Teaching Independence to Kids | Mom Minute

June 29, 2014

Just in time for Independence Day, on today’s #MomMinute we are talking about how we as parents can help our children learn confidence and independence at a young age.

Independence

I have been there, as a first time parent with twins, constantly hovering over them wherever we were. I was ready at the blink of an eye to swoop in and “rescue” them from falling down, dirty binkis, older kids bopping them with toys, etc.

Having now had six children, I did learn a few lessons on how to help my own kids become less dependent on me, and depend on themselves. {This happened naturally, but also out of necessity – because there was not enough of me to go around!}

One of our viewers, Kristen, asks the following question… “How do you help your kids become more independent?”

Independence

This isn’t easy, for sure. We love our kids, and it hurts us to see them hurt. To see how we have handled this, including a few lessons from my own childhood, fee free to click the video below…

The whole “letting our children fail while the price tags are little” is something I feel very strong about.

It is very similar to us as kids when our parents cautioned us not to help the butterfly out of its cocoon, because doing so would weaken its wings and it wouldn’t be able to fly away from predators. The sooner our kids learn life’s lessons, even if they are somewhat muted while they are little, the sooner they will be prepared for the reality of a sometimes “harsh” world out there.

What ideas do you have about how to teach children independence? Other parents would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!

Happy Parenting!

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3D Split Braid | Three Different Looks

June 22, 2014

We had a reader recently email us this easy braid technique, asking if we could make a tutorial of it! Brooklyn actually saw the email first, ran in to show me, and we fell in LOVE with how beautiful it is!

3D Split Braid

The girls named this the 3D Split Braid, because it does have a similar look to our 3D Round Braid, but the stitching is completely different.

You literally, simply, “split” the outside strands in your braiding! How cool is that?

3D Split Braid

Today, Kamri and I will teach you how to create this easy Split Braid technique, but we will also be showing you a few other hairstyles we created that were inspired by it…

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

One aspect we really love, is that this is yet another braid you can add to your hairstyle/combo arsenal {use it tied up into a bun, ponytail, side braid, tieback, accent, etc}!

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

3D Split Braid

We are also classifying this hairstyle as a “Daddy ‘Do” because it is so easy… even a dad can do it!

To see your recreations featured in our CGH App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle with: #CGH3DSplitBraid

Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 1 ponytail holder, 1 small hair elastic, hairspray/pomade and accessory {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 2-4 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by placing the hair in a ponytail, securing it with a ponytail holder…
  2. Split the ponytail into three even strands…
  3. Now split the left-most section into two pieces, with your index finger…
  4. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the left “split” strands you just created…
  5. Combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  6. Now take the right-most strand of hair and split it into two even strands with your index finger…
  7. Next, pull the middle strand in between and through the right “split” strands you just created…
  8. Then combine the two split stands together to become the middle strand…
  9. Continue with Steps #3-8 until the braid forms and you run out of hair…
  10. Secure with an elastic.
  11. Add hairspray and an accessory {if desired}.

Please feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this 3D Split Braid! Do you think your husband, boyfriend, dad, or brother could do it?

Happy Hairstyling!

Brooklyn was babysitting a neighbor family last week, so Bailey decided to take her own turn filming for BrooklynAndBailey‘s YouTube channel, by interviewing our 3-yr old, Sweet Pea! If you want to be thoroughly entertained, A LOT, go ahead and click below!

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Musical Talents in Children | Mom Minute

June 21, 2014

Music has always been an important part of our family, going back generations.

Developing Musical Talents

In Shaun’s family, his grandmother was a concert violinist, his mom plays several instruments, and every sibling can sing, play the piano, or other instruments. My siblings and I all took piano lessons as children, and one sister is phenomenally gifted with it!

{Like many of you, I personally hated piano lessons as a kid, but LOVE that I can play the piano as an adult!} One of our viewers, Louis, asks the following question, “How do I get my kids interested in music and the arts?”

Music in Kids

So we invited guest, Jorge, the father behind TheRealityChangers music YouTube channel, to share with us his tips and advice on how to nurture an interest in music with our children from a young age. The key, is to never force your child to do something they do not want to do. It also means that we should  not also allow them to give up on something so easily, either. There needs to be a balance between effort and desire, which goes for adults as well as our children Although the twins have dropped piano as a musical interest, they still pursue dance and choir. In our home, we do require that each child have at least one musical activity every year {band/orchestra, piano, choir, dance, etc}, in order to continue with an appreciation for music and the arts. I do feel that music often invites feelings and emotion that sometimes words cannot communicate. Music has always been an important part of my life, and I am so happy that my kids share in that enthusiasm. Click below to view the episode… What ideas do you have about how to nurture musical talents in your children? Other parents would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below! Happy Parenting!

