You carry your baby in your belly for 9 months, and you get so used to always having your baby so close to you that it can be hard to make the transition to having your baby sleep in a crib in his/her own room. I think it’s probably harder on us parents than it is on our babies. Ha! So I’ve got some tips that helped us with the transition and I think will help you too.
2 Toilet Paper Rolls
Yarn, Ribbon and/or Tape
The weather is finally starting to cool down (it had been over 100 degrees!), so we’ve been going on a lot more walks lately. After reading the book Tiny, Perfect Things I thought it’s be fun to go on our own hunt for tiny, perfect things, so I created a picture scavenger hunt and diy binoculars craft to do with the girls.
There are so many toys on the market and it can be tempting to want to buy them for our children. They seem so in love with the toy in the store, but often when you get home, they quickly lose interest. So many toys are “one hit wonders” that can only be played with one way. Those types of toys only hold our children’s attention for a short amount of time. They grow out of those toys so quickly and before we know it, they’re in the donate pile.
My girls LOVE making this diy puff paint, so I’ve been trying to come up with any craft idea I can to use it. In the winter, we use it to make a melted snowman, and for the summer we’ve come up with this fun ice cream cone craft that can be done two ways to fit your child’s age/development.
Time is one of a parents biggest enemies. Time steals our babies and their fresh newborn squishy-ness way to quickly. Time turns them into toddlers in the blink of an eye. Time moves faster than the speed of an independent toddler who always makes us late. Our days are both long and short at the same time. There aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything, and it can feel like we’re always fighting the clock (and our children) to get from one place to the next, accomplish all the tasks, and still enjoy our kids.
Toilet Paper Rolls
Hot Glue Gun
Pom Poms, Sea Shells, Feathers, Paint…anything to decorate the building
I always save our toilet paper rolls because the are perfect for so many crafts! This past weekend we used them to build with. I love this because it really lets your child imagination run wild. Your child can create a princess castle, a garage for their cars, a doll house, or whatever their little mind comes up with. Hazel created a
We got a set of beads for Hazel to string onto pipe cleaners (a great activity for developing fine motor skills), and she loved it! She’d made bracelets for everyone in the family and she was always asking “Can I bead Mommy?” So I wanted to come up with a new beading craft for her, and came up with this beaded wind chime craft (it’s a lot like the crib mobile I made for Iris’s room). Hazel enjoyed making this so much that when
One of the most important things to me is spending quality time with my girls, and playtime is the perfect time for that. It builds and strengthens our relationship while they’re learning. Block toys are one of our favorite toys. The girls love building and creating new shapes, and I love knowing that while they’re playing, they’re also growing in all developmental
Nobody becomes a parent thinking I’m going to yell at my child. But as our children get older, they become less of the angelic baby that can do no wrong. They become tantruming toddlers, backtalking preteens, they push our buttons, and test their limits, and we yell. We yell to get them to listen and behave, and then it can start to become a habit, and something we begin to rely on way too much.
We don’t want to yell, but our children are leaving us no other option, right?