Scary Mommy-Nightmare Series Mommy Dirty Talk Tips from Real Moms on How to Get Some

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Dirty Talk for Moms

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We all know relationships get a little wacko after we become parents.

It seems impossible to find time to eat, sleep, and shower- let alone connect with your spouse.

That’s when we get creative… and maybe a little desperate.

As always, these are real stories, told by fellow-moms who’ve been there, done that! Here’s our best tips from mom to mom on how to get some!

woman holding someone's hand

1) Crazy Places

Hey, beggars can’t be choosers! When moms and dads need a little something, we go for it ANYWHERE we can!

A few moms I talked to tried having sex in:

  • The golf course
  • The labor and delivery room
  • The kids’ rooms when they’re supposed to be cleaning them… After all, this is the last place they’d be!
  • The spooky basement or garage. Again, all we’re looking for here is a little privacy.
  • The closet.
  • Anywhere besides the bedroom because that’s the first place they’ll come looking for us!!

I even talked to one mom who had a standing challenge with several other couples to see who could do it in the craziest places. I guess parenthood drives us to a little insanity anyways… we might as well enjoy it!

man and woman lying on bed

2) Bribes/Promises

I’ve said a lot of things with a double goal in mind- to strengthen my marriage and also get a few things done around the house at the same time.

Turns out that bribes are a common method for women! Of course, dads also make promises in exchange for a little fun.

I’ve heard plenty of basic ones, like:

  • “I will if you take out the trash.”
  • “I will if you get up with the baby.”
  • “I will if you take the kids for an hour.”
  • “I will if you make dinner.”

But there’s no end to what one or both spouse(s) will do to get a little sugar! Here’s a few of the more exciting bribes/promises I heard from moms and dads who really needed it!

  • “I will if you clean up the puke.” Oh man. Disgusting… but worth it!
  • “I’ll give you a week of sex every day for one night out with my friends.” Hey, that sounds like a win, win for everyone!
  • “You won’t have to change single diaper today if we get to have sex.” And this couple had THREE kids in diapers! That’s a committed spouse!
  •  “I’ll watch Dora the Explorer with the toddler in the morning so that you can sleep in if we can have some fun now.” My personal favorite! That’s a major sacrifice! What a loving partner!
  • “I’ll do whatever you want if you just get me some fried chicken.” Pregnancy cravings… what can we say?

Of course, we would totally put out even if our husband didn’t do all that. He’s too hot to resist (and parents are constantly starving for a little fun….) but shhhhhh! Don’t tell! I really don ‘t want to clean the puke!

selective focus photography of sleeping baby

3) “On your birthday….” turns into “When the kids go to sleep….”

There are no sexier words than “They’re all asleep!!

But don’t get your hopes up. I’ve heard all the stories of parents who were interrupted from their “recreational activities” in the middle of the night by:

  • nighttime feedings for newborns,
  • babies who lose their pacifiers in the middle of the night,
  • toddlers who wake up randomly at 2am,
  • young children who wet the bed,
  • older children who have nightmares,
  • and teenagers who try to sneak in or out of the house early in the morning.

Better get it while you can! Sleeping kids don’t sleep for long! 

person holding white mini bell alarmclock

4) Quickies

As I was saying, parents gotta get it when they can! That means that any 15 minute activity that will keep the kids occupied means play time for mom and dad too! 

If you’re dying for a little somethin’, try these moms suggestions:

  • Nap Time for kids is nap time for parents too!
  • Lunch and snacks are great distractions! Kids are less likely to bother you if they’re eating! If you get desperate, pull out the ice cream or the candy. A little unhealthy food is worth the fun you’ll have!
  • Play Dates are the best! You’ll have the house to yourself for an hour or so! Jackpot!!
  • When kids play outside. You didn’t really think the big push to get kids to play outside was just for exercise and good health, did you?? Well, actually, now that I think of it, I guess it is. For mom and dad too.
  • During an episode of Daniel Tiger. Oh yeah, those are 20 minutes long! That’s plenty of time for a quickie!!!
  • When mom comes back to the bedroom after nursing the baby at 2am… “Hey, if you’re already awake, why not??”

woman riding on back of man

5) Accidents

Of course… all this planning does’t make us perfect!

Many parents have been caught in the act. Hey, what can we say, all these crazy attempts to get a little sugar don’t always work out.

Here’s a few of the stories I’ve heard from moms:

  • I was visiting my family for a holiday. They don’t believe in locking doors… but I thought they believed in knocking! My sister walked in on me and my wife… She got a nice view of my full moon.
  • My four year old niece burst into the room where my husband and I were messing around, just seconds after we got our clothes back on! Phew, close one!
  • We had family in town staying at our place for a few weeks. Needless to say, we couldn’t last that long without a little fun! So we tried to sneak away whenever we could. My house has very thin walls…. One time, we had a little fun and walked back into the living room to several pale, awkward faces… Nobody would make eye contact. Nobody seemed to know what to talk about. Woops…
  • My husband and I were right in the middle of the act when we heard a tiny voice say, “What are you doing?” It was my 6 year old son, whose ninja skills still amaze me. We had no idea he came in the room!


Have you ever been caught in the act? Do you have great advice on how to get some for busy parents? Share your story in the comments below!

I can’t wait to hear more mommy dirty talk!

And I especially can’t wait to try out some of your suggestions… I’m always looking for new ideas to test out with my hot husband!


Mrs. S


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Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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Life Hacks to Survive and Thrive on a Mommy Sick Day

12 Life Hacks to Survive (And THRIVE) On a Mommy Sick Day

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Mom sick days are just unfair. Like the universe was playing a gross trick or a prank gone too far.


Let me just start by telling you my own little horror story of mom sickness. 

It was almost spring- you know, in that terrible transition phase around March and April where germs thrive.

I took my cute little daughter to the play place at McDonald’s for some much needed exercise and free play. We were just so sick of being cooped up in the house.

Little did I know, we were about to be a whole ‘nother kind of sick.

It all started with my cute telling me, “Mom, sick!”

I couldn’t tell if she was really feeling under the weather or not. She wasn’t really showing any signs of sickness yet. And on top of that, I was pregnant and often nauseous, so she was hearing a lot about how mommy didn’t feel well. At first, I thought she was just repeating after me.

And then it all happened.

First, we got the flu. ALL of us. Starting with the toddler (who barfed in my hair while I was snuggling her in the night… you know, since the poor girl couldn’t sleep because she was so miserable!) and then I got sick too (oh, did I mention I was pregnant on top of all this????) and last of all dad came down with it too.

And that sucked.

But then, it got worse. 

Second, our throats started to feel tingly and itchy. Then they got inflamed and so so sore! Yep, next we all got strep throat. That lasted for a good 4 days at least…

Just when we thought we MUST be finally coming out of it, our sinuses stuffed up, headaches started, and the colds took over! 

