Dealing With Unsolicited Parenting Advice


Hello lovelies, 

If you follow my blog, you know that I read A LOT.  Reading helps me analyze what choices I’m going to make for my family. Whether or not I should or shouldn’t do certain things. Although I don’t particularly follow one set of strict rules I do abide by some
Although I’m a fairly holistic mama, I don’t condemn any parent for taking a different approach for your family. You know what is best for them and we all live differently.
I don’t expect to be judged on my choices, which isn’t always the case but we move on. 
So what do we do about that unsolicited advice? 
It could be from your very nice neighbor, the cashier at your local grocery store, a mom from a play date or your own mama. I’m all for listening to certain things and I do my due diligence and check up on a lot of things I’m told. 
Who knows? Maybe I am doing something wrong or I could improve on something. 
We have to be willing! 
I say accept the advice kindly. If it’s something absurd like your child should have soda at the age of 1 ( I don’t think anyone would say that but if they do) this would be the best response, thank you but we’ll pass. 
That’s it! You don’t need to explain yourself or your choices to anyone. Unless you are harming your children, no one should make you ashamed of your choices. 
I am strictly against circumcision, although I wouldn’t put a parent down for it (most are misinformed) and wouldn’t want to harm their baby in any way. But I do believe in not your body part not your choice. But certain people don’t think of it that way. 
I used to get a lot of grief from people including my husband about my son’s bedtime and how I put him down. Although there is a TON of research out there that shows children with a set sleeping schedule and certain amount of hours do better in life, people always have to say something.


And you know what I do? I kindly pick up my kiddo and say it’s BEDTIME. Say goodnight to John, Mary & Sue. I think by now everyone knows how I am when it comes to his sleeping patterns and they let me be.

Eventually, they’ll let you be if it’s someone close to you. 

We all have to deal with the choices we make in every aspect of life. Parenting isn’t any different. 

So just smile and say thanks!

But I couldn’t let you go without offering my own little piece of unsolicited parenting advice to you mom & dad. Yea I know, sorry! You can just say thanks & smile. But for real…

READ!

Not sure about something? Everyone does it, so it should be okay? READ! Don’t parent blindly, don’t do as you’re told. Be passionate about raising your children. 
What is the best & your worst piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received? Let me know in the comments below.

Want to know more about parenting style I follow? Check out this book by Drs. Sears.

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Teaching Kindness to Children in 3 Steps

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I’m so glad you are reading this! It means you are wanting to begin teaching kindness to your children. It absolutely begins in our homes so let’s do this!!!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what traits & qualities I would like to instill in my son and how my actions teach him everyday and mold him into the man he will one day become. We run across all different kinds of families, it may be at the playground, at the mall, at a restaurant and countless other places.

We struggle with different things but in the end we hope to raise decent human beings. Teaching kindness is a way to start but first I have a little story to tell you.

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TODAY ONLY! 50% OFF SUMMER STYLES

Hey Mamas!

Hope you all are having a fantastic beginning of your week. I was planning on writing something more personal today, but I received an e-mail from Gymboree about this deal and I had to share with you all.

You know our kids grow like crazy and we’re always having to replace their clothes. My kiddo is now going through a new growth spurt and we’re moving up at a size. After I put Nico to sleep and got my workout in (yes ladies, let’s do it!) I spent the rest of my morning shopping for him.

I just bought the cutest little things for my son at GYMBOREE, lots of great deals to choose from. You can also get GYMBUCKS while shopping. I also got FREE SHIPPING, because I purchase over $75 dollars worth of clothes. I scored some really cute clothes for him, I can’t wait till they arrive. Maybe I’ll even do a video haul. MAYBE! Or I’ll just post photos.

Today only, get 50% off summer styles at Gymboree!


If you’re not familiar with Gymboree:
Gymboree celebrates childhood and creates quality clothes and accessories that are the fabric of childhood. We inspire moms with our cute, colorful,coordinated collections. In Gymboree, kids shine bright and families look great together—for family moments, for special occasions, and for the special occasion that is every day of childhood.

That’s it mama’s!  How often do you buy your kid’s clothes? What are your favorite stores! Let me know in the comments below.

Hope you take advantage of this fabulous sale, if you do, tell me all about it?

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Happy Friday & 4th of July Weekend + Fruit Wands!

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Hello Lovelies!

I hope you all had a great week and have something super planned for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

We’ve have now settled into my in-laws house for the time being.  Nico is having a blast hanging out with his grandparents daily. He especially enjoys when his two cousins Cam (a couple of months younger) and Hailey (a couple of months shy of 3) come over for play time.

Grandma & Grandpa are definitely happy to have all the kiddos around and mommy & daddy get a little break, okay, mommy gets a little break. LOL.

With the holiday weekend upon us I’ve been thinking about taking Nico to the beach and having him enjoy the 4th of July fireworks display. We haven’t decided if we’re taking the little one to see the fireworks show.

First, I don’t want to scare him with all the noise.  Although I’ve gotten him used to noisy things, I try to make a party about running the blender, the vacuum and anything noisy so he doesn’t scare easily, I think it has worked, but fireworks are a different story.

I’ve thought about letting him watch some YouTube videos with fireworks if maybe that will give him a better experience if we decide to take him.

Secondly, since it gets dark pretty late now, it will be past his bedtime.  He could be super cranky but nighttime and NO ONE will enjoy any fireworks.

I do think we’ll be having a simple & casual BBQ with the family to celebrate with lots of healthy snacks, especially a juicy watermelon, which I plan on cutting into little stars.  I found this easy DIY on Weelicious, they call them “Fruit Wands”, certainly better than what I would call them.

What are you doing with your family for the holiday? Got a any special activities planned? How did your children react to their first fireworks display? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a Happy 4th from our family to yours.

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Forget Magic Mike, Regular Mike M/L is The Way to Go.

Ladies, 

I’m feeling a bit humorous today so I decided to share something light-hearted. 

I don’t know about you but I’ll take Regular Mike over Magic Mike any day. 

The guys over at Nacho Punch shared this HILARIOUS video parody of Magic Mike XXLon YouTube. So so good, ladies.

Enjoy!

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2015 Summer Movie Clubhouse at CineMark

Are you looking for summer activities with your kiddos?  How about 10 movies for 5 bucks? CineMark is a having a nationwide summer special to get your kids out of the house and out of the sun.

Showtimes at 10 am Wednesdays & Thursdays (Boca Raton location) You can check out all the CineMark theaters hosting their own events nationwide by clicking here. Showings started back in June, the 3 past movies were Lego Movie, Dolphin Tale 2 and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. $1 dollar movies if not buying the package. Still an awesome deal.

CineMark Palace: 3200 Airport Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33431 or call 561-395-4695

Kids eat free at Bogart’s Bar & Grille with the purchase of an adult entree.

HAVE A GREAT TIME!! Tell me all about it if you do.

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