There is always something new we can learn but we may not always know where to start.
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Raising kids can be crazy hard, can I get an Amen? No instruction manuals, no way to know if you are screwing it up royally until years down the road, and even when you feel like you are doing it right there are SOOO many people "out there" telling you it's wrong or that it's not good enough.
Ugh! It's enough to make you want to shut your whole family in and not interact with the world sometimes. But then you raise the crazy kids that have no idea how to talk to people and you are trapped inside with your kids. So scratch that plan.
Send them outside? But what if someone thinks they are being neglected and reports you for that?
How about what to feed them? Oh sure, I want my kids to eat veggies and fruits but I can only handle so much "but it's so icky" before I compromise with "just one broccoli tree and you can be done" and wonder if they will ever eat a full meal again.
I try to learn and expand my skills. I talk to friends, I read articles, I pray for direction. Micah and I discuss what lines we want to draw and what should be more flexible. Occasionally though I want some more input. I need more tools in my parenting toolbox so I don't have to do all the seeking.
Can I just say as much as certain personas online can be hurtful, there is so much helpful information on the internet that is available at the touch of a button that wasn't there for parents before me. I can ask thirty of my friends for their input about a subject and have responses in minutes. I can research various topics without needing to leave my chair or pack up my kids to head to the library. I can get advice about a rash or a high fever with instant video visits with the doctor. It's a beautiful thing!
But there is also so much out there that I can spend hours looking for good devotionals to do with my kids or new ideas for activities - and I don't always have that time!
I'm so incredibly thankful for Ultimate Bundles for doing the work for me. I don't need to hunt down books at the library or sort through endless courses, ebooks, or blog posts to find the best of the best. They've done it and have it packaged in a neat little bundle, just for me.
What's so special about this bundle?
- 80 parenting resources including eBooks, eCourses, printables, audios, workbooks, and a membership site valued together at over $1,200
- 4 bonus products with a total value of over $100
- Instant access to all products
- 30 day happiness guarantee - full refund within 30 days, no questions asked!
Some highlights of this year's bundle - fair warning, I had a hard time narrowing it down. Yes, this is my narrowed down list. My full list of what I'm excited for is nearly the whole dang bundle!
- Mini Mom & Dad Dates by The Dating Divas ($4.97 value) - We LOVE doing dates with our kids but frequently do the same activities over and over. I love having a stack of ideas to refer to for fun new adventures.
- The whole discipline category! I think discipline is an area the most parents struggle with if they are honest. I don't want to be too terribly harsh but I also want to be firm so they don't think they can weasel out of things. I want to set realistic and appropriate boundaries for each age. But I also struggle with letting some things slide for the moment because I'm not in the mood to deal with an eye roll or the toys that didn't get picked up. I want to parent with love and respect so we can have a strong relationship!
- There are 5 products in the discipline category including Emotion Coaching: An Essential Part of Your Parenting Toolbox by Melissa Benaroya ($49 value!)
- A Firm Foundation: A Scripture Memory Workbook for Children by Crystal Brothers ($17 value) - Scripture memory is something I want to be better at! Years ago the big boys and I were working on it together but we fell off the wagon when Mercedes entered the picture. Having a workbook to practice our scripture would be so helpful.
- Crunch! Put a stop to Picky Eating and Help Your Kids to Love Veggies by Dr Orlena Kerek ($15 value) - Yes! I'm ready to learn some new ideas for expanding my kids' palates because the whole "keep offering" doesn't seem to be making much difference right now.
- How to Teach Your Kids to Crush Anxiety by Natasha Daniels ($127 value!!) - It breaks my heart that there are kids that are already dealing with anxiety (and I've seen it in one of ours) so having help not only coping with anxiety but overcoming it is so incredible!
- Autism/ADHD Food & Nutrition Workshop by Julie Matthews ($47 value) - I have heard over and over from friends that have children on the spectrum or with other special needs that diet can play a HUGE roll in their day to day life. And I believe it! I know how much better I feel when I eat healthier so finding foods that work well for your child is vitally important!
Gah, I wish I could keep going and share every single incredible product with you but that would take forever. Instead, if any of these sparked your interest I want to encourage you to head over to Ultimate Bundles and check out the info. If you are looking for homeschooling resources, ideas for outdoors and traveling, special needs help, fun toddler activities, sanity savers and self care ides, or ideas for growing your children's faith then this bundle is for you!
And don't worry, if you aren't completely satisfied with the bundle you can request a full refund within 30 days, no questions asked.