Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday



Thursday
Creeps up on me like
the taco nightmare from Tuesday
Trying to convince me
there is still time
to complete the weekly list
that never ends.


Laundry piles waiting expectantly
for my attention
Like growing children who
need to be supervised.
Sorted, fed, cleaned, organized
into some semblance or order.


Dishes lining up for their bath
unhappy with my willingness
to let them sit for a moment...
undisturbed
While I take a moment for
myself.


Just in case you need to hear
that you have permission...


Take care of your heart
Feed your mind.
Hydrate your soul.
Nourish your time.


There's time for the laundry later.
There's time for the dishes delayed.





Happy Thursday from World of Writer Mom



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Life of A Vacuum



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I truly feel bad for what I have put my vacuum cleaner through lately.  My children are not of the ordinary, simple, garden variety species.  They create, play, and make messes like nobody's business. I don't know where to begin when I enter their rooms.  Yes, I do expect them to help, but sometimes the room begs for my version of "Mom approved clean."  


 They look so sweet and incapable of the exploits I share.
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World of Writer Mom


Kids version of cleaning up is as follows:
  1.  Basic surface level only clean up. (The superficial, fake clean.)
  2.  Anything fits into a garbage bag.  No sorting required.
  3.  No need to throw away wrappers, empty containers, or papers.
  4.  It's perfectly acceptable to throw away dirty socks, underwear, and items that have become ripped when you don't want mom to find out .
  5. Mixing of items in a bag is okay.  In fact, mixing wrappers with clothing is ideal.  No time to decide what goes where anyways!
  6. Small items not easily seen (but able to inflict pain upon impact) are to be left on the carpet.  It's more fun to watch the vacuum wheeze, smoke, and grind to a halt.
  7.  Dirty dishes, glasses with toxic sludge, and dinner plates that won't be missed (according to a child's point of view) might end up in the throw away bag if you can get it out the door quickly.
  8.  It is assumed that Mom will forgive the nails (toe, finger, and picture hangers), push pins, tacks, screws, and miscellaneous home improvement tools on the floor if she is able to safely extricate them from her feet, hands, and fingers.  (Mom chuckles maniacally at the idea of "home improvement" items entering a child's room unaccompanied by a responsible adult.)  Yet, that is exactly where these items magically navigate by none other than "Not Me"  and "I Don't Know."
  9. Tools find their way to the room, probably out of loyalty to the push pins, nails, and screws in the carpet.
  10. Spare change has an amazing ability to end up in corners, under furniture, and even inside clothes baskets.  I have a nice jar started toward my future retirement.

 Mom's Version of Clean-Up
  1. Enter room to assess the damages.  This involves looking in  the closet too!
  2. Take your anti-anxiety medication to reduce the heart palpitations and quell that dizzy, nauseated feeling you just got.
  3. Affix large garbage bag to the door knob. (Throw out 90% of what you find.)
  4. Begin piles for clothing in the hall or living room, which ever is the nearest place to toss darks/lights/whites/towels, etc...
  5. Start sorting!  Be prepared for the stench of ass and frustration.
  6. It's best to let your mind wander to your happy place as you scrape gum off the base boards, pull sticky candy from the carpet, and carefully remove nails, push pins, screws, and pennies (Oh, soooo many pennies!) from the floor.
  7. Assign each item a new "home."  
  8. Put aside any items that require a "follow up" conversation with your child/children.  (You'll know what I mean when you find it.  No other explanations necessary.)
  9. Leave the clean clothes in a pile for your children to fold and put away.  They at least need to do this!  (Once you have conversations regarding #8, it's unlikely you'll get too much resistance.)
  10. Children old enough to wash their own clothing should do so.  If you're like our family, have the kids carry the laundry to the car and load it for a trip to the laundry mat.  Have them help with all other aspects of this family adventure once you get there.  

Hope these lovely lists help.  Hope you at least laughed and found comfort in the fact you are not alone.  I'm sure most parents struggle with the clean room dilemma.  Hope your week is going well and your troubles are limited to whether or not your vacuum will survive.  Kindest Regards, World of Writer Mom





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

World Book Day 2017

Information can be found at:  http://www.worldbookday.com/


 What's in your library?
 Here are some ideas to celebrate 
World Book Day!






One

Have a "Book Dance"
Entrance is one book donation per person
Designate who will receive the books
Deliver books the following day to your recipients






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Find a quiet space to enjoy your books.


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 Books
 Any way you read
Any where you read
Any time you read
Any reason you choose to read
Hope your day is filled with
Adventure
Hope
Beauty
Love
Inspiration
Books bring the world to our door
Just open a page and begin!
 Copyright 2017 World of Writer Mom





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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

World of Writer Mom's List of Ten

Ten simple things that bring me joy. 
(because right now I'm freakin' tired and need the reminder)




