The viral parenting posts of the week were really great this week! It is filled with some of the best parenting advice from around the web. We share many viral posts on our Facebook page, but we are going to gather them here in one place, for easy access.
She stepped off the school bus and by the look on her face, I could tell it had been a hard day. She marched through the door, shrugged off her backpack, grabbed my hand and led me to my room. We crawled onto my big bed and it all spilled out. I heard all about the girl drama on the playground, about the kid who laughed at her math homework grade, and the birthday party she wasn’t invited to. Third grade can be hard. And then she got to the heart issue ¦Mom, I just want to fit in.
Read more on We Are That Family here.
I’ve done it. I’ve survived another full day with the grandchildren. I’ll be picking Play-Doh off the carpet and glitter out of my hair for a week, but I think they went home happy and I’ve got two weeks to recover until it’s babysitting day again. I am a frazzled wreck. But don’t mention it. Really, it’s fine. I loved it every minute.
Read more on Scary Mommy here.
There’s a weird thing that happens when you’re the mom of all boys: People seem to expect you wish you’d had a girl. I don’t. My boys are my life and every time someone asks me if I’m going to try again until I have a girl, it’s like they’re dismissing the magic and joy I get from just having boys. So here’s my answer, for everyone who thinks they should butt into my life: I don’t want daughters, and I wish you’d stop asking…
Read more on Totally the Bomb here.
I ______ Fill in the blank. I call them I Statements . The thing I’ve found with sibling spats at my house, is that is usually takes 2 (or 3) to tango. I, like most other parents, tire of being sidelined by kids bringing their latest laundry list of sibling complaints. Their sentences are filled with the words: he, she, they, and what they did to ME!
Read more on Today’s Mama.
When you drop your kid off at camp for the summer…
Read more on Buzzfeed.
It is time to stop watching our kids play, and really get in there and play with our kids. I am a play therapist and at a work meeting last year, we were all shocked to see the statistics that support this post: The average parent spends LESS THAN 20 minutes a day playing with their kids.
Read more on Your Modern Family here.
Having a baby is no joke, it takes a toll on your mind, body, and spirit. While having a new baby is just about the best feeling in the world (I am pretty sure it is the best), it always feels good to get back to YOU after 9 tough and long months of not really feeling yourself (for most of us anyways). When I had my youngest I lost myself. Not in the depressive sort of way, but in the way where I was no longer confident or comfortable with myself. I had to learn to love me all over again.
Read more on Simplisitcally Living.
Good parents want the best for their children. My guess is that if you are here, you are one of those parents who really cares. You were drawn in by the question, Are You Unintentionally Stunting Your Child’s Development? Most of you probably thought, I hope not. I better make sure. Welcome to the club of parents who really want to do well for their child. The truth is you might have extremely good intentions and yet still be doing something that is getting in the way of their growth.
Read more on Meaningful Mama here.
It may be chalked up to the fog of spring break with four kids home, but I had a REVELATION. Today, while three children fought for my lap on the couch (the fourth was, of course, stirring up mischief), I found myself checking Facebook for the 30th time that day. What am I doing on my phone? I thought to myself. I’m supposed to be present with my kids. Enjoying every moment. (Or at least one moment per day.) I don’t even CARE what’s happening on Facebook. Yet, I’m on it. Or Instagram. Or my email.
Read more at Kirsten Oliphant here.
Boys are wild and wonderful ¦ but loving your sons is the greatest joy of all. The wild part can almost drive you out of your mind sometimes and run you ragged just trying to keep them alive. Stitches, broken bones, playing in the toilet, running into the road, getting stuck high in trees, sword fights, wrestling ¦all these things age a mama and keeps her on her knees in prayer. Boys aren’t like us. They were created to be just like us. We want to protect and keep them from doing anything that could possibly hurt them, but that isn’t the way God designed their warrior hearts.
Read more at The Encouraging Home here.
If you want more popular parenting posts, check out a few of our latest ones:
A Genius Phrase to Help Siblings Accept the New Baby (this one went CRAZY viral!)
20 Ways to Keep Sick Kids Entertained
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