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About jpolimino

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    I'm a stay at home mom, but still work too. I just finished writing my 3rd book. This one is about Praying Through Your Pregnancy. I hope it will help mother's-to-be learn the importance and POWER of praying for their unborn child.

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    Right now my focus is on my kids. I want to teach them what is important in life. I still love health and fitness, but don't have as much time as I used to work out. I do my best and just take my kids along with me whenever the weather allows it.

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  1. I’m expanding on my list of “top beliefs and values that we should be teaching our children”. In my blog, How to Raise Great Children In This World Today – Part 2, I have 18 items mentioned and now I want to go into greater detail on each of these. One of the most important things that I believe we should teach our children is about the power of prayer. I believe that praying together every day with your children is a gift you can give them that will stay with them a lifetime. It will bring them peace, joy, comfort and it will bring them closer to Our Creator. If you’re not used to praying, you can start praying at each meal, when they wake up and when they go to bed. It is important to teach our children that when we pray, God hears us and will answer our prayers. It says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.” This is something that as mothers, I feel, we are called to do. Next, I believe we need to teach our children about Jesus and to teach them the Word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:15, Timothy was blessed with something very valuable. The apostle Paul reminded him, "From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation" That is just amazing! Even before reaching adulthood, Timothy was already familiar with the writings of God's Holy Word--His instruction book! How much was that worth? It’s priceless! And in Deuteronomy 6:5 it says: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." To successfully teach our children or grandchildren, we must fully love God's ways ourselves. And then in verses 6-7 it says: "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up". Wow! This is clearly a very important topic that God is trying to teach us moms! I believed in this so much, that every day, I would spend hours and hours teaching my little guy to learn The Word of God--and he did--as early as 20 months old. Lastly, let’s teach our children to love others and to be kind. I received an email recently from a wise mother. She told me the importance of how actions speak much louder than words do. After my most recent book came out, I was so busy blogging, Facebooking, answering emails, doing radio interviews, and not taking care of myself (not eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep) that I really messed up my hormones. I became a mom who was exhausted and not happy. I started yelling at my kids on a daily basis. I’m sharing this with you in hopes of preventing another mom from falling into to the devil’s trap as I did. I was telling my children to love others and to be kind, but I wasn’t doing a very good job showing them at all. I believe God had this women write to me to open my own eyes. I needed to start taking care of myself and to start teaching my kids by my actions and not just by my words. I will continue detailing each of the points I brought up on my list of “How to Raise Great Children In This World Today”…and as always, I’d love to hear from you.
  2. Thank you Texasmommy and Momsense for your comments. I know how hard it can be, Texasmommy!! And yes Carol, Pray, pray ,pray, that was my #1!! I agree with you 100%!! I'm going to expand more on each topic and give some stories and examples so please let me know what you all think!
  3. If you’ve read, Praying Through Your Pregnancy, you found that I wasn’t always a believer. When I became pregnant, I began to seek God like never before. And out of fear and desperation I began to pray. Even though my husband was supporting me along the way, I was scared and felt all alone. After my little ones we’re born, I discovered that God really did hear my prayers and that’s when I truly started believing in Jesus more than ever before. These are what I feel are the most important values and beliefs that we need to teach our children in this world today…to help shape their lives here on earth and for eternity. If possible, we should focus in on these daily. Do I do these things every day? I can honestly say that I try, but not all of them and not always. Sometimes you just can’t, but I do try very hard because I know that they are in the best interest of my children and I want them to turn out to be Loving-kind-compassionate-healthy-human beings. So here’s my list of top beliefs and values that we should be teaching our children from the very first day of their life. (I will be expanding on each one in blogs to come.) *Pray together every day, you can start with each meal, when they wake up and when they go to bed. *Teach your children about Jesus and teach them the Word of God. *Teach them to love others and to be kind. *Teach them manners and to be polite; To be young ladies and gentlemen. *Teach them how to be healthy, if you don’t know how, then research and get help. *Exercise with your children every day! *Teach them that real JOY comes when you put Jesus first, others next, and yourself last! *Teach them that whatever they do has consequences. *Teach them to trust you and to obey you ... and they’ll have an easier time trusting and obeying the Lord! *Teach them how to get along well with others -- to share and be diplomatic. *Be the best example you can be-- children do what you do, not what you say!(Man, do I know this one to be true!) *Teach them to be frugal and that money doesn’t grow on trees—it takes hard work. *Spend time together laughing and playing. *Take family vacations—it doesn’t have to be expensive, just time together. *Do something nice for others—help someone…examples to come. *Turn off the TV, especially during meal time. *Hug, hold, and love your kids daily. ***Don’t ever let the sun go down without saying “I love you” and “I’m sorry” if you did something wrong. Now, I’m sure I’ve missed something, and I would love to hear from you, so please post your comment. My mom and I came up with this list. And along with my 6 siblings, I have always said that mom’s “gift from God” was being a mother! She is awesome! (And yes, I know I have more then 10. I felt they we’re all very important.)
  4. Do you often get complimented on your kids’ behavior? Can you take your children with you into a fancy restaurant and not worry that they will knock over your ice tea while reaching for the bread basket? Can you go to church and not worry about you little ones having a temper tantrum while your pastor is handing out communion? These are questions that many mom’s are proud to say that they do not have to worry about. I first want to say that my kids are not perfect by any means!!! They have gone through phases of testing me, not listening and being disrespectful. As you know my children are 2 and almost 5, but I expect them to behave and to have manners. I believe as a mother that it is my job to teach them what is appropriate to do and what is not. So as a mother, a lot of responsibility is upon us to raise the next generation of “polite-giving-honest-loving-caring” human beings. Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you what my mother (who has 7 children) has taught me over other years. I want to discuss a few of what I think are the most important values and beliefs that we need to teach our children in this world today to help shape their lives here on earth and beyond!
  5. I took a little break from my blogging, but now I’m back on track. Reading over “It’s Week 41—My Baby is never Coming Out!!”, I can’t believe that “My Baby” will be 5 years old in less than a month! And “my baby”, Micah, that I waited so long for, is now a big brother. His “little sis”, Malia, just turned 2 in March. Each day that passes by, I try to look at it as a gift from God. These children that God has given me, have taught me more about who I am than any other thing in my 40 years. And they continue to teach me about love, grace, patience, kindness…basically, the Fruits of the Spirit, each and every day. And I am reminded on a daily basis, that I have a lot to work on!! Motherhood is Hard!! I think that I got so caught up in “ I just can’t wait until this baby arrives” that I never stopped to think that these little ones would grow up to be “Little-independent-self-serving-sinners!” Actually, I’m blessed in that I have very well behaved children, but wow, it’s lot of hard work. Never ending, from the minute I wake up and till they finally fall to sleep around 9:00pm (or later during the summer!) But you know what, I love it! And I’ve talked to a lot of mothers out there and they all feel the same way. They’d never trade it for anything else the world could offer. As a mom, what do you feel? Are you happy being a mother? What are some of your secrets to having a well behaved child? I’ll share some of what I think helps in the days to come. Have a blessed day! Jennifer Polimino Author and Mom Devoted to Christ • Dedicated to Praying for Moms and Their Children
  6. Thank you Alison. I never thought of it like that! But I love it! Blessing to you and your family! Jennifer
  7. (These are my Private journals from my 1st pregnancy) It’s week 41, and I can hardly hold back the tears. He’s never coming out! I was convinced I would have my baby early, well before the due date. So when my due date came and went, I was so frustrated. I couldn’t believe it! I was in shock, but more than that, I was so overly ready that I didn’t have much to do in those last two weeks except wait and wait and wait. Each minute of each day, all I do is think about this baby coming. I was so used to making goals for myself and then setting out to achieve them, one by one. This was a goal also, in a way, but one that I didn’t have as much control over. As I made my video journal on my due date, I commented about how I was supposed to have had my baby by now. Then, when I did the video a week later, I actually just burst into tears—hardly able to comprehend why I hadn’t given birth already! Dear Lord, will I ever meet my baby??
  8. (These are my Private journals from my 1st pregnancy) I kept my calendar open this week for the baby to come. My due date was on Monday and now it’s Friday. Still there’s no sign of the baby. What’s going on? I feel like I’m going to be pregnant FOREVER. He was supposed to be here on the twenty-fifth of July or sooner, according to the doctors. I keep walking on the trails behind my house, trying to help this baby along. I tried some completely safe natural remedies that people swear by, like eating spicy foods, but all that did was make my tummy upset! I called Betty, my massage lady, to come over and try to help this baby along, too, but that didn’t work either. It did make me relax though, and she assured me that the baby would be here in God’s time, not ours. I know she’s right. Every pregnancy is different, every labor is different and every birth is different. God knows what He is doing.
