I don’t know about you, but this school year has been ROUGH. It has only been 6 weeks. We have been in and out of distance learning twice already with my two elementary kids, and my preschooler is just been along or the ride. Poor guy, he really has been getting the bottom of the barrel of my attention these past few weeks. Mom guilt 100%. Add in the virtual disappearance of our support systems and babysitters (no pun intended). It takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when that village is in quarantine? This article from our curriculum provider really helped me realize that I am not failing, I am just overwhelmed. And there is grace. Lots and lots of grace for you, for your kids, and for their teachers. You are so loved, not only by your kids, but by the Father who made you. He doesn’t want you to feel like you are failing. https://theparentcue.org/youre-not-failing-youre-just-overwhelmed/
Hi AsburyKids parents! I have some exciting news for your little preschoolers. This month, we are going to use the super-sweet theme of Ice Cream Sundae —along with the life of Joseph— to teach preschoolers that God has a plan for them. When we put all of the parts of Joseph’s story together—just as with an ice cream sundae—it gives us a sweet reminder that we can trust that God has a plan for us, and it is always best. We just have to wait until God is done putting all of the parts together.
More times a week than I can count, my kids have come up to me saying “can you play with us mommy?” And too many times than I care to admit I have said, “not right now sweetie, in just a little bit.” Sometimes that was true. I was doing laundry, cooking dinner, or working from home. But many times, I have caught myself saying that when I really could put off my adulting things to dive into their little worlds.
Hi AsburyKids families! I hope you are doing well and staying healthy! At my house, the new normal has slowly creeped into our lives. We are wearing our masks now without thinking about it. The kids don’t throw too much of a fit when asking if they can go to (Parent: insert your favorite kid activity where full of germs) and the answer is “not today, because, you know, virus.” We have had our fair share of meltdowns, sibling rivalry, snuggles, movie nights, and distance learning. It feels like we have already done all of our normal “summer things,” but still facing two and half months until school hopefully resumes in August.
- BABY WIPES ARE BACK IN STOCK becomes a text message worth of all caps.
- Your job has moved from frowning upon social media use during the day to be the metrics in which your job performance is measured.
- When you simply must take the tiny humans into a grocery store you make them dress up as Doc McStuffins complete with mask and gloves, you stuff them into the double stroller and pull a cart behind you so that they won’t come in contact with any surface within the store.
- The laundry seemingly doubles in quantity to the pre-quarantine levels, even though your family is residing in pajamas around the clock.
- You suddenly realize that teachers deserve at least a 50% pay raise. Actually, make that a 100% raise.
- When making dinner you google recipes using a can of beans, frozen peas, and tortillas.
- You try your hardest to convince your toddler that their favorite cereal just looks a little different, when in reality it is the “other” brand because their favorite has been out of stock for 3 weeks.
- When your child asks to go to their favorite arcade, trampoline park, or other expensive hang-out spot, and instead of lying that it is closed, you can confidently say it is closed. Today. Tomorrow. And every day for the foreseeable future.
- March 1, 2020: I limit my child’s screen time to just 15 minutes a day.
April 1, 2020: My child has binge watched all 376 episodes of Daniel Tiger. Twice.
- The amount of snacks consumed in one day outweighs the amount of food your kid ate from their lunch box in a week.
I am so excited for some warmer and dryer weather soon, so I wanted to take some time and share with you some of my favorite spots to take my toddler and preschool aged kiddos. Don’t pass up the opportunity to talk with your little one about how God made everything, from the grass, to the tall tall trees, beautiful flowers, and even the tiny ants!