Dads Through Their Daughter’s Eyes: Featured Blogger

I just wanted to share a quick post that I was featured in from AfterSchool.ae Check out Mom Blogger #4.

Happy Father’s Day!

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This Father’s Day, we asked a bunch of bloggers and asked what they remember most of their dads. We sent 3 questions to 6 mums who blog about their parenting and family life.  Their answers show how dads shaped these girls through childhood, and into parenthood.

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What’s the best life lesson you learned from your father?

“No matter what you’re doing, give it your all. I’m the type of person who goes all in with everything I do, thanks to my dad. Whether it’s laundry, laying bricks, playing sports, or teaching my classes I give all of myself and my abilities. My dad has taught me what it means to work hard and put in my best effort no matter what the situation, for that I am grateful!”

Can you share your favorite quote from your father?

“When I first brought up this question with my dad, he was curious why I would ask such a thing… our conversations aren’t usually very philosophical. He had a hard time coming up with something, as did I! So instead of my dad’s favorite quote, I will share a quote that I think he would feel inspired by, one that he embodies with his actions and words on a daily basis. This one’s for you dad, the secret poet within you will love it!”

“You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret.”

What’s your warmest Father’s Day message for your dad?

“I’m not about to share a heartfelt, lovey-dovey message for my dad; that’s SO not his style. He’s a tough love kind of guy. Dad, even though you’re not an overly affectionate lets-talk-about-our-feelings type of man, I know how much you love me. It’s all those sweet thoughtful things you do (even when I don’t ask)! Thank you for all the favors, for being my car guru, taking me out for lunch, being there when I’m in a bind (even if that means dropping everything you’re doing to come save me), helping me with literally ANYTHING, being my cheerleader – for everything, bringing over tools/parts/and other useful things, and above all – for all the hugs, when you know I need them. There are so many types of dads in the world, and I am proud to say that you are undoubtedly the coolest and most thoughtful one around. We don’t say this to each other very often, but dad – I LOVE YOU!!! To the moon and back.”

About Vanessa:

She has a love for life, a passion for progress, and a craving for creativity! Inspired by children, she spends her days as supermom to Jaxon & Ezabella, and as a play specialist, spreading yoga bliss to kids young and old in Edmonton and the surrounding areas. Vanessa is new to the blogging world and shares her resources and experiences as a kid’s yoga teacher on her blog, Shine On. Find her at www.glowyogakids.com for fun kids yoga ideas, printables, stories, photos, lesson plans and more.

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What’s the best life lesson you learned from your father?

“The best lesson I learned from my dad was not to be afraid of hard work. He worked a full-time job so my mother could stay home for most of my childhood, and when he was off work, he worked tirelessly around the house and property. He showed me how important it is to be skillful in fixing broken things, and taught me to be strong and not to complain, even when doing mundane and laborious chores.”

Can you share your favorite quote from your father?

“Is everybody happy?”

What’s your warmest Father’s Day message for your dad?

“Thank you, dad, for being the best example of happiness, fun and hard work. I hope I can make you proud by passing on that same legacy to my own children. Happy Father’s Day!”

About Wynter:

Wynter lives in Portland, Oregon and is a wife to Jonathan and mama to Chloe, Adaya, and Liam. She is a writer, artist, a lover of stories, a former Marketing communications editor, an avid gardener, TV watcher, and chocolate-covered cherries addict. In 2012, she self-published her first book, The Secret Inside Me—a memoir about an unplanned pregnancy at twenty years-old and her journey to choosing adoption. She founded the blog, The Made to Mother Project in 2013 to encourage, support, and inspire women all over the world by sharing their diverse stories of motherhood. You can follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Google+

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What’s the best life lesson you learned from your father?

“My dad taught me to have an amazing work ethic, he worked hard whether it was in his job, or at home, he was never one to just sit and relax. Summer vacations meant getting things done around the farm–new fences, new wells, repairing the deck–it was never a time to work on your tan!”

Can you share your favorite quote from your father?

“One of my dad’s favorite sayings later in his life has become, ‘I used to feel bad for myself because I had no shoes, and then I saw a man who had no feet.’ It’s a simple saying to remind you to count your blessings because whatever your troubles are someone else would trade places with you in a minute!”

What’s your warmest Father’s Day message for your dad?

“For my Dad for Father’s Day this year I wish him a day filled with laughter with his grandchildren and children, and a year filled with the same thing! Happy Father’s Day Dad!”

About Angela and her blog:

WriterMom’s Blog is a blog by a mom about life with an ADHD child and husband, a dancer daughter, reconnecting with her passion for writing and absolutely anything that strikes her fancy!

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What’s the best life lesson you learned from your father?

“One of the most powerful lessons that my dad taught me was to treat everyone with respect and kindness. I often found myself standing up for classmates that were being picked on or not included. It helped me to establish a strong sense of empathy and compassion for others, which is the foundation for the work I do as a Certified Child Life Specialist.”

Can you share your favorite quote from your father?

“My dad’s quote has always been to ‘Pack your fun’. Where ever you go in life, to enjoy it with humor and spontaneous play.”

What’s your warmest Father’s Day message for your dad?

“Happy Father’s Day to one of the most important men in my life. You have instilled strong values of hard work, achieving goals and enjoying life to the fullest. I’m incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful role model. I love you so much, Dad!”

