5 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Comparing Your Kids to Others Kids

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I saw a very disturbing Pinterest description the other day that really made me stop in my track. The picture was of a cute little girl with a very stylish haircut. The description read, “50 cute haircuts for little girls to put you on center stage.”

After reading that I thought, “Are we really putting this undue pressure on our kids to make us look good?” Are we breeding an unhappy life in our children from the beginning because we compare them to others and judge by what they have and don’t have? I’m getting ahead of myself here so I’m gonna share a quick story that will segue into why we shouldn’t play the comparison game.

I also want to mention that I am in no way the perfect mom never comparing my kids to others but I do try to make a conscious effort not to and try to remind myself not to when others are speaking about their kids accomplishments or negative behaviors.

5 reasons why you need to stop comparing your kids

I was at Target the other day (funny how most things happen there) and I was in the toddler clothing section with another mom. I was perusing the discount section when I heard her child begin to cry. I thought nothing of it because that’s what kids do so I continued my shopping.

I don’t know what the mom was saying to her daughter because I was trying not to pay attention. But after one more correction, her daughter cries even louder as the mom proceeds to put her in the shopping cart. Then what I hear breaks my heart. The mom says to her toddler who is acting out, “Do you see anyone else acting like this?”. I thought to myself, “Honey, you caught on a good day because mine are usually the ones doing the crying.”

I wanted to go to the mom and say, “Don’t worry about it. Every kids does this.” but then I thought that would embarrass her more so I pretended not to hear her crying child. But I was saddened that she was comparing her crying child to mine.

Many times I’m not sure what to do when that happens because I want to be helpful and extend mercy. But what I don’t want to do is draw unnecessary attention to them either. In my head I have said what that mom said many times. “Why can’t my kid act like theirs?” Why do those kids get (insert whatever I’m coveting) and mine don’t.” “Why don’t my kids listen like theirs?”.

Here’s why we need to stop comparing…

1) It puts our kids on pedestals

When we compare our kids to someone else’s, our minds usually goes one of two ways. When we think, “Why can’t our kids be like them?” it shows that we have an expectation of what our child should be and it is not being met. This puts a harmful burden on our child that they are not good enough. They will begin to think that they can never do right by you. And, in doing this, you put someone else’s child on a pedestal.

Or we swing the other way and put our child on the pedestal. Thinking our child is better than everyone else’s setting them up for failure because they can “do no wrong”. This also puts a great deal of pressure on your child and they will become humiliated when they fail to meet with your approval. I feel this also encourages our children to be puffed up and that no one can do anything better than your child.

2) It creates an entitlement attitude

Our mentality is that we should always have the latest and greatest things. And when others have those things, we need them too. My child is just as good or better than yours (again comparing) therefore they need whatever that is to make your child great in the eyes of others. If their child has one, my child needs one too. (Whether or not you can afford one.)

The trouble with this mind-set is is that someone is always going to have something you want. Someone is always going to have a bigger house, more money, better clothes, better car or a “better life.” And if we are coveting and comparing ourselves to others you can bet that our kids will learn to do that as well.

Entitlement comes from a prideful attitude. Just like Eve in the Garden. She thought she should be entitled to know everything that God knows. Satan lies to us and tells us that if other children have it then so should then mine should too.

3) It teaches them to be ungrateful

It’s not enough to teach a child to parrot the word ‘thank you’ when they are given something. We need to really encourage gratefulness in our children.

We will never teach our kids to be thankful and grateful for what they have if we are always trying to keep up with what the world tells us we need. Are we purposefully thankful in front of our kids to help them learn to be thankful? Or do we nitpick and complain that we don’t have the newest iPhone or the lastest fashion?

If we do not make a conscious effort to be thankful in front of our kids, they will learn that they will always need something new and fantastic to make them happy. Madame Blueberry, anyone?

4) It fosters discontent among theirs peers

Children at a young age become aware that others have things that they don’t have. I remember being envious when I saw friends or relatives opening presents that I wish I had.

I am beginning to have the mind-set not to open gifts in front of other children because I don’t want to teach them to be envious of my child. Or to teach mine to be envious of other children.

