Life with my forest creatures

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I am a young mama to three little ones. I talk about motherhood, being a student, having a horseshoe and everything in between. I am a birth doula and aspiring midwife. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I am an eternal optimist.

How do you encourage your children to help keep the house organized?

What advice do you have for moms trying to manage their home more effectively?

What's the biggest challenge when keeping a home organized?

Do you think the government should pay stay-at-home moms for their work of raising children and managing a household?

Angela Gray

I truly do! I have talked about this numerous times with family and friends. As a stay at home mama of 2 girls (and expecting baby #3) I can say first hand how hard it can be financially. I am not expecting a pity party, as this was, of course my decision. However, I think that just like any other "job" being a stay at home mom requires a lot of work and time.
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What is a fun and creative way to preserve baby memories?

Angela Gray

We are currently pregnant with our third and are always trying to come up with ways to preserve, and if we are lucky even display, some of our baby memories. Something that we started with our first is to have her do her first finger painting on her first birthday. Not only are the pictures of this hilarious and adorable to look back on but the end result is equally as adorable. We then frame it and display it. We did this for our 2nd and will do the same for our third. Without intending for it to, it has become a tradition. Along with that, on their first birthday we do handprints, but with theirs as well as mommy and daddy's. It looks so sweet, all of our hands, in variation of sizes grouped together. This is also something that we frame and display. The last thing we have done is a foot print of each child on their 6 month b-day. Needless to say, their playroom is not only a place for them to play and be creative, but also a wonderful place to display beautiful memories.
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Which is better for raising a family: city or suburbs, and why?

Angela Gray

I truly think they both hav their positive aspects. I feel that I am a bit "well equipped" to answer this, as I have lived in both areas growing up. I have gone from a city with lights and action allll the time to living on a dairy farm. We (my hub and I), after living in a small city for 5 years have just recently made the big move back to the country. I am so happy we did. FOR US it makes sense. We are used to country life (my hub was born in the country) - we always talked about bonfires with friends and family, playing with our kids in our big fenced in yard and waking up to quiet. We are so blessed that that is now a reality. But that is just what works for us. A large reason why it works is because, that is what we are used to. saying all this, we were quite happy in the city too, but something was missing. But if, for some reason, we were unable to move back to the country, we would have been ok. Because we have each other. So after this long winded answer I would have to say that BOTH have their advantages. Both offer amazing learning opportunities for little ones. At the end of the day, being with those you love and being truly present, is what matters :)
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