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10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now

While some are staying close to home for various reasons including the fear of traveling to certain countries, other destinations are coming into the spotlight.

Last year, travelers visited Brazil for the Olympics, and Americans flocked to Cuba for the first time. But this year, other countries are enjoying the spotlight.

Here are 10 amazing places to visit right now in no particular order.

10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now

Canada

Canada is celebrating 150 years! And in honour of our 150th anniversary of our confederation, Canada is celebrating all year long.  More than 200 national parks and historic sites are offering free admission throughout the year. The only issue you’ll face is deciding where to visit first – British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, or Quebec?

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Chile

Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific, Chile is the world’s narrowest country with an average width of just 110 miles. Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar place on the planet. Clear skies, high altitudes and next to no light pollution make the Atacama desert one of the best places in the world for star-gazing.

Cape Horn is the southernmost part of South America and the most southerly point of any continent outside Antarctica. Located on the Pacific coast of the central region of Chile, Valparaíso is known for its brightly colored houses, bohemian culture and beautiful seaside views. Torres del Paine is a national park in the Extreme South region of Patagonian Chile and features mountains, lakes and glaciers.

10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now

Finland

Finland is also celebrating a milestone birthday, 100 years as an independent country in 2017. It’s rated as one top three countries to visit by Lonely Planet as well as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 21 Best of the World destinations for 2017.

The air is one of the cleanest in the world and landscapes are second to none. The hidden gem far north boasts thousands of lakes and forests, lush national parks, beautiful Northern Lights, and best of all, Santa!

10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now Finland

Greece

Greece is experiencing a record amount of tourists mainly due to its unstable economy and lower prices. My parents’ homeland has always been the travel destination for romance, ancient history and destination weddings. The beauty of the Greek islands is unlike any other in the world.

Make sure to visit Athens and see the birthplace of democracy, the Acropolis and the Parthenon, as well as the Acropolis Museum. Trek out to the vibrant city of Thessaloniki. You’ll have a tough time choosing among the stunning Aegean or Ionian islands;  visit Corfu or Zakynthos on the Ionian sea, or Mykonos or Santorini in the Aegean.

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Madagascar

Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is home to thousands of plant and animal species that you can’t find anywhere else. More than 90 percent of the island’s mammals are not found anywhere else! The wildlife is among the best in the world in terms of diversity, abundance, and approachability. Madagascar offers world-class snorkeling and diving, beautiful beaches, mountain hiking, and much more.
10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now Madagascaar

Montenegro

Named the “new Croatia” and known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, Montenegro is unique in many ways. Situated in the south of the Adriatic, the country boasts 72 miles of beaches, as well as lakes and mountains.

Montenegro is second on the list of Top 10 travel hotlist of the most amazing places to visit in 2017 by the U.K.’s “The Mirror”. After Montenegro gained independence from Serbia in 2006, it became a holiday destination again, bursting back onto the scene in 2011 with an extravagant Rothschild party.

Sveti Stefan’s luxury town-hotel hosted celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Kirk Douglas. It fell into decline during the breakup of the former Yugoslav federation, but reopened once again as a member of the Aman Resorts in 2010.

10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now Montenegro

Myanmar

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, was once off limits to tourists. But after five decades of military rule and then democratic reform, the country has finally opened its doors to wanderlusters.

Now tourists are flocking to the Asian country in droves, curious to explore Myanmar’s majestic temples and idyllic beaches. A less expensive destination, the country boasts stretches of white- sand beaches and palm-lined shores. Locals are friendly to Westerners and even keen to show you around.
10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now Myanmar

North Wales

Since the wake of Brexit (Britain’s vote to leave the European Union), the value of the British pound has weakened, making the United Kingdom more affordable for many international travellers. North Wales has been named one of the top 10 regions in the world for travellers in 2017 by Lonely Planet.

The region is passionate about language, music and history, with magnificent castles, railways and festivals. Enjoy fine beaches, tumbling rivers and the mountains, and the lakes and waterfalls of Snowdonia.

