A Husband's Guide to Mother's Day

With Mother’s day only a couple of days away I thought I would share with all the new and not so new fathers how best to deal with this special day for the Moms in your life. Yes this not only goes for your Mom but also your wife.

Yes I know that your wife isn’t your mom, but she is the mother of your kids. If those said kids are still babies or young kids who can’t get themselves to the store or make something special on their own, they either need your help or you to hire a personal shopper to help them. How would you like it if your wife said “oh you’re not my Dad so sorry about your luck” on Father’s day?!

So I am going to save you a trip to the “dog house” with some easy tips on how to help your kids show their mom how special she is to them.

1. Make sure that you get her a card, either bought at the store or hand-made from the kids.

2. Take some of the day-to-day responsibilities away from her. Either cook the meals that day or take the family out so that she doesn’t have to cook. If you do cook, please make sure that you clean up too. There is nothing worse than having to spend hours cleaning up after those wonderful cooked by someone else meals.

3. Treat her to something special. Maybe a trip to the spa for a massage or pedicure. Nothing makes for a happy Mom and wife, than a little bit of pampering!

4. Take the kids to the store and let them pick something out for her. Sure she might love something that comes in the special blue box from Tiffany, but those fuzzy pink slippers that the kids picked out at Target would also be special because she knows that it was a gift that her kids truly thought she would like. You know how you bought your dad a new tie or new box of golf balls every Father’s day and Christmas for 20+ years growing up, he would have loved every one of them!

5. Ask her what she would like to do for her day, and if she says that she wants to spend it alone, let her. Yes, you will let her go without saying a word and making her feel guilty. I am sure you don’t feel guilty when you spend the day on the golf course on Father’s day by yourself, without your kids or wife.

6. Don’t forget about your own mom! Give her a call, send her a card (there is still time – run to the store, buy one and put it in the mail right now) and better yet, grab her some flowers and take her out to lunch on Mother’s day while your wife is at the spa by herself. Because she is also a Grandma and will tell you that being able to spend time with her son and grandkids would be a wonderful way to spend Mother’s day.

Above all, Mom just wants to know that they’re loved and appreciated. So whatever you do for this one day, make sure both your Mom and your wife know this!

 

 QBQ parenting book

Have you ever wondered to yourself why your kids do certain things? Do you find yourself asking questions like “Why is parenting so hard?” or “Why won’t my kids listen?” or “Who made this mess?”on a regular basis? I know I did.

If you answered yes to any of those questions (or many others) then you need to read Parenting the QBQ Way! Did you know that our children are the product of our parenting? GASP I know! Hard to take, isn’t it?

Accountable parents grasp the truth that it is their job to bring their child successfully into adulthood. We live in a society of needing everything now, but we are also the biggest excuse makers and procrastinators out there. We want everything fixed yesterday, but don’t want to do anything to fix it. It is so much easier to place blame on someone or something else.  This comic I saw on Facebook a couple weeks back explains it very well!

 

Teacher AbuseWhen I was growing up and did the above, I was the one that got in trouble for it not my teacher!

So back to the book. The concept behind the QBQ is about personal accountability and asking the question behind the question. I was first introduced to that book through my brother in law and husband. So when I had the opportunity to read the newest book, Parenting the QBQ Way, I jumped at the chance. I have a library of parenting books that I have bought trying to make myself a better mom! This book however was different, this books looks at things in a different way. It teaches us how to be an outstanding parent and raise great kids by using the power of personal accountability. It is a tool that enables parents to practice personal accountability by making better choices in the moment, asking better questions.

QBQs begin with the words “What ” or “How” – not “Why,” “When” or “Who” like I found myself using. When you begin to understand this you learn that the answers are in the question. QBQ parents look at themselves and try to figure out how they can improve and what they can do differently. They let their children fail and instead of making excuses or trying to cover for them they ask what they can do to allow their child to learn from their mistakes.

One part that struck a chord with me is that John shows you how voicing our parental frustrations openly in front of our kids has so many negative consequences. They tear children down, diminish our joy of parenting, and interfere with our desire to learn new skills. We get stuck in the “I am too tired” thought process.

