- Lilsugar | Moments Of Motherhood | Mon, Feb 20, 2012 1:03 PM EST | CommentsSource: How to Teach Your Kids Gratitude
In this age of instant gratification, encourage your kids to learn and practice simple acts of gratitude. Not only will it help build and improve their value systems, but it's also a great way to help them find more happiness in the everyday. Follow these five easy tips to inspire more thank-yous.
- Volunteer as a family. Sign up for a local food drive or a 5K dedicated to a cause. Make it a family affair so that your kids are aware of those who are less fortunate. Participating in philanthropic activities will teach them the importance of giving back and the joy in helping others.
- Give them a gratitude journal. Buy your children a gratitude journal and encourage them to write down what they're thankful for at the end of each day. Sitting down and thinking about what matters most to them will help to boost their mood and strengthen their appreciation.
- Be a stickler for thank-you notes. Invest in some cute personalized thank-you
- Diane Mizota, Host Of This Week In M.o.m. | Moments Of Motherhood | Wed, Feb 15, 2012 2:58 PM EST | Comments
THIS WEEK IN M.O.M… we're giving you tips on how to make your next grocery shopping trip a little easier! Those grocery aisles can seem never ending when you're toting around hungry kids, so watch as our host Diane Mizota takes her son to the store to share tips on how to get in and out quickly with everything on your list!
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine Staff | Moments Of Motherhood | Sat, Feb 18, 2012 10:42 AM EST | CommentsThe school year is half over (yikes!). While some parents are mapping out summer camp schedules, many others are still trying to figure out how to make time to volunteer at their child's school. (And some of you may still be wondering how you're going to complete mandatory volunteer hours...)
Do you help out in your kid's classroom?
Whether you're a working parent or the chief household officer (or both!), finding time to participate in school activities can stretch your scheduling skills. You have an additional challenge if you have more than one child in school and want to volunteer in both classrooms. (Kindergarten through third grade usually has the most classroom volunteer options. As kids enter older grades, parent involvement in classroom activities is reduced and usually related to class parties, field trips or larger school events.)
The good news? You still have plenty of options to get involved at your child's school. Your first step is to think about what's important to you in terms of your volunteer efforts: D...Read More »
- Diane Mizota, Host Of This Week In M.o.m. | Moments Of Motherhood | Tue, Feb 14, 2012 6:57 PM EST | Comments
Some may call it a signature look, some may call it a fashion rut, but having a uniform takes all the "what am I going to wear?" stress out of getting dressed in the morning. Marc Jacobs has a uniform. So does Vera Wang. Even Karl Lagerfeld has one. If fashion icons have uniforms, then moms can too!
Looking around at my most stylish friends, I've noticed some mom uniforms that inspire me. My friend Lela Lee, a cartoonist and mom of 2, always looks cute and casually hip in a black shirt, cargo pants (bought from the men's section!) and flats or flip flops.
Mom Uniform- black shirt and cargo pants.
Joie, mom of 2 and Pilates instructor, consistently rocks Lululemon pants and blousy, slightly hippie-ish tees over tanks.
Mom Uniform- comfy pants and loose top over a tank.
When not working, my mom uniform consists of a grey or blue t-shirt, jeans and sneakers. Hardly sends the pulse racing, but I am clothed and everything can be put in the washing machine. Mission accomplished. Any way you style it, I don't veer far from this formula because I know I can cha...Read More »
- By Tracey Gaughran-perez | Yahoo! Contributor Network | Tue, Feb 14, 2012 12:11 PM EST | Comments
My daughter caught me and my boyfriend kissing the other day. When we finally 'came to' (as it were) and realized she was watching us, we both turned and looked at her and.... and she immediately bust out laughing. Greeeeeat.
But in her eyes I saw a twinkle of something. At age nine, I saw recognition. Appreciation. Joy.
A few years back, that kind of love - the love shared between a man and a woman - was, sadly, a totally foreign concept to her. Primarily because my ex and I were... well, let's just say we were not affectionate. She might've seen the occasional hug, or glimpsed the rare cursory peck on a cheek, but nothing beyond that. Nothing that couldn't be classified as clearly and obviously platonic. Ever. The kisses my ex and I shared were the kind of kisses shared between siblings, or good friends - not the sort that should be shared between a couple in love. They were not, in a word, romantic.
And that was obviously a problem - that the love wasn't there. And it wasn't s...Read More »
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