10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now North Wales

Portugal

Portugal is having its moment in the spotlight. The country started offering many affordable routes on the country’s flag airline, TAP. Porto in particular is a colorful city that everyone is flocking to. Located in the mid-Atlantic, the Azores offer captivating natural beauty roughly 1,000 miles from Portugal (to which they belong).
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical and diverse island off the southern tip of India that offers everything from sandy beaches, ancient Buddhist temples, lush landscapes with tea plantations, and wildlife safaris. The country is back on its feet after the 2004 tsunami and a 20-year civil war.

The country’s beaches attract tourists with its gorgeous golden colour lined with swaying palm trees. Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife, and there are several national parks to see them firsthand.

What destination do you want to visit right now?

10 Amazing Places to Visit Right Now Sri Lanka

 

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2017 Popular Halloween Costumes for Adults

Halloween is right around the corner. Sure, it’s easy to put off getting a costume and throw something together last minute, but if you want the hot looks this year, better grab them now!

Popular Halloween Costumes for Adults 2017

Women Costumes

The last couple years in entertainment have seen the rise of female power figures! What could be better than going as a strong, independent, female superhero (or anti-hero!) Classic costumes, such as a witch, cat, ghost, etc. are also making BIG comebacks in popularity. So try showing off some of that female strength!

Adult Woman Rey Costume, Star Wars Force Awakens
Stranger Things Eleven

Female Deadpool

Wonder Woman

Men’s Costumes

Men like to go for the funny, the great, or the easy costume typically. Pop advertising icon, Captain Obvious will probably replace The Most Interesting Man in the World this year. With the ‘IT’ remake releasing September 8th, Pennywise will be very popular. Looking for something a little more family friendly? Try Balthazar Brat, the despicable retro villain from ‘Despicable Me 3.’

Captain Obvious

Pennywise Clown

Balthazar Brat from Despicable Me 3

Donald Trump Piggyback 

Couples Costumes

Not everyone likes to pull off the coordination couple, but for those who do, there are a couple of popular trends this year. A PB&J. Yes. No, I don’t know why, but it’s everywhere. Plays on the male/female anatomy idea this year got an upgrade from the standard plug and outlet to the USB drive and plug. The absolute best is the Bob Ross and Painting. Clever, retro, and just plain awesome.

PB&J

USB Drive and Plug

 

Nerds Box

Bob Ross and Painting

2017 Popular Halloween Costumes for Kids

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Ways to Prevent Bullying and Depression in Kids

The National Center for School Engagement reports that 16,000 students skip school every day to avoid the negative experiences caused by bullying. Bullying is a cancer on all that are involved and we need to be proactive when working to eliminate and prevent occurrences.

Bullying has wide ranging negative effects. Not only do bullying targets experience high levels of depression and anxiety, increased levels of sadness or loneliness, or  poor school performance; bullies, bystanders, and the overall school culture will suffer as well.

Bullies themselves risk higher incidents of violent confrontations. They are also more likely to leave school early. Bystanders tend to have higher instances of drug, tobacco, and alcohol abuse.

Schools that take a passive approach to dealing with bullying find that students are less engaged and feel teachers and administrators lack school control. Cultivating a culture that prevents bullying is in the best interest of all involved.

So how can school nurture a bully-free environment?

Talk with your children about bullying.

Intentionally communicating what bullying is and why it should not be tolerated sets the foundation for students. Students need to understand when play and teasing crosses the line so that they are expressly aware of how their behavior impacts others. Parents and community members must be educated to understand what behaviors in the home lead to bullying and how they can help their students develop social skills that will add to a healthy school atmosphere.

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Role play.

Role playing gives children a practical example to grapple with – both as the bully and target. Use this opportunity as a teachable moment to help them empathize with other students who may be targets of bullies. This will also be a great time to develop a plan of action for your child if they are forced to endure a bully’s taunts.

Help kids develop healthy sense of self-worth.

