Are You Teaching Your Children Essential Life Skills To Be Prepared For Life?

Raising Safe and Confident Kids is Now More Important Than Ever

Are You Teaching Your Children Essential Life Skills To Be Prepared For Life?

Raising Safe and Confident Kids is Now More Important Than Ever

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Hi, I’m Marian

PreparaMom’s Founder and CEO

As a Registered Nurse, I know how important it is to be prepared. As a Mom, I know we face unique challenges. We can never be sure what is coming our way. But with good planning, you can be prepared for almost anything motherhood throws at you.

Did you know that preparing for challenges creates better outcomes and allows you to live your best prepared life? I will show you how to live a life that is prepared and proactive, not unprepared and reactive. I will give you the tools & resources to develop your children into having the essential life skills they will need, to help you achieve the peaceful, well-balanced prepared lifestyle you deserve.

Here at PreparaMom…

our mission is to help parents manage their households and finances with the peace of mind that comes from preparing their kids for the future. 

Hi, I’m Marian

PreparaMom’s Founder and CEO

As a Registered Nurse, I know how important it is to be prepared. As a Mom, I know we face unique challenges. We can never be sure what is coming our way. But with good planning, you can be prepared for almost anything motherhood throws at you.

Did you know that preparing for challenges creates better outcomes and allows you to live your best prepared life? I will show you how to live a life that is prepared and proactive, not unprepared and reactive. I will give you the tools & resources to develop your children into having the essential life skills they will need, to help you achieve the peaceful, well-balanced prepared lifestyle you deserve.

Here at PreparaMom…

our mission is to help parents manage their households and finances with the peace of mind that comes from preparing their kids for the future. 

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Our past does not have to define our future, unless that is what we choose.⁠⠀
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I know many people will be facing financial hard times ahead.⁠⠀

Now more than ever, this is the time to start really paying attention to the smaller details when it comes to your family finances.

Here are some food for thought:
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If you don't have a clue what comes in and what goes out every single month because your spouse takes care of it, now is a time to start getting involved.⁠⠀
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If you have more month than you do money every month, now is the time to hunker down and start making some tough decisions.⁠⠀
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How do you choose to move your family forward?
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What do you do when the kids are home all day now, yet you still have your own work to do?⁠

You get as many solo activities into the house as possible! ⁠
LOL.⁠

Look, don't get me wrong. I love spending time with my kids, but this mama still has work to do.⁠

I am loving this IQ Puzzler games by Smart Games that I got from Target the other day. There are different ones and I really love how they each come in their own little container.⁠

The kids are really enjoying it and the best part is...they can play by themselves.⁠

What solo activities are your favorite? I know I definitely need more ideas so please share in the comments below so we all can benefit.⁠
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The best part about setting up routines and expectations to go along with it...is no longer having to make the kid'd bed or vacuum their room!⁠

Because now, that's their job. And to be quite honest, they do a very good job at it. Especially after going over with them the basic procedures.⁠

Kids are a lot more capable of doing things than we give them credit for.⁠

And guess what else??⁠

Every week, his JOB that he gets paid for is to "unclog" all the vacuums in the house (aka clearing the vacuum brush head).⁠

Saves me the time and headache of having to do this myself and at the same time, they get to practice these life skills that they can take with them into their adult life. #momwin⁠

What household chore are you doing now for your kids that you know you they can do for themselves?
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I think it's safe to say that kids in general know they need to wash their hands when it's dirty.⁠⠀
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But what about when their hands aren't visibly dirty...like after coughing into their hands.⁠⠀
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To give kids a better way to grasp just how important it is to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs, here are some fun activities to do with your kids:⁠⠀
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1. Grab a water spray bottle and fill it with water. Get some paper and line it on a table or counter top. Now pretend to sneeze or cough and at the same time, spray some water to mimic what is actually coming out of your mouth if you don't cover your mouth.⁠⠀
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Now do the same thing but now, cough and spray the water directly into your hand, like if you had covered your mouth.⁠⠀
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By having them see this in action, they are more likely to be more aware of it the next time they cough or sneeze.⁠⠀
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2. Next thing you can do is ask them how many objects or places around the house do they touch every single day. Point out to them how easy it is based on Step 1 to leave germs on these surfaces.⁠ You can even tag these areas so they are reminded of it.⠀
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3. Another thing you can do is play a game of Role Playing. I actually pretend to be one of my kids and do exactly what I have witnessed them doing (or not doing).⁠⠀
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Things like what they do or don't do after they blow their nose, how many surfaces they touched because they didn't wash their hands, how they wash their hands too quickly, how many surfaces have their germs because they didn't cover their mouth when coughing/sneezing.⁠⠀
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These are just a few ways to talk about this topic, which is even more timely now considering the situation we're in.⁠⠀
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I hope this helps a bit as a way to help you teach your kids how important it is to prevent the spread of germs.⁠⠀
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I'd love to hear any creative ways you know about to explain this to kids.
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If you knew me back in my school days, you would see a very shy, quiet and timid girl.⁠

