*This is the Monday morning “from the editor” post. In addition to your daily Truth, Tip & Find, I also introduce our fabulous guests for the week — and make sure nobody goes thirsty. More coffee, anyone?
Next week, in honor of Father’s Day, 3 Things for Mom will be taken over by dads for 6 whole days leading up to Father’s Day weekend (starting this Friday).
That’s right—the menfolk will be sharing their Truths, Tips & Finds from a father’s perspective—a perspective that is so valuable.
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.—Clarence Budington Kelland
My own Dad taught me the importance of integrity and the value of a dollar. He taught me to take care of the things I have and not take them for granted. I share his appreciation for great food, good music and a beautiful coastline. And now that I have my own children, I love seeing how much they love their Papa.
Me and my Dad, 1989
And as a special treat, my own amazing husband will be joining us on Friday.
He’ll be kicking off Father’s Day week by writing his own Truth, Tip & Find—and he’ll be introducing our amazing cast of dads who will be joining us next week. He is truly my greatest “Find.”
And my truth: there is nothing that makes my heart happier than the fact that my children have him as a Dad.
On our wedding day
Because of our Dad contributor week, I won’t be posting another “from the editor” post until after Father’s Day—so from my home to yours, Happy Father’s Day!
Go to the country.
We just spent the weekend visiting family in a small town in East Texas. I sipped coffee on the front porch while overlooking rolling pastures that dip into glistening ponds. Traffic is sparse. Cows are aplenty. It just smells like the country out there: fresh cut grass, chocolate cake and iced tea with lemon.
It’s good to get out of the fast lane every once in awhile.
We had a big family gathering over Memorial Day weekend and my toddler — who is just learning to swim — loved “swimming” all over the pool in his “Froggy.” Which is technically a “Coast Guard Approved” floating device called the Stearns 3D Puddle Jumper.
These little puddle jumpers slip on their arms and go across their chest, buckling securely in the back. They’re safe and adorable (coming in several animals, like turtles, dolphins and fish) — and my boy can swim around confidently in the pool without a life jacket riding up around his neck.
This was seriously an amazing summer find for us — and something both kids and moms can agree on.
In the house
Wednesday it’s Jessica Wolstenholm, mama of two and cofounder of Grace for Moms. She is the co-author of The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood and also blogs at ThePregnancyCompanion.com.
Thursday we have Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann — a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, director of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Social Media Team, and co-founder of Children’s Mom Docs.
And Friday—kicking of our Father’s Day extravaganza—it’s my very own husband, Matt Warner, introducing our amazing cast of dads for next week. Besides being a great dad, he also happens to be a great writer at The Radical Life.
Have a wonderful week, moms — and dads!
Contributor: Lauren, Founder and Editor of 3ThingsforMom.com
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