When food ran low before our next voucher, I sat with my older girls (then about 7 and 6 yrs old) and apologized to them for our struggles, I held them and cried and made them promise not to make my mistakes - I told them they would only go hungry with me a few times but if they concentrate on their education then when they become women like mommy they will never be hungry again and they had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and never have to make them. I gave God thanks that my life was the sacrifice for them to see what happens if you dont take your future seriously and commit to walking right...
WTF!? So I just watched the video of myself when I was 39 weeks preggo (I have embarrassingly posted the video below *eyes closed* eeeeekkkk) - oh dear, I have come so far. It takes some serious skill to keep yourself together for an entire 9 months of pregnancy while tugging around a weight inside… Continue reading VIDEO: REFLECTING ON MY 7TH PREGNANCY – THE MOMENTS OF DESPAIR
Being a fluent and confident reader is one of the greatest skills we can provide to our children. At one point in human history learning to read was a priviledge that only royalty and nobility had access to. As parents we must seize every opportunity to provide our child with the tools to become fantastic readers so that they are able to search out and understand written text and information.
So many mothers have lived that heartbreaking feeling of seeing your child hungry and having nothing and no way to feed them - even if only for one night, this feeling can tear a mother to pieces ...
I think it is safe to say I owe my crafty side to my mom, she has always been a creative, handy and artistic person. From fixing a leak to patching a zinc roof or drawing bright, beautiful flowers - I remember my mom being a jack of all trades and master as well. From… Continue reading FUN, EASY, COLORFUL HAND-MADE ENVELOPES FOR KIDDIES
All in all I appreciate that differences are to be expected and all eyes are on mommy to see how she handles these situations and I am keen on admitting that my behavior will surely be mimicked by my girls so before I act on anything these days I stop, breath and try to remember to ask myself "would I want my kids to say/do this?".
Teaching your toddler through song and dance or bright, colorful play-type activities is the ideal way to start. I have used a combination of reading, singing, dancing, flash cards and daily conversation to build my toddlers' confidence and familiarity with colors, numbers, letters, sounds and words with each of my six eldest of seven daughters.
Learning the alphabet and how to count is a fundamental step for every toddler - these two basic learning tools set the foundation for a bright future of life-long learning. It is often recommended to introduce your child to letters and numbers from as early as 6 months, however, this should be limited to songs, music and dancing the "numbers song" or "ABC song".
Starting early with daily reading in a fun, exciting and loving fashion is one of the best ways to accelerate your child's learning abilities. Choosing a particular time of day to have story time with your toddler is also a good ideal this means they know what is expected of them and what to expect of you at that time - it is reading time, a time when little angel and mommy sit together and look at books and perhaps read a few.
When my beautiful babies are grown and moving out to find their own lives and families I pray to be in a little rocking chair on the front porch looking at the quiet yard and remembering those care-free giggles and crazy screams that I never thought would transform so quickly in to the adult voices that call from university or wherever the future and my great God leads my little ones.