#raisingkids

MOST RECENT

I remember walking down the aisle almost 13 years ago to TWO people instead of one... terrified I would F it up royally. .
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Step-parenting is a beast all of its own kind, but it turns out if you just: .
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Step back.
Listen more.
Talk less.
Put them first, always.
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You can totally blend a family. ✌🏻

So... we are happy to be home, but its 11° 😬
Yeah...
Good old Christchurch ay.
Snap of our boat ride back to Denarau from Castaway cos Benjis sleeping face is funny. Its great; when hes sleepy on a moving vehicle (plane, boat, whatever), his mouth starts to gape, hes barely got his eyes open and he does the long slow blinks... on the plane when I saw him doing that but his head didnt look so comfy on the adult sized seats, I told him to lean on me - immediately drifted off ❤
He also doesnt cry when he wakes so thats a nice bonus 😅
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How lucky to have the first day of fall be a glorious fall Saturday!! Happy Fall!!! 🍂🍂

Meet the Broads!
We are a young family of 5.
Taylor and I have been together for 6.5 years, since I was 16! We’ve been married for 6 of those months.
We have 3 babies.
Avery Dallas is our eldest child. She’s sweet and sassy and her wisdom is beyond her years.
Piper Phoenix is our middle. She’s wild, untameable, stubborn and she cares so much for the people around her.
Arlo Zephyr is our last baby. Our boy. He is as cool as a cucumber and such a content and happy little baby.
The kids are 4, 2.5 and 2 months old.
Being young parents can be overwhelmingly hard, but we just laugh our way through it. We try not to sweat the small stuff but we are in survival mode pretty much all the time! 🙊
Our little family is 100% complete now. I hope you like following our journey 💖

Today apparently is World Rhino Day. Any day is a good day to celebrate The Rhino. In the book about Marco Polos Travels he describes seeing a unicorn in India. It was a Rhino. 🦄🦏. The book also describes dragons. These were crocodiles. The Rhino horn is made from the same stuff as your finger nails. Rhinos also do not have very good eye sight. Let’s celebrate World Rhino Day. The real Unicorn.

CHILD'S PLAY

My daredevil daughter (age 5) went for a snowmobile ride on our trip around Finland in winter. I love how kids can be so fearless and daring. What an exciting experience for her to be allowed to drive!
I found it a bit unnerving and hilarious to watch her speeding around in the thick snow and had to keep encouraging her to slow down 😁. I am projecting this into the future when she learns to drive and I think my husband can take charge of those lessons!! 💕

As a parent, it is often important for us to step back and give our children the opportunity to grow, achieve mastery on their own and have fun. It's a balance between over protection and laissez faire parenting - to guide, create safety and also provide a space for them to be kids and discover the world on their own (age appropriately of course).
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Love my girl 💕

JUNE GAY PSYCHOLOGIST #PSYCHOLOGISTCHATSWOOD #psychologydemystified
#finland #articcircle #lapland #parentingadvice #parentingskills #emotioncoaching #parenthacks #parenthood #emotioncoach #motherhood #fatherhood #kidsmatter #raisingkids #kids #emotionalresilience #parental #snowplay #empathy #family #adventure #instapsychology #kidsmatter #gottmaninstitute #worldwidewanders #wanderise #lifeofadventure #travellingwithkids #celebratechildhood #familyadventures

Sometimes kids get frustrated because they might no be able to accomplish a process or lesson in a way others do, but when they learn they can switch things around to their needs, they start believing in themselves! 💪🏼👊🏼❤️
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I captured just that... Nico trying Noah’s technique with a little changes here and there! He was so proud when he got up on that board! #soproud 🏄🏽🌊 #beachlife #kidssurfing #familyteamwork #natureenergy

😐😑😧😩. Then 🙏🙌👍 #yallbetterpray #momlife

Did I not mention that I #literally wrote a #book about how NOT to kill your #kids? Hmmm...probably should have put that out there. 😂 Get your copy on Amazon.

#lifehacks #parenting #tips #organization #storage #momlife #prayers #inspiration #motivation #godfirst

Ever had #oneofthosedays? 😁😁😁😁😁🍷

What you NOT 'gonna do is jack up the light bill! 😡

#bills #summer #toohot #stopplaying #money #budget #parentinghumor #parent #frfr #electricity #kids

It should say, "Gets the boy funk out for half the price of the other brands." Thanks, Purex! So glad the boys put this in their laundry!

#momofboys #favorite #lifesaver #laundry #boys #boystink #funk #stinky #purex #steal #deal #frugal

The child used #dawn in my dishwasher. For about the 50 millionth time. Surely he's in the @guinnessworldrecords by now! I was wondering why the machine sounded like it was in the last stages of labor...

Mystery solved! On top of that, he says, "You were snoring last night." Yeah, just my body trying to keep my soul from running away in my sleep, hon. 😙

Those special friends we make that will always stay that way and welcome you no matter how long it’s been without seeing each other! ☺️❤️

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