Flat tummy is the one thing of every woman dream whether you’re a mom or not, and I will say these again breastfeeding mothers stay away from consuming any diet pills. This is due to the fact that many of these diet supplements contain quite a bit of caffeine, which can lead to dehydration. I know regaining a pre-pregnancy figure is the top list of every mom need. Although we may be eager to get back in shape, taking pills is not a healthy way to go about it. Eating wisely and slowly getting back into a regular exercise would be a much better choice. Though some claim that there are diet pill that works for each individual, but I doubt so. Say no to diet pills.
This is so funny that I need to share. Taken from a mother and baby magazine. How to tell if you are an over-competitive mum.
1. You start reading Lord of the Ring to your baby and tell everyone at your mothers’ support group how much she enjoys it.
2. You make sure that you and your tot are fully coordinated in the latest Guess outfit for lunch with the other mums.
3. You help your toddler build a sand castle in the playground and then pretend that she did it single-handedly.
4. You speak to your baby in French – even though you have no connection with France and the only French words you know are bonjour, merci beaucoup and sauvignon blanc.
5. You demand a re-count when your baby fails to win the ‘baby idol’ contest at a baby fair.
6. When your child learns to walk before his first birthday, you give your top-of-the-range stroller away to a friend whose baby ‘still really needs it’
7. You carry you baby’s health book around in your handbag just in case a stranger wants to see how much weight he has put on.
8. You realise that you have more toys and equipment than the playgroup your tot is attending.
9. You keep a video of your child’s first word running on a loop on your TV when your friends and their babies come around.
10. You not only frame your child’s first doodles, but have them copied and frame as Christmas presents for family and friends.
So are you in this syndrome? I am proud to say that all my kids walk before their first birthday, but I never give my stroller away (he..he..). As I am typing this post I’m admiring my newly purchase netbooks.
The way I see breastfeeding is a blessing not only for the mother but the child as well. It has been said that mother’s milk is the best, highly nutritious and builds the baby immune system. I strongly believed that the nursing relationship has great attachments, deeply connected and bonding between mother and child. Parents have various stories to share when it comes to breast-feeding from child one to the next, they face different experiences.
My most challenging, I would say the toughest and tiring breastfeeding experience will be my first child. As a first time parent I have no idea of how would it feel when the baby sucked or the proper way to nurse a baby. I know it is a way to feed the baby and after weeks of my breastfeeding journey, I discovered that it was more than just feeding the baby. It is all about love, bonding, and relationship and so much more. It is definitely a priceless experience I ever had.
The following was taken from a book “Parenting Principals from the Heart of a Pediatrician”. I bought this book for quite sometime now and I haven’t been able to complete the entire book. I have been encouraged by this section specially the title, and I hope it does for you mommies out there.
So here goes:
It has been well said, “The father is the head of the house, the mother is the heart of the house.” Moms hold it all together. They keep the emotional balance.
A mother’s heart is what transforms a house into a home. As we enter adulthood, we often contemplate the memories of home. I doubt we think how the bricks were laid, or how the paint was chipped around the window seal, or where the stains were upon the carpet. But no matter what kind of home you were raised in, your thoughts are emotional. To me, memories of home bring forth feelings of comfort, security, love and peace. For others who did not have the privilege of being raised in a godly home, they may have feelings rising within them of hatred, pain, bitterness, wrath, and injustice. Mothers, God has given you the role to make the difference in the memories of your children.
Stress is part our daily life that we must go through. Sometimes stress is necessary for our own growth. Whether you are facing the stress at work, or at home it’s all required a solution. If you are a stay at home mom like me, I can definitely understand the stress at home that we are facing everyday. So what do you do? STOP NOW! You cannot think rationally when your mind is in a whirl!
Stop what you are doing.
Turn away from all distractions.
Open your Bible to a calming verse
Nestle into the arms of your Saviour.
Open your heart to God so He can replace your anxiety with his peace.
When you are calm, return to what you were doing
- by Delwyn McAlister
Does it work for me? Absolutely (provided I condition my mind to deal with it right away!) Try for yourself and if you have other ways of handling stress, I would love to hear from you.
Happy Beautiful Monday everybody!
Be Aware and Care
I am stating my intention to be a more aware and caring mom/parent.
I am making a commitment to be aware of my words and actions and the effect that they have on my child.
I am willing to be more caring and compassionate whenever possible.
In the promise, what does “Aware” means?
To be aware of our parenting is to watch what effect we have in our communication and in our interactions.
To be aware means to make a choice to “try another way” if what we are saying and doing isn’t working.
To be aware means to make conscious choices for the greater benefit of all involved.
In the promise, what does “Care” means?
“Care” means “to take care” in how we speak and how we act so that we are effective and achieve the most desirable results for the situation.
“Care” means to take that deep breath before we react in an inappropriate way and then ask, “Is this the most effective way to handle this?’
“Care” means to make opportunities to appreciate and be grateful for our children in order to foster the same within.
Phew…Knowing the fact that as a stay at home mom, my own behavior is on show 24/7 at home. I’m taking a deep breath right now praying and hoping that I could make it possible to be aware and care. I was digging my old files, and I found the above article from my parenting file which I can’t remember where I got it from. What a Beautiful Monday to be reminded.
How’s your week been? Last 2 weeks were school holidays so a little relax for me. With my 6 years old son and 3 years old daughter at home, the house is full with their noises, laugh and fight. And there are house work, laundry, dishes, my 5 months baby and all the chores, which make me, feel exhausted. I am a very high “D” at home, so can you imagine a dominant stay at home mother? If you don’t know what D is, check out this Personality D.I.S.C overy
Anyway, it’s Beautiful Monday (BM) today, and I start with a fresh week. Sometimes I overlooked the inconvenience of stay at home with the kids. Rather than complaining I want to be thankful for the time I spent with them and for all the chores at home. I want to use this time to put my heart and mind in a state of joy as a stay at home mother. So these weeks I choose patience and kindness.