Thursday, 1 October 2015

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Win at Morgans Playroom

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*giveaway ends at midnight Wednesday 26 August : winners announced on Thursday 27 August. 

All the best ! Education is Fun 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Where is ME

To all my readers.

Hope you are all well.
Lately I've had a few ask why I have been so quiet on the blogging
To be honest life is life and it's been so busy and I try
Put my family first. Especially a God , my little boy and my husband
Those are my priorities before heading over to my social media, emails
And blog posts.
My free days get so consumed between my exercising, groceries, friendships
And my tutoring business.
But in the same breath I live my blog life and I love to
Help my readers with all mommy stuffs

Recently my hubby has been exceptionally busy with his job and personal life
That being that mommy on my own with just one kiddie
Makes me so humble, to those mommies who so it alone all the time .
I know I have said it before but well done to all of you who parent on your own .

Today the sun is shining and I'm off to a walk to blast my ears
With some workship or good old gymRock
I was recently reminded of the amazing fruits of the spirits and today I leave you with that
No matter where you are in your life. Be it perfection or struggle or the inbetween.
Stay focused on this

Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness
Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness.
Self control.

Love conquers all and that is MYFIGHTSONG

Monday, 3 August 2015

High 5 YOU! "Yes" you

High five you ! "Yes" you. Whether you the mommy. Daddy. Granny. Grandpa. Sister or who ever you are with a kid that you care for. Well done and high 5.  Or whether you are that someone waiting long and hard for your little blessing. High 5 to you too.....

Whether you have one kid, 2 kids, 4/5. Well done. Whether they 1 month old or heading to 18 with all the teenage Stuffs. High 5 to you . You deserve that guilt free coffee, glass of wine or that huge slab of chocolate.

Whether you parent with a hubby or wife or whether you parent alone. High 5. But alone, extra high 5. And if you the daddy or mommy  that works extra long days,hours and mommy or daddy is alone with babies a lot. More than one full day give your wife or hubby a super tight hug, a treat and a mouth of praise. ( even if you don't understand) 

Whether you have a full time nanny, au pair or you do everything alone , well done, but extra high 5 to the parent that does everything alone.

A parent is a parent we all deserve the biggest hug, slab of choc, piece of cake, a cold beer, wine , cup of tea or that guilt free feet up pedicure.  
You are all amazing. Kiddies take our hearts out of our bodies and Wear it on their sleeves and they take a lot of hard work ! everyday , every minute, every second. 
Our minds race from the moment we open our eyes, till the time we close them and still we dream and pray many silent prayers of safety , security , love and blessings.

Marriages take knocks but together a team is a far bigger winner ! and PRAISE LOVE  and gentle words is what will make us get further each and every day. Love conquers all. 

Dads and moms no matter the roles you play. Whether it's a hard day at work or mom at home all day with tots, thank each other ! 
Yes moms because I'm the stay at home mommy I have that extra shuweee breath with you. 
And I only have one. 
One to dress, one to feed ( which sometimes doesn't even happen : cause we got up to late or the TV wouldn't go off or maybe the mere fact that mom doesn't do breakfast very often herself : naughty mom yes I know ) ,
Teeth to brush ( sometimes only once a day) tot to entertain or to do the school run, groceries. Bills to pay , house to clean and clean and clean , washing ironing , and yes the lists goes on . 

But whoever you are the worker mommy or stay at home mommy or daddy ! you a PARENT and that's super awesome. It's a life LONG  high 5 and you should be proud , not guilty, yes proud! 

Proud of that new day and to make that day , count, each day is super precious. 
Another day gone, no need for worries but for living ( easier said than done but true) , no need for stress, but for caring , Live that day, 
breath that day, 
care embrace and hug those precious jewels ( wives, hubbies, and tots too ) hug, love , care and embrace it. 
Life is precious, a blessings , short and .......

That's why today I say , kick those shoes off, who cares if your undies don't match and you don't fold the purple heeled socks with the matching pair, or if you don't get groceries today but tomorrow instead, or you leave your hair for another day, who cares if your tot watches 1 hour extra TV today.
Do what works for you. !

As my mom once said no one gave me a noddy badge for natural birth, breast feeding or cleaning the house a million times a day ! Do what works for you , your home and your family and your kids.

