I consider downtime a very important part of early childhood, and one of my top priorities with kids in school is making sure they still get plenty of time to explore, imagine, and create. My kids have free access to (washable – very important detail!) markers, paper, tape, and scissors. One of my goals for January is to keep kid-focused time a priority every day. I think It’s good for the kids, and I’ve noticed that when I make time to live in their world I enjoy my own life a lot more.
We loved having Mike home over the school break, and he spent a lot of time with the kids – teaching them about light (if you’re interested in repeating our experiment, laser pointers are surprisingly affordable on Amazon. This is the laser pointer we have) and building them a paper spaceship, as well as playing with our new snap circuits set. Mike also introduced us to a fun drawing game from his own childhood.
All of my hard work at getting the kids to enjoy baths paid off a little TOO well with Lily, who now things she should live in the tub. We’re still working on getting her to wear a coat, and I would love her for to stop rolling the sleeves up on the rare occasions she gives in:
When I talk to her about it, she rolls her pant legs up above her knees in protest.
Emma becomes craftier by the day. she made a lovely doll bag, and we are working on more doll accessories. All three kids are working on decorating the unfinished pine wooden castle Johnny and Lily got for Christmas.
Johnny missed his friends, and he is very happy to be back in school. His class is mostly boys, and it’s a great break for him from our estrogen-powered household. Emma is also enjoying school, and she wrote this cute story about her new doll:
Lily uses her time alone with me to read TONS of books (current favorite toddler books here). She also has me work on decorating the castle, although I’m not given much freedom for artistic expression – she even tells me which color to use!
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