All parents find themselves baffled by the sheer amount of baby/kid stuff that somehow ends up in their possession when they begin the path to parenthood. Between gifts, hand-me-down's, those cute finds from Target... the clutter piles up. Here's the permission you (may) need to hear...
It’s that time of year! Summer is coming to an end, and many parents are frantically preparing for the quickly approaching first day of school. If you have a little one who will be starting preschool soon you might be even more stressed than most. It's a big leap, especially if your little one has been by your side up until now. You might be asking yourself how you can help prepare them and what you can do to help the transition go smoothly. Or at least as smoothly as anything can go with a toddler! Below is a list of ten tips that will help you set your little one up for preschool success.
Mood. That word, like a select few words, elicits a certain feeling for me. Whether it evokes a positive or negative state of mind - the point is that, your mood effects those around you. And likewise, the mood of others can alter the course of your energy and day.
We've all been there, you (the parent) are over the moon to get your kid something, and once you gleefully hand this wonderful item to your kid they are curious about it for about 0.5 seconds and move onto something else that is capturing their attention.
And you're standing there thinking 'What?!, But...I just....' and internal screaming ensues and you move on.
This statement alone has a lot to unpack: Kids do what you do, not what you say.
You can take this into a number of directions, but the truth of this phrase really didn't hit home until I became a Mom. I watched kids at different points in my life growing up to make the occasional extra cash or help out family members with their young-lings. I intuitively knew I had to set the example when I was around younger kids - I mean, when you're in charge, you gotta act like it right?!
For all you 'Pandemic Parents' (anyone who has had a baby during COVID) - there have been a few misses during your early parenting days. Primarily, being able to get together with other parents in the throws of early parenthood to grind out our mutual survival...