All in all, it was like 2 weeks straight of an entire family being sick as a dog!!

That means no dishes done in 2 weeks, no sweeping the floor in 2 weeks, no cooking meals in 2 weeks, no laundry done in 2 weeks, no errands run in 2 weeks, no grocery shopping done…. 

What is a mom supposed to do to SURVIVE???

person lying on gray sofa

Life Hack 1: Explain What’s Going On to Your Kids

I’m always amazed at how much my kids actually do understand if I just take the time to talk to them about what’s going on. 

Even my little 2 year old!

When we were so sick, I told her that mommy felt icky just like she did. She was very understanding when I was slower to get her a snack or when I spent a lot more time lounging on the couch than normal.

Don’t forget to clue your kids in. Sometimes we accidentally leave our kids in the dark (which leads to more behavior problems because they are just confused), but if they just know what’s going on they can be very loving, supportive, and helpful in our time of need!

Want to hear the cutest story about the cutest kid in the world?? Check out this story from our post Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Over 60 Insanely Awesome Child Quotes.

“I was folding laundry one day and told him that I was feeling really tired. He let out an “awwww!”, gave me a big hug, and said firmly, “I take you yours bed.”

I protested- telling him that I still had to fold the clothes. He would not be swayed- “I do it myself.”

Then he took me by my hand and guided me to my room. I laid down in bed and he covered me with a blanket. Later he brought in a cookie sheet with a couple chocolate chips on it. “I bring you yours lunch.”

I asked if he could help his little sister, who was fussing. He put her in her bed with a sippy cup and calmed her right down.

That cutie melts my heart! He was only 5 years old.”

adult white American bulldog sitting on couch

Life Hack 2: Have Fun On the Couch

Moms, it’s time to get creative!

You’re out of commission on the couch, and yet your little ones need some kind of entertainment if you expect to get any rest and relaxation at all.

There’s a ton of great fun activities and games for your kiddos…. that don’t involve you leaving the couch!! 

  • Coloring
  • Blocks
  • Books
  • The “I’m the Audience” Game
    • Puppet shows,
    • Talent show,
    • Singing shows
    • Basically, anything that lets my kids perform and me be the audience so I can kick back and relax!

HABA Doorway Puppet Theater – Space Saver with Adjustable Rod Fits in Most Doorways

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6 Plush Velour Animal Hand Puppets

Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Bath Finger Puppets

  • Farm
    • My daughter LOVES to set up elaborate farms or zoos with her toy animals. All I have to do is sit back and tell her how nice it all looks!
  • Play Dough
    • On special days, my daughter gets to play with play dough at the coffee table. I’m close enough to supervise and keep the mess down to a minimum, but I also get to rest!
  • Write a Story Together
  • Tell Stories
  • Look at Family Pictures
  • Dream about Visiting Disney Land
    • Research what princesses you could meet, what restaurants you could eat at, what rides you could ride, and more!
  • Plan out a Dream Family Vacation
    • Find out more about your kids’ interests by learning what kind of places they would enjoy visiting and what their favorite activities would be there!
  • Puzzles!
  • Try some Origami!
  • Shape Threading
  • Make Jewelry
  • Do String Art!
    • All you have to do is poke some tacks into a pin board and let your little one loop string in, over, and around the tacks to make their own piece of art!
  • Give them a Box
    • Aren’t you amazed at how kids can make something ordinary become amazing? Give your kid a box and let them turn it into a doll house, a race track, a farm, or whatever else they dream up! Give them crayons to decorate it and let the creativity begin!
  • Need more ideas? Check out Over 60 Indoor Activities for Families on a Rainy Day

boy sitting on white cloth surrounded by toys

Life Hack 3: Secret Stash of Toys

You know how kids get tired of the same old toys? That is particularly problematic when you REALLY need them to play happily on their own while you nap during a mommy sick day.

The solution? Keep a few secret, special toys that are only allowed to be played with on sick days! This keeps ’em special and exciting!! 

Here are a few ideas:

My Felt Story – Felt Board, Flannel Board, Black, 23″ x 12.5″

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game, Classic Games, Exciting Balancing Game, Develops Hand-Eye Coordination, 12.5″ H x 2.8″ W x 2.8″ L

6 Neon Stretchy Strings for ADD / ADHD Stretch Toy Stress Reliever Fidget Toy Sensory Toys – Stretches from 13 inches to 10 Feet Long!

Squirrel Products Mom, I’m Bored Children’s Activity Book – Fun for Kids Ages 3 Years Old and Up

PlayMonster Lacing & Tracing – Dinosaurs

Soyee Button Art | Preschool Learning Toys | Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard Set for 3+ Year Old Boys & Girls | Brain Training Games for kids

BUCKLE TOY “Buddy” Backpack – Toddler Early Learning Basic Life Skills Children’s Plush Travel Activity

Haktoys Fishing Game Toy Set with Single-Layer Rotating Board | Now with Music On/Off Switch for Quiet Play | Includes 21 Fish and 4 Fishing Poles | Safe and Durable Gift for Toddlers and Kids

HABA Town Maze Magnetic Game for Ages 2+

Beiens 9 Theme Felt Quiet Books – Ultra Soft Baby books Touch and feel Cloth Book, 3D Books Fabric Activity for Babies /Toddlers, Learning to Sensory Book、Identify Skill Boys and Girls, Busy Book

Wooden Magnetic Jigsaw Puzzles Toy, DIWENHOUSE Toddler Toys Educational Travel Puzzle Games Double Sided Drawing Easel for Boys and Girls (Happy Farm)

Magnetic Fun – Cars Planes and Trains

soup in bowl

Life Hack 4: Freezer Meals…. or Order Pizza

Ok mom, when you’re sick, the LAST thing you need is to COOK!

Cooking sucks even when you’re healthy. You don’t need that aggravation.

Plan ahead by having some freezer meals ready to go! 

On top of that, I keep a few cans of my favorite Campbell’s soups in my cupboard just in case I need a grilled cheese and tomato soup at a moment’s notice.

And if that fails, it’s time to order pizza!

white ceramic mug on white table beside black eyeglasses

Life Hack 5: The Sick Day Kit

Make a “sick day kit” with everything you need for a mom sick day.

This keeps everything in one place so that you’re not searching for things you need while you’re puking your guts out. Better yet- it keeps you from having to run to the store while you’re puking your guts out!! 

Here’s a few items to include:

  • Tissues,
  • Tea,
  • Common medications,
  • Blanket,
  • A water bottle,
  • Snacks for you and the kids (you know you’ll have to share!),
  • Vitamin C,
  • Cough drops,
  • Fun games or toys for the kids (unless you’ve got a secret stash somewhere),
  • A thermometer to check for a fever,

No Touch Forehead Temporal Thermometer for Fever KIT | Termometro Digital Baby |- The Best Medical Thermometers for Infants, Kids, Adults with New Born Infant Baby Essentials Nasal Aspirator.

