Do you suffer from mommy guilt? If so, you're not alone. Proper prioritizing of projects and work-life balance is not easy when you become a mom but it can be done. You can make it all work for the good! Fortunately I have moms in my network that share the same interests and lifestyles and have a great balance. Being surrounded by like-minded women helps ease the occasional guilt.
When I was coming up if there was a word we did not know my mom would have us look it up and it eventually became a habit. We were also encouraged to look up pictures and facts using the set of encyclopedias we had in our home.
Whatever happened to the good ol days of just words of encouragement and praise? Internal rewards are powerful but it seems like the norm for rewarding kids is mostly money. Is it because it is easier on parents or is that really what children prefer?
My son is only three so right now it’s easy to reward him with a trip to the park, eating out, or watching a show of his choice, but when he gets older those things may not be as rewarding to him… In fact, he is already asking for TWENTY DOLLARS! Yes, exactly TWENTY! I’m not sure where it’s coming from, but as he gets older I definitely don’t want to turn into an ATM for things I expect like good grades, clean room, good behavior, etc. So what are some alternatives to rewarding with money?
As I sit hear working away I have a moment... I realize I am doing it again... I let myself get too busy and instead of taking the time to exercise and make better eating choices I'm putting off gym time and opting to snack on the first thing within reach (things like chocolate cake and chips).
Article pitches are going out, blog post are being written, interviews are being done, little one is fed and comfortable, hubby is fed and comfortable and I'm full off of CHOCOLATE CAKE! My breakfast was chocolate cake. Sigh.... Earlier this year I interviewed Certified Personal Trainer Tunetha Wren for some tips on maintaining wellness while on the go.
When I tell my son "NO" he usually responds with "NOT YET" and I was quick to correct him at first until I looked at it differently.
I encourage my son to be independent and I try hard to speak to him in a manner that builds his confidence. In his case no usually means no but the more important thing is even at the age of three he realizes no is not always the final answer. If a three year old realizes no does not always mean no then we as adults should certainly have no excuse to ever give up after we hear no. Regroup and re-strategize but DON'T give up!