Have you ever heard the phrase, “Children are like sponges!” They absorb everything, just like a sponge. This is wonderful when it comes to learning and education. However, when it comes to life and the people they model themselves after it can be a dangerous thing. Do you ever ask yourself, “Am I shaping my child to become me?” Why is it happening whether I try to or not? [Read more…]
It really doesn’t matter what age you are, waiting is hard. It can be as simple as waiting in line at the store, waiting for your birthday, or waiting for the day to be over! Every day we are constantly waiting for something. How do you get through? [Read more…]
I can feel her gentle grasp as she wraps her tiny fingers around my finger for the first time minutes after she’s born. She rests on my chest as our hearts beat softly together. We hold hands for the first time.
She grabs my hand with her tiny fingers and steadies herself as she starts wobbling on two feet. Her steps unsure and her grasp so tight. She will not let go for fear of falling. Slowly her steps became steadier and yet her grasp is still so solid. She needs my hands as one step becomes two, then three, then four.
Moments later we walk hand in hand as we cross the parking lot to the park. She grabs my hand as she climbs up the ladder to the slide. She pulls my hand and gently leads me to the swings. I take her hands in mine and help her up. She holds on tight and giggles with delight.
I blink and now she’s holding my hand tight to cross the parking lot to lead her into school. It’s her first day of preschool. She wants me to walk her in. I hold her hand as she steps in, shyly greets her teacher and finds her seat. She wants to be ready but isn’t so sure.
When I turn around and she’s grabbing my hand to lead me to the lunchbox she wants. She is going to school all day now. No more running errands together. We say goodbye to our lunches at home together. Afternoon cuddles on the couch together are over so fast.
Before I realize it, we are holding hands on our way to the grocery store. We are picking up food for her first sleepover. Her friends are coming over and they need pizza and popcorn. No more kiddie cartoons in the living room. Say goodbye to Dora and Disney movies. Our times of hanging out together are limited. Giggles erupt from her room. We are not sharing them anymore, but I can’t help but smile at her wonderful sound of laughter.
In a quick moment, she will be leaving for dances, receiving a diploma, and holding someone else’s hand. I pray they hold her hand and heart as carefully as I did.
Our time to hold hands was so short. She held my hand tight for such a brief moment. I think I held tighter. She put all her trust in me and knew I wouldn’t let go. I gave her all my love and made her feel safe.
Now she is ready to let go. She feels strong, confident, and secure. I’m not ready to let go, but I know it is time.
Cherish all the times your child’s small hands reach for yours. Hold their hands as long as you can. Remember each step of the way. It only lasts a short while. So much love can pass through your hands. Do everything you can to hold their hands a little longer.
-Mom on the Move
Does it seem a little silly to post about how to play at a playground? Kids love to go to playgrounds and play. Each one is different with different options for the kids to explore and use their imagination. Every once in awhile though you might need a little encouragement to foster that excitement for imaginative play. Here are 5 great ways to get your kids excited to play at the playground.
I sat in the back of church today for the first time in a long time. We used to sit in the back all the time when we had small children. Now that they are older, my children want to sit closer to the front. I had forgotten what it was like in the back of church. It is a very different service in the back than in the front. [Read more…]
Today I have a special guest post from Tracey Clayton. She is a wonderful writer that has been a guest on my page before! Sometimes it is very hard to help children remember thankfulness and gratitude at Christmas. Let’s consider these great points! [Read more…]
Everyone loves to save money and get the best deal. That is why I shop at Walmart in the first place! They almost always have the lowest prices around. What if I told you there are 5 more ways to save even more money at Walmart? Are you jumping out of your seat and headed to Walmart right now?! [Read more…]
Nothing in our life is certain. The world and the things in it are constantly changing and fleeting. It is hard for minds to comprehend and adjust. Why do we struggle so much and make it so hard for ourselves? [Read more…]
Fall is here and the end of October quickly approaches. The end of October means only one thing for kids…Halloween. Halloween traditionally means carving pumpkins. The carved jack o’lantern at the end of the season is a sight to behold. However, the process in making a jack o’lantern are not always known to all, especially children! [Read more…]
Pets are a tricky business. In theory, pets will teach your children responsibility. Some believe that pets will help your children learn about love and caretaking. Is this the truth or is it a myth? [Read more…]