His smile is bigger than ever today thanks to spider man and iron man... we’ve never watched either of them on TV but one day he started pointing out everything spider man... so we’re going with it. Today he spent a whole HOUR in his room playing alone because these special toys are for quiet time only. #momwin
#tbt to when @alilandry fell in love with the @peekaboopottysticker while sharing gift bag swag at the #redCARpetsafety event in 2014. She was in the middle of #pottytraining and vowed to use it. We love when parents find out about us BEFORE they start the journey so that potty training can be a breeze!!! So tag a friend with potty training on the horizon and we will DM you both with a special discount code. Potty training that’s more fun and less stress is what it’s all about #keepcalmandpottyon
As adults we take life way to seriously. We always crave the next best thing, we think we will be happy when we have this or when we have that, we lose our child like presence that keeps us laughing and loving moment to moment, step to step, breath to breath. Lets all try living with a little more child like curiosity, run when you can, explore possibilities, be present ❤️ #childlikecuriousity#babylove#toddlertime#funrunning#mysweetboy
Collecting the last little bit of good apples before they all go to the birds. *What you don’t see is that I got our shop broom stuck up in the tree trying to get these babies down. Apparently throwing a broom into the branches to shake the apples down isn’t the best method. Maybe I’ll leave it as Halloween decoration 🤔
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We are 28 weeks today and hit the THIRD trimester. What!? And Yep pushed play in my jammies this morning and I ain’t mad about it! 😝
A 45 min strength workout was on the calendar for today but I’m still feeling a little under the weather so had to switch it up. I could of switched it up or gave up and done nothing so I chose a 25 strength workout instead and it felt GREAT to sweat actually. 💦👏🏼 Glad I got up and moved and now off to teach!
The importance of PLAY:
Play is actually a developmental milestone. It is critical for development of problem solving skills, analytical skills, flexibility, spatial awareness, sharing of ideas, verbal fluency, and the ability to mentally focus on something. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So how do you help your toddler and/or preschooler play?
It is important to allow your child the freedom to have self-initiated play by providing them with unstructured time and open ended items. These include baskets of rocks, sticks, pine cones, silk scarves, etc. Modeling is also important- having them watch you cook, clean, put things away, iron, etc will provide them with opportunities to mimic. Of note, children rarely want to play their own age, they often play a baby, an adult, or an animal. 🌈🌈🌈
I also love these wooden figures by @ostheimerwoodentoys as well as the wooden rainbows 🌈 by @grimmswoodentoys as they help provide accessories to the scenes that kids set up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As a parent, it’s best to sit back, watch and observe where their imagination takes them 💫 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Comment below with your child’s favorite independent play item ⤵️
I pulled out all the stuffed toys this week to try and purge a few and the girls took it as an invitation to create a pet shop and animal hospital.
We took the opportunity to read and act out our favorite scenes from Pet This Book by Jessica Young and Daniel Wiseman.
This sweet, interactive title invites little hands to care for all sorts of pets. Our stuffed friends were an added bonus while reading, however you really don’t need a bunch of props. The inviting illustrations and rhyming text are so catchy, even my 8-year-old was participating!
Home just in time to squeeze this babe while hopping on a call with our CEO — who made me even more amped about our new program launching this MONDAY. 💃🏻Y’all this is gonna be huge. If you’re not on my list yet to get in our test group I highlyyy recommend it! 💪🏼👏🏼 21 days —done and over before Thanksgiving. Let’s GO!