A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Parenting

Post written by Sherri Kruger. Follow me on Twitter.

When Jamie at Steady Mom asked me to review (and host a giveaway of) her book Steady Days I was thrilled.

I’ve been enjoying Jamie’s blog since I’m always looking for new ways to do my job better. Although it’s title is Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood it really is for any parent (not just mom’s) who wants to take a deliberate and professional approach to the important job of raising our children.

When I first became a mom I thought : “yeah sure I can do this”. Now as my kids are getting older, their needs are changing and having never done this before I feel I’m floundering a bit. Quite often, like Jamie, I find myself thinking … if I could just see how others do it. And that is exactly what this book is.

Jamie gives us an inside look at what it’s really like raising kids. With three little people of her own she has a lot of advice to share.

This is not a long book, nor does Jamie take the “this is what you must do” approach. Jamie knows that no two families are the same and so what works for one, may not necessarily work for another. Instead she gives you the tools that empower you to create a system that works for you.

Written as 40 short (and I mean short) chapters this book is divided into 4 main sections.

  • Getting organized
  • Retaining enthusiasm
  • Learning together
  • Making memories

It also comes with over 30 pages of sample worksheets that Jamie refers to throughout the book. You can use them as is or as inspiration to make your own variation.

Overall, my favorite part of the book was developing a steady routine. It lets you set a framework for your day as opposed to specific activities attached to specific times. This is what I was missing. I have already implement my steady routine and the day just flows so much more smoothly. There is no more wondering what we’re going to do, play with etc … it’s all written out already. It’s helped the kids as well in that they know generally what to expect in any given day.

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Jamie has given me two signed copies of Steady Days to give away to our Zen Family Habits readers.

How to enter: All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here  sharing one of your fondest family memories.

On Friday January 15, 2010 at 8:00 am CST I will enter the number of comments into the random number generator at random.org to select our two winners. Good luck!

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  1. Karen says:

    There are so many fond family memories! I’ll go with a recent one.

    With a nine year old daughter and twin six year old sons, much of our afternoons are build around homework and education. After dinner recently we were still sitting around the table and we were playing a math game where I’d say a number between 1 and 10 and the kids would take turns giving me the answer for what number added to my number would sum to 10 (i.e. if I say 3 they have to say 7). For my daughter I was using decimal places.

    At one point, one of the boys said, “I never knew math could be fun — can we play this again tomorrow”? I love making learning fun and spending time together playing games like this really helps.

  2. dylan says:

    i have an eleven year old son, he is my one and only, so this book looks really good to me, as he has gotten older it seems the parenting has gotten harder…

    i have lots of great memories with my son and my wife. One of my recent favorites was watching him play his first rock and roll show, he plays bass guitar and was in a kids rock program. Watching him on stage before a crowd of around 100 was awesome. And he never showed any signs of stage fright, he owned the stage…

  3. puerhan says:

    One of my many happy childhood memories is making dams and channels in rocky mountain streams with my older brother and dad in the South Island of NZ. :-)

  4. Christen says:

    My mom was wonderful and read us all to sleep for our bedtime routine. Once I got too big I read to myself, but I still remember curling up next to my siblings and falling asleep to the sound of my mom’s voice. I am the oldest of five children.

    There is a home video of my youngest brother (when he was about 2 years old) arranging various dolls and stuffed animals around himself in bed and getting ready to “read” a book to them (he held the book upside down, which makes the scene all the more precious). Once his “kids” were arranged he said “Night Night!” and read to them and covered them up with the blankets. There’s a kid who knew the bedtime routine. ;)

  5. chelle says:

    Fondest family memories … Watching my two oldest play outside last summer, as I cuddled our newborn. My husband was working in the yard and I was able to just sit back and take it all in. Now that the cold has crept in I think back to the warmth, laughter and look forward to many more afternoons watching my children grow and play.

  6. Kevin M says:

    Sounds like a terrific book. One of my favorite memories was a few weeks ago when my son (about 2 1/2) just randomly looked up at me while playing with his trucks and said “Daddy, I love you.” So simple, but so special.

