Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Guest Post: 10 Tips for Having Difficult Conversations, Part 2

We're excited to bring you part two of Amy Lund's 10 tips for having difficult conversations with your children!

Use their words
Of all the things you do, this is probably the one that will make the biggest difference. Using our child’s words shows them that we are listening and that makes them feel validated. A great way to do this is to say, “What I understood you to say was ____” and then use as many of their words as you can remember. Take this one step further by then asking if what you understood was what they meant. When we use their words to clarify, we are sending a powerful message that we not only care what they are talking about, but we want to understand their view and concerns, and that speaks volume to them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Guest Post: 10 Tips for Having Difficult Conversations, Part 1

Help Me Grow is excited to have Amy Lund of lend us her advice on having difficult conversations with your children. Part two will be posted soon, so stay tuned!

My mom was always waiting up for me, book in hand, when I came home at night. Often we’d spend the next hour or two talking about life and the problems I was facing. During those late night talks we discussed everything, nothing was off limits. Topics ranged from heartbreak over a boy, my latest crush, how to have a healthy self-image, what to do when I felt uncomfortable in a situation, sex and drugs, and how to deal with peer pressure.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

As Mothers is often hard to think
When toys are on the ground and dishes in the sink
That all you do from day to day
Is making a difference in any way.

Your day starts much earlier than before
There is no sleeping in for you anymore!
The baby is hungry and starting to fuss
The others are sleeping so you tend to him in a rush.

As soon as he is fed, his siblings begin to stir
The rest of the morning goes by in a blur!
Before you know it, it’s a quarter to noon
You’ll need to start making dinner soon!

By 2 o’clock a miracle is happening
All three of your little ones are napping!
You can finally shower and get dressed, too!
Then you realize you are out of shampoo.

You know that no matter how hard you try
When you get a minute alone, the baby will cry
You feel so happy you’ve organized the toys
Then realized you are raising messy boys!

You go to the park to enjoy the nice weather
You smile as the kids play so nicely together.
But before another blink of your eye
They start to fight and you sit there and sigh.

You shout for joy when daddy pulls in
You can’t wait to tell him what a day it’s been!
Dinner, then baths and bedtime routine
You give kisses and wish them “sweet dreams.”

Just as you start to walk out of the room
One of them whispers, “I love you, mom!”
You smile and give them one more hug
And leave the room feeling so much love.

As you look around from the mess of the day
You think, “I did make a difference today!”
The kids went to bed feeling love and affection
And that is my idea of perfection.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Team Member Spotlight: Tabatha

I was born and raised in Pocatello, ID and I could not wait to get out. After a couple year hiatus in Boise to get my graduate degree I came back to my hometown and fell in love with it. Someday, my sweetheart and I hope to go back to his family’s original homestead and build a house. My boyfriend, Tyler, and I have lived in five cities and three states together since we met six years ago. We moved to Utah for his job, and we love being closer to family and the mountains. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6 Tips for Playing with your Baby

I am a new mother, with a baby who is now 2 months old. Babies are known for simply sleeping, eating, and pooping when they are first born, but I wanted to do what I could to help support my daughter's development, since I know that there are many things you can do when babies are still young. Here are some ideas about how to play with your baby.

Sing/Read – Babies love to hear your voice, and even recognize it. Singing and reading to your baby helps to teach them about rhythm and patterns of sentences. It also helps begin the foundation for language.