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February 10, 2013

5 Tips for Raising Sons

Raising Sons

5 Tips for Raising Sons

It all started 9 years ago when we found out we were having a boy. I never imagined I would have one son nonetheless two boys. I started thinking about how to raising sons was different than raising daughters. I had never play dolls with boy dolls and I had never had a brother. There was a brief stint with a step brother but he was older and beyond “raising”. I am a planner by nature and someone who enjoys making a plan. I thought about all the things the drew me to my husband. Then I decide to back up and figure out how he came to be that way. I came up with some ideas on how I was going to shape my son into a man.

   Tips for Raising Sons

1) Spend time with your sons alone. Talk to them. They want your attention whether it appears that way or not. I have established “dates” with my son. I intend to continue them forever. I think the greatest gift we can give is our time.

2) Establish rules and spend the time to enforce them. If a child is left without guidance they will never learn to be respectful.

3) I believe in surrounding your child with role models. This is very important as a wife and mom. If your husband or boyfriend isn’t the type of person you want your son to be you need to find a way to help both of them change. My husband treats me with respect. He is an excellent father and he provides more than a paycheck to our house hold.  IN fact if you ask my son what he wants to be he will say a daddy.

4) Help your son set goals for himself. I believe without goals we are all just moving. If your son has a goal than they will realize success and feel accomplished and satisfied for doing something beneficial. We recently had a week and we were able to successfully move our son from his bed to crib in a week. We did it by talking to our youngest and coming up with a plan. I use my dates to figure out what my son needs help with and what he is working on. It can be anything from beating a game on his DS to working on his math facts topotty training my youngest it is about Raising Sons that feel empowered in their goals. It is my job as “mom dective” to figure it out and help. This last month he wanted to spend more time with his parents. We allowed him to stay up 30 minutes longer each night for some alone time. It wasn’t a big change to us but it has meant the world to him.

5) Take the time to notice things that your son is doing that you would like to see repeated later on. We all like to hear nice things but we often forget to say them. I also have a special “sign” I give my son when I notice something. It can be a tap or thumbs up or just a special look.

Raising sons is one of the most important jobs you can do. The creation of a strong man is one that is often hard. I know that our sons will have all they need to be successful and it will be our love, guidance, rules, and attention to detail that will be all the difference. We do not distinguish between genders they each  have jobs and everyone does them. He may be a boy but he does the laundry, cleans dishes, and even plays dolls with his sister when it is her turn to chose their game. We do not have “boy jobs” or “girl jobs” and we do not just kiss our daughter and not our son. We believe that it is important to raise a son that is caring, considerate, hard working, thoughtful, generous, empowered, and most importantly supported.

Topic: Raising Sons

February 10, 2013

Water Bottle Craft: Cars

Water Bottle Craft: Cars

Water Bottle Craft: Cars

Today I am going to show you how to make a Water Bottle Craft: Cars edition! This would be a perfect gift for that special boy in your life! What little boy wouldn’t love checking out the bottle and seeing cool cars stuff!?

Water Bottle Craft Instructions:

  1. Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme (In this theme, anything you think a boy would love to play with!)
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap
  6. Then you will need to create a label
  7. Secure the label with duck tape
  8. Head to the post office
  9. Mail your gift

Water Bottle Craft Content:

Cars stickers, Cars coloring pages, crayons, and a Hot wheels car! I grabbed a Lightening McQueen toddler cup at the dollar store to place all the items in.

This would make a great gift to send to a little boy or to present at a birthday party. I also thought that this would be a great gift to give children as goodie bags at a party. We know that we spend a ton on those and the child never uses the items inside. These items inside are fun and the “bag” is functional. You can even write each party goers name on the bottle.This is an excellent idea for a restaurant since a lot of times restaurants fail to have kid safe cups.You can find more waterbottle craft ideas like this Water Bottle Craft: Cars

This is a great, easy little gift for a boy, and cost around $ 4 to make!

What other ideas do you have for a Water Bottle Craft? 

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Topic: Water Bottle Craft: Cars

Water Bottle Craft: Bride-to-be Edition!

Wedding Water Bottle Craft

Today I am am going to show you how to make a Water Bottle Craft:Bride-to-be Edition! This would be the perfect gift for your recently engaged girlfriend/sister/cousin/etc! super simple, and fun! This is the latest edition in our Water Bottle Craft Series!

Water Bottle Craft Instructions:

  1.  Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme(In this theme, anything that is wedding related!)
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap
  6. Then you will need to create a label
  7. Secure the label with duck tape
  8. Head to the post office
  9. Mail your gift

Water Bottle Craft Content:

Water Bottle Craft

A subscription to a Bridal magazine, a Bride to Bling sash, a garter, a bow, and a “Our wedding night, do not disturb” pillow!

You could coordinate the colors of the garter and bow in with her wedding colors for a really great gift!

What are some other ideas for a Water Bottle Craft? 

