Giving them the freedom to be who they are

After handing me art paper after art paper with nothing but one lonely crayon scribble, Brady’s (very sweet) preschool teacher said, “He’s not very artistic.”  I quickly told her that was fine.  It is perfectly OK that he’s not enthusiastically artistic.  He is an incredible little boy with a million and one abilities and perhaps art projects isn’t one of them. (Right now at least – who knows what his feelings towards art may later be).

Sometimes Brady likes to wear nail polish.  On occasion he asks to wear his Batman mask into a restaurant.  Paityn refuses frilly hair bows and wants to wear sneakers with dresses.  All of these things are part of who they are and all of them are OK with me.

Giving them freedom

I catch myself sometimes placing certain boundaries on my kids and who they should be,  like telling Brady that nail polish is only for girls or refusing him the pink Halloween basket. I never feel good about those choices in hindsight and looking back I always wish I would have chosen to say yes.  Yes to them being able to choose freely exactly who they want to be.  Who they already are.

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The Best Parenting Books for Really Cool Moms

If you go searching for the best parenting books you’ll find expert after expert and doctor after doctor proclaiming their philosophies.  They’ll site how science and research have proven why you should follow their theories.

Sometimes that is just what I’m looking for – a little wisdom from a professional – but sometimes it isn’t.

Sometimes I want to hear someone say, “The baby is a bit of an asshole, but he’ll grow out of it.  We’ll survive.”  Because that’s something we rarely hear from our friends.  These books are awesome because there is no one there to judge us when we yell, “Yes! My baby IS an asshole!”

The Best Parenting Books for Really Cool Moms

12 Parenting Books for Really Cool Moms

Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O’Bryant

Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year by Dawn Dais

It Gets Easier! . . . And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers by Claudine Wolk

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I Just Want to Pee Alone by Jen Mann

Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood by Jenny McCarthy

Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Laurie Kilmartin

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Confessions of a Scary Mommy: An Honest and Irreverent Look at Motherhood: The Good, The Bad, and the Scary by Jill Smokler

Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind by Nicole Knepper

Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation by Elizabeth Beckwith

I Heart My Little A-Holes: A bunch of holy-crap moments no one ever told you about parenting by Karen Alpert

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What’s your favorite parenting book?  Have you read any of these?

Free Printable {Motherhood Inspirational Quote}

Today I’m sharing a super sweet free printable just for the mommas. This has been an important mantra in my life thus far as a mother and embodies what it is to be a parent.

We will always second guess ourselves and wonder if we’re doing a good job.  But we are doing a fantastic job!  Our amazing children are proof of that.  In spite of the fact we are fairly certain at any given time that we are screwing this up – that we’re doing it wrong – we’re doing it so right.

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Cupcake Liner Crafts: Crab

I’ve been loving cupcake liner crafts lately. It is always so much fun to take everyday things and turn them into crafts.  Today I’m sharing a red crab craft and I’ve got a bunch more coming up!

What we really love doing is getting a few library books about a subject, reading about it and then making a craft.

Cupcake Liner Crafts: Crab

For this craft you will need:

  • Red cupcake liner
  • Red construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Googley eyes
  • Red marker
  • Glue

Cupcake Liner Crafts: Crab

It’s so easy to make!  All you need to do is have your little one fold a cupcake liner in half – we overlapped just a bit – and glue it together, then onto paper.

Then you can draw small lines on top wit a red marker and attach googley eyes with glue.

We drew legs with a red marker and cut out pinchers from red construction paper.  Then cut out a little smiley mouth out of black construction paper.

See?  Super easy.

Here are a few books kids will love about crabs:

A House for Hermit Crab

Little Crab: Finger Puppet Book

I’m Just A Crab

Crabby Crab

And here are a few other adorable crab crafts:

Handprint Crab from steffenately blessed

Foam Cup Crab from Crafts by Amanda

Fingerprint Crabs from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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