As many of you know all too well, parenting a high-needs baby is hard, it’s exhausting, and it’s overwhelming.
If you are in the thick of parenting a high-needs baby, my hope is that sharing a few of the tips and resources that helped me through that very difficult first year with Nora will also help you… or at the very least, offer some encouragement that you are NOT alone!
Over the years, I’ve been asked countless times how to get messy spouses and messy children to ‘clean up their act’. And while I don’t have any quick-fix answers or easy solutions to these questions, I do think that if your children and/or your spouse are willing to try to change their behavior, there is hope!
Today I’m sharing a few steps.
If I had my way, I would have a completely uninterrupted afternoon each week to clean my whole house. However, since that’s not really possible right now, I do the next best thing and clean WITH my kids.
If you’re looking for a way to get your toddlers and preschoolers involved in household chores, these are a few of my favorites.
Since many people know how frugal I am, it was often assumed that Dave and I would use cloth diapers for our babies — but as you now know, that is not the case.
I have nothing against cloth diapers, but they aren’t for us — and today, I’m sharing why. I’m also excited to be sharing an amazing deal on a Seventh Generation diaper bundle from ePantry.com!!
On an average day in our house, I think it’s realistic to say I answer upwards of 250 questions… for real!
It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed by all the questions and whining and just say “no” to everything — however, for the past few months, I’ve been working hard to say “yes” as often as possible… and it has made a big difference in how my kids react and how smoothly our days go.
As many of you know, “sleep” has been a hot topic in the Dekker household for the past 3.5 years… basically since we brought Nora home from the hospital!
Although sleep is one of my top priorities, I haven’t always been able to get the QUANTITY of sleep I would like. However, there are a few things I do that have helped me get more QUALITY sleep… I’m sharing those today!
He’s finally here!
I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker clan… James Robert Dekker
Every year, around this time, I start seeing blog posts, news articles, and social media posts that rant and rave about how “spoiled” our kids are and how they apparently expect to be entertained 24/7.
While I fully agree that this generation of children is being raised in a completely different way than I was raised (or any other generation), I often wonder if that’s really as bad as people say… and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well!
My due date is 2 weeks away… so of course, it’s time to celebrate the Dekkers transitioning into a family of FIVE!
Even though there is a lot I’d like to do in the next 2 weeks, I can honestly say this is the most “ready” I’ve felt (physically, mentally, emotionally) to bring a new baby home… and yes, I can’t wait to celebrate the big news with all of you!
Today I’m sharing another life lesson I’ve learned from my kids… and I’m amazed at the difference it has made in my own life, in my family, and in my interactions with other.
The lesson might be overly-simplistic to some of you… but sometimes those simple lessons are worth repeating a few times so they can really sink in!
A LONG time ago, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be “that mom” who always picked up and re-did chores after her kids because it wasn’t good enough for my own standards.
I’ve reminded myself of this promise many times… but I never expected to be at the point in my life where I had to put it into practice so soon!
I’m often asked if there are certain things that helped me to simplify and organize my life with 2 small children around. And while I don’t usually like to advocate for buying more STUFF, there are a handful of things that immediately come to mind when I’m asked these questions.
Today I’m sharing my “list”… and I’d love to know what STUFF would make your list!
Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.
I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…
One of my greatest strengths (at least in my opinion) is that I am generally a very confident person… HOWEVER, when it came to parenting and becoming a mother for the very first time, confidence was nowhere in my vocabulary.
Are you expecting a new baby (whether it’s your 1st or your 5th)?
If so, I’ve got a list of practical advice and to-dos you can complete and cross off your list NOW, and then rest a little easier knowing that some of these important tasks are out of the way before baby arrives (can you tell I’m already starting to think ahead for baby #3!)
Nora is right smack in the middle of the “terrible threes” as I’ve heard them called
Last week, we had one particularly rough day that had me in bed, sound asleep by about 9:15pm… but only after making a massive list of EVERY SINGLE THING Nora had a tantrum about during the day!
I remember “way back when” Nora was just an infant and I hadn’t slept more than a couple hours in days. I was SO tired, SO exhausted, and SO frustrated. By her 2nd birthday, I started wondering if we’d ever sleep through the night again. I told myself that “someday, when she finally started sleeping through the night, I would write a blog post about everything we tried.” So today, I’m more than just a little excited to FINALLY be writing that blog post… and yes, she is sleeping through the night!!!!
When it comes to parenting, I’ve had a 3-year crash course with one of the toughest instructors around — my 3 year old, highly-anxious, overly-sensitive, never-slept-through-the-night little girl.
So, since Nora’s THIRD birthday is tomorrow, I figured now would be the perfect time to share a few more of my thoughts on parenting…
This is a post I’ve been itching to write for years already — but I didn’t think I would hold any “clout” on the topic until I had at least 2 kids.
So now that the “having two kids” part has been taken care of, I have a few (maybe more than a few) things to say about why I STRONGLY believe we should stop worrying and stressing about making every single aspect of our children’s lives “fair” and “equal”.