Always fight for your WHY.

Hey you,

Man I'm so glad you are here and taking them time to intentionally think about parenting.

This is a hard road and not for the faint of heart!

Something our family adopted early on was coming up with our "WHY". Then as life comes at us we filter everything through that.

This has helped us stay the course and stay focused on our family goals.

I know there is so much information our there and it can feel so overwhelming!

Keep it simple, always fight for relationship over rules, fight for communication and always fight for your WHY.

❤️ Abbie

My top 4 parenting hacks / advice

Hack 1
Egg in a hole - get a yummy whole grain bread, use a cookie cutter and cut out a hole in the center of the bread. Butter both side of the bread and place on a hot griddle. Crack egg in the hole if the bread. Flip at half way point! Serve with fruit. A fun- well- rounded breakfast in a jiffy.

Hack 2
Bedtime questions. 
1) favorite part of the day? 
2) worst part of the day? 
3) what do you want to do tomorrow? 
4) what question do you have for me? 
This is an amazing way to check in on a daily basis and gauge where your child is and what’s going on in their little world. This will lead to incredible conversations when you have the time but also gives them a consistent closer to each day!

Hack 3
If the bath water is dirty at the end of the day it was a good day. This is an easy way to measure if your kids are getting outdoors in the sunshine and dirt enough.

Hack 4
Birthday Dates - allow each child to stay up late with you each month in the day of their birthday ie. if my sons birthday is the 16th of October than every month he has a parent birthday date night on the 16. He chooses what we do, game night, movie night, late dinner, etc. What a fun way to intentionally spend one on one time together!

7 questions about my journey

When did you become a parent?

I was 22 years old when I had my first baby!

How was the 1st night home with your first child?

Terrible! We were so worried that we were going to mess something up! I remember laying there awake wondering how in the world they had let us walk out of that hospital with a little human?! Isn’t it odd that we don’t need a certificate or degree to be in charge of someone’s life?!

What is the hardest thing about being a parent?

If I’m honest it’s attending to them. Not like in a flight attendant or nurse type way. I struggle with stopping and listening well, watching well and paying attention. I want to really take them in and learn from them and about them! Lots of times the biggest distraction is my 📱 !!

What is a super power you wish you had?

I always tell them, “mommy isn’t an octopus!” I wish I could be in two places at once!

Where is your favorite family vacation spot?

Anywhere that’s off the grid! Could be the beach or the mountains! As long as we can check out and really spend intentional time together!

What is your favorite thing to do with your kiddo(s)?

Play outside! At the park, in the pool, splash pad, going for a walk, to the beach and more!

How do you keep yourself sane with the stress of parenthood?

Good communication with my husband about my needs. I make sure I get in some by myself time daily with a regular rest time for everyone. Also getting in regular exercise helps mentally so much!

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