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I Need You to Pick Me Up When I Fall

I need you to pick me up when I fall

When I Fall Down

I took this little cutie pie ice skating for her 1/2 birthday treat.

She requested to go ice skating, and I’ll admit I was a little nervous about how much she would enjoy it because she had never been before. I warned her that she might not like it because it is tricky to get used to balancing on the ice, and I told her to expect to fall down.

Undeterred, she laced up her skates, and we hit the rink.

She stayed latched on to the rail the first few rounds, as her feet found their balance.

But then she started to get the hang of it and really did amazingly well for her first time. She ventured away from the railing and managed to stay upright most of the time.

At one point I asked her if she wanted me to let her go around by herself since she was doing so well, and she said something that I thought was very profound.

I want you to stay by me because when I fall, I know I’ll need your help getting up.

Did you notice she didn’t say “if I fall“?

Even in her childish innocence, she knew for certain that there was no way she was going to go around without falling. And she knew that after she fell, the ice would be slippery. Gravity would want her to stay down.

And she would need my help getting up.

I thought it was so insightful of her to accept the fact that she would indeed be falling down. She didn’t have any illusion that since she had been around the rink a couple of times she would now be mistake-free.

She also wasn’t afraid of falling. She accepted it as part of the process, and embraced it as part of the experience of ice skating. She was confident and excited about learning to ice skate, but she knew she would still fall occasionally.

She didn’t beg me to stay nearby to keep her from falling. She wasn’t expecting my experience and strength to prevent her from making mistakes.

She merely asked for my help in getting up after she was down.

It struck me that this is the attitude we should take in life.

Whether it is in the realm of parenting, homeschooling, leading a group, teaching, blogging, or whatever new endeavor we undertake. What if we accepted the fact that we would make mistakes and need help getting back up?

I think this is why it is so important to have a support system in place for when The Falling Time comes. Your local homeschool support group, MOPS group, ladies bible study, online support group all can be your lifeline when you fall down.

Even if your support system is one or two family members or close friends, you need someone to be nearby because you’ll need their help when you fall down.

Make it your mission to find a support system and keep them nearby so when you fall down they can help you get back up.

My girlie did pretty well for her first time on the ice. And when she fell down, I was right there to help her get up.

“Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.” (Eccl. 4:9-10)

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Fun Kids’ Activities For Summer

Now that school is out, parents are bound to hear that all too familiar, “What are we going to do today?” or maybe even the dreaded, “I’m bored.”

(Although, my kids know not to pull out the “bored” statement, because I usually hand them a toilet brush. Clears the boredom right up.)

Here are some fun kids’ activities for summer. 

1. Make your own bug viewer and send everyone outside for a friendly bug collecting competition.

2. Plan a scavenger hunt. (<-Click for free printable!)

3. Make your own books.

4. Make Sharpie tie dye t-shirts.

5. Make your own bubbles.

6. Sidewalk chalk picture races.

7. Study fireflies with these firefly activities.

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8. Have a daily Bible study.

9. Read some books. (<– Our favorite read alouds.)

10. Your turn! What are your favorite summer activities? Please, share in the comments!

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Why I Make Sure Things Aren’t Fair For My Kids

Why I make sure things aren't fair for my kids


Why I make sure things aren't fair for my kids

Recently I took these 2 for a full day of fun at Six Flags Over Texas.

Smockity Kids

The rest of my 8 children stayed home.

It wasn’t a special occasion. And the other 6 kids didn’t whine or question me about why I wasn’t taking everyone.

Here is the WHY and HOW of what I do.

Why I Make Sure Things Aren’t Fair For My Kids

  • I want my children to have time with me when they aren’t with all the other siblings.
  • I want my children to know that sometimes it is their turn to get special attention and sometimes it is someone else’s turn.
  • I want my children to understand that every single situation in life will not always work in their favor.
  • I want my children to practice postponing gratification.
  • I want my children to practice being happy when others are the center of attention.

How I Make Sure Things Aren’t Fair For My Kids

  • When it is a child’s birthday month and half-birthday month, he or she gets a special day with Mom. One sibling may be invited if the birthday child chooses. The birthday child may choose up to 3 activities (within reason) for our special day.
  • Occasionally when the whole family is out, I may buy one child new shoes, or a new backpack, or another needed item.
  • I take a different child with me each time I go on errands.

Do your children understand and accept that sometimes things aren’t “fair”? You will be doing them (and their future families) a huge favor if they come to grips with this before adulthood!

See also my thoughts on “10 Signs Your Child Might Be Spoiled And What To Do About It.”

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Remember the Fallen

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When my 12 year old and I viewed this Memorial Day exhibit together, she and I walked around mostly silently.

Memorial Day2

Occasionally, she would remark, “Look! He was only 19 years old!” or “He had 3 children,” or “He was holding his baby.”

The notes left behind by the children, the mothers, the fathers, the wives, the siblings were what left me with a lump in my throat.

I could only imagine the hole in their hearts those family members were left with.

Memorial Day

Remember the fallen.

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Biz Stain Fighter Challenge

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Over the years, I have had lots of discussions with friends about how to get out tough stains from clothes. It’s one of those common motherhood dilemmas, isn’t it?

So, when I was invited to take part in the Biz Stain Fighter Challenge, I gladly accepted!

Did you know Biz contains more stain fighting ingredients than other popular brands?

Even so, I was a little nervous when we found that our cherished “Dolly” had been left out in the backyard for an undetermined time, and had barely survived a thunderstorm.

I hate to admit it, but I wasn’t sure that Biz, even with its extra stain fighting power, would be able to handle the amount of dirt and grime Dolly had picked up during her travails.

See what I mean? Can you feel my pain?

But, I forged ahead to see what Biz could do for Dolly. I decided Dolly would definitely need a good presoak, so I rubbed in some Biz liquid and left her in a pan of water for about an hour. I could tell that the stain fighting ingredients were starting to work right away!

After about an hour, I tossed Dolly into the washer, along with the water she had soaked in, and I added my regular detergent. Honestly, I was still a little skeptical about how she would come out.

So, I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled I was that Dolly came out as good as new!

Even the yellow stitching around her hair that had ground in dirt was clean!

As you can see, I’m not the only one who was thrilled with the results!

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What has been your toughest laundry dilemma? Please, share in the comments!

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Chat With Smockity!

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Be sure to RSVP to this webinar. I’ll be there with Amy to chat with you about your most common discipline problems and how to solve them.
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