We love parenting in active and intentional ways as often as possible – and we start that immediately when our kids are born. We nurse them, wear them often (especially when they go through those fussy stages), and find ways to play alongside them. Generally, we let our kids, and their basic personalities, help point out the ways in which we approach life with them. And we love certain products, like our baby carrier, for making that happen more easily.
I remember when our middle child was more shy and slow to warm up to strangers. We noticed that he would eventually warm up to a new situation once he had a chance to totally check it out. So we adjusted how we approached new situations – keeping him with us a lot longer in church, for example, until he decided he was ready to head out. Popping him into a baby carrier made people less likely to ask to hold him or pinch his cheeks or otherwise invade his (very obvious) personal space. We explain what he could expect to see when he got there, or talked about who would be there that he already knew. Once he checks out a situation he is full-force and gung-ho!
This is just one example of how you can let a child’s natural leaning help us help them. Sidney and I love to spend time with our children – especially while they are little and not as active in sports and extra-curricular activities. Our older kiddos are in soccer and Scout’s and what not so we gotta spend as much time with our babies while they are little guys as we possibly can!
There are only a few short years when Mom and Dad are their everything. When we are the ones who matter so much to them. When they still run to us for booboo kisses. Everyday I see Vivian growing up more and more and know that those years will be coming to a close for me soon enough. Here are some activities, products, and ideas I found that I love for the before-school-starts time of a child’s life.
Grab a carrier (my favorites are the wide wraps like this Boba baby wrap), take your family geocaching, and hunt for your own buried treasure! Totally fun! Or combine gardening projects with learning colors in a fabulous, hands-on way. Whatever your kids enjoy doing, you can find educational, hand’s on, and family-fun activities that they will love to do with you.
Check out my Preschool Playtime Pinterest board for some ideas and leave a comment with your favorite ways to bond and engage with your littles!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine.