Monthly Archives: April 2018

Why am I an Angry Mom: An Article that has given me PEACE

As parents we expect a lot of our kids, but perhaps it isn’t our kids we are expecting a lot from. It’s us. I don’t know about you but I did not get a manual when I brought my first kid home. And it just got more complicated as we brought home more kids. I love my children, and I have taken parenting classes, read books, and I try so very hard to be perfect for them. But EVERY kid is different, and nothing can truly prepare you for it ALL.

I recently came across this blog, A Mother Far From Home. It featured an article entitled “Why Am I an Angry Mom?” I never thought of myself as an angry mom. I do have a short temper, and I have very active and busy kids. So when it gets to be too much I have noticed — I yell. I had a Dad that yelled, and I remember flinching when he was mad. His voice was so loud and he seemed so mad I thought he was mad at me. It wasn’t until I yelled when my daughter dropped something in the kitchen (cheerios people, everywhere) and saw her flinch that I realized what I had viewed as my Dad being mad at me was just him being annoyed that there was more work to do. So I took a step back. And when I saw this article I realized that I wasn’t alone in my reactions. But perhaps, with a little help, I could find a new way to react.

I’m not saying I am perfect now, and I am not saying you will be either. But I am saying it has helped me to recognize when I need to step back and react differently. I hope that it helps some of you too!

Teacher Appreciation Day

As a former teacher I know how hard teachers work everyday. They are working to help us make better little humans. They work hard in the trenches day in and day out with kids that are loud, busy, and not always in the best mood. Sure we ALL do that, especially us moms. However, they do it with 30 kids or more in a classroom. ALL DAY LONG. I learned a long time ago that it can e a very thankless job. Especially if you get parents that believe they do not need to help or participate in their child’s education. So I have always made an effort to give back and volunteer in the classroom when I can. I also make sure to give a little token of our appreciation during Teacher Appreciation week. When my children were in preschool I even gave little gifts to the entire staff, because lets face it, toddlers are HARD and it takes a village.

This year all of my kids are in one teacher classrooms (my youngest is still home with me but will do preschool soon). This allows me to go a little bigger on gifts. This year I shared my ideas with the kids and they chose what they wanted for their teacher. I wanted to share my gifts and the options I was giving the kids. That way you can see how simple it can be to shower your teacher with a little appreciation.

String Art: We chose to go with an Apple String Art for our Kindergarten teacher this year. It was simple, sweet, and will hang in the room to keep the teacher smiling all year long. There is also a cute pencil version. We chose to make it ourselves, but you can always order at places like Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mason Jar Gifts: These little gifts are perfect for adding something fun and functional to your teachers classroom. Since school supplies scan be hard to come by it is always nice to have them donated. With this you can give a sweet and customized mason jar and fill it with pens, markers, pencils, etc. Check out A Pumpkin and a Princess

Thanks A Latte: If you have a teacher that loves their coffee then this is perfect! You can even buy a special cup or mug or just dress it up like this! Simple, and appreciated. Check out Just Add Confetti for the tutorial and printable!

Outdoor Truck Track for Kids

My kids all love playing trucks. My two-year-old little boy loves his Tonka trucks and Caterpillar Trucks, he even got a brand new set for his birthday this winter. Now that the weather is improving and he can spend more time outside I wanted to create a fun outdoor area where he could drive his trucks, build, and move dirt all day long. He loves to move rocks, dirt, sticks, and everything else he can get his grimy little hands on while he plays. So we wanted to create something that was confined and allowed him to get things he could move safely and easily.

I came across this fun little area on Pinterest and knew right away I had to try to replicate it. We found some stones, some pavers, picked up some sand at the hardware store, found some pinecones, and some sticks and twigs for him to move and pickup and set to work creating a fun little zone just for him. It was simple, inexpensive and fast once we got started. Now he can play construction site all day long with his friends, siblings, or all by himself. Check out some of the ideas we used and feel free to create your own little construction zone! Thank you to Cute DIY Projects for some incredible ideas! Truck track truck track for kids