It Takes anEntire Village to Raise a Child

The older my kids get, the more I realize this saying is so true. I find myself so many times using rules and examples form other people in our lives to motivate my children to do things.

For example, Aunt Jen made this rule with Ry that he has to try everything on his plate and then if he really doesn't like, then he does not have to eat it. Granted, I have said this before but for some reason it sounds so much better coming from Aunt Jen. Well I am thankful for Aunt Jen because I have tried several new recipes this week incorporating veggies in sneaky ways and every time the kids sit down at the table, I get this, "I don't like that!!!" So then I chime in and say, remember what Aunt Jen says and it is amazing what they will eat. I made Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole last night and every kid ate what was on their plate. Victory thanks to Aunt Jen and Rita's for a little extra motivation.

The older that K and Mik get, I really am thankful for the army of friends and family we have surrounded ourselves with. Sadly, I am realizing that Josh & I are no longer cool to them. We can say the exact same things that a friend or small group leader can say to them and it sounds completely different coming out of our mouths. Granted they don't listen until someone else says it.

The thing that I have realized is that what our parents always told us, "To choose your friends wisely," is some of the best advice ever when it comes to raising kids. Be smart about who you choose to surround your family. I am thankful for all the friends and family we have around us because I truly believe that their influence is very important in my kids lives.

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  1. YAY! I love that green pepper recipe too.

    And, I'm glad you're in my army :)

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  2. I second that. I don't know what I would do without you here.

    Totally glad you moved :) It's a lot of fun doing this parenting thing with you.

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