The next time I start comparing myself to the mom with a pinterest worthy playroom or the mom with a career and a six-figure salary, I will remind myself that motherhood is not a competition.

There is no trophy for cleanest house and no blue ribbon for “craftiest mom.” There isn’t even a reward for the mom with the biggest bank account.

Instead of comparing and competing, I’ll try encouraging them and celebrating their accomplishments. It’s highly likely that the very moms I compare myself to need more encouragement than I think. We all do.

Motherhood is not a competition

#howtodad

It’s almost like Cheerios followed PapaFish around and compressed his life into a 2-minute video (even the awesome dance moves at the end).

PapaFish, you are a wonderful husband and father.

Click here to see the video.

I love a good story. Thankfully, so does KidFish. These are some of the books we’re enjoying this week.

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1. My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long
A cute story about the bond between a father and son. Dad doesn’t have super powers but is still a hero.

2. Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems
6 ½ stories about 2 surprising friends.

3. Mooncake by Frank Asch
One fine summer evening a hungry bear decides that he would like to taste a piece of the moon and builds a rocketship to get there.

4. A Dragon in a Wagon by Jane Belk Moncure
A story about a girl who decides to read a book and has adventures in different methods of transportation.

*****Leave a comment and let me know what books/stories you enjoy.*****

Every child is…

Every child is a scientist.
Every child is an engineer.
Every child is a musician.
Every child is an artist.

Mixing food and water? That’s science.
Stacking blocks? That’s engineering.
Banging on a bucket? That’s music.
Scribbles on paper? That’s art.

When we evaluate a child’s output against our preconceived ideas, sometimes we unintentionally tell them that they are not scientists, engineers, musicians and artists.

The danger is that some kids might just believe us.

What I can and cannot do

I cannot force KidFish to do anything she does not want to do. Trust me, I’ve tried and failed.

What I can do is create an environment that makes choosing the better/good/healthy option pleasurable and rewarding.

I’m a big fan of tips that make everyday tasks easier, faster and more efficient (a.k.a. life hacks).

Here are three of my favorites. Enjoy!

A better way to tie your shoes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAFcV7zuUDA

How to dry your hands

A simple, clean way slice a bell pepper

Home…

I don’t own a house, but I have a home.

A home filled with laughter, love, encouragement and forgiveness.

It’s a place where I can let my guard down and just be me.

I can cry when I’m sad and dance when I’m happy.

Hugs and kisses are abundant and free.

No, I don’t have a house, but I have something that no amount of money can buy—a home.

I don't need to own a house to have a home