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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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While we’re on the subject of “Awakening” I’d like to take a moment to highlight one of the main components of living a life with eyes wide open: organization. As a mother (and chronic organization freak) I know that one sure way to allow me to focus my creativity and energy and imagination is to methodically go through my house and organize things. Seriously, you should try it. If you find yourself feeling unfocused or muddled or weary, choose one small area of your space (one drawer in your dresser, for example) and go through it, organizing and labeling and clearing out as necessary. You will find yourself exhaling. Promise.

Let’s focus on my favorite part of the process: labeling. Hilary Chandler started kidecals with a dream. Literally. She dreamt about a removable wall decal to decorate her child’s nursery with so that it would be easily changeable and damage free. Necessity brought about the name decals (to help from the innumerable items lost by her children at school) and these labels soon expanded into allergy labels, luggage labels, party labels, cooking labels. They are dishwasher proof, washing machine proof, even weather proof. My personal favorites are pictured above and I’m wondering if labeling my furniture with mustaches is going too far. You think?

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  1. 1
    Aleta says:

    The best advice I’ve heard is “don’t do for your child what they are able to do for themselves.” I feel like it really highlights our tendency as parents to try to save our kids, and it often ends up being counter-productive for them. Even when it takes more time and patience, I try to slow down and let them do the things they are capable of doing.

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    Jen says:

    Best advice I ever received was to just listen to myself because I will know what’s best for my child. 

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    The best advice I was given was “your kids will love you, even if you’re not perfect”. It’s been a huge comfort, because while I try my hardest, I’m not, nor will I ever be, the perfect mom!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Ooh! I love these labels! They would be great for some organization in my kids new closet.

    I was told years ago that “A happy child is more important than a clean home.” I try to keep a good balance but at the same time, my son is the happiest child I know. I am more often playing trains with him than folding laundry and that’s ok!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    love unconditionally–it applies to everyone, not just kids 

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    Angela says:

    I’m not really sure…I’m not a parent yet!

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    Lydia says:

    Hmm…I think the best advice is to relax a bit… I know I’m way too uptight and I can’t control everything!

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    EB says:

    Such a good question for me right now. I was working full-time for a few months while we waited for my husband to get into Air Force training, and I feel like I’ve lost my touch after only a few months of being away. Now I’ve gone from a few hours a day with my husband around full time to having the kids full time while he’s in training. I have an energetic 3 year old and 20 month old (both boys) and they are insanely busy and mischievous (my husband’s genes! I swear!). The best advice I’ve received and I’ve been trying (praying!) to implement each day is to take the anger out of my parenting. It does no good to lose my cool and yell. They don’t respond very well and when I do, by the end of the day, I am a snarling ball of fury. I have to enforce consequences with love (and a quiet voice) and be more gentle with them and with myself. We’re all learning together.

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    The best parenting advice I’ve gotten is to treat your kid(s) the way you’d like to be treated if you had to go back and be a kid again. Really makes me rethink many of my choices 🙂

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    Emma says:

    “Just let her try it.” Said to my mom by a wise lady when I, at the trying age of five, really really really wanted to go on a pony ride but my mom was not sure I was just being stubborn or actually communicating a heartfelt desire. She gave in, listened to the lady’s advise, and here I am, many years later, an equestrian every inch of my body and soul. Living and working with horses has made me the person I am today and I cannot think of a better or more humbling experience than falling off a big animal and having to get up again, and again, and again, and realizing that no matter how much you practice and train, you can always learn more and improve.

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    Anne says:

    “The days go slow. The years go fast.” I love that quote so much I will make it into an art project for my room. It reminds me I should be cherish and be happy about the little moments with my children, it reminds me to be patient and to see the big picture when I have a bad day. 

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    sam says:

    Not sure where I heard it from – my Grandfather or my Mother – but they would say “mistakes make memories” and that is so true.  Also – be a “kid” with your kids – sit on the floor to play a game, make a tent with the couch cushions and join them in it, have a picnic inside – just be silly with them and enjoy every minute of it.

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    cindy says:

    The best advice I have heard is, “DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH!” 

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    msilba says:

    the best parenting advice I have ever heard, was from Michael J. Fox, oddly enough during an interview (with Oprah I think?) He said that anytime his kids need him, want to ask a question, want help with something, anything at all, he stops what he’s doing and attends to them. Children really are children for such a short time, before you know it those days will just be a memory.  So the point he was making was to cherish the time (any time) with them while you can:)

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    Sara says:

    Be a parent, not your child’s buddy

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    Susan F says:

    Having brought up triplets plus one (oldest is 38, triplets are 34) – I have lots of advice to give and of course it changes as does their age.  First off, make sure you take care of your needs; that will keep you from going nuts with the kids;   Be their parents, not their best friend; be consistent with house rules and consequences, be organized – as they have gotten older my best advice is know when to keep your mouth shut 🙂  – remember, there are no books that teach us how to raise our kids so we can only do the best we know how

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    Brittany K says:

    definitely from my dad. these two quotes: “tomorrow, today is yesterday” and “do your best. learn a lot. have fun and be careful.”

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    Jennifer says:

    Someone once told me that when helping a child through one of life’s traumas (death, divorce, illness), answer all of their questions, but don’t volunteer anything additional. This will keep you from overloading with with info or details they aren’t ready to deal with and will let them know they can come to you with questions and they will get truthful answers from you.

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    Erin says:

    Consistency is key, with a healthy dose of flexibility, when it comes to discipline. Kids need consistency, especially when they’re young and learning “the rules,” but there are times when something that normally is acceptable suddenly isn’t (or vice versa), and during those times, a brief explanation of why that circumstance IS different – and therefore why the rules are different – will also help the child understand nuances of different situations and expected behaviors.

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