5 WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOUR KIDDOS WILL NEED COUNSELING AS AN ADULT!!

Do you make your (or did you make) your kiddos walk on egg shells?

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  • Over The Top Celebration:  Everything is not a freakin big deal!  Don’t train your kiddos to expect their college room mates to clap, celebrate, cheer and front flip when they flush the toilet and take out the trash.
  • Fun To Fun:  I can’t stand city athletic programs and parents that don’t keep score when kiddos are playing a game.  Just in case you didn’t know the score is never just FUN to FUN…someone WINS and someone LOSES!!  Teach your kids to win humbly and loose with honor!
  • The Silent Treatment:  Your kiddos will need counseling if you give them the silent treatment.  So many parents give their kids the silent treatment when they are mad, disagree with their kiddos, when their kids play a bad game, when they walk away from Jesus, if they are gay, make a poor choice, choose stupid friends…  I think you get the idea!  We may not agree with our kiddos, but we must walk in maturity and keep all lines of communication open.
  • Be Best Friends:  You’re an adult for crying out loud!  Be your kids parent, not their best friend!
  • Be Perfect:  Your kiddos need to know that you fail, that your marriage is not perfect, that you have made stupid financial decisions…the last thing your kiddos need is a perfect mom and dad.

So here is the question of the day…

Do you make your (or did you make) your kiddos walk on egg shells?  If so, please share your story!!

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5 ESSENTIAL TRUTHS EVERY PARENT MUST TEACH THEIR KIDDOS!!

I believe his conclusions are truths that all parents must take the time to teach their sons AND daughters.

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Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He founded the New Jerusalem Community in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971, and the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986, where he presently serves as Founding Director.

He has written extensively about the five essential truths to which men must awaken if they are to grow up into their God-given masculinity and spirituality.

I believe his conclusions are truths that all parents must take the time to teach their sons AND daughters.

So here ya go…

  • Life is hard.
  • You are not that important.
  • Your life is not about you.
  • You are not in control..
  • You are going to die.

It took me well into my 20’s, 30’s and if I’m honest…into my 40’s to come to grips with some of these truths.

Save your kiddos years of learning and pain by taking the time and depositing these truths deep into their DNA!!

Which 1 of these truths do you need to teach your kiddos today??

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THE POWER OF AN APOLOGY

We all demand that our kiddos apologize when they wrong a sibling, friend or adult, but what about modeling the apology process to them when you blow it?

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As I think back about my most influential moments as a parent, I think a humble apology is at the top of my list. I’ll never forget the look in each of my son’s eyes when I knelt down in order to get eye level with them, and sincerely asked them to forgive me something I did wrong. Something happened that forever changed the relationship I have with each of my boys when big daddy was willing to humble himself before each of them and ask for their forgiveness.

We all demand that our kiddos apologize when they wrong a sibling, friend or adult, but what about modeling the apology process to them when you blow it? All of us as parents blow it, and we blow it on a regular basis. Instead of giving your kiddos anxiety by always acting like your poop is all in one pile and it does not stink, acknowledge your humanity and ask for their forgiveness.

The most amazing part of teaching them to apologize is not even in what you are teaching, but in what you will receive. You will receive the most non-judgmental, heartfelt forgiveness available from another human. Your kiddos will teach you the power of forgiveness as you teach them the power of an apology. Talking about a win – win!

What do you need to apologize to your son or daughter about today? Don’t delay! God is waiting to do something special in your relationship.

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5 TIPS TO HELP MOM STAY OFF THE CRAZY TRAIN!!

Ok Moms…if you’re not taking care of you it’s impossible to take care of others. Will you make a commitment to get moving today?

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  • Marinate:  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control…”  Galatians 5:22-23  Mom’s, are you having a difficult time consistently showing your kids’ love, walking in joy, having peace even if all hell is breaking loose, staying patient when nothing is going right, being kind…  You get the idea.  God’s Word tells us that when we marinate in the person of Jesus supernatural fruit will grow.  So during the week set aside time to sing to Jesus, journal your prayers, shotgun your prayers all throughout the day, join a Women’s/Mom’s Bible study, read Abba’s Child (this book changed my life).  Get up before the kiddos and study one scripture, pray through the names of God, find a spiritual mentor to help you get out of your dry spiritual rut.  The only way to have true love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control is to sit at the feet of and marinate in the presence of Jesus.
  • Girls Night:  Make sure that you have time set aside for hanging out with the girlfrandz!!  That’s right!  NO poopie diapers, NO romantic night of ESPN, NO playing taxi cab…a time for just you and your lady friends.
  • Get Yourself Beautified:  That’s right…take some time and get your hair did, manicure, pedicure or massage.
  • Say NO To Social:  Take a day and say NO to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Texting, Email and chit chattin on the phone.  This my mom friends…will set you free!
  • Take Care of You:  It’s time to get to the gym!!  That’s right…Buns of Steel, P90, Insanity, Womens’ Boot Camp, Olivia Newton John and Let’s Get Physical, thigh master or Gold’s Gym.  I know you don’t have time.  I know you’re too busy.  I know that you’re too tired.  Here is what Jen of Getting Fit With Jen has to say about exercise and energy…

When we exercise, we increase blood flow. This helps deliver more oxygen throughout our bodies. We need that oxygen to create energy.  As more oxygen is being delivered throughout our bodies, more energy is created.  Therefore, after a workout, you are likely to find that you feel much more energetic.

Also, exercise releases endorphins in our bodies.  You don’t want me to go into the chemistry mumbo-jumbo to explain that, so I’ll just say that endorphins released in our bodies will give us a “feel good” sensation.  In addition, working out gets us in better shape which in the long run means that we don’t get as tired as quickly, which is much like having extra energy.

Can’t get to they gym?

Studies show that doing just 10 minutes of physical activity three times a day can improve mood, relieve depression, and increase feelings of well-being.

Ok Moms…if you’re not taking care of you it’s impossible to take care of others.  Will you make a commitment to get moving today?

So what are you going to do?  Which 1 of these do you need to implement in your life today?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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