Essential Oil Aromatherapy Set – Pure Therapeutic Grade Oils Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Orange, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Anxiety Relief Blend Kit for Women & Men

  • Strep Test Kit,

Dealmed Rapid Diagnostic Strep A Test Kits CLIA Waived (25 Tests per Box)

  • Barf bags,

Disposable Barf Bags and Wipes Kit With 10 Puke Bags and 10 Wipes – For Car Sick Kids, Uber / LYFT Customers and Morning Sickness Sufferers

  • Anything else that makes you feel better when you’re under the weather!

It can be easier to begin your kit using an existing Get Well Kit, like one of these, and add more of your favorite supplies until it’s perfect!

GiftTree Get Well Medicine Cabinet | Recovery Care Package For Men, Women and Kids | Gift Set Includes Cabinet, Assorted Candy, Ice Bag, Mini First Aid Kit

Get Well Soon Care Package Gift (Available in Two Sizes) … (Standard)

Get Well Gift Box Basket II – For Cold/Flu/Illness – Over 2.5 Pounds of Care, Concern, and Love – Great Care Package – Send a Smile Today!

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Life Hack 6: 10 Minutes Goes a Long Way

All this is great… but inevitably, whenever you’re sick, your kids will start to feel starved of your attention.

This is my #1 struggle as a sick mom. Well, at least it WAS until I learned this awesome trick! 

It not only CURES your kids from feeling starved of your attention, it also PREVENTS them from feeling starved.

It’s called the 10 Minute Rule. Here’s how it works:

  • Every time you catch yourself feeling slightly better, take 10 minutes one-on-one with a child or play with the whole group


  • Right before every nap you take, take 10 minutes one-on-one with a child or play with all your kids. 

That’s it!

No matter how sick I am, I can handle 10 minutes of time with my kids. What I can’t handle is hours of a clingy, attention-starved child climbing all over me while I try to nap.

The idea here is that by taking time out of your sick day for your kids, they feel your love and attention. Then, you can explain to them that you’re still not feeling well and need some rest.

Since they have their “mommy attention needs” met, they’re more likely to leave you alone to rest for an hour. Ok, maybe just 30 minutes for some kids, but still!

man and woman holding hands on street

Life Hack 7: Learn to Accept Help

This isn’t easy, but it is a life changing skill!

If you can learn to ask for and accept help when you need it, you’ll find that life’s burdens aren’t so bad, that there are good people all around you who are happy to help out, and that you have much more support than you ever knew. 

Next time you’re sick,

  • Ask for someone to pick up your groceries for you via Walmart pickup. You can still pay for them, all they have to do is swing by and bring them to you!
  • Ask for help with the kids. Healthy kids can go on play dates or someone can watch them while you nap. Family members, friends, and your partner are often willing to help, they just might not know what you need.
  • Ask your partner to take over some of your usual chores, like cleaning, laundry, dishes, etc.
  • Arrange carpools for your kids so that you don’t have to drive them to school or to their various clubs, sports, and activities.
  • Tell others what your needs are. You’ll be amazed at the solutions they think of! You never know what another person’s resources and skills are. They have a lot more to give than you might know! 

man wiping mouse with tissue paper

Life Hack 8: PREVENT Sickness with this Magic Vitamin

Elder Berry is a wonderful, magical vitamin.

I first head of it from my sister-in-law.

Her husband was going through a major career change- starting with an intensive flight school to learn how to be a pilot.

It was important to his family that he do well in school and finish school as quickly as possible because they had no income until he finished school and started working as a pilot. 

For him, sick days just weren’t an option!

Sound familiar?

So how did he keep healthy through this vital time for his family?

Elder Berry!

He took this vitamin every day to prevent sickness, and successfully navigated a flu ridden fall and spring without getting sick once! (In fact, it was the same spring that my family got our terrible flu, strep, and cold 2 week illness!)


His wife took it as soon as she started feeling something coming on, and reported that she was almost instantly cured of any illness that might be coming on.

They also gave the vitamins to their kids if they came down with something and reported that colds, coughs, and the flu seemed to end much quicker for their family than other families in the neighborhood.

Want to try it out? Here’s a link for your convenience!

Nature’s Way Sambucus Elderberry Gummies, Herbal Supplements with Vitamin C and Zinc, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, 60 Gummies (Packaging May Vary)

person holding remote pointing at TV

Life Hack 9: Let the Schedule Go

It’s ok if the schedule/routine/typical rules get a little more flexible when you’re sick. 

No need to stress about if the kids go to bed right on time…. or maybe a little earlier than normal if you’re like me.

No need to stress if you watch an extra hour of TV on a sick day. Or an extra few hours of TV on a sick day.

No mom guilt! Give yourself a break! 

Life Hack 10: Self-Care the Crap Out Of Yourself!

Yes, sickness is a time to take care of yourself. So do whatever it takes to feel better!

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to let your needs go unmet. To the contrary- you are a vital piece to keep your family functioning. Without you, all hell breaks loose! That’s even MORE reason to take care of yourself! 

Do you need a long bath? Make it happen mama!

Do you need a nap? You can have one!

Do you need some time with Netflix? Do it!

Do you need a Popsicle, a bowl of soup, a piece of toast, a glass of orange juice? Get it!

Is self-care tricky for you? Try this great resource!

Free Self Care Guide 2

Life Hack 11: Stay Home. Period.

Mom, I know you’re in charge of a lot of things. You shop for the groceries, you run the errands, you get your kids everywhere they need to go.

It’s time to put your foot down. You need to stay home.

If you go out, you’re just spreading your sickness around to other families and, heaven forbid, other moms! 

I know, we all know we should stay inside, but sometimes necessity drives us out the door.

If you find yourself feeling obligated to leave the house, it’s time to ask for help!

This is healing time. Not errands time. 

Life Hack 12: See the Silver Lining

Yes, sickness sucks. Especially for a mom.

But on the other hand, you have a good excuse to sit still and take a break! 

You get to sleep! And lay around! And relax!

That’s something! Take that in and enjoy! After all, you don’t get to lazy around most days.

You don’t have to fight and struggle your way through a mommy sick day. You can crush it! You’ve got this- these 12 life hacks make a mom sick day totally do-able. 

These 12 tips saved me during my 2+ weeks of sickness- including the flu, strep throat, and a cold one right after the other.

They can save you too!


Mrs. S

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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Everything Parents Need to Know Development from 6 Weeks to 6 Months

Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6 Weeks to 6 Months Old

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Keep an eye out for upcoming Development Posts covering all developmental stages from 0-18!

Welcome to When Fit Hits the Shan’s Development Series!!

