This month, our Mother Goose Time blogging focus topic was how to create a loving, caring, nurturing environment in our classrooms. How do we model and teach our children healthy and loving relationship values?
I could think of no better way to talk about how we do this than to include it with our Fun Mom Friday challenge!
How to model and practice empathy, loving one another, and helping each other
This week my kids have been sick. Take a minute to imagine with me:
- the long, sleepless nights
- the self doubt when you can’t tell what is wrong with the baby
- the ceaseless whining
- the cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning
We are tired, we are emotional, our coping abilities are strained to say the least… we are down for the count!
But somehow, in the midst of this unavoidable and unpleasant aspect of life that seems to be constantly lurking in the corner of our days… we find ways to love one another more.
We nuture one another in our sicknesses and discomforts. We sing songs to each other, get blankets for each other or a fresh glass of water. We share our sippy cups (and our germs, oy vey) and read each other books.
We empathize with each others misery, because often we have been there ourselves and we want to help each other. I think our kids naturally see us taking care of them and they start to do the same. I don’t have “lessons” to teach my kids empathy or nurturing skills, they see me delighting in nurturing them or their siblings and they naturally develop the ability and perception to notice when someone needs a helping hand.
We create a warm and safe environment for one another by staying home, closing down shop for a few days, snuggling together on the couch and having movie nights, just recovering together with no pressure.
We encourage and help one another by making cards or letting someone snuggle with our favorite stuffy. When I was sick the kids brought me breakfast in bed and helped to watch their younger siblings. They are learning to notice when someone needs help and stepping up to the plate.
How to be a fun mom when your kids are sick and whiny
Let’s face it, give yourself a few days of long, interrupted nights and long, whiny days and you are anything BUT a fun mom. But this week came around and I was determined to hit this challenge head on.
We took two full days off school to just recover without the pressure of doing our workbooks. We just rested and spent time together. We went outside when we could, read lots of books, snuggled on the couch, etc. It might not have been “fun” but it was a change in pace for the kids and I could tell that they enjoyed the time to recuperate and just be together.
We then slowly acclimated back in with a day of fun and games and, of course, Mother Goose Time. Here are a few of the crafts we made:
|Making our own rocks with paper and sand on top|
|Making a cable car to go up our “Toy Mountain”. It has little stick people that sit inside!|
The gondola activity lasted for hours. The kids had fun just making their little people on the craft sticks to go inside the gondolas. They then decorated their gondolas and we taped the straw piece on top to attach to the “cable”. We then taped some yarn to the top of “Toy Mountain” and to the bottom of our “lego landing pad” and the kids ran their people up the mountain and back down to the landing pad. We pulled out some tickets that they had to pay for their ride and spent some time googling cable cars to see what they looked like in real life and how they work.
Other Sick Day Fun Mom Tips
- Play hide and seek
- Color a picture together
- Paint your nails
- Have a tea party
- Cook some popcorn and watch a movie
- Make a special tent in the living room and cuddle up with a flashlight and your favorite blankie and book to “rest”
The trick is finding quiet, restful activities that are still special and “fun” for the kids.
We have connected so much as a family this week and seeing the fruit of my many years tending to my little ones’ illnesses come out in the kids has been so encouraging.
Keep up the good work, press on! Every time you wipe a nose or snuggle up with a book, or rock a fussy baby you are modeling empathy, you are showing them what a healthy loving relationship looks like, and you are creating a safe environment for them to grow and learn in. Take the day off, or the week! And know that your kids are still learning foundational and essential values and character traits that will serve them for all their years to come!
If you have a post that fits with the fun mom Friday challenge theme, join in the link up below to inspire and encourage the rest of us! And if you don’t have a blog, comment below! I want to hear how you manage to do more than just “survive” but rather thrive and grow and laugh together, even when you are sick!
Happy weekend everyone!
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