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post #41 of 80

Mother at least as well as a gorilla.

 

Do small things with great love. (Mother Teresa)

post #42 of 80
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"Do what makes you least crazy.

I love.gif this!

post #43 of 80

Oh, how could I forget one of my favorites, coined by a fellow parent at summer camp pick-up:

 

"A filthy kid is a happy kid!"

post #44 of 80

From LLL, "People first."

 

"Yes." My mom started calling our home "the yes house" since I try to use the word yes more than no. It stuck. I have the word yes next to my front door in metal letters.

 

post #45 of 80

'Raise the child I have, not the one I expected.' In other words, respond to the human being in front of me, not some idea of a child garnered  from other people's children, my own memories, or child-raising books.

post #46 of 80

"Being a child should never hurt".

post #47 of 80

Proverbs 15:1 (NCV) A gentle answer will calm a person's anger, but an unkind answer will cause more anger.

post #48 of 80

connection before correction

post #49 of 80

Have compassion--we are all doing the best we can at this moment.

And from my dad: It's a marathon.  Pace yourself. 

post #50 of 80

Love this thread!  Here vis mine... it's gotten me through a rough fall....

 

 

 from Tiffany Wilson at the 2007 It's My Life conference:
 

 

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass,


 

It's about dancing in the rain."


 

post #51 of 80

Right now, because my son is so young, I have a motto something like this: "Be the spirit of adventure!" I am sure once he is too adventurous it will change!

post #52 of 80

My older son is 15.  When he was pre-K, I thought, "What do I really want for him in life?"  The three things I got to were that he be happy, healthy, and kind.  When he brings home a D on a report card, is going out with a girl I don't care for, or some other thing that I'm not thrilled with, I try to remember those three things.  Of course, I also (sort of) joke that I hope he graduates high school without a probation officer or a paternity suit...so far, so good.

post #53 of 80

This is a great thread! lurk.gif.

 

Here is mine: Everything gets better with an open heart. Always.

post #54 of 80

"There is nothing they don't grow out of."

 

I was told this by a lady at church who was told this by her father.

post #55 of 80

My personal/parenting motto this year has been to "Put the oxygen mask on yourself first, before trying to help others". Just as in flying, you can’t help someone else if you’re not ready yourself. If you don’t take care of YOU first, you’ll have less to share with the world. 

 

My children turned four and seven this year so I feel like I'm moving into a new phase of parenting. I'm trying to remember to take care of myself in all of the mess/business of life and how that is an important gift to the children as well. Self-care is not selfish.

post #56 of 80
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My personal/parenting motto this year has been to "Put the oxygen mask on yourself first, before trying to help others". Just as in flying, you can’t help someone else if you’re not ready yourself. If you don’t take care of YOU first, you’ll have less to share with the world. 

 

My children turned four and seven this year so I feel like I'm moving into a new phase of parenting. I'm trying to remember to take care of myself in all of the mess/business of life and how that is an important gift to the children as well. Self-care is not selfish.


Absolutely true! love.gif
post #57 of 80

I sing, "Mama said there'd be days like this, there'd be days like this mama said..."

post #58 of 80

I have to say, "This, too, shall pass," always pissed me off, especially when my kids were newborns.  It didn't help me in the middle of the night when my baby was screaming bloody murder for no reason.  I know it's helpful for other people, but it wasn't for me. 

 

I guess my "motto" is, "This could be the last."  I once read a story in one of those silly Chicken Soup for the Soul books, this one for new mothers.  The author talks about how you have these baby books for all a baby's firsts, but what there should really be is a way to documents the lasts....the last bottle, the last diaper, the last time you carry them, the last time you kiss their owie, etc...  And somehow, that DID help me during the middle of the night feedings.  And when my now four-year old son asks me to hold him in church, I bite back the temptation to say, "You're too heavy;" or when he wants to sit on my lap while I read, I always say yes, even though he makes it impossible to actually read....because I remember that all too soon he really WILL be too big to hold, and won't WANT to sit on my lap any more...that one of these days, it will be "the last." 

 

It sounds silly, but it's really helped me a lot.

post #59 of 80

My cousin is 40 and still acts the same.... maybe he's a late bloomer? :)

 

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"There is nothing they don't grow out of."

 

I was told this by a lady at church who was told this by her father.

post #60 of 80

Love them unconditionally. 

 

Seems like it shouldn't have to be said, right?  But this idea was a revelation when we had our first child.  I've made it my mission to let them know I love them without conditions. 

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