  7. AJ says:

    taking family walks outside in the winter. We would walk in the fields around our house – barren but beautiful. Inevitably, one of us, usually my father, would sink into a low, water-filled spot and have cold water flood into his boot. We’d warm up w/hot chocolate and lots of laughter.

  8. Scott says:

    Our family is brand-spanking new, so my fondest memory is going to the adoption agency and getting to hold our son for the very first time!

    This sounds like a worthwhile read!

  9. MC says:

    In June 2009, because of the incredible generosity of my mother and father-in-law, we were fortunate enough to go on an Alaskan cruise with my husband’s entire family. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. I think gold panning in Juneau was our favorite part.

  10. Steve says:

    One of our favorite memories is from a road trip to the Black Hills in SD. My son (a little under 2 at the time) picked up a giant beetle and started walking around with it, saying “Bug, Bug”. We’re still not sure what kind of beetle it was, but it sprayed him, turning his hand purple, accompanied with a most foul odor. We still laugh about it today (this was over 6 years ago).

  11. Jen says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories was the annual trip to get a Christmas tree. It ultimately evolved into a trek out into the front yard after the saplings that we planted as tiny children, grew into “Christmas tree” sized trees. Since my dad wasn’t very good at trimming and pruning them throughout the years though, they always had very interesting shapes and oftentimes were called “Charlie Brown” trees.
    In my own family, I have insisted on a similar tradition (no trees in the front yard!). Ever year we travel about 60 miles to a farm in south central Ohio – we have a large farm breakfast, visit the petting zoo, then grab the sled and saw and traverse across the Christmas tree farm to pick the “right one”. This year’s was “short and fat”, per my 4 year old daughter. :)

  12. kim says:

    My fondest family memory is the one we remake every morning. Without fail both my boys end up in our bed every morning for snuggle time – it’s a nice easy way to wake up and no one has had a chance to be grumpy yet!

  13. Of course, there are many awesome memories, but one I really hold dear to my own heart happened last summer. I decided spontaneously (not how I typically roll) to take my 4 year old son camping. This was his first tent camping experience, and we went all out by visiting a state park and spending the day fishing, playing baseball and just being “best buddies”. We spent the night walking in the dark, roasting marshmallows and telling funny stories. We had our “boy time” away from my wife and daughter, and it was one of the best evenings I can remember.

  14. Becky says:

    Only one memory to share?!? How can I do that?? ;)

    It has always been important to me to do things together as a family, both with direct members and extended. You never know when a memory will be “created”, so we make sure we mix the peaceful quiet moments and local activities with the “big” adventures. If you asked my daughter what our best memory is, she would instantly focus on the family trip to Disneyland with her cousins. While that definitely brings to mind some very special and fun moments for me too, I have to say that I have a different choice for “fondest memory.”

    Someone above mentioned the “remaking” of memories every morning, and so I must agree and say that my fondest family memory is my daughter’s constant ability to surprise her father and me with her creativity and humour when observing the world around her. She sees “dandelion fuzz” in the frost on sidewalks. She sees “shouting elephants” in the shape of sea snail shells. She can create parodies of known songs WHILE singing them and with RHYME. And she is six.

    Though she can be spirited and difficult and emotional and frustrating a lot of the time, my husband and I LOVE being surprised and impressed by our feisty daughter.

  15. GinnyRit says:

    The first thing that jumped into my mind is last spring when my son rode his bike for the first time without training wheels. He asked one afternoon to have them taken off. My husband took them off and we prepared to chase him up and down the road all evening, holding onto the back of the seat, wiping frustrated tears. As is our son’s normal style, however, he got on the bike and rode right off into the sunset (almost literally) entirely unassisted. I watched my husband watching him and it was one of those *MOMENTS*. We’ve always worried about how we’ll handle situations as they arise and our son continues to show us that he can handle them pretty darn well all on his own :-)

  16. K Ditzler says:

    My partner and I don’t have kids yet. But we had such a blast at our wedding, and beyond that we’re beginning to learn to suprise each other every so often.

    Before his birthday, he had a bad day at work, but he came home early. I was at home, and so I quickly planned a treasure hunting trip (letterboxing) into the woods. We found two stamps that day. I’m looking forward to sharing this hobby with our kids.

