This probably goes without saying, but since little M was born a couple weeks ago, I haven’t been up to much besides nursing and changing diapers. I knew that it was going to happen, but there are some things about newborns that you forget after being in the realm of toddlerhood for a while…including the amount of time spent nursing, and NOT sleeping. I miss sleep a lot.
Anyway, I am finding myself spending a lot of time on Pinterest and Instagram while I’m breastfeeding M, which is a fun way for me to pass the time. I am also finding that I have done more parenting research these past two weeks than I have since B was born (HA!). I am pretty proud of my Pinterest feed recently, it’s kind of like when Pandora is spot on with your custom music station, before it starts getting confused and bringing in random music from your other stations. Side rant…my Mumford & Sons Pandora station was perfect a couple years ago. Literally every song I was giving Pandora a mental high five. And then something changed (I must have liked one song that was not quite in the M&S formula) and all of a sudden my beloved station was infiltrated with music from a ton of other genres. I like Ratatat, but not when I’m in a M&S mood. C’mon, Pandora!!
SIGH. I’m tired, did I mention that?
So back to Pinterest. Like I was saying, my Pinterest feed these days is en pointe and there have been a lot of really interesting parenting pins that have come my way. For today’s post, I thought it might be handy to share the last five parenting pins I pinned. Why five? I don’t know, it sounded like a good number and I actually really liked these last five. Why parenting? Because I wanted to write about parent stuff today since I’m feeling like I’m in the trenches these days. :)
Also, before I begin I should tell you that my one rule for pinning articles (especially on my parenting board) is that I read the article before pinning it. Remember Paige’s post on the power of words a while back? If you need a refresher, READ THIS and then come back. I definitely try to avoid the “pin now, read later” mentality. I would hate to pin something that looked interesting but ended up not being in-line with my own parenting philosophy.
I went ahead and pinned these on The Cocobee’s Pinterest account for ease of reference. If you haven’t started following us, you should! :)
Okay, so here we go:
25 Toddler Lunch Ideas: I’m always looking for good lunch ideas for B. If she had her way, she would have deli meat and cheese all day, er’y day. I’m not even exaggerating.
Quirky Discipline Rules That Work: The title of this pin intrigued me (what was so quirky?). After taking a look, they’re not so much quirky as they are unconventional. The author has five rules that she’s utilized for herself and her kids: (1) you can’t be in the room while I am working unless you work too, (2) ‘mom’ turns off at 8pm (read the full explanation to get this one), (3) you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit, (4) take the show on the road and (5) we don’t argue about money. While I don’t see myself employing all of these tactics, they brought up some interesting points that I thought were worth saving.
Postpartum Rest and Recovery Tips (from a mama who learned the hard way): Ready for some real truth here? I feel like I totally shot myself in the foot with this postpartum rest thing. Physically I am doing great and emotionally I am doing pretty well, too, but working up until the last minute and not giving myself a true maternity leave is starting to really get to me. We’re working through and all will be fine. Really, in the grand scheme of things, it could be a lot worse. But IF we ever have another kid I’m going to be doing things a bit differently. So I pinned this as a reminder for myself…and for any other moms-to-be.
31 Heart-revealing Questions to Ask Your Kids: I’ve pinned a lot of these recently. I really like the idea of asking unique questions to keep my girls talking. Now that B is starting to have full conversations with us, I’d like to start doing this.
How to Teach Your Child Not to Interrupt: B is a pretty great kid, we’re very lucky. I am noticing, though, that when she wants something she’ll make the same high pitched noise repeatedly until we help her out (or at least address the issue). This article suggests teaching your child to place his/her hand on you when they need something. You might not be able to respond right away but it gives them something to do and, if you talk about it, they’ll know you will get to them as soon as you can. I have yet to try this with B but I think it’s a great idea.
There you have it! Those are the last five parenting pins I found on Pinterest. Do you have any favorite pins or articles? Feel free to share below or send The Cocobee a pin directly! We’re always looking for good content to read.
Have a fab Monday everyone…and take a nap for me, will you? ;)