Do you hate coats for toddlers ages 9 to 36 months?
I will spare you the cheesy infomercial video, and quickly describe a few scenes all toddler moms know too well.
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After dealing with this for seventeen years, I finally created a solution just as my youngest child got almost too big for it! I have made regular ponchos for my last couple girls that helped the problem, but the back of the ponchos were still in the way to put them in the car seats. Also, the back fell down on their heads if you flipped it up, and their hands were trapped underneath. They pushed them off just like they would a coat or blanket.
I decided the back had to go!
The Busy Mom's Toddler coat is completely open in the back so it isn't in the way to put the toddler in the car. When the toddler is taken out of the car, the sides wrap around the back to cover their entire body, head to toe. My favorite part was discovering that since my daughter didn't feel the blast of cold when I opened the door, I could take her inside and she would stay asleep using this!
When it is time to go back in the car, just unwrap the sides, place the child in the seat, and buckle the straps underneath the blanket. Finally, fasten the snaps along each edge around each wrist to free their hands, making the child unable to push it off. If the child is irritated by the hood, it can be taken off towards the back, but keeps the blanket over the rest of the child even more securely.
When I read posts about SAHM-hood and loneliness, I don’t get it. Newsflash- you are not alone. There are other SAHMs in the world, lots of them!
Okay, okay, I'm too harsh.
It’s not like you can just walk up to that lady herding three kids down the cereal aisle at nine a.m. and say, “You must be a SAHM. Me too! We’re friends now; let’s hang out!” I’ll admit I have practically done this at the park, but I realize it’s not for everyone.
The newest craze is an app designed similarly to a dating app called Hello Mamas that matches you up with a new bestie momma friend. If you are the type of person who likes to get close with just one or two friends and being in big groups of people makes you feel like vomiting, then that might be a great option fo you. However, if you are like many moms who want a social life and reason to get out of the house without the obligation to commit the time and emotional effort that goes into creating a tight personal relationship, finding a local group that meets at a regular time and place is the way to go.
Though it is all different moms now, I am still attending the same playgroup I found fifteen years ago! The former playgroup moms are the ones I always feel comfortable chatting with at the older kids games even if we haven't seen each other in months. I have also been a part of two different organized mom support groups over the years and hate when I have to miss a month.
So, how do you become part of one of these groups? There are multiple already existing mommy circles that just require you show up!
That’s totally okay and even normal. However, I promise you there is a sure-fire way to break the ice and feel a part of the group more quickly.
You cannot decide after one meeting that they are all snooty, self-absorbed cows who ignored you and hate you, no matter how much it seems that way. There is no doubt that one or more of those seemingly snooty cows used to feel just like you do right now. Remember these ladies all showed up to get their own social interaction fix, not only to provide you yours. It takes time to know about all the things they know about and become a part of the inside jokes. Finally, let’s get on to how to speed up that process.
Not everyone breastfeeds, not everyone sleep trains, not everyone gave birth the same way, not everyone uses the same disciplinary techniques, not everyone travels, not everyone exercises; not everyone has hit the toddler or school-aged years and all that comes with them yet. You get my drift; these conversations are bound to leave someone out at the least, and someone feeling judged at the worst.
But there is one thing that every mom at the table has in common.
EVERYONE’S kid poops.
It is the fail-safe, all-inclusive conversation of motherhood. The worst that can happen is competitiveness over the grossest poop story. But really, are there any winners there? (BTW, it’s me, it’s always me. I am the gross poop story champion of the world. But no, I never feel like a winner for it.) There is no worrying about sounding like a horrible mom or attempting to sound like a perfect mom when it comes to poop stories. Poop is the great equalizer.
So, don’t know how to engage that older mom whose advice you might want, but need to get a feel for her parenting style first? Ask her if it is normal for newborns to poop eleven times a day and for it to shoot five inches up their back. Even if you have read that it is, part of you feels it just cannot be, am-I-right?
And to you already well-established in the group moms, yeah, I’m talking to you snooty, self-absorbed cows (just kidding, I know most of us are no such thing), when someone new shows up, tell that hideous diaper blowout story. You know they’ve got a poop story too. Even if it is the hilarity of smearing black meconium here, there, and every fricking where, they’ve got one.
After all, once you have uttered the words ‘explosive diarrhea’ to someone, there’s no going back. You have an inexplicable bond.
