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verb

1. bring up (a child) with care and affection.

"the art of mothering"

“A woman is not measured by how she lives alone but the legacy she leaves when she is gone.”

Monica Henderson

 

Your Child, Your Legacy 

Turning your life lessons into Parenting Genius

Written by Monica Henderson

One of the reasons why I thought the MinkLife movement was important was because I am raising a daughter. I wanted her to live a better life than I and I wanted to pass on the legacy that started with my grandmother. Never live your life in vain. Every story, every mistake, every success is for nothing if it has no purpose. I heard my mother say those same words. These two women lived these words very differently.

 

My Grandmother runs a neighborhood drop-in center that aides low income and impoverished people through donation, distribution and advocacy. She use her struggles raising 7 children as a single parent to help others who were in need of help. Her life was not in vain. 

 

My mother published a book of poetry that discussed abandonment, domestic violence  racism and other issuses that she encountered. All that she went through is not in vain. She would perform her poetry and so many women would thank her for sharing because it helped them get the strength to make changes in their own lives.

 

I am their legacy, their lives were not in vain because I am here. Their lives have inspired me to share my experiences, knowledge and strength to raise my daughter to be a better human and hopefully to inspire you to live your best life. Your MinkLife.

 

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents"

 

Jane D. Hull

MINI

MINK

LIFESTYLE

 

Fuctioning Illiterate:

Tips to Teaching Toddlers

Early Reading Skills 

Written by Monica Henderson

MINI

MINK

EDUCATION

It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. The best way for children to treasure reading is to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.

 

Kate DiCamillo

My daughter has alwasy achieved great scores in reading and current is reading two grade levels advanced. I was always focused on her being literate early because I knew that that was the foundation to her eventual education.

 

1. Cheat Sheets

I knew that she was going to eventually be in kindergarden so I looked up the end of grade expectations. Shapes, numbers, letter and street signs. We would point them out everywhere. By 18 months she was able to know the differance between boy and girls public restrooms, could read the word stop on anything not just stop signs and to read and spell her name. 

 

2 Read! Read! Read!

Yes you! You need to be caught reading. Children mimic their parent behavior while playing. By reading in front of your children it make reading more desirable and as regular as dressing, cooking and watching TV.

 

3. Again!

Children love repitiion. Reading the same book and pointing to the word you create early memories of word that are reinforced when the child does begin learn reading.

 

4. Seasame Street

the television is filled with childrens programing. I was very selective with what she watched so I purchase lots of dvds of sesame street and elmos world. Sesamestreet.org also proved to be a great resource.

 

Share below what other thing you used to help you child learn to read.

Mom Network 

Turning Playdates into ME Time

Written by Monica Henderson

MINI

MINK

PLAYDATE

"Building a strong network of moms is a working parents best asset.

 

Monica Marie Henderson

 

As a working mother it is important that my child have friends and get along well with others. MY best asset is a mother who is willing to swap duties with me so that I can get some much needed R&R without having to pay a baby sitter. The more well behaved my child is the more opportunities I have to partake in this hidden gem.

 

Mind Your Manners

Before my baby was able to walk and talk efficiently I was teaching her manners.  I knew that soon I would need her to mind her manners with another caregiver and I wanted to make this transition as smooth as possible.  My mantra: Listen and follow directions . By her knowing and following these simple rules I made it easier for any other adult to take her on. 

 

Volunteer

Trust begets trust. Volunteering to take the first swap solo is one of the best ways to stack the cards in your favor. I always volunteer to let a mother have some me time while our children play so that they realize that I have there parental back. Typically when the time comes to reciprocate other mothers are more then happy to take a turn.

 

 

Diversify

It takes a village to raise a kid. Building a strong mommy network has made job and theirs easier. Different Moms Have different strengths. Connecting With moms who have similar need ahas literally be a money saver. We have a mom buddy for every part of our lives. If  we are in need that buddy is just a text message away.

 

 

Your Child 

Turning your life lessons into Parenting Genius

Written by Monica Henderson

Giving Back

Teaching Children To Be Givers

Written by Monica Henderson

MINI

MINK

SOCIALITE

We must give more in order to get more. It is the genorous giving of ourselves that produces the generous havest.

 

Orison Swett Marden

MINK

DAD

 

Uniforms don't have to be boring if you use a little imagination and creativity. Always encourage personal style.

The hardest part about parenting these days is keeping children grounded. We have all worked so hard to make sure that our kids have the best we could afford but that can sometimes lead to bratty entitled children.

 

 

I am teaching my child to give back and currently we are collecting sock for the LA Mission. We are working with the principle for the school to encourage each kid to bring one pair of socks.

 

Another way we are giving back every 3-6 months I have her donate old toys that she no longer plays with. We do it so often that she has no problem letting go of the thing that no longer serve her.

 

For Valentine's Day we hand out valentine cards to all the homeless in our neighborhood. We get the biggest smiles because everyone has forgot about them on this day. My daughter loves it to.

 

As parents, how we treat people is the model for our kids. My husband and I always give food when asked by the homeless on the street never money. I once overheard her talking to one of her friends about how we always by food for them. She said it with such pride.

 

These are just some examples of how we encourage our little one to be more generous. I hope this inspires you to include genorocity in your parenting style as well.

 

 

One of the reasons why I thought the MinkLife movement was important was because I am raising a daughter. I wanted her to live a better life than I and I wanted to pass on the legacy that started with my grandmother. Never live your life in vain. Every story, every mistake, every success is for nothing if it has no purpose. I heard my mother say those same words. These two women lived these words very differently.

 

My Grandmother runs a neighborhood drop-in center that aides low income and impoverished people through donation, distribution and advocacy. She use her struggles raising 7 children as a single parent to help others who were in need of help. Her life was not in vain. 

 

My mother published a book of poetry that discussed abandonment, domestic violence  racism and other issuses that she encountered. All that she went through is not in vain. She would perform her poetry and so many women would thank her for sharing because it helped them get the strength to make changes in their own lives.

 

I am their legacy, their lives were not in vain because I am here. Their lives have inspired me to share my experiences, knowledge and strength to raise my daughter to be a better human and hopefully to inspire you to live your best life. Your MinkLife.

 

 
 
 

Your Child, Your Legacy 

Turning your life lessons into Parenting Genius

Written by Monica Henderson

MINI

MINK

HOMELIFE

Uniforms don't have to be boring if you use a little imagination and creativity. Always encourage personal style.

One of the reasons why I thought the MinkLife movement was important was because I am raising a daughter. I wanted her to live a better life than I and I wanted to pass on the legacy that started with my grandmother. Never live your life in vain. Every story, every mistake, every success is for nothing if it has no purpose. I heard my mother say those same words. These two women lived these words very differently.

 

My Grandmother runs a neighborhood drop-in center that aides low income and impoverished people through donation, distribution and advocacy. She use her struggles raising 7 children as a single parent to help others who were in need of help. Her life was not in vain. 

 

My mother published a book of poetry that discussed abandonment, domestic violence  racism and other issuses that she encountered. All that she went through is not in vain. She would perform her poetry and so many women would thank her for sharing because it helped them get the strength to make changes in their own lives.

 

I am their legacy, their lives were not in vain because I am here. Their lives have inspired me to share my experiences, knowledge and strength to raise my daughter to be a better human and hopefully to inspire you to live your best life. Your MinkLife.

 

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