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4 New Mother’s Day Ideas for Your Mom

As moms, we all know that our babies making us finger paintings warms our hearts way more than any expensive Mother’s Day gift could.

 

But, I think we tend to forget that it’s the same for OUR moms. Even though we’ve grown up and we’re off raising kids of our own, we should remember to do those little things that will remind our moms just how much we love them.

Here are 4 personal ideas, straight from the minds of the Young Moms Club staff, that you can steal for Mothers Day…

 

mothers day young mom danielle fordDanielle- The one thing I make sure to do every year is to put the kids’ recent school pictures in a nice frame and give them as a gift to my mom. I usually bring her flowers or something home-baked. I keep it simple because I know that it’s the thought that counts, plus my mom is one of those people who will be legitimately mad at me if I spend too much money on her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mothers day young mom kim negriKim– Being 3,000 miles away from mom makes Mother’s Day pretty difficult, so one idea that isn’t at all expensive, but still personal is always a special greeting card customized through Treat.com.  I LOVE being able to add photos of the grandkids so it’s totally different every year.

 

My mom has CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth) which is a neuro-muscular degenerative disease so this year, I’m making a small donation to the CMT research foundation. Spreading awareness for a great cause means so much more!

 

mothers day young mom stephanie ramirezStephanie- Every year I like to add a personal touch to my gifts. If you’re like me and like to add old memories to remind your mother of your times together, I suggest to turn your Mother’s Day card into a time capsule. Find a few old pictures and remind her of why that time was special to you. For instance, I will be adding a picture of my mom cheering me on during softball games. Just to remind her of the supportive person she has always been for me. You can even make a collage of pictures and add a letter to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mothers day young mom samantha jerneeSamantha- My mom is very family orientated so brunch with everyone is a must! She is also one of the most selfless people you will ever meet, so for a gift I always get her something she wouldn’t get herself, like a day at the spa or a new purse. And now that she is a grandma, I have my kids make her something hand-made and truly from the heart.

Now that you know what we’ll be doing for mom this year, what ideas do you have?

 

Let us know your budget friendly gift ideas or tell us about something fun and different you’ve done to celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day!

The Spotlight is on: Melissa Monk

Is it possible to stay positive and focused while mothering as a teen? 18 year old young mom Melissa Monk is proof that you can help others while raising a beautiful daughter!

 

Tell us about yourself and your family:

Hello!! my name is Melissa! I am a young, hard-working, single mother to a beautiful baby girl named Mackenzee Ryanne, 10 months old.
I fell pregnant at 18 by my boyfriend of five years and I couldn’t be more excited! Then reality set in and of course he spilt. So now it is just me and my baby girl living out our dreams. I am currently working full-time in a clothing store while I finish school to become a 911 dispatcher!!

My daughter has always been my number one priority. Mackenzee’s dad became very abusive mentally and physically after she was born and I had to make the hardest choice of my life to leave him. Though I do miss him and I wish things were different, leaving him was the best possible decision I could have ever made for myself.

I am currently involved in helping to create a teen mom support group with my church!! I really want to help teen mothers who are struggling feel like they are worth something, and that their children are always a reason to continue to fight for what’s right!! I am also trying to become an advocate to help prevent teen pregnancy! young mom picture

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I was really worried about my daughters father being able to let go of his horrible drug habit. He has a horrible addiction to smoking pot and drinking beer. I never noticed it as a problem until I was pregnant. I honestly handled it in the worst way possible at first. I used to nag him and yell at him and try to control him and then I realized that I cannot change him. The best decision I made was just walking away from him.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

To treat myself, I take a bubble bath every night after my daughter has gone to sleep! and once a month I buy something for myself since I spend majority of my money on my daughter!

