I may be fumbling my way through this SAHM stuff, but one activity that’s a sure winner (pat myself on the back) is storytime at our local library. Bonus: It’s free! Every Tuesday morning, I know my son and I will get social interaction, read, sing and observe other kids in a small, safe environment. This time is a stepping stone to build pre-reading skills and research has shown blah blah blah… Bottom line: Hopefully I’m fostering speech development and a love for reading.
Just when you think something you’re doing or showing your child isn’t really sinking in or sticking with them, they go and surprise you. Tonight I was reading a book about “brush, brush, brushing” your teeth and though it’s not washing I was reading it in a sing-songy voice much like an activity we do at storytime. They keep a box of empty shampoo and bubble bath bottles, and we pretend as we sing, “This is the way we wash the baby, wash the baby, etc.” We wash hands, ears, toes and lastly the belly (lots of tickling involved).
So I was saying, “brush, brush brush” and he started rubbing his hands together like he was washing them. Ha! Does it make complete sense? No. But is he getting an important concept? YES! Score one for mom. This time anyway…
What success have you had with your kids lately? During a lifetime of feeling like you fail at parenting constantly, what activities have proven successful for you?