I am always tempted to share my favorite posts way too often when I have a surge in FB likes, so I thought I would consolidate all the best parts of my favorite blog posts in one place for new followers to get a feel for my blog. All the post titles are linked to the full content of each post, so please click and read whichever one might resonate with you. First off, from myhome page, which is sorely neglected visitor-wise, here is a part I love:
Sometimes, we moms are chasing the elusive ‘great, amazing, super mom' title and not catching it leaves us feeling inferior. Other times we are bombarded by the idea that we should feel great just the way we are and refuse to judge ourselves, or anyone else, which can cause stagnation in the quest to become our own personal best. I am working on putting my God-given talents to the best use while accepting my natural limitations and I hope you will join me.
My personal favorite posts tend to be those that deal with anything 'big familly' related. It is difficult to find a huge audience for these, but I have a ton of fun writing (and rereading) them.
A favorite item on my list ofSigns You Have a (very) Large Family is #10:
"Most people still say, "Congratulations!" when you announce a pregnancy, but their faces say, "Are you freakin' kidding me?!?!'"
I am sure all the two kid parents are thinking, "Oh crap, does my face give it away that badly? 'Cause, yeah, that's totally what I was thinking!"
And #4 from my Signs You've Been Having Babies Too Long:
"The thought of someday not having to worry about anyone's bowel habits but your own seems strange to you."
Seriously, what will I talk about? About half of all conversations I have eventually make their way around to poop.
I had a hard time choosing between a couple parts of Motherhood: Then and Now, but finally settled on this as my fave comparison:
"Then: You wanted to crawl in a hole and die when your child threw a tantrum in public and mostly worried about whether the lady in aisle 5 thought you were too mean or too nice, rather than if you actually handled it effectively because you had no idea anyway.
Now: When your child throws a public tantrum you take advantage of the fact that most people mistakenly assume you’ve got this mom thing figured out better than they do since you have been at it for eternity. Therefore, you are mostly worried about if you handled it effectively. You still have no idea. It all reminds you that there is a good reason you usually wait until his big sister is out of school to watch a movie in the car with him when you grocery shop."
Some of my other favorites include those that involve a more serious note, but of course not entirely; I have found I struggle to write anything completely serious! As a bit of an English nerd, I love analogies so I picked that part of Sorry I Can't Be a Loving, Christian Mom Today, I'm Cleaning Your Room.
Imagine me as a can of pop and imagine each moldy cup, each airsoft gun pellet, each Polly Pocket shoe, each piece of trash, each musty towel, each long lost single shoe stuffed in a toy purse, and each hour of the kids' TV watching and Wii playing as a little shake. I will not go into all the horrific details, but I'll just say about the third week in, the kids flipped my tab by claiming I was "starving" them by refusing to buy ice cream and snow cones at the ball field each day.
Next up is No the Dishes Aren't Done, But That FB Abortion Debate Was Worth It which I feel is the only truly GOOD thing I have written since I became obsessed with increasing my Facebook likes instead of writing!
A good Christian mom gets up before her children for daily devotionals and reads scripture at the breakfast table, right? I, on the other hand, curse at the clock under my breath and yell at my kids too much. I do not comprehend how those sweet, lovely ladies get their children tomove. Someday when I die; it best be after 8 am because I have concerns about my status as a Christian before that time each morning.
From my potty-training page, my favorite pieces are those from the imagined voice of my 5-year-old son, who was three at the time I wrote them. Ways to Manipulate Your Mom and How to Drive Your Mom Bananas If She Buys a Potty Monkey are two posts I wish I could magically put in front of every mom who is at her wit's end in her own potty-training debacle. My favorite excerpts are:
"Discuss embarrassing things in public bathrooms so that when she rushes you and you later poop your pants, she thinks it is her fault. Try things like, 'It is time for you to poop now, mom!," "The poop is owie!," and "That little turd is big enough! Give me the candy!"'
" I was having so much fun playing with my new toy, but then my mom had to go and ruin it by asking ME to go sit on the big potty. Can you believe her? The nerve! I had a huge fit and then that monkey disappeared for awhile."
Last but not least, I must include the most popular post on my blog, which has been shared about a hundred times more than any other: So You Want to Be a Better Mom? It's an infographic, so you will just have to click to check it out!
Many children's books include an underlying educational theme. They teach kindness, sharing, forgiveness, thankfulness and a variety of other positive character traits you would like to instill in your children. But what if they could learn about something bigger than themselves, not simply their own little bubble of existence?
