Before Rozie was born i worked outside of the home. I taught art in schools when my Mel was little, and i taught preschool when Dovie was a baby. I loved my job as a preschool teacher and planned to come back as after i had her, but her surprise diagnosis changed a few of our plans.
After seeing how much she was going to need medically, physically, and emotionally, my husband and i decided i should quit working. I know i should of been a little more sad about this because i loved my job , but honestly i love being home with my kinderlach more then any job Ive had in the past, but that doesn't mean its easier.
It is very hard to stay motivated when you are in your own home and your not receiving a paycheck. When Rozie was about 18months i decided to take a speech therapy course for parents, so i could work with her more. I highly recommend this course it is worth the 6 weeks trust me it was life changing for Rozie's speech progress here is a link.
I go to all her therapy appointments and take her to two mommy and me classes a week. This is all easy for me its scheduled and someone is expecting me to show up, but in our downtime i notice my motivation starts to lack.
When we are at home and have a few hours in between nap time, therapy appointments, and snacks i have a tendency to give her free play and i get some of my computer work done ( ok see i work a little from home now). I usually feel guilty about this free play and get upset with myself for this missed fine motor, speech, and gross motor opportunities, but then the educator in me says free play is also important.
I needed a solution and here is what i came up with. When Rozie has had a very full day i try to allow more free play and give her a break. When she has a lighter day i try to do more instructional play. When she is in free play mode i try to sit on the floor of the play room and let her lead.
When it is instructional time i pull out some toy suggestions and work on some skills. In the end i decided just being there more is the ultimate answer. Spending less time away from my Ipad, Iphone, laptop, computer, and just hanging out with girl, but this is also not always the answer.
I have online work i need to do, pictures to edit, and blog posts to write, so here is my solution part two. If i have a jammed day then i encourage myself to give her at least one hour of one and one time, and it doesn't matter if it is free play instructional play or a little bit of both, and this has been working for me.
What about my other kids?
Well Dovie is in school from 9am -2:30 so when i speak about my day with Rozie it is really in that time frame, because when both are home i need to give them my 100% or disasters start to happen. LOL
Needless to say when my head hits the pillow at night i am out, but trust me i have a smile on my face.
I love you my sweet little kinder to the moon and back a million billion trillion times over.
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