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I know I’m not a perfect mother but I do know I’m a good one. My favorite thing would have to be the love and trust my daughter has for me shows daily when the first person she looks for when she wakes up is me. When she’s playing with her toys and abruptly stops just to make sure I’m still within sight and smiles as soon as she sees me looking at her already. When she’ll crawl over into my lap and snuggle up to me. I know I’m doing something right. And she is so oblivious (obviously) to how much happiness she brings me, how much she helps me on a daily basis and doesn’t even know it. I love her so, so much. Yes, I do get overwhelmed sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It just means I’m human.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

In five years I see myself working hard as a 911 dispatcher, living in a house with my daughter and possibly a husband. I want to be happy, healthy, and over all just settled!

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?sweet young mom and baby

My advice to other young mothers would be to just keep fighting. It is so hard being a young mom but the ending result is so amazing! there is hope for us young mothers. If you always put your child’s needs and wants first, and you make sure to also take care of yourself, then you will be happy. Let go of all of the negative in your life and embrace this journey that you are on!! Do not let peoples rude comments and stares get you down because no other person on this planet has the right to tell you that you are not worthy of being a good mother!!!

So glad Melissa shared her inspiring young mom story with us!

 If you liked this article about this and would like to say hello, please do so in the comments below 🙂

 

The Spotlight is on: Brooke Coleman

Not even a mom yet (Pregnant!) and already an inspiration for young moms. Brooke Coleman shares her story and plans for the future with us.

Tell us about yourself and your family:

My boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year now and he has been my best friend for three years. We love and support each other very much and are very excited for our little angel to be here! (Due date: Oct. 12 2013) We live with his two moms who are very supportive but we are looking for our own place and hope to find one soon!

teen mom picWhat were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?

I was very nervous about telling my family, my father in particular. Once I told him, he told me I would either get an abortion or I would be ruining my life. We didn’t talk for a few months but are now working on our relationship again. It made me very sad to see my dad react this way but I am glad we are trying to figure it out together now.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

I love to do my makeup and get dressed up for no reason at all! It makes me feel good about myself. I also really enjoy writing and I do it almost daily:)

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

I love feeling my baby kick and seeing my baby on the monitor. I am so excited to find out the gender and to meet my baby for the first time!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

I see myself graduating from the University of New Brunswick (via Humber College) as a nurse (RN) and hopefully finding a nursing job to support me and my family!

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

There are going to be days that are good and most certainly days that are bad but don’t let anyone tell you what is right or wrong. Don’t let society bring you down, do what you need to do for your family. Being pregnant is not an illness, go to school, pursue a career and make a life for yourself and your family. Never hesitate to look for programs and help in your community, help is out there!

Thanks so much, Brooke, for sharing your inspiring story. You’re going to be a great example of a young mom.

If Brooke’s story inspired you or you just wanna leave her some love, tell her in the comments below 🙂

Stay at Home Mom Activities! 10 Ways to make INCREDIBLE memories Every Day

I am so glad I decided to be a stay at home mom.

I get to enjoy waking and sending my kids off to school with their homework completed, lunch made and school attire wonderfully chosen.

Then I love and take care of my youngest during the day.

Some of my fondest memories are of being home with my kids and helping them grow by my influence each day. A great responsibility not to be taken lightly, but very much adored.

Each day we get to decide how to mold these little minds.

In the evening, we get to cuddle and eat dinner, study and prepare for the next day. Nights are great because I am here to tuck them into bed and read the occasional story.

During the summer, I am usually right here with them all day for outdoor play.stay at home mom activities

It sounds like a lot, and it is, but we as moms often sit back and think, “All that fuss and I still really enjoy it.”

The life of a stay at home mom can be really great if you incorporate the right attitude of fun into it.

There are lots of precious moments that make up the day, so lets talk about what you can do to enjoy them.

I love to make up homework activities that include reading, writing, and worksheets. Coloring and crafts are the usual creative choice. We also love to play games that encourage learning.

We love to change it up everyday. Gardening and science projects are some recent ideas that we have had. You can really have a great day if you have a schedule.