  17. Bodie says:

    My wife and I enjoy playing music together. She received a ukulele two Christmases ago and has been working really hard learning to play it. I have a degree in music performance and play trombone in the local symphony. We like playing 80s pop songs mostly, but anything that has a good melody will do. Anytime we are playing together our three-year-old is close by dancing, singing or playing one of her instruments. I think my favorite time was when she took off all of her clothes and was marching around the living room banging the field drum strapped around her neck while my wife and I played Redemption Song by Bob Marley.

  18. Angelica says:

    My husband and I recently had a baby, and one of the things that we like to do is give him his bath together. I enjoy those times so much because my husband and I catch up on our day, and our son just loves to have both of us around.

  19. Cynthia says:

    So many memories….but one of the most memorable was the birth of my granddaughter. Just minutes after being born, her dad brought her out to the family who gathered around with cameras taking so many pictures, it was like the paparazzi, there were so many flashes. My granddaughter began to cry, I reached out my hand and she grabbed my finger….nothing like it in the world. The nurse swooped her away to be cleaned up and I went to find my daughter.

  20. Heather G says:

    One of my favorite memories is how my grandmother always read to us. When we spent the night it was Paddington Bear. When she stayed over on Christmas Eve it was Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, with my mom’s help, she recorded that story. It was the best gift ever. Now I’ll always be able to hear my grandmother’s voice when I need to.

  21. Shannon says:

    There was nothing better in the whole year of childhood than Christmas morning. After a very short, restless sleep, I’d wake up, usually as early as 4 a.m. and run into my parents’ bedroom to wake them. Our rule was that we all had to go downstairs where the tree and stockings awaited as a family, together. So I’d hop on one foot, then another while waiting for them to leisurely – so slowly!! – put on robes and brush their teeth and comb their hair… then and only then would I dare to creep down the stairs, sneak a glance at the treasure trove, and finish running the rest of the way to enjoy the day.

  22. Oh thank you all for sharing your wonderful happy family memories. Each and every one of them has made me smile. What a fantastic group you are! :) Thank you!

  23. Sara Ryan says:

    Honestly — it’s our Saturday morning dance parties while dad cooks homemade hash-browns and pancakes. There are six of us in our family: mom, dad, 6yr son, 4yr daughter, 1yr daughter and now 8mos son. Our favorite is probably Here Come’s the Sun by the Beatles, my husb would die if he knew that I wasn’t sure who wrote that song, ha ha:) Truly my favorite family memory/moment. We are a young family and with busy professional lives but our Saturday mornings belong to us. Even our 1yr old knows the words and our 8mos just discovered his vocals, so it’s a loud, chaotic mess, but truly my favorite family momory/moment!

  24. Samantha Stinson says:

    The “pajama run.” When we call the girls from their beds and surprise them with an ice cream trip!

  25. Lori P. says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories is riding my bicycle with my sweet little dog in the basket! I got the idea from “Wizard of Oz” and it became a daily ritual!

  26. JL says:

    One of my best memories is of camping with my parents as a small child. They let me wander far enough ahead on the trail to feel totally independent, but never let me get in too much trouble. I felt so brave and independent — it taught me not to be afraid of the unknown or getting lost (without being in any real danger). I hope to provide that same courage to my children some day.

  27. Susi from Germany says:

    There are so many, but one of our favorites is the following:
    I was pregnant with my second child, our daughter. One day when we were shooting some pictures of my belly my son – then 2 and a half years old – stepped up to me, grabbed my belly and said to it: “Sister, come on out! It’s nice being with us!”

  28. Stacy M says:

    A love of music runs in our family, and this Christmas I was blessed to witness each of my two children play a short piece on the piano at our church’s Christmas Eve service. My 8 year old daughter has been taking lessons for just over a year, and my 5 year old son just started in September. Not only were my husband and I proud, but their grandmother (my mother) was thrilled beyond words. She’s the church’s organist/pianist – and the kids’ piano teacher as well!

  29. Kelly Buck says:

    With two boys, the memories are becoming countless. But I love our little traditions-having breakfast for dinner on the rare days when my husband has to work late; Friday movie nights where we push the table out of the way, set the up air mattress with lots of pillows, blankets and popcorn; crazy conversations coming from “would you rather” questions during long car drives. It’s all so good!

  30. Lisa says:

    One of my fondest childhood family memories is camping w/ my family and all waking up in the tent together. My Dad would wake us up by “steamrolling” us in his sleeping bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Kristi says:

    I have so many family memories with my two children now, however I choose to pick one from MY childhood. I grew up in an extended household, and every Sunday I would ride with my grandfather downtown to visit my aunt (his daughter), then go to the local paper store to get the Sunday paper – along with a comic book and Bazooka gum for me. :)

  32. Jen Burn says:

    As others have said, my fondest memories are from when I was a child as family moments with my own children still feel fresh and not quite “memories”… yet!
    One of my fondest memories is the time my mother took me and two of my brothers to spend Christmas with her family (7 uncles, 7 aunties, 20+ cousins!) in a remote part of Australia. I still remember the HUGE pile of presents and the talcum powder fight my brothers had with my Uncles.

  33. Tara says:

    A great family memory was going on a hike with my 7 year old (the oldest of 3). Since it was just her and I which is very rare these days I not only got to enjoy quality time with her but experience nature (again a rarity!)..even better that it was through her eyes too.

  34. Shannon says:

    This is our first winter in our own home. There is room downstairs for my son to run and jump and for all three of us to snuggle on the couch. Each cozy weekend is better than the last. We are making the memories I will cherish now.

  35. Rebecca says:

    My fondest family memory thus far is when my husband and I told our parents that they would be grandparents. And it just happened to be on Gramdparents’ Day!

  36. Jodi says:

    Watching my little guys learn to walk, and listening to them talk. I love their small voices and hearing their thoughts for the first times.

  37. Kylee says:

    My favourite family memory is when we got ice-cream from the Mr Whippy van that drove around the neighbourhood blaring the teddy bears picnic song. I love that recently i was able to replicate this memory with my own children.

  38. Amy says:

    I took my kids to a tiny local airport where there was a cafe with windows looking out at the airfield. During and after lunch we had a great time watching the 2-seater planes taking off and landing. It was a great afternoon and reminded me of the very simple things that children get really excited about.

  39. Amy says:

    My favorite memory is watching the Sunday night Disney movies as a kid and now passing on the same traditions (although using DVDs) with my family.

  40. Kim says:

    One of my fondest memories is from this past week. My 18 month old and 4 year old are just starting to play more with each other. While playing, my oldest gave her little sister a big hug and kiss and said, “I love my baby sister!” It is so fun to watch them interact and become true sisters!

  41. SquiggleMum says:

    One of our fondest family memories is of a trip to the beach. We couldn’t have hoped for better weather yet we had the beach to ourselves. My three year old daughter explored rock pools and caught hermit crabs, while my one year old son splashed in the shallows with Daddy. It was low cost, low stress, and such beautiful family time together.

  42. Jen says:

    One of our best vacations together as a family was last year’s “staycation”. We did a local zoo, berry picking and nature walks and sparklers on the front porch. We made jam together with our strawberries. Our kids chose another staycation this year over a beach vacation!

  43. Olivia says:

    One of my fondest childhood memories was waking in the middle of the night, grabbing pillows and piling into our family van to go find the perfect dark spot to gaze at the sky, searching for shooting stars to make wishes on.

  44. Wade Crawford says:

    Sure would help to have a roadmap, but everyone is going somewhere different! Would love this book.

  45. Christopher says:

    Traveling to our new home with my wife, a day after our wedding.

  46. Terri says:

    Camping trips! Nothing like the great outdoors, dirt, bugs, critters, and smokey air to bond the family.

  47. Shannon J says:

    My newly 4yo son has just started talking about his imaginary friends, many of whom are his ‘kids’. My first introduction to them was at bedtime last week. I asked him why he wasn’t falling asleep and he replied ‘Because my kids are keeping me up!’ Then he turned to the wall and whispered ‘Kids, I’ve got to go to sleep. OK??’ I’ve since learned some of his kids names: Abba, Lizard and Cowboy, though he has many more than that.
    I’ve wanted to buy Jamie’s book from Amazon but haven’t thought of anything else to get to get that free shipping!

