The Go-To Mom discusses the four most common parenting mistakes you don’t want to make on an appearance of ABC’s “View From the Bay.”
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Empathy is the cornerstone of good parenting. Nothing feels worse than to behave badly with your child and then see them sweetly sleeping in their beds. With my method you don’t have all the guilt and regret and it makes parents and kids feel good. A child’s entire world is experienced and processed through an emotional filter. If we don’t take into consideration the impact of child’s emotional world then we miss a golden opportunity for strengthening their emotional intelligence. We can begin to emotion coach children at birth. Now that we know babies can experience depression as early as 6 months of age – we have to start dealing with children’s emotions very early on in their life. When we emotion coach kids, it makes time of discipline much more manageable, and what parents wouldn’t want that? Forget the timeouts, reward charts and old dated modes of discipline. Emotion coaching sharpens social intelligence. If you coach your kids they will be more resilient, play well with others and are physically healthier. Plus they don’t disengage from you during times of discipline, instead they actually stay connected with you. Emotion coached kids do the right thing when we’re not there. If you have a child that you have to be their emotion coach and I’ll show you how in the Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children. It will teach the tools and techniques to make them a preschooler whisperer!
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As a social media mom I’m pretty excited about Sony’s new Internet Player with GoogleTV on it! I love tweeting during my favorite show, or updating Facebook® while using the picture in picture option. I can even resize the box and move it to any corner.Now this is an enhanced web experience because your favorite websites are on a grand scale with the Google Chrome™ browser that’s built for speed & simplicity – plus the graphics are amazing! There’s always something on. Download apps directly to your TV from the ever-expanding Google Play Store™. Choose from favorites like Netflix, Pandora or YouTube – see them on the big-screen, with HD resolution and advanced motion systems — The Google TV Discover app is pretty handy! It’s the easiest way to find and watch the best entertainment possible. Browse everything that’s broadcasting right now, and you can even see how much of the movie remains, whether it’s on live TV or available through services like Netflix. I can do all this with one remote featuring a full touchpad and backlit keyboard – or I can control the TV with an iPhone, android or tablet!
As a child I spent a lot of time hanging out with my grandpa Lloyd who was flamboyantly gay. Although, he most likely would never have wanted to be a Boy Scout or Eagle Scout, I’m sure his more masculine and outdoorsy colleagues would have liked to. My sister’s mother is openly gay and has been all our lives. Does that mean she should lose her right to be a Girl Scout den leader? I mean, if she’s attracted for females, might she pose a risk to the girls? This notion I sarcastically speak of is crazy, biased and archaic. My son’s troop is led by a heterosexual woman so should we be fearful that since she likes males, she may be attracted to the boys in the troop? Seriously, if all you in favor of banning gays from this organization can dish out a conversation that MAKES NO SENSE, clearly you can answer my logical questions above. In my heart I do hope that the BSA make the change and embrace every man and boy who desires to be part of what they teach – preparedness, kindness, generosity, compassion, community, and reverence.
Post is dedicated to grandpa Lloyd, the most outstanding citizen, caring loving man I’ve ever known. We are fighting the fight I know you would be proud of. xxoo
Jenny from @SuburbanJungle and @Rookieheather can improvise and banter around with whatever cockameme dialogue I speak.
@Sugarjones eats organic eggs from her very own chickens!
@TheZenMom is so brilliantly bright and full of resources!
@MomsLA founders Sarah and Yvonne seriously define the new Youtube trend of Collabing hashtag #Collab (as we used to call it in my government job: collaboration)
@GreenMom Sommer has written an amazing kid’s books called, “My Mommy is a Blogger.”
Elke founder of @Mamalode mag is the person you want to be with if disaster strikes. She’s so calm cool and stylishly hip.
When dad bloggers attend conferences and get facials right in the middle of the room it doesn’t faze me. @DaddyClay you know what I mean?
When @AlphaMom Isabel K. wears sun glasses she looks like Stana Katic from the TV show ‘Castle’
An innocent little bear, with a giant social media campaign can change one little boy’s life #HondaLove #4Moms
@TheMomiverse founder, Charmin and @LivnLime founders Marie R. Walker might just be angels from heaven because I have never met anyone so gracious, charming and sweet in my life.
The business of Blogging has morphed into it’s own beast since the birth of Silicon Valley Moms co-founded by @Techmama Beth Blecherman – for which was the very first blog I wrote for.
@SamanthaEttus moves so fast and works so hard that I’ve yet to corner her to sit down and have a glass of wine with me!
Some our biggest blogging fans are our kids. Who would of known? I saw it w/my own eyes watching @Momfluential and her teen daughters cheering her on.
@HipMamaB is a natural on video. You can see her here in my Starbucks #ptch promo http://ptch.com/ptch/518402faac60305a7a7c2fbf on www.ptch.com
Morgan from @The818 puts ‘personality’ in hair.Watch out for her fearlessness!
@Daspilar Pilar Clark is the easiest person to find at a conference. I saw her at least 4 times a day!