We’ll cover each major developmental phase of life from age 0-18, diving deep into what affects children during that particular phase, what you as a parent need to be aware of, and how you can help your child develop properly.

Each post (including this one!) covers helpful topics for each developmental stage of life- including:

  • Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals
  • Activities to Boost Development
  • Warning Signs or Potential Dangers
  • Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do
  • GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase
  • What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Let’s dive into what it takes to care for a baby from 6 weeks to 6 months old!! 

baby eating pacifier

Milestones, New Skills, and Developmental Goals

As always, don’t worry if your kid and the neighbor’s kid are slightly different in their milestones.

All kids reach various developmental goals in their own time and in their own way. No need to compare, because your sweet little one is his own perfect person!

Here’s a few milestones to watch out for between 6 weeks and 6 months of age:

  • Rolling Over. This is a super exciting moment because it’s baby’s first gross motor (whole body) movement! Soon, your cutie pie will be crawling, then walking, then running… but for now he’s mastering the art of rolling!
  • Sitting (with Help). Your little one is learning how to control his body more and more- although it’s still a work in progress. He can sit up but is still prone to fall over. Give your little one extra help as needed- such as when mom holds his arms to help him balance or when he has pillows propping him up.
  • Lift Head and Chest. Yes, this is the first sign that crawling is on its way! You’ve been practicing tummy time since your baby was born and now it’s paying off! She’s getting stronger and can lift her head and chest up off the ground for a few seconds! Some babies might even master crawling by 6 months old, but it’s normal for babies to crawl anytime between 6-10 months.
  • Beginning Solid Foods. It is recommended to begin solid foods at 6 months of age. However, some babies might show signs of being ready to eat solids sooner. Here are signs to watch out for:
    • Baby can sit up all on his own- without support.
    • The tongue-thrust reflex should be gone! When babies are born, their tongue automatically pushes solids out of his mouth. This reflex disappears around 6 months of age. If the reflex is gone, your baby might be ready to begin solids.
    • Baby shows interest in food by watching and reaching for food.
    • Baby is developing a “pincer grasp” which means he can pick up small objects using his thumb and pointer finger. This skill is important to learning to self-feed.
  • Teething. Teething is tough for moms and babies, but an essential part of development. Most babies get their first teeth around 6 months old, but some babies get their teeth much earlier or much later. My first baby didn’t get her first tooth until 11 months!!
  • Eye Contact and Smiles. This age is awesome because your baby shows genuine interest by laughing at, interacting with, and smiling for you and others. These interactions are a big deal because they form the beginning of relationships, social skills, and self-esteem. You’ll get to enjoy your baby laughing, smiling, jabbering, and showing excitement to see you by kicking his feet and flapping his arms when he sees you!
  • Conversations. Ok, so you don’t really have conversations with a baby. But, the interactions you do have with your baby are forming his earliest understanding of conversations. For example, he’s learning that people take turns talking, that people fluctuate their voices as they speak, that there are lots of different tones to use, lots of different sounds incorporated in our language, that common phrases or words are repeated, and, best of all, that making noise gets people’s attention! He’s learning that “speaking” (or his best attempts at speaking) is a useful tool and that will be motivating to keep learning all about language!
  • Attempt to Grab Objects. Yay, fine motor skills are developing! That means your baby is learning how to use his hands and fingers! She’s very rusty at it at first. She might try to swipe at an object and miss completely, but she’ll get better and better until she can reach for, pick up, and play with the object that she wanted!

Activities to Boost Development

Alrightie moms, you know what to expect from “nature”- that’s those developmental milestones that you’re watching for.

Let’s chat about “nurture”- the part where you get to actively participate in shaping your child!

Here are some things you can do now to help your baby reach his developmental goals:

  • Tummy Time. Tummy time is vital until a baby is strong enough to crawl. Indeed, tummy time directly correlates with a baby’s development of the muscles and coordination needed to crawl. This important skill can be delayed if a baby doesn’t get the chance to practice via tummy time.
  • Attention. Have you heard that old saying, “You can’t spoil a baby?” Well it’s true! Don’t worry about teaching your baby to delay gratification. Right now, your baby cries for legitimate reasons (hungry, thirsty, tired, over stimulated, uncomfortable, hot, cold, etc.) so don’t hesitate to meet their needs quickly! This teaches the baby that you are a reliable caregiver, which fosters trust.
  • Holding, Snuggling, Touching, Blow Raspberries. The biggest success a parent can have during the baby phase is to show your baby with absolute confidence that you will always be there for them. This bond will last a lifetime and it begins here. Making time to play and interact with your baby strengthens  the attachment they have with you. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
  • Change Positions Often. Switching things up keeps babies interested and engaged with their environment, encourages them to turn their head in all directions, and helps them develop different muscles than if they were always in one position.  You can switch which side of crib baby’s head is on and lay/hold your baby in different positions (right side, left side, tummy, back… now let’s try propping you up to practice sitting, and then I’ll stand you up on my lap, and then you’ll lay back down… etc).
    • Make sure you include sitting and standing in the rotation of positions (although your child will need you to support them in these positions) as this will teach the skills needed to eventually master sitting and standing!
  • Talk, Read, Sing, and Label Familiar Objects. Babies love to hear language. They might not understand quite yet, but soon they will recognize familiar words and begin to respond to what you say- and it’s all because you talk to your baby now!
  • Repeat After Your Baby. I know, this might look a little weird if someone walked in the room at the wrong time. But it really is good for your baby! Your baby is more likely to imitate YOUR language if you imitate HIS language. You’re teaching him what he needs to do to learn how to speak. Plus, babies LOVE it! They notice that you are showing interest in them, at their level. They love having some control in the interaction. You can give your child the feeling of being special and valued, even as a baby.
  • Toys. Not all toys are good for babies. It’s important to know what to look for. Try toys that stimulate one or more of the senses. For example, bright colors and pictures stimulate the eyes. Textures and toys that move stimulate the sense of touch. Toys that make noise stimulate hearing. It’s also a great idea to choose toys that are easy to pick up. This will help the baby develop those fine motor (hand and finger movement) skills.

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Warning Signs or Potential Dangers

Just a few things to be aware of, but remember that most babies are healthy and strong! This is all informational and just in case!

Don’t stress too much about the possible things that might go wrong in parenthood or you’ll miss the great things that are happening now!

If you have any questions, just give your doctor a call. It’s always better to be safe and double check! 

Here are some common problems between age 6 weeks to 6 months:

  • SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a scary but PREVENTABLE risk during the baby stage. Follow the guidelines of the Safe Sleep Academy to decrease the risk of SIDS.
    • Some parents prefer to use monitors that track the baby’s movement to decrease the risk of SIDS. Check out some products like these by following the links below.

