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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mommy Group Session 2: Class 9

We are now all at the stage or very close to it where baby proofing is becoming a major topic in class. Kids are moving more, getting their hands in more, and just on the cusp of bolting for the knives and stairs (I have a weird irrational fear about babies, knives and stairs). Anyways I made the call to the Family First, the baby proofing company my instructor recommended, to make an appointment. Sadly we have been playing phone tag but their website offers several products that look cool, my favorite is the magnet key cabinets. I will let you know how those go.

Also in the land of baby proofing my worker finally found an ironworker willing to make us three baby gates to match our stairwell. One for the top of the stairs, one for the bottom and one to block the great room off from the rest of the house downstairs. I am so super excited to see how these turn out and that they will look like part of the house instead of some plastic thing that is always falling down.

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We are also nearing the time where a baby will naturally drop from three naps a day to two naps. I am really dreading this one. Now that I am on a better routine with my Little Cricket I feel like I am finally getting my groove. He still wakes up once a night but that I can handle, especially when I am more often than not napping with my little man for his first nap. SIGH.

And then sometimes the things we learn are after class. Something said sparks a flurry of emails and articles are shared. This week we had someone share “All Kinds of Feelings: A Childs Emotional Literacy”. It is important to remember that children need to learn EVERYTHING including how to correctly identify how they are feeling. To do this we as parents should begin at a very young age to begin naming the feelings our children are having. Oh that makes you feel angry. What a happy boy you are. Our job is to give our children the ability to recognize, assess and name their emotions. Along with this is how to express emotions appropriately. By sharing your feelings as the parent, by acting as a model with how you handle or express them is the most powerful way that a child learns emotion.

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Lovin the mommy classes.

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