Hello Beautiful People,
I hope you and your families are all doing well! With that being said, when everything started to shut down in the name of preserving the health of as many people as possible, a lot of parents were tasked with the responsibility of being teachers— which is absolutely no easy feat. As someone who has worked with children for a large chunk of her life, I know firsthand the level of patience, creativity, and many other traits that come with dealing with children on a daily basis.
I am someone who loves routine and order. At the start of lockdown, I saw many different routines that various mothers put together. Some of them were super simple and highly impressive and others were extremely detail-oriented and felt impossible. Of course, to each his own — there is zero judgement over here. For my littles, I decided to take a page out of one of my favourite influencer’s book (Mattie James) and attempt to implement a block-style schedule. Let me know if you want to see an example of what that looked like for our family.
Some activities that I found Charlotte enjoyed were as follows —
Reading books are a regular activity in our home. I think we could do more of it but books are no stranger in our home. My friend, Sue from Scars and Crowns, has a running list of amazing and profound books for little ones.
- COLOURING & PAINTING
Not only does Charlotte enjoy this activity but she somehow it also ends up being a full face makeup beat. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll be familiar with what I am talking about. Colouring and painting keep her busy for a good half-an-hour!
- OUTDOOR WATER PLAY
I purchased a Little Tikes water table recently from Facebook Marketplace and that same weekend the girls were given a small inflatable pool as a gift. They look forward to going out in our backyard almost every morning to play before the sun gets too hot in the sky. The girls could play outside with this little setup forever and I am a huge fan of it.
- IMAGINATIVE PLAY
I purchased a shopping cart from Walmart for Charlotte and she uses it several times a day. While its purpose obviously is to push food around, she drops in various things and has just as much fun. Between that and her little play house with little people, she enjoys this form of playtime as well. Because Chelsea wants to do everything her big sister does, she tries to push the cart around as well!
- LONG WALKS
I am convinced that the girls and I were made for the beautiful sunshine and outdoors. We don’t go for a walk in our neighbourhood every single day but when we do, we have a lot of fun. Charlotte eagerly points out the colours of cars and little animals we see along the way. It’s one of the best ways I get to really observe her growth.
Sometimes, as adults, we over-complicate things when it comes to children. Because I err on the side of minimalism, I dont fill our space with a bunch of things we don’t need but rather, I maximize what we do have and it works perfectly for us.
I hope you and your families are enjoying your summer as best as you can. Hopefully, I was able to give some kind of insight and inspiration to what you do with your little ones. Remember, your best will always be good enough.
Scars & Crowns Instagram for amazing child-friendly book recommendations: https://instagram.com/scarsandcrowns?igshid=1x8mw7medya6m
Water Table (Similar) — Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table with Umbrella – 850900 https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00RZTJJLA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_yjydFbTBXR3CX
xx See you all soon!
PS: Don’t forget to follow my family & I on Instagram @hersocialgrooveandbaby to see snippets of our almost daily shenanigans! For all natural hair things, head over to @herhairischarlotte on Instagram for Charlotte & Chelsea’s Hair Journey.