  9. Wow, 6 babies!! I don't think I could do that. And yes, they are parents too! I hope that my husband will step up and help.
  10. Amen! I agree with you Diamond Ring!
  11. (These are my Private journals from my 1st pregnancy) My doctor said the baby might come early, so I thought this was the week. My work schedule has lightened up a bit and, just in case, I warned my clients that I may have to cancel their fitness session if I went into labor. Of course they all understood. Everywhere I go, people ask when my baby is coming, and I tell them, “Hopefully, today!” Then they congratulate me and wish me luck. Every day I talk to the baby and encourage him, “Come out and meet the world. Mommy is ready for you!” But it hasn’t happened yet. God is teaching me patience. I went to get my new driver’s license and had to wait more than two hours, so I left and came back and then discovered I’d missed my number. So I sat there another hour and finally got my picture taken. What a pain. At least when I look at my photo, I know I’m not alone in it. We also had our neighborhood barbeque this week. We’re blessed to have such great friends. We all watch out for each other, and we get together a couple times a year. The cookout was a lot of fun. They even bought me a cake with a stork on it. They are so thoughtful.
  12. (These are my Private journals from my 1st pregnancy) They finished our new hardwood floors, and they’re beautiful. Yea! My husband can be very convincing at times. I never saw people work so hard and so fast. It was just like the remodel of our basement. Dan called the crew every day to make sure they showed up and did what they were supposed to do. And you know what? I’m so glad we did it. Once all the dust and fumes were cleared out and I got the place all cleaned up, it looked fantastic. I know it will be a lot healthier for my allergies and for the new baby. This week was also my thirty-fifth birthday. I can’t believe I’m 35..which makes me “high-risk”. I hate that term!! I remember that when I was a teen, the summers never seemed to end. It feels kind of like that with this pregnancy—like it’s been forever. And yet, I have only three weeks to go!!! (Unless the baby comes early!!!!!)
  13. (These are my private Journals from my 1st pregnancy). I’m already enjoying the gifts from my baby shower last week. It was so much fun sorting through all the adorable clothes and putting them away in the baby’s dresser. It’s been so hot lately, more than 100 degrees. I went and got a great little baby pool to cope with the heat. One of my favorite things to do is sit in the cool water and just relax. So here I am, 35 weeks pregnant, in a swimsuit, in my new little baby pool in the backyard—my poor neighbors! I sure wish I had a picture of that. This week is Father’s Day, and Dan announced he’s proceeding with the rest of the remodel plans. What on earth is he thinking? Oh boy! Dear Lord, Please let this week be a good week. Help me not to worry about the little stuff but to be grateful that my husband wants to better the house for me and my baby. Please let this remodel go quickly and smoothly. And help them finish before the baby arrives. In Jesus’ name, Amen
  14. (These are my private journals from my 1st pregnancy.) My friend Claire threw me a baby shower Hawaiian style. It was the best ever!! Everything had a tropical theme, from the napkins and plates right down to the slipper mat at the front door. Everyone wore pink and white plumeria leis. Claire created a gorgeous tropical fruit salad and a smorgasbord of other Hawaiian treats. She really went overboard. I felt so special. I received the most beautiful gifts, even a homemade baby quilt. My parents sent adorable baby outfits for me to open at the shower. Of course I cried. I wish they could have been here. After it was over, we loaded up my Nissan and—wouldn’t you know it—everything wouldn’t fit inside. It was hilarious! My neighbor had to transport some of the gifts home for me. This was an extra special day for me. I feel so blessed that my friends would go to this much thought and effort for me and my baby. This baby is getting more and more real to me, especially looking at the clothes he will wear and the baby gear he’ll use. This baby will certainly be loved . . . by a lot of people!
  15. (These are my private journals from my 1st pregnancy.) This weekend I went to another baby shower. It’s fun going to my friends’ showers, because I’m getting terrific ideas for my shower next week. But this friend is having a girl, just like my other girlfriend, and she got the cutest little pink clothes for baby gifts. I totally loved those baby clothes—but I still want a boy! Dan signed up for a Daddy Boot Camp. It teaches dads skills like how to change a diaper. I’m sure glad he’s going to learn that! Dear Lord, please help my husband to love and cherish his child. I pray that he is a great father…loving and caring like you. I know these last weeks are hard on him too. Please give him patience and understanding to be a good husband too. In Jesus name, Amen

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