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There are some challenging issues we face in parenthood and most recently we have been solving some of these by making sure there is enough 1 on 1 quality time with each of our children. This is a TOUGH task, especially with three kids but we try to make it work whenever possible. Before I dive into the update surrounding the importance of quality individual time, I wanted to chat a bit about these outfits that we recently wore outdoors with Marks & Spencer! These jackets are equipped with Stormwear™, which is designed to help keep you dry from the wet weather. It has a snug fill-power rating of 700 – meaning it can trap plenty of air between the soft filling for extra warmth with less weight. I personally love these lightweight jackets because it’s less bulk but keeps you just as warm!
I am wearing the lightweight jacket paired with a striped tee, performance leggings, & sneakers. The perfect outfit to run around in! My hubby is wearing the lightweight jacket with a pair of joggers that have quickly become his favorites! Our little lady here is wearing a faux fur collar jacket that also has the Stormwear™ I mentioned earlier! It’s so important for us all to get outside, despite those frigid temperatures around here! These coats help to keep us warm while still allowing us full mobility because of how lightweight they are, I love that they are affordable for the whole family too!
You can shop all of their items equipped with Stormwear™ here!
Importance of 1 on 1 Quality Time With Your Kids
One of the toughest obstacles we have hit in parenting thus far is the difficulty in making sure that each child feels the love from each of us. It’s especially difficult in these first few months while I am constantly nursing the baby and unable to give adequate attention to the other two ladies. My four year old has an especially difficult time with this because she knew what life was like before siblings and it only makes sense that she would want to spend more time with us. Most recently I have been experiencing a difficult time with getting her to bed. She is on the constant search for an extra hug, kiss or tuck in; really anything, to get me back inside that room at night time. This was happening 5, 10 or 20 times a night and my patience was wearing thin. Bedtime is difficult as is, but nevermind adding this into the mix. We had moved the girls in together a few months ago specifically for this reason, so that our eldest wouldn’t feel alone at bedtime and it worked, but only temporarily. The fix? Spending 1 on 1 time with her during the day, if possible, inside her own room. It doesn’t need to be a ton of time either, just a few minutes of something fun! Dancing, singing, hide n seek, laughing, reading, or whatever she wants to do! That mixed with a few other tips that we received from The Cradle Coach and we are making some serious progress over here! I have a coupon code for her if any of you are interested in sleep coaching for your little ones!
Every child has their own unique personality and voice and learning about who they are is so crucial to understanding their needs when it comes to their development. I’ve also been learning a ton from reading Parenting by Paul Tripp, the book has been a huge eye opener for me when it comes to the parenting tools that we have in our toolbox. For example, “rewards” are no longer something that I am using as part of my parenting tools. I had no idea the consequences of some of these tools and I am starting to work on better ways on parenting my children. I highly recommend picking it up if you believe in a higher power 😉