moments in the mommyhood || leaping is good for the soul

Friday, February 8, 2013


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a little bit of leaping is good for the soul.  really.  trust me...i've noticed lately that i seem to keep leaping and jumping in all of the recent pics my hubs or anyone takes of me.  i think it's funny and also a sign of my personality. i don't enjoy being photographed so i think it is also my way of relaxing when i have to pose for a bit of time and am feeling uncomfortable.  i feel a strong urge to just let loose and then wham! i'm leaping.  it feels good though.  i highly recommend you try it...haha.  just throw a little leap in there next time you need to loosen up or have some fun.

my girlies are growing up so fast and have been keeping this momma more than busy and also challenged.  my oldest is as strong as ever and tests me at every turn but we're surviving and will hopefully make it through this phase.  if any of you have tips on dealing with a "strong willled child" i'd love to hear them.  harper is just a doll.  the kid can get away with anything i tell you.  she just smiles at me a tad and i melt like butter on a hot pan.  i'm going to pay for it later...lol.  in the meantime i've just taken to well......leaping :)  blows the stress right off....lmao.

so whatdoyasay? you want to leap with me? c'mon...i know you wanna....

wishing you all a leaping, jumping, frolicking, laughing and overall good time kinda weekend! what are your weekend plans?  what did you make this week? any projects you want to share? come chat with me!


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12 comments:

  1. i love your photos.. xoxo and i think i need to leap more too :) xo

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  2. My husband showed me an article not too long ago about a photographer that would always end sessions by having his subject leap up in the air for a photo. I wish I had saved it. All the subjects, no matter how serious, looked happy. Everyone should leap. :o)

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  3. I've got a strong willed oldest as well. We're instituting chore and behavior charts today. We'll see.

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  4. This is really super cute! Love the photos! xxx

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  5. I am photo shy too but I ale myself get in front of the camera with my children. ( so when they look back they know they had a mom!)

    My youngest (of five) is extremely strong- willed and I've had to re-write the manual, so to speak, on him. I found Dr. dobson's book, 'The Strong-Willed Child' to be helpful

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  6. These photos are awesome! I think I could use a little more leaping in my life. :) Thanks for the reminder. And can I just say that you and your girls have the most amazing blue eyes?! They pop right out of the screen!

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  7. I'm photographing my first outfit of the year this weekend. Like you I'm not such a keen model - so I guess I'll have to try the leaping :)
    I tell you - if my kids had eyes like that, I'd be like butter too!

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  8. The best thing I have found to do when dealing with strong-willed children is to give them choices for everything. You want to nurture that strong-will and not crush it because the will go far in life with a "never say never" attitude. For my youngest I find that I spend an incredible amount of time explaining things, at the heart of a strong-willed child is a sense of curiosity and wanting to decide the path for them, they aren't satisfied with the status quo. The one thing you have to do as a parent is to make sure that when you're giving choices that both choices are okay with you. On non-negotiable things the choice is for them to do it without punishment or to do it after punishment. Sometimes my youngest chooses to be punished first and then does it simply because it was an option and he wanted to see if I would really discipline him first.

    What helps me the most is accepting my child for his feisty nature and loving that he doesn't back down. It comforts me to know that he won't be easily swayed by peers and seeing the benefit in the future helps me to do what must be done to train him to make the right decisions the first time. Also the worst thing you can do is play the 'because I said so' card. They will simply dig their feet in even more. Consistent Positive Reinforcement is usually the only way to get them to consistently do what you want them to.

    I wish you luck and much leaping :)

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  9. ^ that, choices. I say to Nicole a lot, "You have two choices, you can either this or that." One of those choices is something 'go to bed' or 'go to your room' ... and sometimes that is the choice that she makes! (she'd rather go to bed an hour or two early than try a new food, stubborn thing!)
    Love your leaping! And my mind cannot cope with the fact that you're fairly literally across the map horizontally from me by a few hours flight, and there is green outside. Shannon, this is not fair. Not fair at all.

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  10. The one of you and M leaping together - FANTASTIC! I'm not sure if my kids are strong willed or not, but the 2 year old definitely responds better to explanations of why things are happening rather than just surprising him with a sudden change. Seems to cut down on tantrums quite a bit. All 2 year olds are strong-willed though, right? ;)

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  11. I do love the leaping - the idea of it & the photo of it. :) Must try myself.

    I have *3* strong willed children. girls. They have driven me to the brink with everyone needing to have *their* way all.the.time. I have ready so many books, attended parenting classes & even invited people into my home to help me figure out how to live with my children! The ideas above of giving choices & always having the choices being things you can live with is a good one. The place where I have found the most support & kind advise is here: www.handinhandparenting.org. They have a lot of free articles, a blog, & a discussion group. Then when you're ready to step it up a notch, you can download for a fee their booklets, or join (again for a fee) their online classes. I hope this helps & enjoy more leaping! :)

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