How do you do it Parenting Link Up #10

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Welcome! How Do You Do It? is a community of mothers of multiples. We believe in supporting each other, in sharing our experiences and questions, in friendship, and in encouragement. To help nourish our community, we host a weekly parenting link party, a link up open to all of our readers, whether you have multiples or not, where you can share your wisdom, your favorite posts, your insights, with our online community here at HDYDI.

We want to know: How do YOU do it?

How do you tackle tantrums, resistance, and discipline? What’s your potty training secret, your housekeeping kryptonite, or your trick for a good night’s sleep? How do you handle colic or cold, flu and RSV season? How do you keep your kids entertained during the long, cold, winter days? How do you handle being a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or a single parent? How do you find time for your partner?

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

If you are a blogger and a parent, caregiver, or parent-to-be (no multiples required), we want YOU to link up! When it comes to parenting: How do you do it? Let us all know!

Link parties are a great way to connect with other bloggers, to share your wonderful content and posts, and to be inspired! Each week, we pick some of our favorite posts and feature them the following week on our site! Plus, we pin them on Pinterest, tweet them on Twitter, and share them on Google+ and Facebook! Get some more exposure for your great content, and don’t forget to check out the featured posts from last week’s link up!


This week’s featured posts:

We had some great posts this last week! Here are three of our favorites, but I read each of them and enjoyed everyone’s posts. Don’t forget to click around and explore some great new blogs!

hard (1)Gabby of MamaGab explores the all too real answer to the question “Is Motherhood Hard?” in her post this last week. Regular Chores for Three Year Olds; they can do more than you think! whatsupfagans.comKatelyn of What’s up Fagans? believes in making her three year old twins work around the house doing chores. She shares a list of what she thinks 3-year olds should be able to do, and without any rewards or allowance.Family Mailboxes - Brighten Each Other's Day! - wondermomwanabe.comCorinne of WonderMom Wannabe shares how family mailboxes are a fun and easy way to brighten her family member’s day. Plus, it proves to be a great communication tool for their family. I think this would be a great family project to get ready for Valentine’s Day!

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Parenting Link Up Party

Rules for the How Do You Do It? Parenting Link Up Party:

  1. Follow and connect with HDYDI on the social media platforms that you use. Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+ | Blog Lovin
  2. Link up to 3 great parenting posts below! Please, no recipes posts! Of course, link directly to a post, not your main page. Also, under “name” put the title of your post.
  3. Check out at least 3 other links! This is a party, so mingle!
  4. Leave an awesome comment for those you visit and tell them you found them at the HDYDI link party! And pin them/share the posts that you really like.
  5. Tweet: Add YOUR #parenting #advice to @hdydi's #linkup! Tell everyone #howdoyoudoit! http://ctt.ec/LRfWz+ #motherhood #momwisdomTweet about the link party, pin our link party badge, share it on Facebook, or otherwise promote this party! The more the party grows, the more exposure your posts will receive, the more fun you’ll have, and the more encouragement and ideas we’ll all receive!
  6. HDYDI Parenting Link Up PartyPut How Do You Do It?‘s Parenting Link Up badge on your site! Put it in your side bar, at the bottom of the post you shared, or on a party page!


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How do you do it? Parenting Link Up! #2

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How Do You Do It? is a community of mothers of multiples. We believe in supporting each other, in sharing our experiences and questions, in friendship, and in encouragement. And what better way to do that than to do a weekly parenting link up party, a link party open to all of our readers, whether you have multiples or not, where you can share your wisdom, your favorite posts, your insights, with our online community here at HDYDI.

We want to know: How do YOU do it?

How do you handle pregnancy and everything around it? What’s your potty training secret, your housekeeping kryptonite, or your trick for a good night’s sleep? How do you handle colic or cold, flu and RSV season? How do you handle being a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or a single parent? How do you find time for your partner?

If you are a blogger and a parent, caregiver, or parent-to-be (no multiples required), we want YOU to link up! When it comes to parenting: How do you do it? How did you do it? How will you do it? Let us all know!

