I think that sometimes we forget just how crucial each human life is to this planet.
Allow me to reference the cliche story about the man throwing starfish back into the ocean, a simple story. A man is walking along the shoreline, picking up starfish and gently tossing them back into the ocean waves. He is approached by a stranger, who promptly tells him that he is wasting his time, and he couldn't possibly make a difference by himself. He responds with a lesson we should all learn, "I made a difference to that one."
Today, I read a blog written by a man who truly understands that his wife has the hardest job on the planet.
Many men and women don't understand the reality of being a stay at home parent. I am blessed that in my home, my husband is the SAHD, while I work both outside the home at one job and from home as a freelance writer.
I know that while I am stressed daily over my work, my husband's job is a lot harder. He maintains the house, ensures that dinners are together. and is teaching our daughter valuable life lessons while I'm away earning our bill money.
While there are many people that may argue the traditional values of mom staying home and dad going to work, reversing the roles has truly made our home more efficient. My husband is better at dealing with the chaotic mess having a toddler brings, and I'm better at managing deadlines, frustrated customers and long hours sitting behind a computer.
Our daughter is constantly learning, and I am so grateful that she has my husband's inquisitive mind and sweet laugh. Spending her days with him will give her the tools she needs to grow up looking at things in a different way, always questioning her surroundings and learning from every new situation.
While every family is different, take a moment to appreciate your significant other and the role they play in your relationship. If you are a single parent, then pat yourself on the back for doing a job that I can't imagine being able to do.
Please comment below with one nice thing about yourself or your partner!!
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California Kitchenware makes these incredible (BPA FREE!) silicone trays. You can take out one cube at a time, and they NEVER stick!
The ice cube trays are perfect for freezing homemade baby food, or add some fruit to regular water to make infused ice cubes to add some extra nutrition to your drinking water!
We love everything about these trays, especially the cost! This Mammoth tray is under $10, and it will replace the plastic trays for good!
To read more about the Thanksgiving project and how you can help, visit: http://www.scarymommy.com/thanksgiving-2013/
We have several families who have already been approved for a Thanksgiving box right here in our area!!
How to make your own baby wipes and save $$$ doing so!
All you need is a roll of paper towels (not the cheap kind, they only make a mess. Use Brawny Select a Size or Bounty if you prefer that), a bottle of tearless shampoo, a bottle of Baby Oil (I use the one with Vit E and Aloe) a 3 qt container w/ lid (or an empty container of Pampers Wipes 64 count)
Cut the roll of paper towels in half (put 1/2 roll aside for later use)
In a bowl, mix together 2 cups hot water, 2 tbsp shampoo and 2 tbsp baby oil.
Pour the liquid mixture over the top of the paper towel roll. As the liquid soaks through, the moisture will loosen the cardboard center making it easy to pull out. If you get lucky, it will bring with it the end of the paper towel roll. If not, carefully pull on the wipes in the center to get the sequence going.Pull out the amount of paper towels (from the center) that are needed. Reseal after each use.
***If the wipes are not wet enough or the lid doesn't get put back on, just add more water. If the wipes are too moist, leave the lid off for a little while.***
If you make the purchase at Walmart:
Brawny Select a Size (3 pk) $5
Baby Magic Tearfree shampoo $5
Baby Magic Baby Oil $5
Total investment $15 and it should last you for several months! 3 rolls of paper towels (6 rolls when cut in half) lasted me 3 months!
Alyssa Reinbolt - Creator of the Helping Hands group in Bradenton. When the best choice for her family was to relocate to Venice, she left the Bradenton group in capable hands and started a new branch.