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ask a mentor mom![i need a break]

We have another Ask a Mentor Mom! question.  Our mentor moms have shared from their experience and their hearts and will readily admit that what they are suggesting may not work for everyone.  We acknowledge that we are all ‘coming to the table’ with different parenting strategies, different experiences and different kids so please keep that in mind as you read their answers.

Ask a Mentor Mom! Question:How can I get mini ‘breaks’ (alone time) during the day with a house full of little ones?  (or ‘dates’ with our spouses while staying home w/ a house full of little ones (and not getting a babysitter))

response from Judy…

I admire you for realizing your need for a break in a long day with little ones! Our middle child did not sleep well for the first year of his life. It took me months to learn to REST when he went down for a nap, never knowing if it would be for an hour or 5 minutes. I would make myself tea, read, pray or nap myself–anything that would give me the sense of having a break.

I did my best to get all 3 of our children to have time alone in their rooms in the afternoon, whether they napped or simply read quietly on their beds. That time I had to myself made me a better mom for them for the rest of the day.

When our kids got a bit older, my husband would tell our kids it was “mom and dad” time after dinner. They needed to leave us alone for a given amount of time–usually about 15-30″. During that time we had tea and talked about the day. Every time they interrupted that time, we made it 5 minutes longer! They learned pretty quickly! 🙂

Do you have a question for our mentor moms?  Email your questions here or include them in the comment section below.


what is pinterest?

Lately you may have been hearing a lot of buzz about Pinterest.  Perhaps you have already logged on and filled up a few dozen boards already. *ahem*

So…what is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. (from Pinterest)

Pinterest is great way to track all the fun inspirations you find while surfing the web (craft tutorials, recipes, birthday party ideas) but you can also search what other people have ‘pinned’ for ideas.  When I was starting to remodel our daughters ‘big girl’ bedroom I created a board for all my ideas as I was researching.  I found some great ideas searching on Pinterest!  I’ve also enjoyed searching for preschool crafts, menu ideas, and food (of course).

How do I start?

To get on Pinterest you need to request an invite (from the website or from a friend) in order to create an account.  (the invites tend to end up in your junk mail so I would look there if you haven’t received yours in a day or two).

Once you have an account, go here to add a ‘pin it’ button to your browser tool bar.  This will make it super easy to ‘pin’ things as you find them.

For more information on Pinterest you can read these great blog posts Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide or Pinterest for Bloggers.


natural remedies for kids

Here are Amy Darling’s notes for her “Herbs for Kids” talk today!

Herbs for Kids

please note: Amy wanted everyone to know that catnip and yarrow are not recommended in pregnancy (it is a mild uterine stimulant). 

Amy would love to have feedback from moms about these remedies! (successes or not)  Feel free to email her HERE.

impress your kids link

This is a link to a blog series on  This blogger is someone that I have followed for years and I always enjoy (and am often challenged by) what she writes.  I’m offering this to you as a resource…something to get you thinking.   Enjoy!