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Monthly Archives: February 2013
Kiss Nails is having an awesome giveaway! Daily prizes and a grand prize. All you have to do is like their facebook page and fill out the entry form under the tab Kiss Freebies. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Last fall I won a daily prize from a similar giveaway with 5 Kiss products in it!
Pur minerals is offering free shipping on any order with no minimum now through Sunday. Just use code SHIPFEB at check out. I love Mineral Makeup!!
Smashbox is one of my favorite cosmetics! Today only you can get a free sheer lip gloss in Scoop with any $40 purchase. Just use code SPRING2 at checkout.
Aveda is offering free shipping on any order with no minimum. This ends 2/21/13.
Use code WINTER23
You can get 10% off scrubs at scrub Shopper with a code SS2012N this is good through Sunday!
Scrubs can get expensive so every little bit helps!
When I was raising my children, they had their days of trying my patience and little wild outbursts. Most of the time the days were filled with laughter and play but as any parent knows, that can quickly change. I usually handled these little altercations and outbursts with strong parental patience and tolerance. All I really had to do in those days was give them a look that they knew meant business. I rarely had to raise my voice for them to know enough was enough. But that was quite a few years ago. Now I am a grandmother to one beautiful, 4 year old boy, and wow are things different now.
I don’t know if it’s because I am older or if kids are really just that different now but I find my old tricks do not work with this bundle of energy. The stare that would make my kids stop cold only brings giggles from this little man.. Taking things away from him does not seem to matter either as he will just find something else to get his tiny fingers into. Telling this child no just results in an ensuing battle of wills as I say no and he says please over and over and over…
My children knew to pick up their toys when they were done playing but my beautiful boy thinks I am his maid as big blue eyes look up at me and say ” Nana, you do it, I’m too tired”. Yes I will say that I have probably been a little easier on him than I was on my own kids but I don’t feel that I let him run loose either. It seems like kids are changing with each generation. When I was a child we got spanked. I do not mean beaten, SPANKED. With the knowledge that if I did something wrong I was going to get a swat on the rear end, we usually thought twice before misbehaving. It did not take very many spanks to teach us our lesson. I am forever grateful that my parents spanked me. Yes I am thankful for it. In my generation, kids were not, running the streets, going to school and beating up teachers or worse yet, killing their classmates. Kids had a healthy fear of adults where they seem to have none now. You didn’t just get spanked at home, teachers had the authority to swat little behinds to keep them in line.
I spanked my children as well. Although I did not have to do this very often because they knew to behave, it was a very effective tool in my arsenal. When I would take my children out in public, I could be proud of their behavior and would get compliments from others on how well behaved they were. They were not little robots that just sat silently and never moved, but kids that could keep themselves occupied without causing a ruckus, being too loud or being defiant. They knew what situations they were allowed to be louder and more outgoing and which occasions they needed to be on their best behavior. My grandson does not seem to possess this ever-fading skill.
Every moment of every day belongs to him in his mind. Every minute is play time and inside or outside voice seems to be the same for him. He does have a tender little heart already and shows empathy for others, which I love as he can see a commercial on TV that shows sick children or a badly beaten animal and it bothers him. He wants to know what happened to them and he will say ” Aw Nana they need help” It makes my heart smile to know that inside that tough little bundle of energy lies a soft heart that cares and I hope he keeps that throughout his life!
The balancing act of trying to keep him as a caring little person and getting him to behave is a bit like walking a tight rope without a net. We sit precariously close to the edge and hope we don’t tumble off. He does say please and thank you, excuse me and God bless you. His beautiful face lights up at the smallest of things and he shares everything he has and for that I am happy. The battle between tiny person and Nana will wage over the years, I know, but in the end, if I have a happy, healthy grandson who is considerate of others, shares what he has, helps the down trodden, and knows when to be silly and childish and when not to, then All is good in the world.