Jackson went to meet the teacher tonight!! He met his awesome kindergarten teacher and was excited to see that he knew some kids already in the class!! I can’t believe he starts kindergarten on Monday!! #bigkid#kindergarten#jacksonwilliam#meettheteacher
Typically, I am not a fan of labeling children at certain ages (ie “terrible twos”), because the label keeps us from thinking about the emotional experience of kids at that age and instead say, “oh, he threw a tantrum again...you know, terrible twos”. In reality, there is so much going on in the little minds of our growing children, and it can often be overwhelming.
My daughter just turned 3, and it is as if a switch has gone off in Miss R’s head. My once incredible and independent sleeper is all of a sudden panicking when put into bed, crying if I’m not found in the exact moment she wants to find me, afraid of new or loud noises, and incredibly clingy.
To be very honest, it has been super exhausting and frustrating to deal with these big emotions, especially because it seemed like we had been through all this and had it down pat.
So again, I needed to take a step back and think more deeply about what is going on in the ever changing and incredible mind of my 3 year old.
She is 3. No longer a baby, toddler, or 2 year old, not a true big kid. She is in that scary and exciting stage of being able to do SO much on her own, yet needs SO much support (kind of like a teenager). She is proud of being a “big kid” (“look at what I can do, mommy!”), trying new things and venturing out on her own more, BUT she is still so little. There is so much she wants to do on her own, but she isn’t physically capable of doing it all yet. So much she wants to try, only to realize that she is vulnerable and maybe a little afraid to be doing something on her own for the first time. IT IS A LOT TO DEAL WITH!
We recently switched Miss R into a toddler bed and shortly after worked on night-time potty training. At the beginning, she was super excited to stay in her bed until her clock turned green, letting her know it was “awake time”. But a few weeks later, bedtime turned into a mess, sometimes taking 2 hrs to get her to calm down, let go of my hand, and stay in bed. She would then wake at night and insist on sleeping in my bed. I personally am not into that-mostly because we both don’t sleep well and it becomes very hard for Miss R to sleep independently. CONT IN COMMENT
⭐️ “I did it!” ⭐️ Graduating from Toddler & Me to a Big Kid Class is a Whaley 🐳 BIG deal! 🎓 🎉 Mom and dad are no longer in the pool. 🤚🚫 There’s usually a new teacher, new classmates, and new rules, like waiting to take turns. #safetyfirst 🙌 It’s a lot of change for a newly-turned 3 year old.🥉 Consistency with attendance ✅ and a positive attitude are key. 👍 And, of course, the LPB Team is there to support everyone during the process. 🤗#thisisthree#bigkid#wanderingwhale#lapetitebaleen#swimlpb#childhoodunplugged
Treated myself to a Minnie Mouse pandora charm 🙊 ! Yes it took me ages to make it stand up like that 😂! Loving the way my bracelet is turning out ! Can safely say it’s unique ☺️ @pandora @disney @disneysminnie never too old for Disney ❤️ #disney#minnie#bigkid