Each and every day there are so many little things that happen — things that, in the minds and hearts of my children, are big things.
Pouring their own milk, spilling their milk, losing a toy, making a friend, skinning a knee, getting in the car…the list goes on and on.
I try to remain mindful of this as I parent them in these moments. I try to empathize and to listen, to be present, and to realize that a little thing to me could be huge to them. And that they are my little people, and they are the biggest deal.
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Inspired by Glitter Bombers, we did a fun art project this week: batiking shirts and canvas bags.
I’m a planner. There’s just something about making plans and checking boxes that really gets me going. I also love to teach, to see those lightbulbs go off when a curiosity is satisfied. Trouble is, when you are homeschooling multiple kids, things don’t always, or often, go as planned. Even with the best intentions, we can squash our children’s natural learning potential in favor of completing a curriculum or following a standard.
Here is a slice of my life from 4 years ago.
The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Of the things that happen every day, some are little, some much bigger, some take effort, some come with ease. There are countless little and big things that happen each day. Here are some pics and videos that we can remember them by. Every day is a gift.
Sometimes I find myself jealous of the social media posts of other moms of young kids. The fancy themed baskets and fresh treats to celebrate the seasons, the child-free workouts or lunches with friends. But until you have made Rice Krispie monsters with 4 kids “helping”, you really haven’t lived.
I wonder sometimes what I would do with my time if my kids were in school and not sharing my same square foot for 15 hours a day then sharing my bed all night.
Memories of our camping trip September 2021 to Bald Ridge Campground
And there’s more…