Reflective Journal Prompts on Parenting

 Just start. If you're trying to start the habit of journaling, try answering some of these questions next time you sit down to write.

Journal prompts come in all shapes and sizes for parents.

If you want to get closer to your children

If you want to be closer to your daughter, son, teenager

If you want to inspire your children to draw

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Three things you should embrace as a new mother

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New beginnings!

So exciting………. I remember being a new mother. If I could go back and talk to me. What would I say? There are so many things spinning around in your mind. Let’s quieten that and get a little focus. What three habits will help the big picture?

Get this bit right and everything else seems easier to manage.

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Simple Parenting and Play Planner

Simple Parenting and Play Planner  with two weeks of giveaways.

 

I’m really excited to share with you the Simple Parenting and Play Planner as a brand new way to have your space and a place for taking action on your family haven.

What is the Simple Parenting and Play Planner?

  • Place for parents to catch their dreams, values and ideas and gently lay them out, evaluate and make them happen.
  • Space to focus on the things that matter in YOUR family. Set your agendas. Discard the rest.
  • Guardian of what you hold clear and dear in your family. Your play intentions, your family intention and you.
  • Opportunity to get ourselves, our spouse, our fun back on track after the shifts and changes of motherhood.

There’s this mismatch between what we do and what we want to do.

For whatever reason

  • we didn’t get to do that play activity we wanted to do.
  • we want to have better conversations about the school day or do that seasonal activity but we were too late ordering the parts or getting the time off to go.

We wish parenting was easier like menu planning that we can pick our best loved recipes and choices and use them over again. The thing about menu planning is when it works well it’s usually because we planned.

Meal times are more relaxed and calmer. But we don’t do this type of planning for play and creating the family haven we want.

Spend a moment in your Simple Parenting and Simple Play Planner– picking one area so we don’t go into overwhelm and use this focus to work on feeling happier about your parenting and play.

You don’t have to plan the life out of things. You’re always able to free flow, simplify, fly by the seat of your pants. Those things don’t change about you. The Simple Parenting and Play planner works with your family- is used in your family regularly.

This is a simple, intentional way to connect with your ideas, values, rhythms and routines on a regular basis without feeling guilty.

sample pages Simple Parenting and Play Planner

On Monday 31st March, we start the Simple Parenting and Play Planner- on tour!

This is cool for you as this 51 page planner will be visiting 10 blogs where you’ll learn a little bit more about the planner AND have a chance to win a copy.

So not just one copy but 10 chances.

Here’s how it works……

Check out the list below for each of the stops. Visit each blog and enter into the giveaway.

Monday 31 March    My Healthy Beginning

Tuesday 1 April        The Mom Writes

Wednesday 2 April    RainyDay Mum 

Thursday 3 April         Megan Flatt

Friday 4 April             Pickle Bums

Saturday 5th April       Bliss Beyond Naptime

Monday 7 April           A Free Spirit Life 

Tuesday 8 April           Simple Kids**Today**

Wednesday 9 April      Mama Scouts

Thursday 10 April       Plannerisms

Friday 11 April           Raising Playful Tots

I’ll be updating the posts here on Facebook and Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

If you’re curious to find out more about the planner you can check out Simple Parenting and Play Planner

Good luck!

 

Adding a little something to the bedtime routine

How's the bedtime routine? You should try these ideas for a change

Bedtime routines.

It’s the consistency.

Finally after almost 10 years of bedtimes I’ve finally learned to embrace the fact that as a family we don’t have a regular set bedtime routine. And you know what? That’s okay for us.

I don’t know what I thought everyone else did or does. I just felt a heavy heart knowing that we really didn’t do a regular routine. But I look at why and it’s usually because of the end of the day tired syndrome along with three energetic boys and one me. We have things we do during the evening that prepare for bedtime.

I thought it would be fun to dream a little of things you could do at bedtime if you’re looking to make a change. Maybe something needs fixing, improving or you fancy a change.

