Disappointing Your Parents | Mom Minute

May 04, 2014

One of the biggest questions I get asked is if my girls enjoy having their hair done.

In general, yes, they do. However, just like every other family, we have our moments. When it comes to filming hairstyles, we have never forced our girls to be a model, it has always come on a volunteer basis. This is why you will see CGH3 volunteering the most, and CGH4 the least.

Disappointing Your Parents

One of our viewers, Sasha, asks the following question, “I hate going to soccer and it doesn’t make me happy anymore, but I know my mom loves that I play. I want to quit, but don’t know how to tell her I don’t want her to be disappointed in me.

Disappointing Parents

As a parent, I want to support my kids in all of their child activities, but sometimes it’s difficult to notice when they’re bored with their current activities and are ready to try something new. I definitely fear that my kids will resent me for making them stay in an activity that they don’t enjoy. I also do not want them sitting idly by watching television or playing video games all day.

The key for us a parents and our children is always open and honest communication. In this episode of #MomMinute on The Mom’s View, I’ll teach you how to communicate so that everyone gets what they want!

For any of our readers, what suggestions do you have when kids are afraid of disappointing their parents? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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250th YouTube Video & Big News

April 27, 2014

Two BIG announcements today!  I love days like today, because we get to share some fun news with you, in a way that is for sure to make you smile!

CuteGirlsHairstyles Kids Names

First, we launched our hairstyle app today, which can be found on iTunes and Google Play!

CuteGirlsHairstyles App

There are 2 versions of the app, a free version and an in-app premium upgrade…

The Free Version of the CGH App includes:

  • Access to all the most-recent 10 hairstyle video tutorials!
  • Access to our Twitter feed!
  • Add supported.

The In-App Upgrade to the Premium Version CGH App includes:

  • Get EARLY ACCESS to our weekly videos… {See them 1-hour before they go live on YouTube!}
  • Access to all 250+ hairstyle video tutorials!
  • Access to our Twitter feed!
  • View all “hashtagged” Instagram recreations by you and fellow CGH Hair Ninjas {if over 50 likes}, and gain your own fan base!
  • Chance to become our Featured Member!

DISCOUNT: For these first 2 weeks {from now until May 11th, 2014} the Premium upgrade will be only $0.99. After that date, the price will go up to its standard rate.

Feel free to tag your own photos of our app {on your device} with: #CGHApp

Secondly, and we have been thinking about this for some time, we’ve decided to RELEASE the names of our children!

Since many fans had been finding them out, and sharing them online, we decided to release the kids’ names on our own terms.

A few months ago, I was in LA filming with @TheMomsView where we had invited my good friend Colette Butler {yes, ShayCarl’s wife} on the show. We were talking, and I asked Colette if she ever regretted revealing her kids’ names last year. She said that she and Shay did not, and that it really had been a very positive experience for them and their fans.

I am not naive enough to think fans couldn’t find out our children’s names, since we’ve done quite a few appearances where the media went ahead and shared them anyway.

From there, fans began sharing with more fans, and it is something that we literally hold back anymore. We were spending so much time deleting comments referring to names that it was hard to find time to practice and research hairstyles. So, we are jumping on board with this name release on our own terms!

Lastly, we received our YouTube Gold Button Plaque for reaching 1,000,000 subscribers, which is funny, because we just passed 2 million! We just want to thank each of you for being with us all these years! We really feel like you are all part of this ever-growing family of ours!

Items Needed: Pure happiness and a SMILE!

Time Requirement: Indefinitely

Skill Level: For all ages

Hope you enjoy the app, and more importantly, continue to enjoy our family!

Happy Hairstyling!

My twins’ video for this week was an Easter Basket Haul, showing BrooklynAndBailey channel fans what types of things they find in their Easter baskets. Click below to view…

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Traveling with Kids | Mom Minute

April 27, 2014

One thing our family loves to do is travel. Rather than buying things to make us happy, we prefer to create memories with our children.

Traveling with Kids | with Colette Butler

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to travel with so many kids. For today’s #MomMinute on The Mom’s View, we invited my good friend, Colete Butler, another famous mommy YouTuber who herself is a mother of 5 young children.

A viewer asked the following question, “What are the best places to travel with your kids? What are some tips for traveling with kids?

