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What your Kid's Lunch Box says about your Parenting

What your Kid's Lunch Box says about your Parenting

While everyone was gearing up for back to school with clothes, shoes, and school supplies, I was having major anxiety about what to pack in the school lunch box for my daughter. I'm pretty new to this whole school lunch box thing. We used to call it a "Brown Bag Lunch" back in my day. Why? You might ask! Well, because you literally packed it in a brown paper bag. Nowadays our kids are equipped with fancy Pottery Barn lunch boxes with their names embroidered on them and cool Bento storage boxes inside.

I'm a stay at home mom of three girls. With the exception of making sure things are natural or organic, I've placed minimum thought about what to feed my growing kids for lunch. My days are pretty hectic with the kids, and attempting to run my businesses. Now all I can think about is what the teachers will think about the snacks I pack, and more importantly, what other parents are packing in their kids' school lunches. Will all the kids have cute little Mickey Mouse shaped sandwiches, raw carrots, and raw celery? Will I be judged for packing one too many Oreos? 

 

For years before sending my daughter to school, my News Feed has been filled with mom friends posting their kid's school lunches. I've seen everything from sandwiches shaped like animals, to veggies made into a rainbow. There has been such a wide variety of what parents included in their kid's school lunch boxes.

It seemed to have been a silent lunch box war going on, involving who could pack the healthiest and most creative lunch box. Naturally, I felt inclined to join in. 

 

And so the lunch box war began in my head. I racked my brain about what to include. I struggled with several thoughts - how will I keep hot food hot and cold food cold? Do I use cookie cutters to make the sandwiches into shapes? What's the healthiest type of Juice Box? Suddenly, I realized I was turning this into such a bigger deal than it needed to be. I can do WHATEVER I want. There are no rules I need to follow or standards I need to live up to regarding what I feed my child. It is MY child after all. 

 

As stay-at-home moms, we tend to put so much pressure on ourselves. We compare ourselves to what other stay-at-home moms are doing. And sometimes we draw the conclusion that we aren't good enough or aren't doing it right. I have friends with four children that make motherhood look effortless, while I have friends with one that make it seem like they're in the trenches of WWIII. There is no right or wrong way to do this thing called motherhood. We don't have to prove to anyone that our job is tough. It is 24 hours long and 7 days a week of mostly non-stop chaos. We hold it all together without thought or hesitation. It's just what we do. And somehow I run a small business in between the madness of parenting. So the next time you find yourself having anxiety about something as simple as school lunches, remember this - you are enough, you are awesome, you know what's best, and you are doing an amazing job. And for me, I will continue to slay motherhood in my own way, one peanut butter jelly sandwich at a time. (Okay, maybe sunflower butter because the school is nut free). xoxo

 

*Instagram photos courtesy of @summjen & @barnes_n_noble - mom friends killing this thing called Motherhood. 

Hear from Amy about becoming a mom, and adding #2 to the mix!

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For whatever [crazy] reason, I thought being a mom would be really easy. I thought because I WANTED to be a mom so badly that I would just love it so much, which in turn would make it easy! And actually, I might even say it DID come really easily...until our second came! When we had our first, my son Ridge captivated my heart the very instant he was born. I was undone, completely smitten, and overcome by my emotions and how much I loved him. I loved waking up with him in the night, I loved that everyone handed him back to me when he was crying, I loved how much he needed me, I loved figuring out his schedule and his needs and his idiosyncrasies, I loved changing every single one of his diapers. I flat-out LOVED being his mom, and all it entailed. I thought I wanted 6 kids! (My husband wanted 1)! 

I talked my husband into another kid and was ecstatic when we got pregnant, until fear started creeping in, around week 4, ha. How would I love two kids? Ridge has had ALL my attention for almost two years -- how will he respond when he has to share me? How will I balance everything? For the majority of my pregnancy I was completely terrified. I felt like I couldn't savor my final days enough with Ridge as my only child. I prayed that baby number two wouldn't come early so I could enjoy every last moment with my best [little] friend. 

