My life's work: helping you enjoy parenting.
Have you ever heard… “your why should make you cry?”
Well it did, every day for months. I had the hardest preschool class one year and a really flaky boss. I was having the hardest internal struggle. I needed my classroom to function, but I wasn’t about to give up on the kids who needed more. Guys, I’m not exaggerating when I said I cried. I cried for the kids and I cried for me. It is stressful. Not knowing what to do next, feeling like you’ve tried everything to earn trust, compliance… peaceful transitions. Challenging behavior is hard for the parents and caregivers, but it’s also REALLY hard on the kids. Do you think that they want to scream their head off and throw a tantrum when they can’t finish their art project?
Would you believe me if I told you there’s a way out?
You don’t just have to “survive this stage.“
Guess what? You can even come out of this stage STRONGER in your relationship and with a child STRONGER in problem solving and communication skills.
There are SO many tools I can give you.
All you have to do is START.
All you do is print out pictures of the things you want them to have more exposure and play with... and use packing tape to add them to their blocks or other toys. I started with pictures of his family- his grandma, my mom, the temple and a church-house. Charlie has a really hard time going to nursery. So I figured if we added the church to his play, then maybe talking about it and seeing it, driving his family to it with his wood cars would help the transition go smoother.
We pulled up to church the following Sunday. And Charlie points and says "church, church!" FIRST VICTORY. He was stoked and he labeled it correctly.
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Revolving them around a new theme every other week allows them to become more interested in activities they may not usually participate in and gives a deeper understanding of so many different topics.
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Affirmations are used to retrain the subconscious mind. We have done things the same way for many years or over many experiences… and if we want to change that, then first we need to change our beliefs and tell ourselves we can do this!
Here are some positive parenting affirmations!!! I put them up on the mirror I use to get ready… and even though I know this is what I should be doing, the constant reminder and visualization of this lifestyle helps me refocus everyday.
Create the reality that you want.