Engaging Home Activities for Your Preschooler

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pexels-photo-185948-largeBeing a mom of a preschooler is the hardest but most rewarding job I’ve ever had. These little people can bring you so much joy yet drive you crazy all the same time. Preschoolers are busy little ones with lots of passion and energy. A a stay at home mom how do you keep yourself sane and keep your preschooler engaged? Also, what types of activities do you do with your preschooler because you don’t just want them watching TV all day. Here are some ideas:

  1. Pick a day of the week for library day – Having a schedule helps your preschooler know what to expect. If every Monday they know that they are going to the library and picking out five new books they can anticipate and be excited about it. Spend some time at the library reading with your child and then when you get home you can read the books again. Make sure the books are age-appropriate and include some Bob books to help your child begin reading.
  2. Puzzles – You can’t have too many puzzles. You can get them at your local thrift store or Goodwill. Just count the pieces to make sure that they are all their. Doing puzzles with your preschooler helps them in so many ways and is a great activity you could do together.
  3. Flashcards – You can get all kinds of flashcards from animal to shapes to letters. I like to use the flash cards to play different games. One idea is to line up all the different shapes and color flashcards on the floor and then go around the house and find an item that matches that flash card and then put item on the flash card.
  4. Hide and Seek – Toddlers and preschoolers never get bored of hide and seek. This is a great way to get their energy out maybe before nap time.
  5. Boardgames – Games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders are great first games for your toddler and preschoolers and help them learn their colors, numbers and how to count. Kids love game time with their parents.

These ideas above are just a few fun activities you can do with your preschooler during the day especially on a rainy day to keep them engaged and learning!

As a Christian Parents How to We Decide Where Our Children Should Go to School

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As a Christian parent, how do you decide where your child should go to school.  This was a really hard decision for me with my firstborn.  As a parent that wants to put Jesus first it is sometimes difficult for me to make decisions regarding my children. I want to protect them from the evil of the world but I also want them to be strong in their faith and be able to say no to inappropriate things. It seems like 20or 30 years ago the biggest decision when you had a kindergartner was whether you were going to do morning or afternoon at the neighborhood school. Now there are so many options for school. Some of these options existed back then as well, like homeschooling and private school but now it seems like there’s even more options like schools with  a foreign language, arts, or a math and science emphasis.Also now we have all the different types of technology that are influencing our children that we didn’t have before. So it feels like there’s a greater need of protecting our children from what other children might be viewing at home that we would never let our children watch. But then we want our children to be lights and examples to others. So what do we do?

 

This one decision of where to send my firstborn child to kindergarten had me up at night and made me sick to my stomach. I wasn’t sure if I should homeschool him, put him in the private school at the church we go to, put him in our neighborhood elementary that is a large Title I elementary or homeschool him. When it comes down to it, everyone has a different opinion and everyone is in a different season of life. I wanted in my child to go to school where my friends were sending their children, but they all ended up going to separate schools. Some decided on private school, some home schooled for a couple years and some wavered their kids into other school districts. I thought I would put my child in private school. I researched lots of private schools and lots of the local elementary schools, I read books and I talk to people about what they were doing and how they were deciding on their child’s education. But I just did not have a peace.

 

When it came down to it, I had a revelation that this decision was between me and God and I had to follow my heart of what I thought the Lord had for our family. It gave me a lot of peace.  I felt I needed to go talk to the principal and some teachers at our neighborhood school and I found that they were so compassionate and there were several Christian teachers that really believed in the kids at the school. So I turned to my study Bibles to seek the Lord through Scripture and I prayed and prayed and felt like the Lord was calling our family to invest in our neighborhood and put our kids in our neighborhood school. The other thing that gave me a huge peace was some advice from a friend, that you can take it year by year and that this one decision is not set in stone. Kids are resilient especially in elementary and if later on the following year we feel like our child is supposed togo to a different school we can move him. We can make changes which made the decision less stressful. I didn’t feel the pressure of deciding my child’s whole 18 years of education. I could just pray and do what I felt like the Lord was calling me to do for the next year to the best of my ability and give myself the grace to make a change if I need to.

Allowing the Lord to Work in Your Relationship with Your Children

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As Christians, followers of Jesus, believers, however you want to refer to yourself, we can sometimes find it hard when we see something in someone else that we think needs to change, but we can’t change it. I found myself struggling with this with my middle child. I expected our relationship to be different than what it was. She throws a lot of tantrums especially in public and I was losing it. I was letting her tantrums change my whole personality. What I realized through this really hard season was that I was so focused on trying to change her that I wasn’t looking at what the Lord wanted to do inside of me. This is not just the case with my relationships with my children, it is also the case with all relationships. The Lord showed me that I can’t control anyone else especially a toddler or preschooler who wants what they want because they want it and will scream until they get it. What I realized was that I first had to control my response to others’ behaviors.
Now this does not mean that I let my daughter get whatever she wants. This means that when she is throwing a big fit I don’t end up throwing a big fit as well. I can speak calmly to her and carry her to her room until she calms down because I am still in a good mood. What I realized was I was letting others change and affect my mood and getting frustrated when I didn’t see them changing how I wanted. I can’t make other people change, but I can change myself. I can be a good model to my children and let them see me reading my NIV Bible and having quiet time with the Lord. I can still be joyful and follow the Lord and do what he’s calling me to do when others are not.
What I also learned was I want my daughter to make good decisions not because she’s afraid of the consequence but because of our relationship. I don’t want her to be afraid of me. I want her to know that I love her and thats the most important thing. I want to discipline out of love not frustration. If I can remain calm myself then I can better deal with her outbursts and lean on the Lord for wisdom. This revelation of knowing that the only person I can control is myself has really helped me and all my relationships.