Posts tagged motherhood
From the time that my kids were babies I noticed the impact that music had on them. I’m not talking about stuff like early development, or IQ, or something that science would value – I’m talking about what I valued as a mom. Which basically means I tuned into the music that calmed the screamers and soothed the impatiently tired.
My kids are still fairly young-ish and I still use the power of music whenever possible. I would like to say that I do this for them, but really IT’S FOR ME.
For instance, when we’ve all been strapped in the car too long and my kids start exercising their powerful vocal range and eardrum shattering pitch, I just turn up some soothing music and usually it makes the ride go a bit smoother. And then I don’t even have to duct tape any of them to the roof of the car, which scores me a lot of good parenting points.
I also rely on good music every night when the kids go to bed. We’ve always kept CD players in their rooms, just so we could play music at bed time. It is invaluable at our house. We like to change it up sometimes and have played Primary songs, classical music, well known lullabies, and various instrumental music CDs.
It’s amazing how quickly a rowdy herd of kids can settle down when they’re listening to the right music. And it doesn’t just work on kids either. Whenever I feel like I’m about to implode or throw something out a window, I usually head to my favorite music streaming stations (yourLDSradio is on my list of fave stations of course) and mellow out to music until smoke stops billowing out of my ears or my stress levels start edging out of the redzone. It’s kind of amazing.
If you’d like a few suggestions on what we like to listen to when the screaming/crazy/tired/monster kids (or mom) show up, try William Joseph‘s “Be Still Collection” or Micheal Dowdle‘s “A Brighter Day” or just cut straight to the tried and true Primary Children’s Songbook favorites. And hopefully you can enjoy the benefits of a good musical influence too.
For the moms in your life, we’d like to dedicate this song by William Joseph called “A Mother’s Heart” from his “Beyond” CD to our listeners. Click on the album picture below to hear a sample.
The album would make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Here’s a review on Amazon.com by D. Untch (Smithton, IL), who said: ”I bought William Joseph’s ‘Beyond’ CD for my mom. She loves it, dances around the house! I decided to buy her ‘Within.’ She said she likes it but not as much as ‘Beyond.’
Need more gift ideas? Another thing Mom would be sure to love is a beautiful temple medallion. Take a look here.
By Phil van Dijk
One evening while I was working outside in the yard, my five-year-old son came and asked me if I could get him some chocolate milk. I was in the middle of some yard work so I told him I would get him some chocolate milk as soon as I was done with the yard project. About five minutes later, he was back again asking where his chocolate milk was. I said, rather impatiently, “Son, I’m busy right now. Remember what I always tell you? I can only do one thing at a time.” As my five-year-old headed back into the house I heard him say under his breath, “Mom can do more than one thing at a time…”
And he was absolutely right.
Not only can moms multi-task much better than dads, but they are usually better than dads at most things when it comes to raising kids. (continue reading at Phil’s Phables…)
Don’t you love this scripture about the importance of strong mothers (like Sister Beck’s “mothers who know”) in the lives of their children?
Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.
Today’s family home evening will get your family in the right frame of mind for Mother’s Day this Sunday, and maybe it can even stretch that one day into a whole week of honoring Mom.
Psst…are you listening, Dad? Mom would love it if you ran this special FHE just for her!
As we consider resolutions and goals for the New Year, certainly a worthy one would be to follow the Lord’s admonition to be of good cheer. Being of good cheer is a virtue. Cheerfulness is a condition, more of the mind than of circumstance, and is worthy of cultivation.
Read the rest by Daryl Hoole at Mormon Blog.
How do you cultivate an attitude of good cheer? Leave a comment here.
Lemons, and depression, on their own are not inherently wonderful–but they certainly offer a lot of possibilities when you combine them with other good things.
What helps you to see past the dandelions–and find the wishes? Leave us a comment.