Yoga for Kids: Three Moves and Poses to Try:: Metro Parent

Bedtime Meditations for Kids (Calm for Kids)  :: Amazon

20 Soothing Bedtime Crafts: Spoonful

Bedtime sensory tub: lavender dyed rice :: NurtureStore

Welcome to The Sunday Parenting Party, hosted by Dirt and Boogers, Play Activities, Crayon Freckles, Taming the Goblin, The Golden Gleam, Prickly Mom, and The Tao of Poop. The SPP is place for readers to find ideas on nurturing, educating, and caring for children, as well as honest posts about the stresses of being a parent or caregiver. Links to reviews and giveaways are welcome as long as they are relevant to the topic. All parenting philosophies are welcome with one exception: please do not link to posts promoting physical discipline, as this is something we would feel uncomfortable having on our blogs. (P.S. By linking up you agree that your post and photos are Pinterest, Sulia, G+ and FB friendly. We will be showcasing ideas on The Sunday Parenting Party Pinterest board.).

Are they listening? [Host]

When we try to talk and they try to listen. What happens in your home?

Listen!

Are you listening?!?

I don’t think you heard what I said?

Are you even listening to me?

Why did you do that? I asked you to X?

Stop wriggling about….put that down.. I’m talking to you. Why are your eyes going like that?

 

With so many times in our day when we are giving instructions why were we getting so exasperated with the whole process?

Because it was clear during each interaction that they boys weren’t really listening. Of course I had interrupted them from what ever they were doing and just started talking at them about something I felt was important. Naturally, they should process and be able to do. Wrong! I have no idea where or why I had that  opinion since it doesn’t work with my friends, my spouse or people I meet. Yet somehow I’d slipped into this habit.

There’s all sorts of social rules we learn about getting attention, waiting our turn to speak/reply/respond and remember to do the thing we’ve just talked about. After a really frustrating time it came down to many of the run ins we were having revolved around not listening to the instructions and doing other things while the instructions were being given.

We don’t think we were giving a long 10 step instruction plan or lecture that the kids tuned out to, but maybe we did use too many words. We did get down to their level and show and share but maybe we went too quickly without really having their attention.

Through our observation things weren’t working well and we needed to teach them how to listen better and we needded to learn how to give instruction better.

As lifelong learners and testers we’ve not got it all sussed but here’s what’s made a change in the home. Yes you’re right it’s not perfect we don’t acheive 100% compliance and nor would we. Children are learning too and we expect that this process of learning to listen will take time and not be as we want it each time.

It doesn’t stop us from giving them every opportunity to practice and improve their listening skills. Besides their partners, bosses and clients and future friends will appreciate them more if they grasp some better concept of listening.

Come back on Wednesday to see some ideas on what to do. Go here

Welcome to The Sunday Parenting Party! This week’s hosts are denoted by the word {host} behind their link’s name in the list below. The SPP is place for readers to find ideas on nurturing, educating, developing and caring for children, as well as honest posts on the stresses of being a parent or caregiver. Reviews and Giveaways are welcome as long as they are relevant to the topic.

 

All parenting philosophies are welcome with one exception, please do not link posts promoting physical discipline as this is something we would feel uncomfortable having on our blogs.

 

PS: By linking up you agree that your post and photos are Pinterest, Sulia, G+ and FB friendly. We will be showcasing ideas on our The Sunday Parenting Party Pinterest board.

Being upbeat and positive in a negative and routinized world [Host]

Being upbeat and positive in a negative and routinized worldThere are many days when parenting is far from being a joy! It’s hard work with very little reward. When you’re in the trenches with your little one or little ones it can really seem that life is pulling you along. Finding the escape from this thinking and emerging happier and more content isn’t easy. Simply because the children are still with you and this situation probably hasn’t changed too much. Developmental changes use to blindside me with more backchat or movement so they’re getting into more things. Yet at the back of my mind I knew that a few things helped me, if I could just remember to do them.

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Finding time to do things for mummy that isn’t child related [Host]

Now's the time to get some mummy time

When was the last time you did something that was just for you?

 

No one else.

Chances are you have meant for things to happen but life happened and instead we missed out on time for ourselves. Part of raising a playful tot is establishing good boundaries. It’s not something that comes easily when there are so many situations that pull on our time and attention.

Situation 1

You find you’re the carer for the children all the time, if not 24/7.

It’s a desire.

You’re happy for it.

You embrace it.

You need time for you too.

 

Situation 2

You find you’re the carer for the children, nearly all of the time. It’s happened over time due to work patterns, maybe a choice to start with.

Now you feel stuck.

You need time too.

