Apr 24 2013

Things To Do Before Kids

Things You Need To Do Before Becoming A Mom

- Enjoy sleep. Nap - It's a luxury that becomes a necessity you never seem to have enough of. Buy nice sheets. Roll around in them. Spend a whole day in bed. The next time you do it, you'll be comforting a feverish, puking child and that's not nearly as enjoyable.

- Drive a fun car - A convertible or a Beetle. Blast music that you love. Soon you'll be driving a minivan and singing along to the Laurie Berkner Band. Even when you're alone in the car.

- Travel with your spouse -
 Family vacations are wonderful, but not the same. And finding someone to watch three kids under 5? Impossible.

- Take a shower - 
Alone, without faces peeking through.

- Do things spur of the moment -
 Jet off somewhere at the last minute, with nothing but the clothes on your back. Have an impromptu adventure. Once you have kids, you'll need to plan everything.

- Spend money on yourself -
Invest in some really great forever items, because once you have kids, the trade-off will not seem worth it. You'll calculate the number of diapers you could buy for the cost of those designer sunglasses. Buy them now and wear them later.

- Go to the bathroom with the door shut - 
It will be years before you get to do that again.

- Under-appreciate your parents -
 Roll your eyes at them. Question their actions and judgment. Tell them they don't know everything. Once you have kids, you'll have a new-found appreciation for them and discover that they know a lot more than you gave them credit for. Ignorance is bliss. 

 
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Apr 24 2013

Things To Do Before Kids

Things You Need To Do Before Becoming A Mom

- Enjoy sleep. Nap - It's a luxury that becomes a necessity you never seem to have enough of. Buy nice sheets. Roll around in them. Spend a whole day in bed. The next time you do it, you'll be comforting a feverish, puking child and that's not nearly as enjoyable.

- Drive a fun car - A convertible or a Beetle. Blast music that you love. Soon you'll be driving a minivan and singing along to the Laurie Berkner Band. Even when you're alone in the car.

- Travel with your spouse -
 Family vacations are wonderful, but not the same. And finding someone to watch three kids under 5? Impossible.

- Take a shower - 
Alone, without faces peeking through.

- Do things spur of the moment -
 Jet off somewhere at the last minute, with nothing but the clothes on your back. Have an impromptu adventure. Once you have kids, you'll need to plan everything.

- Spend money on yourself -
Invest in some really great forever items, because once you have kids, the trade-off will not seem worth it. You'll calculate the number of diapers you could buy for the cost of those designer sunglasses. Buy them now and wear them later.

- Go to the bathroom with the door shut - 
It will be years before you get to do that again.

- Under-appreciate your parents -
 Roll your eyes at them. Question their actions and judgment. Tell them they don't know everything. Once you have kids, you'll have a new-found appreciation for them and discover that they know a lot more than you gave them credit for. Ignorance is bliss. 

 
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Apr 22 2013

Building A Strong Family

Focus on the Family's Leon Wirth (Parenting Specialist) encourages families to do some "spiritual spring cleaning" and make room in their lives for these five key activities.

Building a strong family is really as simple as making room for these five things:

- Dinner

- Laughter

- Prayer

- Conversation

- Time

What would you add to the list? 

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Apr 19 2013

The Right Way To Say No

NO!! Why is that so hard to say? It's one of my weaknesses. I got this encouragement from my friends at Proverbs 31 Ministries. It might help you too when you're faced with another possible commitment and answering yes or no.

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. Maybe, before saying yes to one more thing on my schedule today, I should ask myself a few questions. 

 - Am I trying to prove something?

 - Am I trying to impress someone?

 - Have I thought through the cost of saying yes?

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