Don’t forget to pin this post for me, please! 🙂 Check out all our water bottle crafts on our water bottle craft page. 

February 7, 2013

Potty Training: Does Bribery Work?

Potty Training

potty training

My bathroom has turned into a carnival. On the door hangs a wall full of treats. There are stickers, cars, and sugar cleverly masquerading as fruit chews. The task at hand is potty training.

The two year old that will be the recipient of these awards is currently holding out on providing number #2 for a prize. We have tried every form of bribery and now we are working on placing him on the potty using a timer.

I can tell you that each child is different which makes pottery training similar to competing for a sports competition. There are rules. There is a lot of exercising, most of patience on the parent’s part, and there is a lot of heavy lifting. You will find yourself bending and twisting as your child decides as soon as they are on the potty that they want off. You will have long conversations about nothing while waiting for one single drop of pee. You might as well know that the bathroom is your new home.

I have set up a basket for myself filled with my favorite book, some stress relief lotion, and an mp3 player. I have told my son that I can await him, outwit him and catch him before he hides and poops in the corner. I am in it to “Win it” because my resolution was no dirty diapers in 2013.

Here is my game plan:

1. Underwear
2. Washer open and ready
3. Clorox wipes available
4. Potty training video
5. Prize wall
6. Timer
7. Mommy Basket in the bathroom
8. My Son’s favorite books and music
9. Ability to stay home for several days in a row
10. Pull ups for at night only
11. Peeing baby doll
12. Big boy Panties
13. Cheerios to aim for
14. Words of praise
15. Patience

What are your potty training tips? Please leave your comments below.

Also, check out my post on Moving from Crib to Bed.


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Topic: Potty Training

February 5, 2013

Harlem Globetrotters 2013 You Write the Rules World Tour #GlobieFamily

Harlem Globetrotters

 

Harlem Globetrotters

I have three children. The one thing they all have in common is how much they enjoy spending time with us. We try each weekend to spend most of the day enjoying one another. We go to the pool on Saturday and we play basketball on Sunday depending on the weather. The ball is currently bigger than my youngest but that doesn’t seem to matter. He runs after it and throws it towards his sister and brother. We have a blast laughing and trying to score the perfect basket.

We find that keeping your children active and finding something they enjoy is the key to success. We love to find activities that encourage teamwork and hard work. I was over the moon when I saw that the Harlem Globetrotters are coming to my town on March 1st in Charlottesville, Virginia. The reason is simple I went to a show when I was a little girl. I can’t tell you when but I do remember the time I spent with my dad and how awesome the experience was. I know all I said the whole time was “WOW, Did you see that?” I know that family friendly activities are an important component in developing a deep understanding of who our children are. It helps us get to know them and be able to meet their needs so they can be successful. I am also very selfish and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. I know that the Globetrotters are a slam dunk in my heart and soon will be in my children’s.

The Harlem Globetrotters love seeing families laugh together during our games, and would love to see your family when we come to a city near you. If you’re looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy, get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” tour. Your family’s smiles will start before you even get to the game because this year, your family can vote at harlemglobetrotters.com, and decide rules for the game like two balls in play at the same time that could affect the final outcome. After the game, Globetrotters will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids. The only thing better than finding an event the whole family will enjoy, is getting a great deal on it. Save $7 per ticket* by using the promo code “TOGETHER”. Get ready to experience a show your family will remember for a lifetime! *Discount available on select ticket levels


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February 4, 2013

Break up Gift Idea: Water Bottle Craft

Break up Gift Idea: Water Bottle Craft

When Life Gives You Lemons Edition! You  need to cheer up a friend this is a great way to do that! You can send them this a Break up Gift Idea

Break up gift ideas

Today I am going to show you a super cute new edition to our Water Bottle Craft Series the Break up Gift Idea. This is the Water Bottle Craft:When Life Gives You Lemons Edition! This would be perfect for someone in your life that is going through a tough time! I mean sometimes we need to make light out of a difficult time. I never knew what to do for a friend when they broke up with someone. I had no idea what to say or do. I always found that humor and concern were the best medicine.

 Break up Gift Idea:

  1. Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap
  6. Then you will need to create a label
  7. Secure the label with duck tape or packing tape
  8. Head to the post office
  9. Mail your gift

Break up Gift Idea: 

These are the contents of the best break up gift idea event. You will need to collect these items: lemonheads, lemonade, straws, and a sunflower! Then you use a pencil to move them around the bottle. Once you have the items in place  write a sweet note explaining your gift. Then you will need to screw on the cap.

Anyone that received this water bottle craft would have to smile, no matter what they were going through, and it’s a great, simple way to show them that you care!

What other ideas can you come up with for a fun Water bottle craft?

Check out all our water bottle crafts on our water bottle craft page. Don’t forget to pin this post for me, please! 🙂

Topic: Break up Gift Idea