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  • Over Stimulation. Many parents are unaware that their attempts to entertain and engage with their babies can be too much. If a baby has too much going on, he feels overstimulated. He may cry, turn away, refuse to make eye contact. The solution is simple- he just needs a little quiet time and then he will be ready to interact again.
  • Choking. Babies explore the world around themselves by putting objects into their mouth. Keep small toys or objects away from the baby. As the baby gets more mobile (rolling, crawling, walking) the parent should be more aware of choke-able objects. Not sure what toys are too small?? Use a choke tester!

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  • Falling. The ability to get around via rolling or crawling adds the potential to fall. I remember setting my 4 month old daughter on a chair just for a second while I put my coat on. I thought there was no possible way for her to move. She couldn’t even roll yet. But she could kick her legs, and that was enough to propel her body off the chair. She was fine, but falls can be very dangerous especially if the child hits her head.
  • No Eye Contact. Children with Autism show very few signs in the early years, but if a parent is aware they may identify Autism early on. If a child is not making eye contact by 6 months, it is possible that the child could have Autism or other developmental delays.
  • Unresponsive, “Floppy”, Not Interested in her Surroundings. Babies at this stage are energetic, interested, and engaged. They are strengthening their muscles every day through movements. If your baby is very still, uninterested, and unresponsive, their may be a need for medical intervention. See your doctor.
  • Not Gaining Weight. Babies double their birth weight during the first 5 months of life! If your baby isn’t gaining weight, there might be a medical condition that needs to be addressed. See a doctor and/or a lactation consultant for help with feeding.
  • Not Responding to Loud Sounds or Not Making Sounds Herself. It can be difficult to identify if a baby has hearing problems, but one warning sign is if the child does not respond to loud sounds. This lack of response could be due to deafness or partial deafness. Similarly, children with hearing problems don’t hear the sounds that other people make so they don’t begin to imitate those sounds themselves. If your child does not try to make noise, she might have a hearing problem. See a doctor to confirm.

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Typical Struggles for Mom and What to Do

As with every phase, 6 weeks to 6 months has its own unique challenges. But they aren’t as bad when you’re prepared for them!

Here’s what you might find yourself struggling with in this phase:

  • Postpartum Depression or Anxiety. Postpartum depression and anxiety are very real conditions that affect a lot of women. Get help quickly by telling your doctor if you think you might be experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety.
    • Medication,
    • natural remedies,
    • self-care,
    • asking for help from family and friends,
    • and finding things that bring you joy can help ease the symptoms of these disorders. ALWAYS tell a doctor- don’t try to ease postpartum depression on your own as this can be dangerous for you and your baby. 
  • Hormones and Other Postpartum Surprises. Most people expect their bodies to be very different for the first 6 weeks postpartum. It can be a shock when it’s been a few (or a lot) of months (or years) since you had your baby and you’re still dealing with changes in your hormones or your body.
    • Learn about your new body through helpful books and educational materials.
    • Accept that some changes are permanent and that’s ok- Your baby is worth it!
    • Find out what things you can change and set realistic goals to make those changes.
    • Love yourself!
    • Take each day one step at a time.
    • Be aware of your own needs and limitations so that you don’t do too much too soon.
    • Ask and accept help from others.

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  • Back to Life. After the first 6 weeks, you’ve got to start transitioning back to reality. For moms who work, maternity leave ends and you’ve got to figure out a whole new routine. For all moms, you run out of freezer meals and it’s time to start cooking again. Your fridge empties, and it’s time to get to the grocery store. Your house gets dirty, and you’re the one who’s got to clean it. And you’re doing all this with one extra tiny person to juggle. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to figure out!
    • Take things one step at a time. Clean the bathroom today, go shopping tomorrow.
    • Don’t expect too much of yourself too soon.
    • Ask for help as needed!
    • Get your partner and older kids involved in the housework and errands. Split up the chores.
    • Do chores and errands on a rotation- not all at once.
    • Find a way to reward yourself for a job well done to keep yourself from getting burnt out.
    • Wear your baby! It’s way easier to get things done.

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  • Nursing Struggles. If you or your baby struggle to nurse, it’s possible that these issues could be a long-term problem for you. There isn’t one solution as every person’s needs are different. Here are a few of the potential solutions for you to consider:
    • See a lactation consultant to identify if you and your baby’s nursing technique is correct.
    • See a doctor to make sure the baby’s nutrition and growth is adequate.
    • Consider pumping and feeding the baby your breast milk out of a bottle.
    • Don’t be upset or ashamed to feed your baby formula! If it’s what is best for you and your baby, then who cares what other people think??
    • Take advantage of all the great breast feeding products out there to make yourself more comfortable!

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  • Sleep Deprivation. As you deal with all this transition back to real life after having a baby, you have to do it all on half the sleep you used to get! It’s no fun. There’s no easy way to handle it. It just sucks to not sleep! But your baby will sleep more and more and you’ll have fewer feedings up until the child finally transitions to sleeping through the night. It gets better, mama!
    • Give yourself a good cry now and again. This part just sucks.
    • Research sleeping tricks and tips. With my first baby, I got her out of bed to eat every time she made the slightest noise in her bed. I found out later that she didn’t need to eat every time and I was actually waking her (and myself) up way more than was necessary!
    • Sleep during the day every chance you get. Naps aren’t time to clean the house or get stuff done! It’s time for you to rest!
  • Teething. Ahhh, teething. Another fact of life that just sucks… for mom and baby. Teething is painful and uncomfortable for babies. There are some tricks that moms can use to help out a poor teething baby. Check out these great products to make teething a little easier for you and your baby!

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GREAT Things About This Developmental Phase

That’s right, just because there are some tough things doesn’t mean that age 6 weeks to 6 months isn’t AMAZING!

I LOVE this phase! You’re past the infant stage and moving into the baby phase. Here are some wonderful things about this age:

  • Baby is Responsive! The absolute, hands down, most amazing part of the baby stage is how much FUN you get to have with your baby! They’re cute, they’re friendly, they’re playful, and they love everything you do. It’s the best! You’ve got your own little BFF to hang out with all the time! They’re never mad at you, they’re so loving and sweet. It’s just fun to be around a baby!
  • Baby is Not TOO Mobile. Every experienced mom will tell you that life gets a little harder once baby starts to crawl and walk. That means you’re in the perfect phase of limited mobility! Baby is able to sit up if propped up with pillows and she can play by herself for short periods of time… but she’s also not so independent that she’s getting into your cupboards and drawers! What a great place to be!
  • No Discipline Yet! Oh yeah. I soak up the baby phase because the parenting part of it all is very simple. No worrying about teen pregnancy or instilling proper morals into your kids. It’s just basic! Keep the kid alive! I don’t care who you are, that kind of no pressure parenting is nice!!
  • Nursing Problems May End Soon. 6 months is a major milestone for nursing moms! If you can nurse for the first 6 months of life, you’ve given your baby a great head start!! If you’re having a tough time with nursing, 6 months might be a good time to quit. Other moms continue nursing for a year, and other moms nurse for many years. Do whatever is best for your family!
  • No Stranger Awareness Yet. Another GREAT thing about young babies is that they don’t experience fear of strangers until they are older. That means you are free to drop them off with grandma for an evening while you go get dinner and there’s no separation anxiety. You can let your friends hold your baby at church, you can get a babysitter, it’s all good! That’s something to take advantage of!

