Take the time off to enjoy your family and friends!
Mark your calendars for Dec. 2nd THEMED EDITION: Share your best tip for gifts. This is a great chance to show off a handmade gift, your Etsy store, your favorite toy for kids, etc.
There will be a fun giveaway for linkers and please remember that the theme is just a suggestion. You’re always welcomed to link up a tip that works for you.
I’m taking a break from my day job right now.
But I thought I’d share one of my toddler’s favorite activities (and this is also why Ibuprofin is my friend).
I also think if you close your eyes, this sounds exactly like Chewbacca.
See? I needed this vacation.
She is the loud one at the table. Easy to find. Her face is smudged with chocolate because she snuck a cookie before lunch was eaten. Her hair is wild, matching bow long gone. Her feet are bare, socks under the table, feet tucked beneath. She screams, “Noooo!” in a naughty voice.
Eyes stare and heads turn to look at the noisy, unruly toddler. Her mother hushes and wipes, bends to pick up a stray sock, for the third time. She forces a smile. On the outside.
On the inside she struggles with wanting her child to conform. To sit nicely, behave well, eat sandwich before cookie. To be like the other quiet children in the restaurant.
She is me: Embarrassed by my child; Ashamed that I am embarrassed.
Why do I want my child to be like everyone else? Why am I so uncomfortable with imperfection? And comfortable with conformity?
At the same time, I want her to be herself. As she grows, to stand firm in truth, to withstand the strong current of worldliness that will fight to whisk her away.
One day, I will marvel at her strength and will when she makes a good decision and leads rather than follows.
How can I want both?
God, forgive me for wanting to squeeze her into a box. She doesn’t fit. Help me to embrace her strong will as a strength, not a weakness.
You created her in your image.
And she is mine.
Are you blessed with a strong-willed child(ren) too? Tell me what you love about them…
Want to know what I’ve learned about raising strong-willed children courtesy of some great resouces? Make sure you check out my January 1st newsletter.
*UPDATED Congratulations to the two winners: Molly of The Daily Diaper and QA Mom!!Everybody else: Go to Pamela Posch Designs and get Free Shipping on order over $50 AND Wristlet buy one get one 1/2 off ****You need to add “We are that family” in the notes to seller at check out.
What is it about custom embroidery that makes us girls squeal?
Is it just me? Or do you guys talk in an annoying baby voice when you see a kute widdle tiny winy tee shirt with a darling embroidered design? Okay, that may just be me.
But, seriously, Pamela Posch Designs is amazing:
And there’s more, much more, like these key fobs:
She sent me a grab bag of adorable items to review. My review: other than serious baby-talking? Yum. Loved it all.
Well. I’m probably going to be talking in a baby voice THE REST OF THE DAY. I just can’t help myself.
Go to Pamela Posch Designs, tell me what you like and leave your comment here as your entry. TWO $25 gift certificates are up for grabs! Plus if you place an order,
Free Shipping on order over $50 AND
Wristlet buy one get one 1/2 off ****You need to add “We are that family” in the notes to seller at check out.
This giveaway ends this weekend.