  1. Hugs from my children.  They are getting older and the cuddle time is becoming shorter, so I enjoy the moments we have.
  2. A glass of iced cold sweet tea.  I'm trying to eliminate sugar from my meals, so the rare moment of enjoying this lovely beverage is treasured.  
  3. Writing.  I love to write and find it cathartic.  Without this outlet, I become cranky and unpleasant.  
  4. Quiet moments when I can hear myself think, pray for patience, and create plans for how to get things accomplished.  (My brain does not organize very well when on sensory overload.)
  5. Thursday nights.  (Thank you Shonda Rhimes)  My guilty pleasure of watching 3 television shows back to back is like an infusion of missing electrolytes. Without this I begin to feel dehydrated and weak from lack of imagination.  I love the writing for these shows.
  6.  Organizing my paperwork.  Seems so simple, yet is incredibly satisfying when I can purge, file, and clean up my desk area.  My brain desperately needs these activities.
  7.  Cleaning house. This has to have a plan of attack.  I have done pretty well at delegating some tasks to the children, now that they are older and can handle more responsibilities.  Bringing the groceries in from the car is a big one.  They can also clean their own rooms, bathrooms, and load dishes into the dishwasher.  Here's the rub:  It's not going to be the exact way I would accomplish the tasks.  There is a huge learning curve, especially with how the dishwasher needs to be loaded.  A child's idea of "complete" is not going to mirror an adult's. So at some point an adult level run through of the house will be necessary.  On the days when I have accomplished this, I am happy.  Following such an effort, a nap will be necessary.  This will bring me much needed joy and peace.
  8.  Those moments when all three children have been tucked into bed and are all asleep at the same time...this is ultimate gift to a tired mom.  I can read a book and actually feel like I understand it with each page turning moment.
  9. I love it when each child wakes up on time, gets ready for school, and we are out the door without any arguments, drama, or incidents.
  10. Finishing a blog post.  This makes me incredibly happy.  It feels good to complete a project, share the results, and receive insights from other writers.  It's a joy to feel like somewhere, somehow, you might be making a difference to someone else who is experiencing a rough day.  


Thanks to all of you who took a few minutes to read this.  Know that you are appreciated!  Wishing all of you a wonderful week! 



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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Art of Advocacy ~ ABC's




noun ad·vo·ca·cy \ˈad-və-kə-sē\

Popularity: Top 20% of words
 Definition of advocacy
the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal :  the act or process of advocating something
 Legal Definition of advocacy

1 :  the profession or work of an advocate

2 :  the action of advocating, pleading for, or supporting a cause or proposal 





The Art of Advocacy ABC's ³
Part I (A to L)


A.

                     Anticipate the pros/cons of each side
                    Answer questions using facts plus anecdotal refs.
                    Alleviate fears, concerns, and provide alternatives


B.

                   Benefits of recommended program listed in detail
                   Bring your best attitude to the negotiations
                   Believe in the message and purpose of your topic


C.

                   Collaborate with other resources and supports
                   Collect information, signatures, and/or research
                   Create an environment where voices are heard

 D.

                  Develop a system to organize/manage information
                  Dialogue with an established project team
                  Delegate responsibilities according to skills/talents


E.

                Encourage individuals to record their thoughts/actions
                Embrace diversity, cultural awareness, and gender 
                Educate within your community & beyond if needed

F.

                Foster a peaceful, respectful, and communicative team
                Forgive past differences or transgressions;go forward   
                Figure out what the team/individuals expect


G.
              Goals need to be written along with strategies
              Grants can be researched and written where applicable
              Guidance from others who have experience is advised

H.

              Help from supporters can come in many forms
              Highlight successes and incremental progress
              Honor your commitments


I.
               Inspire change through actions as well as words
               Improve methods of communication when questioned
               Insights from a variety of sources can enhance project


J.    

                Journal the process in some format (day planner,etc...)
                Join other groups with similar motivations/interests
                Jump start each meeting with an upbeat update


K.

                Keep things balanced to avoid tangents and fatigue
                Know when to push and when to hold back a little
                Key factors need to be highlighted and represented


L.
                Listen to both opponents and supporters
                Lambasting those who do not share same beliefs 
                   is  counterproductive.  Avoid this tactic.  
                Lead from a place of calm, level-headed thinking

 
                  
                  
                   


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"How Are You?" Appreciating this Question!



Today I want to share my appreciation for this amazing bloggers group I am please to have joined.  I am not always in the frame of mind to contribute as often as I'd like, but when I do there is always a renewed feeling of hope.  "How are you?" is often a question that seems generic and insincere is some cases.  Not so with this group of bloggers.  One of my favorite sites to participate in this weekly opportunity to share our blogs is The Brave Wanderer. You can find her at http://www.thebravewanderer.com/2017/01/how-i-feel-in-5-words_11.html



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I look forward to this writer's insights and respect the topics she presents.  A favorite component of her blog is the place and space for readers to list how we feel in 5 words.  She provides an example of her own to start the thread.  It is valuable for several reasons:

  • I have to think about what 5 things I want to list.  This task is not necessarily easy for me.  I tend to push feelings to the side to get through whatever challenge is in front of me.  Giving myself permission to write how I am feeling offers a way to let go and acknowledge the challenges.



  • When I share my list, I want to balance it with the positives as well as the not so positives.  It helps to see these items on my screen and think about them before I push the send button. Seeing my comment posted makes it real and tangible.



  • Reading everyone's list of 5 creates a forum where I don't feel so alone. I can see that I am not the only one dealing with the various shit storms of life.  Seeing what inspires others and ignites their passion for writing helps push me forward too.  



  • Sometimes it's hard to visualize, conceptualize, and communicate our goals.  It is encouraging to receive input from others who are also in varying stages of inspiration.  Having a support system is invaluable!  Often we need to look outside of our comfort zones and group of immediate family/friends to gain some perspective.  



  • It is reaffirming to receive positive feedback from group members, but it is also beneficial to share and contribute comments.  There is something empowering about being able to lift someone up and offer the kind of encouragement that you also seek.  The collaboration that occurs within specially organized groups can feed the soul in a manner that you might not find on your daily social media interactions.  



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I hope you will pause a moment to take inventory of your special interests, consider the possibility of collaboration with others, and promote your insights in a forum where you will find individuals who appreciate your contributions.  Perhaps 2017 is your year to create the positive interactions that will propel you toward reaching those goals.  It starts with a vision for change.  I know you have it in you!


My list of 5 things to describe how I'm feeling this week can be found in the posted comments at 
 I hope you will take a moment to visit.  


Happy Wednesday!






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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.