Don’t prepare the path for the child…

As the new landscaper looked in disgust at my dead flowers
in the front door pots, I…

smiled sweetly through gritted teeth as I greeted him. In my typical fashion,
I did not have time to replace my almost-dead winter flowers.
I was certain that he did NOT understand ALL that I have to do.
I just can’t keep everything alive!!

Since I just can’t do it al, I pick and choose. And I choose my kids.
“Don’t prepare the path for the child.
Prepare the child for the path.”  

Roots – values and standards to live by,
family traditions and time together, making memories that matter

Wings – letting your children make mistakes and live with consequences,
teaching your children life skills instead of doing it for them (laundry, take their car in for repairs, talk to their coach themselves),
helping them discover and develop their strengths and talents

By giving our children roots, we give them confidence, love and someone they know they can rely on.

By giving our children wings, we enable them to solve their own problems, be willing to try something new, and learn how to live life on their own.

By the way, my summer plants are alive. So far. Just give me a couple more months.

Happy Summer!!
Marci

 The #TILTtip in June is

Roots & Wings

Motherhood is not for sissies. That is why we have Mother’s Day.

Motherhood is not for sissies.

That’s why we have Mother’s Day. Because we deserve it.

That moment when…

Your child throws up in the car in the middle of your road trip.

Your child out of the blue refuses to wear button shirts. For 8 years.

Your child hands you a booger.

Your child tells you his art teacher is evil. Then insists on it repeatedly. In front of the principal.

Your child keeps telling you knock knock jokes. They are so bad you can’t even pretend laugh. But she won’t stop.

Your child takes off her shoes in the car, and you have to open the windows to breathe.

Your child belches so loudly in the restaurant that the cook in the kitchen had to hear it.

Your child trips and throws the bug bucket filled with dirt and worms all over an unexpecting woman.

That moment when…

They tell you they love you and don’t know what they would do without you. To infinity and beyond. Better than their favorite ice cream with whip cream and sprinkles on top. To the ends of the universe and back.

That’s why we have Mother’s Day. To celebrate it all.

 

Enjoy this wonderful day!!

Mother's Day 2016

Another Amazon Best Seller with my daughter – “Ellie’s First Plane Ride”!

Perfect for #NationalAviationDay “Ellie’s First Plane Ride” is the second adventure book in the series The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant created by my eleven year old daughter, Elle and I. The series is about the adventures of her favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin.

We are grateful this book is also still on the Amazon Best Seller lists!

If your child is going to fly on a plane or visit a zoo full of fun animals, he will love “Ellie’s First Plane Ride”!

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Available On Amazon

Real-life time management tips from a working mom of 4!

#Workingmoms need real-life time management tips?

From a working mom of 4 – check some out starting on page 40 in award winning #TILT!

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For more help for working moms, TILT is Available on Amazon!

 

There are women who have gone before us…

There are women who have gone before us…
(Chapter 7 Infographic Below)

We don’t have to figure out our motherhood and life all by ourselves. Sometimes we think that we do. But there are so many women who have gone before us, and they are happy to help us along our journeys.

“I would have given more focus daily to being my best spiritual, physical, and emotional self. Being my best within, would enable me to be my best for my children.”

Brenda Conley, Mother of four, Grandmother of two
Read, or re-read, some of the wonderful wisdom from these women in TILT, starting on page 217.

Let others help you along the way.
Warm regards,
Marci

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#workingmoms #parents

What can we do to help make our 2016 dreams and goals come true?

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What can we do to help make our 2016 dreams and goals come true? 

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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1. Have a goal. The most important first step is to have one that matters to you.

2. If you don’t have one, or are not sure if what you have is what you want, read
John Maxwell’s “Put Your Dream To The Test.”
Sometimes we could use a little input from the right person to help us clarify.

3. Be willing to have a goal that you may not achieve…right away.
Sometimes it takes awhile to get where we are trying to go.
That is ok, it is part of our journey.

May you be brave enough to set goals, then have the courage and conviction to go after them when it doesn’t work out perfectly. 

Here’s to your 2016!!
Marci

 The #TILTtip in January is

Dreams

May you challenge yourself in 2016 to continue on the path of becoming the best version of – YOURSELF!

Amazon Best Seller with my daughter – “Ellie Makes A New Friend”!

My eleven year old daughter, Elle and I, have written an adventure book series The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant. The series is about the adventures of her favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin. “The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant – Ellie Makes a New Friend” is the first book in the series.

Elle shared about working on this together – “Writing this book with my mom showed me that you are never too young to do something special.”  We are grateful that it is still on the Amazon Best Seller lists!

If your child wants to make new friends, she will love “Ellie Makes A New Friend”!

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Available On Amazon