Bullies often target children who lack self-confidence. Enrolling children in after school activities according to their interests and abilities can help them develop confidence in their abilities, make friends, and experience the joy of overcoming challenges. These are all essential ingredients that help children learn to stand up for themselves during times of pressure.

Help them grow through responsibilities.

Chores and responsibilities aid in a child’s development by giving them a sense of ownership. It also keeps children engaged in constructive activities. Whether their job is keeping the lawn tidy or walking the family pet, these tasks can help mature your child. Mature children are less susceptible to the whims of immaturity that can show up in the form of bullying.

 

Children are largely a product of their environment. By helping them understand how their behavior leads to bullying or how they can stand up for themselves in the face of a bully, we can prevent these behavior patterns. Whether you child is a target, the bully, or simple a witness; it’s best for all when bullying is eliminated and children can feel safe to thrive in an environment that is safe and fosters acceptance for all.

 

Megan Scott is a writer and mother of two beautiful twins.  She wants to use her knowledge and expertise to help others lead a better life. Her hobbies include writing, long distance running and travelling with her beloved family. Follow her on twitter as @meganscotts

 

 

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on DVD Blu-ray Giveaway

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, the fifth film in the now-iconic “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise, sailed onto Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years.

Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel  Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Oscar® winners Javier Bardem (Best Supporting Actor, “No Country for Old Men”) and Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor, “Shine”).

The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

The film is packed with pirates, sea monsters, action and adventure, and all that is Johnny Depp. Fans will love the fifth film billed as the “final adventure” of Captain Jack Sparrow, though co-director Joachim Rønning called it the “beginning of the finale.” Who knows how many more films will be made in the franchise!

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How to Raise Kids Who Actually Like Each Other

Written by Dawn Alsept

Sibling spats are no joke. If you have ever heard two siblings going at it, it is not unlike a feral cat fight with a dash of rabid rage thrown in. It would seem that those we love the most, or in some cases, those who live under the same roof as we do, can illicit the strongest of reactions, sometimes for the smallest infraction.

We would like to think that our homes are our refuge and that though the world may swirl with a vast whirlpool of unkindness about us, our homes should exude love and contentment. When in the midst of the battle, you are the parent who is struggling to maintain a white flag zone, how do you raise kids who actually like each other?

Demand compassion

From a young age, teach your child to think outside of themselves.  This exercise usually happens when one of our children has infringed upon a sibling and as part of the process we chat about how it would feel to be the sibling who was wronged.  For example, my 6-year-old throws a toy at his 4-year-old sibling during a moment of extreme frustration (thankfully he has bad aim) and we have to have some words about his actions.

During this exchange, I also give him a scenario where something similar either has happened to him and he was wronged or I give a scenario where he could imagine something similar happening and we talk about how he would feel in his brother’s shoes.  This exercise forces your child to realize that their sibling has feelings too and they would not like what happened if they were on the receiving end.

Don’t allow the hurtful words

Teens are notorious for their comebacks, their sharp tongues, and their wit, often at the expense of others. While we can easily chalk some of the things that come out of the mouths of our children as simple bantering, keep tabs on it and put the words in check when they become hurtful. This means that sometimes you have to speak up when the kids don’t even know that you have heard an exchange.

Watch the tone

As parents, we know all too well that you can say one thing and mean something totally different which becomes apparent with tone. When your children start to always become snarky and curt with one and other, check in with them to see if they realize how they are coming across.  If we allow the razor toned words to cut the peace out of our homes, we perpetuate the negative.

Make them see the best

It is not uncommon in our home to spend a little time pointing out the positive attributes of family members. This is especially true if there has been a run of unkind statements going on.  An example was a recent family meal where two children had been going at it off and on the entire day.  These two were then told that they must tell the whole family 3 things that they liked about their sibling, 3 things that their sibling was good at, and 3 things they thought their sibling could teach them. This exercise has been known to finish off with humor and often a bit of satire to boot.

