Tip-a-licious Thursday

The 5 Keys to Being a Great Parent
By Lisa Pecos

For anyone who has never raised a child, the idea of parenting might seem like a rather simple thing on a day-to-day basis. After all—how complicated can it be? Just try to be a good role model, attend to your child's needs, and make sure your child learns the rules of acceptable behavior. But of course, as any parent knows, raising children is not so simple. On any given day, there is a set of complicated issues that can make even the most conscientious parent feel cowed and helpless. But at the same time, there are some general principles that can guide one's parenting choices and make things at least a little less complicate. If you are looking for guidance, here are a few key qualities that all great parents have in common.

1. Making the child feel big: The last thing any parent wants to do is give a child an overinflated sense of self-importance, but we do want our children to know that they are capable of anything and that they do not have to feel limited. From the parent's perspective, instilling this sense of self-confidence can seem difficult, but it is really just about gently nudging the child toward the great things he or she is capable of accomplishing.

2. Praise what is truly good: For many parents, especially first-time parents, there is an understandable tendency to give over-the-top praise for every single thing the child accomplishes, no matter how trivial. This is great for the child's self-esteem, but you also have to make sure you give him or her something to work toward.

3. Be consistent: There are many ways in which children's minds differ from adult's minds, but one of the most important is in the way children thrive under routine and order. When there are rules that are upheld consistently, with very few exceptions, children's natural tendency is to go along without hesitation. But if you are too lenient with your rules and give too many exceptions, the child has no reason to believe that the rules are worth taking seriously. That is where consistency comes in; no matter how hard it is, make your child know that rules are rules, and he or she will have no choice but to go along with them.

4. Be good: There is no underestimating the extent to which children pick up on their parents' behavior. And you cannot hide your own tendencies from your children. When people live together, there are very few secrets, and those secrets that do exist are not easily kept. So if you want to be the best parent possible, you have to set aside any harmful or self-destructive tendencies you may have and truly become the best person you can be. This may in fact be the most difficult part of being a good parent, but it also may be the most important.

5. Know your kids: Parenting guides have their uses, but you are ultimately the only one who knows your child. Approach all outside advice with a grain of salt; it comes from people who do not know your children as well as you do. Most of the time, if you think about who your children are, you can trust your instincts to determine the best course of action. There will come a time when knowing your kids will prove difficult, so make sure you are on the ball during the early years.
Lisa Pecos enjoys writing about topics in theparenting field. She believes in using natural remedies first, especially when you need tosoothe tummy aches.

Tasty Tuesday

Life as a mom can get pretty hetic! I'm always trying to find new ideas for the kids' lunches. I mean, who wants to eat a sandwich everyday?! While searching for ideas online, I found a fantastic recipe for homemade hot pockets! Duh. Why didn't I think of that sooner?! Check out my final product - a delicious turkey, cheese, & spinach hot pocket.


Find the recipe here: Money Saving Mom

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The 5 Most Important Decisions To Make About Your Baby
For first-time parents, the decision to have a child is sometimes much easier than the choices that come later. After all, we are biologically programmed to have, love, and raise children, so this choice is very often a no-brainer. But as the pregnancy starts to progress and the reality of your situation begins to settle in, you will discover that there are a slew of other decisions you have to make, beginning with a number of important ones that must be settled before the child is even born. If you are at this point, here are some of the most important things you will have to think carefully about.

1. Breast milk, formula, or both?
There are many factors that should go into how you wish to feed your baby. Most important, there is health. All relevant authorities agree that breast feeding is preferable to formula feeding and should be the primary source of the child’s nutrition for at least the first several months of life. If you cannot breast feed, however, you do not have to feel bad, because today’s formulas are perfectly healthy, and children can thrive on them. It is just a little less natural and can be more challenging in several ways.

2. Child care
Next you have to decide how to share the responsibility of caring for the child. This is an especially fraught question in households where both parental figures think of career as a top priority. The traditional way, of course, is for the mother to take care of the child, but that tradition is no longer meaningful to many people, and it is quite common these days for the woman to be a significant or primary breadwinner in the household. Meanwhile, stay-at-home dads are a growing phenomenon, and few people today think it strange. And of course, there are also caregivers other than the parents.

3. Choosing a pediatrician
Mere days after you are released from the hospital with your newborn, it will be time for your first visit with your family’s pediatrician. There are ways to handle this if you do not already have a pediatrician chosen. For one, you can go to a family physician covered by your insurance while you continue to seek a pediatrician who is right for your family. But for everyone involved, it is much easier if you at least try to find a pediatrician whom you can work with for the long run. This way, you can develop a rapport right off the bat.

4. Changing habits
Before your child is born, there might be some things about yourself that you want to change. For example, if you smoke tobacco or use alcohol more than you would like, now is the best moment to tackle the issue. There will likely be no other time in your life when the issue is more pressing, so deal with it now. It is also a good time to take care of any medical issues, physical or mental, that you have been brushing under the rug for a while.

5. The baby’s space
Infants are largely attached to their parents and do not need a lot of space or possessions of their own. But before you know it, the time will come when your child is ready to sleep independently and to have a little play space that is all his or her own. While you are preparing for your child in other ways, start thinking about where this space should be and what you want it to look like.  

