Bangor area single moms are awaiting the new year with their children. For children, the excitement is in trying to stay up until midnight. Many don’t make it, and fall asleep on the sofa or the floor. Some do, but crash soon after the ball drops.
Many moms use New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to plan their goals for the coming year. One part of life that is often overlooked during the goal making process is child rearing.
There are many important lessons that a single mom can teach her children throughout the year, with a little goal planning in the beginning. The goal options listed below are just the tip of the ice burg. You may already be doing some of these things. You may choose to concentrate on others during the new year. Have fun with them, and enjoy watching your children grow and mature over the coming year.
Daily Reading Time: Make reading a part of every day for some quality time with your children. Children can read to you in the weeknight evenings, and you can read to them on the weekends. Read while cuddling, or let them color or play with Legos while you read to them.
Practice Patience: The more patience you have, the more patience your children will learn to have.
Have a Heart: A bus ride can bring many things to light. Recently, a woman rode the bus with her little one. He was under two, and was cranky. It was early afternoon, so he was likely either tired and ready for a nap, or hungry. He kept squirming about and crying, and the young mom got increasingly upset with him, even threatening to spank him right there in front of everyone. This was a sad scene, and people were annoyed by the mom… not the boy. Realize that young children do not have the skills to control their behavior under many circumstances, and do what you can to help them through these types of situations. You may not be able to calm him, but you will be showing him that you love him regardless. I know it can be difficult, and the childs’ behavior may be embarrassing for some moms, but your child will love you more throughout his life if he is treated with respect from the beginning.
Teach Them New Skills: Sewing, knitting, wood burning and cooking are but a few skills that you can teach your child. Saving money and housekeeping are others. Children work alongside their mom to learn these skills, until they are pretty much mastered. This provides even more quality time for you and your children.
Learn to Live in a More Healthy Manner: One option for learning this skill, occurring throughout the month of January, is the 31 Day Healthy Recipe Challenge.
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