Thursday, January 28, 2010
This site has a lot of great activities broken up into categories (see the labels on the Right Hand side of their blog) such as ABCs, Craft and Cooking as well as plenty more.
Take a look at the site by clicking on this link Totally Tots
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Just came across this excellent website while looking for more information on "Lapbooking" and thought I would share it here.
Lots of great ways to extend your child's interest in a book or topic.
Link here to the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star page as an example or search through all the others for loads more fun. See this page for many many more - they are all broken down into age groups
More on Lapbooking here or here or here or here or here
Friday, January 22, 2010
becoming part of the
Leadership Team in 2010.
- Its good fun
- It stretches and challenges you in many varied ways
- You get to use all those excellent skills and gifts you have from your life BC (before kids) but don't always get to utilise as a mum
- And also the many skills that you already utilise in the role of Mum (multitasking, networking)
- It will give you many opportunties to learn lots of new things along the way
- You get to work with a great group of women (who are busy mums just like you)
- AND you get to bless a great group of mums each week
- And ....finally ....its something to do outside of the house (! for those like me that need an escape and an excuse to not do the housework).
(e.g.,2-3 mums can work as a Hospitality team).
right skill set. personality etc.
- Christian - has faith in Jesus Christ, and follows him in all areas of her life. Romans 10:9
- Called - recognizes that God has summoned her to a position of influence and submits herself to that call. Luke 9:23
- Christ-like - is intentional about growing godly character as expressed in Scripture and evidenced by behavior and attitudes. Galatians 5:22-23
- Courageous - chooses to persevere even in the face of challenges. Psalm31:24
- Accountable - is willing to accept responsibility to God, to others and to herself. Romans 14:12
- Servant - serves that she leads.Matthew20: 26-28
- Growing - has a teachable spirit and takes responsibility for growing toward personal and spiritual. Philippians 1:6
- Hopeful - knows Jesus as her source of hope and points others to him. 1 Peter 3:15
- Gracious - receives others willingly with a generous spirit. Romans 15:7
- Authentic - knows and accepts herself and is honest about her strengths and weaknesses in her relationships with others. Romans 12:3
- Adaptable - embraces and manages change.1 Corinthians 9:22
- Humble - recognizes her dependence upon God and others.1 Peter 5:5-6
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I realise Christmas 2009 has come and gone but wanted to add this link (Operation Christmas Child FILL A SHOEBOX FOR A CHILD NEXT CHRISTMAS) early in 2010 so those that want to fill a shoebox (or several) with gifts for a child in poverty have a head start and can collect items throughout the year.
With all the other costs of a little family and being mindful of stretching every dollar I find it helps to start thinking about Operation Christmas Child at the beginning of the year. This way the cost of filling the shoebox can be spread over the year and it also prevents scrambling around at OCC collection time and having to race around trying to fill the box in a hurry/all in one go.
This way you also have all year to talk to your child about Operation Christmas child and many opportunities to involve them in the process and get their help in looking out for fun/interesting/appropriate little items as well as more time to look for bargains throughout the year/things on sale etc (as all the little items can add up).
Here is a link to a You Tube video of one very frugals mums tip of how she managed to fill 45(!) shoeboxes for $45 !!! Yep $1 a box (OS info though I realise) - so 45 children who may never have got a Christmas gift did because of this woman's efforts.
So please be mindful that cost need not be a barrier. *
* at the same time I don't believe in filling these boxes with "junk" . We put in a lot of thought when filling ours as to what would a child of this age really enjoy/get a lot of use out of /items that would make a difference to their lives etc. Less money spent doesn't always equal inferior quality items - just good prices and less damage to the Family Budget (trying to be a good steward of our finances)
As for me I think I will make a start with 2 boxes this year - one for a girl my daughters age and another for a boy the same age as my son. And then see how we go from there.
As the year goes past and the boxes fill up I'd love to be able to keep going with additional boxes.
* Be sure to check the Samaritans Purse OCC site for all the things to LEAVE OUT OF THE SHOEBOX, stuff that CAN NOT BE SENT for safety or cultural reasons.
Given many of you (like me) will have a little one starting school or kindy this year I have also added this link to one of Chrissys posts that talks about School Readiness
Click on this link to go to a parenting blog called Childhood 101. A mother of a toddler writes about her experiences of parenting, low cost actitivities to do at home, her experience and tips for meals/discipline/adventures with your toddler drawing on her experiences as a Child Care Director prior to being a mum.
1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand — when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Annual MOPS Participation Fee
When you register for MOPS each year, you will be handed an Annual Participation Fee form, and we ask that if you are able to pay this $10 participation fee, please do so before the end of April 2011.
The payment options are...
1. Direct Debit to MOPS Australia bank account
2. Credit card
3. Cheque payable to MOPS Australia
4. Cash to MOPS@MBC front desk
Thank you, from the MOPS@MBC team.
How did MOPS begin?
It was a Tuesday morning, at about 9.30. They each had faced spilled cereal, tangled hair, and a few had even been forced to change their outfits due to a last-minute baby throw-up on a shoulder or lap. They had driven, or pushed strollers, to the church and had dropped their little ones off in the creche. They had made it!
And now they sat, knees almost touching, in the circle of children's chairs from the Sunday school room. Hands held hot cups of tea and biscuits in utter freedom because this treat did not have to be shared with a child's sticky fingers. Mouths moved in eager, uninterrupted conversation. Eyes sparkled with enthusiasm. Hearts stirred with understanding. Needs were met.
That morning in 1973, was the first morning of MOPS, or Mothers of Preschoolers. Little was it known that from this small beginning in a church in
How did MOPS begin in Australia?
How did MOPS begin in
Nineteen years later and thousands of kilometres away, the same mutual need for sharing was realised by a group of mums with children under school age in
Since its formation in June 2000, MOPS Australia, Inc has grown rapidly and there are currently over 100 groups throughout
How did MOPS begin at MBC?
A Brief History of MOPS at MBC by Karen Askey-Doran (COordinator of MOPS til 2008 and currently Regional Coordinator).
In 1999, the leader of MBC’s women’s ministry caught the vision of MOPS. At that time I was a new Mum with little inclination to help; I was interested but not convicted!
Roughly a year later another meeting was held to generate interest. At this time I had another little baby girl, a 16-month-old toddler and, although I was unaware of it, Post
In 2005 Holly, caught the vision of MOPS and began to sow the seeds of interest throughout the young Mums in our church. Robyn Robertson came to our first meeting and inspired us into action…the seeds Holly planted took hold!
People came slowly at first to fill the positions, it seemed there were a lot of blanks for a long time! Holly was going to be our Coordinator and when she filled out the charter she realised that a Mother of Preschoolers should really fill that role…. So she called me! Very graciously, Holly took a side step into a Mentoring role (very appropriate really).
God was moving in our midst, we had been blessed with an inspired team of 15 Mops Leaders and 9 Moppets Leaders, each one having a testimony about how God had lead them to this ministry!
I suspect that God has big plans for our group. I still feel very inadequate sometimes but I do trust God and I want to serve him and to reach out to Mums who are hurting, to support them. I want to encourage, you know, to build up… to make a difference in people’s lives, especially my children’s!
I know I’m not alone… In Romans 8:28 it says “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” He planned for my girls, my twins, my battle with PND. He planned for MOPS - at this time - in our church! The door has literally been flung open!
What happens at a MOPS meeting?
When a mum enters a MOPS meeting, she is greeted by a friendly face and escorted to MOPPETS, where her children enjoy their special part of the MOPS program. In MOPPETS, children from infancy through to school age experience a caring environment while they learn, sing, play and make crafts.
Once her children are settled, the MOPS mum joins a program tailor-made to meet her needs. She can grab something to eat and not have to share it! She can finish a sentence and not have to speak in words of two syllables!
The program typically begins with a brief lesson taught by an older mum who's been through the challenging years of mothering and who can share from her experience and from the truths taught in the Bible. Then the women move into small discussion groups where there are no "wrong answers" and each mum is free to share her joys and struggles with other mums who truly understand her feelings. In these moments, long-lasting friendships are often made on the common ground of finally being understood.
From here, the women participate in a craft or other creative activity. For mums who are often frustrated by the impossibility of completing anything in their unpredictable days, this activity is deeply satisfying. It provides a sense of accomplishment and growth for many mums.
Because mums of preschoolers themselves lead MOPS, the program also offers women a chance to develop their leadership skills and other talents. It takes organisation, creativity, and management skills to run a MOPS program successfully.
By the time they finish the MOPS meeting and pick up their children, the mums feel refreshed and better able to mother. MOPS helps them recognise that mums have needs too! And when they take the time to meet those needs, they find they are more effective in meeting the needs of their families.
Meeting the needs of Mothers of Preschoolers
The MOPS program is dedicated to meeting the needs of mothers of preschoolers. These needs have been identified by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall in their book, What Every Mum Needs:
The need for Identity: Sometimes I'm not sure who I am
The need for Growth: Sometimes I long to develop who I am
The need for Relationship: Sometimes I long to be understood
The need for Help: Sometimes I need to share the load
The need for Perspective: Sometimes I lose my focus
The need for Hope: Sometimes I wonder if there's more to life
Here's How Some Mums Describe MOPS
"MOPS means that I am able to share the joys and frustrations and insecurities of being a mum. Our meetings provide the opportunity to hear someone else say, "I was up all night," or "They're driving me crazy!"
"As a single mum, this is the first group I've felt accepted in for who I am."
'On my first day at MOPS, I knew my life had changed forever! The women made me feel so relaxed. I had a peace I hadn't felt for a long time. They were so caring, pleasant, helpful…the list goes on! I just want to say, "Thank you MOPS!" If it weren't for MOPS, I wouldn't be where I am today.'
MOPS mum, Melbourne
'When I first started MOPS, I was very, very lonely. MOPS gave me a chance to get out of the house which I was grateful for. The talks were very informative. I found out a lot through these talks. My problems seemed to become smaller. When I first started at MOPS, I thought I was a Christian. I wasn't. Through MOPS I can now say, 'I am a Christian.' MOPS to me is not only Mothers of Pre Schoolers, but My Own Private Salvation!'