Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Browsing Category

Rearing

    Rearing

    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer

    I spotted her there in her beach chair, the ocean wide with families interacting, laughter and joy surrounding.  Little boy sitting at her side, chattering, nudging, vying for attention.

    She remained out of touch, face buried in phone.

    The sickness prevails across the land – the sickness of disconnectedness.

     

    “She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.  Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise.”  Proverbs 31:27-28

     

    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer; Practicing the art of family connections, communication, and solid parenting involvement.

    *This post may contain affiliate links.  You may view my policies here.
    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer; Practicing the art of family connections, communication, and solid parenting involvement.

    I see it in shopping centers, restaurants, and parks; in homes, cars, and doctor’s offices. 

    When I die, I don’t want to be remembered as the mom/Gigi who cherished her phone.

    I want to be present.  I want to interact, communicate, engage.

    Not electronically, although I often do, and there’s a time and a place.

    But we must – we are obliged, oh may we be compelled

    to be present for our kids.

    Mom, this summer, will you accept this challenge with me?  While those kids are home from school, as you set up that water sprinkler, spend time at the pool, and vacation – would you vow to disconnect and just be present?

    Hang with me for a second here – I have a summer iphone challenge for you in a sec!

     

    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer Click To Tweet

     

     

    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer; Practicing the art of family connections, communication, and solid parenting involvement.

     

    Take one picture and put down the phone.  You can post it on Facebook and Instagram later – after the kids are in bed.  It doesn’t have to be done ASAP!  No one – and I mean NO. ONE. is waiting with baited breath in social media world to view a picture of your kids at Disney World. 

    You do not work for Twitter. You don’t draw a paycheck. Your family will not hungry because you didn’t tweet every five minutes today.

     

    Your job is here, right now

    1.  Keep an eye on everyone.

    2.  Keep them busy and productive.

    3.  Build their respect for you.

    4.  Anticipate their praise, and that of your husband.

    Why?  Because you posted 20 pictures on social media and engaged with half your “friends” via likes, comments, and personal messages?

    Nope. 

    Because you put that phone aside, walked away from it, and

    did your job.

     

    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer; Practicing the art of family connections, communication, and solid parenting involvement.

     

    Disconnect this summer

    Let’s emerge from the imaginary world this summer, mom.  Before the iPhone, before the techno world, before blogging and Etsy shops, mothering was happening.  I raised my kids in the 90’s, without a phone attached to my hip – I had a Velcro child instead.

    I know what you’re thinking.  “That was you, we live in a new age now, get with it.”

    I have an iPhone.  I get incredibly sucked in, as Satan (probably gleefully) watches me disconnect and live a shadowy, shallow life, and that is why I’m asking – no, I’m begging you to join me in this venture.

    What will it look like?  I’m not going to list tips such as three basic steps to disconnect from the internet, or the trick to only engage on social media twice a day.  It looks different for each person.  All I’m saying is:

    Put down the phone and walk away. 

     

     

    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer; Practicing the art of family connections, communication, and solid parenting involvement.

     

     

    Enjoy the kids this sunny season.  Enjoy your husband.  Engage in family time, neighborhood deck parties, and yard sales.

    Don’t be that mom on the beach, out to lunch with all her Facebook “friends” while her little boy grows up accepting the belief that his position as second in line is the norm.

    Just be the mom.

     

    How to disconnect and enjoy your kids this summer; Practicing the art of family connections, communication, and solid parenting involvement. Join the summer iphone challenge on Instagram - Lay down the phone and connect with the fam!

     

    Disconnect with the Summer Iphone Challenge!

    Let’s do a summer iphone challenge!  Here’s how:

    1.)  Get a small box or pretty basket.  

    2.)  Pick a time every day to leave your phone in the box.  Can you do it one hour?  Two?  Three?? {Gasp}  

    3.)  Follow me on Instagram 

    4.)  Post a picture of your phone in your box 

    5.)  Use the hashtag #summeriphonechallenge and

    6.)  Tag me@ruthiegray

    We’ll do it together – bonus points if you get your family to join!

    Let’s do this. #summeriphonechallenge

    “She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.  Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise.”  Proverbs 31:27-28, MSG

     


    Brand new C2K (Couch to Knee) Summer Prayer challenge for busy moms

    Get your summer prayer survival guide!

     

    Join the C2K Summer prayer challenge for a summer prayer survival guide for moms. Don't miss out - tap into God's rich blessings and enjoy your kids too!

     

    Are you already overwhelmed with summer?  Don’t know how you’re going to survive the natives AND the heat?  I’ve  teamed up with Abi of Joy In My Kitchen (mama of 5) to create a little something just for you:  The C2K (Couch to Knee) Summer prayer survival guide for moms.  This is designed in short, actionable chunks you can manage on your own time clock!

    What you will receive

    • A prayer calendar for the month of July containing one verse per day
    • One prayer survival email per week
    • Access to the C2K facebook group

    What it involves

    The challenge will run for 4 weeks, beginning Monday, July 3. Each week will focus on one of the following topics:

    • gratitude
    • humility 
    • contentment
    • faithfulness

     

    It all starts July 3, but you can sign up right now. That way you won’t forget!

    Don’t miss out – tap into God’s rich blessings and enjoy your kids this summer by using this power-boost from God’s Word!

     

    Join here

     

    Join the C2K Summer prayer challenge for a summer prayer survival guide for moms. Don't miss out - tap into God's rich blessings and enjoy your kids too!

    PS As a participant in the summer prayer challenge, after it’s ended you’ll receive my Wife and Mommy Survival Kit and Abi’s Identity in Christ Bible study called, “You Are…”, which goes right along with the theme of this post!

    Double wins all around!!

    7 Ways Bible study calms an overwhelmed mom; Learn to study and interpret Scripture on your own and grow your faith with short bursts of time in the Word.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

  • How to teach your children the Bible and grow them in the Word. Featuring 52 Commands of Jesus for Children; one year devotional with 52 coloring pages.
    Rearing

    How to teach your children the Bible

    How to teach your children the Bible and grow them in the Word. Featuring 52 Commands of Jesus for Children; one year devotional with 52 coloring pages.…

  • Rearing

    3 Positive Actions for when your perfect plans fail

    Every mom seeks the elusive Golden Key to Balance.  Daily, inner battles wage as we second-guess discipline, housework, and meal selections.  We juggle careers, interpersonal relationships, and self-care.  The frequent question,…

© Ruthie Gray and Rear.Release.Regroup, 2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ruthie Gray and Rear.Release.Regroup. with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

COUNT TO NINE; 9 Liberating Steps to Mom Frustration and Anger

Are you ready to learn:

The surprising reasons behind your anger

The mind-blowing truth of God’s view on anger

One eye-opening tactic of envisioning a desired reaction

How the staggering power of unbelief can keep you from change

How to triumph through one key attitude adjustment

How to achieve victory over the stronghold you’ve struggled with for years

And much, much  more?

COUNT TO NINE, 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Frustration and Anger

is a Biblically based, methodical approach for taming the temper, based on mothering experience and tested on a group of young mothers implementing this approach.  These moms have found victory, new hope, and support through encouragement and Scriptural strategies.  COUNT TO NINE;  Biblical strategies, practical breakthroughs.

Need help battling anger?

Dear mom, are you tired, harried, and weary of fighting the same old battle with your temper day-in, day-out? If you desire to jump start a positive attitude, join me for this free course, full of Scripture and actionable plans.
%d bloggers like this: