Category Archives: Sprouting Child

Sprouting Child: Using Everyday Conversations to Instill Values

My little sprout is in Kindergarten right now learning about the alphabet, colors, numbers, and other things all while singing and playing unawares of how much her little brain is soaking up. Children learn without even being aware of it 24/7.

This allows us to use every moment to teach them about love, life, responsibility, and everything else we want to instill in them.  Recently a trip to the grocery store turned into a pretty in-depth conversation about higher education with my 6-year-old in which I was able to instill quite a number of things I wanted her to know and believe!

I typically go to the grocery store about once a week, but I needed to make an extra stop and my little sprout tagged along. Tired from school she wanted to ride in the cart and so I helped her in. Honestly I really get through the store faster when she is in the cart, even though I occasionally end up with crushed bread, missing fruit, and extras ūüôā

As we were cruising the  produce aisle we talked about her day at school. She was really excited because she had decided she wanted to be a scientist, a veterinarian, and also discover new animals.

“Mommy when I grow up can I be more than one thing?” she asked me overwhelmed with the choice of what to choose to do for the rest of her life. (she has been dramatic since birth)

I told her that she’d have to do well in math & science, get her undergraduate degree, her masters degree, as well as a doctorate and she could be all three! A research scientist that works with animals.

In that conversation she learned how important school was, that she could be whatever she put her mind to, that I believed in her dreams, that I would support her no matter what, that she was capable, that it was possible, that hard work was valuable, that I value her voice, that I love her, and many other things that will Sprout in the future.

I learned a lot from talking with my daughter about higher education, I got to know her hopes and dreams, though they may change, and as a Mama it helped me Grow a little too.

With our children we have the awesome opportunity to cultivate wonderful things in them, love, kindness, honesty, integrity, faith.

Every moment is a chance for us to teach them by example, by direction, and through guidance how are you using the time you have with your Sprouting Children? 

Growing Mama

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Saint Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick’s day is this weekend and I thought it would be a great time to give my little Sprout a short history lesson on who Saint Patrick was and what he did. ¬†We learned quite a bit together and so I thought it’d be a great idea to share it here at Growing Mama Sprouting Child.

Saint Patrick was a Christian Missionary and an Ordained Bishop in Northern Ireland. He was born sometime in 340 and died March 17th of 440.

As a child he was enslaved, and freed through the voice of God directing him to freedom. He also heard the voice of God again where he was directed to bring His Word to an area of  Ireland where he baptized thousands,  ordained priests, and helped to bring countless more to Christianity.

The green color has been associated with Saint Patrick from the 17th century. It is said Saint Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to non-believers.

Happy Saint¬†Patrick’s Day!

Growing Mama

Sources:

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/patrick/confession.ii.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick

A Child’s Walk

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” – Proverbs 22:6

Children rely upon their parents and the other adults in thier lives to teach them how they ought to live. They pick up on the things we do more often than they pick up on the things we say.

As a mother it is up to me to stay acutely aware of that fact. My behavior while driving, shopping, cleaning, socializing, and engaging with my child is creating neural pathways in her brain that will eventually become permanent. As she ages she will act based upon what I have shown her by behavior and allowed her to see in other people’s behavior.

Children are being trained and taught about life every second of their lives.

In the womb the moment thier little ears finished developing they began listening to our language. This listening continued after birth and within a few short months they were ready to make vocal sounds. Eventually these sounds started to mimic what we said to them, and by about one year of age or so  they are able to command us to act with the use of language.

Childhood is similar to the womb. The mother and father as well as others allowed into the child’s space imprint values, ideals, and beliefs about life. Once an adult the child relies upon those teachings ¬†this is all she knows, “…she will not turn from it.”

Unborn children become walking and talking children. Children become walking & talking adults. ¬†Our home is the womb where our children develop, let’s make it a home full of Christian Values so that when our children age that will imprint upon them, not the noise of the outside world.

Remember they have a path to walk just like we did, let’s have them start with the end in mind, God.

Growing Mama

Christmas

The last few years have been financially difficult  for many of us. Christmas in our society (USA) is dominated by commercials, sales, and being a consumer.  We have learned to see Christmas for what it really is about, not for what advertising agencies and pop culture have taught it is.

Christmas is about Him, his birth, and the Gift of his life to us. In our home we also tie giving into our celebration of Christmas.

We do not go overboard. We give to those in need, we give to our child, and we give to each other. We send cards, we write letters, we give thanks, we give love. Christmas is about loving each other, loving our families, loving of friends, loving the world, and loving God.

Gratefulness, Thankfulness,  Love

Focus on Him & Love Today

Merry Christmas & God Bless

Growing Mama

Sprouting Child

Children soak up everything around them. Their imagination is innocent and wild. They run gleefully around without a worry in the world. They feel safe and secure because of the Anchors and Guides in their lives.

Our society is not perfect. It does not protect children sufficiently from inappropriate media, consumerism, unhealthy food, unrealistic ideas, or immoral behavior. It also fails to teach them things like charity, love, hope, and kindness. There are many beautiful things here in our society but there are also a lot of ugly things too.

As Mothers we need to be sufficiently aware of this fact. Our children rely upon us to teach and guide them long into their adult years. Not just 0-18, but until our deaths and even after our deaths, what we taught them will still be with them.

Legacy is usually used in reference to great wealth or fame. For us though, it means something much more valuable than that. It means leaving our children with all the tools and confidence needed to live Good healthy lives. Our goal is to leave a legacy the would give them personal responsibility, empathy, kindness, a sense of justice, fairness, and a relationship with God. All the things they need to be amazing people contributing to the many beautiful changes happening in the world.

Growing Mama

A Journey

A family is a growing tree of life, love, and faith. As mother I am the Anchor and a Nurturer, teaching the life lessons that last forever. It is up to me to build the foundation for her to crawl, stand, walk, and eventually build her identity upon.

In order to do this I have to grow as a christian,¬†¬†as a woman, and as a mother. We all have to. Life is not static. It moves, changes, flows, and breathes. Everyday I change, so does she, and so do you. Life can be difficult if we view it as a stable, concrete, thing, it isn’t.

We grow because that is the one truth that we all know to well. Change comes in the form of the Good and the Bad. Lost jobs, broken hearts, births, deaths, joy, hope, sorrow, and love. It all comes racing non-stop without fail.

The question is, do you know where you are going? Because where you go your child and family are sure to follow necessarily. If you do not know where you going it is important to find out.

When you do not know where you are going someone else is making that decision for you and your family, whether the forces behind the wave pushing your family along are the media, random people, good, bad or ugly is something to figure out and change.

A family is an evolving living thing. A place were children are raised, taught about the world,  and introduced to God. Mothers are the Anchor and fathers are the Guides. What your family seeks determines where it goes.  Growing Mama Sprouting Child is about that Journey.

What is your family seeking? Who is guiding your family? Who is your family’s anchor? Where is your family going?

In order to be a Nurturer and Anchor and or Guide, we mother’s have to grow in order for our children to sprout from the soil we have sown with¬†conscious¬†intent.

Growing Mama