Link parties are a great way to connect with other bloggers, to share your wonderful content and posts, and to be inspired! Plus, each week we will be picking some of our favorite posts and featuring them the following week on our site! Plus, we’ll pin them on Pinterest, tweet them on Twitter, and share them on Google+ and Facebook! Talk about exposure for you!


This week’s featured posts:Get in the Christmas Photo, Mom! Get in the Christmas Photo, Mom! – from Twins Times Two!

We loved Michelle’s five reasons why you, Mom, (and your spouse too for that matter) should be on your Christmas cards!

How I cut my laundry folding time by 30% - scruggbugcorner.comGift of Time: How I cut my laundry folding time by 30% – from Scrugg Bug Corner

This easy DIY tutorial from Herchel for making kid-sized shirt folding boards is awesome! She is saving time on a less than favorite household chore by getting her kids excited to use these awesome folding boards. Win win!

The Sparkle Box - A Christmas Service TraditionThe Sparkle Box – A Christmas Service Tradition from de Jong Dream House

We loved Jen’s post about a Christmas book called The Sparkle Box and how she’s adopted and implemented its premise in her family, helping to teach thankfulness and service to her children.

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Parenting Link Up Party

Rules for the How Do You Do It? Parenting Link Up Party:

  1. Follow and connect with HDYDI on the social media platforms that you use. Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+ | Blog Lovin
  2. Link up to 3 great parenting posts below! Please, no recipes posts! Of course, link directly to a post, not your main page.
  3. Check out at least 3 other links! This is a party, so mingle!
  4. Leave an awesome comment for those you visit and tell them you found them at the HDYDI link party! And pin them/share the posts that you really like.
  5. Tweet about the link party, pin our link party badge, share it on Facebook, or otherwise promote this party! The more the party grows, the more exposure your posts will receive, the more fun you’ll have, and the more encouragement and ideas we’ll all receive!
  6. HDYDI Parenting Link Up PartyPut How Do You Do It?‘s Parenting Link Up badge on your site! Put it in your side bar, at the bottom of the post you shared, or on a party page!

Link up!

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Monday MoM Blog Picks: Introducing a Parenting Link Up Party

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The MoMs are excited to start a new weekly tradition here on HDYDI: a parenting link up party!

How Do You Do It? is a community of mothers of multiples. We believe in supporting each other, in sharing our experiences and questions, in friendship, and in encouragement. We’ve been sharing our Monday MoM Blog Picks weekly to showcase posts from other multiples blogs and thought it was time to expand our horizons, to let all of our readers, whether you have multiples or not, share your wisdom, your favorite posts, your insights, with our online community here at HDYDI.

We want to know: How do YOU do it?

How do you handle pregnancy, prematurity, birth, and postpartum recovery? How do you handle the tantrums, the diapering bills, the stress, the potty training? How do you handle education and special needs? How do you handle being a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or a single parent? How do you find time for yourself?

How do you do it? How did you do it? How will you do it? Let us all know!

So, if you are a blogger and a parent, caregiver, or parent-to-be (no multiples required), we want YOU to link up!

Link parties are a great way to connect with other bloggers, to share your wonderful content and posts, and to be inspired! Plus, each week we will be picking some of our favorite posts and featuring them the following week on our site! Plus, we’ll pin them on Pinterest, tweet them on Twitter, and share them on Google+ and Facebook! Talk about exposure for you!

Parenting Link Up Party Here are the rules for our How Do You Do It? Parenting Link Up Party:

  1. Follow and connect with HDYDI on the social media platforms that you use. Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+ | Blog Lovin
  2. Link up to 3 great parenting posts below! Please, no recipes posts! Of course, link directly to a post, not your main page.
  3. Check out at least 3 other links! This is a party, so mingle!
  4. Leave an awesome comment for those you visit and tell them you found them at the HDYDI link party! And pin them/share the posts that you really like.
  5. Tweet about the link party, pin our link party badge, share it on Facebook, or otherwise promote this party! The more the party grows, the more exposure your posts will receive, the more fun you’ll have, and the more encouragement and ideas we’ll all receive!
  6. HDYDI Parenting Link Up PartyPut How Do You Do It?‘s Parenting Link Up badge on your site! Put it in your side bar, at the bottom of the post you shared, or on a party page!

Now link them up!

