I wanted to share this Five Little Pumpkins Halloween craft I did with my older daughter last year. It is based on the 5 Little Pumpkins rhyme. It’s very simple, we were able to complete it during baby’s nap time. Most importantly, it helps promote empathy and emotional intelligence as well as being educational.
Lulu started school a couple weeks ago (two weeks before labour day for some reason, because California is crazy like that). I feel like I blinked and poof, I have a school-aged child! She suddenly seems so grown up too! Here are the five lessons for kindergarten parents from the first two weeks of school:
Becoming a stay at home mom was never my plan. Husband and I briefly discussed it after our first child was born and just as quickly dismissed the idea. Staying at home was not for me. I grew up in a household where my grandmother and my mother worked full time their whole life and that was the norm. But life had other plans.
I worked hard to earn my degree and career and I wasn’t ready to give that up when we started a family. Parenting is the most amazing rollercoaster experience and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. But I also get a lot of satisfaction and fulfillment from being good at my job, checking off goals and collaborating on projects with people taller than 3 feet tall.
When Booboo was almost 18mo she started attending a home-based daycare a couple of days per week. I am a stay at home mom but I still choose to send my kids to daycare at least part time. I know that this is not always the popular choice but I find it necessary for my own sanity. When I was dealing with PPD, one of the most helpful things I could do was get some regular kid-free time that I could depend on and look forward to. Lulu, who is in preschool now, attended daycares when I was working and after I became a SAHM and this worked well for us. In sending Booboo to daycare I discovered that not only was it helpful for me and my mental health but that it was also great for our family overall. Booboo has a blast at her daycare and the sisters having some time apart gives them a chance to miss each other. It was an unexpected side effect that sending my toddler to daycare helps with sibling rivalry.
The other day I yelled at my poor husband because he told me he doesn’t care what’s for dinner and I should decide. On the surface that might seem unreasonable. I’m sure that having an 8-month old who still wakes up multiple times per night had something to do with it as well. But what my well-intentioned husband doesn’t understand is that having to be the one to figure out what everyone will eat every day for every meal of the day is exhausting. Every once in a while I suffer from dinner decision fatigue.