Wednesday, February 8, 2017

#MomsSay : 10 Things Parents will Regret in 10 years

As parents, we all have those days when we experience some levels of parenting regrets.  It can range from Not listening to your child's birthday party requests to more serious issues such as not taking the necessary steps to limit your child's exposure to child abuse .  Whatever the level of regret, the very word indicates that we were displeased with an occurrence, event, actions or reactions. This often leads to questions around, "What could I have done differently?" 

While I typed this blog post, it seemed eerily familiar and a quick Jamaican Mommies Blog post review revealed that I had done a similar post around Moms say: I wish I had.  Notably, most of the moms (except for about 3) were sharing their parental wishes around kids who were 12 years and under. This post however focuses on moms who are more mature who have taken the time to share some of their most pressing parenting regrets 10 years later or more.  I write to share this primarily as a reference point for 1. Parents to be 2. Parents of Younger children and 3. People everywhere who can learn a bit from the regrets of others.

Some of the Top 10 Parenting regrets as shared by moms 40 and over include: 

1. Missing out too much of years 1-5: They say these are the most impressionable years and boy do they go by quickly.  I have cried every year after my child passed the 5 year old mark, because each year I saw a little more of my "baby" slipping away with every 12 month period.  Even at 7 years old, I often reflect and find gaps that seemed to have flown by way too quickly.  Several of our 40 and over moms cited this missing out on quality time as one of their most profound regrets-often tied work commitments, balancing relationships and being focused on caring for instead of spending time with the kids. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Year; New You! Party Over Here

If you've been following Jamaican Mommies on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you would have been seeing some tiny teasers promising a "Party over here"/ #JamaicanMommiesParty and encouraging you to "Get Excited" 

and worry not because these are not empty handed teasers.  Essentially, while I reflected on all the many wondrous things that "New Year, New You" meant to me, it also got me thinking about you, my fellow mums and some of the things that may interest and inspire us as parents, women,spouses, individuals. Indeed, a new year is a time to get excited-about life, love, health, happiness, relaxation and so much more....

Additionally, as some of you know, Jamaican Mommies has been around since 2009 (to coincide with when I had my daughter) and needed a local avenue to talk about all things mommy and me related. So while I celebrate my own "New year, New You" journey, I simultaneously want to CELEBRATE with those of you who have been on the journey with us from 2009 and even those of you who have just connected with the Jamaican Mommies network! hence the PARTY over HERE concept! and believe us, it is going to be quite a party!

Before you go deciding if this may or may not be for you, remember you still don't have the deets! and nope, it's nothing like you are thinking, So stay tuned!!!

Besides, Would you go to a party or any form of celebration alone? Take a friend along!! Simply have them 
SIGN UP HERE and stay glued to all our Social Media platforms (Facebook Page, Facebook Private Group, Instagram, Twitter ) where we will continue to give you a bit more information each day as we get closer to the big day!

And just in case you are having a bad day, self doubt, 150% tired mom mode, never forget....

so go on and SIGN UP HERE for the party. You deserve it!!

Cheers to Motherhood!J Mom signature
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