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What’s Coming Up Next for Your Child??

Your baby is growing and growing! You won’t believe how big she’ll get in the next couple months!

Soak up your little one because she won’t be little for long!

Watch out for our upcoming post: Everything Parents Need to Know- Development from 6 months to 12 months!!


Well. There you have it.

All the wonderful things, struggles, and adventures of being a mom of a baby from 6 weeks to 6 months old. 

Need more resources? Check out Child Development 3-6 Months or Baby Development!

It’s a great time of life, for you and for the little one!

Enjoy it mama!


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Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

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That’s right!! Scary Mom-Nightmares: Potty Edition is finally here!

We can’t even begin to talk about the crazy things that happen to us as parents without hitting on pee and poop!!! 

Pee and poop is the essence of insane parenting moments!

That’s why we all LOVE potty training so much. HAHAHAHAHA (slow insane laugh….)

So what awesome potty stories do you have??

Check out this list of over 20 great potty stories that will have you rolling on the floor laughing out loud-

AND don’t forget to share your own potty stories in the comments below!!!

Here they are! 21 of the best (or worst??) potty stories told by moms!

1. Peeing Outside

My family took a trip to the zoo.

It was so great, until I turned around and my son was peeing into the plants outside the exhibits right off the main walkway, where he was getting lots of attention from other visitors!

All I could think to choke out in response was, “We’ve talked about this!”

Somehow, I don’t think that made me sound any more normal to the other visitors.

2. Doggy Style

We were visiting a friend’s house for a play date. I was inside chatting with the other moms and all the kids were out playing in the yard.

One of the moms sheepishly touched my shoulder and pointed to the back yard. That’s never a good sign!

I looked through the window to see my 7 year old in a squatting position, pooping right in our friend’s yard!

]After cleaning up the mess, I pulled her aside and asked why she did that. She explained, “Toby (our dog) does it!”

3. Cheer Leader

Nothing beats pooping in a public restroom (as if that’s not bad enough already) with a newly potty trained 3 year old cheering me on, loud enough for the whole store to hear!

“Mommy- YOU POOPED!!”

“Wow, mommy, great job peeing in the potty!”

I couldn’t be mad… All I could say was, “Thank you sweetie.”

4. Ice Cream!

I was cooking dinner. My toddler had taken off her diaper without me knowing.

One of my older kids interrupted my cooking with, “Look mom, an ice cream cone!” pointing at the bench by the kitchen table.

I was so confused, so I came to see. There on the bench lay a nice large turd, in the perfect shape (and I kid you not, the exact color scheme!!) of an ice cream cone.

5. Tired of the Wait

We were on a road trip and stopped to use the bathroom at a gas station. It was one of those single-stall, men/women restrooms.

I let my little one go first, and asked him to wait inside the bathroom while I went. I was still going when he got tired of waiting for me and burst open the door.

Just in time for me to make eye contact with the (rather attractive!) man outside who was waiting to use the restroom. And we just maintained eye contact for like 10 seconds as the door to the restroom slowly, slowly swung shut again.


6. Responsible Neighbors

One summer, our family was playing outside. Our son was in the process of potty training. He was playing in a kiddie pool, wearing only shorts with no underwear.

Well, I guess he needed to poop but he didn’t say anything.

Instead, he let that turd fall right out the leg of his shorts onto the sidewalk… where it sat undisturbed and unnoticed… UNTIL…

Our neighbors walked by, asked if we got a dog, and told us we needed to be responsible and clean up after it!

7. Snack Time

My daughter was just walking. She had a bad diaper rash, so I was letting her hang out naked for a bit to air out.

After a few minutes, I looked over and noticed her crouched down behind the arm of the couch. When I went to see what was going on, she had pooped on the floor.

And she was eating it!!! AHHHHH!

We were new parents, so my husband and I totally freaked out.

After a few minutes of running around and yelling confused directions at each other, trying to figure out what to do, we finally washed her mouth at least 10 times, and it just seemed like we could still smell it on her breath! Eww!

8. When you Teach your Child TOO WELL

Another public restroom mishap… I took my little one into the stall with me. I went potty first, then tried to help him up onto the toilet.

He yelled, “Ewww, Mom! Don’t touch me with your poop hands!”

I could hear laughter echoing… coming from all the other stalls.

9. Getting Technical

We were out playing at a neighbor’s house.

Because parenting is what it is, I reminded him beforehand NOT to poop in the yard.

So… naturally…. when my son had to go, he climbed the tree, squatted, and pooped on a branch. Amazing.

And technically- as he reminds me still to this day- he DID follow my directions.

10. Time for New Flooring!

My child pooped on the carpet.

Ok, no big deal for a parent. We deal with this every day.

But he wasn’t done yet!

Then got down on his hands and knees. And rubbed his poop into a giant patch of brown as far as his arms could reach.

By the time I found him, just a few seconds later, it was smeared deep into the fibers of the carpet… not to mention all over on his hands, in his hair, and on his face too.


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11. Double the Trouble

My kids are “Irish twins”- you know, two pregnancies and two kids born in the same year of each other?

Well, because of their close age, they were both newly potty trained at the same time.

We decided to take a trip to the zoo. I was so excited to show them the monkeys and the elephant for the first time! They were at the perfect age to soak it up. I could just see their faces filled with amazement and excitement!!!

Right outside the zoo, they BOTH peed their pants. At. The. Exact. Same. Time.

We turned around and got right back in the car.

12. Gravity Sucks

My husband and I were enjoying a walk down the board walk along the beach during our lovely family vacation.

We had a couple kids walking alongside us and one sitting up on my husband’s shoulders.

My husband randomly said, “Honey. Come here please.” There was something about his tone… You know, the tone that parents use to communicate to each other in a second that all is very very wrong.

Turns out, my poor kid wasn’t feeling so well… And the poop couldn’t be contained in his pants… And my poor husband now had diarrhea all down his back!

13. Whaaaaaa……

I remember being out with another couple. They brought their little baby (the third child) along because she was too young to be left with a babysitter.

Well, the baby had a blowout. Totally normal, right?

This mom was freaking out and had absolutely no idea what to do because none of her other babies had ever had a blowout! And this was her third child!

I couldn’t believe it, and I couldn’t help but sit back with my arms folded across my chest and chuckle as she tried to figure out what to do with poop dripping down the baby’s back, neck, arms, legs, and clothes.