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Milkmaid Braid | Cute Summer Hairstyles

June 15, 2014

We’ll have another BONUS Family Vlog coming this Wednesday, so be sure to check back! {This one will for sure have you smiling from its cuteness!}

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Ever since Brooklyn & Bailey uploaded their Spring/Summer Fashion video a few weeks ago, hundreds of our viewers have been requesting a tutorial for Brooklyn’s hair. I have to admit, she looked adorable in that video.

Milkmaid Braids | Summer Hairstyles

To see Brooklyn in that video, simply click here

The hairstyle is quite simple, really, as she was wearing Milkmaid Braids. For today’s tutorial, we show you how to create Milkmaid Braids, as well as a few tricks and tips to get this perfect Summer look!

Milkmaid Braids

Since this hairstyle is one of Brooklyn’s favorites, she of course volunteered to be my model today. I swear every time I watch back these videos, I notice how my girls are looking more and more like me every day! {You should seriously watch them as they raid my closet pretty much daily!}

Also, congratulations to YouTube users ThisPersonsPage, DeeDoesMakeup, & Melinda Karkola, who were our Fin Fun Mermaid Tail winners!

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For a chance to be featured in our App, feel free to tag your own photos of this hairstyle on Instagram with: #CGHMilkmaidBraids

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Enjoy!

Items Needed: Brush, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, 2 small hair elastics, 4-5 bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair straight down the middle of the head into two equal sections…
  2. Gather up one side of hair right behind the ear and begin a simple braid {you want the braid to go toward your face so it won’t bunch up later, and feel free to leave a few wispy strands of hair out in front to frame the face}…
  3. When you are finished with the simple braid, secure it with a hair elastic…
  4. Repeat Steps #2-3 on the other side of the head…
  5. Next, take one braid up and over the top of the head {leaving about 2 inches of hair showing between the forehead and the braid, as you do not want the braid lying directly onto the forehead}….
  6. Now take the 2nd braid and lay it over the head as well {positioning the braids so that they look the way you want them.
  7. Tuck each braid end under the braid on top of it, in order to hide them, securing them with bobby pins.
  8. Then then use a few bobby pins to safely secure the braids into place on top of the head.
  9. {Optional} Go back and gently pancake the braids by tugging on their elbows {this gives the hairstyle its bohemian, true milkmaid look}…
  10. Add hairspray or accent flowers {as desired}.

Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting us know what you think of these Milkmaid Braids! Perfect for Summer, wouldn’t you agree?

Happy Hairstyling!

Since today is Father’s Day, my daughters BrooklynAndBailey decided to upload a “Know Your Dad” Tag video below! It was fun for me to ask them questions about Shaun, film their responses, and then film Shaun giving his answers. How well do you think they did???

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Why I Married My Husband | Mom Minute

June 14, 2014

Since Father’s Day is tomorrow, I decided to share a few of the reasons why I married my hubsband 16 years ago.

Why I Married My Husband | Father's Day

This came as a question from Dominique, one of our viewers, asking, “What does your husband do that makes him a great father?

Father's Day

Being a parent of six children is not easy, and I could never do it without my better half… my husband, Shaun.

Sure, how could you not love a guy who is willing to endure years of helping me with hairstyles, filming/editing our videos, and helping raise six children {five of them girls}? Yet, I could tell early on, even as we were dating, that Shaun looked forward to having children. We would talk about it all the time. Back then, in family settings, I would often sit back and observe him interact with his nieces and nephews, and even my own. It always brought a smile to my face!

Sixteen years later, those feelings are a million times stronger as I watch him interact with our six beautiful children.

He recognizes when I am having a long day, especially near bedtime, and quietly takes the littles upstairs, brushes their teeth, plays daddy games with them, reads them a story, prays with them, snuggles with them, and then tucks them in. It is at least a one hour process, and probably his most cherished hour of every day.

To see more reasons why I am happy that I married Shaun, click to watch the video below…

We would love to hear the reasons why you love your dad, so please comment below! {If you do not have a father in your life, please feel free to share about a favorite brother, uncle, grandfather, or neighbor.}

Happy Parenting!

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