Creating Calm During Big Changes

Let’s be honest, parenting is hard. Parenting through big life changes, is even harder.

We’ve been moving this week. That means busy and stressed out Mama and Dada, no rhythm, a new house, missed naps, less time to connect, waaaay more screen time then they’re used to, exhaustion… the list could go on. All of these factors play into heightened levels of emotion and stress; for all of us. It’s been a rocky few days. Whiney and defiant kids; distracted, busy and less then patient parents and the circle just keeps going around and around.

But today is the day. Today I regain my footing, today I move towards reestablishing our rhythm. Today I stopped unpacking, I stopped cleaning, I stopped making to-do and to-get lists and today we returned to our Mother Goose Time lessons. Today I let Q cover the dinning room in a coat of flour because it was an amazing sensory experience for him and I could see his concentration. Today I took a deep breath and colored superhero shields to use to deflect well aimed cotton balls. Today I complimented X on his concentration and how much his writing skills have improved. But most of all, today I reconnected with my children. I let go of my stress for 3 hours and was entirely present while playing and teaching my kiddos. And for 3 hours there was no frustration, no crying, no whiney kids. There was only concentration, connection, learning, absorboring and most importantly- togetherness. The piles to be unpacked will still be there. The lists that need to be made can wait. 

My children, however, really need me this morning. 

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.


Montessori Baby: Observations 2

Baby X has changed so much since my last post! We’ve been having a blast, which hasn’t left much time for blogging. Here are my current observations of things he’s currently working on and activities to help him along.

X has discovered music! He bounces and dances to the beat; sings along.
– play music daily
– sing songs together
– add a variety of music but also repeat favorites
– small hand held instruments
– dance together
– tap out rhythms on or near him
– clap rhythms together

Books! X is very interested in his books lately. He’ll also sit through reading multiple books before getting bored or distracted.
– read! Read! Read! Every day.
– point to objects in books and name them (colors, shapes, animals) to further promote language development.
– leave board books accessible to him to handle and play with.

Gross motor skills. I think walking for X is right around the corner. He’s progressing so quickly.
– lots of time and space to move!
– walking while holding hands
– access to furniture to pull up on
– pillows on the floor to climb on ad over