Motherly Advice from Post Grains Cereal Survey

Information I am about to share comes from the Post Great Grains Cereal Survey that was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative women ages 40+, between January 24th and January 31st, 2014, using an email invitation and an online survey.

Motherly Advice For Mother's Day

There are very few survey results that hit my inbox and make me say, “yes I must share that”. The line that grabbed me with the survey completed by Post Grains Cereal was this;

1 in 3 women believe the most important lesson about womanhood a mother can give is “Don’t let a man dictate your decisions,” followed by “Speak up for yourself” (26%) and “Take pride in your accomplishments” (22%).

If there is anything at my age of 32 that I try to instill in my daughter’s mind is that she should never, ever allow a man to dictate her decisions and that she should always speak up for herself in a respectful manner. I also instill the sense of pride in accomplishing something. My daughter has sadly been the victim to many circumstances that make me, as her Mom, fight harder to instill certain positive, uplifting traits in her by being her example. I hold myself as the higher self image for my daughter, because we are our girls first and foremost role model. The best way to teach our girls to be what they should be is to live the life we want them to live as grown woman.

Love your Body

Upon review of the survey from Post Grains Cereal, this next part is something that interested me as something I first felt like arguing about, then realized this actually makes sense to fall down on the totem pole of importance;

10% of the women surveyed feel “Love your Body” is an important lesson about womanhood a mother can give. This places it at number 4 of important lessons mother’s should teach their daughters.

When I first saw that “Love your Body” was number 4 on this list I was rather mad. After a moment I realized that teaching our daughter’s to love their body is a concept that will come alongside the top 3; “Don’t let a man dictate your decisions,” followed by “Speak up for yourself” (26%) and “Take pride in your accomplishments” (22%). For women it’s hard to watch your body age while you look at all these celebrities and Photoshopped images in our world, however, if you have a high self esteem that comes with the Top 3 Lessons we should teach our daughters, you will learn to embrace your individuality and therefore automatically learn to love your body.

Most Empowered Moment for Women

Image Courtesy Wakefield Research

I think this image above showing when the surveyed women felt most empowered says a lot. If you notice, the top three times a women felt empowered was when they were doing something fulfilling for their own self; taking control of their life/fears, doing well at work, accomplishing goals/making changes, being a mother or grandmother. I think that these top three says a lot about how most women work;

Most women seem to feel tip top 100% when they are doing something that allows them to be successful; whether it is fixing their own self, building their self up or raising children/grandchildren – those are all rewarding ways to build up and solidify our inner strengths.

The survey went on to cover topics of such as if these women have ever found themselves starting a sentence with “I’m sorry” when voicing an opinion (46%). Why do we do that? It’s also interesting that 26% say they would feel most empowered by having a makeover by a celebrity stylist whereas 18% said climbing a mountain would make them feel most empowered. Last but not least, the net answer for “Have you ever been a mentor to another woman” was yes (46%). This is awesome, it says that just near half of us do see the true power behind mentoring other women!

Well there you have it, some fun tidbits from a survey provided by Post Grains Cereal. Some Motherly Advice from a group of 1,000 women surveyed, but I can’t leave this post without asking all the women out there this;

What is one empowering message you wish to instill/share with the daughters that live in our world?

Heart Warming Mother’s Day Gift from my Little Man

I just melted. That’s what this little child of mine always does to me, that’s what I blame on him getting away with things when he shouldn’t. My youngest is a little charmer, for sure. Today Mister K came home with this adorable Mother’s Day Card:

Mothers Day Gift (6)

5 Reasons I love You

Mothers Day Gift (2)

Because you Let me Play Games

Mothers Day Gift (3)

Because we sign I Love You

Mothers Day Gift (4)

Because You Give Me Hugs

Mothers Day Gift (5)

Because you Give me Kisses

Mothers Day Gift (1)

Because you Cook Me Dinner

Thank you K-man for the sweetest card ever! I love you Little Man.

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And Then He Painted his Bike

During the school year I have a few mornings with just my youngest son because preschool is only four days a week for a couple of hours. Each morning after dropping off my older two kids I ask K-man what he would like to do this morning with me. This particular morning was like every other morning when he gets it in his head that we are going to paint, using his sisters acrylic paint. This is something that is messy when you use it as an adult, never mind when a four year old gets a hold of it.

Acrylic Paint and Preschooler

Then K-man went on to say that he didn’t want to paint inside. K-man wanted to paint outside. By outside he meant paint his bike, after all the color is fading and the dirt is all over it. Basically K-man wanted to paint his bike “new” again. I thought about it, I thought again … and then I decided sure why not. At least he wants to paint his own bike, not something I own and he wants to do it outside.

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I said yes. Sure. Why not? It’s his bike and he is creative and this would give us some outdoor time during a beautiful day so let’s do this. I let my son into his sisters room, which stays LOCKED while she is at her Dad’s house, to choose three colors of paint. K-man basically wanted Blue, Red and a green color. The reason is because apparently he wanted his blue and red on bike to be “new” again …

Boy Paints his Bike

I can’t say that his bike looks new again by any means but he was happy to be all independent out there with his pretend tattoos and painting his bicycle.  I just so happened to enjoy watching him be happy and listening to him talk while he painted!

 

 

What a Beautiful Mother’s Day

To me, Mother’s Day is simply just another day. I celebrate being a Mom each and every waking moment. My kids have always and will always come first. I have that perfect balance of mom and friend with my children that allows for us all to be extremely close knit. I am proud to have three amazingly awesome, sweet and caring children who, even if they don’t always like my rules, love me and enjoy spending time together being silly, playing board games, coloring pictures and building with blocks.

Mother Daughter Lunch on Mothers Day

This particular Mother’s Day I didn’t have my children with me, my oldest was with her Dad and the boys were with their Dad but this year something out of the ordinary happened, I was able to have my daughter with me for a lunch date. I went to pick her up, later than planned because I woke up near 11am when I was suppose to get her around 11:30am, and we headed off for a mother/daughter lunch date. With two active boys, it’s difficult for us to get that mother/daughter time beyond the twenty minutes or so we get after the boys have gone to sleep so our lunch date was such a sweet treat.

Mother's Day Hat

We shared a blooming onion, she had fried scallops and I had roasted turkey. We also had a salad bar prior to our meal so we were pretty much full by the time our full courses came, which meant lots of a left overs to bring home. I love left overs! We shared laughter, smiles and had wonderful conversations during our lunch date. My daughter gave me a cute card she had made, a Mom pendent to put on a necklace chain and she even made me a hat. The hat is slightly small but I am so proud of her ability to make such items.

Then, after our lunch date, I returned my daughter to her Dad and went home to finish my day. Later in the evening my sons called me to say Happy Mother’s Day which was another special treat for me. Aedan was super talkative and super sweet on the phone, he sounded so much older chatting with me on the phone, my baby is growing up. Next it was Karter’s turn to chat it up but he wanted no part of the phone so I didn’t get to speak with him. It was still a nice gesture that my ex husband had them call me and it warmed my heart to end my wonderful Mother’s Day.

I hope that all of you who read my blog, that are mothers, had a beautiful day too.

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