I’ve been in the “physically exhausting” stages of parenting for the past four years. At least that’s what the more experienced moms around me call it! I’ve rarely had a full night sleep since having two boys. I’m constantly preparing food, feeding two mouths, cleaning up what seems like plates-full of food that drops to the floor, pulling kiddos away from danger, carrying a (heavy) baby while holding the hand of busy toddler along with the bags…you get the idea.
You may be in that stage yourself. Or maybe you remember it.
I’m certainly not telling you this to complain. I’m telling you this because I see the light at the end of the tunnel!
My youngest is getting to the point where I don’t have to carry him every time we go somewhere. Both boys need less stuff when we leave the house so I don’t have to carry armloads of bags every time we go out. I can put the dishes away while the boys play together. Without me. Without fear that the oldest will tackle the baby. They youngest loves finger food which means I don’t have to be around for every single bite. Little by little, they are gaining independence.
Don’t get me wrong, I know this parenting gig isn’t getting easier. There are struggles ahead that I’m sure I’ll only get through by spending a lot of time in prayer. But, I do know this. A full nights sleep coupled with a few minutes of silence to think while the boys play together makes a WORLD OF DIFFERENCE in my attitude, alertness, and energy. It’s making me be a better mom because I have the energy to play with them instead of just getting by with the day-to-day.
I’ve just seen glimpses of this…but they are glorious!!
What I’m most excited about is watching my kids play and explore together.
They automatically do this when we go outside. My oldest digs in the dirt trying to find worms. The youngest looks for animals and is elated when he sees a bird or rabbit. They love to play with sidewalk chalk.
But most of the time, that’s pretty much all we do. I don’t really know how to guide them explore. I don’t know what hints or suggestions to give so they can create an adventure of their own.
When one of my friends (who has 4 quadruplet boys by the way) told me about a resource she put together that does this exact thing, I was ecstatic to review a copy. I devoured the ebook and became an affiliate immediately.
FIFTY ideas and instructions to keep those kids active and outdoors. FIFTY ideas to create childhood memories. FIFTY ideas to play creatively with your kids.
Don’t you just love that?
KidVENTURES is put together brilliantly. I mean, just look at the first page of the table of contents.
Do you see how the table of contents is broken down into easy to find categories?
- Is is hot outside and the kids need something fun to do? How about play water balloon dodge ball?
- Do you want to have a late night of family fun? How about a game of flashlight tag?
- Are your kids in the explore mood? How about search for fossils or go bird watching?
Each activity is put together in a simple, easy to read (easy to figure out) format.
I would never in a million years think build a homemade sprinkler! But how exciting would that be for the kids!!
I want the boys to look back on their childhood knowing we had fun, so I’m extremely grateful for all the helpful ideas included in KidVENTURES. I can’t wait to get started!
What about you? Are you making the most of the time you have with your kids or could you use a little help like me? Check out all the KidVENTURES details here and get started making memories today.
It’s the perfect time of year to get started!