I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
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Kids learn by imitation. Not just as a baby or toddler, but well into their teens. So be the best example for them that you can and pass on positive habits. It may even help you!
Be adventurous with a fork. In other words, try foods you wouldn’t normally eat whether it’s something you’ve never heard of before, or something that you think you won’t like. Then praise your children when they do the same thing. This may help your picky eaters try new and nutritious foods.
Let your child see you in action. You set a great example for your kids when you enjoy being active. It doesn’t matter what you do: walking through the neighborhood, swimming laps at the local pool, or even working out at the gym every day for an hour. Make sure your kids know how great you feel when you exercise, and make sure to plan hobbies for the entire family where everyone can be active.
Practice gratitude. Acknowledge favors with a smile and a sincere thank-you. Writing personal thank you notes has almost become a thing of the past, yet everyone loves getting them. So write some and make sure the kids see what you’re doing. Remind your children how good they feel when someone says thank you and how good it feels to let others know they're appreciated.
Let off steam the right way. When you're stressed or upset, be careful how you react because little eyes are watching. Practice calming techniques like deep breaths or counting to 10. Not only will your children remember how you acted in difficult situations, they may even take your lead.
Check out other ways you can be a role model for your kids here.