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f there’s one thing that I’m learning over and over as a parent is that you’re not going to get everything right or with the outcome you want all the time. That would just be too easy! When this happens in my life, it often leads to putting too much pressure on myself, guilt and negative thoughts about myself as a mother.
One thing I try to be mindful of is
How to explain death to a 3-year-old….I had just finished painting my nails. My family was heading out for pizza and games on a Friday night and Olivia wanted her nails painted. It was nice one-on-one time and an opportunity to…
If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that kids light up from new and unexpected kinds of play. It doesn’t have to be complex. Some of the easiest and most fun play ideas that have come to me without referencing good ‘ole Pinterest have been from just looking around and recycling empty containers, using loose kitchen and game parts, and following the lead of kids. I take a character or type of play
Let's not kid ourselves, most adults aren't thrilled to go to the dentist. I have to admit, I used to be one of them. In a surprising grown up twist, I will take my floss scolding for a little dose of quiet time to myself. I love my kids, but any stay at home caregiver of littles knows how golden 30 minutes of time is for uninterrupted thoughts. But enough about me, I'm here to share how proud I am of my three year old for her bravery during her last visit to the dentist.
Before I began my career as a child life specialist in the pediatric hospital setting, I don't think I could've ever imagined that so many young children spend hours and days alone in the hospital.
Not all hospitalized children are bedridden. In fact, there are many children throughout the hospital who are able to move, with or without assistance, around their room and to other areas of the hospital. But at this time of the year, many of those who are able to play on the floor or at a desk cannot leave their rooms due to infection control policies.
Even when a child has freedom to be a child and play within their designated treatment environment, how long can we really expect them to stay entertained confined in the same room playing with the same two or three toys. That's where a little repurposing of your resources can come in handy.