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Have you ever heard of Operation Shower? I don’t remember how I heard about them but I do remember coming across an article about them a few years ago, and being blown away by the amazing thing they do. Operation Shower throws baby showers for moms who are either in the military themselves or have a military spouse. Operation Shower was founded in 2007 by LeAnn Morrissey when she had the idea to send a “baby shower in a box” to four expectant military moms whose partners were deployed at the time. From there it grew into this wonderful outreach program that touches so many lives each year.
As you know I am a Pampers mom, they are my favorite diaper, hands down. I only put Pampers diapers on my kids and I buy them for every new baby I know. Just this past week I bought Pampers diapers and wipes for a family at school who welcomed a new baby boy and next week I am taking some to my adorable new nephew. Every baby should be in Pampers! It is no surprise to me that Pampers has gotten involved with Operation Shower, they care so much about expectant moms and babies making this a perfect fit. Pampers has donated Baby Dry diapers to all Operation Shower events through June, that is diapers for 320 expectant moms!!
The other day I heard a mom mention that she paid $24 to have her daughters uniform hemmed, that is a crime!!! But the reality is that basic homemaking skills are not being passed on and things like cooking, sewing and more are lost skills. I want my girls to be able to do things for themselves and not have to pay an insane price for hemmed skirts or throw out a shirt when a button falls off. My grandmother and my mom both taught me to sew, I have since let that skill lapse and regret it. I can hem pants and sew buttons but for more complicated things I need to brush up my skills. My girls have already started learning by using some learn to sew kits and ar emakign gret progress. Now that they have a basic idea of stitches we have moved on to stamped cross stitch tea towels, next up things like buttons and hems.
My girls are amazing and I am not just saying that as their mom, they just are. I tell them all the time how amazing they are and I have shared how I think it is super important to tell my daughters they are beautiful every day, but there is more that needs to be done to build them up. Negative body image is a real issue in our society and it starts now at a young age, every child is different but I have seen the foundation for poor body image start in elementary school. In fact I almost let it happen to one of my girls and I am so grateful I saw it and stopped it now.
As a society we have decided that liking fashion and clothing is vain and can label caring about what you look like as a negative thing. I have watched many moms pass that attitude on by refusing to help their daughters learn to dress their body or fix hair or properly apply makeup. This leads to teens and adults who have no idea how to feel good in an outfit and that can affect so much more than you think. A positive body image can translate into self respect and carrying yourself with pride. It can help you to value yourself more and that matters! I want my girls to value themselves and carry themselves with pride into any situation they encounter.
That’s right I did the unthinkable, I took away screen time during the week from my school aged kids.
It wasn’t a breaking point that made me snap irrationally and take away tech. It honestly wasn’t dramatic at all, I just looked around me and knew things needed to change.
My kids are not addicted to technology nor are they obsessed with any one thing. We have multiple gaming systems that get turned on MAYBE once a month. Each child has their own Kindle Fire and they do not have any games that they are super invested in.
So why did I do something so dramatic as take away all technology time during the week?
Live in the moment.
It goes by too fast.
Time waits for no one.
I know these things, I live these things every day. Every day I wonder how I got here. How my newborn baby girl is on the verge of middle school and how I don’t have a baby in the house. That’s who I am. The lady with all the kids. The one who is constantly having another baby, never without lots of little ones. And yet here I am without a baby. I clearly recall the days wondering if I will ever sleep through the night. Wondering if I will ever get a break from the constant need of little ones. And then here I am. I still don’t sleep but I see the days suddenly passing by so quickly.