Brian and I, along with Anna Kathleen and Eric, had the chance to attend a Love and Logic parenting conference this weekend. It was great. I have been looking forward to this ever since I started reading the book “Parenting with Love and Logic” about 2 months ago. As I have metioned previously, I have been really struggling for parenting methods that don’t make me feel like nothing is working. Timeouts – hate them, they don’t work for me. Yelling, clearly this isn’t a parenting method, but it was my go-to. Then you have the threats, and the ignore, and lastly you have the husband do it method. UG! I was in a rut. Well, I have to say that this book so far has been awesome.
I don’t know if the kids love it, or if it is so great for my kids, but it is helping me to feel like I am a better mom and be more calm and patient.
So we headed off to the parenting conference. It was 3 hours of great tips and advice and methods to use.We also won the free draw for a parenting package of books on Early Childhood! SWEET! If anyone is interested in my notes or my thoughts in more detail, I will blog about it if I have requests... It was awesome.
So we are still struggling a lot with what to do and how to treat all the situations but we are learning, and we are trying to make good lasting changes for their good and for our good.
Totally unrelated but adorable note... I cut Natalie some sweet adorable bangs this week too(Courtney's were already done last week) and they look so cute. Her favorite thing about them is that her hair doesn't get in her face at the park, or during soccer, or in the wind.
Boots has been showing some very sick signs and symptoms in the last few days. He is so funny, because he will complain about something, and then 10 minutes later you think he is fine because he is so busy! Well today was not like this at all. He was out of it and so tired. We got home from the Dr.(with negative results for strep) at 1230 and he went right to bed until 420 when I went in and woke him up. I wanted him to sleep tonight! Poor kid though, 104 fever and just feeling in the pits. I hate that. The only bonus with him is that he is way more chill and snuggly when he is sick like this.
On Sunday I was asked to do something that was kind of a big deal and kind of stressful for me. I was asked to speak at a youth fireside for some youth in our stake. I was terrified but it went great and even though I dont know if they got anything from the lesson I taught, I got a lot and loved it!
AND... the best news of the night... I wont say much as my sister has yet to blog about it and I don't want to steal her thunder BUT... She had her 5th baby early this morning! GO LIBBY GO! Sure cant wait to see you and meet the new addition. You are my hero! I can barely handle 3 kids, and you are an incredible mother to 4 and now 5 kids.