February: the month of extended periods of cold, piles of snow, and hearts– lots of hearts. Now that January is over I feel an inch or two closer to spring. However, this month has been bitter cold and we have stayed home as much as we possibly can without going crazy. We have finally jumped on the bandwagon and started enjoying Valentine themed activities to get through these long days. Here is a list of 10 awesome Valentine’s day activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers. My 4-year-old personally helped me select these and she is determined to do them all!
10 Valentine’s Day Activites for Toddlers and Preschoolers
I was dozing to sleep on the couch for the second time today- holy moly growing a baby is exhausting. The time was 4:30 pm -witching hour- the kids were tired from skipping naps, hungry and wanting all the treats they could find, fighting over a piece of fluff they found on the floor, and Dad had just texted to say he needed to work late. All of my “sweet mommy voice” had run out after breaking up arguments and dealing with tantrums all day. Being house bound from the terribly cold and snowy weather was starting to affect all of us. That nauseous feeling from pregnancy was picking up again and there was a very high chance we were having Kraft Dinner or pancakes for supper. I was feeling overwhelmed. There was nothing left to give and the day still had so many hours…
I seem to have many moments like earlier today. I want so badly to be “Super Mom”… but sometimes that ideal seems far away.
I have been doing a lot of self-contemplation and studying on parenting. There are a few things that I have learned that have been helpful in my quest for becoming “Super Mom”:
I’m not very good at New Year’s resolutions. I mean, who actually has time to think about a resolution on the first day of the year? I’m still recovering from the Holidays. It’s now almost a week into 2017 and I think I have figured out the direction of my ‘resolution’.
This Christmas season I have joined in with mormon.org and their #LIGHTtheWORLD 25 days of service challenge. I am posting a few weeks ahead, as my December is a whirlwind of crazy in our home, and I wanted to start sparking your ideas for service you can do! First up is our Christmas service of Gratitude.
I can vividly recall the feelings of frustration as my father would begin a parable at the dinner table, when I was struggling with my math homework, or when I had done something wrong. I would roll my eyes and complain that teaching a man how to fish had nothing to do with division, or how the story he told didn’t make any sense! It wasn’t until I got older that I began to appreciate the story-telling and understand the meaning behind my father’s quotes and parables. The children’s book, “I can sleep when the wind blows” brings back these memories. When I dwell on it, I can’t directly recall my father telling me this story. It seems so familiar, so close and comfortable that I wouldn’t be surprised if it came up a time or two; especially when I complained about my chores.
There were so many juicy and uplifting messages shared during General Conference this fall. Due to traveling I missed some sessions and had to catch up afterward. When I caught the Women’s Session during the following week, the very first talk hit home for me. Bringing the light of the gospel into my home is something I am trying to work on every day. This topic is also wonderful to share with our youth and adult classes: how can we be bringing the light of the gospel into our homes, communities, workplaces, and schools? It’s easier said than done, but Sister Jean B. Bingham hit the nail on the head. This is a lesson outline for the October 2016, General Conference talk “I will bring the Light of the Gospel into my Home”.
The other day the cutest video came up on my Facebook feed. My friend was recording her little girl (3 yrs old) reciting a few of the LDS Article of Faith verses. Her pronunciation was so sweet and her running dialog very impressive as she spouted off doctrine about the beliefs of the LDS church with very little help. I felt guilty as I realized that I couldn’t remember more than 2 of the Article of Faith scriptures and my children had never even heard of them. The idea came to me to make these scriptures the focus of our weekly Family Home Evening (FHE) lessons to learn and (ideally) memorize the Article of Faith scriptures. I have decided to start with the first Article of Faith.
Breakfast is hard for me. Most mornings, when I am still rubbing ‘lack of sleep’ out of my eyes and feeling unambitious, I end up giving my children a bowl of cereal and I dish up a bowl of the same. There is nothing wrong with cereal, but reading the ingredients list on even bland and boring cereal is shocking! Most have lots of sugar, preservatives, and other ingredients I can’t even read. My solution? Super Granola!