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Monday MoM Blog Picks

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Twin Trials and Triumphs: What’s Old is New

PhotobucketYou’ve seen MandyE here at HDYDI and met her lovely daughters Twin A and Twin B. In this post, she talks about how her girls are now playing with classic toys from MandyE’s own childhood. Can I hear you say, “Awwwww!”?

About.com Twins and Multiples: Choosing Names for Your Twins

Pamela’s twin daughters are off at college now and she continues to be a great source of information on all things multiples. In this post, she asks how you selected your kids’ names. Vote and see what the poll results look like right now! I was surprised to find that my purposefully unmatchy name choice was in the minority!

Perfectly Peyton: Parenting 101

http://www.perfectlypeyton.com/It’s pretty amazing to see micropreemie Peyton at home with her family. In the post, Stacey, mom of surviving triplet Peyton, talks about the day-to-day life with a baby, never forgetting the brother and sister who don’t get to grow up with her.

Announcing HDYDI’s Weekly Parenting Link Up

Parenting Link Up PartyStarting next week, we’re going to be mixing it up. We’re going to invite you to share your own parenting posts. Monday MoM Blog Picks will be replaced by Monday Parenting Blog Picks, with some featured posts selected from the previous week’s link party. Think about what post you’d like to share. We’ll be kicking it off a week from today!

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Monday MoM Blog Picks

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I’ve only got one for you this week, because I really, really, really want you to read it.

The Matt Walsh Blog: An Uncensored True Tale of Parenting

Matt is a dad of twinfants. He’s also a talk radio host* and a blogger, but what we really care about here is that he’s a DoM. In this post, he responds to a request from a father-of-twins-to-be (congratulations to Kevin and his wife!) about what fatherhood is really like. My favourite words from the whole post:

Real freedom comes only from love. When you have your kids, you will have a love that you’ve never before experienced, and never could have experienced, and that will be the truest sort of freedom.

You know you want to read the rest, including his blow-by-blow account of being responsible for his twinfants, solo, for all of two hours. If you’ve ever felt underappreciated for the level of care our kids needed as babies on an average day, rest assured that this guy gets it.

*Another thing. I think the fact that I can completely disagree with Matt’s politics but completely agree with his view on parenting just demonstrates that our kids and our responsibilities toward them can overcome differences big and small.

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Monday MoM Blog Picks

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Leading the Double Life: It’s All About the Bumpers, Baby!

leadingthedoublelifeJessica Groff is mom to gorgeous twinfant girls, Emma and Jane. In this post, she seeks advice from the momosphere on whether to accept her wiggly girls’ bumps to the noggin or run the suffocation risk that comes with crib bumpers. Stop by her blog and weigh in.

4tunate: When Strangers Lose Their Filter

Quatromama (Jen) is the mom of 6-year-old quadruplet boys, two of whom are identical. In this post she talks about how it really feels when strangers make thoughtless comments about our families, within our earshot. This particular gem was, “I’d shoot myself.” Classy, right?

Perfectly Peyton: Remembering Two Angels

http://www.perfectlypeyton.com/StaceySkry has created a new blog to document the life of her surviving triplet, Peyton. In fact, our very own Angela Bickford designed and set it up. Nice, isn’t it? Stacey gave birth to her micropreemie triplets, boy Parker and identical girls, Abby and Peyton. Abby passed away soon after birth, but Parker held on for nearly two months before joining her. Peyton beat the odds and will soon be released from the NICU after 16 weeks, right around her due date. In this post, Stacey tells us how Peyton is doing and how a local Walk To Remember helped her honour her angel babies.

Texas Tales: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

4fortunateAmber is the mom of b/b/g/g 1-year-old quadruplets. (I mentioned another post by her earlier this month.) In honour of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, she shares her loss story. The quadruplets had another multiple who didn’t survive through the pregnancy, and Amber had two miscarriages before that. I think Amber’s perspective perfectly illustrates how important it is to honour how parents view their angel babies and surviving children. To her, her kids are quadruplets, not surviving quintuplets, unlike Angela or Stacey who consider their children to be surviving triplets, not twins or a singleton. Her words are heavy with both pain and a sense of community.

