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8/4/11 7:29 A

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Seeing my son is willing to apologize[without making a fuss] to others when he's done something wrong.

Edited by: MOMWANTSNOWAIST at: 8/4/2011 (07:30)
In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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8/3/11 6:18 P

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Our son blows us away with everything he knows at only the age of 3! Even when we dont realize it he is constantly picking up every little thing we tell or show him! We both have iPhones and he can use ours sometimes better than we can! He just took a picture of me and his new little brother the other day on it!

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8/3/11 5:10 P

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I'm proud of my toddler's developing coping skills! She got frustrated making stacks of blocks and said "I'm having troubles. I need to take a deep breath!" She also gave me a hug when I was frustrated with a huge mess she made, said "It's ok mommy, sometimes IT happens! Take a deep breath...great job!" She's a great little therapist!

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Learning to go to his room for daily quiet time or the occasional nap without a fuss~being a SAHM , I've tried to teach him MOMMIES need time,too!
And just a note for parents~~ I started this thread so you could list one thing each time and receive points EACH TIME you contribute to it ,but we love hearing each and EVERY thing you're proud of teaching your child/children!

Edited by: MOMWANTSNOWAIST at: 8/1/2011 (10:22)
In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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This is a tough one for me...I find myself to have a long list in my mind of what a mother should be....and measure myself to that.

Its a hard thing to live up to.

In the end the thing I am most proud of is that I realized that I can be enough by just being me. I can let go of the list. I can teach my kids by example to love themselves despite their flaws because we all have them, we are all human, we make mistakes, we say the wrong things, we do the wrong thing, but in the end...all we really want is just to connect with others and share love and that its enough :)

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7/31/11 3:45 P

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I am proud of many things with my wonderful girls. (almost 3 & 5) But one of the things I am most proud of is that my husband and I decided before I was even pregnant with our first, that we were going to speak to our children as if they were just little people. Not like babies. And that we were totally and completely against spanking as punishment. We never once talked "baby talk" to them making sure to pronounce words correctly. They both started talking very clearly at a very young age. We've always had people compliment how clear they talk. We also have never spanked our girls and yet, despite my whole family's beliefs, (and many other people), we have 2 of the most well behaved toddlers I think I've ever seen. Personally, my husband and I would rather take the harder route and teach them to behave out of respect and because it is the correct way, rather than to physically hurt them and make them behave because they are afraid of us hitting them. (jmpo) Of course they have their days, like all children do. They are certainly not perfect and I don't expect them to be by any means. but for the most part, they know how they are expected to behave and they do just that. I have lost count how many times we have had strangers come up to our dinner table when we're out to eat or stop us as we're leaving to tell us how impressed they were at how well our girls behave. It never gets old. They say please and thank you 100% on their own as well. Sorry to ramble on. I could go on and on about all the wonderful traits and behaviors my girls have. (I could probably go on and on about all the frustrating ones too lol) I'm just so so proud of the little ladies they are growing up to be already. My parents weren't the best role models but I still have learned from them. I have learned all the things NOT to do as a parent so for that, I am still grateful.

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Good conversation skills!~~Even @ 3 1/2 !!!!

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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7/29/11 3:06 P

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I'm really proud of the way I always speak kindly and informatively to my daughter. At age 2 she already has great manners (please, thank you, excuse me, sorry) and because I always talk to her about things we see and do, she has a great vocabulary. When I started working out last Fall, she would whine and cry and try to get me to quit my workout videos and pay attention to her. After only 1 week of continuing my workouts despite her protests and telling her "Exercise is important!" she stopped disrupting my workout videos and started participating! I was so proud when she did a little jumping jack and push-up and told me proudly, "Mommy, I'm exercising!" emoticon

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7/29/11 1:26 P

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I've got several things I'm proud of when it comes to my little girl, age 3. She can tell me the letters of the alphabet (and not even in order!), she is potty trained except for the occasional poop mishap, she has excellent manners despite the fact that only my husband and I reinforce them, she rarely throws tantrums in public, and she knows that getting her butt busted is a last resort for a behavior she knows she shouldn't be doing.
I'm proud of all that, but my absolute favorite thing is how she's developing her own likes and dislikes. I have not discouraged her from liking or trying anything, except kissing the frog we found in the house. emoticon

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I am most proud of all the reading and research I did before getting pregnant (at age 35... I don't advise anyone to wait that long!) and now I have an arsenal of excellent parenting information under my belt.

The stuff that REALLY WORKS is from the Love and Logic series, usually authored by Jim Fay or his doctor-of-child-psychology son, Charles Fay. There's a great book called "Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood" and there is also a DVD of their seminar by the same name. GREAT TECHNIQUES for dealing with little ones!

I have trained my 20-month-old to stay out of the cat food & water, not to get into daddy's CD cabinet, not to mess with the TV controls (the ones on the TV at her height), and to be gentle with the kitty cats, among other things. She's learned all that AND she still has a sweet disposition and has very few meltdowns of any length. Love and Logic helps parents to retain their sanity and kids to keep their self-esteem intact all while setting limits and maintaining proper boundaries.