Encouraged affection

For the younger ones, it has not been uncommon in our home to require a make up hug and request for forgiveness when there has been some misgiving.  However, the most comical example would have to be when there have been ongoing difficulties and the resulting punishment is for the siblings to sit next to one and other holding hands.  There have even been occasions where a chore has to be completed while said handholding is still in effect, this happens to be one of the funniest memories my now older teens have of a spat they had as children.

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Our children are individuals who learn by example, and ours is the most important they see.  We have to set the tone for what is acceptable in our homes, in order to create the relationships that we want to see blossom.

 

Dawn is the homeschooling mom to 6 of God’s blessings and the wife to a husband she counts as her best friend.  She and her husband enjoy life on a small family farm where they strive to grow their own food, raise their own livestock, and homestead to the best of a modern day family’s ability. Though she loved running a homesteading blog for years,  at www.incidentalfarmgirl.com, she discovered a new passion with the birth of her 6th child who surprised the family with a Down Syndrome diagnosis at birth.  Now she spends her free time writing, advocating, and sharing stories to bring awareness to Down Syndrome at www.cedarsstory.com.

Top 3 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Family at Home

We are a true example of a tech-savvy, digital family; you can find anyone in our household connected to a device at any point during the day. But how do you maintain a healthy tech balance? Here are some ways to stay connected with your family at home.

Use Tech Together

In the past, we’ve experienced challenges with using multiple devices in our household all at once. This made it difficult to work, keep the kids entertained, and watch our favourite shows – causing unnecessary stress and arguments.

Now we have Rogers Ignite Gigabit internet service, allowing us to seamlessly use multiple devices at the same time and in the same room. You can watch YouTube videos, play computer and video games, and research topics of interest together as family or in different rooms of the house. I can be uploading a blog post while one of my sons is playing the PS4, the other is watching his favourite YouTuber, and my husband is watching a Netflix movie on our family-room television at the same time.

Family time is super important. We look forward to watching movies together on Friday nights, playing games, and chatting; a chance to re-connect as a family, and catch up on what’s happened during the week.

Open Dialogue

It’s important to talk to your kids about social media, cyber bullying, and browsing the internet safely. If your child has a cell phone, discuss the responsibility that comes along with it such as the risks of posting or uploading photos, texting or sharing personal information. I always tell my kids to think twice before pressing the publish button. My kids have Instagram accounts which gives us a great opportunity to talk about safety; no matter how many rules and limits you set, the best thing you can do is have open communication with your kids.

Let’s get social!

We also like to have some fun with social media too! We enjoy making Boomerangs and Instagram Stories together. When I have a work opportunity to film or photograph my kids for a brand, I’ll ask them to model for me; they gladly accept, with a pay cheque of course!

Set limits at home

Set limits on recreational screen time, such as one or two hours a day. My husband and I have a Share Everything Plan for our cell phones, and we recently added our “new” teenager to our plan, with limits; We sat him down to explain the value of data and the importance of not having your face in a phone at all times (Social Media etiquette 101.  As an added bonus, I can track our usage to ensure we won’t receive any overage charges.

Kids look at their parents to set the example so try to limit your own screen time too! When “tech time” is over, encourage your kids to get outside, play sports or go to the park, or do something active together as a family.

How do you stay connected with your family at home?

How Do You Stay Connected With Your Family at Home

Disclosure: I have an existing collaboration agreement with Rogers to share my views on products & services. As always, the opinions expressed are my own.

 

Fall Fashion 2017 Trends: Where to Start?

by Erin Nadler 

With the fall weather finally here it is time to change over our closets and start looking to the fall fashion 2017 trends. As a lover of all things glamorous and new, fall always brings out the best in designers and this season is no different.

So you are probably wondering what’s happening this fall season and what should I expect, but more importantly where should I invest my fashion dollars?

It’s in the Details

From chain, button and zipper details on dresses, jackets, and coats, to the return of bold plaid fabrics, the runways were full of exciting details.  In addition bold stripes, velvet and lace are everywhere.  If you are looking to add a new piece for the season then why not try a fabulous tunic top? Paired with skinny jeans or leather leggings it’s a must own item.