 

It’s really easy to have suddenly woken up in a place where everything you do is related to the children and less time on the care and feed of ourselves. I recognised this about me  and want change. This is what I’m doing….and incomplete list but it’s a start.

  • Notice what you do
  • Plan future events
  • reconnect with old habits
  • Try new habits
  • Be around new people

Many of these are really difficult to do but I know that my heart and whole person will be grateful.

How about you? What are you working on that’s just for you ?

We’re linking up parenting posts that involve us as parents. We keep the Sunday Parenting Party free of activity based posts and instead focus on helping each other as parents through giving and seeking advice and sharing things that worked.

If you’re new here we’d love you to join in by adding your post to the bottom and have a read of the other posts.

Welcome to The Sunday Parenting Party! This week’s hosts are denoted by the word {host} behind their link’s name in the list below. The SPP is place for readers to find ideas on nurturing, educating, developing and caring for children, as well as honest posts on the stresses of being a parent or caregiver. Reviews and Giveaways are welcome as long as they are relevant to the topic.

 

All parenting philosophies are welcome with one exception, please do not link posts promoting physical discipline as this is something we would feel uncomfortable having on our blogs.

 

PS: By linking up you agree that your post and photos are Pinterest, Sulia, G+ and FB friendly. We will be showcasing ideas on our The Sunday Parenting Party Pinterest board.

Instagram tags on playful parenting

Clearly I’m late to the party with Instagram  and Instagram tags but I love it!

With the Instragram app on my smartphone wherever I am with my little ones I can snap a picture and share it. I love looking at my friends pictures and discovering new people.

We’re all about intentional play so I particularly like the playful parenting side of things like you, since you’re here :) There are lots of tags or hashtags on Instagram that instantly connect you with virtual communities of likeminded folks.

I’m sure you have your favourite ones too.

No matter what time of year Instagram is great for capturing the season but during the summer it’s like a special secret weapon. During the summer most of our usual routines are completely different whether that’s blogging, working, and the kids. It’s easy to keep in touch with our playful sides and share our fun.

Here are some of best most well used Instagram tags on play and kid activities

Go find some fun friends and me on Instagram and have a fantastic summer!

 

How to find and use tags on Instagram?

  1.  Go to your profile page. See the yellow arrow in the picture below. Note the magnifier at the top.
  2. Click that to search.

Instagram profile for playactivities
3. You’ll come to a screen like the one below.

4. Select tags

5. You can see which tags I have used in the past or search for some new ones ( Hint: Use the tags below :)

search tags on instagram
6. I clicked #playmatters on my screen
No.1 is a thumbnail of all the photos at the moment. My phone said there were 5864 photos. That’s a lot of inspiration. ( current view)

No.3  Click to see more pictures.

anatomy of the tag

No.2 is the feed for this tag. This is really neat. Just like a twitter list or facebook list. It’s easy to track everyone. Toggle between thumbnails and lists. With the list function you can like as you scroll. ( see below)

Follow a #playmatters user Now here comes the list. I asked friends and looked around for the active tags. Those with lots of photos. Here the are in a handy graphic.

 

instagram tags kid activities

 

What are your favourite tags to see or use on Instagram to do with play, kid activities and parenting? Share them below along with your link to your instagram page.

Choosing Yes and Choosing No- Sunday Parenting Party

Over the past few weeks I’ve been adjusting.

Choosing Yes and Choosing No- a parenting choice that will rock your world
Switching over my late and later nights for earlier and earlier mornings.

Who was I kidding?

I was always an early morning early night kind of gal but circumstances meant I was often up and doing things later and later at night. Once I got my second wind, who needed sleep. Except I did at the other end.

Waking up groggy and foggy, I didn’t like but I tumbled into the day. I’m not a coffee drinker so there was no pick me ups during the day to keep me. This fuzz would remain in the background. [Read more…]

Scheduled separate and special times- Sunday Parenting Party

Why creating a simple scheduled separate special times each week is so worth it

Once a week do you get the chance to just stop.

Not the end of the day flop when the children are in bed and you’ve got time to catch breath.

I’m talking about during the week with the children. A chance when you all stop and spend time together?

When I look back on my childhood I have very clear memories of having a day when we would do the same routine in the morning and the afternoons we would spend together as a family. [Read more…]

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