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Embracing Our Child’s Uniqueness

Capturing a photo of Eden smiling is so rare. She usually stares at the phone lens with an incredulous look on her face, even if she was smiling just a moment before. ⁣

Penelope, on the other hand could be in the midst of tears and I could ask her to smile for a photo she would stop immediately and give it her best, most joyful smile.⁣

This doesn’t make one child better than the other, 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭. ⁣
How boring if people were all the same! ⁣

Don’t forget to embrace your children’s differences and encourage them to love themselves exactly how they are by loving them exactly how they are! ⁣

Does that mean we ignore the parts of their character that need improvement? 𝐍𝐨. ⁣
But it’s important to distinguish the difference and only guide them into changing the parts of their character that they need to grow in. ⁣

Eden not wanting to smile on demand for photos? That’s a characteristic I don’t need to change. It’s her personality. ⁣

Eden not wanting to share? That’s something that is very normal and we’re slowly working to show her how wonderful sharing can be. ⁣

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_

New babies = What Sex Life?

Having a baby is the most miraculous thing that a couple can experience.

When you held that baby in your arms for the first time and they looked into your eyes you knew this was the best thing you and your partner had ever done.

The love that you felt for each other and this new life in that moment was greater than any love you’d ever felt.

Four months later when you’re surviving off of less sleep than you ever imagined possible, you can’t remember the last time you went on a date and money is tighter than it’s ever been it’s hard to remember how that moment felt.

New babies shake up your entire routine and require your constant care and attention. But if you don’t take care of yourselves and your partner in the process it’s going to be the biggest mistake you’ll ever make.

Even when the baby goes to sleep at a decent hour and sex is a possibility you realize that you’ve both been fighting so much lately that it’s not even something you want to do. Or maybe you’re just so exhausted you’d rather sleep than put energy into sex.

What do you do when the best thing that ever happened to both of you seems to be the very thing that is driving you both apart?

You have sex.

Don’t feel like it? Do it anyway. Sex is a need.

This is both the best and the worst season you will go through as a couple and if you’re not having sex you’re both going to become so irritable and frustrated that it’s going to continue to push you farther away from each other.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the good days are gone but they don’t have to be gone forever. Reclaim the heart of your lover because that’s who they used to be and that’s who they can be again.

Even if it doesn’t come naturally at first, you’ll find that sex can start to mend that which seemed broken.

No matter how much you don’t like the other person for reasons that you just can’t explain you’ve got to do like Nike and JUST DO IT.

Whether it’s been four months or four years: Start now.

Get out the whipped cream.

Have sex in the shower.

Give each other massages.

Light a candle.

Do something new.

No matter how you’re feeling, jump back in there and start doing it as often as possible. It may seem awkward at first but if you push through that and keep at it, it will become natural again.

You have the power to make it better than it was before and this is the best gift you can give to yourselves and your child.

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_

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_