Fall Fashion 2017 Coat with Zippers

Fall Fashion 2017 Tunic

Bad to the Bone

Leather, leather and more leather.  Look out for leather jackets, leather skirts, and leather trim detailing this season.  Additionally fur is making a come back.  Fur vests, and fur trimmed collars and sleeves are giving a luxurious and lush vibe to fall dressing.  Bring on the cowl neck sweaters and fur vests paired with a retro printed ankle pant.

Fall Fashion 2017 Faux Fur Vest

Fall Trends Leather Skirt

Black is King

No surprise that black is back for fall but in addition to the classic black other colours as hues of grey, chocolate brown, cobalt blue, orange, bold purples and winter white were all over the runways. Additionally red is important this season and was dubbed the “official” colour of Fall 2017. So why not pop your favorite black outfit with a stunning red cashmere tie coat?  Do not be afraid to use some of these bold tones this season to freshen up last fall’s dark colours.

Fall Fashion 2017 Trends Black Lace

Fall Fashion 2017 Purple Lace Dress (Copy)

Masculine Flare Meets Feminine Touch

Ruffles, ruching, tuxedo jackets, and bow ties are all making a big splash this season. From feminine detailed white blouses with stunning ruffled collars, to fabulous draped and ruched dresses, femininity is back but being contrasted to a more masculine silhouette.  So why not mix your go to blazer with a crisp and new detailed white blouse and skinny dark denim jean (maybe even a new pair with rips and wisps).

Fall Fashion 2017 Red Sweater

Fall Fashion 2017 Ruched Dress

If you are looking to add a few new pieces this season be sure to keep in mind what you already have in your closet and which of the trends would fit in best.  Keep true to your personal style and remember with seasonal trends less is more.

Happy shopping!

 

Erin Nadler of Better Styled is a personal shopper, offering women a shopping experience that’s truly unique. You can work with your own personal stylist at their beautiful private salon in Toronto.

My Little Pony: The Movie Hits Theatres – Win a Prize Pack!

Without revealing my age, I was still a child when My Little Pony hit the toy market and On October 6, the My Little Pony: The Movie hits the big screen!

A new dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

The movie features voice talent from the TV show and includes Emily Blunt, Michael Peña, Liev Schreiber, Zoe Saldana, Uzo Aduba, Kristin Chenoweth and even Taye Diggs (who follows me on Twitter, just sayin’). Sia has a song in the movie as well!

To help celebrate the movie’s release, amotherworld is giving away an amazing My Little Pony: The Movie prize pack valued at over $200! the prize pack would include MY LITTLE PONY toys and 2X Run-Of-Engagement Passes that are valid beginning Monday October 9th (Monday – Thursday at any Cineplex location playing the film).

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2017 Popular Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is right around the corner. Sure, it’s easy to put off getting a Halloween costume and throw something together last minute. But if you want the hottest, most popular Halloween costumes for kids this year, better grab them now before they’re all gone!

Popular Halloween Costume for Teens

Teens like to be involved without too much work usually. The inflatable T-Rex has been seen in viral photos, videos, and just about everywhere this last year. This will be a hit among teens and adults alike. ‘Suicide Squad’ was a big hit, and so was it’s “cutest couple” Harley Quinn and the Joker. As mentioned above, classics are making a huge comeback! There are a number of cute, but not too revealing, cat costumes out there these days! Or, if you want to play it a bit “mad” and hop on the popular gender bending train, try the female Mad Hatter getup. With ‘IT’ and the general infestation in towns across the country, Killer Clowns are a go to costume this year. Marvel’s surge in popularity is not waning anytime soon. Mix it up a bit celebrating Logan with an easy Wolverine costume.

Click on the pics for the details!

