Unschooling Hopes

I just read this and it made me tear up. This is exactly what I hope for my babies:

“Can I have your cookie?” I ask, pointing to his oatmeal cookie that he almost went berserk over because dad almost accidentally threw it out. (I didn’t really want the cookie.) “Uhm…” he says, mulling it over. “Let’s half.” He splits his cookie in two, right smack in the middle, then hands the other one to me. Later on, he will do the same thing with his hotdog, offering the mangled sausage to me with his full mouth.

It is this kind of warmth and thoughtfulness that will take you aback—this sense of character, the incredible kindness, their concept of sharing—it jars you. Their social skills are intelligible, and they aren’t being graded for it. They don’t get a star for sharing a cookie, or a stamp for holding conversation with an adult. They just really warm up to you as a person, are curious about who you are and what you know. There is no judgment in their eyes—they approach every person with the same reverence. They will hold your hand, pull you with them, and open up their world to you.

I love how the babies are kind to each other. I love they are interested in everything. I love how they learn without even (barely) being taught. I want them to hold on to that for as long as they can.

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Help Kids Regulate Emotions

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I saw this on a friend’s webpage and I wanted to save it for my kids:

I found this exercise for children rather inspired to help them learn about emotion regulation and normalizing negative emotions for their temporary necessity. I like this for teaching kids there are many normal negative or unpleasant emotions other than anger.

You need: Bubbles

Have your child blow as many bubbles as they want, and let them know that these bubbles are representing all of their negative feelings. This could be sadness, anger, fear… tell them to visualize all of these things going away as the bubbles float on through the air. Once they’re done, repeat the following:

Sadness, tears, worry fears, thank you for you.
You’ve been helpful and you’ve been true.
Into these bubbles it’s you I blow,
So I can smile and let you go!

Remember to talk to them about bottling up emotions and how it’s important to talk through them and let them fly away!

Congressional Award Gold Medal

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Kids can earm ’em too.

How did I not know that this existed?

I was looking up stuff about moving to Mazatlan, Mexico when I came across this blog. The very first post was about their son earning a Congressional Award Gold Medal. Wow!

You have to be at least 13.5 years old so we have a while to go before this can even be a consideration but …  I’m tucking it away just in case.

 

Toddler Activity Set for Flights

We’re going to be doing lots of traveling this year and I’ve been looking up things for out toddler to do on the plane. We don’t check bags so I need things that are cheap or free, light weight, small, entertaining and non-destructive (no stickers). So far I’ve found:

Felt drawing

I love this idea. I have purchased some felt drawing kits, but they are much too large to take on a flight. Cutting out a few shapes and folding it up into a bag is perfect! I can’t wait to make a few.

The name puzzle? LOVE IT! I’m totally making this one for him.

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Puzzles

Simple, cheap and small! YES! I’m thinking about making mine in a small book format. The small, store-bought puzzles are right up my alley and perfect for tiny hands.

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Building Toys

I have so many Popsicle sticks! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was to find this cute, light weight homemade toy. I can color and glue the velcro on in an afternoon. How fun!

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Cotton Balls/Pom-Poms

A toddler can throw these around (not very far) or “pour” them from one cup to another cup or …. something. Toddlers can make anything interesting! Lol

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Journaling With Parents Helps Deal With Tough Topics

JournalI just read about a parent giving their kids journals and letting the kids write whatever they want in them. The goal is to give the kids a place where they can talk about tough topics without the embarrassment of face-to-face discussion. I love this idea.

We have “Mommy and Me” journals. I started this when Tayla (9) was about 7, and Ticia was around 5. Each of my girls have their own journal and they are able to write down anything at all in them that they may feel uncomfortable discussing face to face. They leave the journal on my bed and I write back. So far, the main topics have been friendships, fights with one another and feeling sad or unloved by someone. My hope, is that by starting this early, they will be more inclined to come to me with more serious issues later.

I don’t know if our kid will take to this, but I’ll definitely be providing him with a journal just in case. Earlier this year I wrote about these cute journals, but these seem more like sharing journals. This journal seems more like a way for kids to talk about important things.

Anyhoo …  I thought I’d share the idea here in case anyone else likes the idea.

Maidu Museum & Park

Maidu-Museum-SignWe were looking for things to do with toddlers in Sacramento when we came across several blogs that talked about he fun their kids (both toddlers and older kids) at the Maidu Museum. That lead me to do a little digging and to find out that there is also an awesome themed park called …  you guessed it …. Maidu Park!

Museum Highlights

Storytelling under the stars – Sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. We’ll provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end to this fun family event. Museum doors open at 7pm. Program starts at 7:30pm. Fee: $5/person, $16/family of four, $5 each additional person. Under 2 are free.

Nisenan Maidu village – “Visitors can see the village site as well as petroglyphs and other cultural features along the easy half-mile trail outside the museum.”

Maidu Park

Maidu Park

Park-Maidu-FortThere are tons of photos over at Sacramento Sidetracks.

Park Highlights

Play structures designed like buildings in a old west European American town.

Play structures designed like trains with a little train station.

A little fort-themed maze that’s great for toddlers.

I’d also like to check out the parks at Hillsborough Park (pirate ship theme) and Royer Park (castle theme). You can find more parks listed with photos at Sierra Moms.