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How to Instill Charity in Your Children

I’m so pleased to share this guest post with you all by Sina of Living by the Margin! She blogs about all things motherhood, style and organization over at www.livingbythemargin.com 

Today we’ll be talking about how to instill charity in your children. No, I’m not talking giving shoeboxes filled with goodies to children in Africa. (Although, that’s a great kind of charity too!)

I’m talking about teaching your children how to approach others with love, and tolerance, and kindness.

How can we teach our children the value and importance and charity? By being an example of genuine kindness and tolerance.

What is Charity?

Let’s look at the word “charity” to see if we can understand what I mean. The English Oxford Living Dictionary defines this way:

“char·i·ty
noun
noun: charity; plural noun: charities
1. an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.”

(Good, but remember not what we’re talking about today.)

“2. The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. ”

(Also wonderful, but let’s move on…)

“3. Kindness and tolerance in judging others. ”

Ahhh there it is!

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5 Reasons Why I Won’t Let My Child Pet Your Dog

It is astounding the number of times a strange dog as leapt towards my children while the owner claims “don’t worry, he’s very friendly!” How am I supposed to know he’s friendly as my children pull back in fear?  And I’m just supposed to take their word for it?!  Nope.  I don’t think so.  This might ruffle a few feathers, but I don’t allow my children to touch dogs they don’t know.  And owners who encourage my kids to pet their dogs are one of my biggest pet peeves as a mom.  (lol, see what I did there?!)

 

I don't allow my children to get close to strange dogs. Here are my reasons.

Now I’m not anti-dog.  The people closest to me know that I’m not a pet person and I have no intention of becoming a pet owner.  But I don’t hate animals, and I certainly don’t encourage my children to dislike them.  But I do teach my children to be cautious.  And there are way too many pet-owners out there who are undermining my efforts.

These are the main reasons why I won’t allow my kids to pet strange dogs.

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9 Easy Ways For Busy Moms to Practice Self Care

“Self care” is kind of a tricky subject for me.  Maybe because it’s such an on-trend concept these days and everybody’s talking about it.  It makes me crazy when I see recommendations of “get enough sleep” and “exercise” paraded around as elements of self care.  Those things are actually basic necessities of life. They’re non-negotiable.  Sleeping, eating, movement, are all things I would drop dead without.  To me those things don’t constitute self care.  They constitute survival.  To me, practicing self care is totally essential but also optional.  Here are my recommendations for ways to easily incorporate a little self care into your already jam-packed schedule.  Because self care is the sanity saver portion of motherhood.  And none of my suggestions involve getting more sleep.

As moms, we are busy and we are tired and we hardly ever take time for ourselves. Here are 9 ways to incorporate a little self care into your hectic schedule.

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Self care is essential because you can’t drive on an empty tank.  If we don’t find a way to do the things that feed our soul or lift our spirits then we very well may get lost in the struggles of Motherhood.

If our cup is empty, we won’t be able to pour into our families.  It’s that simple and that hard.

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How I Eliminated Dinnertime Stress

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Since having kids, dinnertime has been a super stressful part of the day.  I don’t know what it is about the five o’clock hour that makes children a little bonkers, but I think it’s fairly common.  The kiddos are extra needy and demanding when I’m trying to prep dinner.  Compound that with the fact that I hate cooking and absolutely despise having to come up with meal ideas and you’ve got a recipe for a cranky monster of a mama.

Dinnertime used to be the hardest part of my day. But with this solution, my hungry dinner stress is gone!

“What’s the Hardest Part of your Day?”

I was chatting with a friend a few months ago about my daily struggles.  She’s a ‘let’s take action’ kind of mom which is just what I needed, she’s a good listener too but has no patience for excuses.  So she asked me a simple question: “What’s the hardest part of your day?” I thought for a sec and replied “Dinnertime.” Without a doubt.  Then she asked: “What can you do make dinnertime easier?”

And I didn’t really know how to respond!  There are so many aspects of motherhood and life in general that are hard, that I use up all my energy just to survive that I didn’t even consider that there might be an easier way.  I think I had resigned myself to the idea that dinnertime was hellish and always would be!

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10 Tips for Work at Home Moms

Working from home is tough with kiddos underfoot. Check out my best tips for making the best of it!

 

My best tips for gaining structure and success as a work at home mom.

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and I’m crafty, so naturally I’ve wanted to be a creative business owner since before I knew what that really meant.  It took me a while to find my ‘thing’ (wool felt!), I first tried several other crafty ideas.  I’ve also always wanted to be a stay at home mom, so I had to find a way to make those two dreams work together.

It’s hard work to be self-employed and work from home with kiddos running around, but it’s possible if you’re determined!  I want the flexibility of being self-employed so that I can be here when the kids get home from school, or if they need to be picked up.  There’s no need to miss a meeting or a soccer practice because I set my own hours.  I have systems in place that help me stay on track and succeed as a small business owner.  And here’s a great, free printable workbook full of pages to help you set attainable goals and become a master of time management!

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