When I was a kid, I loved school. I loved reading and writing. Truly, I loved learning. Now that I’m geeky mom, I have the unique privilege of playing “teacher” to my son. As I watch him grow and develop, taking in and processing this great big world around him, I’ve realized something very important: learning is everywhere.
From playtime to bath time to mealtime and beyond, here’s how we turn everyday experiences and play into magical teachable moments.
There are so many benefits of learning a second (or third) language. As we’ve heard time and time again, little minds are remarkable at absorbing language skills. We’re raising our son bilingual in English and Spanish, but ideally we’d love for him to learn another language. The only problem is, we don’t speak a third language. So how do you go about teaching, say Spanish or Mandarin when you don’t speak the language? It can seem a bit intimidating at first, but here are a few tips that might help you with teaching a second language to your little one:
I have always been a huge fan of holidays and even more so when my children are celebrating them for the first time. Today is Macks’ first Halloween and while he doesn’t know that this day is any different from the rest, he will when he’s older.
With two older sisters, Macks was set-up to have a very special first Halloween. The girls picked out his costume months in advance and our oldest, Harlan, even wanted to coordinate her costume with his. She’s going as the princess and he’s going as the frog. I love that they care about him so much and want him to be involved in their daily lives and even special occasions like Halloween.
KJ is definitely a thriving 2 year old. He loves to talk, sing, dance, eat and show his baby brother the ropes. There are times, however, when KJ gets this mischievous look on his face and I can tell he’s thinking: “Hey, no fair! I used to do things like that but now I’m too big…or am I??”
Here is a list of adorable things my little copycat is still trying to do:
Last month we featured our first inspiring Latina mom. The purpose of this monthly feature is to spread the mama love. There is too much mom shaming going on and we need to uplift and encourage each other more. That’s why I want to feature an inspiring Latina mom every month. We want these moms to know that they are loved and appreciated. We see what they’re doing and we want to acknowledge it.