So if that means a messy home for a day , a extra cup of coffee and you lying on the floor with your tot and building one extra puzzle, if it means leaving the dishes to watch that Sunday night movie with hubbub! Do it ! 

Do it for today, 
 for the precious moments that  we've been given and tomorrow has it's own worries, 


Monday, 27 July 2015

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Something close to my mommy heart : education pressure

I will be called old school, backward, get with the times or it's life, but I can't phathom the pressure,level, responsibilities, time, commitments and standards the kids of today face, starting at the mere age of 5.

I am no judge and definitely believe in what works for you and your child , but for us and our little moo, he is doing an extra year of playschool, no specific reason except to PLAY.
Playing is so important for so many factors of education.

"There are several strands of evidence which all point towards the importance of play in young children’s development, and the value of an extended period of playful learning before the start of formal schooling. - "

"Today’s kids sit more than ever. Babies spend hours confined in car seats and carriers rather than crawling, toddling, or being carried. As they get older their days are often heavily scheduled between educational activities and organized events. Children have 25 percent less time for free play than they did a generation ago, and that’s before factoring in distractions like TV or video games.
Left to their own devices, children move. They hold hands and whirl in a circle till they fall down laughing. They beg to take part in interesting tasks with adults. They want to face challenges and try again after making mistakes. They climb, dig, and run. When they’re tired they like to be rocked or snuggled. Stifling these full body needs actually impairs their ability to learn."

For sometime now I have been in education and surrounded by educators, tutors, parents, friends, and currently run my own tutoring business Minds Growing
Where did it all change, where did school begin at 5 and where did play fall away. Where did the days get so long and the learning requirements jump  3/4 years ahead.   Are kids all rounded?
Excellent read ....... Why kids can't sit still in class
Two  sisters, 4 years apart are learning the same work, but just different levels.
Going to computers and art in grade R, being in school concerts and rehearsels at age 5 and coming home with a small homework book in little grade R! Hello!
What happened to that big sandpit on 4 legs that once was in our Sub -a  classroom, where are the green sticks that we once counted with at our own pace, where are the elastic bands we played with, tied together and squished the colourful play dough at our desks?

"Studies have compared groups of children in New Zealand who started formal literacy lessons at ages 5 and 7. Their results show that the early introduction of formal learning approaches to literacy does not improve children’s reading development, and may be damaging. By the age of 11 there was no difference in reading ability level between the two groups, but the children who started at 5 
developed less positive attitudes to reading, and showed poorer text comprehension than those children who had started later. In a separate study of reading achievement in 15 year olds across 55 countries, researchers showed that there was no significant association between reading achievement 
and school entry age. - "

Where are the days when going home  to run to our sandpits/ Lego boxes to enjoy some fun before dad came home for dinner ? Now it's aftercare, therapy sessions, iPads, gaming, homework, tutors and more.

A passing mom at the mall the other day chatting to her friend in the Que, about her sons class and how every child is in some therapy or support group, Occupational therapy, extra reading, physio, extra lessons or remedial and how their 
little ones are struggling so with the demands. How their friends older kids have gotten involved in so much peer pressure, or how the next door kid is texting the other kid in class.

Sob, sob will my boy ever go to school TechFree? Will he ever love school the way I did and be a kid. Out of my control I guess, I pray so.

I am not one for homeschooling as I believe it's a special calling , but I so see why parents do!

Two OvercomingMom readers commented on a question I posted recently about what's with school today?

Here's what they had to say

Reader One :

Pressure to make sure they never let their child 'fall behind' from mom's and babes at 8 weeks to all the hundreds of toddler activities (not saying they are not beneficial), then school at 18 months but I believe toddlers need to play more than anything and interact and explore the lots of free 
time. Seems small children's days are filled with activities that will stimulate and educate them...when should they get a chance to just be. Many Grade R's have turned into mini grade ones...teaching children to read before school to give them an advantage...sending children to a whole host of me childhood seems to be reduced in years to only a few. On the other hand we have to evolve with our ever changing world and maybe if your kids don't attend all these activities they are left behind. I am happy and secure in letting my children play and develop at their own pace.
 Children should be learning through play more and the admin and assessment in school is robbing our kids of this to a certain degree. At the end of the day, we all do what we believe to be in our child's best interest. Those that don't do enough will be viewed as a bad parent and those that do too much be the same. Your child, your what works for you. Love anonymous x

Reader Two:

Pressure on kids

HI, I am the proud mom of two, a testosterone packed 7 year old son and a 2 year 9month old pink 
princess. What a blessing to have a blue and pink brain to walk the journey of parenthood with in this dynamic world of ours.
I feel the pressure on kids these days is way beyond expectation. Children are not given the opportunity to play and be their own little people in all the pressure placed on them by society. There seems to be a constant competitive battle to do things 110% consistently with comparisons being made continuously.  Why must a 3 year old know how to write their name by 3, and have to feel inadequate should they not be able too? Why can’t they just play creatively, using their individual imaginations in their pretend worlds and be their own little personality? Is there not plenty of time for formal education?
Despite these pressure of having to write their names and read, to list but a few, why are our youngsters entering the primary school journey needing so much extra intervention from the likes of OT’s, physios, speech and language therapists, academic support and the list goes on. Surely if we let our children be children for longer, we would not need to intervene so much. Let them explore and learn!
When I was growing up, we didn’t have such intervention, we got on and moved along at the required pace, and we got along just fine, well at least I would like to think so.
There is a tremendous amount of pressure on parents, especially moms, these days to produce this outstanding, well balanced little human, or should I say ‘cookie cutter’ little being, with constant comparisons and pressure to keep up and perform. Regardless of the amount of hours spent in the classroom, many hours are spent at home to continue where the work left off. Everything is against 
the clock!  Where is the holistic approach to raising children? For children this is daunting emotionally, why are so many sitting in play therapy, and going for educational psychologist assessments. Could it be that constant pressure to perform and outdo fellow peers.Where is it all stemming from?

Featured monthly blogger : Melanie Blignaut

Meet my new monthly featured blogger : Melanie 

Wind in a Letterbox was launched in 2014 as a place to write write about faith, marriage and parenting. If you’re a parent looking for inspiration and encouragement, then you should feel right at home reading her blog. She has also written a lot of how God has led them to homeschooling their daughters and how they doing their best to raise them with a knowledge of God’s Word. She pins a lot of homeschool ideas, so check out her Pinterest page for inspiration and ideas. 

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Hope for the Premmy Babe by Lee Koetser

((A day in someone's shoes)
What has society done? Made us insular, made us bitter, made us desensitised and self-absorbed.
Look at the great late Robin Williams. A world-renowned comedian who fought a lifetime of depression. He always smiled and made others laugh but his eyes hid a heart consumed by sadness. 
No matter how “awesome” someone's life appears we do not know what hides behind the mask, like:
* The rich girl whose parents gave her an unlimited allowance which she spent it on her drug overdose when all she wanted was her parents' presence not their presents.
* The girl who the boys called fat and she is now in rehabilitation fighting anorexia.
* The housewife who cares for her three kids alone because her husband is never home as he is having an affair.
* The woman who gave birth to twins and is overwhelmed, but was told to “suck it up” and is sitting with postnatal depression, and
* The sex addict and alcoholic who is shunned by his family and place of worship for his behaviour, caused by the abuse he suffered and the abuse he witnessed as a child.
Life is full of choices, however there are some things that are beyond our control. After my gran/mom died I have always been able to lean on my husband, dad and best friend for comfort and advice when the going gets tough. But what when you don't have that support? 
There will always be people in society who feel they have the “right” to give their advice, but never want to know the reason behind the issue. They may mean well, but  just don't know the correct way to project their feelings onto others.
My husband and I, for example, are guilty of being overprotective parents. This can be extremely damaging for children and a huge disservice, but it is a daily struggle to not let the past mold how we behave as parents today. 
Parenting is the most difficult job in the world and yet you cannot study for it. Every “case study” is different yet the rules remain the same. It is the most sought after job in the world and yet you do not get remuneration for it. It is also the most common job, yet we all fail at it repeatedly.
This is my story:
After being married for four years my husband and I felt it was time to start a family. We both had an in-born need to be parents and recreate a childhood we both longed for.  How difficult can it be? 
The only thing I can undoubtedly tell you is that assumptions are dangerous.
I was 30 weeks pregnant, had severe swelling, pain and was so tired. I felt as though my baby was starting to climb out. I was on my way to join my family for a lovely lunch when I just thought I’d better go to Vincent Pallotti hospital en route. How ironic that after fearing preterm labour my entire pregnancy and doing everything to prevent it, I had in fact started experiencing it.
I was given steroidal injections to strengthen baby's lungs and medication to prolong labour until the baby's lungs were strong enough. Eighteen hours later Joshua Alexander popped out. His intense nature began as early as 30 weeks. 
I was told that Josh would spend 4-6 weeks in the neonatal ICU. Again, never assume.
Josh experienced cases of apnea (stopping to breathe). The sounds of those SATS monitors still haunt me today. His red blood count was extremely low and he had to have two blood transfusions. Finally after 6 weeks our baby boy was discharged.
He was home for a week when he again had an apnea episode. The sight of his grey face turned my stomach inside out and my world upside down. I had learned CPR in hospital, a prerequisite for the parent of a neonate. I had to apply this to my very own flesh and blood by placing my mouth over my little angel's nose and mouth en route to the Blaauwberg Netcare hospital. There his oxygen levels were measured and doctors placed him on me in the ambulance en route to Vincent Pallotti, where the “nightmare” first began.
Josh was readmitted and this time they were going to be super cautious before letting us leave. On September 16 we arrived to see our boy being resuscitated and asked the doctor if he was going to be okay. His words were: “If your baby stops breathing, he will die. We will need to ventilate him.” 
My husband, a Methodist, and me, a Jew, both sought refuge in the Catholic chapel every day on our knees, crying out to God for his help. Josh was given test after test and eventually with the guidance of Dr Brown and the other paediatricians (Dr Wicht, Dr Jedaiken and Dr Sinclair) we were advised to do the reflux (Nissen fundoplication) operation.
He was finally discharged on November 4 – at exactly 40 weeks, on his  initial due date and almost 3 months after he was born.
The operation saved his life and we have never looked back, but we cannot lie and say that it didn't change us as parents or humans. 

As parents:
* We have become paranoid 
* We have also become more protective
* More appreciative, and 
* Definitely guilty of overcompensating.

Next time you judge yourself as a parent or as a human being – STOP! We are human. Human can after all be an acronym for humble, understanding, (yet sometimes) manic, apathetic Neanderthals. 
Everything in our lives happen for a reason and our story has definitely made my husband and I more compassionate towards other human beings.

Moral of the story 
Whatever battle you are fighting:
* Make the choice to break the habit
* Choose happiness over resentment or unhappiness
* Choose survival mentality over victimisation
* Be there for others without controlling their decisions
* Offer your help, but don't enforce it
* Be a suggester, not a dictator 
* Be a listener, not a talker
* Give and expect nothing in return 
* Empathise by showing compassion without doting, and  
* Accept them unconditionally
Next column: Empowering our community through reading

((BLOB)) Lee Koetser is a qualified remedial therapist with more than 10 years’ experience. She specialises in identifying problem areas and then puts programmes together to build learning bridges 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

A years Botanical Society of SA (BotSoc) family membership ( Kirstenbosch Gardens & 9 National Gardens in SA)

I  dont think anyone has ever had a bad outing/experience to Kirstenbosch Gardens. I was blessed with a years Botanical Society of SA (BotSoc) family membership. Although I would primarily visit  the Kirstenbosch my membership allows me free access to all 9 national gardens in SA, plus other member benefits. I cannot wait to become a regular. Or even visit these gardens on my next holiday
. BotSoc is a national NGO. Any member can enjoy visiting any/all SANBI national botanical gardens any time in the year with free entrance. You can visit Kirstenbosch (CT), Harold Porter (Betty’s Bay), Karoo Desert (Worcester), KZN (Pietermaritzburg), Free State (Bloemfontein), Lowveld (Nelspruit), Pretoria, Hantam (Nieuwoudtville), Walter Sisulu (Krugersdorp). So start planning family holidays and explore the gems each different garden offers

No worries  to pay entry fees every time. 
I can highly recommend getting yourself/ your family a yearly membership to enjoy the beauty of this tranquil, scenic place or enter this amazing giveaway, (below)

                    I asked a few readers to share their pics and experiences at Kirstenbosch Gardens :

Easter visit with friends by Shelley form Ezy Pzy kids stuff 

Kirstenbosch has always been a special place, but more so since we got engaged there nearly 10 years ago!  My husband had packed the perfect picnic basket for sundowners and popped the question on the rolling lawns overlooking the lake as the sun dipped below the mountains :)  
And because our wedding fell on a public holiday, it is now traditional that we go back to Kirstenbosch on our anniversary each year, now with two kids in tow :) "  Lisa from : Cape Town 

"Looking at all the pictures we have of memories made at Kirstenbosch, it becomes accurate to say that our daughter Kate has literally grown up there. Our Botanical Society cards allow us access to Kirstenbosch whenever the mood takes us (which is often!) Be it for a quick afternoon cup of tea to catch the last rays of winter sun with a ratty toddler, or for a family breakfast followed by a scamper 
on the green green grass. Kirstenbosch holds a warm, welcoming familiar place in our lives. We have our favourite places to walk and sit- we guard these secret places careful not to share them to too 
many people.
We are always left in awe of the beauty we find right on our doorstep and work hard at not taking how fortunate we are for granted " Simone teacher at Western Province Preparatory School




We did a picnic & family photo shoot there in 2012 - Leigh from Red lips and darling adventures 

Enter this awesome giveaway  where you and your family could win a years Botanical Society of SA (BotSoc) membership. To Kirstenbosch Gardens and free access to all 9 national gardens in SA, plus other member benefits. Winner will be announced on Monday 1 June : competition closes Sunday 31 May 
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Things a mom wished she'd done more of

Love his article from a fellow blogger.

Take a read

She wished she'd


Don't wait for tomorrow to start living today 

Love of poppet post

I absolutely love poppet post and so does Carter and Matthew.

A monthly box delivered to your door via a courier service and filled with age appropriate educational activities or toys, helping keep your mind and baby/ toddler busy too. 

so what's in the box?

" Each month we put together a beautifully packaged range of fun and educational toys, books and activities that are hand picked to suit your child’s age and gender. Items included are chosen according to the specific developmental milestones of childrenfrom ages 0 – 5.

It’s simple! We work on a subscription model and deliver to your door once a month. Browse 
example boxes  Here

This month Matthew enjoyed spraying  different colour paints onto  brown paper, rolling hugs paints with fun patterns onto the brown paper,  playing with  playdough, learning  his colours from his colour activity book and playing  with finger paints in a sealed ziplock bag !

We look forward to a Poppet Post giveaway coming soon , for now take a look at their website and take advantage of this  great service ! 


Pink nail polish remover. ( why I've been so quiet)

pink nail polish remover 

Oh my hat ! Here's my last week behind me. 
I hope it makes you giggle, and may I not be alone 
Sorry I've been super quiet. This is how it goes 
One flat car battery needing a tow -to fit a new battery , 
To dad's car needing 4 new tyres. Not 2 like we hoped for but 4! 
And my 2 month broken washing machine needing 
To be fetched to be repaired in the factory meaning 
I have no water for the dishwasher. What a catastrophe !

Adding to that is mr moos 3rd birthday party tomorrow as he 
Turns the big 3 on Saturday. What a joy he is to us. 

So this week is all sorts of party shopping and today was
Extra hectic. 
Rushing from shop to shop for last minute stuff 
And home to click the kettle on before load shedding and 
Then off to fetch mr m from school and home to 
Do non electrical stuff. Like wash dishes and catching 
A moment to paint my nails after puzzle building and 
The tv comes back on and yeh for a moment to 
Breath. And put the dinner on before heading out to tutor 

While I turn my back I hear silence. I go outside to 
Find a moment  of speechlessness 

Pink nail polish from the tips of his hair to this nose , pants 
And. Yikes. Off I run to grab a full bottle of nail polish 
Remover and successfully got things cleaned ( besides the pants of course )

But oh dear there goes my manicure , guess I'll have 
To try that agin tomorrow 


Now for cake building 
Pics to follow
Giveaways next week and 
Plenty thank yous 

Oh wait did I mention Matthew has ecsema and he will have to patiently wait to Deturn pink and that he got new chalk today for the outside walkways but decided to miss the walkways instead and decorate some walls for us ..... Yeh for chalk. After wall it's really just dusting it off 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Stuff you don't know about OVERCOMING MOM

Some things you may or may not know about me : 

