Raising Compassionate and Empathetic Children

Our country seems to be in chaos lately with two hurricanes making landfall and leaving devastation and destruction in their path. Thousands of families lives turned upside down, immeasurable damages to entire communities, homes lost, lives lost, hope lost. I have spent a large amount of time in these last few weeks trying to put myself in the shoes of these victims in hopes that I will be able to understand what they are going through, but the truth is that there is no way to TRULY understand it unless you have lived it.

With that being said, I believe that empathy is the absolute most important life skill that any human can have. The ability to care deeply for other human beings is the root of all that is good in the world. However, in the wake of these tragedies I unfortunately found myself subconsciously sheltering my 2 1/2 year old twins from the news of it all. Why?! Was I trying to save them from the heartache? Did I think they were too little? They wouldn’t understand? The truth is, I was doing them a disservice by NOT telling them. I was failing at my promise to them that I would always do what is best for them, I was forgetting my promise to God that I would train them up in the way that they should go. It is NEVER to early to teach children to love others. Do not underestimate the innocent and loving heart of a child. They will absolutely surprise you.

After explaining to them as well as I could, I had the indescribable honor of taking them to donate items for the first time in their little lives. Though we did not have much to give, I believe that they left our church truly understanding that the diapers, bottles and formula that we donated were going to families that needed them more than we did. Though this was a small lesson in empathy, I am blessed with the job of teaching them these lessons for the rest of their lives. Check out the video of our donation below!

Teaching Compassion and Empathy to Young Children:

  • There is no such thing as “too young”
  • Communicate using words that they can understand
  • Discuss different types of feelings regularly with your child- Teach and practice “feelings vocabulary”
  • Use the aide of videos and pictures whenever it may be helpful
  • If appropriate, allow them to watch the news with you as you explain what is happening. Use current events to spark important conversations
  • Set the example- Let them see you modeling compassion and empathy!
  • Make it a priority and set high expectations
  • Provide opportunities to practice- Allow them an active and age appropriate role in donations/tithes/volunteering- Even if it is a monetary donation online, use it as a teaching opportunity- Involve them!
  • Recognize and celebrate compassionate behavior- (Even something as simple as holding open a door for a stranger!)
  • NEVER STOP TEACHING! This is not a quick and easy lesson, it must be constant and consistent

How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children: Making Caring Common Project

Happy Father’s day!

For the past three years, my incredible husband has earned a distinguished job title: Daddy! Now this husband of mine is hands down one of the most amazing daddy’s on the planet, however it breaks my heart to tell you that his hard work often goes unacknowledged. I am sure that this is the case with many father’s out there. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to take this man for granted, and I do not acknowledge him as often as I should. So honey… today out of all days I want you to know that I see you, I notice every single tiny thing that you do, and I appreciate you even when the words go unspoken.

After having the triplets, I found myself telling everyone, “I don’t know how anyone has babies without a Robbie”. But seriously… how? Somehow, for some reason, God has graced me with a husband that will do absolutely anything for me and our family. He is truly the glue that hold his family together. This man shaved my legs while I was too pregnant to move, held me as we watched our babies in the NICU, he braids our daughters’ hair, washes pump parts and dishes constantly, snuggles and reads to our children, vacuums and cleans our house without complaint, picks up the slack while I have to pump 5 or more hours a day, wakes up at all hours of the night to care for these triplets… and I could go on and on. Honey, I see you and I appreciate you.. even when the words go unspoken.

In the various “mommy groups” I belong to, I have found that this generation of fathers is remarkably hands-on when it comes to raising their children. Especially when it comes to parents of multiples, I am always amazed to see how the fathers step up in a BIG way to take on this challenge alongside their wives. No longer is it solely the mother’s responsibility to raise and care for children. I am so thankful that my children will grow up making incredible memories with their father. It melts my heart every night when the twins ask Robbie for snuggles before bed time. To see the man I married painting our daughters’ nails or braiding their hair is something I never would have even dreamed of when I imagined the father of my children. So to all the daddy’s out there who love being involved in the upbringing of your children, don’t worry, we see you! To all the father’s who don’t get much time to rest between working your day job and your daddy job, we acknowledge you. To the dad’s who value making positive memories with your children, we see you. And to those of you who do everything in your power to set a good example for your kids, we thank you and we are so very proud of you. But most importantly, your children see you! They notice you looking at them instead of looking at your phone when you spend time together, they see you leaving for work and coming home tired, they hear the words coming out of your mouth, they hear the prayers that you pray, and they see how you love their mother and treat her with respect. That’s the funny thing about kids… they notice EVERYTHING!