She was so surprised when the poop got on HER clothes and hands.

Ok, of course, I stepped in and offered her a spare set of clothes (I keep those in my car AT ALL TIMES because my kids are normal and have blowouts like every other day!).

I just can’t get over the fact that she had never seen a blowout in THREE KIDS! THREE!

14. Tell Me It’s Chocolate…

My niece had this thing about putting her hands down her diaper. It seemed like we were always reminding her to take her hands out there.

As if that isn’t bad enough… she was a thumb sucker.

Can you see where this is going?

One day, I found her with chocolate all over her face. I couldn’t figure out where she got it from. All of our chocolate was kept in tall cupboards.

Oh wait.

If only it were chocolate! But it wasn’t.

15. She’s Got All the Solutions

When my son was a baby, he had a stinky diaper. I left to get the supplies I needed to change him.

During the 5 seconds I was gone, my sweet helpful daughter got sick of the poop smell. With logic that only a 5 year old can understand, she sprayed him with Febreze head to toe!

She didn’t get it in his eyes or face (thankfully!!!), but she did soak his hair with it.

Problem solved!

16. Don’t You Love It When Kids Think Of Their Own Jokes?

The kid: “Knock knock.”

Me: “Who’s there?”

The Kid: “Poopy Pee.”

Me… getting reluctant to participate: “Poopy Pee who?”

The Kid: Squats down in a crouching position and grunts. Wow.

17. What’s Going On In There??

From inside a public bathroom, my child yells to me, “Mom, there’s Santa! Come get Santa!”




I don’t know what to do with that.

18. Effective Communication

I don’t know where this came from, but my little girl (age 2ish) used to tell me when her diaper was poopy by saying, “Poopygins!”

I swear I didn’t teach her that.

19. Nice Comeback

While potty training my daughter, we had yet another accident.

No big deal, I’m used to that.

But I wasn’t prepared for my daughter’s rebuttal, “I’m so sorry mom! You don’t understand what I did wrong.”

boy wearing teal and black striped t-shirt holding toy

20. Righteous Anger

My youngest confessed to my oldest child that he had peed on his boot.

The sweet older brother wasn’t even mad.

He was innocently replying that it was ok when the youngest cut him off, yelling, “You go to school and I WORK all the time!”

Somebody’s got a guilty conscience.

21. Sleep Walking Peeing?

Is sleep peeing a thing? I think it is… and here’s my proof.

I love raising boys, but the peeing thing can get really out of hand. I’ve had several instances when I wake up in the middle of the night to some noise. When I drag myself out of bed to check it out, I find one of my boys, apparently asleep, peeing on random objects in the house.

  • My bedpost
  • The sugar jar (Yes- the one up on the counter… he climbed a chair and peed in it while sleeping!)
  • The empty space next to the toilet (at least he was close this time)
  • Various pieces of furniture (tables, chairs, couches….)


There you have it! All the best mom experiences with pee and poop!

But I bet there are more out there that we haven’t heard yet… am I right?

What awesome potty stories do you have?? Share them in the comments below!


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I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

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TRIVIA: On average, how much quality time do American families spend together per day???

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Families in our world today face many challenges- but none so great as the lack of time together. 

  • Moms and dads work,
  • kids are involved in after-school activities or sports or clubs,
  • the house has to be maintained,
  • someone’s got to make dinner,
  • the laundry needs washed,
  • the dishes need cleaned.

There are so many things competing for our attention that it’s easy to get distracted and forget those people who are most important to us- our kids, our spouse, our parents, our siblings, our cousins, our grandparents…

If you fall into that category, don’t fear! You can keep your family together by making whatever time you do have with your family QUALITY time. Even if it’s just an hour each evening after work.

It’s just like a puzzle- if you have all the pieces, everything fits together naturally. BUT- If you’re missing one of the vital elements, you’re not achieving your end goal of having successful quality family time.

Here’s the recipe: four vital attitudes and three vital activities to incorporate into your family time to achieve QUALITY family time. 

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Attitude 1: Respect

Now, don’t stress if you’ve got teenagers at home. Sometimes it seems like you’ll never have respect in your family time with teens around.

Remember that the only person you have control over is you. If you set the example of respect, people around you will follow. 

Ideas to show respect at home:

  • Try to see from your children’s perspective. Every child, no matter their age, has real reasons for why they act the way they do. If you can see that, you can respond in a respectful way that meets their needs.
  • Pay close attention when your family members talk to you. That means eye contact! I know, it’s so much easier to listen while you scrub the dishes or throw a load of laundry into the wash. But doing other things shows the child or your spouse that they are #2 in your life. And they’re not! They’re #1 all the way!
  • Value their opinions. 
  • Treat your kids and spouse like you treat your friends. The other day, I fell asleep on the couch after a long day. My poor toddler was potty training and had a bit of a sick tummy. She tried to wake me up, but I told her mommy was sleeping and she needed to let me rest. When I woke up a little bit later, I found out that she had an accident because she needed my help to go potty!! Poor girl!!! I am quick to offer help to my friends, and I NEVER ignore them (even if I were sleeping!) but I didn’t help my child and ignored her legitimate need. It’s ok because I learned from it and I’ll be a little better tomorrow than I was today.

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Attitude 2: Forgiveness

Have you ever felt like it’s easier to hold a grudge at home than in other relationships? I guess you kind of HAVE to forgive people at work because you’ve got to come in to the office and be civil every day or you’ll be fired.

Nobody’s going to fire you from being a parent.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t big consequences for holding grudges in the home.

Ideas to show forgiveness at home:

  • Never being up old offenses. If you’ve truly forgiven, then they’re gone from your mind completely.
  • Don’t keep score. Families aren’t about winning or losing. Tallies of good and bad behaviors are hurtful. We love each other equally no matter what the score board says.
  • Show love quickly after a family member hurts you. The faster things are solved, the better. Make it happen!
  • Always believe in your family, invest in them, show interest in them, sacrifice for them- even when it feels like you’ve given enough. You haven’t. You’ll always be giving and they’ll always be giving back. Take a minute to see all the ways that they are giving back to you! You’ll be amazed!!

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Attitude 3: Love

We all know we should love our family. And we do!

But sometimes the feeling of love in the home gets lost in the shuffle.

Things have to be done, we’re on a time crunch, it’s hard to keep patience. But when we recenter on what’s really important, it’s not so hard after all.

