So You Had A Bad Day

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Have you had one of those days recently where you just feel down and nothing seems to cheer you up? Perhaps you spilled your coffee before you could even take a drink and then you stepped on that same toy that your child keeps leaving out in the same spot…no matter how many times you’ve asked them to put it away when they are done. It has happened to all of us and unfortunately it’s probably likely to happen again! Usually, we can just chalk this up to one bad day or a bad week perhaps…but we try to give ourselves some grace and start again with better hopes for the next day. Continue reading

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Preschool Check-in

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Back in the fall I wrote about my feelings and worries about sending my oldest off into the world of preschool. While my wife and I had a lot of mixed emotions at the time, we knew it was the right choice for him and that he was ready. I thought a few months in that now would be a good time to give an update on how things have gone so far and some observations we have noticed. Continue reading

Celebrating Ourselves

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

It seems like as one year wraps up and another begins there is a lot of time spent looking back and reflecting on the year that was. Unfortunately, I think a lot of the time we focus on the things that didn’t work out or didn’t go as we planned. Perhaps our first thoughts and memories are of the challenging things that happened or the mistakes that we made. While it’s good to reflect on our circumstances and our shortcomings to try and keep the same things from happening again, I encourage you at the end of this year to think about something else as well…to focus on the positive things that happened to you and your family…and even better…to think about the awesome things that you did to help your children. Continue reading

The Gift that Keeps Giving

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

How great is that feeling you get when you give someone the perfect gift?  Whether that’s doing something for them so that they felt important or special or getting them the exact thing they’ve been wanting for what seems like forever, you remember the feeling you get when you see the surprise and joy on their face.   Continue reading

Building A Dreamer

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

I’m not completely sure where he got it from, but my son is a dreamer. He has so many ideas and questions in his head and really wants to know how things work. He’s asked us many times if we can help him make his own video games, robots, transformers. Continue reading

What’s That?

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Have you watched your toddler’s eyes when they see something that really interests them? They seem to twinkle with wonder and curiosity. These little people who often jump from toy to toy and activity to activity without notice can be fully captivated by certain things. For each child, it’s different, but for both of our kids something that we noticed them noticing often were birds. They would see a bird flying through the air when we were outside or hopping around in the grass looking for worms near our back porch and would immediately be transfixed and point to wherever the bird was. Continue reading