Inflatable T-Rex

Harley Quinn

Female Mad Hatter

Creepy Clown Mask


Logan/Wolverine

2017 Popular Halloween Costumes for Kids

Kids LOVE to dress up. And the hottest things this year are all about the movies. Emojis are going to be very popular following the movie (and general digital culture) with boys and girls both. Girls will want to portray their favorite strong female role models like Moana, Wonder Woman, and Belle. Boys will want to be their awesome but reckless heroes like Maui, Star Lord, and Kylo Ren.

Emojis

Moana

Wonder Woman

 

Belle from Beauty and the Beast

 

Maui 

Star Lord Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Kylo Ren Star Wars the Force Awakens

 

2017 Popular Halloween Costumes for Babies

Okay, let’s be honest. Dressing up a baby for Halloween is all about the cute factor. Princesses do not have to have all the fun with the easy and adorable Beast costume. Or you can have an adorable BB-8 rolling around! Set future aspirations with the great astronaut costume or dress your wild child appropriately as Max.

Beast from Beauty and the Beast

BB-8


Astronaut

Where the Wild Things Are Max

 

 

Happy Halloween!

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Owning Motherhood: Throwing Advice Out the Window

Written by Dawn Alsept

There are few things in life that illicit a barrage of unsolicited advice like becoming a parent does. It begins from the time a well-meaning stranger in the grocery notices your burgeoning belly, and it does not end when your child goes off to school. Most of the advice gurus really do have the best of intentions, however, some can be forward or pushy in their deliverance of said advice.

I have now parented six children and therefore been on the receiving end of an ocean of advice. It took several children, and some age under my belt, to realize this sage wisdom. I only need less than 10% of the advice I am given about raising my children.

Before you shake your head and assume me a know-it-all, let me clarify. We all need to learn that each child we have is different from the rest. What works in one person’s home often needs to be altered significantly to work in another’s.

The amazing realization is that I can trust my gut on most things, as can you. It happens when all the other moms are giving you breastfeeding advice but you just know how you should handle something. It happens at the pediatrician’s office when there is a nagging suspicion that you need to push for further testing. It happens at the playground when you just know there is a child you should have yours avoid. 

You are the best mom for your child and it’s time to own this motherhood thing.

Skim the surface

When you are sinking under the layers of advice heaped upon you, skim the surface and take the highlights.  Don’t get bogged down with excessive steps that many will tell you about, just skim the surface of the advice, and heed the Cliff’s notes.

Let it roll

When you know in  your heart of hearts that you are making the right decision, and there are naysayers, let it roll off your back.  You were designed to be your children’s mom and you know what is best for them.

Listen to your gut

If your gut tells you that someone or something is not right, listen to it.  There will be people you don’t feel right about, there will be situations that don’t sit well, and there will be professionals who tell you otherwise.  Listen most closely though to that tiny voice inside and trust it.

Have confidence

This is the hardest when you are new to parenting and you fear failing.  However, this is what most closely goes along with owning this motherhood thing, have confidence that you are rocking this and that you are capable.  Surround yourself with positive influences (not wordy advice givers) and keep your head held high.  Not everyone will agree with your style of mothering, and that is okay, you don’t agree with everyone elses’, right?  That is how we raise a world full of individuals.

Now, before you shake your head and think, isn’t she telling me not to take advice, yet she’s sharing some?  Yes, I am.  I am telling you that this is the hardest job ever, this motherhood thing, but that you are going to be amazing at it, in fact, you are already.

That is the best advice you need.

 

Dawn is the homeschooling mom to 6 of God’s blessings and the wife to a husband she counts as her best friend.  She and her husband enjoy life on a small family farm where they strive to grow their own food, raise their own livestock, and homestead to the best of a modern day family’s ability. Though she loved running a homesteading blog for years,  at www.incidentalfarmgirl.com, she discovered a new passion with the birth of her 6th child who surprised the family with a Down Syndrome diagnosis at birth.  Now she spends her free time writing, advocating, and sharing stories to bring awareness to Down Syndrome at www.cedarsstory.com.

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