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6 Free Things Your Kids Want More Than Anything

By Lori Garcia |

I struggle with mom guilt with the best of ‘em. Am I enough? Will they grow up to be good people? Do I know what I’m doing?

The answers to all of these questions is a resounding I dunno. My husband is of the “parenting doesn’t have to be so hard” camp. He insists love, attention, and living as a prime example are enough to mold wee ones into damn fine adults. Could it really be that easy?

With a degree in Child Development, a mild parenting book addiction, and years of experience as a mom blogger, I think I’ve finally figured out the 6 simple things kids want more than anything from their parents; check ‘em out after the jump!

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “6 Free Things Your Kids Want More Than Anything

  1. The Orange Rhino says:

    This was perfectly timed. Just perfect. I am having a major case of the mommy guilt today, that I am not doing any of it right. Then I read this particularly the point about affection and realized WAIT I am doing something right. I stopped yelling at my kids – tomorrow marks 100 days!!! At the end of the day if I don’t do Martha Stewart quality crafts or cook wonderfully healthy and delicious meals, at least I have given them more affection by not yelling. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    1. mommyfriend says:

      100 Days! WOW, I hereby present you with the Mommy Medal of Honor! Seriously, I need to work on the yelling too. You sound like an amazing mom. Keep up the great work!

  2. Nichole says:

    I LOVE this and yes, so very true!!! Thanks.

  3. jj says:

    ooo am guilty of yelling. gonna go on this 100 days challenge lol. I really spend time with them and show them love at every minute even after yelling. They always say “mummy hug me” even while I was in the middle of yelling and that melts my heart. Just understand that kids have short attention spam and therefore always misbehave cos they forgot the direction just given to them espcially wheile playing with sibling or friends.

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