A few audiobooks that my kids are enjoying…

Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly are a few audiobooks that my four year olds have been enjoying lately. These books have been quite helpful during meal times (to keep them glued to their chairs) and car rides. We’ve borrowed a few Splat the Cat books and Curious George audiobooks before from our library. We have also been listening to Magic Tree House and Mercy Watson series on and off during the longer car rides. All of these are big hits with our boys. Some of them (like Magic Tree House and Mercy Watson) even my 11 year old enjoys listening to, depending on her mood.

Do your kids listen to audiobooks? Do you have any other fun/engaging audiobook recommendations for four year olds? I would love to hear from you if you do.

A Creative Saturday Morning…

We were busy this morning building homes for our stuffed animals using origami paper and masking tape (my 11 year old’s idea). While we were at it, we also built a lego bed and a LEGO container filled with bugs for Mr Camrin, the chameleon (my 4 year old’s idea). Then we built a huge lego sleep chair for our other stuffed animal – Mr Horsie (because he is too big for a bed…my other 4 year old’s idea). Then we sang lullabies, put up signs of a quiet coyote to let everyone know that our stuffed animals are going down for a nap, promptly sushed anyone who dared to raise their voice, and headed off to our swim class with promises from mommy to make sure the house is quiet for the stuffed animal nap time. A quiet house sounds like a good deal for mommy too so she’s all in for that 😄❤️❤️❤️

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang…

Jim Panzee is just grumpy one day. His friends try to get him out of his mood via various techniques but nothing works. All their efforts irritate Jim even more. He learns ultimately that he just needs to be grumpy for a while, that there is no need to snap out of it or pretend to feel differently, and that he can take a quiet break for himself to just sit with his grumpiness. THIS is a very important lesson for both children and adults alike. How often the world tries to rush us out of our negative feelings and how surely all these attempts backfire every single time! It’s important to teach our kids that yes, it’s ok to be angry, jealous, sad, etc. But it’s not ok to react to that feeling. The best way to deal with it is to sit with it on your own or with someone in your life who gets it, and take the time to process it. The illustrations in this book are very bright and engaging. My four year olds loved this book. .

In all honesty, as a working parent with three young kids, and as a first generation immigrant with no other helping hands available at my disposal except those of my husband and an occasional baby sitter, it’s hard for me to get this quiet time for myself. I have learned the hard way to get it via my creative projects, books, and by spending time outdoors in nature. And I don’t mind if my children would also like to participate in them with me. I have learned that quiet time does not always mean being alone, by myself. It’s great if I can get that, but there are other ways to process my negative feelings, by finding and doing things that give me joy and fill my cup, even if I am not able to get “alone time” per se. I have also gathered the wisdom over the years to know when I absolutely need to be by myself and have equipped myself over the years with special tools in my toolbox that I can reach out for if I don’t have help available.

This book made me appreciate where I am in my own personal journey, and filled me with inspiration to continue learning and growing, and to model healthy behaviors to my own children. Needless to say, this book spoke to me also, not just my children. Obviously, I highly recommend it!