Apparently I’m the ONLY one who thinks @ShellyKramer looks nothing like her profile picture.
Jill Amery founder of @Urbanmommies does have a pair of flat shoes, but will continue to wear 4” heals at blogger conferences all day.
@Mommyfriend is really a mommy friend! OMG.
@MintCool is an amazing mom.
@RomyRaves defines what a color chart means when she shows up in her cool groovy outfits.
@TodaysMoms will greet you every time with a warm cheerleading roar of reception.
Jenni from @Mommynanibooboo will do anything on camera I ask her to #goodsport
@Lmayes is really the most unstoppable girl there. #GirlsUnstoppable
Make a concerted effort to engage in “Mommy Cherishing” activities — How many times this month did you do something just for yourself? Did you take a nice long bubble bath, read a great book, or get your toe-nails painted fire engine red? Moms are happier and more mentally balanced when they can plan activities that fuel their passion for life.
Stop Competing With Other Women — A perfect mom is hard for anyone to bond with. We feel we can never live up to that type of mother so we shy away with intimidation from the so called, ‘perfect mom.’ However, a mother who is confident and a tad self-deprecating is alluring. She shows us her strengths as well as her weaknesses, which allows others to bond with her in a non-competitive way. The more women continue the cycle of female or mommy competition the less chances we have to build a universal female support system.
Ask for help when ever possible — It’s not easy asking for help. You may think just because you wanted to be a parent you have to rise to the occasion all the time. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Many people are willing to help. The key is to actually ask.
Simplify your life by doing less — Doing nothing, or being alone is really doing something. Never underestimate the power of mommy-decompression time. Just like sleeping serves as a restoration for the human body, doing nothing can do the same for moms. It’s okay to have nothing on your plate. The most common advice I give mommies is to cut out what is not necessary. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Less is more.
When you run an errand, tack on an extra half hour to do something fun – It’s okay to do Mommy-Cherishing activities when you have time off — So many errands are done out of necessity and tend to use up all the time we have off. I know moms don’t have time to grab a vanilla iced blended or flip through the pages of a cool magazine at the bookstore, but why not? We rightfully deserve it. It’s okay to add some fun to your day before you run your errands! The next time you have time off, tack on an extra forty-five minutes to do mommy-cherishing activities.
Complaining without action gets you nowhere. It’s your choice to either restore or accept your post-baby body — Women gain weight as they age; however it’s a mommy’s responsibility to maintain optimal health and good self-esteem. You can sit silently and envy the fit mommies or get moving and get some cardio and Pilates action going! You can take the path of least physical resistance and accept that life changes many things, which includes your figure.
Learn to take “Mommy Time Outs” when you’re angry or cranky — I’m better off yelling, “Mommy Needs A Time Out!” then taking it out on the family. However, that’s what happens to moms who don’t take a break. I don’t mean take a break and sit down for minute. I’m talking about taking several hours off of mommyhood or work to do something that brings back your vitality.
Quiet yourself at least once a day
Taking time for your self is essential for good mothering. No one really ever plans on being a martyr-mom. We all know that in the end that this type of mom will eventually burn out and her children may witness her unravel. Taking time off from chores, work and family can be very mommy enhancing.
A happy woman makes a happy mom.
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Each year I have my favorite gifts that I love to give… Most are pretty affordable but every now and then I have one that has a larger price tag! As you can see I mention all types of gifts for all ages and even for dad! In the comments box below please let us know your recommendations for Mom! And I know you might prefer doing crafts or sledding in the snow with your kids rather than holiday shopping, but here’s a holiday gift guide with suggestions for gifts that won’t break the bank. Plus, your family will truly love these gifts!
Record everything you hear, say and write, and link audio recordings directly to notes with the Sky wifi Smartpen from Livescribe, featuring 4 GB of memory to record 400 hours of audio and thousands of pages of notes, diagrams and drawings1. Tap anywhere on a page to replay audio from that exact moment, and wirelessly sync notes and audio to your free Evernote account. Replay, search and share your interactive notes, anytime and anywhere from PC, Mac, iOS or Android devices.
The Ultimate Cake Pops Set makes it easy to create adorable cake pops with some of Bakerella’s Favorite designs. Crumble your cake, mix it with frosting and mold it in an assortment of shapes using the items in this set. Then dip in melted candy coating and decorate. It’s that simple. Just shape, dip, decorate and display your creations to become a (cake) pop star, just like Bakerella.
BabbaBox is a monthly subscription box that is delivered to your home with ALL the physical materials plus know-how content to really engage with your kids. You can gift a BabbaBox experience for 1 month, 3 months or a full year.
What dad (or mom…or really any person) couldn’t use a few updates to his wardrobe? The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool.
Lush products are made from fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics. They make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients, and tell you when they were made.
Retell favorite stories in your very own voice for a family tradition you can share no matter where you are. The book plays music on every two-page spread and features Voice Save™ Technology. You can choose from a variety of titles including holiday books like Santa Claus is Coming to Town and The Night Before Christmas or children’s classics such as Goodnight Moon and Guess How Much I Love You.