The Evolution of Parenting

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Parenthood changes everything.

But parenthood also changes with the addition of each child.

Here, some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first:

Your Clothes –

1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.

2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.

3rd baby: Your maternity clothes are your regular clothes.

The Baby’s Name –

1st baby: You pore over baby-name books and practice pronouncing and writing combinations of all your favorites.

2nd baby: Someone has to name their kid after your great-aunt Mavis, right? It might as well be you.

3rd baby: You open a name book, close your eyes, and see where your finger falls. Bilbo? Perfect!

Preparing for the Birth –

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.

2nd baby: You don’t bother practicing because you remember that last time, breathing didn’t do a thing.

3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your 8th month.

The Layette –

1st baby: You prewash your newborn’s clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby’s little bureau.

2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.

3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?

Worries –

1st baby: At the first sign of distress – a whimper, a frown – you pick up the baby.

2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.

3rd baby: You teach your 3-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.

Activities –

1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.

2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.

3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.

Going Out –

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home 5 times.

2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.

3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.

At Home –

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.

2nd baby: You spend a bit of every day watching to be sure your older child isn’t squeezing, poking, or climbing on the baby.

3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

***I have no idea who to give credit to for this content.  A friend saw it and sent it to me.  I loved it and thought I’d share.


Top 10 Top 10 Lists for Families

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We all love Top 10 lists. 

Perhaps its from years of watching Letterman.  Perhaps it started earlier with memorizing the 10 commandments.    No matter the reason there is a definate obscession with Top 10 lists.  Google any topic along side “Top Ten list of…” and you will get some sort of hit.   But wait, don’t go try it now I’ve done all the work for you. In a minute you will see the Top 10 Top 10 lists for Families – FREE.

Every parent can benefit from this post. These lists will improve your parenting skills by restoring the areas in your brain that previously produced rational thought but are no longer functioning. Those late night feedings, midnight runs to Wal-Mart and those early morning marathons to the bus stop have taken their toll on your body and your mind.

Stop crying. You are not alone and there is hope. Even if you have been in “the parent fog” for the past 2, 4 or 24 years you can regain control of your life. Just open, read, save, print and share this link. (After all, you do know other parents who would benefit from this compilation.)

When your done reading, you’ll understand more about raising boys and how to deal with the little girls in your life. You’ll know where to take the entire family out to eat and how to cook a fantastic meal at home the other 364 days of the year.

You will get great ideas for your annual stay-cation. (Remember how the last vacation turned out?) You will need these ideas for the next several years. By then you’ll think the kids have grown up enough to go back to Disney Land. (You’ll need this list again, hang onto it.)

Since your iPad has become your kids best friend and your most reliable babysitter, I’ve included the top ten list of electronics rules for kids.

Stay at home parents are an exceptional group of people. They are the ones doing the toughest parenting job on the planet. The rest of us commend you and are actually a little bit afraid of you. We have not figured out how you haven’t gone totally insane without escaping for 9 hours a day. There is a special place in heaven and a special list here just for you.

We all know that raising a family is expensive. Weather you say home or go to work outside the home there is never enough money. You love your kids, but they drain your finances. Since You don’t want little Johnny to have crooked teeth all his life, check our the list for saving money while raising a family.

Finally – in case you never got around to memorizing those 10 commandments- a family friendly version you can start memorizing with your kids today.

Happy reading. (Go ahead scroll all the way down and share this on your face book page. You know the kids will interrupt you or you will fall asleep before you finish.)

Top 10 Top 10 Lists for Families.

1. Top 10 things moms of boys must do.

2. Top 10 tips for raising girls. 

3. Top 10 Family Friendly Restaurants.

4. Top 10 Family Meals.

5. Top 10 Staycation Ideas for Families 

6. Top 10 “Family Rules”.

7. Top 10 Rules for kids with an iPad (or any other electronic device.)

8. Top 10 Tips for the Stay-at-Home Parent

9. Top 10 Tips for Saving Money.

10. The ultimate Top 10 list – The 10 commandments – Family version