Mom Diaries…

“Love your spirited child for who she is. Because she is more, she will make you more.” ~Mary Seedy Kurcinka, Raising Your Spirited Child.

You sat down for a couple of hours straight and finished these puzzles on your own. Some of them were quite challenging for your age. You got frustrated often. You asked for help but you also asserted your desire to do this by yourself to the people who tried to help you. You never gave up. Next time I get frustrated with your persistent requests, I will try to remember the look on your face when you finished all these puzzles on your own, in a single sitting. Next time I am at the point of loosing my calm with you, I will remember to walk away from you and pull up this picture to remind me yet again of your own unique place in this world and the higher purpose with which you came into this world wired in a certain way. I will remind myself yet again that my job is not to tame your spirit that is throbbing with its own signature (Dr Tsabary’s beautiful words), but to nourish it with my unconditional love and unwavering support. Thank you for being you. More importantly, thank you for your role in making me ME 🙏🏼

Nature Project with Kids…

Self care Sunday: Nature project with my kids…we used the rocks, leaves, twigs and grass that we picked during our recent hike in the woods to make our own paintings. We didn’t use any paint brushes at all. One of the boys came up with a great story with a volcano and a green sun. The other one made a blueberry tornado (in line with his favorite book – Cloudy with the chance of meatballs) and a yellow sun with ocean at the bottom. I wasn’t as creative as them being an adult so I used dried leaves and twigs to make colorful trees. Fun!

What We are Reading Aloud…

Our current library haul…there are some awesome books in here that I really wanted to share my thoughts on, but life has been busy lately and for now this is what I am able to do…

A Stick is an excellent thing: A collection of poems for children. I absolutely loved this one. And my boys loved it too. Per my library, April is poetry month and I love poetry so I am super excited to have introduced poetry to my boys via this child friendly, engaging book.

Milton’s Secret: This was written by Eckhart Tolle and is geared towards the 5-10 age group. Absolutely loved it! I will read anything Mr Tolle writes 💕

Creepy Carrots, The Dinosaur Expert, There’s Nothing to do on Mars, A Perfect Day for Digging, Superheroes are Everywhere, This Book Ate my Dog – all very engaging reads, some funny and some others with inspiring messages. Highly recommend them all.

Among the easy readers, we are continuing to enjoy Dav Pilkey’s Dragon Tales and Cynthia Rylant’s Henry and Mudge (also Poppleton and Mr Putter & Tabby) series. We checked out one book from Buzz Beaker series this time around and liked it. We have also tried Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series which has been a big hit with my boys.

Last but not the least, our obsession with dinosaurs continues with the Dinopedia. It seems like this book comes into my home from the library almost every other week. My boys simply loooove it and can’t get enough of it. May be I should just buy a copy for our home library?

Have a great weekend, everyone!