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Samantha says ...
My most important rule was and is, people come first, before the house, the cleaning, the schedule, even the rules! When in doubt, choose the people over the things; things are for people, people aren't for things. Kind of the same train of thought as in that cute rhyme--"...dust go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."
04/28/2010 10:06:09 PM CDT
Janelle Ford says ...
The one I have been telling my kids FOREVER, is "Look where you are going, not where you have been." They were always falling over something as they looked back to see what the other was doing. It still works. To look ahead at what comes up instead of wrrying about what's done already.
04/28/2010 10:23:25 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters...I am working with my 3.5 year old on healthy eating. We developed a category system of items to select from for dinner - veggies, fruits, breads and proteins. We also got him a divided plate so he can select an item for each section from his categories. Although we have a hard time breaking from the traditional hot dogs (soy dogs), fish sticks and pizza, we rotate in a new food whenever possible (like my chicken & spinach meatballs which both my kids love!). We also cook together so he gets excited to eat things he makes, and do a weekly grocery trip to our new Whole Foods together so he helps me select food (and often try new foods thanks to their many demonstrations and samples!)
04/28/2010 10:26:39 PM CDT
Meghan Wade says ...
Be loving, honest and caring. Tell your child the truth, take them lots of places and let them have an opinion. Involve the nature in your everyday routines. Spend time together and ask them what they want to do. Show them first hand how a healthy and organic lifestyle is achieved so they can reflect and internalize these traits.
04/28/2010 11:45:23 PM CDT
Cyndi says ...
Keep up the good work! Seriously, in a year or two go back and read this article to remind you of the importance of these things. I have a 3 year old and a 5 month old, both boys, and it gets a little challenging to "stick with it" sometimes. But buying organic foods, and natural body care makes a HUGE difference in our children's health and it is most DEFINITELY worth all the extra effort. Also, I love what you said about having to ditch all those "this is how I'm going to do it when I'm a momma" ideas. I've done the same! It's one of my mommy rules to give myself permission to not be perfect! Also I saw someone's rule about people coming first - that is our number ONE rule too! It really helps to keep things in perspective. I can get very stubborn about certain things, and I have to constantly remind myself what is really important. So kudos to you, sounds like you're doing a terrific job as a mommy, so far! I hope you have a VERY rewarding and blessed 1st Mother's Day, you deserve it!!
04/29/2010 12:20:09 AM CDT
screwdestiny says ...
You sound like a wonderful, caring mother. If only all children were raised to actually care about what they put into their bodies.
04/29/2010 1:15:55 AM CDT
Wendy says ...
Doesn't seem like things change much from first to 13th! With 5 children now, the youngest of which is 14 months, my daily struggles are exactly the same! With special respect paid to the non stop ritual of keeping him out of the dog food, not biting the dog and not screwing with Daddy's stereo! I must say I wish I had been as well informed with the rest of it 13 years ago, but learning counts for something right? Feed him what you want him to eat now and it won't be a struggle. As for advice, stay committed to what you've got, the rules will come on their own. You'll figure out really quick what's important. Pick your battles. And when you have a girl the 9 to 19 months thing will be a little easier, girls are different. But they'll make up for it between 2-5! Enjoy your Mother's Day and the sleep will come...eventually. And be good to Daddy on Daddy's Day. He will appreciate it and your Mother's Days will get that much better! I need a whole foods closer than an hour and 15 away! When is one coming to Lynchburg, VA?
04/29/2010 7:43:43 AM CDT
Alexis says ...
First, congratulations on your first Mother's Day. My first one was last year, and I can't remember what I did exactly except spend time with mu husband and son — which is really all I wanted to do. This year, I just want a few minutes, enough for a long bath, to myself. Anyway, I find that as my son gets older (he's almost 2), I do have more rules. Like you, we try to eat organic as much as possible. My son is also really into shows like Yo! Gabba Gabba and Elmo, but I have been cutting back on his TV. He has always loved books, so I now I read to him all the time. I buy books in Spanish and French, and my husband and I work with our son on the words. Being in a warm climate, I also try to keep my son outdoors and active as long as possible. We play on the swings, walk the dog, or just run around. Most importantly, I just try to make sure my knows, every day, that his parents love him. In the end, it really is true that kids just need love, food, and a few clothes.
04/29/2010 8:21:37 AM CDT
Kristen says ...
My mother is an amazing cook and was always ahead of her time. Many of the simple dishes she used to serve us as a family during the week have become my signature dishes for entertaining. Her golden rule was and is "always start with good quality ingredients. If you start off poorly you will end up with a poor product." My love of cooking comes from my mother and my five year old twins and I have a great time cooking together. It gives the kids a tremendous sense of pride to be able to enjoy the fruit of their labor or better yet to share it with a loved one!
04/29/2010 8:41:26 AM CDT
GLS says ...
Happy Mother's Day to you all! I absolutely agree with your rules, Allison, and admit that these things did not become important to me until I became pregnant. On the first (and only, luckily) day that I experienced morning sickness, I rushed to Whole Foods and changed my diet completely. To this day, I credit Whole Foods with my healthy pregnancy! After my baby was born, I used only organic body care products and somehow found time to make all of his food (working full time and attending grad school - yes, it's possible!!!). He will be three next week, and I am proud to say that his favorite foods are blueberries, tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, and salmon! He loved avocado as a baby but recently told me that he wants to wait until he is five to eat them again. ;-) Enjoy every minute with your children! Love, hug, kiss, and snuggle as much as you can!
04/29/2010 10:29:07 AM CDT
Cookin' Canuck says ...
I feel very lucky that my two boys are fruit and veggie lovers. We always make an effort to use organic produce, whether it's from Whole Foods, farmstands, or our own backyard. They have learned to appreciate that produce that is properly grown is not only better for you, but has a taste that is far superior to other fruits and veggies.
04/29/2010 11:57:20 AM CDT
Re Re says ...
Woooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooo and Happy Mamas Day! I have 3 children, 4, 6, and 13 and proud to say that they love to eat their fruits and veggies! What I discovered with motherhood is that introducing them to healthy foods early is that it lays a strong foundation for excellent eating habits later and gives them a natural ability to make heLthy choices for themselves when they grow old enough to make those eating decisions for themselves! Let's keep these kids conscience!
04/29/2010 1:15:20 PM CDT
Amy says ...
Great story!
04/29/2010 4:55:30 PM CDT
Lynnea Brodeur says ...
If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!
04/29/2010 7:01:41 PM CDT
Allison B says ...
Thank you all for such warm words of support and encouragement and the great advice too! Happy Mother's Day!
05/04/2010 9:30:38 AM CDT
Jill says ...
Rule #5 Keep a bowl of fruit on the counter or table. If kids are hungry an hour or less before dinner they can choose from the bowl. Fruit has great fiber, digests easily on it's own and kids can always benefit from an extra serving!
05/04/2010 10:02:59 PM CDT

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