Tuesday, March 13, 2018


If you're like me, after a long day of work, digital devices and then some, you want to get home, curl into a ball and just relax. That however seems to be more of an ongoing dream once you venture along the parental journey. The reality is, with school preparations, work, pick ups and drop offs, dinner, homework and everything in between, parents are often flat out tired. Still, while our energy levels seem to be running towards E, our children's energy is often at the peak, operating on a full tank.

Since Jamaican Mommies has so actively been encouraging parents to #JustTry to PLAY, we reached out to several moms across the Jamaican Mommies network at home and in the diaspora to find out some of their favorite family games. We collate the responses and share these, categorized by required energy levels.

Low Energy aka Super Tired Mom Mode

1. Spa Time: My absolute fave because it requires little to no energy on my part, but allows the kids to still have fun. Spa time can range from having your hair, nails or a mini massage done.

Required: One or a few excited children, a super tired mom or dad, a comb, brush and other spa items.

Method: Relax, close your eyes even and give your children free reign over your hair, nails, shoulders etc.

Caution: Don't be alarmed that your hairdo isn't road worthy or you have mismatched painted toes.

Friday, March 2, 2018

#JustTry 10 Actionable Tips for being a better Parent

Parenting, as we know, can be the most complex, yet rewarding path in this life.  Unfortunately, with all the other high stress factors in our daily lives, as parents we do get overwhelmed, we do ignore our kids, our spouses and even the things we once loved.  Some days the gravity of it all may even cause us to explode in non stop trail of tears.  As a mother, I know this.  I also know that parenting isn't always cushy-feely.  The reality is that for every parenting reward, there are equally stressful moments. 

Recognizing this, Jamaican Mommies rolled out a Mini #Just Try Campaign over January and February.  Essentially, compact parenting tips, all with the aim of helping us to be better parents. 

If you were connected with us via @JamaicanMommies on Instagram@JamaicanMommies on Twitter or Jamaican Mommies on Facebook you would have been seeing these messages.  This post therefore summarizes these 10 simple tips to help you be a better parent.  These tips have been so well received.  Our next mission may well be to start a #JustTry Challenge. 

1. JUST TRY: As a parent, one of the most important things you could ever do is TRY. It may seem overwhelming at times but find at least one activity that you can do together weekly or every other week. Let us give our children beautiful childhood memories. Quality TIME is way more important than you know.

2. JUST BOND: Here's a fun challenge for this weekend into the upcoming week. Set aside some special time for family. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. FOCUS on using POSITIVE words and actions this week and consider it a real INVESTMENT in your home. 

3. JUST PLAY: Weekends are meant to be fun and this week's #JustTry challenge is for you to #JustPlay I know #ThatMomLife and #Parenting has it's challenges but even 30 minutes set aside for #ActivePlay creates a lasting memory for your children and also has benefits for you as it helps you to see life through the eyes of your child. Let them lead the way. Ask about their favourite outdoor game for example or share one of your childhood fave then go on out and #JustDoIt

4. JUST TALK: It’s important that your children feel comfortable talking to you about issues happening in their daily lives! Build a comfortable talking culture! Allow them to speak!

5. JUST BE THERE: As parents it’s important to be active and present in our children’s lives. Get involved in every way possible! As a guide remember, PRESENCE over PRESENTS.

See other 5 tips below

What are some of the ways you TRY to be a better parent? Share with us!

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