Category Archives: Learning

Effective Parenting

If you are anything like me, which I can bet you are, you are always looking to improve. Whether you are looking to improve mentally, physically, emotionally, or in this case — as a parent. My children will be home for summer break in a few short weeks, and by weeks I mean TWO. Since I am fortunate enough to run a small-business and a non-profit I am home most of the summer in order to be with them and avoid using child-care, I just work from home. I am also fortunate enough to bring my children in to work with me. However, just like every other parent in the world my children get bored, they act out, they are loud — after all, they are CHILDREN.

I know that this behavior is normal, but thee are ways to combat them. During the summer when I am home with them I try to be understanding of all of this, and their inability to completely handle and express their emotions and frustrations. But it can be hard for me too. I am busy, I am still working even though they are home to play. Tensions can run high for all of us. So every year I try to do a small “brush-up” on child development, I try to learn a few coping mechanisms to get us through with minimal blow-ups. 

This year I found this little reminder. I wanted to share it with all of you in case you too need a little reminder sometimes in order to get by. This summer I plan to utilize some of these. I know that there will still be hard days, but that doesn’t make them bad days. See I am already being optimistic!

Toddler Games: Lego Duplo Ring Toss

My littlest is home with me all day long. When his siblings are away we try to find a little time each day for just the two of us. I do not spend the whole day entertaining him, but I try to find little chunks of my day to dedicate to him.

Sometimes it is just reading a book, or coloring, sometimes we do craft. But sometimes we like to have a little fun. When I was perusing Pinterest the other day I found a bunch of little ideas for playing with his Lego Duplo blocks.

We love Legos. My oldest is even in a Lego Robotics League at school. So we try to stay creative with our Legos and not just build the same things over and over. When I saw this fun little game that uses the Lego Duplo blocks I knew we had to try it.

It was great fun, my little man even got to build the towers as tall as he wanted before we began playing. All I needed was a few pipe cleaners to use as the rings. Luckily I usually have more than a few lying around. I really enjoyed watching him get so excited every time he tossed the rings. He was even more excited when he hooked the rings! This fun activity can also help build your little one’s motor skills and improve their eye-hand coordination. Give it a try, it is a simple and fun way to play. Checkout Stir the Wonder for the full tutorial and be sure to check out their other fun ideas!

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!