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Planting the Seed of Love!

img_3651Transparent moment: I am totally freaking out! Anissa has been showing signs of no longer being my cuddle buddy, those Eskimo kisses have decreased, and when I say give me some suga she’s started to give me this look. We’ve reached that space when your baby starts to transform into some little independent kid that only wants to be bothered with you on occasion. I knew this day was coming, it started when she lost two teeth at once and her face began to change. No longer that chubby little baby face it now has some definition where there was once just big jaws. I began to embrace and start to cope with the fact that the last of the tribe was growing up. SIGH!

I know I’m not alone in this, I know there are other parents out there who notice when this begins to happen and I wonder how they feel. I think this time around it’s taking a greater toll on me as Anissa is the final chapter for me when it comes to giving birth to another child (don’t try to convince me otherwise). As I sit here and write this I’m a little teary eyed and then it happens… Anissa enters the room and gives me a kiss good night and once again I know what they baby love feels like. SMILE!

What I don’t realize a lot of the time is that I’ve planted a seed of love with each of my children. Although they will grow up and move away they always manage to show me an immense amount of love. While I love those snuggles, and Eskimo kisses as they grow up our love for each other has evolved into amazing awesome relationships where we can talk to each other about anything. Symone (21) checks in at home on a slightly regular basis, but never forgets to tell me she loves me, she always says it first, Jamiel (15) randomly walks up to me grabs me by my head (he’s officially taller than me now) to kiss my forehead, and Anissa (6) we’re still working out her thing, but until we do I appreciate the practice of the random hugs, the bringing of random snacks to me before bed, and how she grabs for my hand whenever we enter a room together (she’s my protection). Parents despite the disagreements, changing attitudes, and the growth of independence if you have genuinely shown your kids what it to love each other as a family you will never lose that feeling of the first time you two meant and fell in love.

So here we go hotties embracing this new love once again. I’m going to enjoy every moment of all parts of all three lives. I’ll continue to love on each of them and allow their love for me to grow as well.

How do you and your family show love? Are you in the midst of a love changing situation with your children? Start the discussion and get some suga while you’re at it!

To hear more tune into episode 4 of The Parental Guidance podcast Planting Seeds of Love.

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You Are The HOTTEST MOM!!!

We as parents want the best for and from our children. We want them to be successful, thriving, great members of society who will contribute and make our world a better place. This HOT MAMA is doing just that. Sharone Thomas of No Longer Powerless, has planted a seed within her daughter Kendall to make our community better. Kendall came to Sharone with a desire to help other children in the community, that desire lead to the creation of Kendall Cares Foundation. The foundation hosts a read-a-thon yearly to bring awareness to childhood literacy while giving back to kids in need. Imagine being the mom of the child who wants to give back, the child that in influencing other children to give back. Sharone you are definitely doing something right! Thank you for planting and nourishing the seed that is making our world a better place. We SALUTE you HOT MAMA!

Sharone Thomas

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How I Do It All?!

So someone questioned how I was doing all I am able to do. So far this year, I’ve been able to blog, create a podcast that turned into a radio show, in the launching phases of a YouTube channel, have the podcast meet the iTunes requirements, work my regular 9-5pm, work for YoungLives Cleveland, and be a phenomenal mom to three beautiful children. Well…Click this link!

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You Are The HOTTEST MOM!!!

Guess what Hot Mamas?! We made it! Another year, another opportunity to celebrate our greatness. I don’t know about you but this year has been full of ups and downs. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Many doors were opened, growth took place, I was uncomfortable and stable at the same time. WEIRD! I feel like we are doing and celebrating life together. So for this month’s Hot Mom, go ahead extend your arm and pat yourself on the back because it’s YOU!!! We are all awesome moms who deserve to be celebrated.

I know that we can all be taken for granted and in this moment especially during the holiday season you tend to hear about what others need and you don’t really get to voice your own. We as moms usually just suck it up. Soon school will be out and everyone around us will be getting a break. YAY!!!!! In those moments when you feel like you are not rockin it our as a mom remember this, YOU ARE. Each one of the moms celebrated in the last several months have qualities you have in you. You are one transformed super mom and you are appreciated.

So CONGRATS HOT MAMA! You are it, YOU ARE THE HOTTEST MOM!!

To view some of the moms celebrated please see their stories here:

Tenisha

Robin & Jalisa

Nanekia

Carlyce

Ayesha

Deborah

Laniece

Niesha

Erika

Hot Mommy Moments!