Here I am, still holding on. 41 weeks pregnant and a mess of emotions.
I usually don’t write directly from the heart but I need to. For me, for you, maybe for someone you know. I just need to write before this babe arrives. Lucky you, you get my jumbled pregnancy thoughts. I’ll probably edit this again once my brain is functioning so come back….
As a parent one of my goals is to instill gospel lessons and values in my kids. Is this an easy feat? The answer is clearly no. No, it’s not easy to teach lessons on a regular basis and make them interesting for little kids. It can be down right exhausting and often leaves me feeling like a complete failure.
I just can’t do it all, all the time. We have ups and downs. Times the kids really enjoy learning about scripture stories and times where I’m not sure they heard a single word we, the parents, said. It can be rewarding but often just frustrating. Ugh.
Please tell me we aren’t the only family that struggles with bringing scripture stories to life and holding our kids interests.
Luckily I have recently found a book that share many resources to help us teach our family lessons from the Old Testament!
We received three new games from Smart Games and had a game night!! We had tons of fun and loved each and every game. The kids and even the adults had a great time. Each of the games were fun but also focused on different skills. They were the perfect balance of fun and education. In fact I don’t think the kids even knew they were learning skills.
Currently I am 36 weeks pregnant. The last few months, especially the last few weeks, I have had a ton of questions about babies from my kids. My oldest is almost 5, right in the middle of the million question phase. I wanted to answer his questions but I also wanted to handle them appropriately.
I was nervous.
I wanted to be honest with my kids. I most definitely wasn’t going to make up a story about a stork bringing the baby to our door but where was the line. Well… that lead me to telling them the truth, not the whole A-Z truth but the honest to goodness truth.
One activity that has truly stood the test of time is playing in the kitchen!!
Yes, you can buy play kitchens but a pot and wooden spoon in the cupboard is almost as fun.
Kids love to mimic things that they see adults do regularly. That probably contributes to the love of kitchens, that and food. Kids love food. Mine can’t seem to get enough of it. As kids get older you can help encourage them to get involved in the kitchen. You can teach them valuable skills that will benefit your family and them in the long term. I have included some of our favorite kitchen inspired toys and equipment to help kids of all ages be included.
Preschoolers are mini sponges! Soaking up learning and skills in every direction that they turn. The tricky this is keeping those minds busy and letting them explore and play. Games are quickly becoming our kids favorite activities. They are also growing up and getting to the stage where they can play some games without supervision. They still need the occasional direction and assistance but they can entertain themselves independently.
Such a classic game! Match the colors or match the numbers. Pick up cards and discard. First person to get rid of their pile wins. Those are the original rules. Now, if you give a preschooler free-rein they might start sorting the cards into different piles. At first you might not think that they are learning but sorting is a huge skill that preschoolers need to master.
Kids love games!! Toddlers and games can be tricky. They like to run, jump, swing their arms around and they often lack focus. What on earth are you supposed to play? I have some excellent ideas that are perfect for family nights, birthday gifts or even Christmas.
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel
All my kids love this game! The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel is awesome at developing fine motor skills, sorting and color matching. It is simple enough that your kid can play it independently or multiplayer. The acorns are small, be careful when your playing with kids that still put everything in their mouth.
Remembrance Day is a special day. A day of remembrance. Remembering the sacrifice, courage and bravery of those that went before us. A time to be grateful. We have been blessed with our freedoms and safety. We have much to thank the soldiers of the past for.
What would your life look like without the sacrifice of others?
Honestly, I don’t like thinking about the what if’s, I try and focus on gratitude instead.
Introducing war can be a tough concept to address with kids. At least it is for me.
Eye balls are a very typical Halloween manipulative and I get it. They are so fun!! Googly or the round ping pong style eyes are tons of fun. This year I set the kids up with a fun and engaging sensory bin for all three kids!! Huge win there. Usually I can make a bin appropriate for two kids but three is a home run.