Sorry to go on like an infomercial but these guys REALLY know what they are talking about in the area of child/teen discipline. You can find their books, CDs and DVDs online at www.LoveandLogic.com. Happy parenting!

Oh, and kudos to all of you who have potty trained their little sweeties... I am not looking forward to that task. =o) That's the one area of parenting I haven't read much on. Anyone have suggested reading for me?

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I guess I am most proud of helping nourish my kids' curiosity.

I can do it.


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Manners! My boys are great at please, thank you, and you're welcome....they even correct me if I forget.

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Potty Training!!!! It took WAY longer than I expected ,but it's TRUE~when they're ready, it doesn't take AS long! I made the mistake of starting too early with my son @ age 2 1/2 but with sporadic results for a WHOLE YEAR! He got it down in one month @ age 3 1/2!! And I agree about the pull-ups advice my MOMS Club gave me~don't use them~it prolongs your efforts~ I made that mistake!

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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I don't get upset over messes too much. They are kids. They will make messes. And, I really think it alleviates a lot of stress all around. My husband tends to freak out over it...but I'm like, "Dude, just clean it up when they're done. It's no big deal." The kids appreciate the freedom to play and then I can also teach them to help clean up.

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Teaching him the correct manners for greeting guests in your home . My husband & I nearly fell over when our neighbors dropped by and our 3 and 1/2 yo greeted them with~" Welcome to our home Mr & Mrs ***. Won't you please come in?"
This pleasant interlude reminded me that our kids are ALWAYS watching and taking it all in ,though we may think they are not. HANG IN THERE ,PARENTS!!!!!! DON'T STOP TRYING!!!!!:):)

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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potty training!!! We are seeing the light @ the END of the tunnel!!!!!!!!!! !!YAY!!!!! Finally!!!!!!

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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Being a stay at home mom I am able to get more involved. I love school time. It nice to have them like school like I do

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Letting my 2 year old have a say in what he wears/eats/what we do/ect. He was a very high maintenance child and I realized early on that I am not the only one in control. In letting him have choices we have found that he is a very intelligent, independent toddler, who tends to make good choices and has showed us how to have some fun, too!

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I love to teach (and for myself I love to learn). My son just turned two (he was born in April 09). So far I have taught him over 200 signs in sign language, his alphabet, colors, number, animals, and learning how to read. He can only read a few words for now, which is perfectly fine with me cause he started to pick that up on his own. I read to him every night and when ever he brings me a book. I point to the word as i read it and wait for him to turn the page cause he likes saying what all is in the picture and pointing to words for me to read again. Most of the time he would rather read with me than watch tv. Sometime though he will ask to watch Signing Time (the only series he will watch). He would rather eat fruits and veggies than cookies or candy and drink milk or water than soda. Cept to me and his daddy he will say please and thank you.

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Now ask yourself are there really things that go bump in the night
Or are we taught as children to have fright for things that might
Live or breath or might not even exist
Cause fear is a son of a bitch of man's myths
And his job is keeping the urban legends alive
By telling stories and enhancing em with devilish lies
So stay afraid of the many beings and strange things
That will live forever in folklore and remain to be seen


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Being able to teach my daughter that healthy foods Taste good and that exercise is fun!

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Hannahs new found love for exercise lol.. She gets so excited when I tell her I am going to exercise to my spark people videos and even has certain ones she likes.. she goes right along with me, just laughing and having fun, not always doing everything correct but looking darn cute doing what she does. She even has my parents put on exercise videos on on-demand for her when Im at work .. we never had encouragement to exercise when we were young .. she even likes to help make our dinners now.. I am shocked at how easy instilling a healthier lifestyle has been

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Reading. My daughter loves to read, and she loves to copy the people in the books. She is picking up so much from us reading to her.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why they call it the present." Nicley said Kung Fu Panda. LOL


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I am proud that I have gotten my kids into the habit of brushing their teeth before bed time with out hassle. They come to me and ask if they can brush their teeth now. LOL. I know it doesn't sound like much and there are other things I am proud of, but I am a big teeth person. So it makes me smile!

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Telling the truth....:)

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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I am proud of the love and care my 6 year old daughter and soon to be 4 year old son show each other. They have their moments of fussing which are few and far between compared with the time they spend playing, reading, and talking together. I hope I can say the same ting in 5, 10, 20 +++ years from now.
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I am proud of the fact that my husband and I have passed on our love of reading to our son. We read to him from Day 1 (even while he was in the NICU).

He loves to look at books and, even though he is incredibly active, he will sit down and look at books or bring books over and ask you to read to him.

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Can teaching my son the "Scooby Doo" theme song be a skill? No? Okay....(LOL) Im definately proud of my sons manners. He says plz/ty. He says bless u, ur welcome, excuse me. He even offers to carry my bags! I love it becuz my sisters who are 10 & 11 dont utilize those manners!
I too am a single parent so I relish in the fact that Im raising a darn good kiddo!

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putting his toys away without a fuss when it's bedtime!