About Shani:

Shani Thornton is a Certified Child Life Specialist and parent of two young children. She has a private practice in New York, helping children and families cope with challenges in their life. She is also the author of a children’s book, “It’s Time For Your Checkup”: What To Expect When Going To a Doctor Visit. She has a parenting and child life blog called ChildLifeMommy.com, which provides valuable information to child life specialists, parents, and professionals working with kids. Some of the topics are about play, creative arts, travel, and hospitalization. To learn more about Shani, you can follow her blog at ChildLifeMommy.com or contact her at ChildLifeMommy@gmail.com. She is also on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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What’s the best life lesson you learned from your father?

“My father is a very quiet person, he believes in deeds not words which I follow. He is well organized and well planned; he always saves up for the rainy day. I have learned how to manage my finances from him. Also, he is the most giving person when it comes to his kids; he will never think of himself, I have learnt how to be so selfless from him and to put the family first before taking any decision.”

Can you share your favorite quote from your father?

“Silence is the best form of communication.”

What’s your warmest Father’s Day message for your dad?

“I wish my father a Happy Father’s Day and wish him the best of health and happiness. My father’s presence has been there with me like a shadow, I could not have imagined a life without my father, he has been a mother and father at times. My father is my pillar of strength.”

About Jaishri:

Jaishri is the Founder of www.mommyswall.com, one of India’s Top Parenting blog. After working in the software industry for 7 years and 4 years of marriage, she finally received God’s biggest gift, her daughter. Writing and entrepreneurship has been her passion ever since. She believes in the motto:”Happy moms raise happy kids”. Her Father Mr. Jayawanth is her guide, mentor, and support system.

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What’s the best life lesson you learned from your father?

“Never let anyone who is insignificant to your life, growth or progress know when they have upset you because by admitting the hurt they caused, you give them unearned power and the satisfaction of knowing they disrupted your emotions and life. They don’t deserve the time or head space. Save it for those you care about and who care about you back.”

Can you share your favorite quote from your father?

“Can you imagine?”

What’s your warmest Father’s Day message for your dad?

“Thanks for telling me what I needed to hear even when I didn’t want to hear it.”

About JJ:

JJ is the founder & publisher of BellyitchBlog.com. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter Top 50 Babble Blog/Top 4 Babble Fashion Blog | Top 3 AllTop Pregnancy Site As seen in American Baby, TBD/ABC | Reaching parents, parents-to-be & influential moms worldwide round the clock |Receiving an average quarter million page views monthly | Partner with top parenting, maternity, children, family & fashion brands. Connect yours with ours.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ADDIE MENDEZ

Ruth Addie Mendez is a working mom as well with lovely twins. She and her family love to do yoga on free weekends, aside from going to the movies and eating ice cream at home. Addie works as a Community Manager for Afterschool.ae, the leading after school activity planning platform for kids and moms in Dubai. Follow her on twitter @fruthfulness

Featured on The Mom Cafe

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I am so honored to have been featured on The Mom Cafe under the post titled, Called to Care for the Sick and Wounded.

Chris Carter reviewed my book, It’s Time for Your Checkup and Shannon Alford’s The Stars in The Sand. She wrote a beautiful message about both and is giving away a copy to a reader, so be sure to check it out.

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Check out The Mom Cafe to follow some amazing posts about family, parenting and faith.

 

 

5 Tips When Traveling With Kids

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Whether you are a frequent traveler or rarely make it out of town, the thought of traveling with your kids could put a damper on the whole experience. However, if you are well prepared for road trip or plane ride, you may be shocked by how smoothly it could go.

Here are 5 great tips to make your travel experience enjoyable with little ones.

1. Pack Entertainment: Each child should have their own source of endless activities that could be played in a small space. Crayons, action figurines, journals, handheld games, cars, play dough, playing cards, are a few ideas. Sometimes rummaging through the house to find activities that they haven’t played with in a long time will spark their interest or purchase a few times at a dollar store.

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2. Pack for Downtime: IPads and portable dvd players with their favorite movies or TV shows. Sometimes purchasing a new movie right before the trip will hold their attention span longer. Also think about books, music, headphones, blankets, pacifiers and stuffed animals. They may feel so relaxed that they take a nap.

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3. Snack Attack: Low blood sugar will cause kids to go haywire. Make sure you pack enough snacks and drinks, both healthy and sweet to get them through the trip. Lollipops and gum are useful tricks to help ease ear discomfort for a plane’s takeoff and landing.

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4. Cleanliness and Comfort: Before sitting down and getting comfortable on the plane seat, wipe and sanitize everything that your kids would touch with antibacterial wipes. Germs are everywhere and the plane could be a petri-dish for it all. Remember to wipe the seat belts, arm rests, drop down table and window. Also pack extra clothes for yourself and the kids. Spills and accidents may occur and a change of clothes would be necessary.

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5. Move Around: Getting up and moving around will help a child’s mind and body feel better. Take frequent stops from a long car ride or a short walk down the plane’s aisle. They will get a chance to explore, stretch and make it easier for them to sit down for the homestretch.

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It may seem like a lot to pack for a carry on or within arms reach in the car, but it is well worth it. Enjoy and safe travels!

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