And although it pains me to say, I worked very hard to not let that get in my way. (Kids can be so mean. Another story for another day...)⁠

Fast forward to today, I can't believe that I'm actually making efforts to be more visible and talking more on camera.⁠

Such a huge thing for me. Considering how much of an introvert I am.⁠

It still makes me super nervous, but when you have a bigger purpose to fulfill, you do what you gotta do. ⁠

So would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
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Do you know what the #1 food related cause of choking is in kids under 3?⁠⠀
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If you guessed hot dog, you are correct!⁠⠀
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No one expects their kids to choke but it happens way more than we want it to.⁠⠀
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But I'm here to tell you that as scary as it will be seeing your child choke, by arming yourself with the knowledge, you will be able to jump in and intervene in lightning mommy speed.⁠⠀
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I recommend you attend a Family CPR class if you are able to because you never know when these skills will come in handy.⁠⠀
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Here are a few points to get you started until then:⁠⠀
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1. Coughing is good. Encourage your child to keep coughing to try and remove the object himself.⁠⠀
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2. If he stops coughing or you see he's struggling or turning blue, tell someone to call 911, then get behind him and start doing abdominal thrusts.⁠⠀
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3. Find his belly button and place one fist slightly above it, then use your other hand to grab your fist and press hard into the abdomen with a quick, upward thrust. Like a "J" motion.⁠⠀
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And that's it. Keep doing that until the object comes out. I won't get into alternative scenarios here but with these key steps, you are well on your way to saving the day.⁠⠀
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Drop me an emoji below if you found this helpful and if you want to see more tips like this?
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Since my kids were 4 & 6 years old, I've had them use piggy banks to start teaching them the concept of earning and saving their money to pay for things.⁠⠀
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Now that they are 9 & 11, I've been working on introducing the concept of budgeting to them.⁠⠀
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So I created my own "piggy bank" version that allows them to track their money going in and going out.⁠⠀
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The 3 smaller containers are just 4x6 photo bins and the larger one is a sugar container I got from the Container Store. LOL.⁠⠀
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I don't consider myself a crafty person at all but I have to say that this gets the job done.⁠⠀
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After they get paid on pay day, they divide their money up between these 3 bins (Save, Spend, Share).⁠⠀
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It's been a great system for us so far. I'm sure it will evolve over time but for now, they are learning the basics of what I want them to learn and practice.⁠⠀
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Visit the link in my bio to get access to the full Family Chore & Money Action guide that I use to get the kids to learn how money and responsibility work together.
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One of my favorite quotes..."The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes." ~ Harold B. Lee⁠⠀
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Like teaching them how to cut zucchini for the first time so they aren't afraid of using a knife!⁠⠀
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Bringing another human being into this world is not only the most amazing experience one can ever go through but it is also the most challenging right?⁠⠀
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We're responsible for making sure our kids grow up with the skills needed to succeed in the world on their own.⁠⠀
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I also believe kids need to be given opportunities to learn through mistakes but that doesn't mean we can't give them a good foundation to build upon.⁠⠀
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Things like cooking, developing good money habits earlier on and cleaning up after themselves are among the many skills to teach our kids.⁠⠀
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Sure they can all eventually learn these skills on their own but why not give them an advantage before they set foot into adulthood.⁠⠀
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They will have so many things coming at them, so a few less things they already have under their belt to worry about is a plus.⁠⠀
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I know I will definitely have more peace of mind knowing I've done what I can to best prepare them to succeed.⁠⠀
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What about you? What would bring you more peace of mind as a parent?⁠⠀
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When you hear the word budget, what is your instant reaction to what it means for you?⁠⠀
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When I asked a family member of mine, who has struggled with finances for a very long time now, why she doesn't like to budget, her response was, "Because it restricts me from spending my money."⁠⠀
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My response..."But doesn't it frustrate you that when it comes time to pay your bills, you run short because you already spent it all thinking you had enough in the bank?"⁠⠀
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I don't know about you but that would stress me out big time. It's understandable though why budgeting has had a negative connotation tied to it.⁠⠀
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Instead of thinking though that it restricts you from spending, how about turning that around and saying that budgeting helps you be more intentional with HOW and WHEN you spend your money.⁠⠀
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That's right...YOU get to decide that.⁠⠀
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So when you have a budget plan, you're in full control.⁠⠀
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Of course, we want to make sure all the necessary bills are paid, but after that, if a shopping spree at Target is what you want...or if it's to eat out because you just don't have time to cook today, then go for it.⁠⠀
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So if it helps, instead of saying budgeting, you can say a spending plan.⁠⠀
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Just curious, did your parents ever teach you anything about managing and budgeting your money?⁠⠀
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