THE GABBY MOM'SThe Gabby Mom's, I was sent the latest edition of Eternal Encouragement Magazine formerly TEACH Magazine. What's the Magazine’s vision? “Inspire Women to Become More Like Jesus Every Day.”
Psst, I am really embarrassed to tell you this but...although it's been around for a while, this is the very first time I have read it! I wish I would have known what I was missing! God had a plan for April's review for The Gabby Mom‘s
Below each heading there is the page number and name of the article. This makes it very easy to find just want you need or are looking for!
"I had to admit it, my kids were right. See, they hadn't said they didn't get time to play. They said they didn't get much time to play with me. There is a HUGE difference."
-From: It Just "Donned" on me - The Life of a Homemaking Mom by Donna Venning
When did he get so big? This is a common statement between my husband and my self about our oldest son. He was just a baby and now he's 6 and can read and write, he has ideas, likes and dislikes...my baby is a little man!
After reading this wonderful Article, I began to reflect on many different things:Am I a mother who takes time? What is my focus? Do I clean first, play (with the kiddos) later?
How can I be a better Mommy? Elias - "Play with us more Mommy!!"
Mini Interview with my 6 year old son:
1. What is something that Mommy does every single day?Answer: Work on the computer
2. How much does Mommy play with you and the twins?Answer: A lot
3. What do you want Mommy to do more?Answer: Play with us
4. What do you want Mommy to do less?
Answer: Stuff on the Computer
5. What kind of Mommy is your Mommy?
Answer: A good Mommy!
Well, there it is! What did I learn? My little man is growing up and I don't want to miss time with him, because I have someone to email, or a article to write, a deadline...it's not worth it and that's that! Tonight we went on our nightly family walk to the park. When we got there we stopped at the baseball field and played baseball...actually played!! I'm a huge tomboy and I love sports, it took no effort on my part, I love the feel and the sound when the baseball and the bat collide! After baseball we headed to the play area, on the way there my husband and older son play tetherball, then off to the slide and swings...the twins love the slide! When it was time to start heading home Elias excitedly asked if I would like to play a quick game of tetherball, without thinking I said "no, not tonight." He was very disappointed. I thought about - It Just "Donned" on me. Why'd I say no? Yes, I hate tetherball, but this is my child wanting to spend time with his Mommy! I quickly corrected my self and said "Yeah, Elias lets play tetherball!!" His back was to me when I said it. He turned around with the most excited look on his sweet little face! I can't even begin to tell you how it made me feel. What did I learn tonight? No matter what the game, they are my children who won't be children forever...and I'm gonna play!! Oh, and I actually enjoyed tetherball A LOT, maybe it was the company!
A Mother Who Takes Time
I hope my Children
Look back on today
And remember a mother
Who took time to play.
There will be time
For cleaning and cooking
But children grow up
While we aren't looking.
7 Simple Steps to a Discipline Turnaround: from the Godly Mothers Department
Do your kids dawdle? Does it drive you crazy? Yeah, me too! My son has turned dawdling into an art, he can make a 10 minute task turn into a 2 hour event. My husband and I were at a loss in how to address this. Lorrie has a wonder 7 step program to help eliminate the dawdling!
- Step One - Talk
- Step Two - Explain
- Step Three - Give them a Tour
- Step Four - Consequences
- Step Five - Follow-through it Key
- Step Six - Make sure the Finish
- Step Seven - Model Jesus
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