It took me a long time to realize that my children are not quiet kids. That sounds dumb right? How could I not understand that my children are active, energetic and powerful forces that I am responsible for aiming, directing and releasing into the world? Well, I guess I did not realize it because I did not want to realize it.
I think most new parents want to have quiet, well behaved, always polite, respectful, obedient children. I have several friends who birthed these types of kids and I sure do appreciate those qualities when we have play dates or visit restaurants!
I however have children , two in fact, that want to test, challenge and explore the world around them...and that is also wonderful.
When I look at my sarcastic, sometimes loud self, and my gregarious, sometimes blunt husband I think... where, or how was I going to get a quiet child? Was I going to magically combine genes that I do not possess? Possibly I guess... but based on my High School biology class... chances were not good.
So why do I feel the need to say this? I say this because I think that most parents feel like they are doing something wrong if they have to constantly correct, or instruct their little ones. I want to give you a cyber hug and tell you it is ok that your kid pushes boundaries, tests the waters, frustrates you to no end because that kid is the kid that I am proud to have, and the kid that I will want to have if I am blessed to have another.
When your child wants to climb on the outside of the slide, wants to jump in every mud puddle, wants to have their hand up to answer every question, wants to sing endlessly in crazy voices in the backseat of the car, wants to choose their own purple skirt, green leggings, blue shirt and cowboy hat, refuses to take off their superman cape for dinner, refuses to put on clothing for dinner, wants to bake without a recipe, wants to turn their whole bedroom into a giant fort, skins more knees than you can count, climbs every tree in your yard, tries to take home sand from the sandbox in their shoe, makes their body into art with markers, or simply just pushes your nerves, know that with your love and guidance they will make it -- and so will you.
I needed to understand that it is ok for my child to ask to do these things, that there is a time and a place to say yes and that if I allow them to explore we are all often better for it.
Please don't take this the wrong way, no is still a word that I use more than I should to keep these little baby trains on track; however I have also let go of some of the smaller things in order to win some of the larger battles. My children understand what it is to listen and learn, to sit queitly if needed (they try hard at least) but they also know that mommy will get out the paints, or get out the baking ingredients and let them be the creative, active kids that they are. For it is their gift to me to let me see the world through their eyes. To allow me a glimpse at how their tiny active brains work. To see the glorious things that they come up with once I give them permission to just be themselves.
So when you are pulling your hair out trying to figure out games or activities to keep your kid busy know that your kid's energy will make them a powerful force later in life. That is right, if you are able to focus their energy for good then your child has a chance to lead the world. As one of my wise friends said to me, your child will get things done and lead others to want to do that too. What a great compliment.
I don't want my kids to be passive participants in the world. I do want them to be respectful people, and understand that there are rules for a reason, but I also want them to push boundaries, explore, and make sure that they live their lives to the fullest.
So the days that have been so crazy that you just can't fathom how you will make it through. Just know you will. You will run, skip, hop, jump, roll, and probably fall across the finish line, but what a glorious race you will have run, and what an awesome prize your precious active kids will be.
Until Next Time,
So many changes are happening it's CRAZY! They are exciting but at the same time there are a lot of the unknowns. This next week on the blog may be a little sparse but we will do the best we can! As most of you know Jenn is moving with her family to North Carolina on Monday. And I will be on vacation for part of this next next week. So just bare with us as we navigate through all of this. We are still going to be doing festivals and trade shows and Kinder Keepsakes isn't going anywhere because of this move. We are still close enough to each other to serve you in the way you deserve! We are excited for this fun adventure!
We are still going to be on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout this next week too, so make sure you stay involved! We are still here to have some fun!
Don't forget--tomorrow we will be at the South Carolina PEACH FESTIVAL in Gaffney, SC. So for all of you locals-- please come and stop by our booth! We would love to see you!
So here is to a fun, hectic week-to-come! HAPPY FRIDAY!
I am all about quick, convenient and yummy tasting. And as a mom with 3 kids and running a business I kind of have to be. Here is a quick and easy way to have the perfect topping for your ice cream or something sweet when you are wanting to pick something a little more healthy. This is so good even your kids will love it!