Robbie, the positive attitude and atmosphere you bring to our family is truly what holds us together. You completely amaze me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for giving everything you have to our family- emotionally, spiritually, financially and physically. I cannot imagine raising these 5 precious angels without you, and I am so proud of the father that you have become.

To all the dads out there- thank you for taking on one of the world’s hardest jobs and making it look easy. You deserve to be celebrated today and everyday. But even on days that the things you do seem to go unnoticed, just know that your family is so thankful for you- even when the words go unspoken.


This week the triplets will be 2 MONTHS old, and we don’t even know where the time has gone! It is incredible how much they have changed in such a short time!

Though they are still very young, we absolutely are able to see some quirks and personality traits that are specific to each baby. What a blessing it will be to witness them grow into their individual personalities! I can’t wait to see them all grow into unique little humans!

Meet Mila (Baby A)

Our sweet Mila is laid back and predictable, which is great for a mom juggling 5 children. While I was pregnant, this girl was always defying the odds and measured ahead of schedule at every appointment. She was born weighing 4 lbs 14 oz. and was the strongest one in the NICU from day one. Now she is already weighing over 8 lbs! She NEVER cries unless she is hungry. She is attentive and observant, always looking around and studying her environment. She looks EXACTLY like her big sister Amari when she was a tiny baby, so Mama’s heart is especially weak at the sight of that little face. Mila is definitely a very special girl and we are the luckiest parents on the planet.


Meet Colette (Baby B, but supposed to be baby C)

Our Colette took me by surprise in the operating room when the doctor announced “Here comes baby girl B!” I sure was confused due to the fact that Baby B was a boy (Noah) throughout my entire pregnancy. But here Colette was, jumping in line in front of her brother. Colette is already smiling and becoming more animated. She has the chunkiest little cheeks that I could just kiss all day (and I do). Colette is a little firecracker and does not like to stick to schedules. She eats and sleeps whenever she feels like it, and almost never at the same time as her siblings. You can only imagine how fun that is! She likes to eat small amounts all day long instead of having “full feedings” and likes to keep us busy. The twins are especially drawn to Colette for some reason and they love to say her name. We are excited to see the amazing little person that Colette develops into.

Meet Noah (Now Baby C)

I could go on and on about this sweet little boy. Our ONLY boy! While we were in the NICU Noah struggled to hit milestones at the same rate as his sisters. He would take two steps forward and one step back every day. Until one day he decided that he was not about to be left behind while everyone else went home, so he got rid of all of those pesky wires and oxygen tubes literally overnight! Noah is very expressive with his face and has eyes that completely melt me. His favorite place is snuggling his mama, but he will never turn down snuggles from anyone! We feel so blessed to finally get our little boy. He will definitely live a unique life being surrounded by all of these girls! We can’t wait to see the man that he will become, but for now we are just enjoying our sweet boy.

I will make sure to post updates on these ever-changing personalities as they grow. We are thrilled to get to know them along side all of you. We feel incredibly lucky to share our family with you all, and humbled by the fact that you would take the time to get to know our little angels. Thank you so much for loving our family.

Love to you all,

The Sherwins



Meet Keona

All day my head has been filled with adjectives that describe our Keona. Some of the first ones that came to me: strong, determined, and independent. Keona’s name means “God’s gracious gift” and that could not be more accurate.

When Keona meets someone new, I always find myself announcing that she was our “NICU baby”. She spent 13 days in the NICU after an artery in her umbilical cord collapsed near the end of my pregnancy. In those early days we were concerned if she would have developmental delays or if she would always be so much smaller than her twin sister, Amari. And the reason that I feel like her being our “NICU baby” is something worth announcing is because you would NEVER assume that this little firecracker was born prematurely at barely over 4 lbs! In the NICU, she even gave us a preview of her fiesty personality as she ripped her tubes and wires off multiple times a day.


