Saturday, February 28, 2015

Anna Duggar on Handling Meltdowns

We recently had a chat with Anna Duggar and discussed the interview questions submitted by all of you. Now it's time to share her responses. Are you ready to glean wisdom from this mom of three (soon to be four)?

How do you handle meltdowns in public with your little ones?

Anna: For me, when my children have a meltdown in public, there is a temptation to think that my children are better than that. I try to have a humble spirit and have an attitude of loyalty towards my children by being loving and understanding towards them. Often, a child's meltdown in public is the result of a really uncomfortable situation. 

I speak to my children in a soft voice and ask what's bothering them. And then I encourage them to respond with positive behavior: "It's been a long day, but you are doing so well! We're in this together." 

I ask them what they think the right response is, and then we practice that behavior. For instance, if we're at a restaurant, we practice sitting still at the table and using good manners. And then I praise them.

Like Michelle, I try to lower my voice instead of raise it. I bend down and ask them to look into my eyes. With Michael, since he's a little boy and is so squirmy, I have him put his hands on my cheeks right by my eyes to remind him to maintain good eye contact.

After I reach my kids' hearts, I try to figure out if there is a specific need they have. When we are out and about, I usually pack high-protein snack for my kiddos. When you have a tired kid with an empty stomach, that is really tough. You can keep raw almonds in your purse for forever, if your kids are old enough to eat them.

One of my friends has children who cry very loudly, so she has her children practice loud voices and quiet voices so they learn the difference. Then when her kids are crying, she comforts them and tells them that it is okay to cry but encourages them to cry softly. That's not to say that my children always cry softly, but it helps teach them how to deescalate a situation.

Just a Few More Weeks...

Jill Dillard passed the 36-week mark. While 37 weeks is technically considered full-term, it is usually best for the baby's development if he or she remains in the womb for an additional two weeks. At this point in the pregnancy, Baby Dilly is gaining weight at a rate of approximately one ounce per day and measures about the length of a head of romaine lettuce.

Jill (Duggar) Dillard

Friday, February 27, 2015

Jim Bob Duggar Raps It Out

Do you think Jim Bob Duggar can rap? If your answer is no, this YouTube video might change your mind. The Duggars joined Christian comedian Anita Renfroe at a fundraiser at Grace Polaris Church just outside Columbus, Ohio, last weekend. Anita brought Jim Bob on stage during her famous "In Tha Muthahood" rap, and the Duggar dad really got into it. (Thanks to the loyal reader who helped us find this video!)



For those who are interested in listening to the words, here is Anita Renfroe's "In Tha Muthahood" music video:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Win a Book Endorsed by Michelle Duggar

Erin Harrison recently released a book, Living Virtuously: A Wife's Complete Guide to Keeping Her Heart & Home, that was endorsed by Michelle Duggar. We are partnering with Erin to give you a chance to win one of four copies.

I highly recommend Erin Harrison's new book, Living Virtuously. Erin is an energetic wife and mother who has a heart to encourage young mothers to train their children to love God and to have a ministry mindset.

~Michelle Duggar

Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway. The book is available for purchase on Erin's website and Amazon.

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Michelle Cries, Jessa Smiles...

"I feel like I just blinked, and Jessa's ready to get married," says Michelle Duggar as her third-oldest daughter makes preparations to tie the knot with Ben Seewald.

Watch the-bride-to-be try on wedding gowns with her mom, grandma, sisters, mother-in-law, and sisters in law (that's quite the crew!). This week's new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting are available for purchase on Amazon US, iTunes, and Google Play.