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Monday MoM Blog Picks

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I know, I’ve been a little lazy about my Monday MoM Blog Picks, but I’m back this week with some good ones.

Pajiba: 25 Practical Tips About the Horrors of Raising Twins That You Will Never Learn from Movies and TV

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 10.18.53 PMYou’ve probably seen this post make the rounds of social media, but it’s worth a read, despite the fact that the word “horrors” in the title is completely misplaced. I suspect “horrors” gains more eyeballs than “reality.” There’s nothing here that we MoMs don’t already know, but it’s rather nice to see it all in one place. Having multiples is a special experience, good and bad.

Texas Tales: {Quad Squad} Simple Sensory Ziploc Bag!

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 10.38.49 PMAmber is a mother of quadruplets, aged one. She came up with a simple, no-mess squishy project for her quartet. Even if your kids are too old for this activity, you have to check out with post and coo at the adorable little ones.

Twins Times Two, and One More Too! A Decision to Use Donor Eggs: Marni’s Story

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 10.39.59 PMMichelle, mother of multiple multiples and a singleton, invited Marni to share her infertility journey. Through the gift of donor eggs, Marni was able to conceive and deliver her boy/girl twins, Jett & Delilah. For anyone who wants to know what the process is like, not just physically, but emotionally, check out this post. Thank you, Michelle and Marni, for giving us this glimpse into a world I frankly know very little about.

About.com Twins & Multiples: Breastfeeding Guilt

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This post made my list before this afternoon’s post was in my consciousness, I promise. Pamela, whose identical girls recently went off to college, talks about the hard truth that some moms of multiples are unable to breastfeed, despite wanting to do so. Pamela acknowledges the guilt that comes with perceived nursing failure and provides some realistic reassurance. I could have used her words when my girls were 5 months old and I was desperate to end my J’s nursing strike.

McBabyBump: Three

McmamaMcMama, is a military wife and mom of 6, including fraternal twins bookended by singletons and two angels. In this post, McMama shares with us the raw agony of losing her son Job at 20 weeks gestation 3 years ago. Her words are knife sharp and her pain palpable. Let those of us who get to watch our babies grow never forget how precious they are nor shy away from those who grieve.

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Monday MoM Blog Picks

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Diana Wrote: Again

http://dianawrote.comDiana Wrote used to be Hormonal Imbalances. I mentioned Diana’s newborn son Kaden’s health challenges in my Monday MoM Blog Picks last month. I’m sorry to report that in Again, Diana writes about the loss of a third son, only 3 weeks old. In a subsequent post, Finding Comfort After Loss, she talks about how there is no right way to grieve, just as there is no right way to parent twins, as Janna wrote about earlier today.

Twiniversity: My Road from PCOS to Twins

http://www.twiniversity.comYes, we get frustrated with the constant question, “Are they natural?” Let’s be honest, though. While some of us are blessed with spontaneous multiples, infertility is a reality in the MoM community. In this post, Michelle Cleary talks about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as a reality in her everyday life, not just as a medical condition known to us only in the third person from medical journals. Michelle describes her post best: “I’ll tell you the medical meaning, but then I’m going to tell you my story and how I live with it every day. You’ll see how different the two really are.” Michelle’s girl/boy twins are now 4 years old.

Talk About Twins: What I Want My Boys to Know About Girls

talkabouttwinsChristina Baglivi Tinglof writes at Talk About Twins and is the mother of 3 teenage boys, twins and a singleton. In this post, she jumps into the pool of thoughtful parents responding to Miley Cyrus’ questionable display to discuss how to raise her boys to be good men in today’s world.

 

What have you read in the blogosphere this week that the HDYDI community should check out?

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Monday MoM Blog Picks

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Rants from Mommyland: Sweet Valley… NO.

Want some awesome?After you read this guest post, you will forever more find your family using the term Amish Time. But that’s not the point. The point is how nasty and horrible the girls are in those Sweet Valley books we used to love. Oh, and please put in a plug for the poster to start her own blog. The world needs more. Thanks to Mommy Esq. for the recommendation!