How do you teach a 3-year-old to be happy with what some else has that they don’t? I admit I am not always quick to be happy when someone gets something that I have always wanted. I received many wonderful gifts from my family when I was younger so I wasn’t lacking in gifts but maybe those ideas of discontent stem from comparing my gifts to those around me?

5) It teaches them that their self-worth comes from others and things

When we teach our children to compare what they have with others it begins to shape their thinking that their self-worth comes from what they own and how they look. I do think it is important to look nice and presentable but we need to look at why our kids should be presentable.

Do we want them to have the best because we want people to admire us and how our kids look? Or should they be dressed decently in clean clothes because we are a reflection of Jesus Christ?

Look, I’m not down on moms who want to dress their kids in cute clothes. More power to ya. But when I see that your child HAS to have name brand clothes I feel like their attire is more about you then them simply being dressed.

And then when you get frustrated with them because they spilled food on the clothe you spent x amount of money on, you are telling them that their clothes are more important then their feelings getting hurt.

So what it really boils down to is this…

Are we trying to help them be more like Christ today than they were yesterday?

That’s the only comparison we should making of our children because He’s the only one worth emulating.

I am on this journey of Motherhood like all moms. I, again, am not perfect in this but who wants to join me in a pact of teaching humility and gratefulness to our children?

Think I am crazy or are you crazy with me? Let me know in the comments below!

 

5 Minute Vegetarian Snacks and Meals for Toddlers

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5 minute snacks for toddlers

Coming up easy little to no prep vegetarian snacks for my kids isn’t always easy when you’re running on very little sleep. Half of the time I open my fridge and just stare wondering what I can make my three-year-old and one-year-old that they can both eat. My one-year-old only has 6 teeth at the moment so finding foods that he can easily eat by himself is not always an easy task.

Meal time is so much eaiser than snacks because I get so tired that I can’t even remember to put the coffee I just ground up in my pour over before I pour the hot water into it. (Oops!).  And many times I give into something that I don’t want them to eat because the snack is easy instead of filling and healthy.

And sometimes I have all my ducks in a row but most of the time my ducks are scattered all over creation. So instead of beating myself for not being “the perfect mom” (if such a thing exists) I have this little list to help keep me sane.

So let’s simplify things, shall we?

What I love about this list is that the food listed here is soft and easy to chew. Obviously you never leave a child alone while they are eating but I like that most of the food on here probably won’t pose as a choking hazard.

This list is also nice if you are leaving your kids with a baby sitter. Just print it out and have it hanging on the refrigerator for a quick reference. Then you don’t have to sit there and explain which foods your child can or cannot have.

Another thing I like that about this list is that the simple foods encourage self feeding and helps them with fine motor skills. This then frees up my hands to read to both my kids during lunch time (or check Facebook).

So here is the free printable list that helps me prepare quick meals and snacks on the fly that will keep your toddler full and satisfied! 18 Vegetarian Snack Ideas!

Thanks for reading! Did I miss something? Comment below what you would add to the list!

P.S. If you’re wondering if Vegetarins get enough protien click here!

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8 Tips to Stay Safe During Rattlesnake Season

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A friend took our oldest son on a walk that other day and they came across a baby rattlesnake! When I heard that it sent chills up and down my spine. Baby rattlesnakes mean there could be bigger ones nearby! So I took to the internet and researched everything I could to keep my kids and myself safe during rattlesnake season.

Some websites claim that roughly 8,000 people are bitten by snakes in the U.S. each year. That is a terrifing number! So I will be keeping a sharp ear and eye out for rattlesnakes and be applying these tips whenever I can!

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Create a Hanging Flushable Wipe Dispenser for Potty Training

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We are still in the throes of potty training but I haven’t had to clean up an accidents in a while so yay! I wanted to make the process a little easier on both of us so I did a little brain storming and came up with this handy-dandy hanging wipe dispenser!

It had been somewhat of a battle with my son because when we first started he didn’t care about going on the potty at all. The hardest thing about potty training for me at first was remembering to take my son to the bathroom to go and to ask him regularly if he had to go. Now that he has learned to go when he feels the urge it was high time for me to figure out a way for my son to be able to easily wipe himself.

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A Letter for Moms After Mother’s day.

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It’s the day after Mother’s day and things have gone back to normal for the most part. We resume business as usual and most everyone forgets the day before how moms were celebrated.