  1. I have lived in a Cape Town my whole life 
  2. My love  language is giving 
  3. I am A very proud Christian 
  4. I have one brother, 2 sister in laws, 1 brother in law , 2 nephews 
  5. I live in a little cottage in a super beautiful area in the South of Cape Town
  6. I taught grade 2 for 9 years after studying a degree in teaching, alongside my husband, then dating 
  7. I love sushi, wine and fine dining 
  8. I love trail walks & runs , yes don't laugh, I do.
  9. I have been super blonde before, super dark before, long hair, short hair and medium hair 
  10. I totally wish I was 20 kg lighter but as long as I keep trying and keep as healthy and as fit as I can be it's ok, life is short 
  11. My husband teachers too
  12. I have one little boy who makes me super super happy 
  13. Favourite colours are pink & purple 
  14. I'm a huge  +Woolworths South Africa  , +Exclusive Books , +Seattle Coffee Company 
  15. I love love love mac make up so much 
  16. I love earrings but can't wear them :( ears don't allow any metals
  17. I m not a huge medicine fan but a huge vitamin omega fan. However for now a brain tab is needed for some needed balance & some great vitamins and omegas to give me that daily vooma x
  18. I work a couple days a week tutoring some darling kids for my tutor group  calked. mindsgrowing 
  19. I hardly watch TV : no time for that and would rather read a book or a good old HELLO mag , but do make time for Greys, masterchef , and the odd movie now and again.
  20. Talking about movies if time allowed and mom was closer , I would run for a good  old cinema movie , the hugest popcorn and soda, now that sounds appealing 
  21. Wish I made more time for long candlelight hot baths with the amazing +Rain Productions 
  22. I am blessed with a super mom, ,mom in law and wonderful friends
  23. Matthew only started a play group at 2 years old 8 months and loves it, and will do another year in play school, before he goes to pre school 
  24. I often drive my car with the Red petrol light on , putting in petrol kills me
  25. I live in tights , not the best figure for them, but once you go zip free, you struggle to go back, comfy is key as a mamma
  26. I like order and am a huge planner , but have so learnt to chill and kind of have no choice after baby.
  27. I didn't breastfeed and I had a c section , and that's Ok
  28. I wish I had baby bum skin, like I use to , but that's out of my control too, as long as I continue it's cleanse and moisture twice daily - environ product proud 
  29. I'm a biggie on kids buckled in and no smoking whatsoever ever around kiddies, especially in cars.
  30. Love pretty homey decor and all things girly 
  31. I'm big on no cell phones or media or techy stuff in company , a bit old school that way. 
  32. Big on fighting for marriages and happy families.
  33. Wish I had oodles of money, a new car, a 3 bed roomed house, new clothes, and extra. Cash to spoil my loved ones, but for now , my little cute home, my reliable car, my good quality clothes, my home painted nails, my home made food, my supportive husband and the joy to be hone with my little beautiful blessing called my son : is way more important to me for now. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Good ol grey

Still, sometimes, we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug, until we can’t anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves...
That knowing, is better than wondering. That waking, is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst, most intractable mistake, beats never trying.

Change is as good as a holiday and although the paths  we've hoped for aren't always what wed like, or see in others, it's ok, yes it's ok, we have on our plates and in our hands what we have, can push through, deal with, love, cherish , embrace and be so blessed &fortunate with. 

Tomorrow is a new day and I'm super excited 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Mommy Do I need routine? Tips by fellow bloggers&Readers

None of us mommies get a routine Right all the time or sometimes we are all 
for routine and sometimes we not.
I asked some fellow bloggers & mommy readers out there what worked for them
here is what  they had to say . . . 