  48. Rita Palanjian says:

    The only vacation we have taken with my two kids was when my son was six and my daughter was four. We had gone to a small amusement park It was a trip with my their cousins, my sister and mom. Even though it was hard to carry around my camera to take pictures, I was able to capture expressions and special moments of the kids. I treasure that trip because we have not been able to go away like that since this trip back five years. I then created scrapbook of our trip and have shared it with other family members.

  49. Jamie V. says:

    My most recent fond memory is of the first snow of the season(we live in MI). It didn’t start snowing until right before my 3 year-old daughter went to bed. When she saw all the white wonderness, she says “Mama! Let’s go make tracks!” Now, snow is not my favorite thing, but how can you resist?? So, at 10:30pm we were laughing like lunatics and running around the back yard “making tracks”. I know she probably won’t remember this, but it was such a great time, and I had such clairity in that moment. To KNOW that, even though I didn’t want to go outside, doing so would make a memory that she and I can share for the rest of her life.

  50. Riffkir says:

    My friends have recently started having babies and it amazes me just how small they are. I find it difficult to remember my son at that age although he is only two and a half. As a result I journal a lot. During his first year I took a picture every week. I then made these 52 pictures into albums for my family with a narrative to each picture. They were very well received presents and it is astounding to see the change in him over just one year.

    My latest and favorite memory is from last night. I had just finished reading the 3 bed stories he chooses and snuggled up for a cuddle before saying goodnight. My son grabbed my face and kissed me on the lips and then the forehead which is exactly what I do every night as one kiss is never enough!

  51. denise says:

    we just had one. a hike together with no complaining. which is surprising because it was a pretty tough hike. when we got done, they said they want to go again.

  52. Amy Tokos says:

    Our favorite memories are all the conversations. We have 4 kids and there is constant chatter in our home. Recently our neighbor announced they were having a baby so we were sitting around talking about how great it is going to be to have a new baby around. My youngest daughter (our 3rd) annouced she always wanted a little sister. Well, our youngest ( her little brother) piped up and said “Well, that is just too bad cause you’re stuck with me.” We all enjoyed this and got a little laugh :)

  53. Marion Cimbala says:

    On special occasions (bdays, Christmas, holidays or any day we deem special) we pull out our picnic blanket (which is an old mexican blanket which was the rug from my dorm room in college in the ’80′s) and we have a breakfast picnic. We sit in the middle of the living room if the weather is cold, or outside if it’s warm. We love those picnics.

  54. rebecca says:

    It sounds boring, but some of my fondest family memories come from spending time together doing nothing special at all. A scavenger hunt in the rock park, a visit to the town park that results in a baseball game with new friends, a lunch after church when our seven year old shares his thoughts on “The Rev’s” sermon. When we slow down as a family, precious memories are created.

  55. mary says:

    When I was a little girl my mom would take my sister and I on the city bus downtown. We would go to this department store and sit at the diner within and share a tuna melt. I had five siblings so one on one time was hard to find. Once a month she would pick one of us to stay out of school to do this. It made it so special.

  56. Kim says:

    I’ll never forget our first “official” day as a family of 3. The three of us waled out the door of his orphanage in Russia, holding hands. Amazingly, our then 2 year-old never looked back and he just held our hands tightly as we walked down the road to the car. Never will I forget the joy of that first day!

  57. Satakieli says:

    Honestly my fondest memory is sitting outside together in our backyard in the sunshine when he was less than a year old, simple but amazing.

  58. Katharine says:

    My kids are 2 and 4 and pretty much every day they laugh, but the thing that warms my heart the most is when they help each other out. One of my happiest memories was when they were taking a pre-school fitness class together (called Jump Start). My four year old son was a regular member of the class and it was my 2 year old daughter was new. My son kept trying to get the coach’s attention and the coach was trying to ignore him so that he could continue the class. When it became apparent that my son was NOT going to give up, he finally stopped and said: “What is it, Zachary?” My son proudly replied: “This is my baby sister.” It made me so happy that not only to be their mom, but that they have each other.

  59. Holly says:

    Just jumping up and down on the bed, being in the moment, and truly connecting with my son.

