“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”
“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.”
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.”
“Children are our most valuable resource.”
Emily from UL (Underwriters Labs) sent me this and I hesitated to post it because you know I’m all about deliberate creation and encourage readers to focus on what they DO want, not what they don’t want; however I share this with a vision of happy, healthy, safe babies everywhere who can be, do, and have anything that they want. (That’s one of the things I say to my kids at bedtime, “You can be, do, and have anything that you want!”
“As part of Baby Safety Month, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a world leader in advancing safety, is reminding parents to commit a minute to safety. Because 2.5million children are injured in their homes every year, reducing children’s exposure to potential safety hazards is crucial.
UL suggests parents and caretakers review a few quick home safety guidelines to help protect their child, such as:
• Inspect your home from baby’s point of view
Get down on your hands and knees and search each room for objects or situations that may endanger your baby.
• Eliminate small toys & other objects
Remove all small toys and other objects within your baby’s reach. A good rule of thumb is if it fits in a toilet paper roll, it’s too small!
• Install outlet covers
Tour your home and cover all electrical outlets with outlet covers to prevent any injury to your baby.
• Lock toilet lids
Install lid locks on all the toilets in your home to keep your child safe should he or she take an unsupervised trip into the bathroom.
• Shop for a safe crib & purchase a flame-retardant mattresses
When purchasing a crib, make sure there is no more than 2 3/8 inches between slats; corner posts do not extend more than 1/16 of an inch above the end panels; and headboards and footboards do not contain cutout areas. Ensure your baby’s mattress is compliant with the open flame ignition regulations”
And I’ll add to this great punch list to be mindful of crib bumpers. When Phoenix was a baby we were teaching at Prana Power Yoga NYC and staying at the W next to the studio and we asked that they send a crib up to our room, like we always did. When the crib arrived, I called down to Indiana at the front desk and said that they had forgotten the bumper! She said they didn’t do bumpers anymore, and sure enough, there was a scary warning on the crib about bumpers. I shuddered to think of what had happened, sent light to that child and those parents, and quickly moved my mind to what we COULD do so Phoenix’s little arms and legs wouldn’t get caught in the openings of the crib. I googled it and got a great mesh bumper that’s safe.
Here’s to happy, healthy, safe babies everywhere who can be, do and have anything that they want! It is law! (The Law of Attraction).
“An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with – for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.”
“A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.”
“The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.”
“Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.”
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
Super-Mom Michelle Ormes:
First, let me say that I think every mother is a super-mom, although we rarely give ourselves credit for our daily heroics. We’re more likely to think about what we didn’t get done, what we’d like to do better, how our mommy friends must have it more together than we do, and on and on. The self-imposed guilt and judgment are the regular stuff of my meditation and reflection on and off the mat. But that’s a topic for another time.
I’m the very grateful mother of two boys (Owen, 9 and Dani, 7) who keep me hopping, somewhat hip and laughing. Who knew, at 44, that I’d know (and could discuss with great interest) the intricacies of Lego Ninjago, use “Kung Fu Panda” quotes in my yoga classes and enjoy the antics of Greg Heffley. But that’s me. I love being a mom and I LOVE being a mom of boys. Boys, with their boundless energy, curiosity, uncontrollable need to move and their cuddly sweetness, are the best! There’s truly no greater purpose in my life than to help my boys have the confidence to be happy in their own skin and to live a life filled with gratitude and compassion.
My definition of what a super-mom is has changed significantly in the past year. Until the middle of 2012, I defined it by my ability to balance a demanding corporate career with motherhood – I was proud of keeping all the balls in the air and not dropping any. I would marvel at all that I could accomplish before 6am. But that life left me alternately feeling accomplished at my ability “to do it all” and feeling unfulfilled and empty. I felt like no one was getting the best of me; my work, my husband, my kids.
So, after years of thinking about it and feeling “not so super”, I quit my job. I followed my heart and took a huge leap of faith. I got my yoga teaching certification. I took the summer off and played with my kids. I stopped rushing. I’m nicer (so my husband says . I pick my kids from school. I have far less money but the work I do now actually helps people. And now I feel like everyone is getting the best of me (or so much more than they ever got before).
So my definition of super-mom now is being someone who is following her path, setting an example for risk taking and listening to her heart and intuition. Now, I’m completely present in ways I never was before . I am grateful beyond words for having the opportunity to take this chance (not everyone can) and I don’t take a second of it for granted. But here’s what I’m learning – the way to be the best mom is to be true to who and what I am. The universe will show me the way. If I can teach that to my kids – then I really will be super.