Who's the Mama Here?

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Toes-in-Hammock.jpgWho's the Mama here?  If Mama ain't happy - ain't nobody happy, right? 

Take a peek at these and see how YOUR Mama style is fairing.  Even Mamas can tweak their strategies to assure that everyone is well cared for and happy - Mama MOST of all!

  • Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting by Noel Janis-Norton - when you tell your children what to do, often they are barely listening; when your children tell you what they need to do, they are much more likely to remember to do it; also, peek at the checklists within to learn how to reduce sibling squabbling, monitor screen time, and to motivate kids to tidy up after themselves.
  • Family Whispering by Melissa Blau & Tracy Hogg - learn to balance the "we" and the "I" - end the "chore wars" and enlist help so that you are not always "the designated doer."
  • Surviving Your Child's Adolescence by Carl Pickhardt - invite your child to start to think maturely (and partially mother themselves).  Have your child always ask these 3 questions of themselves BEFORE they act: "Why would I want to do this?," "How might I get hurt?," and, "Is it worth the risk?." 
  • Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race - schedule a day with NO schedules; ideas included for the lost art of merely 'hanging out' (including games).
  • Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us by Christine Gross-Loh - learning to do chores is a predictor of success in life - kids that can pull their own weight become adults that can do the same.  In addition, offering children more autonomy paired with high expectations can help create confident, self-directed kiddos.  Learn from successful mamas in Finland, Sweden, Japan, China, Germany, and more.