Keona has grown into a strong-willed and independent little girl. She has very strong opinions about how things should be done and she is a bit of a neat freak. This girl does NOT like to be dirty. She loves to read and spend time outside. To mom’s dismay, she does not like to sit long enough to cuddle anymore, but is instead off discovering and playing. Keona likes to be in charge and if she doesn’t like something, she will let you know it! This girl is 2, going on 13. You will always be able to tell her apart from Amari by her signature curly hair compared to Amari’s perfectly straight hair. You will also hear us calling her a variety of nicknames, the most common being Keke, Keeks or Kona (what Amari calls her).


We knew that both girls would love being big sisters, but we never imagined that Keona would take to her new siblings the way that she has. The moment she hears a baby crying she is there in seconds to put a pacifier in their mouth, cover them up or give them kisses. Her telling her baby siblings “It’s okay angel” completely melts me. She loves to sing to them (Twinkle, twinkle little star is her specialty) and enjoys reading them books.


Witnessing this crazy girl and her sister grow into their personalities these 2 1/2 year has been an unbelievable experience. I know that they will continue to be wonderful big sisters and their bond with each other will continue to grow. We can’t wait to see the incredible people that they become over the years, and we are thrilled to be able to share them with all of you.

Lots of love,

The Sherwins


Meet Amari

You will learn very quickly that the twins, Amari and Keona, are absolutely NOTHING alike. I could not imagine life without these two very different little souls. Over the next few days we would like to introduce you to the twins and help you get to know them as individuals. Though they share a birthday and most of their material belongings, we believe that it is incredibly important to celebrate the things that make each of them unique. So now, let’s meet AMARI!

Amari was technically our first born! She came into this world just seconds before her sister. The moment I heard her first cry, I knew my life was changed forever. She already had me wrapped around that tiny little finger. She is our ONLY child that did not have to spend significant time in the NICU, she was only there for a few minutes.

Though she is only two, Amari constantly does things that impress or surprise us. She has the most kind and loving heart, and truly shows compassion that is well beyond her years. Even though she throws tantrums and has her meltdowns, like any two year old, it is not long before that signature Amari smile is back on her face. My mom often says that that smile could “melt icebergs”, and I sure think that it could.


As her mother, it has been so fun to watch her learning at this critical age in her development. Her vocabulary and memory shock me daily, as I often wonder “Where did she even learn that?!” The love that this girl has for her sister is one of the best parts about being Amari’s mom. If I give her a snack she ALWAYS asks for “one for Kona?”, and she will absolutely never go to bed without giving Keona a hug and kiss. Though she loves to play and be silly, you will often find Amari snuggled up and reading a book with one of her favorite people. She loves to have her hair done, but also loves to take it down, so if you see her with her hair in her face please just know that Mama tried!

We can’t wait for all of you to get to know our sweet Amari!


Meet Mom and Dad- Where it all began

Today, we celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary! It is incredible how quickly time flies by, but what is crazier is how much life can change so drastically in just 5 short years. Look at the tiny babies that we were 5 years ago! Oh if we only knew what God had in store for us!


Robbie and I weren’t together for very long before we knew that this was it for us. We never second guessed that we were absolutely meant for each other. Never would we have thought that by our 5th anniversary we would have one child to represent every year that we have been married. It goes without saying that having 5 children under the age of 3 is no walk in the park, but we would not trade life for anything. Even though, raising 5 children together has the ability to take a toll on any marriage. The sleep-deprivation, late nights, hormones, toddler tantrums, etc. are not the building blocks for a perfect marriage. These ARE however things that will teach you multitudes about yourself, test (and hopefully strengthen) your relationship, try your patience, build teamwork, and require clear and constant communication. I am not sure why God chose to trust us with these 5 little angels, but I sure am glad that He did.

