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I am partnering with My Take to talk about how we help each other in Motherhood.
I have been thinking about this a lot lately… how much we rely on one another to help us raise our children.
My husband and I rely on one another. He counts on me to use my skills as a teacher to teach our children and work with them on reading, math and writing.
I rely on my husband to help. He helps with just about everything, but he gives a lot of his attention to our kid’s sports (which is perfect, because almost anyone will tell you that this MAY not be my strength. haha!)
I rely on my parents to watch our kids when we have plans. If I have to work during the week or have a doctor’s appointment for one of our kids, my mom (or dad) will try to free up their day to help.
I rely on my brother and sister-in-law to help teach our kids important lessons (that are more fun coming from their Aunt Jill & Uncle Tim than from their mom & dad), like teaching them to swim (our kids love to learn at their pool with their cousins!)
My friends and I rely on one another all of the time! “Can Jack get off the bus at your house? I’ll be at the doctor with Allie.” or “Do you mind taking Ethan to pre-school today? I have to take Beau to school to drop off brownies for his class.”
It is no wonder that we gravitate towards one another and it is no wonder that they say “It takes a village to raise a child”.
If I have a question, I will even hop online to find an answer, because I know that someone, somewhere has probably been where I am and probably knows what I am trying to find out. I recently joined the MommyViews community on My-Take where you can test out products, give your feedback and even try out new products for free. Helping each other online is just another way that we are helping each other.
When I talked to them recently, they told me that they were teaming up with us to help by participating in activities, surveys and discussions related to our little ones! As a participant, you will be entered into monthly sweepstakes for the chance to WIN BABY GEAR! There will also be several opportunities to TEST and KEEP new products. Overall, YOUR FEEDBACK WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE in improving our products for your kids!
Just CLICK HERE to take a survey find out if you are eligible to participate in these awesome opportunities!
They are like an ‘online village’ of Moms, helping us along the way!
Here are 3 things that I learned from my “Village”
1- It doesn’t matter if you feed your baby at 4, 5 or 6 months. It doesn’t matter if you start with bananas, cereal or apples. Your baby will learn to eat, at some point. It doesn’t matter if your baby talks at 12 months or 24 months. It doesn’t matter if your baby walks at 8 months, 12 months or 16 months (like mine).
2- It is better to Listen to your children than to try to “Talk Sense into them”. I honestly feel that the more that I listen to our kids, the more that they listen to me. I read once that “A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.” Just spend time WITH your child – do what he or she loves and learn to love it, too. Then teach them something that you love and they will love it because it means being with you.
3- Smile with your child. I know that we get caught up in “life” and the “stresses” of life, but in the end, what do we want to pass onto them? How to just find the joy in life and make the rest work around it? Or how to “muddle through life”? I learned, early on, to find the joy in life.
All in all – don’t sweat the small stuff, take it all in, enjoy life to the fullest and have fun!