Write down meal times and finish important chores in a timely manner. Move on to activities every few hours, set times and stick to them.

My girls and I can make any day fun!

Here are some of my stay at home mom activities for you to try out

1. Be happy, dance and sing! Often times when you are in a good mood with your children, you come up with the best songs and dances! My daughters and I come up with unique dance routines to songs we made up or we listen to children’s songs.

2. Reading is definitely necessary and we even make up our own stories! Go by your local library for fun. The more you read to kids, the more creative they will be. Quality time and intelligence comes from story books.

3. Play in the dirt!! Go outside and explore the outdoors.  We have a garden that encourages our children to grow healthy foods. A lot of fun can be found just in sitting outside in the grass, picking flowers, and playing with bugs.  I Have  an outdoor picnic or ride bicycles. Pitch a tent and stay awhile, its going to be fun!  Soak up the sun, just remember to wear sunscreen!

4. Daily exercise is so important to your family’s health! Why not make it an essential part  of your daily SAHM routine?! You will be teaching your children habits that will last a lifetime and you will look good too! Have them create their own workout plan. Its amazing what kids think is fun and it uses their energy wisely!

5. Have your children take part in cooking! They will absolutely love it and you will get some unquestionable creative help! This is a great way to start planning meals for your family as well!

6. Art projects and crafts are so much fun for your kids and it keeps your mind creative and sharp. Modeling clay, coloring, painting, paper folding,  and jewelry making are just some ideas. My family loves to make seasonal crafts. We look up ideas and then put our own spin on it.

7. Take a trip to your local museum or park. Sometimes an outing can be just what you and the kids need so that your attitudes don’t become stifled and rough around the edges. You can learn so much about being in public, social situations and the attractions available to be viewed.

8. Movie night or game night can be so important because of  the family interaction. Instead of watching tv all day, tell the kids you are saving a special movie for the big event! Have snacks and personalized to your family’s specifications, let everyone have a say in the preparations.

9. Children just love to pretend, join in on the fun in any way you can. Play dolls, super heroes, or whatever your child is interested in. I know its by far the thing i struggle with the most, but you will be building lifetime memories with your kids!

10. 1 word: Sports. I could go on and on about the benefits of outdoor play, but I will just let you experience them when you play sports like soccer and basketball. Its so important to get your exercise so why not make it exciting by playing a friendly outdoor game? Invite friends to join you, go to the local park or fitness center and grow your athletic side. Encourage your children to play sports because they will learn about teams, sportsmanship and may discover talent and mature their personality!

I shared with you some of my favorite stay at home mom activities, now I want to hear the stories of your supermom abilities as a stay at home fun mom!!

Read more about the Author, Lacricia Sanders..

Stay at Home Mom Activities! 10 Ways to make INCREDIBLE memories Every Day

The Spotlight is on: Anyssa Marie Ruiz

She’s not your average 19 year old Cali girl- Anyssa is also a young mom, figuring it out day by day, with her baby girl, Mia.

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I’m a young mom at 19. I’m struggling but holding on. Making my little girl happy is my priority.

What were your biggest concerns when you first found out you were pregnant? How did you handle it?teenage mom and baby

I thought that I wouldn’t have enough money. My boyfriend got a second job to handle it and then my mom and his mom started to help out.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?

I never treat myself on anything. For fun I dance because its what I do and to stay relaxed I just watch TV.

What are your favorite things about being a mom?

My favorite thing would be making her laugh, watching her grow and learning how to do this right.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn’t have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

I see myself as a professional dancer, it’s my wish since i was little, with maybe 2 kids a husband and a life that makes me and everyone else happy.

What advice would you give to other young girls who just found out they’re pregnant or recently became a mom?

Take care of yourself. Don’t let others let you down. Stay positive. Things will be okay. Good luck.

 

Do you have any love or words of wisdom for Anyssa? Share them in the comments!