If I could sit and talk to you the day after Mother’s day what would you tell me? Would you say that it was one of the best you’ve had or was it hard because you didn’t actually get to celebrate for one reason or another?

Since I can not be with you, I wanted to write you a letter in the hopes that you will be touched and remember that someone is still thinking about you the day after Mother’s day.

This letter is for the mom who…

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift: Hand Print Key Chain

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Since I have only been a mom for four years (I include the time in the womb) I don’t readily think about what I’m going to do for Mother’s day because I am usually thinking about what I want to do for my mom and mother-in-law. So when I saw this the other day I knew what I wanted to make for the special mama’s in my life.

I love handmade gifts! Especially the ones made by those you love. J asks me almost every day if he can make a craft. I try to prepare things ahead of time so that when he asks I can just whip out the project and he can easily put it together by himself. This one is so easy that there is really no need to prep. Continue reading

The Ultimate List of Essentials for Postpartum Recovery

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After I had my first son I’d wish someone had told me that there were so many things that you need for your postpartum recovery. I just thought that you push a baby out and you get to love on them, dress them in cute clothes, feed them and rock them to sleep all the while your just a little tired from not sleeping through the night, right?

Other moms out there are shaking their heads knowingly that I had no idea what taking care of another human being was going to be like and how utterly exhausted you will be too if you don’t care of yourself as well.

People would jokingly say, “Just you wait”. I thought they were just being dramatic. But after I had become super anemic after the birth of my son it was so hard to even to walk from one end of the house to the other. I thought other moms must be crazy when they said they were getting stir crazy a few weeks after their baby was born and I’m over here  like, “Woman, I can barely stand up and keep my eyes open let alone get out of the house!”

Now I make a little postpartum care kits for first time moms so they have an easier time recovering than I did from the first one. This is a mostly natural list because I am not sure what is in the depends but everything else has natural ingredients and is what I used.

The opinions expressed on my blog are based on my own thoughts, knowledge, and experiences. Please keep in mind that I am not a Doctor or other health professional so please consult the appropriate professional before making any changes to your diet, health, or other applicable areas.

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Iron

The little bit of iron that is in prenantals is not enough to make up for the amount of blood you lose after a baby is born. And it is A LOT. Then you continue to lose quite a bit for several weeks after. Fun, huh?! If you become anemic this goes double for you. Now with that being said, you can get iron poisoning so only take the recommended amount on the label.

This liquid iron that my midwife told me to take helped get my hemoglobin back up really fast! Like a few days fast. I could already tell. My thoughts were clearer. I had the energy to stand up. I could stand up without feeling like I was going to faint. I highly recommend this form of iron because your body will process and use it very quickly.

On its label it says that it is combined with fruits and veggies to counteract constipation which leads me to my next essential item…

The Squatty Potty

Okay, there, I said it. This one is a little weird to talk about but it is a must. After you have your little bundle of joy you will find the next time you need to use the restroom it might be a bit…difficult. The squatty potty will help “eliminate” that problem.

Long story short it helps you have a better “go” by having your legs like you are in a squatting position. This will help you go to the bathroom without straining because that is the last thing you want to do after pushing your baby out. It will reduce hemorrhoids and hopefully help you eliminate everything to keep you healthy! You can watch their very interesting video here.

Something else to combat constipation is to drink plenty of water. I saw someone had marked a water bottle with hourly lines to make sure they drank the recommended amount for their weight daily.

Essential Oils

There are so many good uses for essentials oils but the ones that I will talk about are going to be for the “baby blues”.

Dr. Axe says that these are the four top essentials oils that help uplift your mood.

  1. Lavender – To relieve stress and induce sleep.
  2. Bergamot – Improves blood circulation and gives energy. Works against anxiety.
  3. Chamomile – Best medicinal herb for fighting stress and promoting relaxation.
  4. Ylang Ylang – (pronounced ee-long, ee-long) Promotes good feelings.

Some other good ones are tangerine, grapefruit, sandalwood and frankincense. If you want a more in-depth reading you can go to Dr. Axe’s article here.

So if you already have some of these oils just use a few drops of each in a diffuser and relax.