We wanted to take this day as an opportunity to tell you guys a little bit about us: Mom and Dad. Though many of you may know us personally, we have had the pleasure of connecting with many people that we have not met in person. I want to welcome you into our life and our hearts, and help you to learn more about us. As always, if you have any questions, comments or requests of any sort, please never hesitate to reach out to us. So here it goes:

Mom/ Nadia: I am absolutely one of those girls that always dreamed of being a mother, however I never would have imagined being a mother of 5. I channeled my mothering instincts toward my teaching career where I taught a variety of grades and subjects before I settled comfortably into a Kindergarten classroom. I imagined that I was going to teach every year for the rest of my days, but as always, God had other plans. Now instead of teaching in the classroom, I will be spending a few years at home teaching my own children. Again, while this is never how I would have imagined my life, God makes no mistakes. I am excited about the transition to my new role of “Stay at home mom”- where the work is sure to be just as hard (if not harder)- My hat goes off to all stay at home moms out there- it is NOT an easy task and you are rockstars!

I love to craft (in my abundance of spare time-ha!), take pictures of EVERYTHING, snuggle babies, dance with toddlers, laugh constantly, and watch movies. I love to learn new things and accept any challenge life throws at me. I love my family, our friends and our God more than anything. I, like most moms on the planet, am constantly trying to find ways to be a better mom, wife, homemaker, and teacher. I hope to always strive to be grow and learn to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and the woman that God called me to be.

Dad/ Robbie: Robbie keeps everyone in our full house laughing. I always joke that he will always be my biggest child, in the best way possible. He has the most positive attitude to anyone I have ever met and he is not overwhelmed by any situation. Robbie has worked as an internet and marketing director, and is transitioning in a recent promotion toward the corporate side of car sales. This new position is another sign that God has a plan for us, as he was offered this position the DAY BEFORE the triplets were born. He is incredibly hard working and always looks forward to going to work, training employees to be successful, and meeting new people.

Robbie has an almost unhealthy obsession with cats (even though we are both allergic), and will often be found snuggling with one of ours. He enjoys looking at silly things and watching funny videos on the internet. He will do absolutely anything to make someone laugh and finds joy in making other people happy. He is the swaddle champion of the world, and absolutely prides himself on this achievement. He also probably deserves a medal for his love of vacuuming and cleaning (Am I the luckiest wife or what?!)  He loves to learn about and watch extreme weather and could definitely be considered an amateur storm chaser (to my dismay). Our whole family is so blessed to have him, as he is definitely the glue that holds this family together.


As you all get to know us better, we hope to have the opportunity to get to know your guys as well! We will be posting profiles on all of the kids individually throughout this week.

Love to you all,

Nadia and Robbie+ the Sherwin tribe


NICU strong- Parents of Preemies Day

This morning when we woke up after a mostly sleepless night, I had a message from a friend of mine wishing us a “Happy Parents of Preemies Day!” After some research, I discovered that today (the first Sunday in May) is, in fact, a celebration of parents of preemies! What interesting timing! There is no doubting the fact that a baby born prematurely has a great deal of obstacles to overcome, but the parents of these tough (but tiny) babies are definitely required to take on a role that no parent should have to endure.

We were blessed with a very low-key and complication-free pregnancy, as far as triplets go. At every appointment, the doctors would discuss with me how this pregnancy was defying all odds and used phrases like “statistical anomaly” and “miracle”. We could not be more thankful for making it to our goal of 35 weeks. No bed rest, no hospitalization. We went into the operating room that morning absolutely positive that in an hour or so, we would have 3 perfectly healthy babies in our room with us. We were confident that we would be bringing them home with us. After all, there were no complications. Why would we start now?

During surgery, I began to lose the confidence that we had clung to so tightly. Mila was born first, and before I was even able to see her beautiful little face she was rushed off to another room. The same happened with Colette, who came next. Noah was born last, and after a quick kiss he was taken to a warming bed across the room. I watched the nurses worried faces and looked on as I saw his chest move up and down rapidly with each labored breath. All I remember thinking at the moment was how badly I wished that I could breath for him. It wasn’t long before they rushed him away also. So there I was, a mom with 3 brand new children, but none of them in my arms. There is no way to explain the emptiness that a parent feels when you are unable to see and hold your child. But we had been through this all before with Keona just a few years prior… you would think being an “experienced” NICU mom would make this easier. However, being through it before actually made this second NICU stay even harder. I was painfully aware of what struggles were ahead of us this time, we were all too familiar the roller coaster that we had just gotten on. Over 24 hours passed before I was able to crawl myself into a wheelchair to finally see them in person rather than in pictures and videos from my hospital bed.

