Monday, October 24, 2011

in {her} shoes...3 krazy chics

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today's guest post is done by Candie, Lindsay, and Renne
from over at 3krazychics.
they are 3 friends who collaborate together on their blog to share crafts and more.  read their story then go on over and check out their blog!

1. What is the most challenging part of being the type of mom you are?

Candie - Well I'm a stay at home mom of 3 boys, ages 8, 4 and 2. They are the light of my life! We are a very busy family and seem to be always on the go. I am a planner and I like to have structure and organization ....I think the most challenging part is to keep consistency in my kids' lives. Sometimes I feel that I'm being to hard on them, other times I cave. It's hard to be just somewhere in the middle. At this point in their young life, I just hope that I'm giving them all the right tools to grow into wonderful, respectful young men.

Lindsay - I am stay at home mom with 2 amazing boys ages 4 and 20 months. We are active and busy most of the time and are rarely bored. I wouldn't say there is one thing that is challenging, but there are a few things I do struggle with. For starters, I miss my job. Here is where the guilt kicks in. I love being a stay at home mom and wouldn't change it for anything, but I miss working. I left a job I loved after my first born and have always wanted to go back eventually. I recently started my own company last year and that has really put a balance in my life. Another challenge is the constant fear of "am I doing this right." Are my kids eating enough, are they eating the right things, are they kind and considerate, do they get enough attention, am I giving them the right tools to succeed in life? I guess the only way to answer these, is time.

Renne - I'm not real sure what "type" of mom I am, and I'm not real sure I can pinpoint the most challenging part of being a mom because as far as I'm concerned it's all kind of just a trial and error situation, lol!! I guess in general it's knowing how to consistently parent each of your children in a way that they will respond to. Both of my kids are so different that it take two totally different styles, but consistency is key with either.

2. What is the most rewarding?

Candie - Well for me the most rewarding is the way they love me so unconditional.....a love like no other. Only a mother will know this kind of love. But I do love it when we are in public and a stranger will come up to me and say "your children are so well behaved".  This has happened a few times and it makes me feel so proud and that perhaps I am doing something right. Don't get me wrong, there are times that they are so "all over the place" it's just exhausting, but isn't it wonderful?!?!?

Lindsay - This question is easy. It is THEM. As a stay at home mom I am so blessed to be with them all the time. I miss nothing. I see every smile, cry and laugh. My kids are growing up right before my eyes and I get to witness every minute of it. Nothing in this life is more rewarding.

Renee - My boys are the oldest in the group of us 3krazychics at 15 and 17, so they are becoming young gentlemen right before my eyes and it's so awesome and rewarding when friends or people I don't even know tell me how polite, respectful and considerate my kids are to them. I told my oldest son recently the sometimes his wisdom was mind blowing, and he told me that "I wouldn't have moments of wisdom if it wasn't for you and I've learned from the best, so thank you", It's so nice to know all that self-doubt and inconsistency I've struggled with in the past isn't totally ruining my kids! :-)

3. In your opinion, what is the most important value(s) a parent can instill in their children?

Candie - Honesty, leadership, integrity, forgiveness, loyalty, be yourself, hardworking and always trust in GOD. He may not give you the answer you want, but it will be the answer that you need.

Lindsay - I feel values determine the kind of person you will be. Some that are important to us are: Compassion, no matter what. You just don't know every one's story. Tolerance, life is short. Let people be who they want to be. Including yourself. Trust in GOD. He will never let you down. He may not give you the answer you want, but the answer you need.

Renee - I had some help in installing values in my kids because they went to Christian school till 5th grade. Which was awesome because the self-doubt and consistency thing that I struggle with gets in the way sometimes! But once they learn respect (so many kids now a days have absolutely zero respect for adults) and how to treat others the way they want to be treated, it really does go a long way.

4. If your children could describe you in 3 words, which ones would they pick?

Candie - Well my 4 yr old tells me I'm beautiful all the time, though he just might be sucking up for something. LOL! They would probably say cool and funny.

Lindsay - Since my kids are 4 and under they would use words like awesome and cool. I can live with awesome and cool.

Renee - I cheated on this and asked my kids, but I was curious what they had to say, haha!! But they said I was loving, funny and loud!! Not sure if I should be offended by the last one, but they do speak the truth. I am all three of those. Only from the mouth of babes, as the old saying goes.

This is the kind of shoe mommies we are! We are painted toes, summer loving, flip flop kind of girls!

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