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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Enough by Kate Conner \ Review and Giveaway


I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to read and review the soon-to-be-released book Enough by my sweet friend Kate Conner! I have had the privilege of getting to know Kate over the past year through her blog as well as a wonderful Facebook group we are both a part of. 

Over a year ago, Kate wrote a post titled 10 Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls that received over 2 million hits in just two weeks. Because of the success of that post, Kate felt inspired to turn it into a much needed book for teenage girls and their parents!.

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was a teenager. I remember the feelings of insignificance, confusion, frustration and wish that I had been given a copy of Kate's book back then. She doesn't just give the same old advice that every girl has heard in regards to modesty, beauty, health, friendships, and boys, but offers truth from a fresh perspective sprinkled with wit and humor resulting in a very entertaining but convicting read, even for me as a mom!
 I loved it.

My favorite chapter was the first, on modesty. "All attention is not equal. It is possible to get a man's attention and never have his respect." The way we dress gives the first impression of who we are! We get to be creative as we represent ourselves to the world, and that should make us think twice about wearing something that gives a misrepresentation!

Although my daughter is not even 2 years old, I fully intend to keep my copy of Enough on the bookshelf for when we hit those teenage years. I hope she loves Kate's perspective on these important issues as much as I did!

If you want to hear Kate talk about her book Enough, view the video clip below. It is so inspiring to see her love and passion for the Lord and her ministry to teenage girls! Enough: 10 Things We Should Tell Teenage Girls is a must have for every parent of a teen girl or anyone involved in a teenage girl's life. Make sure you enter below for a chance to win your very own copy! 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mommy Moments #105

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 The top viewed link this week belongs to All Of Life's Little Adventures and her post How I Have Changed Since Becoming A Mama. Tawnya's post was absolutely beautiful and I couldn't have agreed more. Motherhood changes us, but in more beautiful ways than we could ever imagine.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Teaching Your Toddler To Communicate Effectively


I am so excited about this week's topic! The past few months have been so much fun as my 18 month old has really began to communicate. She can now repeat (or attempt to repeat) nearly every word we say, and her independent vocabulary is also growing by the day. 

It is so refreshing for her to be able to tell me when she's hungry, tired, wants to read a book, use the potty, and go outside rather than her crying, whining or screaming to communicate! So how did we get to this point?

Well, it started way back when she was born. I believe the best way to teach your child to communicate is by communicating well with them. Kids learn by example more than anything!

1. Talk With Your Children Like They Are Humans. Because they are! Even though they may not have the full capacities that we do, they are still human beings who like to know what's going on. Some people may think it's silly to have conversations with a baby who has no idea what they are saying, but studies have shown that babies understand more than we realize! Tone, facial expressions, mouth formations, and volume can communicate a lot, even to a baby! Plus, the more your child is exposed to words, the sooner they will pick up on them. I have had conversations with Kaleigh from the very beginning and I believe that has paid off with her communicating back at an early age!

2. Begin With Sign Language but don't stop there. I have heard many opposing views when it comes to sign language. For us, it worked wonders in teaching our daughter early communication and she transitioned so nicely into using her words as well as the signs. As early as 9 months, Kaleigh has been using signs to let us know when she wants to eat, wants more, is all done, and please. This eliminated a lot of crying early on as she learned she got what she wanted a lot faster by signing. As Kaleigh began to use her voice, we encouraged her to sign and speak the word with her mouth. She still signs as she says some of her words, and I don't see an issue with that!

3. Listen To Your Children. Why would they try to communicate if they are going to be ignored or shushed? Even crying and whining are forms of communication that beg to be answered. That gibberish coming out of your toddler's mouth is them trying to talk to you, so bend down, get eye-level with them and let them know that what they are trying to say is important to you, more important than your work, that text message, or dinner cooking on the stove. Once they see that their words are valued, they may start using them more!

4. Teach Appropriate Communication. I had a friend suggest a while back that I start to give Kaleigh consequences for whining. I immediately replied that whining was her way of trying to communicate with me. If I punished her every time she tried to express herself to me, she would eventually stop whining, but in the process stop talking to me. As frustrating as it can be, whining is the natural transition from crying to talking. Rather than punishing for whining, or worse, ignoring it, use their whining as an opportunity to teach appropriate communication. If your child is whining because they want to eat, tell them to say "eat please" and do not answer their request until they have asked for it appropriately! This way you are not punishing them for trying to communicate, you are training them how to communicate in a less annoying way, much less annoying!

It's a long process, but these steps have paid off for us as we have a happy, very talkative toddler who knows how to express herself loud and clear. 
Oh yes, she lets us know what she wants alright!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mommy Moments #104

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 The top viewed link this week belongs to our very own Heather and and her post Keeping Marriage Alive After Baby! If you haven't stopped by to check out our Thursday One Year and Beyond Link Up, you are missing out! We have lots of fun topics for mamas to read up on! Thanks for sharing this great post Heather!

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Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Tips To Help Siblings Prepare For A New Baby (GUEST POST)

I am thrilled to have Brittany from Sweet Country Roots here guest posting at The Life Of Faith!

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 Brittany Styron is a believer in Jesus Christ, a wife, and momma to four amazing kids. She has a passion for country living, cooking, gardening, homeschooling, and encouraging women in their roles as wives and mothers. She blogs honestly about all these things at Sweet Country Roots.

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10 Tips To Help Siblings Prepare For A New Baby
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 I have had the privilege of bringing 4 beautiful children in this world. I look forward to their birth to not only see their face for the first time, but to be able to get out of a chair all in one motion! Our children don't always sense the relief when the baby gets here as we do. In their eyes there is another baby taking time and attention. This can possibly leave room for bitterness and negative feelings to grow. This is where our attitude comes in play.

  We must prepare our little ones for the newest little one. Having taught this three different times now, it is becoming second nature and has been a tremendous help for the kids. This has also been great for me as well to knock out that darn momma guilt:)

  Here is a list of my tried and true greatest tips on encouraging your children to welcome the newest member of the family:

 1. When you first make the announcement be sure you are the one to tell them. Don't let them find out from someone else. Announce it to them in a way that shows them how special this is, and tell them all the wonderful changes that will be happening.

 2. Allow them to go to some of your doctor appointments. My kids always loved to be included on the journey of watching the baby grow in my belly.

 3. Make a copy of the ultrasound picture for them to hold onto and show their friends.

 4. Let them hear you pray for the baby in your growing belly, and pray that they will be best friends.

 5. Let them feel the baby kick. Mine loved this and would often fight over who got to lay their hand across my belly.

 6. When the baby's birth is getting closer prepare them for the days ahead when the baby will be home. Let them know how much you and the baby will need their help and talk to them about visitors coming to see the baby.

 7. Encourage them to draw a picture for the baby on the day they are born.

 8. Once the baby is here, pretend you are the baby talking in a silly voice. Really get into it and use the babies hands too. (Pretending to be the baby) say, "I love you sooo much! You're the best big brother or sister ever!" ...They are sure to laugh at this one.

 9. At the end of those busy tiresome days with a newborn tell them how you don't know how you would have made it through the day with out them. They are so helpful.

 10. Give them affection all through the day. A hug, a kiss, an I love you, and an I am so proud of you.

 Thus far I have never had a child to struggle with the adjustment. Children typically love new babies we just have to remind them how much they are loved. Pretty simple right? Do you have any tips that have worked for you? Where any of them a flop?
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