Undeniable Signs You Are An Awesome Mom

One thing that all moms share in common is their ability to denigrate their own abilities as a parent. It’s easy to do, after all – you spend your entire life looking after the kids, sacrifice yourself day after day, and are so exhausted that it can suck all your positive thoughts away.

Also, we’re not helped when we read the multitude of blog posts and magazine articles by people who seem to find this whole parenting thing a breeze – and that are happy to point out that everything you are doing is wrong.

But, here’s the deal: we’re all different, and I bet those smug mommies have just as many bad days as all the rest of us – they just don’t show it. With all this in mind, I thought I would go through some of the reasons why, even though you might not think it, you are, indeed, an awesome mom.

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Perfect planning (a.k.a. you get where you need to be)

Being a mom is a little like being in a tornado – your days are swept away, and you have no real idea whether you are coming or going. No amount of preparing and planning for parenthood can get you ready for the whirlwind experience. But if you make it to where you are going, you are succeeding. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know how you managed to arrive at your little one’s playgroup, or that you turned up for your doctor’s appointment wearing your blouse inside out. The point is, you made it – and you’re awesome for doing so.

 

Your kids smile a lot

Parenting can make you frustrated, worried, angry, and useless. But if your children smile a lot, it’s all you need to prove to yourself that you are, in fact, just being awesome. No matter how tired you are, or how much you worry you aren’t doing right by your child if they are smiling and content, you know you are doing things the right way.  

 

Your home is a mess

Are you embarrassed at the fact that your home looks like it has been hit by a hurricane? While cleanliness is vital when you have young kids, tidiness is not. And if you have a messy home because you are putting all your attention into engaging with your children, it’s a good thing. Don’t be embarrassed, as the simple truth is that you will get other days to tidy up, whereas you will never experience this particular day or time with your babies ever again. Awesome moms are messy because they have more important priorities – it’s as simple as that.

You smell

One thing new mothers have to learn pretty fast is that your personal hygiene is going to have to take a hit. And it’s OK to go outside without showering first, or even wear your loungewear to the grocery store once in awhile – complete with baby food stains, of course. Ultimately, the messier you look and the stinkier you smell, the more focus you are putting on your baby – so you won’t hear a bad word from a good mom.

You cry a lot

New moms – and experienced ones, too – have uncontrollable hormones flying about all over the place. And guess what? Not only is it entirely reasonable to have a blub two or three times a day, but it is also good for you. Crying is a healthy way to release your emotion, deal with stress, and make you feel better. In fact, it’s actually more worrying if you never shed a tear. So, cry away you awesome mom, and do so in the knowledge that new moms around the world are doing exactly the same thing.

 

You do your best

Finally, deep down, we all know when we are trying our best – it’s something we can feel from the inside out. And if you are doing all you can but still feel it’s not enough, the simple truth is that you are being hard on yourself. At the end of the day, if you can make it through the day and your baby is fast asleep in their crib, and you know you have done your best, it’s all every awesome mom can do without help.  And whether you reward yourself with a glass of wine, a TV show, or an early night – you deserve it.

 

Do you have any tips to add for other awesome moms that might be feeling the pace? Why not share them in the comments section below

 

Make a Bungee Scale


Because your child’s favorite plush cat is bigger than a small brick, she probably thinks Kitty weighs more. But weight is more complex than the size of an object. Introduce the concept of weight to your child by making a fun and easy-to-use bungee scale! This project will enhance your child’s understanding of weight and will even provide her will a foundation for understanding math and science principles such as density and gravity.

What You Need:
A large plush toy (we used a kitty)
A dense object (we used a brick)
A variety of other objects, some of which are deceptively heavy or light
Bungee cord
Bucket
Roll of paper
Marker

What You Do:

  1. Find a rod with a wall behind it to build your scale. You can use a rod in a closet or perhaps a rod on a rolling rack set near a wall.
  2. Fasten the bungee cord to the bucket. You may need to wrap the bungee cord around the bucket’s handle and secure the fastener to the cord itself.
  3. Hang this from the rod.
  4. Place the objects that you plan to weigh near the scale. You will need a large plush toy (kitty), a smaller dense object (brick), and a variety of other objects.
  5. Don’t let your child pick anything up yet, but explain to her that she is going to help you arrange the objects by how much they weigh. Begin with Kitty and the brick. Which does she think is heavier?  She will probably say her toy since it is bigger. Set them back down with the object she thinks is lighter to the left.
  6. Now show her another one of the objects. Does she think it is lighter than Kitty? Heavier than the brick? Or somewhere in the middle. Arrange the objects in order, lightest to heaviest.
  7. Take a photo of the row of objects so that you can compare this line up with the results you get when you weigh each object.
  8. Explain that you are going to weigh things using your scale. The heavier each object is, the farther down the bucket will go.
  9. Have her put the plush toy in the bucket. How far does the bucket drop? Draw a mark even with the top of the bucket. Label the mark – Kitty.
  10. Now weigh the brick. Again, make a mark at the top of the bucket and label the mark – Brick. It is lower than the mark for the Kitty because the brick weighs more.
  11. Continue until you have weighed each object and marked it on the paper. Arrange the objects by their actual weight. How does this line up compare to the lineup in the photo?
  12. As an add-on to this activity, encourage your child to arrange the objects on the ground in order of their weight.

Using Wearable Tech for Child Safety

A child is the most valuable treasure for parents. As such, it is but natural for parents to be concerned about their child’s safety and well-being. Moms in particular would like to keep their eyes on babies and toddlers all the time. But since this is not possible, they rely on tools like baby monitors to help them out. Parents would then move on to wearable tech for kids as their child grows and become more independent.