CT Mommy Blog: Josh’s Jungle in Hamden, CT

Yazmin of http://ctmommyblog.comNear our house, there’s an All Abilities park. It’s amazing, with wheelchair ramps everywhere, a wheelchair swing, textured playscapes for visually impaired children, and sensory centres for kids with autism and other sensory challenges. It’s also completely inclusive of kids without disabilities, creating a places where all sorts of children can play side by side. I never knew such things existed elsewhere, but then I saw a post on a Connecticut park that accommodated kids in wheelchairs on Yazmin’s CT Mommy Blog. Yazmin has twin girls and blogs about parenting in CT.

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Monday MoM Blog Picks … on Wednesday

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RebeccaD’s post on the complexity of her parenting experience over the last year really touched me. I didn’t want to muddy the waters with this week’s Monday MoM Blog Picks on Monday. Plus, I was lazy. So, here you have them on Wednesday.

Top Mommy Blogs

Top Mommy Blogs - Click To Vote!Okay, TMB isn’t a MoM blog. It’s not even a blog. And I didn’t link to a post. Still, I discovered it recently and wanted to share it with you. Essentially, Top Mommy Blogs is a collection of mommy blogs from all over the internet and has an entire category devoted to MoM bloggers. Last I checked, there were 53 blogs listed in the Twins and Multiples category. There’s a lot of mom and MoM wisdom to be found. If you’ve been looking for MoM bloggers to add to your repertoire, this would be a great place to go looking.

The blog rankings are driven organically by blog readers choosing to click from a participating site to the TMB site. (So, please be aware that clicking on the link above or on the badge in our sidebar will count as a vote for HDYDI–one vote, no matter how many times you click in a day. We authors have agreed not to vote for our own site in the interest of fairness to other blogs who don’t have as many authors. I’m almost certain you can vote/click for as many different blogs as you want.)

There’s a lot of great information there. There’s a whole PPD category, for instance. There’s a special needs one. Maybe if we ask really nicely, Karen will consider adding a prematurity/NICU category.

The McCleary Quadruplets: Homemade Popsicles-Summer Bucket List + Giveaway

Mighty Pop Giveaway at http://www.mccleary-family.comStephanie of The McCleary Quadrupets has 4 4-year-olds, G/B/B/B quads. If you like giveaways, well, enjoy the giveaway. Stephanie is pretty active with giveaways, but she also has some wonderfully thoughtful posts about raising her kids. What I loved was that these flexible ice pop molds allow you to present unadulterated whole fruit as a healthy sweet treat to your kids. I’m always looking for simple ways to feed my family fresh, minimally processed foods.

Four to Adore: Plagiosaur, No More

http://fourtoadore.comAmber blogs at Four to Adore about raising her (B/B/G/G) quadruplet infants. Her son Mason has spent 5 months in a helmet to treat his plagiocephaly, a problematic asymmetry of the head. This a condition I first learned about from HDYDI’s own LauraC. Imagine Amber’s surprise on going into his specialist for a helmet adjustment only to learn that Mason was done with treatment and free to go through the rest of his life helmet-free. Need a pick-me-up? This is it.

Northeast Small Town Parenting: Facebook and the One-Sided Crush

Carissa, Alicia and Nicole collaborate on Northeast Small Town Parenting and share their thoughts and experiences raising several children. Carissa and Nicole are moms of twins. Carissa also has a singleton. Alicia has 3 singletons. They have a lot parenting experience between them! I loved that Nicole talks about how we behave on Facebook. Essentially she breaks Facebook into high-schoolesque types and reminds us that we’re beyond high school, and should act that way online. It made me think about my own behaviour; Facebook has been an increasing part of my online life, especially since we started HDYDI’s page. I am, without a doubt, a topic obsessed participant in Facebook. I am all twin mommy, all the time. I need to do some work to find Sadia again.

Hormonal Imbalances: Shaken

hormonal-imbalancesDiana is an army wife and a mom. She has experienced more than her share of challenges and tragedy. She went into preterm labour with twins and was treated horribly by the hospital staff. She lost both babies. Today, she’s looking in the face of possibly losing another child to an incredibly rare infection. If you’re the praying type, pray for her. If you’re the good vibes type like me, gather up all the good vibes you have and send them to little Kaden. If you know someone in the medical field who can help, who can offer some hope, please send them Diana’s way. Please.

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