil deGresse Tyson
  5. Finally, they were showed how much they are loved by their dad – more than anything.

To say we are lucky to have my husband is a complete understatement. Hun, if I haven’t said it enough, I love you, the boys love you, and we appreciate everything you do for us!

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Bye-Bye Bad Dream

For a number of months my toddler was suffering from night terrors. He would wake up every night screaming and crying to the point where he was completely inconsolable. It would take nearly an hour to calm him down and get him back to sleep.

As a parent we want to do everything we can to make our kids feel better. It was breaking my heart to see him fill up with so much fear. During his time of bad dreams I tried everything to ease his soul, and I finally found the best solution for my little guy.

Here are the three steps we use to take down the monsters under the bed.

  1. Tabitha Fink Ninja at Night by Rick Felty – This is quite possibly the best tool in my nightmare destroying tool belt. Tabitha Fink is “a cat with one eye” and she “likes to try things no other cats try.” Tabitha helps her friend Bartholomew Blink the mouse confidentially confront his fears at nighttime by becoming ninjas at night. Along with becoming a night ninja, Bartholomew Blink gains the skills needed to confront his fears of monsters with curly noses, blue bears, trolls in the laundry room, etc. while learning his monsters could be misunderstood and just need a friend to care about them.

You can get your copy of this WONDERFUL book by going to https://www.amazon.com/Tabitha-Fink-Ninja-at-Night/dp/0989912841

  1. Essential Oils – Bye-Bye Bad Dream essential oil roller ball – My coworker is a consultant for Doterra (there are so many brands and everyone has an opinion on which one is better than the next, but this is the brand she uses) and she made a Bye-Bye Bad Dream mix for my little one. Every night before we tuck him into bed, he asks us to “put it on my back please!” What am I to do when I run out of this? I will say, as soon as we started incorporating essential oils into our nightly routine he has been sleeping more peacefully.

Bye-Bye Bad Dream roller ball oils:

– Lavender
– Marjoram
– Juniper Berry
– Cedarwood

*I would consult an essential oil specialist regarding the dilution of the oils. It is very different for child and you need to make sure you are using the right amount. *

  1. Best Buddy – My son is a creature of habit. He likes things a certain way and will, let’s be honest, freak out if something is out of sorts (according to him). My toddler has 5 friends he takes everywhere with him no matter what. He doesn’t have to carry them around, but they need to be within a 20 foot radius. God be with you if he’s friends are out of reach.

Best Friend Entourage:
– Anton – a 40 cent Alligator from Goodwill
– Buddy – a $3 Triceratops from the Target dollar section
– Lion – a Lion given to him by his doctor
– Sven – a McDonald’s keychain of Sven from Frozen that he received as a prize
– Chameleon – a 1997 Beanie Baby an elderly woman gave him in a restaurant (don’t worry we cleaned it)

Can we all agree kids are weird?

So, yes – armed with his 5 friends, he is ready to take on the nighttime “bad guys.” Does your kid(s) have a stuff animal they have to carry around everywhere? Also, how do you successfully detach your kids from their stuffed buddies? This may be a post for the future.

So when the “evil monkeys throwing fruit at your head” or the “bad guys stealing books from your bookshelf” (actual dreams my toddler has had) come out of the dark, arm your little one with artillery equipped with the tools to take the baddies down!

What do you do to help your little ones sleep peacefully without nightmares at night?

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