These days with so many socia media networks, like Pinterest and Instagram, there seems to be so much pressure to be the “perfect” mom. While my husband works 12 hour (or more) work days, I find myself feeling guilty that maybe I’m not doing enough on the home front. I know I can’t be the only one experiencing this.
Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a working mom, we always feel like we could or should be doing more. More with our kids, more around the house…Well I’m here to stand with you and let go of that guilt! I will no longer compare myself to others and beat myself up for any “shortcomings” I feel I may have. Instead I will embrace the opportunity I’ve been given as a wife and mother and be proud of what I DO accomplish in a day!
Have you ever dreaded going out of the house with your kids? Maybe it’s just a day of running to the grocery store and the bank or maybe it’s so you can finally make it to that dentist appointment you’ve been putting off for 6 months. Either way, you know your little one will be less than thrilled with the less than “kid friendly” activities.
To survive this sort of adventure you’ll need to pack the essentials. Of course, each child is different and there’s a very good chance that there will be some trial and error before you figure out what will keep your kids happy. For my “Toddzilla”, there are 5 ways I tend to keep him reined in during these outings.
One of my favorite parts of parenting is seeing my son learn and discover new things every single day. From puzzles to animal noises and even to learning how to brush his own teeth, my pride swells up with each new accomplishment.
Now I’m no professional educator, I’m completely winging it when it comes to motherhood. But I have found that being a stay at home mom has allowed me to find new ways to slip some learning into our normal everyday activities. Some of these I started without even realizing it was a “lesson” (I’m sure you can relate to the boredom that sometimes leads to you breaking out in “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes”).
Here are 5 of my favorites to do with my little one:
- Sing your ABC’s while brushing your teeth and while washing your hands. This will also prevent them from rushing through the activity itself.
- Count stairs. Perfect if you have stairs in your house or live on the upper level of an apartment.
- Name body parts while getting dressed or washing in the bath. This one is easy to do and chances are you’ve already been doing it all a long!
- Make up your own songs. I don’t like things quiet so I find myself singing things like “Stir, stir, stir…stir, stir, stir,..stir your dinner..” to the beat of “Shake your body” by KC and the Sunshine Band.
- Get on the floor with them. If they’re doing a puzzle on the floor, get off the couch and do it with them. If they’re watching TV, ask them questions or play along with the show. My son loves Sesame Street, so whenever the “Number of the Day” comes on I drop whatever I’m doing and stomp/count along with him and Count Dracula. If he is showing interest in something throughout the day, I do my best to support and encourage that.
There are many more activities you can do with your little ones if you just look for the opportunity. Turn mundane activities into learning experiences and your little ones will be grateful for it. Days spent at the house can be boring, why not spice it up and have some fun? Even if my child doesn’t say his ABC’s at an advanced age, at least we had some fun while brushing our teeth. It’s the little things right?
What daily activities do you turn into learning experiences for your children?