With the bulk of back to school posts I am seeing on my feed these days, it makes me wonder of how I would prepare my toddler when it’s his time to enter preschool. As a first time mom, I have lots of questions about this big transition and routine change especially on my child’s part.
With this in mind, I decided to do some research and make use of the available resources. And who’s best to help me with my school questions? A Preschool Teacher! So I tapped an expert for this Preschool Readiness Guide as I want it to be an effective and thorough resource to all parents who have the same concerns as me.
It’s the middle of the night and my toddler of 21 months woke me up crying and pointing at his mouth and cupping his cheeks as if to say that he cannot sleep because it hurts.
But what can I do? I cannot take away his pain even If I wished it to be mine instead. So I just did what every mother would do at the moment. I hugged and breastfeed him until he fell asleep…
What a sad scenario.
And what is the cause of this sad moment? A TEETHING BABY.
Motherhood is a commitment. There are no backsies, once you are in, you are in for Life. To have someone depend on you for everything is a challenge. I mean that is a person! Whatever he will be in the future is on you. IT’S ALL YOU. And sometimes, such term can become too literal especially if you are a Stay At Home Mom.
It’s all you to prepare the food, to clean the house, manage the bills, take care of your kid and everything else in between. To take care of everything to the point of forgetting yourself. How selfless and servitude, right?
Way before you teach your kid about the alphabet, colors and shapes you have introduced them first to animals and their sounds. Singing Old McDonald for the nth time finally shown its reward – your toddler is now familiar with the animal kingdom.
Seb is in a phase where he wants all things animals, So I bought him a safari theme toys which is a real hit! He kept making roar sounds and plays with the set almost all day even on the wee hours of the morning😑
To engage him more on animal familiarization I let him watch ANIMAL THEMED MOVIES and it works! He is so excited whenever he see an animal he knows. And let me tell you what a toddler wants… Routine, repetition and familiarity and so enter his favorite movies of all time. Please note that when I say all time – I mean on repeat forever.
Toddlers are comparable to gadgets in the sense that sleeping is equal to charging and when they sleep for long good hours they woke up fully charged 100% energized to their full potential. That’s why I always research on activities that he can do when he’s up.
From our past trips on the beach and indoor playgrounds I observed that Seb enjoys playing with sand. It keeps him occupied for a very long time just scooping… and so my wish of having one of those sand boxes in our home is realized but space and maintenance is an issue and so I dropped the idea and settled into those occassional visits.
But then comes the solution (thank you, Pinterest) and its oh so easy to DIY that I did it a few hours after reading the pinned post. Let me share with you the process, experience and outcome of Sensory play using Moon Sand.
First of, we define toddler age as 1-3 years old
We all know that breastfeeding is good for your baby but what if that baby becomes a toddler and has decided to pinch and pull your nipples? Ouch! right? you may think of stopping but please hold your horses first and let me convince you to push a little longer and do an extended breastfeeding for these reasons…
Just reading the title makes this mommy go wow! This blog is awesome. It is a very informative and useful resource of toddler activities that can prepare our child to preschool. The blog caters to us mommies who at present are in the stage of honing our toddler’s future and thinking of ways to occupy them when they are awake and us counting the hours until they fall asleep and we can have our freedom (lol).
I have always been the creative type but never “frugal”. I can justify the need to spend and have more. (Justify mostly to myself as my husband does not buy it). He is my conscience when we’re in the mall. He’s always like”Do you really need it?” Blah, blah, blah… Hindi siya nagger ha. Mas practical at wise lang talaga siya😁
The creativeness in me tripled when I had Seb and discovered Pinterest. If you are not familiar with this app please stop reading my blog and install one NOW! (You’re welcone Pinterest for this promotion hehehe.)
I discovered this app way back 2014 when a friend recommended it and looking back on my boards it summarizes my life’s desires from pugs, to clothes, hair, shoes, to graphic designs, travel goals, wedding pegs, pregnancy tips and now, baby development, milestones and activities to name a few of my searches. It really is all very, very interesting!
My browsing lead to several attempts of Do-It-Yourself which are all successful ahem ahem. And I will share them with you.