Parent Smarter Not Harder

If my children had their way I would be reading to them all day every day.

It’s challenging to find children’s books that are interesting and fun to us parents, too.

ABC YOGA by Christiane Engel is one of our favorites: Each letter of the alphabet has a cute pose and my babies are always wanting to read it!

The poses are already modified to work for out of shape parents and this is a necessity for me.

It’s great because the children are learning about letters and different animals and I’m getting a mini workout.

Our number one job as parents, aside from keeping them alive, is to wear our children out before they can wear us out and this book helps do the trick.

Try it out and you won’t be disappointed!

Jordyn Armouris refreshing with her authenticity and honesty when it comes to parenting and writes about anything parenting related, using sarcasm and humor to tie everything together. She is a stay at home mom to four girls and runs survivingmommy.org , Instagram @surviving_mommy and Twitter @survivingmommy_

Fighting with your SO

It’s eleven o’clock at night and your significant other and the kids are all sleeping. You make yourself a big bowl of ice cream and continue watching the Ted Bundy show.

The next day your SO asks where the rest of the ice cream is. You admit to finishing it off and they get angry because you ate the last of it and didn’t replace it or tell them.

This becomes what I would call a mild fight.

It’s nine o’clock at night and you get home from work and see your child up playing video games. Earlier that day you grounded them from screen time and feel betrayed that your partner would allow them to break the rule because you weren’t around.

You confront your partner and they claim to have forgotten and ask you to calm down. Wait, did they just ask you to calm down?

This has the potential to become what I would call a moderate fight.

You’re home with the children all day and you have the flu. You’re waiting for your SO to come home from work to help out because you are sicker than you’ve ever been.

Normally they are home at six o’clock but as eight rolls around and still no word you find yourself getting angrier and angrier. They haven’t even had the decency to call or text and tell you why they are late.

By the time they roll in at ten o’clock with cough drops and 7 up and an excuse that their phone died and they went out for drinks with a buddy you’re too upset for reason.

This has the potential to become what I would call a BIG fight.

Every couple fights. Sometimes it’s over something little and sometimes it’s over something big.

If we want to have strong relationships we need to establish ground rules for fighting before the fights even begin. This could be the making or breaking of a relationship.

Jordyn Armouris refreshing with her authenticity and honesty when it comes to parenting and writes about anything parenting related, using sarcasm and humor to tie everything together. She is a stay at home mom to four girls and runs survivingmommy.org , Instagram @surviving_mommy and Twitter @survivingmommy_

Parenting Advice: Take it or Leave it?

You have a three year old who is up in your face talking non-stop while you’re trying to accomplish something. The talking doesn’t stop even after you asked nicely many times and gradually escalates into yelling when the three year old realizes that you are clearly busy.

By now you’ve asked them at least six times to please leave you alone while you do this thing and before you know it they’ve pushed the off button on your computer and poked you really hard in your left boob.

There are some who would advise that you drop what you are doing and attend to the three year old because they will never be as young as they are right now ever again.

Others would say to ignore the child because they will get the hint at some point and go away and the bad behavior will simply resolve itself.

Still others would say that you should discipline them for not listening to you after you’ve asked them repeatedly to please be quiet.

So who’s advice is right? What is the correct way to deal with this feral little creature who is trying their best to make you lose your cool?

In scenario one you would stop doing what you are doing and give the child your full attention. The three year old would then show you the large booger they pulled from their nose and promptly try to put it on you while laughing. This would be followed by them asking you if trees poop and why not and can you please show them? After this you decide you better go pee since you’re not busy anymore and they race you into the bathroom and jump on the toilet first and proceed to take a poop and ask you to wipe their butt.

In scenario two after continuing to ignore the child they get so loud that their yelling wakes the baby and now you really can’t get this thing done because society frowns on ignoring a crying baby. So you get up to take care of the baby but the three year old is still yelling and now there’s a knock on the door. You answer it while holding a crying baby with a now screaming toddler dangling off one leg. It’s the neighbor and they ask if everything is okay and then politely inform you that there’s something on your face. You check in the little decorative mirror on the wall and there’s a very large booger on your cheek because while you were ignoring the three year old they went ahead and just put it where they knew you’d be bound to see it later.

In scenario three you stop what you are doing and take the three year old to time-out because they were being disobedient while you were busy and ignored your warnings to leave you alone. The three year old starts crying and says that they just wanted to show you this cool thing. You start to feel a little bad and ask to see what it is and the child says they can’t find it. After a few minutes of searching for it together you find it in your hair and it’s that damn booger. This results in the three year old laughing so hard that you remember how much you love them and you suddenly feel bad for putting them in time-out for trying to talk to you.

The moral of this story is simple: Everyone has advice and most people think their advice is correct and it may even be correct for them. However, it’s not always correct for you. I believe that most moms inately know what their children need and sometimes that little inner voice gets drowned out by the voices of all the Sharons and Carols of the world.

You do you and let other people do them. Parent the way your gut tells you to parent and if you get some good advice along the way, hallelujah. Just don’t let what others have to say cause you to get too anxious about this parenting thing and you just might survive it. You may even enjoy some of it.

By the way, that was my three year old and her booger and because I didn’t follow any of that stupid advice above I didn’t end up with a booger on me. I followed my gut and I yelled at that child for hurting my boob and then I kissed her and sent her in to brush her teeth, put her unicorn pull-up on and go to bed. She was laughing the whole time and is sleeping soundly and I’m still sane and the neighbors aren’t worried.

Never mind, she’s back up asking if she can sleep in my bed and I don’t need any advice on whether I should or shouldn’t let her. I’m going to tell her no and then when I go to bed later tonight I’ll get comfortable and then feel a hard kick in my ribs because let’s face it, she’s three and she’s going to sneak into my bed anyway.

Jordyn Armour is refreshing with her authenticity and honesty when it comes to parenting and writes about anything parenting related, using sarcasm and humor to tie everything together. She is a stay at home mom to four girls and runs survivingmommy.org , Instagram @surviving_mommy and Twitter @survivingmommy_

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