I know that Valentine’s is often thought of for a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend situation but don’t forget the little loves in your life… your children! Showing love to your child can be simple but significant. Remember, we are training our children at a very early age to express their love for their future mate. That is a big responsibility as parents! Showing your child by example is the best way to teach. They will be watching how you love YOUR mate, others around you, and even how you love THEM! So, do it well, mama!
Regular quality sleep is important for daily functioning, health, and learning. According to the WebMD Sleep Guide, babies up to about one-year-old need around 15 hours a day of sleep. By the time they reach 12 years old that can be reduced to around 8 or 9 hours per night.
I really do love being a foster mom. Sometimes, I have to convince myself how much I love it but those are typically in the hard moments that I face. Most would say that giving a child back is a hard moment. It is… but the day in and day out moments often are what hurts my heart most. One particular time that always seems to be the most heart wrenching.
How many of you have struggled with a child who struggles with sleep? My first three children did not sleep through the night until they were six months old. I have to admit that I was jealous when my friends would mention that their newborn was sleeping for 6 hour stretches every night. Once they decided to sleep through the night, they were excellent sleepers – often sleeping for 10-12 hours at a stretch and still taking naps. It was awesome!