This book is a must read for all parents. It is short and to the point, perfect for any busy mom.

The wonderful people from the QBQ were generous enough to give me 3 copies to giveaway to my readers.

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Having a new baby is one of the most exciting times in a parents life and we know how much work is involved with getting ready so we want to make it easier by knocking one item off your to do list. If you have had a baby in the last 2 months or are expecting then this contest is perfect for you!

Enter to win FREE photo birth announcements.

Do you want to send a photo card that truly reflects your style and you are proud of? We care that our customers love the finished product because we love what we do and take great pride in producing something that we are proud of. We offer custom design service with all of our orders, which means you will work one on one with your own personal designer who will take your vision and design the birth announcement to match it. Do it in style with one of Grace Announcements exclusive birth announcement designs for your new baby.

ONE lucky reader will win 50 – 4″ x 6″ Photo Birth Announcements valued at $80. To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries below. Good luck everyone!

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Thank you everyone for coming and helping to make the launch party a smashing success!

The winners have been drawn and are as follows below. Congratulations to all who won!! Please email me at hello@everydaygrace.ca with the subject line “EG Launch Party Winner”. Please take a moment to visit the pages of the companies involved and give them a like – they are all great!!

 

Question #1

Clippo - $50 gift certificate to clippo.ca – Visit www.facebook.com/clippo.ca - Diana Hoang

CHILDish – Personalized plate ($35 value) – Visit http://mychildish.com or https://www.facebook.com/mychildish - Ms Nat J

momstown – membership for one year ($45 value) valid at any of their regional chapters – Visit http://momstown.ca/communities - Katie Schmidt-Brewda

Question #2

Kirsty Kernohan - 1 hour marketing consult, including written report ($225 value) – Visit www.kirstyk.com - Jennifer Gilbert

Mompreneur – 1 year national enterprising membership ($185 value) – Visit www.facebook.com/themompreneur - Kim Ramsay Gorny

Question #3

Kathy & Kim Originals - two personalized poly mugs ($28 value) – Visit www.facebook.com/KathyandKimOriginal - Brandy Brown

Glowbaby - Menu Planner ($20 value) – Visit www.glowbaby.ca or www.facebook.com/glowbabypage - Casey D

Question #4

Château des Charmes - Gift certificate for one couple Tasty Trio. Munch & Sip in Style ($55 value) – Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Château-des-Charmes - Beth Christie

Shot in the Dark Mysteries - Pick your own mystery, any size. ($20-$75 value) – Visit www.facebook.com/shotinthedarkmysteries - Natalie Kaplan

Question #5

Jen van der Vecht Photography – Family portrait session, sitting fee only ($300 value) within GTA only – Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-van-der-Vecht-Photography/ - Paula Driver-Ciccanti

The Mobile Bike Shop – Family bike service package, bike tune up for 4 bikes (value $200) must be within GTA – Visit www.facebook.com/tmbsltd - Carol T Gomez

Question #6

Look Who’s Growing – Personalize growth chart with photo (value $100) – Visit www.facebook.com/LookWhosGrowing - Amber Smith

My Smart Hands – Autographed copy of The Baby Signing Bible – Visit www.facebook.com/MySmartHandsFan - Natalie B

Question #7

Jennifer Gilbert Photography – Choice of virtual coaching session or camera lesson or a head shot session. ($150 value) – Visit www.facebook.com/JenGPhotog - Cascindra Kawczynski

KIOKKO – $50 e-gift certificates for kiokko.com – Visit www.facebook.com/kiokkobebecouture - Laura MO

Question #8

Scentsy Independent Consultant Tara Collyer – 1 Fizz Plug-in Warmer and Apple Press Scentsy Bar (value $30) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton  - Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Collyer-Independent-Scentsy-Consultant/ - Tanya D

Playing it Safe – 4 Mini First Aid Kits – Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Playing-it-Safe/91867083404?fref=ts - Liz Tavares, Meghan Oakley Liddle, Renee Hollett, Stephanie C

