Mummy Confession: I have bad days. Bad weeks even. I often get discouraged.
As a parent and a human being, I am subject to doubting my worth, questioning my purpose, and flooding my mind with useless and negative thoughts. A kind word, or word of encouragement can make so much of a difference in the way I go about my day.
Being surrounded by little people and limited adult interaction all day long can be so draining! I wanted to create an initiative, if you will, to help others: Other mums, other parents, and other carers out there. Call it a movement if you will. I would love to see this go far and help someone who needs just that little bit of care to help them through their day!
Here’s how you can participate:
A short note with some encouraging words. I have included a few downloadable cards for you to use if you wish, just to give encouragement to others.
See that mum in the grocery store with the tantruming toddler? Her.
That dad with four in tow looking like he’s got it all together? Him.
The grandparents, carers, and parents that could always use a bit of TLC. Them.
Feel free to write a message on them, or just give them (if they’re written already). I’ve even created a few if you should buy a coffee for that exhausted looking mum with three kids in tow, or a meal for someone just because. Let’s spread the encouragement and get back that sense of community. Feel free to tag #ROAKencourage so we can see the encouragement and how it might have had an impact on someone’s day! (ROAK= Random Acts Of Kindness) Speak an encouraging word, or offer a smile.
I can’t say how much I’ve appreciated people taking the time to stop and speak kind words, and I enjoy doing the same when it looks like someone may need them, too.
Mummy Confession: When I was a new mum especially, I was always curious to keep up with what skills my baby was developing. I often felt the need to see their progress and keep track of their milestones.
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Now, hear me out, not every baby develops the same skills at the same time. Just like every child isn’t the same height, weight, or build, development varies from baby to baby. But, I like the reassurance of seeing how my child was coming along with milestones, as any mum would. I also like seeing what sort of activities help in their age group as well.
There are three great Apps that help mum to keep up with skills and developmental milestones that coincide with the age of their baby, toddler, and child. Below, I have outlined a few that have come in handy for me as a mother.
Many baby websites offer newsletters as well to help keep track of baby’s development and various things to expect as they grow. Some of these are listed here with my Pregnancy and Parenting Communities post.
The Wonder Weeks
Each baby has times where they seem to be more sleepless, fussy, and all around grouchy, and I have found a lot of the time, it is because they are going through developmental leaps. The Wonder Weeks app is based on a book written about this. It allows you to enter your baby’s due date and it predicts when these “leaps” occur. So much is happening in their little world that you can’t see, and this helps me to be aware of what my baby could possibly be working on, or trying to figure out. As stated in the app, though, every baby isn’t doing everything listed by those time frames, but it is a great guide as you look out for things they are achieving!
You can also set up an alert to let you know when baby is entering a fussy stage, so maybe you will be that one step ahead, being prepared.
Do you like writing down what your bubs is up to? Keep track of medications, immunisations, feedings, diaper changes, sleep, teeth, and more. Digitally store tons of developmental and growth information as well as photos and videos. Keep track of one child or more, and a daily bit of information on their age group.
If you want to have is information saved for a hard copy scrapbook later, get this app. It is so helpful when you feel like there is no time to write anything down. Plus, there are great communities online to ask your parenting and baby questions (and Baby Bump, their sister app, has one as well).
I just got this one, but I’m already impressed! This one offers an evaluation of baby’s skills and development and helps with some activities to develop their skills.
It has videos that show how to do certain activities with your baby to aid development, and has in-app purchases for further things. It also offers articles on baby’s development. You can opt in for various categories to receive information and activities for children through the age of two. There is so much I haven’t seen yet, so I will need to check it out more before I can write about it, but I was impressed already in the short time I’ve had it!