I started this blog with nothing but 2 kids, a computer, and a dream -of a self-cleaning house, brilliant well-rounded children, and a husband that never needs “reminders”. Dreams #1 and #3 look hopeless, so I am focusing my efforts on #2.
I have 2 boys. At the time I am writing this (June 2011), the oldest, “Br”, is 3 3/4 years old, and the youngest, “Bl”, is 15 months old. Like probably anyone else taking time to read a blog on children’s activities, I realized my children’s time was getting away from me. Being a recovering science geek, I know how important it is to stimulate the developing mind to create all those important neural pathways required for their later brilliance and artistic genius.
But I didn’t feel like I was doing enough. That’s where this blog comes in: the collective “you” out there create an external pressure to innovate and adapt “stuff to stimulate my kids”. I hope you will use our examples to stimulate your own children. Knowing I am not only responsible for the appropriate stimulation of my own children’s minds, but potentially THE WHOLE WORLD !!! (obvious hyperbole) will hopefully keep me from getting distracted from my mission.* Basically, you are my “gym buddy”-the reason I can’t skip on my workout because someone is waiting for me- for doing activities with the kiddos. So, please comment. It’s helpful to know you’re “waiting”.
(We”ll gloss over the fact that currently I am not working out…)
A little more of the specifics about me, so you’ll at least have forewarning about where some of my biases lay:
I grew up rather “hippie-ish”. The homesteading type, not the drugs/Grateful Dead/tie-dye type. Okay, there was a little bit of tie-dye. I refer to myself now as a “closet hippie”, at the level where I mostly pester my husband. My husband is not at all hippie, but he is tolerant and easy-going.
Related to the hippie-ness, I would generally be classified as having a “Natural Parenting” philosophy. More “Dr. Sears” than “Dr. Ferber”. Not perfectly- some things we’re probably “too natural”, others we’re probably “not natural enough”. See above notation about husband…
I work part-time outside of the home, as an “analyst for the State”. I often think it would be great to be a Stay-At-Home-Mom if we could afford it- I’d have all those extra hours to get things done! (HAH!!) Other times I think having no time away from the kids or external validation would be too hard. My sweet (and “sweet!” ) husband, and father of my 2 children, is a high school teacher.
*I apparently have ADD. My best friend (an elementary school teacher) periodically points it out to me. After I graduated college, my mom said in passing they had tried to medicate me for ADD in kindergarten. I guess I learned reasonable scholastic coping mechanisms, as I was pretty successful in school. Because of this, I do think about how “labeling” a child can affect their development and self-perception. I don’t do nearly as well keeping on task at house work…
I have a bias towards “Montessori” education, but little knowledge (that, I am working on!). I attended a Montessori preschool, although I don’t remember much specifics. I am sure my academic success was due to a good foundation- which I attribute to a patient mother that answered lots of “why?” questions, & that preschool. I appreciate the emphasis on innate curiosity & fostering independent thinking. Plus, experts say the hands on stuff helps with ADD (and lots of other issues as well). In case my kids inherit my proclivities, I want to do whatever I can to focus that energy in a positive way!
I really like ellipses. I’ll try to keep that under control….
I tend to be long-winded. I’ll try to keep that under control as well. To that end, this is the end. Thanks for stopping by!