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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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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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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Going Through Family Hardships | Mom Minute

June 08, 2014

Family hardships are a part of life, and they come in all shapes and sizes. With the economy as it has been for the past 5-6 years, there are more families going through it than we recognize.

Family Hardships

Today’s #MomMinute question comes from Cameron, who asks, “My dad lost his job for something he didn’t do, and my family is struggling with money. How does my family get through this time? I don’t want to tell my friends because I don’t want them to think of me differently.”

Family Hardships

Unfortunately, each of us will be affected {at one time or another} directly or indirectly by losing a job.

My parents have gone through it, and so has Shaun’s. Both sets of parents taught us to save money in the bank when times are good, just in case. That has come in handy a few times for us.

Family members relying on each other is very important, and as a child, doing what you can to support your parent in their job hunt. See what you can do to help polish up your parents’ resume, or help in practice interviews. Maybe even ask your friends if their parent’s work has open positions available.

Please know that you are not alone. I think your friends will be more understanding of your situation than you think. It may be that they are going through a different family hardship, and need support as well. Maybe choose one friend, the one you confide in the most. Know that they love you for you, and not for what you wear and what expensive after-school activities you participate in. I promise they will have your back.

Like a blacksmith refiner’s fire, hardships can really make us stronger as families. Although they are painful, and often seem so unfair, it is an opportunity for our families to bond together.

Facing the challenge head on will make you stronger, this I know. Love you all!

Happy Parenting,

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Live Mermaids in our Pool {and GIVEAWAY!}

June 06, 2014

Now that it is summertime, I am trying my hardest to keep my kids entertained while not having them waste time playing video games or watching TV.

Rylan, CGH#4, is my one child that has dreamt of being a princess or mermaid since she could barely talk. She had been begging so long for a mermaid swimming tail for her birthday, which was in March.

We searched around the internet and found an adorable family-run website who makes and sells them, Fin Fun Mermaid. {The other girls have since been playing with the fin so much that we had to get them each one of their own!}

Fin Fun Mermaid Tails

We posted a single photo on Instagram a few weeks ago of Brooklyn in her mermaid tail, and our viewers loved it so much… that we decided to film this bonus video for you all!

Who knows, this may finally be my opportunity to do an Ariel-inspired hairstyle from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid“!

These are the most realistic commercial mermaid suits I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen lots of “Little Mermaid” plays and even beautiful siren/mermaids in swim tanks in Las Vegas!

Mermaids Swimming Mermaid

OK, so they look awesome, and include tankini or bikini tops, but I was very surprised at how fast my girls picked up swimming in them, using the dolphin kick. I particularly love how it gave the girls a core and leg workout without them even knowing it!

Kamri definitely picked up swimming as a mermaid fast! {If you couldn’t already tell in the video!}

I love how Brooklyn and Bailey wanted to relax and “bask” in the sun, reading their books! I… just… couldn’t… hold… back! SQUIRT! Once they were wet, the twins joined right in on the fun!

Mermaids Diving Mermaids

Sweet Pea and Daxton are still not totally comfortable swimmers, so we settled with a “buoying” shark fin for Dax and an adorable mermaid suit only for Sweet Pea {without the tail fins, as seen in the first photo}. Can you tell that they were having a blast that day?

Shark Fin for Swimming Swimming Mermaid

We loved these so much, that we teamed up with Fin Fun to give a discount code for our readers. From now until June 30th, you can get 10% off by entering coupon code CGH10 at checkout! Yes, they do ship all over the world!

YouTube GIVEAWAY

As part of the fun, CGH & Fin Fun teamed up to give away a Mermaid Tail {including top} & Fin to 3 lucky winners! Details of the giveaway…

  • Contest ends at midnight CST, on Wednesday June 11th, 2014.
  • Winners will be announced in our video on Sunday, June 15th.
  • Open Internationally!

{We will not end this contest early, so please beware of scammers or fake winner emails. You can 100% verify that you are a winner if your name appears in our Sunday video on YouTube on June 15th.}

Entry Rules:

  • Go to FinFun.com, and choose which mermaid tail and color you would want.
  • Go to our Mermaid YouTube Video here and leave a comment telling us the name and color of the mermaid tail you want.
  • You may leave a comment there once per day until June 11th.
  • You must be age 18 or older, or have your parents’ permission to enter.

Feel free to tag any photos of you wearing a Mermaid Tail with: #CGHMermaids

Good luck everyone, and enjoy this fun family video!

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