If you’re a mother of multiple children, you know how important it is to carve out individual time for each child. I think a good trick to this is to take advantage of the natural rhythms of the household and jump on the opportunities.
There were years when I had one child who woke up much earlier than all the others (5:45/6:00 am), so that was my time with her, while her older brother slept until later in the morning. Now, she was in bed at 6 pm, while he was up until 7:30 pm. So my time with him was in the evenings. And like that, we have many variations of how the natural household rhythms evolve. I try to take advantage and carve out my one on one time around these natural schedules.
This year, it turns out that I have three kids finishing school an hour and a half later than my youngest. So, while up until now he had a sister to play with when they both came home from school, this year, he’s home alone with me.
So, you got it, it’s our time!
In our family, we have a slight obsession with the Aleph Bet (the Hebrew alphabet). In fact, our playroom, has numerous pieces of art with the Aleph Bet, and in every home we’ve lived, the Aleph Bet has always been incorporated in the art work, the children’s toys, even the children’s bedding! My kids are not too little anymore, but let’s just say, as a teacher once told me in Shanghai’s Jewish pre-school, “The letters of the Aleph Bet are like his little friends!” ;-) Yes, they are!
My youngest, now four, (mhh not so young anymore!) loves his IsraLove aleph beit placemat and can sit for a long time when he comes home from school having his snack and playing with Aleph Beit.
Often he’ll take my Aleph Beit cookie cutters and will play with them, matching them with the letters on his placemat. He also uses the Aleph Beit cookies he eats for snack sometimes, to match with the letters on his placemat! Often while he’s eating he just looks at his placemat and sings along. There are so many playful things my redhead does with Aleph Beit… Sometimes, he tries to make the letters out of lego. And he’s even learning Aleph Beit ‘Yoga’ in pre-school, which he comes home to show me. It’s the cutest thing.
With my youngest, I find all of these “games” work very well. He’s not too interested in coloring sheets or worksheets as some of his siblings were at his age. Which is fine by me. He is only four!
In fact, I love to watch him play. And I love that I still get this one and a half hour of quiet time to be only with him… before the whirlwind hits home at 3:45 and my attention goes elsewhere! ;-) (Btw, I’m lucky that while the homework/dinner chaos is happening in my kitchen, my little one stays in the playroom with his toys and demands very very little attention. Phew!!!)
And before everyone gets home, very often while he he has his snack and/or plays, I’ll have my afternoon tea! How did a girl from the Caribbean end up so British!? My beloved roommate in college… (Margaux, are you reading?) Her British customs rubbed off on me. Ha!
How cute is this mug that Isralove designed especially for me! Is that the cutest gift ever! It says, “Ima since 2006” in Hebrew and then “Mami” (because that’s what my kids call me) “since 2006” on the other side. I love it! Isralove’s handmade modern designs are amazing! I simply love it!
Jewish gifts, well designed and personalized!? You know I’m all over that! And you can be too because I’m partnering with Isralove to give you the chance to win your own Personalized Mug by Isralove, be it for you, or for anyone in your family. (It’s the perfect Hannukah gift!) In addition Isralove is offering a 15% discount on products for all JLP readers, so you can get any of the gorgeous Isralove designs. Use the Promo Code JLP15 during checkout and you will receive a 15% off on your entire order. In addition, those of who don’t win the contest, will receive a free Hannukah printable specially made for JLP readers. How sweet is that!?
Have you checked Isralove’s selection? I’m so into the Hebrew letters for my kids’ rooms and the decorative pillows. So so good! Ok gals, go check it out and go enter this giveaway and take advantage of the discount.
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Contest ends on Friday, December 16 at 11:59 am CT. Good luck to everyone! Winner will be announced Friday, December 16, 2016 at 2pm CT.
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Have a great week, loves…
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