  60. George Faria says:

    My fondest memories as a child was going camping with my familiy, almost every summer from when I was a baby to my late teens. We would pitch the tent together, pass the frisbie, baselball, soccer ball and baseball around; fly kites, go fishing, go to the beach and build sand castles and go swimming in the ocean and wtake alks along the beach, and at night, build camp fires in the camp ground, roast marsh mellows and play cards.

  61. Buffie says:

    My favorite recent memory is seeing my daughter riding her step 2 motorcycle in our hallway wearing her daddy’s slippers and with her purse on her shoulder. I so wish I had my camera on me in that moment.

  62. Brad says:

    My fondest family memory was when my daughter (and dog) would stand by window starting at 5PM and just say “Dadda, Dadda, Dadda” over and over and over again until I came in the door a little after 5. (Its nice to live just a few blocks from work). And then as soon as I would come in, she would shriek with joy and run to the couch so I could throw her up onto the cushions and she would just laugh and laugh. Wonderful memory.

  63. hilary m says:

    This book sounds like something right up my alley. I learned early on that a schedule can be a godsend but only if you are willing to abandon it, if need be.
    Since my family is new (my son just turned a year), my fondest memory is recent. Last night in fact. We made a tent in the middle of the living room (our first ever) and played with a flashlight. Simple and so sweet.

  64. Sara says:

    This winter I seem to be reflecting back often to our summer camping trips as a family. It forces us to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Each time we go, we learn something new or different about each other. Many traditions have begun and we are always looking forward to our next big adventure.

    Thank you for recommending the book. I will be happy to share the information with the families we work with through MomsBloom.

  65. One of my fondest family memories as a child was every summer we would spend some time at our condo at the beach. My sister and I loved playing in the ocean, but the tide and waves were often too strong to do it safely. So, my dad would figure out when the tide was supposed to be low (it was always in the middle of the night). He would wake us up and we would go swimming in the ocean at night. The water felt warm because the air was cool and the waves were so small it seemed like you could walk out to the middle of the ocean. Those were good times.

    One of my favorite memories with my own family was the first time I heard my son and daughter make each other laugh in the back of the car. Now I have 3 kids and there is nothing sweeter than the sound of my 3 children laughing together.

  66. sara says:

    My fondest memories of my sons is seeing them interact together and hug each other and
    help each other out.

  67. Jessica says:

    My fondest memories are of those times my kids (there are four of them, ages 12, 9, 6, and 3 1/2) look out of reach other, like when my 6 y.o. (before she learned to read) would tell her brother to sit and listen while she ‘read’ to him (actually explaining the stories by looking at the pictures), or when one of the older kids drops his/her activities to go push the youngest on the swing, or to get him some youghurt, or when the little one, when given a free bun at the bread store, requests one for his sister, who is at school, or when he warns them not to eat something because it is ‘not good for your body’. I so hope they will be great friends, even when they are adults….

  68. Nancy says:

    My kids (3 of them, now all teenagers) used to love to play with one of those kid-size kitchen-y toys that took over our living room for many years – they would ‘cook’ each other all kinds of fantasy meals and snacks, for each other, their friends, family members, and their dolls and teddies. When learning to read and write in kindergarten, they added playing ‘restaurant’ and taking everyone’s orders on slips of paper, and when slightly older again, started to present us with bills at the end of the meal!

  69. Shani says:

    My favorite memory was also very recent. My husband and I bundled up my 18 month old daughter and let her walk around outside in the 2 1/2 feet of snow we have. She got a big grin and just took off down the sidewalk (waddled is more like it) in her big puffy pink snowsuit. Her delight at the snow was so fun to watch!

  70. Brittany says:

    My favorite family memory is Christmases at my grandma’s house growing up. It was always so exciting to open presents, and the anticipation of opening them was even greater! Plus tons of tasty food and having the whole family together was always nice.

  71. Jen says:

    My favorite memory is when the power would go out at our home. We lived pretty far out so when it would go out it would be out for a week or two at a time. But, it never bothered us as a family. We would read books, play games, go for long walks, cook on the wood stove, and the best part was we would play hide and seek. The only time we played hide and seek in the house was when the power was out. My Dad would make such a big deal about the power being out and getting to play that my sister and I lived for the storm or wind that would knock out the power.

