We’ve all been there. You yelled at your child and now you and your child are both left feeling not so great. So what do you do next? You might worry that apologizing or admitting you made a mistake will make you look weak, that your child will think it’s ok to misbehave, that you won’t be seen as the strong parent figure. But in fact, it’s the opposite. Our children look to us to know how to behave, so it’s important to treat them with respect and teach them what it looks like to repair a mistake.
Salt Dough (4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 3/4 warm water)
Beans or Gems
These heart candle holders would make the perfect Valentine’s or Mother’s Day gift. I personally like the look of them best when made with beans, but you could also use colorful gems. We’ve done it both ways and both turn out great.
When we tell our children “no”, their response is often to whine, complain, get upset, ask the same question again hoping for a different answer, ask why, etc. And it can start to feel draining to us parents (and to the child too). But saying “no” is a very necessary part in helping our children grow and stay safe. It also models for our children the ability to say “no” themselves, which an important life skill.
Each year, the girls and I make Christmas ornaments. With my girls only being 3 years old and 18 months old, we need to make ornaments that are age appropriate for their skill level. I found these wooden beads and knew they’d be perfect for this years ornament. Both girls were able to help string the
I’ve been really trying to simply the girls’ toys and provide them with things that will allow them to use their imagination, and things that they will enjoy playing with for a long time. I’ve noticed that some of the gifts that they get the most excited about when they open them are the same toys that sit untouched weeks later because they quickly lose their appeal.
One of our favorite Christmas traditions is getting a new Christmas books for the girls each year. Hazel is eagerly awaiting the day we bring down our Christmas books this year, and I know both girls will be super excited to get a brand new, never read before, Christmas book! I’m having the hardest time picking out which books I want to get the girl this year–I read several when we were at the book store a couple weeks ago and they were all so cute!
The girls love going on walk and collecting “tiny perfect things”, so I try to come up with crafts we can do with the things they collect. For this craft, we went on a leaf hunt around the neighborhood to find as many different colored leave as we could.