Skip to main content

C'est la Vie: What Kids Love

I've been thinking about how much fun I am having with all of the end-of-the-year activities our kids are involved with. You've heard of most of them here at Mom In Progress, so I won't repeat myself. But the fun factor has been off the charts and it's made me realize that just because the kids enjoy it doesn't mean that I can't enjoy it too. Maybe that just makes me a big kid, but I think I'm okay with that.

It's easy to get wrapped up in the burden that can be our hectic daily schedules. But when we get so wrapped up in the when and where of everything that we miss the fun, we're in a bad mommy place. Kids love to do crazy kids activities like the amusement park (heck, they just love the park down the street!), field trips, the swimming pool, and anything that allows them to run around screaming. But do you know what kids love even more? When mom or dad is doing it with them.

I recently heard a statistic showing that kids who have parents who are involved at their school consistently do better than children with parents who are not involved. Being there matters. But don't just be there. Love it! Do the funky chicken at the school dance. Hand out popsicles at the race. Be the coach that encourages and empowers. Get on the Tea Cups even if you'll think you're going to puke (this one hits close to home!).

Being a mom is a gift. Live in the present.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mom Spot: Progressive Pioneer

Here is another blog I've come across in recent weeks. She has gorgeous pictures and her post yesterday was truly fantastic.

"Maine is pretty rainy in the spring.  And I lived in Oregon for awhile and it defines rainy.  So, a little rain rarely puts me in a gray mood.  In fact, this rainy, rainy spring we've been having here in Utah has actually made me feel quite cheerful!  Each rainy day has felt like something of a celebration."

Click HERE to read the entire post - you have to see the photographs! You'll also find all kinds of topics on sustainable and simple living. Enjoy!

Butterfly Pavilion

Of all the child-focused exhibits I wish I could visit weekly, Butterfly Pavilion is number one. I could spend hours in the rainforest-like room where butterflies dance through the air, lush vegetation sprawls from every corner, and a delightful assortment of other tropical animals make their home. You can meet Rosie, the resident tarantula and stroke a horseshoe crab as a wonderful side-light to your Pavilion trip. (Is there a child's birthday in your future? The Butterfly Pavilion is available for parties!)


The Sunset Stroll, a monthly event, gives you a more exclusive tour where you will see activities not seen during the daylight hours. A reservation is necessary. The Butterfly Pavilion is open seven days a week and summer is a great time to go! Schools are mostly finished with their field trips and you can walk the outdoor nature trail. Everyday, new butterflies are released between 12:30 and 3:30pm, and there are great spots to have lunch, so plan to make a day of it!

Fun Fa…

Make a Difference: Black Stallion Literacy Program

Although it's hard to pin down our very favorite summer activity, one would have to be our afternoon with the Black Stallion Literacy Project. I was unfamiliar with the program until it was brought to the HoneyBear Tree Preschool at our church and my children attended with other children from the community. The Black Stallion Literacy Project (BSLP) is a program that is well represented around the front range in Colorado, but extends across the country from it's roots in Florida.

Born of a family heritage in 1999, BSLP has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of children across the nation. The purpose and goal of the organization is clear on their website:


"The Black Stallion Literacy Foundation is an innovative partnership of educators, businesses, volunteers, education foundations, and staff members focused on promoting literacy through the winning combination of live horses and books by Walter Farley. The program is based on the classic books of Walter Farley an…