The Confident Mom Empowering Moms - Strengthening Families - Embracing God's Design Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Do Your Kids Write Thank You Notes? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Do Your Kids Write Thank You Notes? is a post from: The Confident Mom

 Thank you notes

Since it is that time of year, when tacking gratitude and thankfulness is at the top of our parenting list, I wanted to share this post I did from several years back.  Enjoy!

I wonder…….do other moms still make their kids write “thank you” notes???  Is this so “old fashion” that I am asking too much?  I mean, does anyone ever get real mail in the mailbox anymore?

I have had my kids write thank you notes for gifts since they could write.  For a long time they didn’t know the difference – they thought all kids were required to do this simple common courtesy, until one day…….

It was the first Christmas that my husband and I were married and now the new step-momwas in charge of the “motherly” stuff in the home.  My step-son had no idea of the “thank you” note policy our family had, so when I just assumed we would all fall under MY guiding, well – it was taken with some resistance.  My husband didn’t quite understand my insistence at having all the kids write thank you notes, even to people that were present when the gift was opened.  I gave my reasoning and you guessed it……we all write thank you notes!

I feel my kids get a great lesson out of this experience whenever  their birthday or another holiday rolls around.  It helps them continue to be grateful – they don’t just say a quick, “thank you” when they open the gift and move onto the next.   Even if the person giving the gift is present when the “present” is opened, they typically send a note as well.  They write a true expression of how they intend to use the gift as well as saying, “thank you”.

I like that my kids have to write an actual card, address it and mail it.  This is rather “old fashioned” some of you would think, but I love getting REAL mail!  I think when someone receives an actual card in the mail it is impacts them in a different way and can touch someone much deeper than an email or phone call.

So if you are not in the habit of having your kids write “thank you” notes, maybe this year is the first.  Think about what you may be teaching your children and what habits they could be developing for when they are no longer living at home.  Call me “old fashioned” but I write thank you notes too – yep – remember they are watching you.  Live by example, express your gratitude and have fun finding creative ways to say “thank you.”

Tips to Writing Thank You Notes:

1.  Set a time:  We have now set a deadline, especially with the older kids to complete the task of writing notes, if they have not completed it by the deadline, we take the gift and hold it hostage!  I know, we are hammer parents!

2.  Help those little ones:  Now that I have a smaller one in the house, I will sit and write the majority of the card with their help and they sign their name.  It involves them but is not overwhelming.

3.  Help kids be specific:  Have your kids specific details about what they like about the gift they received or perhaps how they will use it or look forward to using it.

4.  The Details:  Help them see how to address the envelope, place the return address and stick postage on the card.  These are life skills that they all need to learn!


Our children are watching us live, and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say.      – Wilfred A. Peterson

Do Your Kids Write Thank You Notes? is a post from: The Confident Mom

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Immune Boosting Nectar Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Immune Boosting Nectar is a post from: The Confident Mom


My family has been fighting to stay well for the past three weeks.  I am so glad I took the time to stock up on some natural remedies before we began feeling under the weather, I shared what to stock in your winter wellness cabinet here.  I am a natural remedy seeker now 100%, I am not interested in just ingesting some type of medication that will only mask my symptoms rather than truly help my body fight the issue.  

Everyone in our house got a touch of the funk that had us hacking up a storm.  Of course we were oiled up with wonderful essential oils, got extra rest, used my Homemade Vapor Rub, tried to stay away from sugar, (eating sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria.) took wonderful epsom salt baths to detox and yes…. stayed in our jammies!  

The turning point for everyone was this wonderful blend of oils, honey and lemon in a immune boosting nectar that not only helped our immune system get stronger, but reduced the hacking.  Sleep is a lovely thing!

Make this now, before you need it and have it on hand.  I use 1-2 Tablespoons myself, either right from the spoon into my mouth or I put it in a mug of warm water – it is really tasty and helps soothe things.

I even make a mug with the ‘nectar’ in it for my four year old and he drinks it down.  As the honey mixture gets lower in the jar I will add one or two slices to my mug of water too.

Here is the recipe to make your own:

Immune Boosting Nectar

1/2 C Local Raw Honey

10 drop Young Living Thieves Essential Oil

5 drops Young Living Ginger Essential Oil

4 drops Young Living Thyme Essential Oil

1 thinly sliced Lemon

Combine all ingredients and let sit.  Refrigerate up to 3 months.

The photo shows what a double batch looks like, just in case you mix yours up and it is a small batch and you wonder. :-)

Please only use Young Living Essential oils for this recipe where you are ingesting oils.

Here are some of the properties of these oils and why they were chosen for this delicious blend:

Thieves:  Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health

Ginger:  has a warm, spicy fragrance that is energizing. Supportive of the digestive system, ginger is commonly used to soothe, comfort, and balance digestive discomfort.

Thyme: has a spicy, warm, herbaceous aroma that is both powerful and penetrating. Known since ancient times as a medicinal herb, thyme contains large amounts of thymol. As a dietary supplement, it is one of the strongest antioxidants known. Thyme supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and other body systems.

There is still time to grab yourself some oily goodness in time for Christmas!  You can snag this amazing  collection of welcome goodies by becoming a new member with Young Living with me during December.   You can always give yourself a gift for Christmas – get it in time to wrap up and put it under the tree!



Immune Boosting Nectar is a post from: The Confident Mom

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