The Spotlight is on: Anyssa Marie Ruiz

10 Best Books for Parenting- 7 Mom Bloggers share their Favorites

Never-ending crying all night long.

Saying “No!” to every request you give.

Embarrassing temper tantrums in the grocery store.

Throwing “yucky” food across a restaurant.

Biting your friends’ kids on play dates.

If you have a toddler or school aged child, I know you’ve experienced a few of the above situations. If you’re pregnant or have a newborn, you’re in for quite a treat.  🙂

These are the times when you question whether that miniature person following you around, who resembles you an awful lot, is really your child- Or if it’s actually the Devil himself, disguised as your mini-me.

What’s the secret to stop your devil child from emerging? Being prepared!

Having a small library of books for parenting is sooo important! There are so many unforeseeable situations that happen with children and having a go to book handy on the subject can be a life saver.

 

I asked these 7 mom bloggers what their favorite books for parenting are and I got some great responses. I already placed an order myself 🙂

 

kathy hajduk stowellHere are a few: “The Baby Book, Revised Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two”, “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher” by Rahima Baldwin has a nice introduction to some of the basic principles of Waldorf education and the importance of guarding a young child’s senses.
 “Toymaking With Children shows simple toys to make instead of buying value empty plastic junk.
 “Simplicity Parenting” by Kim John Payne is more than a parenting book, it’s a lifestyle book! It changed my life so much I got certified to teach workshops on it and am now offering them online at www.blissbeyondnaptime.com  -Kathy Hajduk Stowell

 

natanya lara helak“The one that comes to mind right now that I’d recommend is “The Whole-Brain Child” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.It’s an awesome, totally readable book that gives practical advice on how to handle stressful situations with your child. The book is based on brain research, and the strategies support a child’s healthy emotional growth while helping parents understand why their kids act the way they do. Highly recommended!” -Natanya Lara Helak of www.growtogetherparenting.com.

 

 

If you are wondering if there’s another mom in the world who feels like you do right now; if you want to find out how other moms are coping with their relationships, expectations, bodies, sex lives and more; if you want support in early motherhood; then reach out for the award-winning book, “Purple Leaves, Red Cherries: A Gift for Mothers with Short Stories, Journal & Toolkit. “A must read for new mothers.” – SheKnows More on the book at http://purpleleavesredcherries.com

 

dawn kenroy gibson“CALMS: A Guide to Soothing Your Baby” by Carrie Contey. This is a simple, yet powerful little book of step-by-step instructions on how to calm your baby. I highly recommend this for those of you with newborns and up. I used this book with my own babies and continue to teach my clients about the importance of self-regulation and the impact you have on your baby’s nervous system. This book is super easy and quick to read and even easier to implement. -Dawn Kenroy Gibson of www.mindfulmotheringaustin.com

 

 

ursula markgraf

“The Fussy Baby How to Bring Out the Best in Your High-Need Child” was a life-safer when I had my second baby! Even though I already had a child I was in no way prepared for what happened. This book did not change what I had to deal with but it changed my mind and how I felt about the situation. I felt so empowered by this book and for the first time in my life started to listen to my instincts and trust them. It honestly changed my life and how I think about parenting!
-Ursula Markgraf of www.ursulamarkgraf.com

 

 

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“Buddhism for Mothers” by Sarah Napthali is a great book to help you get through those days of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. I go back to it time and time again when I’m feeling a little frazzled. -Vari X of http://www.buttercupink.com

 

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“How To Raise An Amazing Child” by Time Seldom is a good intro to Montessori in the home. As a Montessori mom, I would also recommend Maria Montessori’s books. -Jo Ebisujima of www.myorganizedchaos.com

 

Have you read any of the above? Do you agree that these are the best books for parenting?

Leave a comment with reviews of what YOU think are the best books for parenting below!

10 Best Books for Parenting- 7 Mom Bloggers share their Favorites