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Age 7…. Age 10… Growing up so fast!


I am on the brink of having an 8-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. Where has the time gone? How did they get so big? Am I really 30? Is it really 2012? Time really does fly by.

I remember the days when Kaden (my son) was running around the house in his diaper, playing with monster trucks and watching Toy Story over and over again. Occasionally he would put on my winter boots and trompe around calling them “Boops”. He was your classic little boy, squatting all the time pointing at all the awesome bugs that crawled the earth while not having a care in the world. He laughed harder than anyone, and cried all the same. The heart inside that kid only grew bigger as the years passed. He is now 10 and growing into a handsome little man, trust me I am doing everything I can to make sure he is not another punk running around with his pants around his knees. So far it is a success, Praise the Lord! I am proud of my little guy, he has a beautiful spirit and loves his mother and little sister very much. He is learning how to treat women correct from the start. It is up to me to raise a well-rounded educated smart gentleman. I am so proud of him.

I remember when Kayla (my daughter) would fall asleep in my arms while watching Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting” at nap time everyday. She was a quiet beauty, full of deep thoughts emotion and adoring gazes. She was a watcher for most of her infant years. She played with her teddy bears, and loved looking at things in her hands. I wish I could have seen inside her mind, so much going on in there that she couldn’t describe. She was a very independent toddler and loved to play outside in the grass watching the clouds and picking flowers. A typical girl with a craving for art. She started drawing at a very early age and already knew how to read and write before she was in kindergarten. Her brain is beautiful and is trying to explode out of her head to this day. She is a gifted child for sure. I vow to raise my daughter to respect herself, her body, and her mind. I am doing everything to make sure she grows into a confident strong woman who doesn’t take bad treatment from anyone. She loves her mom and her big brother, I couldn’t be a prouder mother.

They have both taught me so much as the years have passed. We have laughed and cried together, always there for one another every step of the way. I will always be here for my children.  I don’t think of being a mom as a “Job”, I consider it a great Blessing to teach them, protect them, and love them unconditionally from the beginning until the end of our time. We are given beautiful gifts when we are given children.

Children do not ask to come into this world, they were brought into it completely innocent. It is the our responsibility, and honor, to give them all they need for a happy life.

~Happy Monday~

Ms Fredrickson

Vitamin D3 “Why take it?”


Vitamin D
Alright its time for a little Vitamin information. 🙂 
 
Vitamin D3 “Why take it?” its simple really. Each time we go to the vitamin section of our local grocery store or health food store we always ponder the longest at the vitamins. I know I do. What do they need? What is the most complete vitamin out there for my children and what more can I do for them so they get the proper amount daily. I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. 
 
I am all about the natural way when it comes to my children’s vitamins. I want them to get the most out of the vitamins they are taking. Everything from the purest vitamin C, Vitamin D, and multiple vitamins.

According to the Encyclopedia nutritional supplements,Vitamin D is best known for its ability to stimulate the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D also exerts many anticancer properties, especially against breast and colon cancer. The incidence of both colon and breast cancer is higher in areas where people are exposed to the least amount of light.

Vitamin D2 and D3 are the most common of the supplement form. The difference between them is that Vitamin D2 potency is less than one-third that of D3’s. My children take one 400 I.U of a D3 supplement every day. It supports the teeth, bones, and immune system. I read up on this supplement and paid very close attention to the amount they should consume and took into consideration our northern location, cloud cover, and sun exposure.

According to the National Institutes of Health, complete cloud cover reduces UV energy by 50%; shade (including that produced by severe pollution) reduces it by 60%. UV radiation does not penetrate glass, so exposure to sunshine indoors through a window does not produce vitamin D.

Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 or more appear to block vitamin D-producing UV rays, although in practice people generally do not apply sufficient amounts, cover all sun-exposed skin, or reapply sunscreen regularly. Therefore, skin likely synthesizes some vitamin D even when it is protected by sunscreen as typically applied.

Season, time of day, length of day, cloud cover, smog, skin melanin content, and sunscreen are among the factors that affect UV radiation exposure and vitamin D synthesis.

Always do some research before taking a supplement and check out what dose the best for you and each one of your family members. Take into consideration age, environment, physical activity and nutritional intake from foods. Check and see what you are getting from your foods and if it is reaching the required amount.

For example, if you notice that you are not eating enough foods with iron in it, as a woman this is very important, than you may need to take an iron supplement, or a multivitamin with iron in it. I myself was diagnosed with an iron deficiency last year and was very anemic, my percentage was down to 12%. I had to start taking an iron supplement, with orange juice to aid in absorbtion, for a few months to get my levels up again.

Research and speaking with supplement professional is always the best place to start when you are considering adding a new vitamin to your daily nutritional needs.

“Homework”


Homework

With the homework load getting larger on kids these days, how do you help make it fun to do homework and what rewards do you like to give to encourage focus? 🙂

I like to serve a snack, and hot coco if its cold outside. I also put on some of their favorite music during homework sometimes. 

We also play music in the morning while they get ready for school. Theres nothing like some tunes to amp you up for a school day!

