Mom's weekend to reflect ...
This past weekend, a very good friend of mine in Atlanta recommended a mom's conference called SOAR in hopes I would attend with her. I decided to go and it actually benefitted me more than I thought. It was hosted by Birds on A Wire, which I have linked for you to learn more about....they are really awesome!
You see its been almost 2 years since we moved from Miami to Atlanta. Leaving friends, family and our entire lives behind us to start new. It has definitely been a great experience but I can't help but miss my amazing family and friends. The girls I have grown up with and know me better than anyone + the family that is always there to lean on, especially when your faith is tested.
This past weekend wasn't only about connecting with other moms in the area, but connecting with God. I am not one to preach my faith but as a mom you will always encounter times when you need His help to get you through. I learned that we are not alone this weekend and by we I mean all of us moms reading this blog, tending to our children, preparing for the birth of our first child or getting ready to send out young adults off to school.
I promised myself that I would share some of the top points from this weekend so that anyone who reads this could hopefully feel like someone has helped them, the way it helped me.
1. Dear Moms this is not only a new school year, its a new year for you as a Mom. Make it memorable and don't be fearful!
2. Stand firm and let nothing move you - remember you are not alone!
3. WE ALL NEED TO HEAR THIS- Don'tcompare yourself to others, envy is never a good thing.
4. You need community - reach out to your friends and moms alike, that can help you during the tough times and celebrate with you during the good times.
5.Toddlers come in all shapes and sizes,so consider learning what type of toddler your child is so you can become a better parent for them. (Moms on Callhas a great book that talks about the different designs of toddles and it has been a great help with my Sofia)
6. Listen to your kids to better understand what emotions they are going through. It's important at a young age to let them know that home is a safe place to express whats wrong, making them angry or upset or even happy. Consider an emotions chart for young ones so they can start understanding what happy means and looks like.
7. Mom, always make time for "quiet time". These are your moments alone, with God or just a good book. It's your time to disconnect and it will leave you feeling refreshed.
If you haven't already done so - look up Karen Stubbs andBirds on Wire. I promise she is amazing and her podcasts are great to listen to.
If you are looking for some amazing parenting advice because your a first time mom or going through the crazy toddler stage, Moms on Call is your go to. Check them out on Instagram @momsoncall or purchase their books via Amazon. I have included the link below to the toddler book I mentioned above.