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Mommy and Me Mondays #9- The Harris Family

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I have 2 children. A 5 year old son Elijah and a 9 month old girl Eliana.

What is ONE song that reminds you of your child(ren)?

the 1 song that reminds me of my son is “You got A friend in me”, it plays in the opening of Toy Story 3. It’s a song he sing with his dad all the time. its so adorable. No song reminds me of Eliana just yet.however I cant wait until one does.

How would you define your style of parenting?

I would say my parenting is old school. The way i was raised. Stern and sweet. Relaxed and cautious.

Do you have a restaurant or favorite place that you will only go with your child(ren)?

Before Eliana, Elijah Devon (daddy) and I would go to AppleBees very often. After Eliana we made eating at home extremely fun. We’ve always loved cooking at home. Applebees was special bonding time for Elijah, because we new there would be a slight change when the baby was born. We prefer pigging out at home though.

What is one piece of advice you would give your child(ren) that can apply to their entire life?

One piece of advice i would love for the children to apply to their life is: DON’T BE A FOLLOWER, It is important to know, you are just as important as an individual. You Are good enough

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Mommy and Me Mondays #8-The Cooper Family

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How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have two children, ages 4 and 8. My 4-year-old is a quick-witted, smart little guy that loves dinosaurs. My 8-year-old is a funny, sweet boy with an excellent memory who loves cars and also happens to have autism.
 
What is ONE song that reminds you of your child(ren)?
I’ve always associated Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars with my oldest son. I remember hearing it in the car several times while he grew in my belly, and he would just flip all around as if he loved it too. The lyrics seem fitting, too. “We’ll do it all. Everything. On our own. We don’t need. Anything. Or Anyone.”
I don’t really have such a strong song association for my youngest, but he sure does like Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
How would you define your style of parenting?
If you’ve ever heard of Parenting with Love and Logic, I’d say that we follow the model almost to a tee. I believe in my children showing us respect, but I think that also means that I’m respectful of their feelings. We apologize for our mistakes in this house–children and adults alike. The punishment must fit the crime. Whenever possible, we use positive reinforcement rather than punishment to achieve results. I find this method holds the most results. Besides, punishment doesn’t seem to work at all on our 8-year-old anyway. He does much better when he’s working for a reward.
Do you have a restaurant or favorite place that you will only go with your child(ren)?
One of our favorite places to go is Applebee’s. They have more options for corn-free food than most places. We also typically get our food pretty quickly there, and that’s really important not only for small children, but for children with autism. We have the most positive dining experience in places that understand that we want our children’s food first.
What is one piece of advice you would give your child(ren) that can apply to their entire life?
I like to tell my children “never give up.” If you don’t get something the first time you try to do it, that doesn’t mean you won’t ever get it. Perseverance is a really important trait for a person to have. Perseverance is the only way my oldest son learned how to buckle his own seatbelt, button up his pants, and snap his fingers (something that he’s really proud of himself for). It’s a quality that’s helped my youngest learn to color inside the lines and begin writing his name. Teaching my children to never give up will help them for the rest of their lives as new challenges get presented, as they will need to learn to handle them with grace.

Mommy and Me Mondays #6- The Cadet Family

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How many children do you have and what are their ages?

I have 2 children a boy and a girl, ages 2 & 4 respectively

What is ONE song that reminds you of your child(ren)?

Happy by Pharrell

How would you define your style of parenting?

I pretty much let them do what they want. I only structure some things. We like to have a good time and fly by the seat of our pants. But when things get out of hand I’m the one to disciple them. Dad has too much of a soft spot and will let them just get away with anything.

Do you have a restaurant or favorite place that you will only go with your child(ren)?

We spend a lot of time at Fort Greene Park either walking or on the playground.

What is one piece of advice you would give your child(ren) that can apply to their entire life?

Love yourself. Do not allow anyone to tear you down and make you feel worthless.

Mommy and Me Mondays #6- The Ewing Family

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How many children do you have and what are their ages?

Two girls ages 2(Sarah) and 4(Lissie).  Both of them have special needs.

What is ONE song that reminds you of your child(ren)?

“My Favorite Things” for Sarah and “Maneater” for Lissie.

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How would you define your style of parenting?

I am a strict parent, as is my husband.  We are both the oldest children in our families, so we were raised with pretty strict rules.  We do the same for our girls.  It’s important for us that they develop good character, so when they exhibit kindness, respect, etc, we reward them and affirm them, but when they are selfish and rude, we administer consequences (e.g., time outs, taking away toys or privileges).  It’s hard, but we’ve found that consistency is key!

Do you have a restaurant or favorite place that you will only go with your child(ren)?

There’s a local ice cream stand called “The Chief” that has hand-dipped flavors made with real cream.  We only go there with our girls every summer!

What is one piece of advice you would give your child(ren) that can apply to their entire life?

Kindness and respect (including self-respect) will get you far in life.  It doesn’t mean that people won’t betray you or treat you unfairly.  It doesn’t mean you will evade hurt and sorrow, but it does mean that you can hold your head up high, because you know who you are and you are true to yourself and your values.  Being kind ensures that you treat people with justice and mercy, that you care for those who are in need, and that you befriend people who are different from you.

Mommy and Me Mondays #4- The Hedlin Family

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How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have 3 boys. My baby is Nathan and will be 4 on June 20th, my middle son is Lucas and he  just turned 7 and my oldest son is William and he  is 10.5.
 
What is ONE song that reminds you of your child(ren)?
I have two. Sorry. Let them be Little by Billy Dean and Here I am by Bryan Adams. I used both songs in my oldest son’s preschool slideshow and now I can’t listen to either one with out bawling. I can’t imagine going back and watching that today after more than 5 years have passed.
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How would you define your style of parenting?
I am an “anything goes” parent. We are very eclectic and we go with the flow. What worked last month may not work this week and you have to adjust or everyone will go crazy. 
Do you have a restaurant or favorite place that you will only go with your child(ren)?
Not really, unless you count their activities or the park. We do frequent Chick-fil-a with the kids but we would do that with or without them. Maybe we need a “special place” that is ours and the kids. Hmmm. Now you have me thinking.
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What is one piece of advice you would give your child(ren) that can apply to their entire life?
PLEASE, Be yourself and always trust that no matter what you decide or what you tell us we will love you unconditionally.