When Noah was just two days old, we went for a routine checkup at the hospital. At that time, Noah wasn’t gaining weight at the rate the doctor liked and asked us to come back after a few days to check on his progress. I remember coming home and thinking that although we’re brand new to this parenting thing, we can understand a simple concept – in order for this kid to grow, he needs to eat. We came home and were sleep deprived parents on a mission, do whatever we had to get food into this kid’s stomach. We didn’t care if we had to fly down to Texas to get him prime rib, this kid was going to eat. Since that moment, Noah’s weight gain has been completely normal but we are still obsessed with his weight and eating and it drives us crazy when he doesn’t eat!Now, 20 months later, I catch myself saying this to my kid…“Listen, I’m responsible for you. If you don’t eat, you won’t grow, if you don’t grow, I’ll go to jail for being a horrible parent. I don’t care if you don’t like it, or if it’s not arranged properly on your tray, or if it’s the wrong coloured grape, I’m not going to jail over this, so open your mouth, put this food in your cute little face and begin to chew, now!” Guess what DIDN'T happen next. Now I just open the fridge and say, “you pick”... #pickyeater#plzjusteat#instadad#TDC#dadsofinstagram
This is Mark. (..I think my trolls might be getting thicker). #manvsbaby
G and I have gone out THREE times in the last week without children and I don't even know who we are anymore
Sometimes you have to laugh these things off When was the moment you first felt like a true mum? Comment below and we might feature it next week!
As you know, I'm looking for ways to keep my daughter busy until she goes to school next month. So, in order to keep my sanity, I've been taking her to different places where she can have fun, and @cheekymonkeys.uae was one of them! Check the different photos of the trampolines, toddlers area, coffee shops (where moms can relax, work and have coffee)! You can find more details by clicking the link in my profile
I feel as a parent, I’ve been pushed to my limits lately. Raising one child is hard enough, but raising two has defiantly put me through my paces. PATIENCE and compassion goes a long way. I have to remind myself daily that little ones so often get overwhelmed with their own emotions, at times escalating to such a level they don’t know their way back down. When they cannot process these feelings It’s our job to be the calm in their storm, to help them navigate the waves and to guide them safely back to steady ground. In the wise words of Daniel Tiger (and my daily mantra this week) “If you feel so angry you want to roar, take a deep breath, and count to four” Thank you Daniel Tiger for your on point parenting advice this week 😂 If all fails, just cuddle your baby (as demonstrated) and take in those fading new baby smells and forget about that threenager who just stormed off to their bedroom because you cut his sandwiches the wrong way and legit yelled at you asking for a new family because he didn’t like this family anymore before he slammed the door. If you don’t have a baby on hand, a glass of wine is a perfectly acceptable substitute 💁🏽♀️🍷
“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” - Eloise Ristad
🔖When my daughter was little, there were often times when I'd sit gazing at the life outside my window, wondering what would my child feel about the many failures I've had in my life. How difficult it would be for me to explain to my child why was I not someone super-successful. As silly these fears might sound today, I can safely say they still exist in some deep, dark corners of my mind. .
🔖In the years gone by, I have come to understand that our setbacks, our failures exist for a greater cause. They are the lessons our younger selves needed to excel in the later years of our existence. While time travelling isn't an option, at some point in life, we all need to take the leap of faith to survive the abundant negative vibes losses generate. .
🔖Today, I have reached a point where I can laugh about being a nobody and talk freely about it (guilt-free) with my child. Of course, this nobody mom sure has the advantage of knowing those parts of every story that a super-successful parent might have no clue about. .
When you're in deep sh*t with Mom but she takes the picture anyways. Dad's face says it all..."Ohhhh girl, you in trouble." 🤣