This recipe was found from Salad in a Jar website.
APPLES IN A BAG
Apples in a Bag
Author: Paula Rhodes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
- 1 small apple (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith are my favorite)
- 1 packet of sweetener (Splenda is my favorite), or a spoonful of sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- Small handful of raisins, optional
- Peel or don’t peel apple, core and slice or dice. Place in freezer-quality plastic zippered bag along with remaining ingredients. Seal bag and shake well to mix ingredients.
- Reopen bag just a touch to vent. Microwave on High for 2 minutes– longer if you use a big apple.
- Carefully (it will be HOT and steamy) open bag and pour over plain or cinnamon-sugar pita chips, flour tortilla chips, oatmeal or ice cream.
(Nutritionals based on no raisins, unpeeled apples and artificial sweetener)
Boys will be boys is the saying right? Most will want to rough house, wrestle, have sword fights, climb trees, and pretty much do everything in the house that may break the furniture. This is very true for my son. He is an active 'all boy' type of kid. Don't get me wrong, he can still complete one pretty awesome art project, but boy does that kid love to wrestle! I have figured out that my goal for his first 10 years is to provide a place that he can play in a fun yet ultimately safe way! What is the first step... to replace the plastic swords, and light sabers that he is currently loves with 'Padded Play Swords'!
Hopefully this saves a few bumps on his sister's fingers and a few marks on my wood furniture =)
See... my husband went to Home Depot and came home with a bunch of items that lead me to believe we were fixing a plumbing problem in the house. Little did I know he went to the store with the kids in mind and we were going to have some epic battles as a result.
Here is what you need...
PVC pipe, Pipe Insulation, electrical tape in the color of your choice, PVC pipe cap, silver faucet connector, rubber bands (or hose washers), rope or string, and a pair of tights... That is it! Easy right!?
The final length we used was 30 inches... 6 inches for the handle and 24 for the blade. This is long enough to keep the kids away from the opponent but not too long that it is too hard to handle.
2. Put the PVC Pipe cap on one one end of the pipe. This creates a solid base for the handle.
3. Step 3 is to slip on the metal ring that creates the hand guard on the sword. If you put rubber bands, or hose washers on either side it prevents the ring from slipping. Side note, in the plumbing section of your hardware store you can find these in metal or plastic. Pick metal. The plastic will break and leave sharp edges when you are playing with them. Also, this shows the metal piece facing down but we turned it up so that it keeps any sharp edges away from little hands. You can also cover this with electrical tape if you want to remove a rough edge.
Step 4: Wind Electrical tape around the bottom of the sword in the design of your choosing. My daughter picked red and black and my son wanted an all black handle! If you don't have electrical tape then pick one of the decorative duct tapes that are so popular right now!
Step 5: Slide on the first sleeve of pipe insulation. Below you will see the completed sword at this point The small insulation looks great but does not provide enough cushion for the little ones so make sure you use both layers!
Step 6 : This is your second round of insulation. We used Polyethylene self-seal pipe insulation for this part and it made it SUPER EASY to complete! You just wrap it around the 'blade' of the sword, and stick together at the seam.
Step 7: Cover the blade of the sword with one leg of a pair of tights and tie it off with string between the insulation and the metal plate. Once cut, the tights can tuck in the space before the handle.
Side note-- my husband went to buy tights at the store without me... He needed enough 'legs' to fit 4 swords two swords for the kids, and two for the parents - (we don't want to leave unarmed parents) - It is hilarious that he went to the store just to guy tights by himself, but then it is also funny that he bought a package that said 4X 1 on the top. He read this to mean 4 times 1 pair - meaning 4 pair. Um no, he bought one pair of 4X tights! Love him !
Step 8: PLAY!! In our house we had to make the 'battle rules' so that once kids got ready to play that our little energetic selves didn't get into trouble and lose our new toys! Rule #1: do not hit anyone without a sword (we learned from experience).
Have fun, and have a battle!
Until Next Time,