As summer is coming to a close, the back-to-school blues are setting in (for me, not my kids). I find myself thinking about how fast the summer went by and wondering if I accomplished anything by deciding to keep the kids home with me rather than in summer programs. They are growing so fast and I wanted to soak up all kinds of fun moments and teach them a little something too. In reflection, I came up with this list (in no particular order) of FIVE things I gave my children this summer.
- My time. Simple, I know, but not always easy. Both my 4-year-old and my (nearly) 3-year-old are asking question after question. Those young inquisitive minds. What kind of a parent would I be not to take the time to answer them all. Brayden (4) wants to know what happens to the food we eat, where it goes in your body, and after it comes out he wants to know where the toilet takes it, how it gets there and on and on. Haley (3) wants to know simpler things, usually. She loves bugs and worms. Of course my girl likes the slimey things! Go figure.
- Let them help. By simply allowing Brayden and Haley help me around with chores around the house, cooking and baking, made everyday necessities a fun teaching activity. Thier favorite was defintiely cooking and baking with mommy. They helped me measure ingedients, count the eggs and assemble their own lunches. This dragged out the process quite a bit and definitely borders on qualifying to be included in the first entry of this list, “my time.”