Lisa Pecos is a regular contributor to Baby Care Journals. She strongly believes in healing naturally first, especially to calm a baby’s tummy.
Frugalicious Mommy Disclaimer: This is a guest post. No monetary compensation was received.  

Wordful Wednesday

Today was a great day! I decided to venture out and do a little shopping at Central Market (aka Gucci-B because it's basically a high-end H-E-B). There I found a great selection of organic produce and some delicious fresh Kale-Lemonade juice. This was my first time at Central Market, so I was in absolute heaven. The prices are a bit high but the quality of food is amazing. :0 )


After my little shopping trip, I was able to have lunch with my husband & daughter in the Central Market cafe. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Pictured above is my little princess enjoying her $3.49 lunchbox meal - PB & J sandwich, baby carrots, grapes, and raisins. I must say that this lunch beats any hamburger happy meal! Delicious & nutritious. 

Ahh what a good day! 


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Attention coffee lovers!!!!


If you're in the mood for a nice cup of Joe, then I suggest heading to 7-Eleven. Every Wednesday in the month of January, participating 7-Eleven stores will be offering any size coffee for only $1!

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Happy New Year! I'm sure most of us have vowed to live a healthier lifestyle this year. So if that's you, then here is an easy 1st step for you: drink more water

But wait! 


Before you start drinking from your faucet; take a little time to investigate what's in your tap water. Although public water systems are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), this does not mean that your water is free from all contaminants! The best thing any of us can do to protect ourselves is to invest in a filtration system.

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The 5 Keys to Being a Great Parent
By Lisa Pecos

For anyone who has never raised a child, the idea of parenting might seem like a rather simple thing on a day-to-day basis. After all—how complicated can it be? Just try to be a good role model, attend to your child’s needs, and make sure your child learns the rules of acceptable behavior. But of course, as any parent knows, raising children is not so simple. On any given day, there is
a set of complicated issues that can make even the most conscientious parent feel cowed and helpless. But at the same time, there are some general principles that can guide one’s parenting choices and make things at least a little less complicate. If you are looking for guidance, here are a few key qualities that all great parents have in common.

1. Making the child feel big: The last thing any parent wants to do is give a child an overinflated sense of self-importance, but we do want our children to know that they are capable of anything and that they do not have to feel limited. From the parent’s perspective, instilling this sense of self-confidence can seem difficult, but it is really just about gently nudging the child toward the great things he or she is capable of accomplishing.

2. Praise what is truly good: For many parents, especially first-time parents, there is an understandable tendency to give over-the-top praise for every single thing the child accomplishes, no matter how trivial. This is great for the child’s self-esteem, but you also have to make sure you give him or her something to work toward.

3. Be consistent: There are many ways in which children’s minds differ from adult’s minds, but one of the most important is in the way children thrive under routine and order. When there are rules that are upheld consistently, with very few exceptions, children’s natural tendency is to go along without hesitation. But if you are too lenient with your rules and give too many exceptions, the child has no reason to believe that the rules are worth taking seriously. That is where consistency comes in; no matter how hard it is, make your child know that rules are rules, and he or she will have no choice but to go along with them.

4. Be good: There is no underestimating the extent to which children pick up on their parents’ behavior. And you cannot hide your own tendencies from your children. When people live together, there are very few secrets, and those secrets that do exist are not easily kept. So if you want to be the best parent possible, you have to set aside any harmful or self-destructive tendencies you may have and truly become the best person you can be. This may in fact be the most difficult part of being a good parent, but it also may be the most important.

5. Know your kids: Parenting guides have their uses, but you are ultimately the only one who knows your child. Approach all outside advice with a grain of salt; it comes from people who do not know your children as well as you do. Most of the time, if you think about who your children are, you can trust your instincts to determine the best course of action. There will come a time when knowing your kids will prove difficult, so make sure you are on the ball during the early years.

Lisa Pecos enjoys writing about topics in the parenting field. She believes in using natural remedies first, especially when you need to soothe tummy aches.
 Frugalicious Mommy Disclaimer: This is a guest post. No monetary compensation was received. 

Ibotta App: Free $5 Credit (Ends 1/11)

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Wordful Wednesday

With such a big age gap between my oldest and her younger siblings, she always seems to view them as a nuisance. Everyday they argue with one another and it drives me insane! Little did I know that a trampoline can bring them closer together...literally! Haha with the enclosure, none of them can get out. :) Just look at those little faces! They love jumping on their new trampoline. My heart smiles every time I see them having fun together.

Happy Wednesday!

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Hello 2013!
I hope all of you had a jolly time over the holidays! As for myself, I had a fantastic time with family. I was able to spend my holiday season with my husband, my kids, my mom, brothers, sister-in-laws, niece, & nephew. Phewww that's a lot of people! I'm sure my mom was going crazy with all us under her roof.

Our time together was well spent. We had plenty of great conversations and laughs. We also took the time to give back. We met up with a local organization and fed the homeless.


During our visit, it also snowed! It was so beautiful to have snow but I couldn't help but think of all the people we had fed at Unity park. :(



As you can see above, my crazy kids didn't care how cold it was! Keep in mind that we don't get snow in south Texas. :)


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