    Looking back now it was really nice to have family time sans TV, radio, phone, computer etc…to distract us.

  72. Ida says:

    My fondest family memory is of the moment after our son was born. My husband called out the nickname he gave him in-utero and Jacob stopped crying. Then, when my husband brought Jacob to me, I touched his little nose. So cute a nose it was.

  73. Elizabeth says:

    It’s a recently-made memory, but a favorite of mine and I’m sure to my older children. Last summer we took a vacation to the Mayan Riviera with our family of five and both my parents and my husband’s, plus my teenage sister. We all met in Dallas and traveled to Mexico together. Our rooms were near to each other and we ate every meals as a big family. We played on the beach and in the pool together and took thousands of pictures. We had three photo books professionally made so we all can look at pictures anytime we want to. It was the most stress-free adventure I’ve ever had, and I know we’ll all remember it forever.

  74. Kara says:

    The book sounds wonderful. I am always looking for ways to improve
    as a mother. Favorite recent family memory …. taking our 5 year old
    skiing this past weekend for the first time. As we approached the ski hill, he saw
    this huge “mountain” and was so in awe. It brought tears to my eyes to see
    him experiencing it for the first time. Pure excitememt.

  75. Holly says:

    I am also a fan of Steady Mom.
    One of my favorite family memories is of the day after my second daughter was born. My husband and I (and the baby, of course) were still at the hospital, and my older daughter – three years at the time – came to meet her new baby sister. The four of us there all together, my sweet girl meeting her sister for the first time – it was just one of the most beautiful moments I can remember.

  76. Daniel says:

    One of my fondest memories came from last summer. For a family activity, we decided we would go outside and watch the stars come out. We brought out blankets and pillows, found a spot on the grass, and spent a lovely evening with our two children. I could have stayed there forever and ever.

  77. Max's Mom says:

    It’s been going on daily….our son Max is just learning to walk and he gets into just letting go of something and going for it “walking” towards me. he is cracking up laughing the whole time. Sometimes he will do this back and forth from the object he’s holding on to for balance to me…he’s usually carrying balls or something, which he gives to me. he falls into my arms laughing and laughing. He will be a full on walker very very soon.

  78. Samantha says:

    The moments you don’t plan – when you laugh unexpectedly in unison and really feel bonded as a family. Like this morning, I put on music instead of the normal cartoons for my family to wake up to and everyone was in just a great mood – and its a weekday!!!

  79. Krista says:

    One of my fondest memories from my own childhood was a special, annual camping trip with my dad, to Sylvan Lake, each summer. Just the two or three oldest kids would go with him and it was truly a special time in my life. With my own family, one of my favorite memories was travelling to West Africa with my husband and our first born (8 months at the time); my first time there and first time meeting his family. Quite the experience. We are hoping to travel more with our family again, now that we no longer have a toddler.

  80. Mark says:

    Since my son is only 3, it’s hard to pick out one memory that is my “fondest”. Probably the best recently follows:

    My son is getting quite an education in modern logging practices. We live in rural Vermont on a 70 acre plot of mostly wooded land. We are having some of our land logged, and the landing, the area where the logs are piled/stacked/loaded onto the logging trucks is right outside our all glass door. Several months ago, when the logging skidder, the machine that pulls the logs out, first arrived, I said “boy, that’s one big skidder…”. Almost every morning, my son will look out the door and watch the logger get the skidder and his chain saws ready for the day, without fail, he’ll say “boy, that’s one big skidder!” Makes me smile every time! :-)

  81. One of my fondest family memories, takes a bit more thought than, worst, best, most memorable, sad, happy, or some other qualifier as fond could mean a great many different things. In 2000 I took a trip to Vietnam with a friend who decided to interview her family there for a kind of documentary she wanted to do. Her cousins met us at the airport and took us around Saigon and then south to Song Duc. Thinking about fondness I’d have to say my fondest memory would be of her Aunt, the youngest sister on her mother’s side. Neither of us could speak to each other, but after spending 30 days with someone you get to know them in other ways. When I think of fondness I think of her and comfortable companionship. The memory makes me smile and wish I could figure out how to go back to Vietnam and visit her.

