Making Mommas dedicates 2017 to the Parent-Child Bond
For the last 18 years, sometimes to the dismay of my husband, my life has been all about my children. I have always put everything I had in to that parent-child relationship. Everything in my day-to-day has always revolved around them, even before I was a stay-at-home mom. Especially then.
It’s always tough, to balance work and family. Any mom can tell you that. Even stay-at-home moms have work they have to do, unless they have house cleaners, grounds keepers and cooks. To balance all of those household responsibilities with your children’s needs is not easy.
But, through all that, the most important thing to me has always been our parent-child relationship. It probably always will be. I have never moved away from that priority.
On Making Mommas, I could share so many different aspects of being a parent. I could share tips and tricks on cooking, cleaning, sleeping, getting through the day. I could go in to crafts, activities, playing with your kids, traveling, etc. I could touch on discipline techniques, enforcing rules, emotional health, mental health, coping skills, social skills…you name it, I could write it.
But I haven’t. Instead I have opted to share whatever it is I am struggling with at the time or whatever is on my mind. And it has usually revolved around my relationship with my boys. My life with my children has influenced what I’ve posted. It’s probably bored a good many of you, and for that I apologize. But there have been a few of you who have been going through some of the same stuff as me, and to those of you, I say thank you. Your feedback and comments keep me from feeling alone in all of this.
With that said, I wanted to let you all know that I will be changing the format of Making Mommas. I have a lot going on in my life right now, which will pull me away from Making Mommas. My posts are (hopefully!) going to be more regular and scheduled well in advance. Which means I’ll be sticking to a lovely little thing called an editorial calendar. The willy-nilly, whatever is on my mind kind of posts will be gone. For those of you who have enjoyed them, I am sorry. (I can’t promise that I won’t post out of “line up” from time to time, with something that is on my mind though! I usually can’t help sharing something I’m struggling with.)
Beginning in January, I will be focusing nearly every post on some aspect of the parent-child relationship. It could be how that relationship affects discipline, how you spend time with your child, the words and tone you use when speaking to your child, etc. If you want to learn more about ways to improve your relationship with your child, then stick around! I’m hoping to post every other Monday.
If you are looking for quick tips on a variety of topics, like easy meal ideas, ways to take a shower with small children, how to get the house cleaned or the kids to bed, then hang in there. I am playing with the idea of a newsletter with these quick tips for you, delivered straight to your inbox. Either that, or I will post them for you, willy-nilly style. 🙂 I have learned a lot over the last 18 years, and I feel obligated to share. I just haven’t decided on the format yet.
Towards the end of November, 2016, I’ll be focusing on a Christmas Series. I intend to post every Monday on some aspect of the holidays as it relates to your child. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kids can be neglected, which is ironic, because most of what we are preparing for is all about them. But Making Mommas will help you keep your child (and yes, that parent-child relationship) on center stage during this hectic time.
Finally, I’ll be adding a section at the end of each post, challenging you to make what you just read real in your own life. It’ll be a practical, quick change you can easily make and work on over the course of the next few weeks.
My life is about to get even busier, and with that, I want to be sure that the time I spend with my children is of good quality. They will be losing quantity time with momma. I need to make sure what they get in its place is good. I know you have limited time with your children too, especially if you work outside the house. Let’s make 2017 a year of building that Momma-Child Bond. We will be spending the year intentionally courting our children, building a bond solid enough to carry us through the rest of their childhood years.
Making it Real….
Spend a couple of minutes thinking about your relationship with your child. What are three things you really like about that relationship? What are three things you would like to improve or change? Write them down for yourself. These will be the three things you can build on throughout 2017, and the three things you can work on throughout 2017. Share your list with us by leaving a comment – chances are others are feeling the same! We are all here to Make Mommas out of each other!