KidsTravel

Together, we discuss each family’s best practices for how to travel with kids. {Nope, our girls do not practice hairstyles on each other when we travel. Just like all families, we have bickering and unplanned potty stops!}

I have to say, I learned a lot from my discussion with Collete, and know that you all have great ideas, too!

To see the entire episode, feel free to click below…

For any of our readers, what suggestions do you have for how best to travel with your kids? Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

 

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How to know if you have ADHD | Mom Minute

April 19, 2014

Most of you will not know this, but our son was diagnosed with hyposensitivity disorder as an infant when he wouldn’t respond to normal everyday stimuli. Through years of several types of therapy, including the implementation of a multi-sensory environment for him, he has been able to progress significantly.

As we felt we’ve been able to manage that hurdle fairly well, our son was just recently diagnosed with ADHD.

ADHD

After years of low points, and feeling like failing parents more than any parent should, two months into his kindergarten year, Little Buddy was expelled for several days. Without going into details, the ruling was that he was becoming an extreme danger to the students and his teachers.

This wasn’t the first sign of problems in school, it had gradually built up over those first two months despite close observation and guidance at school and at home. We literally did not know what to do at that point, or where to turn.

There’s plenty more I could share about those years, but I am just not ready to do so. That behavior wasn’t my son and I knew it, my son was my son and I love him no matter what. But it wasn’t easy, and there were nights where I cried for hours and felt like the most awful mother for not being able to help him.

We of course prayed heavily about how we could give Little Buddy what he needed to be successful, without enabling bad behavior. We’d dreaded even thinking about ADHD or early Autism, but felt we couldn’t help him solve his problem if we couldn’t find its root. This diagnosis was not something we took lightly, as he is a boy, and boys often are extremely energetic and inattentive. But something seemed off.

The diagnosis, and all the research we had done previous to it, helped place Little Buddy’s early years’ behavior into context. Especially as the ADHD was paired with the Hyposensitivity Disorder, making the early years a very frustrating situation for him.

We tried specialized diets and certain types of in-home therapy, but there was little improvement. We then spoke to our pediatrician about it, who recommended that Little Buddy was old enough that we could take him to a child psychiatrist for analysis.

The subsequent help we have received, via careful medication and therapy {for Little Buddy and us}, has made a world of difference in our son’s behavior! He’s advanced one full year in academics in just two months, reads like a pro, follows instructions, and shows those sweetest sides of himself nearly all the time. He’s happier, and doesn’t want to go back to the way things were before.

Kids who have ADHD are wonderful! Now that we are aware of the disorder, we are finding more and more people we know who are very successful adults who are also medicated or therapy-aided ADHDers! We all have imperfections, the key is to not let them define us. We work through them the best we can, try to learn to be confident in who we are, and that’s what makes us beautiful!

One of our viewers, Sarah, wrote in asking… “I think my child has ADHD. How can I be sure, and how can I help him/her if he does?

How to know if you have ADHD

So for today’s #MomMinute on The Moms View, we invited Dr. Chiovanni Chopra, a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, to come and talk with us about ADHD, its symptoms, provide her recommendations on how to manage it, and specifically address Sarah’s question.

For more information, go to Premier Mind Institute and, under “Resources“, click the link to the national organization’s page about ADHD.

To watch our discussion, simply click the video below…

For any of our readers, I am curious to hear what your experiences have been with ADHD or knowing someone who has. {Please keep in mind, that each situation is different. There are varying opinions and treatments out there, as well as some harsh judgements, and not every approach will work for everyone.}

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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Best Advice I’ve Been Given | Mom Minute

April 12, 2014

I am very grateful for all the wonderful advice given to me over the years, particularly from my grandmothers, my mom, and friends. Not only for the advice given to me as a young girl and the challenges I had faced, but for advice given to me as I came into my own in motherhood.

Best Advice

Today’s #MomMinute question comes from Donna, who asks the following, “What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Best Advice

I have to say that I am far from perfect, meaning I have a lot to work on as an individual, and as a wife and mother. But, there is a piece of advice I heard years ago that has always stuck with me. It is something that I went home and quickly memorized, and I recall that advice very often as an adult.

Want to know what it is?

To see the entire episode, including the best advice I have ever been given, please feel free to click the video below…

For any of our readers, how would you answer Alisha’s question? What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Please free to leave your comments below…

Happy Parenting!

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