Discovering Talents | Mom Minute

January 25, 2014

I perfectly understand that each child comes into our lives with his/her own set of abilities and hidden talents.

It is my role as a parent, to raise these children and to help provide opportunities for them to explore their natural abilities.

Discovering Talents

When our children turn the age of three, we enroll each child into a few activities hoping that they can begin discovering what they are good at in their younger years. We began with soccer and dance first, and then added piano by the time they could read. Over the years, we have also implemented violin, gymnastics, modeling, and theater and some of them have stuck.

It may be that a skill we are really good at is not something we particularly enjoy. It’s hard to see that gift as a talent, when it is something we do not like to do. The talent is there, but maybe the passion comes from noticing how our talent affects the lives of others. Then we can be truly happy in our talent. {This is why my husband regrets on giving up playing the piano when he was young.}

Finding our talents can be a learning process, taking several years or up to a lifetime to achieve. For myself, creating braided hairstyles was not something I was good at in my teen years {my friends can vouch for this}. Hairstyling was something I developed in motherhood, and it took several years and lots of practice before I felt comfortable sharing it with the world.

Most of us are not lucky enough to be a child prodigy, but we are each born with at least one talent. Our responsibility is to discover what that talent is, nurture it, and share it with others. There are few things sweeter than seeing how something we are good at… can truly bless the lives of others.

Our talent may be something subtle, but equally as impactful as more awesome talents. Those subtle talents may be your laugh or smile, or being a peacemaker. The size of the talent does not matter… it is what we do with it that counts.

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, I share our views on finding and nurturing our talents, as well as share a special talent of my 3rd daughter!

Feel free to watch the The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

What tips do you have for others when it comes to discovering talents? Please also feel free to leave your comment below letting us know what you are good at doing!

Happy Parenting!

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Teenage Peer Pressure | Mom Minute

January 18, 2014

Those of us who have grown past our teenage years, know of the seriousness of peer pressure. We also know that it will never completely go away as we grow older.

Peer Pressure

What we can do, is condition and prepare ourselves, and our children, so that we know what we will do whenever those situations arise.

People, despite growing up in the same area, can have varying moral thresholds. Each family is different, just like every person is different, and the diversity is something we celebrate. Because of this, something you or I may not agree with may be perfectly fine to do by someone we consider as a peer.

I am just a few years into the teen years with my twins, and have another 16 years of teenage-dom ahead of me. I pray that my children may remain humble and grounded in their moral standards, and choose friends who not only love them… but will stand up for them in such peer pressure situations. I teach my children to do the same.

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, we share our views of peer pressure, and what we do in the CHG home to help our children maintain their morals in such situations, and share a few examples!

Feel free to watch the The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

What tips do you have for other teens, and parents of teens, to prepare for peer pressure situations? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Happy Parenting!

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Making Fitness Fun {with Samantha Harris}

January 11, 2014

I am going to honest and say that as great as we may be at hairstyles, our family is not as active physically as we should be.  We certainly try, but are far from perfect.

Making Fitness Fun with Samantha Harris There is always room for improvement. A few weeks ago, we talked before about how to maintain healthy eating habits in our home, but what do we do for exercise?

I recently asked Samantha Harris to join me on the Mom Minute set, to share her tips on family fitness as a mother of two beautiful daughters.  You all know Samantha, as she has worked as a correspondent on Entertainment Tonight and also served as a co-host on Dancing With The Stars {DWTS} for eight seasons. This fit and beautiful mother has also graced  the covers of 11 fitness magazines!

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, Samantha gives us her expert advice, and I provide insight into what we do in the CHG home to help stay fit! Feel free to watch The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

What tips do you have for other parents to help make family fitness and exercise fun? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Happy Parenting!

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Sharing a Room | Mom Minute

January 04, 2014

My twins, Brooklyn and Bailey, have shared a room since they were first born.

In fact, the girls had an option a few years ago to each get their own room, and they declined because they love being together and didn’t want to be apart {I thought that was super cute!}

Sharing a Room

But recently, we moved into a home that had fewer bedrooms, forcing us to have another set of daughters to share a bedroom. That transition was much harder, primarily because there is a significant age difference between the girls {ages 8 and 3}.

Lets be honest… it is much harder to take two children who were used to their own space, and force them to share a room. It is even harder to sleep with another person making noise in the room, and there is always blame to go around for why the room is messy and how to clean it up.

There are positives to this as well, in that siblings who share a room often have more memories to share, and can have stronger relationships with that sibling when they are older.

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, I give my tips for how to make this room-sharing transition easier, and how to look for the positive as well. Feel free to watch The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

What tips do you have for other parents, or for kids who are having problems with a sharing a room with a sibling? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Happy Parenting!

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New Year’s Resolutions | Mom Minute

December 29, 2013

New Year’s resolutions are something that are easy to write down, but very difficult to finish. Nobody is perfect in this, and neither am I.

New Year's Resolutions

{Nobody profits more by this than gyms or fitness classes with annual memberships!}

With a family of eight now, I have had to find ways to keep things moving forward and a lot of that is centered on our scheduling and our own individual and family goals.

In some ways, we likely defeat ourselves up front with some fairly lofty New Year’s resolutions, like lose 30 pounds, or pay off the car.

It is important to not only set the goal, but write down a plan for it. Break it down into smaller, measurable and easily-achievable goals. Place those goals in somewhere where you can see it every day.

In today’s episode of Mom Minute, I give additional ideas for what I do to help me accomplish my goals. Feel free to watch The Mom’s View Mom Minute episode below…

What ideas do you have that can help others know how to create and achieve New Year’s resolutions? Please feel free to leave your comments below!

Happy Parenting!

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