The 411 on raising responsible and happy children
Parenting is one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs in the world. Unless you’re a parent, you really don’t know what a parent goes through. I remember after having my oldest daughter, people would often times ask me what I did. When I told them that I was a stay-at-home mom, they would proceed to ask me again what I did for a living. Just to clarify, the people asking these questions were not parents themselves.
Of course, now that my kids are older, I do have a “fulltime” job, but that does not take the weight off in parenting because it is a 24-7 effort. When you’re parenting, there are so many pieces to the puzzle. You have to make sure your kids are well-fed, healthy, happy, learning, respectful, listening, cooperative and the list goes on and on. It goes beyond your selfishness, as their well-being is in your hands. Oprah once said, “I always say moms have the toughest job in the world if you’re doing it right.” This statement rings true to me (I must say that this is true for dads as well).
As parents, we’re always looking for great resources to help us along the way. I’ve compiled the 411 on everything from potty training your child to having them earn their own income.
Potty train your child in just one day
I believe this is every parent’s dream. My kids were both dreams. They actually threw their diapers off and started sitting on the potties by themselves (I was actually the one that was not ready). From what I hear from family and friends, this is not the norm. To keep this an appetizing read, I will forgo the details that some of my friends said that they’ve endured. If you are in the process of potty training your child, Brittany of The Prudent Patron has a few tips that will have your child potty trained in just one day. Yes, it is possible! The icing on the cake is that you’ll be saving a ton of money not having to purchase those diapers.
Paying it forward
I am all about giving back to our community. We are not the only ones that live in this world and no matter how hard times are, there’s always someone that has it harder. Both my parents dedicated their lives to helping people from all backgrounds and I’ve carried that on with me to teach my own children the same lessons I grew up with. For our family, we’ve been sponsoring a child for almost 2 years in Africa to afford her a solid education that will someday get her and her family out of poverty.
Melissa of This Mommy Saves More also shares her proudest moment as a mom when her son pays it forward. She talks about the importance of how family bonding time is priceless and approaching the holidays differently by taking items that her family no longer needs to a local mission. To me, that sounds like a great holiday plan.
Spending quality time as a family
It’s true that we all live very busy lives and sometimes wonder where all the time went. One of the best parts about being a parent is finding the joys in the little moments that we share with our children.
While group time with the family is great, I also set aside one-on-one time with each of my children. It gives them the personalized attention that they need. They’re always happier and it’s as simple as taking them to get Jamba Juice and talking about what they did at school or what they want to do on the weekend, etc.. You can also try one of the 50 summer bucket list activities that Jen of Thrifty NW Mom does with her own kids or try Alea of Premeditated Leftovers’ frugal family fun ideas.
Healthier, safer and more successful school year
If your child is healthy, happy and safe, you’ll also be a happier mom/dad. There is nothing like trying to wake up your child to go to school because they’ve slept late the night before or dealing with the entire family being sick from something that was brought home from school. We can all relate! With these tips from Lea Ann of Mommy’s Wish List, your child with have a healthier, safer and more successful school year and that equates to overall family happiness.
If you’re a homeschooling parent, Kristie of Saving Dollars and Sense shares her tips for avoiding homeschool pitfalls. Stay away from the three pitfalls she mentions and you will be a happier homeschooling parent.
Teaching your kids financial responsibility
It’s never too young to teach your kids about money. Whether it’s saving, budgeting or tithing, the younger they learn, the higher likelihood that it’ll become second nature to them when their friends are just starting to figure things out.
Mary of Mission to Save has a really fun but simple way to teach your kids about money. It’s called Commission for Kids. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Instead of giving allowances which requires no work or effort, commissions are given after work is accomplished which instills hard work at a young age.
If you have teenaged children, they can also find jobs as babysitters, pet sitters, tutors and more. Here are some ideas for teens to earn extra money compiled by Lori of More with Less Today. I will encourage both my daughters to get a job as soon as they can because it really teaches them the value of a dollar and although it’s very easy to spend it, it’s harder to earn it.