Monday, September 10, 2012

What I Wish I Knew As A Young Mother

I was given the opportunity to share 5 things I Wish I Knew as a young mother along with a few other grandma bloggers! It was a wonderful time to reflect and share those things! If you would like to see my first 5 things as well as some more incredible tips from other grandmas, you can click on the button below to head over!
I would like  to share with you the rest of my thoughts and tips here:

When I was first contacted about this opportunity, I really wanted to share things that would be helpful and valuable lessons I learned. While thinking about this topic, two poems came to mind: The Little Chap Who Follows Me, and The Meanest Mother.

The Little Chap Who Follows Me poem describes the weight parents carry in helping children to grow up to be positive.
I thank God my parents guided me in many ways.

With The Meanest Mother, I knew some things but truly did not understand others.

Here are the rest of my tips and thoughts:

-Be patient: Guide your children to do what you have assigned.  Do not do it yourself because it is easier and you can get it done faster.  Do not take the easy way out.  I can definitely testify that our behavior will set the bar for them. Children are our future; we must teach them.
-Start and keep a Journal: Keep memories; Your children will be better writers and help them in school.  I cannot believe how much I have forgotten about the “old days”. Also have a trash journal, it will help you have a change of heart faster. 
-Take pictures: Keep track of who is in them and why.
 -Have a food/exercise plan. 
-Keep a food journal. Eat to live do not live to eat.
–Plan and stick to menus: You will have much less stress.
-Doing the right thing may not be noticed now “But it is worth it”.   It is the little things like patience and time that will help children grow up to have faith, to meet challenges, to be wise, to know consequences, and to have humor. 
-Remember to pray for help and guidance, pray for your children and with them. Pray often. 

This will most likely be an ongoing list. I hope that you will find a few or all of these tips helpful. 
Thank you for visiting!


  1. I love that advice and I can agree with you whole heartedly!

  2. As a mother of 2 young boys, I'm learning these fast! I blog as a journal. They are changing so much every day. I don't want to lose any memory! I'm currently trying to teach myself to be patient with them. Slowing down and allowing them time and guidance to follow through with instruction... that's something I'm already learning the importance of!

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  3. good thoughts. thanks for sharing.

  4. This was such good advice. Thank you!

    I'm hosting my first linky party - would love for you to join in:


  5. This is such a great list! I am not a mother yet, but one day I hope to be one! Thank you for sharing this!

    I found your blog via Marvelous Mondays!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  6. What wonderful tips. I had 3 children and after 7 years had two more "surprise" children. I know this time around it's easier because I learned from my first three things that matter and the things tat don't. I agree with waiting for them to do it, I'm watching a generation of kids who have everything done for them and it's not pretty. My older kids, can cook 10 meals from scratch, grow their own veggies and other house hold chores. They're by no means perfect but they will be able to be independent when the time comes

  7. How lovely. They are wonderful tips. I hope I can manage to follow some of them in raising my twins. :-)

  8. Fantastic post! Thanks for sharing.

    Love the blog, newest follower here.

    Jan @Door251

  9. Great tips there!~ It's always good to look back and reflect - and most importantly share experiences with others - so each generation can take things just a little bit further!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Great advice. I'm especially struggling with the whole menu thing right now. I have never heard of a trash journal?

  11. I found this on pinterest....and LOVE it! I'm a young mom and still learning, but having so much fun along the way.

  12. I love hearing tips from people who have been there. I am trying really hard to keep a journal of all the things my daughter is learning and doing. It has been less than two years and already I find myself reading back over it thinking "I totally forgot about that." Thanks for the great tips.

  13. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of wonderful Mothering tips. Just the reminders that I needed to hear. ;o)

  14. That is so true and I enjoyed reading those essential wisdoms. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I'm so glad that I'm following you! Excellent advice, thank you so much for sharing:)


  16. I saw your post on a link party. Thanks for sharing! ; )I'm your newest follower now! My sister and I have a blog too....stop by if you would like.

  17. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  18. Great advice! I'm quickly learning these with my two little ones. I need to be better with the journal, but thanks to the camera phone I don't srtuggle too bad with the pictures. An I TOTALLY agree with the menus. Things run soo much smoother when I have our menu planned out and we eat better too! Thank you for sharing this. Have a fabulous weekend.


  19. Thank-you so much for sharing your words of wisdom. I have two boys who seem to be growing up way too fast! I totally agree with your tips and it is always nice to have a reminder!
    Jenn :)

  20. What wonderful advice from the pros! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  21. Such great advice! And so true! My son just started talking well and he is hysterical! I started a journal so I could remember all the funny things he says. Thanks so much for sharing at the Pomp Party!

  22. I will be honest. I don't always actually read every single post that bloggers link up to my link party (it can be time consuming). However, you totally had me in tears reading this post. I loved reading The Little Chap Who Follows Me and the Meanest Mother. And your advice was incredible. I hope one day to look back and know that I was the meanest mother too :o)

    You are an amazing woman, an example to mother's everywhere, and probably the coolest grandma ever.

    Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! I hope you'll continue to join our party for many weeks to come. :o)

  23. I loved your tips... thanks for sharing =)

  24. This is really great advice! I still am amazed at how fast the time seems to be flying by. I was told that too many times, but I think it's something that you can't fully understand until you experience it.

  25. Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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