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
Betsy ~~~CST






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Im proud that I am there. I grew up without a mom and dad. So against all odds. Im a loving and responsible mother, who would NEVER leave my girls. I am the BOMB! LOL

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Gratification and apologizing/taking responsibility for actions.

Each night as we lay in bed he says thank you for something good that day and then apologizes for his bad behaviors.

I always do the same for myself with him. I always tell him I love him however if he is misbehaving I say it isn't HIM it is his actions/behaviors we are frustrated/upset with, which helps future correction.

It is the greatest and cutest thing!

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emoticon KAILEIGHK!!!! I am proud of teaching my son to read because he wanted to learn early and saw the importance of it since both my hubby & I read ALOT! emoticon {And being a former teacher...it helps!].What SURPRISED ME was that he wanted to learn at 15 months!

Edited by: MOMWANTSNOWAIST at: 9/29/2010 (09:18)
In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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I am proud of you also!!!! We need many more parents who "mature" when the need arises. Enjoy your time with your little one. Bailey

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I am proud of the fact that no matter how hectic my life gets, I make sure I offer up to Hannah as many of the experiences I loved as a child, even though I'm a single parent. She's been to all the museums more than several times, amusement parks, we go to every street fair, the zoo several times a year, the pumpkin patch and town Christmas parties, the science center..

I feel like all of this extra time I spend with her, really helps her to be the well rounded kid she is today. I am so proud of my baby girl. She is 3 and knows her letters and numbers, can write her own name, give you her address, tell your my and every other family members full name, tell you the president and basically just talk your ear off lol. I see so many of my friends who still live like they are in highschool.. who have more pics of them at parties on their facebooks than ones of their children.. who are out every other night literally drinking or worse.. I am so proud of myself for when I became pregnant with my child.. putting childish nonsense behind me and stepping up to the job of being a mom.. and when her dad left.. stepping up again and being a mom and a dad.

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putting away his plastic dishes,cups & spoons when asked.I give him a small load to carry & he puts it where his dishes ,etc. are within easy reach on the counter!

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
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Teaching my son in getting along with others. He's able to play with boys and girls and not fight;if someone takes away a toy, he goes and gets another one whether at our home or someone else's house.

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
Betsy ~~~CST






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My kids don't beg for things at the grocery store.

~My Name is Sarah~

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That my 3 kids--11 year-old daughter & 2 1/2 year-old twins--know how to use/say "please" and "thank you" at appropriate times. My kids aren't expected to be the smartest, the best, perfect, etc...or anything like that; but I do expect them to be polite & respectful people.

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Focus on what you CAN do, instead of what you can't!

It's not about lowering the weight on the scale; it's about increasing the weight on the bar!

Stop weighing yourself! Focus on eating healthier & getting stronger. Looking better will simply be an added bonus!


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Wow...I'm too afraid to try a green smoothie...I might have to do that sometime really soon though. I think he would like it! I think that's a wonderful skill to be proud of!

WE ALL ROCK!!!

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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I am really proud of my changed lifestyle. When I was young, there was no healthy eating. My parents ate what they wanted when they wanted with little restraint. It made it hard growing up because I was constantly stressed about my weight. I never realized what a big part my food way playing. If I learned that early on, I could have saved myself a lot of self criticism.

I am happy that I am instilling those healthy eating/working out habits right off the bat. My son will learn why we eat the way we do and how food fuels us. Opening options for him with eating is huge for me too.

Our latest adventure: Green smoothies...and he loves them.

You can't expect to solve problems doing the same things you did when you created them.


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You know what I think? I think we all have way to many mad skills to list!

WE ALL ROCK!!!

I BELIEVE IN MYSELF!!!

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Stop the world, I wanna get on! -The Producers


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Another skill I'm proud of --especially at this age!---is his ability to THINK of OTHERS! My hubby & I were sitting in the living room and our toddler brought out some bottled water to us --not 1,not 2 but THREE BOTTLED WATERS--one for EACH of us!!! We were so PROUD of HIM and hugs and kisses followed amidst MUCH PRAISE!!!! :) ---LOVE MOMENTS like that!!!

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
Betsy ~~~CST






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I gues I would say my organization skills. I have 5 kids to schedule plus myself. I HATE to be late for anything so with soccer, baseball, basketball and gymnastics schedules, I have to be organized to get everyone where they need to be when they need to be there.

Kate

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My family is my life and I am doing this for them.
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I would say my ability to let my house get a little more dirty than I would have before I had my son, just so I can get that extra snuggle time. You may have to wear a hazmat suit when you come visit, but by golly I'm going to make the very best of the less than 3 hours a day I get to spend with him during the week! I'm proud that I don't let people's judgement of my dirty house make me spend less time with my main boy just to please them!

WE ALL ROCK!!!

I BELIEVE IN MYSELF!!!

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Stop the world, I wanna get on! -The Producers


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As a parent, I would say--every time I see my son use utensils. I taught him how to use a fork and spoon! And now we're learning to use the knife and fork for cutting--with supervision,of course! emoticon

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
We are HIS people,
The sheep of HIS pasture.
Psalm 100:3
Betsy ~~~CST






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