When you become a parent of preemies, every expectation you had about this monumental moment of your life changes in an instant. Instead of celebration, we were cautiously watching monitors with our hearts racing at every beep we heard. Instead of snuggling peacefully in our room, we were maneuvering wires and tubes just to be able to hold them for a few fleeting moments. Instead of visitors oo-ing and aw-ing over our sweet new babies, they remained quarantined and were not to be held outside of designated “touch times”. NICU parents are required to learn new vocabulary and terms that I personally hope to never have to hear again. DSAT, CPAP, braycardia, bilirubin, oxygen, and NG tube became terminology used in every day conversations. Constant beeping from the monitors was the sound that our children would hear as they drifted off to sleep, instead of lullabies.

10 of the longest days of our lives…but even so, I can’t help but think that it was ONLY 10 days. Though I would not wish a NICU stay on any baby, parent or family, I cannot help but be incredibly grateful that our stay was only 10 days. I can’t help but feel incredibly blessed that though we were in the NICU, that our babies were the healthiest babies in the unit. My heart broke as I saw other parents watch their incredibly tiny babies through the foggy plastic of an incubator, unable to touch them. I watched parents’ hopeful faces as they walked in their baby’s room not knowing what to expect each day. I witnessed their tear-filled eyes as they left to go home without their child yet again, day after day. And though we did not personally witness it (thank God!), I know that there are some parents that never get the opportunity to bring that beautiful baby home, as they go home with Jesus instead.

So parents of preemies, in the midst of the craziness, this is your day. Your day to acknowledge the most heartbreaking days/weeks/months of your life. Your day to acknowledge your own strength and the obstacles that you and your family have already overcome together. Your day to hold that beautiful baby a little tighter (in your arms or in your heart) as you recognize the battle that you have fought together. This experience has changed your life forever, and you will forever be stronger because of it.

May God bless you all!

Check out this video at Brittany Ebany Photography for a beautiful compilation of pictures of our NICU experience!


Our last day as a family of 4

Today, the last day before the triplets arrive, has been a bittersweet day in the Sherwin house. Of course we are elated about the arrival of our precious new babies, but it cannot be disregarded that every aspect of our entire lives are going to change. The most significant change will be the attention that we will be able to pay to our sweet little twins. There’s no denying the fact that there will be many times that we cannot give them the attention and love that they deserve. In fact, this thought was really the only difficult part of seeing three babies on that first sonogram. Would my sweet Amari and crazy Keona be okay with sharing mommy and daddy? The answer is quite honestly…no, they probably won’t be. But just as we will, they will adjust to their new normal and they will be the best big sisters.

With that being said, today was about quality time, hugs, snuggles, and loving on these girls before their world gets flipped upside down tomorrow. One last day for me to soak up the idea of having an equal numbers of arms as I do children. I have no doubt they will love their siblings, but they will need time to adjust. We all will.

I will keep this short and sweet and leave you with some pictures and adorable videos of our last day as a family of four. (I’m sorry that a few videos are turned sideways.. technology doesn’t always cooperate with me). I am being told that I need to get a few hours of sleep before we head to the hospital at 5am. How do I sleep knowing that in just a few short hours I will be holding three miracles in my arms?!

Stay tuned for more Shernanigans coming tomorrow (later this morning) as we FINALLY get to meet our triplets. LOTS of pictures coming ASAP!

Our family on the news?!

A few weeks ago when the thought of a news segment being done on our family was brought to my attention, it sounded too good to be true. A few weeks passed and the idea had faded a bit in my mind as we were preoccupied with triplet preparations. And then.. a phone call. The story was HAPPENING! Not only was it happening, but there would be a beautiful reporter in our living room just a mere 14 hours later. What do we say? What do we wear? What do we talk about? Do we deserve this attention? How is this happening to US?! All questions running rapidly through my mind…

The next morning, of course, the girls wanted to put 47 hair ties in their hair, wear shorts over their pants, and refused every matching clothing option offered to them. SO fun. We were luckily (with extra helpers) able to wrangle the twin-nados and settle them down enough to talk about our “new friends” coming with big cameras and lights to talk about their “tiny babies”- They started to even get excited.