Dancing is fun for them, plus it makes us all smile together 🙂

I love it how you don’t even need music to get them to dance. Around my kids all you have to do is start dancing quietly and they join in and seem to hear the song! 🙂 I love it.

Kids live to their own soundtracks. I wish I could hear it sometimes 🙂

What’s on your mind?


Nature

Okay lets upon up a discussion board today. I encourage and value your input, comments, concerns, topics of interest etc. Anything you would like to talk about or share with us.

I will start 🙂 Let’s see how much we can help each other. Your opinion and knowledge as parents is very valuable and important to me.

How do you appropriately motivate your kids to clean and do their chores? And what praise or reward are they given when they do something out of the blue and unexpected that is not part of their responsibility? 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

What’s the age limit?


So here is an interesting topic that I would like to address. What age is too old to tuck your kids in at night?

I remember when I was little my mom used to tuck me in and say goodnight. There are a lot of memories that I have blocked out over the course of my childhood so I am unsure as to when they stopped initially. I do remember that when I was in the 5th grade I was no longer getting tucked in. I would say goodnight to my mom wherever she was in the house and go to bed.

I had a much different childhood than my kids have. It seems like they demand way more of my attention than I ever demanded from my mom. My son is almost 10 and my daughter 7. I still say goodnight to them and listen to them say their prayers, turn out the lights and they go to bed. Praying together is always a positive thing. They were in a bad habit a few months ago, they would yell for me from their rooms after the lights went out because they wanted to say one more thing. I made sure to explain to them that they needed to make sure we talked about everything before the lights went out. Moms need to be able to rest at some point in the night too. 🙂

So my question for you is how do you approach telling them that they need to tuck themselves in without them feeling insecure? How do I address my daughter who is still young and needs a little more attention to her feelings and girl emotions? I feel she still benefits from being tucked in, but is that unfair to my boy if I don’t do that for him? He needs to grow into a confident young man and not be raised like a girl. I don’t wish to raise an insecure boy, however I don’t want to create insecurities along the way. I will never stop praying with my children or being there for them when they need me. I just want to make sure that they are growing up right with the proper attention to all areas.

I feel that taking that time on a daily basis to ask questions and let them know that you are there for them is vital in their growth and security. Communication is key to raising healthy kids both mentally and physically.

It’s a learning curve in being a parent, and I would love to hear what your thoughts are on this topic.

Please share any advice or stories relating to this. I look forward to hearing from you!

Have we forgotten?


Is it just me or do our kids these days need constant reminders about almost everything? I still have to tell my 9 yr old boy to use soap in the shower! Maybe that’s a boy thing, but you would think that after 9 years of showering that kid would have it down.

And why is it that when we give proper discipline, strong guidance along with personal responsibilities, people think we are being too hard on our kids?

If you ask me a lot of children these days do not have enough personal responsibilities and therefore don’t learn how to be proper little people and eventually adults. If we do everything for them and don’t teach them to take care of themselves, than what kind of a future are we giving them. I say this to myself all the time. I visualize their futures and realize that how they are raised today will form what kind of adults they will be.

I remember being on my own a lot at their age when it came to getting ready for school in the morning. We were given a lot more responsibilities and did it without complaining. If I didn’t get my stuff done than it was my fault.

I also remember being a lot more free back in the day. We would ride our bikes to and from school everyday and all over town. After school we played in the streams and went for adventures in the woods. We were always out and about all day and didn’t come home until dark, and we never worried about getting taken. Our freedoms were vast compared to their freedoms today. This is heartbreaking but a reality.

So my best advice is to give your kids what we had. If you don’t have woods by you, take them to some and let them get dirty and play. If they want to sit in a mud puddle and play in the dirt with a stick, let ’em at it. It will do them some good to get their hands and feet dirty, to feel nature and respect it. To feel like they are kings of the jungle for a day.

We have all ran through the woods like a deer, jumping over logs and ducking under branches. If you haven’t….What are you waiting for?! Your kids would be amazed at what your mad skills in the forest! Just watch their eyes light up as you run with them and play like a kid again. It will fill you with a joy you have always wanted. 🙂 Get out there and have an adventure! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

What did I just say?


Okay we have all heard the classic phrases when we were little from our parents that we said we would try not to say to our kids. But lo and behold I find those same phrases coming out of my mouth.  

Such as, “If you want a reason to cry I will give you something to cry about.” And “If you don’t stop whining I will pull this car over.” Also “If you make that face long enough it will freeze that way.”

There are other phrases that my sister and I have found ourselves saying to our kids that we never thought we would say. For instance:

“Stop driving your corn dog and just eat it!”

“Don’t kick the frozen chicken!”

“Stop shaking it and just eat it, its not a toy it’s food!”

“Your butt goes on the potty not your head!”

“Don’t put your fork on your cheek.”

“I m not wrapping that bag around your hand.”

“Don’t stand on the potty and pee, Sit down!”

I know there are many more things that have flown out of our mouths that we are surprised we say. I wish I would have written more down because I know there were some good ones that slipped by. We parents have seen and said the strangest things while raising our kids! 🙂

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