At home there is no need to fuss when the kids are out of sight. But it is a different story when you are out in a crowded mall or park. Kids can easily get lost if they wander away from you. And when you lose sight of your child in a public place, panic can easily set in. Wearable tech for kids equipped with proximity alarms can help you address this safety concern. These devices can be strapped on your kids clothing, bags, or even worn on their wrists. Parents are notified if their child goes beyond a preset perimeter. Usually this is set on  a 5 meter radius. The alarm may come directly from the wearable device or sent through the parent’s smart phone.

Older kids like teens and tweens may not be too keen on wearing devices designed for toddlers. Luckily, wearable tech for teens is also available. A smart watch with GPS tracker is a popular choice for this age group. This watch allows parents to monitor the location of their kids and set safe zones as well. Parents are immediately notified if the child goes to unsafe areas or locations beyond the identified safe zones. If you want extra features in your tracker, then you may want trackers for kids with special needs. These devices are equipped with voice monitoring and location alert features to ease your worries whenever your child is out of sight.

The swimband is another wearable tech that parents can get for their kids. This is a personal drowning detection device that can be worn as wristband, goggle strap, or headband. It is designed to set off an alarm if a non-swimmer gets into the pool or if a child becomes submerged in water longer than they should. A perfect wearable tech for families who love the water.

 

Bringing Baby Home: High Tech Help to Soothe New Parent Nerves

If you’re a new parent, it’s completely normal to feel nervous or scared about what lies ahead. After all, you’ve never done this before so it’s as much a learning curve as it is actually being a parent. Everything is new and nerves are totally natural.

In fact, it’s estimated to take four months for new moms to properly get the hang of motherhood, and many new dads are often scared to hold their baby for the first time. But once you’re discharged from hospital and able to bring your baby home for the first time, the comfort blanket of medical professionals on-hand is gone and the real work has to start. To lessen the nerves of bringing baby home and help soothe any worries you may be feeling, below you’ll find some high-tech solutions for those baby nerves.

4moms Self-Installing Car Seat

A true game-changer in the world of car seats, this innovative 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat is guaranteed to take a load off your mind when it comes to strapping your baby in the car. You’re likely to be pretty nervous the first time you take your baby out anyway, let alone having to worry about keeping the car seat as safe and secure as possible.

This self-installing car seat comes with a user-friendly app that talks you through the exact process of where to place the seat to ensure it’s perfectly secured. Also featuring electric motors that automatically level the seat to keep it 100% safe for your baby at all times, the app will alert you if the seat isn’t perfectly positioned at any point, giving you an instant heads-up if something needs to be altered for the sake of your baby.

Alarm Clock for Me

Being a new parent can wreak havoc on your sleeping pattern. But, with this android alarm clock, drifting to sleep and getting up at early hours won’t seem as much of a chore.

Featuring a handy customizable alarm clock, this app also offers an innovative sleep timer feature that softly lulls you to sleep with either white noise or relaxing music. So, if you find yourself having to get up multiple times to tend to your baby during the night, Alarm Clock for Me makes falling back to sleep that little bit easier.

 

Smart Pacifier

The first time your baby gets sick is likely to be a nerve-wracking experience for any new parent, so having a device that allows you to both monitor and track your baby’s progress will be a huge help.

 

The Smart Pacifier is just like a regular pacifier loved by babies, but also takes accurate temperature readings. It saves previous readings too so you can track the progress of your child’s temperature – all from a simple pacifier!

 

Parenthood is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and fulfilling life experiences you can have, but nerves and worry are highly likely to come along too. But with the added help of these high-tech devices and apps, being a parent will seem a little less scary and much more manageable.

 

Gabby Rogers gave birth to her son 6 months ago and has a 2-year-old daughter too. Currently staying at home to raise her little family, Gabby shares her thoughts and tips on parenting.

From Kindergarten to College: The Best Android Apps for School Kids of All Ages

With the prevalence of mobile devices today, even children as young as five or six can use the technology for fun and education. Kids grow up now using apps and mobile devices, more so than any other generation before.

By the time today’s kids get to college, the mobile devices seem to be an extension of their body: they are comfortable using them and do so at every chance they get. The good news is that there are so many apps out there that kids of all ages — as well as their parents — can use them to keep them safe and to keep them on track. Here are some of the best apps for kids to use today.

 

Weather Live Free

Knowing what the weather will bring day in and day out is an important thing to know, even for children. This way, they can be prepared for rain, cold or heat that can harm them or just ruin their day.

This weather app by Apalon Apps is easy to use for kids of nearly any age and will keep them “in the know” when it comes to the weather. The app has the temperature and the “feels like” temperature, as well as the humidity percentages and the wind speed and direction. Kids can use the sunset time to know how much longer they have before it gets dark and they can look at the constantly updated weather radar to know the weather in their area.

There’s even a widget built in, so they can get the information on the homescreen of their mobile devices.

 

Family Locator

This app is geared toward parents who worry about what their children are up to and where they are.

You just download the app to your device as well as your child’s, and then you can set boundaries on the maps. You will receive an alert anytime your child’s devices leaves the designated areas. You can also get alerts for when your child arrives at a specific destination, like school or a friend’s house.

The best part is that the app is free and you can download to all of the devices in your family, so you can help keep up with everyone and keep each other safe.

 

BillGo

If you have a child headed off to college, or if you just want to teach your children fiscal responsibility, this app is great.

The app manages all of the bills anyone has, sends alerts when payments are due and allows you to check balances on any accounts you have. It’s an all-in-one app that helps you and your children track finances and helps to teach children to pay bills on time. You can split the bills with anyone who has the app, so you can help that college student stay on top of their finances.

Use these apps whenever you want to get more out of the mobile devices your children are sure to use.

 

Naomi Holmes is Mom in a blended family consisting of college-aged kids right the way down to toddlers. Life is crazy but great, in equa