I find the funniest thing about being a young mom is the astonished looks from "older" moms when they see how I parent. Like they think I let my child eat chips and drink koolaid all day while running about peeing and pooping on the floor.
So, how do you raise your child(ren)? What types of food are mainly consumed, how is discipline handled, religious beliefs, bedtimes, routine, etc?
With Hayley im really into making sure she gets enough protien and calcium. I cook her breakfast 90% of the time which usually consist of turkey bacon, an egg, yogurt, and a piece of fruit. Lunches are either at preschool, or on the weekends it consist of Boca nuggets and beans(she loves to eat cold beans out of the can- her and my mom will do this for breakfast on Saturdays) She usually has a snack of fruit, cheese, grahm crackers or something of the sort. Dinners are typical family meals.
Im really picky about her consuming junk food and soda. I know her dad and his mom allow huge amounts of cheetos and sugary fruit punches, but I limit her intake on chips/cheetos to about once a month and she'll have a drink of my moms Pepsi a few times a week. Its not that I think people who allow their children to consume these things are wrong, its just that i want to delay that addiction as long as possible :D
I believe in time outs. I think that when a child gets to the point of acting out in anger, back talking, or just emotionally exhausted they need to take a break. I also think that its important for them to realise that if theyre going to hit, push , scream, etc., they will be removed from whatever activity that is taking place. Hayley rarely has to have one at this point, and usually when she needs one she is the one to say , " I have and attitude im going to my room for a time out!". She also slams the bedroom door at the point, which I dont get on her for because im the same way :oops: :lol:
Hayley attends church about 2 times a month with either her dads mom or a friend of mine. She really enjoys it and likes to sing "Jesus Loves Me". I want her to have a faith in this world when it seems like nothing else is there. If she gets to a point where she doesnt want to go or has different beliefs it will be her decision to make. I will fully support whatever she comes to believe.
Bedtime is 8:00pm for Hayley and shes up by 7- if not I wake her up. She takes a nap in the afternoon around 12:30/1.
Since its summer time she is swimming a lot. And she now can SWIM like a big girl!!!!!!!! We also go out and jump on our trampoline. SHe watches about 30mins of cartoons in the morning, but other than that shes active all day.