Navy decided to join our family a month early. She is the sweetest, most smiley addition to our family. I adore her - so much more than I thought I'd ever be able to. But parenting instantly became hard for me when she was born. All the mom things I loved doing with Ridge can now feel annoying with Navy. When she needs me, instead of feeling honored, I feel overwhelmed because there's also a 2-year-old who needs me. When she wakes up in the night, I'm frustrated because I need my sleep to parent the unending ball of energy who wakes up at 6am! When she's crying and people hand her to me, I can easily feel like I just can't do it all. And then the worst part is the mom guilt - the guilt that I'm not loving it the way I did before. The guilt of admitting that it's really hard, that I need help, that I'm not a super-hero mom, that I don't "have it all together". 

I quit my job as a Dental Hygienist right before Navy was born, because my DREAM Job was to be a Stay-At-Home-Mom. It was important to both my husband and me that I would get to live out that Dream. But boy is it hard to feel like I'm not contributing financially, I can't seem to get into a good rhythm with the kids, I'm terrible at keeping up with the messes or having dinner made or even getting out of my pajamas. It definitely hasn't been what I expected. But, in truth, I love that - I love that it isn't always easy and that I'm not wired to know their every single need, that it takes time to figure their unique personalities, that each day is a surprise, and that God thought there was NO ONE better on the planet to be their mom than ME! For every hard moment, there are 6,000 beautiful ones. Honestly, when I thought being a mom would be a Dream Job, I didn't realize just how good that dream would be. I didn't realize that very few things in life would bring me as much purpose and joy. I didn't realize how much pride I would feel that they were mine. It's so hard and it's so good! I hope I never wake up from this dream! 

 

Amy Kristen Wilt

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Tips to make your home comfortable this Thanksgiving

Tips to make your home comfortable this Thanksgiving

When celebrating Thanksgiving, the more, the merrier. There’s nowhere you’d rather be than with people you love. But let's be honest. When hosting Thanksgiving this year, you may feel the stress of dealing with so many guests. A successful holiday celebration relies on the ability to create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving success tips that readers have shared.

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1. Ask

Planning beforehand is always a good idea. Ask your expected visitors if they have any preference requests, dietary restrictions with food, expected number of guests that they will bring, etc. Perhaps some guests would like to bring a dish of their own to share for Thanksgiving dinner. This will give you an easy head start on planning what to serve.

If you're still preparing food when your guests arrive, ask if they would mind lending you a hand. Many people enjoy helping out and contribute. Cooking together is also a great bonding experience.

2. Include everybody in the conversation

You may have family or friends that want to bring additional people along. Perhaps a new significant other, a friend in need of company, or a co-worker from out of town that would like to enjoy some company, too. These guests won't know many people at the party so take the initiative to make them feel comfortable and engage them in conversation.

3. Take It Easy

Big celebrations and preparations can make you feel anxious. Breathe, stay calm and be yourself. If you’re relaxed, your guests will sense it, and they'll feel a lot more comfortable, too.

Few things beat a fun, casual atmosphere with friends and family. Once the hustle and bustle of meal time is over, just relax.

Missing Children's Day - A Day of Awareness

Missing Children's Day - A Day of Awareness

Approximately 460,000 children were listed as missing in 2015. Children reported as missing have circumstances that vary from family abductions, stranger abductions, and kidnappings. Fortunately, as much as 99% of children reported missing in America make it back home.

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It is important to equip children with the right information about the possible dangers they might encounter. Make your children aware of avoiding busy roadways, not talking to strangers, embracing situational awareness, etc. In recognition of May’s Missing Children’s Day, here are some tips to consider to protect your children.

 

  • Inform children about stranger danger.
  • Keep tabs on your kids at home and while they’re away with friends.
  • In addition to knowing where they are, know where they plan on going.
  • For those parents that embrace technology, there are apps available that add tracking and monitoring capabilities to phones. If your children are too young for a phone, there are smartwatches and other devices that can provide GPS information, too.
  • Go over the “off-limits” areas of your neighborhood or city.


Missing Children’s Day was commemorated in the US in 1983. It is a reminder for parents to educate their children. The day coincides with International Missing Children’s Day, a joint venture of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children and the US’s National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.