Our routine is pretty much a case of survival - wake up, keep the kids alive and relatively entertained until bedtime :) We do try to keep the night time consistent with supper, bath, story, pray and then bed. For my sanity I try get them into bed by 6.30. ~ blogger ~ 3 kids 2 dogs 1old House
As a new mom the best advice I received from the Midwife was to follow the babies cues and they will develop their own rhythm.  I found this very challenging in the beginning as I am a person that loves routine so not knowing what time the next feed or sleep was, was quite frustrating.  However I followed this advice and tracked sleep and feeding patterns with an app called Sprout.  This allowed me to see patterns emerging and sure enough I could see a “routine” developing.  During the early days I watched My little boys awake times rather than having set times for him to sleep and I still do this 9 months down the line.  This works for me as sometimes his naps are 45 min and other times they are 2 ½ hours.  From 3 months we introduced a bedtime routine of bath, bottle and bed.  We still follow this basic routine but after bath now we have quite play time in his room (puzzles, books and cuddles), a story then bottle and bed. If we are out we try to keep to this routine even if we have to modify it slightly.  Most nights it works and by 7pm Hubby and I have a chance to have dinner together and relax. ~ overcoming mom reader 

In the early newborn days I full believed in letting Malakai tell me when he was hungry and when he tired and read his cue! Every day was so different because he struggled with colic , so I had to work around that and work around him. One thing I did keep consistent in those days , was at around 5/6 pm it was bath time then bottle in his room. So no matter how the day went, the night was always the same.To this day it's still the same for us . We follow his lead but also preempt things and are prepared for what the day holds. We find having this kind of flexible routine helps in having a happy toddler and happy parents . Our flexible routine suits our son and our family. ~ Cass Lee ~

I am actually kind of like one of those hippie parents to be honest. I never set any kind of routine. I breast fed on demand (trying very hard to stop now!), co sleep/slept. My husband and I figured when Jake was ready for something it would be easy and have found this to be true so far. What I have found that worked was listening to him. Babies set their own routine and if you keep to it they seem very happy. When we wanted something, like for him to start to go down at night in his own bed we would start doing it and after months it would become the norm. He now goes to sleep quite quickly with me lying next to him around 6.30/7 after a bath and some supper and on a good night stays asleep until 1.30. That's the routine that suits him at the moment, it will change when it no longer works. Not everyone's cup of tea but I never saw the point of strictly adhering to a routine I set when 
he changes so quickly. ~ overcoming mom reader 

I'm a mom who likes routine. My boys like to know what's coming next so we work alot with star charts and calendars. My boys are early rises so we choose to send them to bed early (7pm) so we get some adult time in too and have a hot cup of tea ;)  I strongly believe in a afternoon lie down even if it's just quiet time on the bed reading or playing with a toy quietly. We really do enjoy our family time together but believe that our kids need special alone time with nan granny and gramps too and they look so forward to special sleep outs at them ~ mamma&nanna 

I am a firm believer in routines!

I get home from work at 5:30 and after hugging and kissing everyone I start supper. While supper is cooking I spend time with the kids - Mikayla tells me what she learned at school and whatever else she feels like sharing and Knox lies on my chest. We eat supper at about  7pm - sometimes just before, after supper we draw or watch cartoons for about 30 minutes. I always make sure that 
Mikayla has no screen time for at least half an hour before bed as she gets nightmares, so at 7:30 it is bath time for both little ones (that also helps calm them down). After the bath I get Mikayla in her PJ's and put out her outfit for the next day and then I read a story to her and Knox. Mikayla goes to sleep at 8:15 and then it is time for Knox's feed - once he is done he goes to bed too. Wehn both kiddos are sound asleep I pack all the bags for them for the next day and get everything ready (hubby helps with this) - then we spend some quality time together for an hour or so. I like getting into bed at about 10pm. It works like a well oiled machine, I love routines! ~ caffeine&fairydust-~

In closing. You need to do what's best for you . For hubby, Matthew and I we had a perfect book baby till 24 months and thereafter things got tricky but because of the routine we had in place, it was easier to adapt and swing a few things around. 

As for now at 36 months. We wake around 7am, watch some telly and we hardly eat breakfast as there is no breakfast he has taken too, and I have tried everything. So doctors advice is put out some nibble bits : ham,cheese, raisins etc. He goes to school, comes home for lunch and somedays he naps others he doesn't. It's a toss up between 7pm bed time or 830pm bedtime. Night time routine for us is dinner, bath, small bottle and TV/story/cuddle. Lights off and bed. Carry to bed and we generally have a solid nights sleep. Except for the  occasional drenched leaking nappy, cold or too hot.....
While mr moo is winding down for bed, I tidy the kitchen and last bit or house, put out hubby and mr m'S  clothes  for the next day , I make their lunch. This makes waking the next morning easier, fresher & puts me in a way better mood. #atype

Xxxx happy routineyZ