Ideas to show love at home:

  • Speak in a kind voice. Your tone and volume can convey love even when you are disciplining or correcting a child… or even during a disagreement with your spouse.
  • Read up on love languages and do something special for each member of your family that fits their love language! I love Love Languages. Basically, it’s a way to tailor your expressions of love in a way that will be well-received by the person you are showing your love to. And I totally believe in them!
    • My husband is a “words of affirmation” guy. I’m not. So he was always giving me lots of compliments and I never realized that I needed to compliment him back to make him feel loved!
  • Make time for each other. I know, the whole goal here is to make the most of our limited time together, but the fact is- the more time you have with your family, the better! Families are just too important to leave up to chance. We don’t just sit back and hope our marriage will make it. We make it work! We don’t just hope our kids will turn out ok. We actively teach them to be responsible citizens! The more family time you have, the better.
    • By the way, everyday family time is WAYYY more important than once in a while family time (like family vacations). Try things like:
      • Taking your spouse on a date every week (even if it’s an in-home date).
      • Having a “family night” once a week and plan a special activity (even if it’s something cheap or FREE).
      • Get involved in your kids’ after school activities, clubs, or sports.
      • Help your kids with their homework.
      • Involve the kids in the household chores. They’ll get done faster (which means more fun time together) and the kids will learn important skills.

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Attitude 4: Compassion

Compassion is understanding other people’s problems, feelings, concerns, stresses, and misfortunes.

It’s caring enough to ask, and knowing enough to thoroughly relate.

It’s true empathy.

Ideas to show compassion in the home:

  • Create a Love Map of each family member’s life. This is a concept developed by John Gottman (see the link) that initially applies to your significant other, but it totally works for kids too!! Basically, if you really love someone, you should know the ins and outs of their life. Things like:
    • Who are your kids’ best friends?
    • What are your kids’ favorite foods?
    • What are your kids’ fears?
    • What are your kids’ goals?
  • Be an Emotion Coach to your children. Another awesome Gottman concept! If you don’t know about emotion coaching, you’ve got to check it out! It’s a scientifically proven method to teach your kids about emotions so that they can understand their own feelings and other people’s feelings. It’s great practice for adults too!
  • Ask each person how their day went, dig deeper, and really listen. That old question “How was your day?” is a great start! It can lead to understanding more about the details of your child’s life. But don’t stop there- ask more questions! Dig deeper! Get a real conversation going! And of course, make eye contact and give the child your full attention when they tell you.
  • Make one-on-one time with each person. Personal topics don’t always come up in front of a group. Even if the person wants to share, the group setting can cause them to stay quiet. If you make time for each child to have one-on-one time with you, they are more likely to open up about their individual struggles.


Ok, let’s get to the nitty gritty!!! You’ve got your family all gathered together. You’ve got the TV off. You’re all staring at each other…

Now what??

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Activity 1: Discussions

Family time doesn’t have to be full of excitement and packed with activities.

Some of my best memories as a kid are of my family gathered in the living room. We’d all be strewn all over. Some of us laying on the floor, some on couches.

There was never enough sitting space for all the people present, so there’d be a few of us on the arms of the couch, a few on the headrests, a couple on other people’s laps, just lounging anywhere we fit.

And then we’d just… talk.

That’s so hard to do nowadays because the TV or our phones keep us entertained. We almost HAD to be bored before we had the best conversations.

And these were amazing teaching opportunities for our parents! They got to talk about the things that are most important to them! They discussed religion, politics, our future, family goals, what things are important to them and why, how to be successful in life, and much more.

Here’s some ideas of topics to discuss as a family:

  • Religion. Or even if you’re not religious, discuss what you believe and why. Don’t forget to let each child form their own opinions and express them!
  • Politics and current events. It’s important for kids to understand specific issues in the world around them. They can start forming opinions of the best solutions and grow to be adults who passionately (and respectfully) defend their political views.
  • Your children’s future! What do they want to be when they grow up? Do they want to be parents? How will they make a difference in the world? Who will they help? What do they need to do or become now to reach their goals?
  • All about your kids!! This is a great time to develop those love maps! Ask all kinds of questions about your kids’ day to day life! Click here for some great Get to Know You questions.
  • Set family goals. My family decided we wanted to go to Disneyland together. There were a lot of kids, so that was no easy task to save enough money. But we set that goal together and then we worked hard to meet that goal! We saved pennies, we contributed money we had earned, we gathered change in WalMart parking lots, anything to gather the money! And then we finally got to go and had a blast!!!
  • What qualities we want to have. Set personal goals, with a whole support system in your family to help you meet those goals! Decide what you want to become, and work toward that goal- but you don’t have to do it alone! And you can inspire the others in your family to be better too.
  • Personal struggles. You’ve got a perfect, loving, non-judgmental, supportive community to bounce ideas off of! Need advice? Need to think through a solution? Family time is the perfect time! It’s amazing how often the kids have the perfect solutions to big adult problems. They really are clever!

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Activity 2: Work

Yes, family time can be used for work… and SHOULD be used for work!

Life isn’t always fun and games. It’s important for kids to learn how to handle difficult thins too. Who better to coach them through that than mom and dad??

So get your kids involved in the work at home, and you get involved in their work tasks!

Here’s some ideas to include work in your family time:

  • Help kids practice! What are your kids involved in? Sports? A musical instrument? Chess? Try it out with them! They can teach you something, you can help them out, and you’ll have family time while checking one thing off the to do list! Not to mention that showing interest in something your child is interested in (even if you’re NOT interested in that thing) really goes a long way!!
  • Do homework together. Even if you don’t know how to do the problems, you can all research it together or maybe one of the other kids know the solution. 🙂
  • Get the chores done. Your kids can and should help with household chores. It’s great for them to learn how to clean a house! They are going to have to care for their own space someday, and it teaches them respect for the things they have. It also creates empathy for you and all the hard work you do for them every day.
  • Take care of the yard. Same story- just outside! Help your kids learn important skills and learn to value what they have!
  • Let older kids care for younger siblings or pets. Most people will become parents some day. Caring for younger siblings is great practice! But there’s an even bigger lesson-caring for siblings teaches kids how to sacrifice for the well-being of another person.
  • Help out a neighbor! When you teach your kids to work hard, help them learn to care for others outside the family too. You are a vital part of your community. You can build your neighborhood up and make it better! Your children will learn the magic of helping out someone in need.
  • Cook dinner together! Follow these links for all you need to know!!!

Activity 3: Fun

This is usually what I think about when I think of family time! FUN!

And it is a great piece of the puzzle- but now we know, it’s not the ONLY piece of the puzzle.

When you have fun, make sure you’re doing something fun for everyone in the family. Choose an activity that will reach out to a struggling family member. Choose an activity that will teach a new skill! Choose an activity that will require family members to work together cooperatively!

Here’s some great ideas of fun family activities!


Do you have other great ideas for family time?? Share them in the comments!!!


Well, that’s it!!

Go have fun, learn together, grow individually and as a unit!!

You’ll all be stronger and happier as you spend time with your family… as long as you make it QUALITY time!!!

For more information, see The Family: A Proclamation to the World. 


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Trivia Answer: American families ONLY spend an average of 37 minutes per day of family time. 

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