Pineapple Juice

Not only is this juice super yummy to drink but there so many ways that is helpful. There is no data on this, just personal experience, that says that it will relieve clogged ducts.

It does contain bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory protein enzyme in the pineapple, which may be why it relieves the pain of mastitis.

Pineapple is also very high in vitamin C, and contains a good amount of Vitamin B1 (turns carbs into energy) Potassium and manganese (a trace mineral that thins the blood and creates connective tissues and does loads of other things!) And the Dole pineapple juice is now in a BPA-free can. Woo-hoo!

I mixed mine with coconut water to get the benefits from that as well.

Deodorant Wipes

There is an unsavory fact that most moms don’t always get to bathe, that or they have no energy to do so, after they have given birth. And with moms who have more than one little this becomes almost impossible. On the days when you need to freshen up and there isn’t anyone to help you by watching the baby so you can get cleaned up, these little deodorant wipes come in handy.

They are also great to throw into your purse or diaper bag for a quick way to get rid of B.O. when you are out and about because it’s hot or you forgot to put deodorant on that morning!

Padsicles

This was the weirdest concept I had heard about but they helped SO MUCH! There will be all kinds of discomfort down there and you may not be able to sit directly on your lady parts for days. So to make these…

You’ll need:

  • Aloe Vera – Try to find one without dyes or synthetic ingredients. I can’t remember which one I used.
  • Heavy duty pads.
  • Witch Hazel (This is what is in Tucks pads).
  • Water.

How to make:

First dilute the witch hazel with the water. Add about a tablespoon of witch hazel to 4 tablespoons of water. Then you are going to take your pad out of the package. Keep the outer packaging.

Add your water and witch hazel mixture to your pad and let it soak in. Then apply about 2 tablespoons of aloe vera to the pad. Then place the pad in its packaging and store in the freezer. They last for quite a while in the freezer.

Replace pad as often as needed. I didn’t usually wear them at night because I needed the extra absorbency of the pad to last me through the night.

Nipple Cream

Now I didn’t end up needing nipple cream so there isn’t I have tried personally. But I know that for most woman it is a must because your nipples may crack and bleed but you can prevent this by using a good nipple cream. If there was one I was going to use it would be this kind because it is vegan and all natural. Works on mom and baby!

Sitz Bath

You need so much care for down there! This relieved a lot of discomfort, especially if you tear. I hope you don’t but you might. It also helps relieve hemorrhoids if you get them.

A sitz bath is a shallow bowl that will place on your toilet that you put warm water and herbs into and you “sitz” (sorry, I had to.) on it. This kind even comes in pretty colors!

My midwife made a different recipe for me but you can use this kind for your sitz bath.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops chamomile essential oil

Dissolve the epsom and baking soda in warm water. Then add the rest of your ingredients. Add enough warm water so that your lady parts are sitting in the water. And don’t worry about it overflowing. The extra water will just pour over into the toilet out the back. Sit and enjoy for as long as baby will let you. 😉

Notice how there are so many uses from the same few products! Which is nice because you can get the most healing for your buck.

Feminine Wipes

Toilet paper, even the softest kind, is the not the nicest or easiest way to get clean after you’ve had your baby. I highly recommend feminine wipes because it is quite refreshing and you can see that you are getting clean. Hopefully, wherever you have your baby they will give you a peri bottle but I found that this doesn’t always do the trick when going more than just pee. So it was nice to have these wipe as well.

I’d like to get more and use them for when it is my monthly time. I don’t plan on using tampons in the future so these will be nice when wanting to feel clean during that horrible week.

I would use them sparingly though because you don’t want to upset the delicate ph balance of your girly parts. If it’s cleaned too often or too well you could get a yeast infection. One or two will work just fine to be thoroughly cleansed.

And above anything else listed here, the best thing you can do postpartum is…

Rest!

You’re probably thinking this goes without saying because you’ll be exhausted but you’ll be surprised how many things you will try to do that you could easily ask someone else to do.

Need a glass of water? Ask someone. Need an extra pillow? Ask someone. Need help getting to the bathroom? Ask someone. Just ask. It is that simple.

All of these products really helped speed up my recovery and I hope they are helpful in making yours quick too.

Already had a baby? What were your “must have’s” for your recovery?