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Addie just started school this Fall, and though we chose a school close to our first home, unsure of it selling, we are still making the 30 minute trek twice a week for her to continue… as we just moved!
It’s been a rough few weeks for her adjusting to the house and going to school with her usual friends, so I’ve been working really hard on connecting with her- especially after her two days at school. For us, as with many families, it all starts over food.
After school, it’s common for kids to be overwhelmed with what happened during their day, so I just let Addie talk about whatever she wants. It’s amazing the things that she will tell me… and the things that she won’t! I love that her teacher gives me a weekly newsletter telling me what colors and themes they are covering so I know what direction to lead my questions, which are always pretty specific:
- What songs did you sing today?
- What book did you read today?
- Which toy did you love playing with the most today?
Asking her questions always gives me some feedback, even if she says she doesn’t know… I like to tell her what her baby sis and I did that day to help her open up to me, too. I think that sharing gives our day gives her the confidence to share her own- and I love giggling with her, which is easy to do when we’re all enjoying lunch!
I found that a long car ride means Addie is hungry the moment we get home, so I often try to prepare food before I go pick her up. Packing her a lunch box gives her motivation to not fall asleep on the way home, and it’s SO easy to prep and have with me ! I found that Horizon® Sandwich Crackers in Peanut Butter and Cheddar, and Milk Boxes from Walmart are the perfect staples to our lunches. Being able to offer foods with ingredients I feel good about means the world to me. With some added fruit and a cheese stick, we girls can gab about paint colors, Daddy coming home from work, Dwarfism Awareness (going on all of October!), and which room we will paint next.
Having the opportunity to share in all the goodness that a wholesome lunch and mother-daughter connection offers is one of my favorite things about parenting. I’m even excited about a birthday present I’m giving to myself… a mother-daughter date to see the upcoming The Peanuts Movie in theaters on November 6th! Addie loves the Peanuts movies- especially the holiday movies, so we’ve been talking about our date a lot!
With your busy schedule, how do you connect with your children?