  82. lisa says:

    The little hand signal my kids made up to spell out “XO”…

  83. Kelly Raudabaugh says:

    Our fondest family memories always seem to be while we are all off, either at home or on vacation. When there are no commitments. The four of us just enjoy the time to chill and do some of our favorite things, like read, play games, watch movies, eat ice cream, go letterboxing, go for walks, etc.

  84. Stacy of KSW says:

    Man, oh man could I use a book like this – perfectly suited for my New Years Mantra to be a more calm, cool, collected mamma who lives in the moment.

    My fondest family memory – there are oh so many to choose from but I keep going back to a simple one that gets repeated every night in my home. Our bedtime routine … You see, I have three small children 3, 2 & 8 months who have boundless energy and run through the house like wild animals most of the day but come bedtime they turn into sweet cuddly critters who long to be held, kissed, sung to and tickled. We have a ritual of singing Twinkle, Twinkle, then saying our prayers, then playing with flashlights as our 8 month old crawls from one side of the room to the other chasing the light. Then, we exchange hugs & kisses and end with a short story we make up on the spot that summarizes all of the lessons we learned that day.

    Hands down my favorite part of the day :)

  85. Heather says:

    We just had a new baby – our fourth – and as we were all curled up and cozy under blankets in front of the fire, my 5-year-old said, “I just love being in a family of six!!” It made my heart melt.

  86. Anneke says:

    One of my fondest family memories is of ages ago, I was 4! We were on holiday at a campsite which to me seemed veeeeery far from home.
    One morning my grandmother, who was one of my favorite ‘playmates’, appeared at the camp site. As I thought myself to be a long long long way from home, where it wouldn’t be possible for my grandmother to visit, this was such a big surprise to me that this occurrence got stamped in my mind and until this day I can even remember the great warm FEELING that accompanied that moment.

    Anneke Dijkstra, The Netherlands
    PS: will the book be available for the Kindle as well?

  87. Patti says:

    I’m not sure I have a MOST fond moment. They are all awesome. I’ve not ranked one out there as my very favorite I don’t think. One I hold onto dearly, which seems a little odd, is recently when our daughter was (very slightly) ill and she laid on my lap and let me cuddle her. Our daughter rarely sits still and rarely lets me cuddle her so this was a wonderful moment for me, even though I know she wasn’t feeling well so I feel slighty guilty in having this be a favorite moment. :D

  88. Bev says:

    My 11 month old recently learned to kiss and when I went into her room to pick her up from her nap, I found her in there kissing all her stuffed animals one by one!

  89. Lisa says:

    I find myself tossing around the simple, everyday memories (the jokes, making crafts, playing games, the I love yous) and the grander event and holiday memories (the zoo, Hanukkah, birthday scavenger hunts). The everyday ones are more difficult to recollect, but the sweetest.

  90. One of my fondest memories is when one of my daughters realized that the rules I gave her actually had purpose! “No candles in her room” was the rule and she hated that…until her friend burned her room up! She is a mom now, too, and says things like ‘you’re always right” and asks for advice. What a great feeling! I would LOVE to give her this book if I were to win it! I’m always telling her the value of a routine.

  91. Juli says:

    Teaching my daughter to blow bubbles. The expression on her face when they flew out of the wand the first time was priceless.

  92. Laura says:

    A recent fond memory was when we made a birdfeeder out of snow together, only a few weeks ago. We talked about how it must be hard for birds in the winter, and maybe we should help them out. My boys (6 & 3) put it together that they had just received so many treats for Christmas, that giving this food to the birds was akin to a Christmas present. So while we built, they kept shouting at top volume, “MERRY CHRISTMAS, BIRDS!” and later on they added, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIRDS!”
    This book sounds great. If I don’t win it I might have to buy it.

  93. Andrea says:

    My son saying his first word – a celebration for every child but even more due to the hundreds of hours of speech therapy and homework that went before it. His first word was “Go” and I thought how appropriate – “You go boy – well done!” What a wonderful memory!

  94. What a wonderful giveaway! The book looks so interesting and I would love to read it.
    One memory I love: When my 1 yr old daughter sees her 4 yr old big brother upset, reaches out, give him a hug while resting her head on his, and says “awww”.

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