Question #9

Matrix Canada - Gift basket (value $100) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton  - Delphine Rule

Everyday Grace -Yoga Prize Pack – Backspacer backpack, yoga matt, yoga DVDs, yoga strap (value $125) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton – Nancy T

Question #10

Everyday Grace – Retro iPhone dock/radio/alarm (value $69)– I have one in my office and love it! Pickup in Aurora or Brampton – Tracy Grant

Everyday Grace – Craig Portable DVD Player (value $89) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton – Lindsay Jacobs

Question #11

Everyday Grace – Portable CD Player Pickup in Aurora or Brampton - Kimberly Ann Jones

Everyday Grace – Two Audio/Charging Packages – Backspacer backpack, headphones, ear buds, multi-charging kit (value $80) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton – Barb Assinck-Barchuk, Sarah Ward

Question #12 – Grand Prize!!

Custom birthday invitations and thank you note cards, personalized birthday placemat, and 10 Name Your Tune CDs* for your loot bags!!! (value $400) *Names must be already in Name Your Tune’s recorded list. – Kimberly Balson

 

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Enter here to win a $50 gift certificate from Clippo or a personalized plate from Childish or a 1 year momstown membership.

Clippo - $50 gift certificate to clippo.ca – Visit www.facebook.com/clippo.ca

CHILDish – Personalized plate ($35 value) – Visit http://mychildish.com or https://www.facebook.com/mychildish

momstown – membership for one year ($45 value) valid at any of their regional chapters – Visit http://momstown.ca/communities

 

What new product has Everyday Grace added for 2013? Answer by commenting below:

 

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Enter here to win a gift basket from Matrix Canada or yoga prize pack. Must be willing to pickup these prizes in Aurora or Brampton.

Matrix Canada - Gift basket (value $100) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton

Everyday Grace -Yoga Prize Pack – Backspacer backpack, yoga matt, yoga DVDs, yoga strap (value $125) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton

 

How do you find a moment of zen in your busy day? Answer by commenting below:

 

 

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Enter here to win 1 of 2 audio and charging packs or a portable CD Player. Must be willing to pick up in Aurora.

Everyday Grace – Portable CD Player Pickup in Aurora or Brampton

Everyday Grace – Two Audio/Charging Packages – Backspacer backpack, headphones, ear buds, multi-charging kit (value $80) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton

 

What methods do you use to keeping your family organized? Answer by commenting below:

 

 

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Enter here to win a family bike service package for 4 bikes from The Mobile Bike Shop or a family portrait session sitting fee from Jen van der Vecht Photography (you must be located within the GTA for both of these prizes)

Jen van der Vecht Photography – Family portrait session, sitting fee only, all digital files and prints will need to be purchased seperately ($300 value) within GTA only, visit Jen’s Website for terms and conditions – Visit www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-van-der-Vecht-Photography/

The Mobile Bike Shop – Family bike service package, bike tune up for 4 bikes (value $200) must be located within GTA for mobile service – Visit www.facebook.com/tmbsltd

 

What is your families favourite outdoor activity to do together? Answer by commenting below:

 

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Enter here to win a retro iPhone dock (I have one of these in my office and love it!) or a Craig Portable DVD Player. Must be willing to pickup in Aurora or Brampton.

Everyday Grace – Retro iPhone dock/radio/alarm (value $69)– I have one in my office and love it! Pickup in Aurora or Brampton

Everyday Grace – Craig Portable DVD Player (value $89) Pickup in Aurora or Brampton

 

What is your favourite notebook design? Answer by commenting below:

 

 

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Enter here for your chance to win our  Grand Prize – The Birthday Package!

Custom birthday invitations and matching thank you note cards, personalized birthday placemat for the birthday boy/girl, and 10 Name Your Tune CDs* for your loot bags!!! (value $400)

*NOTE: Names must already be available, must be ordered together within 6 months.

 

Did you let your child pick the theme for their birthday? What did they choose? Answer by commenting below:

 

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