A Message that Makes You Think Twice About Where You Go, Who You Talk To and What You Bring into Your Home

I don't typically put up things on this blog that are non-related to parenting, baby tips, etc.  But this particular audio is a wake up call to those of you who are often busy and don't think much about what you are buying for your children, who you are permitting into your family circle etc.  If you have a faith, you know that there are those products, people, and places that appear to be cute, nice and wonderful, but the reality is that there is a hidden opposition-- an evil behind the scenes at work to destroy families.  So please be mindful what and who you bring into your home and where you take your next family vacation.  Stay in prayer!  

Christian Workers: The Hidden Opposition at the Workplace, Home, Church - YouTube

What New Moms Should Know About Motherhood But Probably Forgot

Caring for a newborn while maintaining other responsibilities can be a daunting task, but with a positive outlook and the determination to achieve desired goals, you will look back on these times and say, “Where did the time go?”

One.  You can’t do it all, so do even try.  Enlist some help.
Two.  Not everyone will be supportive.  So why argue about or worry over them?
Three. Don’t expect the gifts to keep coming.  People lose interest in baby once they start getting into everything.
Four.  The baby will rob you of your beauty sleep, so put some makeup on and do your hair when you can.
Five.  Your work schedule will be affected for the better or worse.  You will either find that shorter hours is making you appreciate your family more or if you are using the job to run from your family, it will eventually make you resent them.  So find the balance and don't go overboard with trying to be all things to everyone.
Six.  Caring for baby will affect finances.  Extra money oftentimes is non-existent.  So when you get it, hold on to it, because you never know what baby might need.
Seven.  Emotionally and physically you will feel different and may look or act strange to others.  It happens, you don't feel yourself and your body seems to be out of control, so when you feel like you are "losing it" get help fast!!

As much as we love being a mom, sometimes it can be difficult.  This is why it is important that everyone looks out for one another.  If you see your fellow mom online is not typing her usual nice stuff or a mom offline seems to often have red, swollen eyes, something is going on.  Don't take yourself or others lightly, do what you can to get out the house, around people, and use all those "cool" baby tools to your advantage to keep baby happy!

God bless.

Nicholl is the author of When Mothers Cry

Play Video Games Too Much?

Play Video Games Too Much 

This would never be an issue if so many people weren't setting aside time each day playing them.  But many do and often the game playing becomes the priority.  It literally suffocates relationships, causes arguments, affects school work and other activities, and causes many to wish they had never started playing them.

Is video game playing worth forgetting that a baby is in a bath tub?  Is it worth losing your partner?  Is video gaming so bad that your son or daughter has a hard time looking you straight in the eye because he or she is too busy looking at his or her gaming device or the TV behind you? 

This is a serious wake up call for some of you gamers. Don't let a leisure activity rob you of your life!

Feel free to click on the link and I pray someone who "loves" playing games will realize what it is doing to you and your family.

10 Memorable Things You Can Do For the Babies and Children

Everyone tells you, "They grow up fast!"  If you are a parent with a baby or small child, you are seeing that everyday.  For some of you, expectant parents, reading this, before you know it you will have a baby in your arms and will be commenting on "how beautiful, sweet, wonderful," etc.  But then those whines will begin to take their toll and you will start to forget important moments, people, places, and things.  Life gets in the way of the littlest of things, doesn't it?  Therefore, the following is a simple "To Do" list just to remind you of some things you will want to do, if not for you, for your baby/child.  Recording memories is one of the wisest things you can do, because it helps a son or daughter know one's history, appreciate family, welcome others into their inner circle, create closer bonds in the future with one's own children, and more!  Here are some things you will want to do.

1.  Invest in a good digital and video camera.  Record milestones including photos of you and partner interacting with the baby.  You might also want to get an Digital voice recorder to create mp3 Cds.
2.  Create a traditional photo album/book offline. (Note: blogs get deleted, companies go out of business).
3.  Save all collectible baby items, toys, shoes, etc. (if you don't know what is of value, check online).
4.  Create a blog and include fond memories, personal challenges and wisdom for the future.
5.  Visit as many relatives and friends as you can while the baby is still somewhat new, this way you will be building a network of support early on in case you and your son or daughter should ever need these people in the future.  People are more open to newborns.  Take photos with these individuals holding the baby, share them with your group, and keep thoughtful cards from these people.  Organize their contact information, so that you can keep them up to date on your baby's progress. Preserve this information because one day your child will want to invite family and friends to things like: sporting events, graduation, weddings, etc.
6.  Keep a baby book and include all health information in it including any necessary records.
7.  Consider a calendar or some memento that tells them about how the world was when they were born.
8.  Organize your child's creative work and protect it in things like frames, jars, etc.
9.  Give gifts of t-shirts, cups and other fun things when grandparents and other relatives are far away so that they can treasure your child's memories as well.
10.  Back up photos, scan documents and put what you can in a fire safe.

There are numerous other things you can do once your child becomes older and can draw. Do similar things as mentioned in this entry to preserve their work.  Although some of these tasks might be tedious to some, know that your efforts will be appreciated by you one day, your child, a relative, or who knows, a group one day depending on how popular your child is and what kind of impact your son or daughter might make on society.

Nicholl McGuire

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