Category Archives: Parenting Thoughts

I Leave You Mommy

WHAT?! I know I had siblings who ran away at 1.5-2yrs old but I’m not ready for “I leave you” said clear as day. Of course the timing of said announcement was perhaps the worst possible moment.  There could be worse situations but as I ran after her with the two leashed dogs, I was thankful for the heads up.  Mommy I leave you.

As my heart started to calm to a less break-neck-pace, I looked at my daughter and thought about soap.  People say that these years are reflected in teen behavior…so I will have a smart mouthed, independent, confident, capable lady.  I look at her fearless resolve, her love of adventure, her open attitude for change and I think the problem might be me.  That’s what my mom always said of me as a child.  The more she tried to control me, the more I either rebelled, yelled or generally didn’t listen.  I just have to hold the bar of soap and not squeeze it.  Sometimes … I get caught up in my agenda rather than seeing the big picture.  In this particular case, that close by (and busy) street was my big picture.

Counting

As I mentioned in my March Madness post, our mornings have become mad dashes to get out the door at some “reasonable” hour. The reasonable part is often before the sun is up, so I question reasonable. However, I have been trying to think of activities for the morning (and evening) where Sweetpea can have some meaningful work. I’ve spent my requisite time researching (read I looked on Pinterest) and found that good tools for people her age are: matching, counting, sequencing, sensory goodness. In an effort to incorporate these concepts into our daily routine, we have instituted teaching time.

Teaching Kitty Bear to Count
Teaching Kitty Bear to Count

Or more specifically, as I am getting ready for work, I often ask Sweetpea if she would like to teach Kitty Bear how to…this morning it was count (with a matching freebie). The actual toy said 18 months and up (as I recall), but I think it’s a great counting and matching tool. We have an interest in counting which usually goes like this: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9. 10, 11, 12 repeat.

What Comes Next?

Just Trying
My Effort to Build Daily Structure

In an effort to make the most of my third move in the last month, I find that having a simple goal for each day can be helpful.  That and I’m realizing I like things to look pretty.  So I imagine the next few months will be about parenting, organizational tools, and cooking!

I intend to change the three stock photos and keep yellow stripes.  I’m thinking my next house will have some version of yellow, blue, raspberry, and cream as inspiration.

Cheers!

MARCH MADNESS (It’s Been a Smidgen Stressful Lately)

I’ll summarize the last months with a…we moved! THREE times!  Which means my commute is well…longer 🙂 **ofcourse**.  Our one car will be shipped cross country here shortly and I will be car-less.  So that means our morning routine has approximately zero room for any extra fun.  In an effort to try to stay on task, I created a “Sweetpea’s Morning” picture collage that I put up every morning.  We have the same for nighttime so we have a clear evening routine.

First I took pictures, cut out some plastic covers, purchased some thin pink and white string from Michaels and also some fun colored clothes pins.  So essentially we have a thin clothe line of pictures hanging in the morning for someone to check to see “what comes next!!!” It’s a very exciting part of our morning.

1. Wake Up!
1. Wake Up!
2. Use Potty
2. Potty Time
3. Pick Out My Clothes
3. Pick Out My Clothes

(Yes Sweetpea picks out her clothes…which means sometimes her socks do not match…”I do it Mommy”…I’m all about independence!)

4. Feed the dogs
4. Feed the dogs
5. Eat Breakfast
5. Eat Breakfast
6. Take the Dogs Out
6. Take the Dogs Out
7. ADVENTURE TIME!
7. ADVENTURE TIME!

Apple Butterflies and Rabbit Grass

Apple Butterflies: Who Knew They Were So Exciting!!
Apple Butterflies: Who Knew They Were So Exciting!!

Who knew apple butterflies and apple ‘flowers’ could inspire lunch time! One lazy raining afternoon, I was cutting up apple slices for Sweetpea’s lunch. For some reason, she started talking about “triangles” (or “treigh-nals) and “circles”. So I thought I’d arranged the apple pieces into triangles and circles. She seemed intrigued. So we tried ‘flowers’ and butterflies. As I started decorating them with raisins and cheese, she devoured it all!

Side note…our little lady has a thing for NOT EATING. So anything that motivates her to eat! I’m in.

As I recounted this story to my mother, she said she used to make rabbit grass for me. Apparently, my daughter may emulate me (ALOT). Rabbit Grass is…grated carrots with raisins. I will have to try that next.