Soon enough, Gilma Avalos from CBS 11 was at our front door. Her and the cameraman were absolutely wonderful and incredibly patient. The flutters in my stomach subsided as we began the interview- after all, I was just talking about my normal life. The girls were miraculously cooperative. They smiled for the camera and sat (fairly) quietly on mama’s lap. After the interview, we spent some time in the Triplet’s nursery discussing names, preparations, and the tens-of-thousands of diapers that we will be using this year with 5 children in diapers. The girls were so proud to show off the tiny babies room. They have been great helpers with preparing the nursery. It was this room that has gotten them to start realizing that not only are these babies coming out of mommy’s belly but they are going to LIVE in our house.


As the crew left, they informed us that the segment would be on in just a few hours. After informing everyone we know, we waited patiently for the 6:00 news. The looks on Amari and Keona’s face when they saw our family on our TV was absolutely indescribable. Even cute enough that I don’t mind that all of DFW saw my very unflattering reaction picture! This whole experience has been such an incredible memory to share with all of our children.

We are truly blessed beyond measure. Our videos have been seen by thousands in the last 24 hours. Thousands of people heard our story and saw our beautiful twin’s faces. Thousands of people sacrificed a few minutes of their own day to watch OUR family. For that we are absolutely humbled and grateful.

If you missed the segment you can find the video and article at this link : http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/04/18/collin-county-parents-welcome-multiple-multiples/

Thank you to our friends and family that watched with us, but a special thank you to all of the people that don’t know us personally. Thank you for giving us your time to watch and thank you taking the time to read this. Please never hesitate to reach out to us, we would love to hear from you.

Stay tuned for more updates and news, and expect lots of pictures and videos of the TRIPLETS on Friday after they arrive.

Hello everyone!

Hi everybody!

We wanted to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our adventure. You will hear me using the term “adventure” to often describe our life because that’s exactly what it is. It will have it’s ups and downs, it’s joys and challenges, and definitely a fair share of failures and victories. After all, how can you raise 5 children under the age of 3 without all of those things (especially the joy). We never would have imagined our life with one set of multiples, much less two sets. Twins AND triplets… still sounds crazy when I say it out loud. We can’t wait to share our story with you as it is being written.

Mom and Dad: My name is Nadia and I am a Kindergarten school teacher transforming into a stay at home mama. Robbie and I have been married since 2012 and will be celebrating 5 years of marriage shortly after the triplets are born. Robbie is an internet and marketing guru by trade, but is most importantly our family comedian, swaddle expert, cat lover, baby giggle generator, and our rock through all things.

The Twins: Amari and Keona, are 2 years old and are polar opposites from their appearances to their personalities. They are the sunshine in our lives and keep us laughing all day. Stay tuned for a detailed profile on them in a separate post. The inseparable (and hilarious) twin bond is truly indescribable and a blessing to witness. They will, without a doubt, be the very best big sisters on the planet.

(Amari on Left, Keona on Right) Little love bugs
Big sisters are ready to meet their brother and sisters very soon! (Keona on Left, Amari on Right)










The Triplets: These little babies have turned out world upside down in the best way. The news of us bringing triplets into this world has come as a shock to say the very least. Though we wouldn’t trade them for anything, having a family of 7 was never something that we had originally planned. Silly us for thinking that we were ever in control! We have been blessed beyond measure and and thrilled to meet these “tiny babies”, as the twins like to call them. We are having 2 girls and 1 boy: Mila, Colette, and Noah. It will be fun having two more girls, but mama is VERY excited to have a little boy in the family. We expect them to join us any day now!

The Pregnancy: As many of my doctors would say, I seem to apparently be “made for multiples”- a title that I have been hearing consistently for months and have learned to love. I feel that the health and development of the pregnancy and triplets has been nothing short of miraculous. Of course being pregnant with triplets is a miracle in itself, but the fact that I have not had ANY complications, no morning sickness, no preterm labor, no hospital bed rest… how is this even possible? God and prayers, that is how. So thank you, prayer warriors for covering our family in your love and prayers. Because of this, these babies have an opportunity to be over 5 pounds and potentially will be able to avoid the NICU all together. Fingers crossed!

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