10 Things You Can Implement Everyday To make Parenting Awesome

Parenting isn’t quite predictable, easy or always fun but it can be an amazing journey. Here are 10 things you can do everyday to make parenting awesome:

 

 

 

Accept imperfection:  Parenting is a huge opportunity to  accept that everyone makes mistakes and that these mistakes are a chance to learn together, a wonderful time for reflection and an opportunity to problem solve and practice acceptance, forgiveness and compassion.

Smile: It’s contagious and brings happiness to the world.  After spending time apart, when you meet again, greet your child with a smile. When things are going not so great, breathe and try to think of something that makes you smile.  It’s simple and yet so powerful.

Listen:   Make time to listen to your child’s dreams, hopes and stories. Listen to the heartaches, the problems and the fears. Do not worry so much about fixing and solving problems, instead listen with the intent to be there, listen with a kind heart and strive to  be present and supportive.

Dare to be Ridiculous: You want your child to have courage, joy, happiness and a desire to find meaning in life? Dare to be ridiculous: dance together, laugh, laugh and laugh some more, invent, create, play, whatever it may be, step outside your comfort zone once a day. It’s worth every moment of connection and it models amazing qualities needed for success.

Be Encouraging: The more we can encourage, the more our children can flourish.   Look and celebrate process and progress, determination and courage. Face success and failures with compassion and with the intent to be supportive.

Expect Limits to be Tested: Know that limits and boundaries will be tested because your child is still learning and trying to understand how the world and relationships work.  Shift your expectations and face those test with determination, kindness and flexibility and guide your child towards better choices in positive ways.  

Communicate with Respect: Remember the impact that your voice has on your child’s inner voice and strive to communicate in ways that are respectful, positive and kind. Say yes as much as you can and say no when you really mean it.

Spend time together: Look for opportunities, no matter how short they may be, to truly connect with your child each day. It can be five minutes reading together, two minutes shared looking at a picture, 15 minutes playing a game or going out to lunch together, find those moments and be truly present with your child. Children that feel connected are naturally more cooperative.

Aim for Balance:  Make time for yourself to re-energize. Our children are learning not just from what we say but so much from watching us. Striving to lead a balanced life, which includes time for ourselves really matters.  When our own tanks are full, we can handle the ups and downs of parenting much better.

Choose Love: Things will get messy, loud, sticky, complicated and stressful.Choose love and building a relationship over proving you have power. Children learn so much when given a chance to fix their own mistakes. Choose love and over the years your child will feel capable and remember “my parents loved me so” and not  ”my parents always told me so”.

What do you do everyday that makes your parenting journey awesome?

Counting My Blessings!

We had a snow storm here in South Carolina! They called for about 4 to 6 inches in my area.. The kids where so excited! We woke up on Tuesday waiting patiently because they cancelled school for in-climate weather conditions. We waited, and waited, and waited some more and at 7:00 p.m. still NOW SNOW!!! We knew it was coming but it just didn’t want to come.. Well the girls fell asleep after a long day of anticipation at around 9:00 and at 10:30 it started falling! So of course I woke them and would get up and go outside! So we did just that. We woke up this morning and got bundled up and we were on a mission to have as much fun as possible. And we did just that.
We started by hoooking the only thing we had to serve the purpose of a sleigh and that was a top to a leaf catcher thing from an old lawn mower. It worked very well might I add, the kids fit perfectly inside of it. Oh boy did they have a blast slipping and sliding in that little bitty “sleigh”. Then we made our way in the house for some heat and some yummy snow cream. The girls had so much fun and I think Daddy did too. When we have snow in the south we have to make sure we take full advantage of it.
I am sitting here thinking about all the fun we had and how I am so blessed for those four little angels God has blessed me with. I sometimes wonder what I did so right to be able to get the four most beautiful children in the world. I often think about how I am so grateful for what God has given me.
Now I am sitting here thinking of even more blessings that I dont thank him for enough. I am blessed for this home that I have. We have heat, we have food, we have clothing on our back. We are truly blessed with so much and sometimes we dont acknowledge it. I think sometimes we just really need to sit back and look at what we do have in life and give thanks for these daily blessings.
As I look at the snow and think about all the fun we have had today I praise God for all of this and guiding me to my current business. I am so blessed to be able to stay home with my babies and not have to puch a time clock. I don’t have to drive to my job and risk my life on the roads and that is a blessing in itself because there are so many out there who have to do that. I have been praying all day for people with JOBS to have safe travels to and from. I am so blessed to have the ability of scheduling my work when I want to. I dont have to be anywhere at anytime I schedule my appointments and meetings around my time and my kids time. That is something I never was able to do before and I am so blessed to have this ability now. You can see what I do by going to http://www.IAMSTEPHANIEMORTON.com
Uh oh I have to run, more later… Kiddies are calling for me to come throw snow balls at Daddy!

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes Anyone???

 

 

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I’m all for eating whole wheat versions of things if it makes sense. There are some whole wheat recipes I have tried like whole wheat cookies… Not so so good!!! My girls love pancakes so I tried whole wheat pancakes and well I failed a few recipes but this one is in my recipe book for sure! Be sure to whisk together dry ingredients and then whisk together wet ingredients and then combine them. Also be sure to leave the lumps!! Like most pancake recipes if you stir out the lumps your pancakes will come out tough and chewy instead of fluffy and light! But hey if you and your little ones like tough and chewy by all means get the lumps out! 

 

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup 2% milk or see Notes below
  • 1 tbsp vinegar* (white wine or apple cider)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • butter for greasing the griddle

Directions:

  1. Combine the milk and vinegar and let the mixture curdle while you mix together the other ingredients.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk to combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, and the curdled milk, until it looks fairly homogenous and smooth. Whisk this wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir the two together until just barely mixed. You want any visible loose flour to be stirred in, but there should still be plenty of lumps. If you stir out the lumps, the pancakes will likely be tough.
  4. Preheat a nonstick griddle to 375 degrees F and grease the surface with butter. Add small scoops of pancake batter and use the cookie scooper to gently smooth the scoop into a flatter circle. Cook for a few minutes, until you start to see little bubbles forming on the surface. Flip the pancakes with a turner and cook for a few minutes on the other side, until you peek underneath and see that the bottom is golden brown. Serve with butter and real maple syrup. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can substitute lemon juice for the vinegar, or you can sub buttermilk for the milk + vinegar if that’s what you have. 

*You can also substitute the butter with margarine or other healthy butter subs.