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A New Year: Parenting Resolutions Simplified

At the start of each new year I try to come up with very specific resolutions that I convince  myself I’m going to follow through with, however as most of us can attest, more than most of them never get accomplished. For the record, my 2012 resolution of working out three times a week was achieved for a solid three and a half weeks, so that’s pretty awesome. Anyways, I’ve decided that setting specific goals isn’t really my thing.

This year, I am going with a more simplified approach. Instead of setting specific resolutions like “I’m cutting out dessert entirely” or “I’m only allowing myself to mentally break down once a week”, let’s all try to shoot for being all-around better people/parents/friends/etc. I’ve come up with a list of three simplified resolutions to help shape us into happier people, and hopefully they will be easier to stick to!

For me, I want to improve on three things this year and they are as follows: reflection, progression, and positivity.

Reflect. We cannot learn from our experiences if we don’t take a step back every once in awhile and reflect on how we reacted, why we reacted the way that we did, and how we can improve those actions the next time around. For parents, reflection is crucial. Take time to rehash the day. Did you dish out empty threats when a simple no would have sufficed? Did you overreact? Under-react? Take time to reflect, not just on your parenting techniques, but on everything. A moment of time taken out of your day designated solely for you is important in your overall happiness.

Progression. In relation to reflection, progression is the next step. Sure, you can think about things all day, but that’s not going to change anything unless you put those thoughts into action. Let’s all strive to progress, to learn, to move forward, and to be the best we can be.

Positivity. Pretty self-explanatory. My goal here is to simply possess positivity, in all capacities. I want to be positive, I want to think/speak positive, I want others to feel positive when I’m around, and most importantly I want to be positive that I am doing all I can for others. Now, when your two year old is screaming at the top of their tiny little lungs in a quiet store, it may be harder to hold on to that distant strand of positivity, but take a deep breath, and fight through it!  We can’t always be positive, but I would wager to say 9 times out of 10, it’s all about mind over matter.

Watch out 2013, I’m coming for you! ;)

 

Happy New Year, 2013!!

2012 has been a whirlwind year: lots of highs and lows, a 50 Shades of Grey inspired baby boom, an election, a potential apocalypse, and right at the end there, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sneaking in an announcement of their pregnancy. Overall, 2012 has been a life-changing year for me; especially if you have recently welcomed a baby into the world, or are preparing for a baby, I’m sure saying the same is an understatement.

With any new year, there is always a time to make resolutions, reflect on oneself, start over, refresh, get inspired, and do good.

Here’s hoping for a year full of prosperity, happiness, health, and love. Wishing you all nothing but the best in 2013!

Happy New Year! Talk to you in 2013! ;)

Merry Christmas from BabyEarth Grow!

Wishing you all a wonderful day with your family and loved ones. Take lots of pictures, give lots of hugs, and enjoy this time with the people who matter most in your life!

Merry Christmas!

 

Family Christmas Traditions: How Young is Too Young to Start One?

As I gear up to head home for the holidays, I can’t help but think of all the wonderful traditions that my family has participated in, both immediate and extended, that have truly shaped the way I perceive this time of year. Even now that my childhood days are long gone, I still see all of the magic that vividly surrounded me as a young’n. As we grow old, and especially as we watch new ones come into the world, this time of year is simply magic. But the question as to when to start a new tradition is always iffy – how young is too young? Will they even remember? Is it worth the hassle?

In a single word: YES!

Granted, this is just my opinion, but allow me to back up my answer… I dearly cherish the traditions that my family has partaken in since I can remember (though as to how far back, I’ll never know). Those memories my family and I have built over the years is irreplaceable, and they all started when I was a baby.

I’m sure I am going to get some heat for this, but in my household, it would not TRULY be Christmas Eve if my ENTIRE family did not partake in singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Everyone in my family hates doing it, and with how terribly out-of-pitch we all are, it’s actually amazing neighbors have not requested us to stop this pastime years ago. And yet, we get out these old musty posters (with lyrics on the back-no less) and sing that song. Every year. Without fail. And I love that.

Another tradition in my family, aside from cinnamon rolls for breakfast – I mean, honestly, what says Christmas breakfast more than a gooey cinnamon roll with extra cream cheese frosting? – is that my dad creates these elaborately large Christmas cards each year that are unbelievably detailed and amazing to look at. It is a highly anticipated event when he debuts these works of art each year, and it would truly not be Christmas without all of us sitting down around him in the living room, eagerly awaiting its first appearance.

Now, okay, yes, these are old traditions, and maybe all of those weren’t always around for my first Christmas, but that is the beauty in starting traditions! You can mold and shape them as you go. If you think it will make your holiday a little brighter to start a new tradition of buying the entire family matching holiday pajamas, then do it! Your babies may not remember their first Christmas, but when they are older and looking back on old pictures, they will smile and “remember”. And really, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Now, in terms of the tradition you want to start as a new family, that’s up to you. We’ve covered the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ Christmas tradition, the up and coming tale that has taken the nation by storm, or at least that’s what I have gathered from countless hours spent on Pinterest. There is also the ever-classic baking of holiday goodies, the Secret Santa exchange, the opening of presents on Christmas Eve as opposed to Christmas Day, and there are traditions that may not be so run-of-the-mill (like my family’s Men’s Grab Bag gift exchange – yikes). However, those traditions, no matter how small or silly, will wind up making this time of year so special for you and your little ones.

Whatever you and your partner decide, don’t let age hinder when you’d like to start!

What traditions do you and your family partake in? What traditions do you think you will add in for your little ones?

The Final Elf Sighting: December 21st

As this is the last day in the office for many of us who are looking forward to some quality time with family and friends for the upcoming holiday, we braced ourselves to find Beartha one last time before she officially heads back up to the North Pole for the year. Low and behold, Beartha decided to go out with a leap. She bungee jumped with Christmas lights off of some of our cubicles!

And even left us a little note! :)

We’ll miss her. I guess we’ll find out if we made the naughty or nice list pretty soon… (fingers crossed).

From all of us at BabyEarth, Happy Holidays! Enjoy time with your family and snap lots of photos to always remember  these precious moments.

Elf Sighting: December 20th

We were searching all over for Beartha this morning and could not find her. It wasn’t until we opened the fridge and found her all bundled up with the disappearing chocolates from yesterday!

Apparently she has a sweet tooth and is missing the cold from home. Unfortunately for us, she’ll be reunited with the brisk cold sooner rather than later; tomorrow is our last day in the office before spending time with our families for the holidays!

Elf Sighting: December 19th

Beartha made a snow angel this morning!

Elf Sighting: December 18th

Beartha reminded us at the office today that there is only one week until Christmas with her cute little chain-link Christmas Countdown!! I think someone is excited…

Oh, and to be clear, that someone isn’t me. Not yet at least. Her countdown is a frantic reminder that I have MUCH shopping left to do! Eek.

Are you all done with your Christmas shopping?

Elf Sighting: December 17th

Beartha was found working on her fitness today. Here she is on an aerobics step – sweatbands and all!

Stretching is a vital part of any workout…

What has your elf been up to?

Elf Sighting: December 14th

Beartha was zip-lining along our office holiday decorations today! Happy Friday, indeed!

How can you be mad at that face?!