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Connor Boyak has created a series of books for children about heavy, difficult topics from books by those such as Bastiat and Hayek, and simplified and condensed them into something children can understand. If you have never heard of Bastiat or Hayek, but value freedom, natural rights, and limited government, then you really need these books. Imagine attempting to pass on your faith without the help of all the Christian children's books available. I would be very difficult. Now you can help your children understand liberty and government in the same way.
Each year, hundreds of millions of children are spoon-fed false history, bad economics, and logical fallacies. Your child is not immune.
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Ugh! Why didn’t I get anything done today? Oh yeah, I was debating abortion on the internet.
I have long dealt with guilt over, A. wasting time on-line when I should be doing house-wifey tasks, and B. not having ‘enough God’ in my daily life. I recently came to the realization that I need to be easier on myself about both, via the following conversation (with myself) after spending more than an hour discussing this abortion post on Facebook.
Me: I cannot believe it is already 10:30 and I haven’t done any sewing or gotten started on the filing I have been planning to do for a week. Facebook debates are such a black hole when it comes to wasting time. I have got to quit getting myself into those!
Me: Wait a minute! Are you telling me it is a ‘waste of time’ to attempt to change the minds of those who believe abortion is okay? Unborn babies aren’t worth your time?
Me: Hmmm. Of course, they are! If I change the mind of just one person throughout my whole life and simply get more people to understand the pro-life position, it is worth it to me. And to God, I think.
Me: Maybe this is God’s work for you.
Me: Yeah, the fluffy, spiritual stuff, no matter how much I try, isn’t really my thing. Maybe this is my thing!
Me: So maybe it is actually a GOOD use of your time, and you need to quit feeling so guilty about it.
(And yes, I switch pronouns while having discussions with myself. I just now realized it while writing this. It’s bizarre.)
If you are rolling your eyes thinking I have simply come up with an asinine justification for doing what I want and feeling good about it, rather than what I should be doing, let me explain further.
A good Christian mom gets up before her children for daily devotionals and reads scripture at the breakfast table, right? I, on the other hand, curse at the clock under my breath and yell at my kids too much. I do not comprehend how those sweet, lovely ladies get their children to move. Someday when I die; it best be after 8 am because I have concerns about my status as a Christian before that time each morning. Then I epicly fail at the epitome of good Christian mothering again at dinner time, when we should be joining hands in prayer, but instead, I act more like a zookeeper trying to get all the animals fed. However, in our zoo, all the various species are together in one cage which complicates things. And there’s homework; those lucky zookeepers don’t have to worry about getting a sloth to do homework while be attacked by a monkey like I do.
All of this causes guilt about not having ‘enough God’ in my daily life, but that conversation with myself helped me realize He is in it for much more than I give myself credit. It just isn’t in the typical way that society views ‘Christian living.’ It is more cerebral, rather than spiritual. I have a thinking analytical personality, so I approach my faith in the same way. I think, I discuss, I learn, and I teach.
Right in the middle of writing this piece, the saint I taught about in religious education class just so happened to be Saint Thomas Aquinas. (Luckily, I do have enough spirituality to appreciate this ‘Wow, how awesomely fateful was that?’ moment.) Saint Thomas Aquinas' journey to sainthood was vastly different from the unceasing prayer and unwavering faith of most saints. He was a groundbreaking theologian, a scholar, and writer. Hopefully, this means that the 'good Christian mother' title doesn't have to fit in a neat little box, either.
While our family may not pray together every day as we should, we frequently discuss how to handle situations in our kids’ daily lives in a Christian-like manner. I raise them to be Christians in that way. I also profess my faith to others through persuasive arguments. To me, reading that someone ‘has never thought about it like that before’ is eye candy. While others, are here to open hearts, I like to think I am here to open minds.
I will surely still get that guilt twinge the next time my fellow mommy-groupers are discussing their new favorite devotional. Then I will kick it aside and remember this: God made us different. Why would we all have the same script to follow when it comes to our personal expression of faith?
I don’t know. I’m not a theologian, but it’s just a thought to mull over.
I am the mother of seven children ranging from teens to a toddler, living out in the middle of nowhere, USA. I aim to hone the craft of giving advice without pretending to have this whole mom thing figured out. I am Christian, but not the really nice kind that is good at it. I am also conservative, but I promise not to be in your face with political agendas very often. I like to infuse humor into my writing, so don't freak out if you are offended or appalled by what you read here. There is a very fine line between serious advice and sarcastic hyperbole.