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Be a Pro Mom. Here are my (current) top 3 picks for high-quality mothering resources.
If you started a new job, you would expect some training, right?
No quality employer would expect you to know how to perform your job
without teaching you how to do it. That's common sense.
Well, being a mom is one of the most important jobs you will ever do.
You are raising the next generation; the future leaders, business
owners, teachers, plumbers, CEO's, craftsmen, engineers, nurses, etc.
of the future. You are raising future moms and dads. And you need to know those future stars are hanging on your every word; watching your every move. Think about it. Any
job or career you are ever a part of will be able to replace you within
a matter or days or weeks, should you leave your position. But your
family? Should you leave your family, your loss will be felt for the
rest of their lives.
So what have you done lately to further your mothering education?
Once I understood the truth of what I just shared with
you, giving myself permission to develop as a parent was easy. I make
sure my kids have whatever resources they need to get their job of
'growing up' done right. I now make sure I get the same opportunities
to learn and grow both as a person and as a mom.
|In fact, I think of myself as a professional mom. And you should, too.
On that note, I want to share with you my current top
choices for resources you can put to use as a mom. Here are my
requirements for such important resources.
I must be able to learn and receive more facts, insights, and helps
from a resource on an ongoing basis. I must be able to pick it up and
re-use it again and again through the years. Some one-use resources are
a big help; but they won't be on this list.
The resource must pay for itself in some way, usually over and over
again (that would be from the reusable part above). For example, a
resource must save me time or money or sanity (or a combination of
those three). There are wonderful products that exist just to
entertain, for example, but they won't be on this list.
This is not the list for PhD’s. The moms that visit PaintedGold are
busy, busy ladies with not a minute to waste in their days. My days are
just as full. We need resources that we can start using today, not after a long, arduous learning curve.
As you can see, my criteria are simple and straightforward.
Just the way I like things! In addition, here are some learning tips
I've picked up over the years that have helped me get the most out of
the resources I use.
1. Use it!
This seems silly, but if you actually take the time and money to GET a
resource, be sure and USE the resource. Don't let your good intentions
of 'some day' get in the way. If you won't put it to use this week,
then now is not the time to get it.
2. Pick it apart.
What I mean by this is customizing a resource to work for you
personally. For example, if I purchase a new e-book, I will print out
the section I'm working on or a 'quote for the day' to post near where
I'm working to keep focused. Check the resource fine print to make sure
this is okay to do, but I've found that most are fine with such
personal usage. If I'm listening to an audio cd I will jot down the
idea that speaks to me and carry it with me for a few days. I've found
that helps new ideas to 'soak in' and enables me to put them to better
3. Share it.
When you teach another, you solidify your own learning. In fact, if
you're having trouble grasping a concept, try and teach it to someone
else and you'll discover exactly where your confusion lies so you can
address it more clearly. Certainly, we all love to share new tips or
helpful ideas. Pass it on!
One more thing. This page will change from time
to time as I test out new resources and discover new favorites. Most of
these resources I will have tried personally; once in awhile I like a
resource so well I would be happy to recommend any from that source.
That's a pretty high recommendation and I don't make it lightly!
Here we go....
1. Organizing helps.
There are a LOT of organizing resources available these days. If you
struggle with clutter, paperwork, and general house organizing, then I
really recommend Finally Organized Finally Free by Maria Gracia. This is a tremendous
e-book (it is a .pdf file and opens right on your computer) with over
2000 organizing tips, so you know it's a highly practical resource
that's easy to use over and over. Open it and instantly pick out the
category you need an idea from...maybe paperwork help or getting your
kids' rooms organized. Pick out an idea you like and put it to use
right away. In a few days you'll know if it's working. If not, go back
to the e-book and pick out another idea. Trust me, with over 2000 tips
in this resource you won't be running out of organizing ideas anytime
soon. I love this product!
2. Personal growth.
If you've spent any time at all on this website, you know how important
I believe personal growth is. It's the backbone we all need to be the
moms and the human beings we were created to be. Brian Tracy is one of
my favorite resources because he knows how to communicate something
vital that we all need as human beings. The knowledge that we are in
charge of our own lives. Once we REALLY grasp that truth, the fun can
genuinely begin. Before we get a hold of that truth, life often seems
to be dragging us along.
I have read and listened to many of Brian's resources, both in audio
and book format. I like him primarily for two reasons. 1) He speaks the
truth; the way things really are, NOT the way we WISH things could be.
2) He's extremely positive-oriented. There's enough criticism in this
world. Just like with physical nutrition, you need mental and emotional
nutrition and Brian Tracy has some of the most nutrient-dense material
out there. I happily recommend any of his resources, both personal and
Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
message and it's a good one. Here's a little taste from one of his
Excerpted from "Capitalizing on Your Strengths" by Brian Tracy
"One of the qualities of superior men and women is that they are
extremely self-reliant. They accept complete responsibility for
themselves and everything that happens to them. They look to themselves
as the source of their successes and as the main cause of their
problems and difficulties. High achievers say, “If it’s to be, it’s up
to me.” When things aren’t moving along as fast as they want, they ask
themselves, “What is it in me that is causing this problem?” They
refuse to make excuses or to blame people. Instead, they look for ways
to overcome obstacles and to make progress."
(About Brian Tracy
Brian Tracy is a leading authority on personal and business success. As
Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, he is the best-selling
author of 17 books and over 300 audio and video learning programs.)
Let's face it, mom. If you are struggling with issues relating to your
health it's very difficult to give your best to the rest of your life,
including parenting. Health is so important! Anything we can do to
promote wellness in our homes will pay off for us in terms of money and
time saved and happiness gained. Many women struggle with their weight
and the important part of weight management is the health benefits we
can derive. I have always enjoyed exercising and staying active, but
after four babies and discovering middle age (!) I had put on extra
weight. I lost twenty (20) pounds using an online calorie counting
system. I learned more about myself than I can relate here, but my
family also benefited from my newfound understanding of nutrition,
exercise and eating habits. I love myfooddiary.com and it's priced very
affordably, too, which I know is important. This is a way to actually
take charge of your eating habits and not just skip from diet to diet,
which is less than healthy. If you need to lose weight or improve your
nutrition or fitness levels, I really recommend this program.
Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
Note from Colleen: Remember, I earn my living making excellent recommendations to you, Mom, so when you choose to click any of the links on this website and make a purchase, I may earn a commission.
Naturally, that means I care about what you think! If you try a product or service I recommend, I'd love to hear from you. How else can I keep my recommendations top notch for all my visitors?
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