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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Contest Time!

Contest time! 

We're giving away a $20 Walmart e-giftcard! 




Just 'like' our Facebook page, share your favorite blog post and then comment on a status. The contest will close Sunday, February 9 at 8pm so make sure you enter before then. The winner will be announced by 10am on Monday.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Developing Good Habits: Patience

Ugh. I really shouldn't be the one writing a blog post about patience. I'm very unreliable in this area. My patience is limitless when everything is going perfect and I'm not hungry, thirsty, sick, tired or annoyed. (Kind of sounds like a child!) However, I tend to get easily frustrated and when that happens my patience is gone. Through trial and error, I have a few things I do that helps me be more patient.

1. Appropriate Expectations
Before I had children, it would take just an hour or two to run all my errands for the week. Now that I have two children, it's pretty great if just one of my errands takes an hour. At first, I was pretty frustrated at how long everything was taking but now I have adjusted my expectations and know that everything just takes longer. This helps me not to get so annoyed when I look at my watch and realize how long it took us at the grocery store. I have accepted the fact that grocery shopping is the only errand we will get done that day.

2. Mental Preparedness
One of the best things that helps me react more patiently is visualizing the negative behaviors my children are likely to display in a certain situation, then I can visualize how I will react. It's a fine line because you don't want to expect that your child will react negatively but you also need to be prepared how you will deal with those behaviors should they arise.

3. Singing
I tend to sing a lot with my children. I've gotten really good at making up ridiculous songs to help them get through a temper tantrum or do what I want. Singing also keeps my brain and mouth occupied so I don't say something harsh to my child.

4. Visual Reminders
I bought this MudLOVE bracelet over the weekend as a visual reminder to be more patient. I absolutely love it.

Being impatient can be so destructive if we let it. If we are impatient then we pass that on to our children. Take it a day at a time. Or an hour. Or a minute. Being a patient person, especially a parent, takes determination and constant vigilance. The best way to teach your child to be patient is by being patient with them. Many blessings on your journey to becoming a more patient parent and raising a patient generation.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fun Indoor Activities to Beat the Winter Blues


Winter Blues.  If you live in the Midwest where the winter has been cold and snowy, you have had many “snow days – and it is way too cold to be outdoor days”.  What do you do when you are cooped up for days with your children – when they are bored, and you are ready to scream because they have way too much energy in such a small space?!  You have to get creative. 

Here are a couple of links to websites with fun ideas to keep those little hands occupied.

From Parents.com:

My favorite: Grandparent Greetings – while snail mail may seem passé for our children, grandparents appreciate receiving hand made notes from their grandchildren.  Children can also make these greetings for older members of their church, neighborhood, or local nursing center.

From The Art of Simple:

The activities I liked best in this article were #6 - performing a puppet show, #10 – making a bowling game, and #11 – get your groove on.  Performing a puppet show reminds me of when my children were young – putting on a puppet show or play was one of their favorite things to do.  #10 – bowling with toilet paper rolls – you just have to love finding a use for something that is so disposable – go green! J  #11 – get your groove on – your kids will love watching you dance and act silly with them.  A great way to burn off excess energy and calories!  So moms, let’s get to dancing and have some fun!