Thursday, March 15

Recklessly Seeking the Prime Directive

So, as someone only two years, three months, three weeks, six hours and two minutes into this mommy game, give it to me straight. What's the one best piece of advice you would give me to take on my journey into unknown terrain called mommyhood?

Come on now...don't hold out on me, spill!

14 comments:

Nancy said...

Hmm. The thing I struggle with most, but that is SO important to remember, is that our kids just want quality time with US (the parents.) They won't remember if the house was immaculate, or if they got every toy or game they wanted. They WILL remember walks in the park, and hugs and kisses on the couch. So I'm trying not to let our evenings and weekends be all about catching up around the house -- I'm trying to focus on giving the girls the quality time they want and need.

JudesMommy said...

Oh you're so right, good advice. The memories I cherish most from childhood were the things we did and the places we went. The park in the spring and Tahoe in the winter.

As for hugs and kisses...I can't get enough. Isn't their baby skin like crack?

vzgp said...

OK so I'm thinking a little ahead here...make sure to take a tasteful picture of your little one bare butt naked on a bear skin rug. It can be fake, of course (the rug that is). Hold onto that picture for a few years. When he's older this little item might prove to be a valuable negotiation tool. As when his new girlfriend is about to drop by and you'd like him to finally do some forgotten chore. Suggesting that you just might share that picture with said girlfriend might mean that little job actually gets done !

JudesMommy said...

OK, so I think a photo session is in order today. I doubt getting him to cooperate will be a problem, since he loves to run around naked as a jaybird (are jaybirds really naked?).

Tim said...

Hi judesmommy,
I'm not going to give you advice on motherhood, as that is out of my sphere.

But I can say with certainty that anyone with such great taste in dogs and chimes is going to do just fine. Thanks so much for the lovely comment on my blog~ it brightened my afternoon! Regards, Tim

JudesMommy said...

You're welcome Tim! And I truly do love your work. We have one wind chime (soon to be more, with beach glass, I do believe :-))and Jude loves to play wind chime harmonies.

threecollie said...

Thanks for taking time to comment on my blog....I hesitate to give anyone motherhood advice, as everyone is different, but one thing my brother, whose children are older than mine, told me early on sticks in my mind...enjoy every minute because it goes by SO fast. Yesterday I had three toddlers in diapers and all of a sudden two of them are in college and the other will graduate next year! Don't know where it went, but it went by like a rocket sled.

ammogirl said...

Now of course, MY advice might be not as appropriate, seeing as how you have a two year old boy and I have two girls right on the threshold of teenager, but...pick your battles. You are not going to win every one. You might think you should, because you are the parent; but some things are really not that important.

And wine. Lots and lots of wine.

MojoMom said...

My favorite piece of advice from my own book, "Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family," is to counsel women to "make the invisible work visible, and then divide it fairly" involving spouses and kids.

The one book that all parents should read is the child safety guide "Protecting the Gift" by Gavin de Becker.

Erica said...

Misty, as the mother of a 21-year old (as of this Thursday), I do have a piece of advice that I believe is very important. Raise your child to know your God. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, whatever....teach your child about your religion. Give him the education and background. He will make his own religious choices when he grows up, but give him the basis of your beliefs in which to base his decisions. There comes a time in a child's life when they are very open and curious about religion. Don't let that time pass by without blessing him with this information. Depending on your particular beliefs, this advice could ensure your child is in heaven with you for all eternity. I think this is the most important piece of advice I could ever give to fellow parents.

Her Bad Mother said...

Well, I'm still behind you on this mommy-trip, but I have learned this: live in the moment. They fly by so fast.

mamaricker said...

Misty as your sister-in-law I think we both know our children are a bunch of nuts must be that Ricker bloodline, but anyways just spend time with Jude as much as possible because gosh Autumn will be 4 in a few weeks and it seems like I was pregnant with her just yesterday. You know by now everything else comes naturally. Oh and I can't wait for Florida :) That's sure going to be exciting.

Dwayne Reaves said...

I cannot help you on the mommy part, but as far as being a parent. Always let them know that you are there for them, and always stand up for them. Time goes by a lot faster than you think it will. I have a 6yr old that seems it was just yesterday that she was born. Not only is she my child, she is my best friend. Love them, care for them, and try to protect them from this harmfull society that we live in.

Elizabeth said...

my best advice is:

kick 'em out of your bed at night, but let 'em back in at 5am.

i can't sleep with Jude kicking me all night, but I DO love his warm, cuddly morning kisses and hugs. best part of my day, bar none.

esp. when the other two climb in with us, also. love that.

but ONLY in the morning!
:0)