5 Things My Toddler has Taught ME

5 Things My Toddler has Taught ME 

When you become a parent, you have little eyes and ears on you at all times… just soaking it in… 

5 things my toddler has taught me

 

5 Things My Toddler has Taught ME

 

Hey There Mommas!

This was written a while ago when my son was 2-3 years old (he’s 4 now), and I just forgot to publish it! The list still makes me laugh… and I should create a part II for what my youngest is now teaching me. Lol

Parenthood is hard. Being a mom is sometime under appreciated, and everything you do is a labor of love. We need to remind ourselves that we are doing the best that we can.

Let’s not take ourselves too seriously, ok gals? That is why I created this list. To laugh at all of my parenting mishaps.

Here are the 5 things my toddler has taught me:

  1. Patience IS a virtue… That I don’t have. I always thought I was easy going, and the type of person that liked to “stop and smell the roses.” Until I had kids, that wanted to spend 47 minutes actually SMELLING the roses. We got things to do my tiny people!

  2. I cuss a lot. Not only do my kids sometimes repeat what I say, but in the process of trying to teach them to not say those things, I now know just how often I let one slip as they will point and yell, “BAD WORD!” Even in the middle of a store.

  3. My diet has a lot of room for improvement. Judging by how often I have to hide in the closet to eat whatever it is because I don’t want the kids to eat it… is a good indicator that I, in fact, should not be eating it either.

  4. There are so many things that I don’t know. What did our parents do before Google anyway?? Just make stuff up?? My toddler has 10874598 questions… before breakfast. So, no, I don’t have all the answers, and I can’t even tell you where I set my coffee down.

  5. Noise is good. If you haven’t learned this yet, you will. Quiet means they are getting into something. They are smart little suckers, and don’t want to draw attention to themselves… or maybe it is that they are so fascinated by something they have never been able to touch before. Idk, but let’s have a moment of silence for all of the things in the pantry, the make up, the lotions, and whatever else has been destroyed at the hands of our toddlers.

Would any of these lessons be on your list?? This season of parenting is tough, and so I thought it would be good to make light of some of things we go through.

You are doing great mommas!

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Create a Wooden Alphabet Set 

 

Perfect for a summer time indoor or outdoor activity, OR for preschool teachers looking for step by step instructions

Create a Wooden Alphabet set

 

Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Hey There Mommas!

This wooden alphabet set craft idea is from Education.com and they have all sorts of different children’s activities. They asked to guest post on my blog, and I happily agreed 🙂

This little project is probably best for preschool to kindergarten aged kids, and once you make the letters (which the kiddos will LOVE) then the possibilities are endless!

Check it out!

 

Preschool Reading & Writing Activities: Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Preschoolers need lots of hands-on practice with the alphabet, and letter games are great for that. With basic wood letters from the craft store, you can make a cute set of painted alphabet manipulatives that are perfect for a range of letter games. As your child plays, she’ll build letter skills and prepare for what’s to come in kindergarten. Try one of the games listed below, or make up your own!

What You Need:

  • Wooden letters (these can be found in craft stores such as Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s)
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • Newspaper
  • Paper plates or bowls
  • Small bucket (such as a sand pail)
  • Paint shirt

What You Do:

  1. Cover your painting area with newspaper. Make sure your child wears a paint shirt that she doesn’t mind getting a little messy.
  2. Squirt paint onto the plate or into a bowl.
  3. Have your child choose a letter, and say its name and the sound(s) it makes. Help your child paint the letter in any color she likes. Set it aside to dry.
  4. Continue with all 26 letters of the alphabet. Try using a variety of colors and adding polka dots, stripes, or any other pattern for fun. You can also decorate the letters in your preschooler’s name in a special way to separate them from the rest of the alphabet. This is a great first step in building spelling skills.
  5. Show your child how to use a different brush for each color or how to clean the brush before dipping into another color.
  6. Once your set is complete, get ready to play! Start with these games, then try making up your own:
    • Letter Sound Hunt: Place all the letters in the bucket. Have her close her eyes and take one out. Can she say its letter name and sound? Place the letters she knows by her. The others can remain in the bucket for additional practice.
    • ABC Pick-Up: Dump all the letters on the floor. Can she put them in alphabetical order? Sing the ABC Song together to help her.
    • Alphabet Scavenger Hunt: Have her choose a letter. How many items can she find throughout her house that begin with that letter? She can place the items in her bucket.
    • Word Maker: Have her spell her name with the letters. Can she make any other words such as “dog” or “cat” or any other three-letter words?
Hope all you mommas are having a great summer!! Am I the only one counting down to fall?? Lol
And if you are looking for another alphabet craft or one for an older kid (and a football fan perhaps?) then I have instructions for this DIY Alphabet Border Corkboard Project 🙂
In case no one told you today… You are doing GREAT!
With Love,
Sahvana Stapleton
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