How cute would this be for a birthday party?? I feel like it’s almost too adorable to eat, though!
When I watch my nephew, I sometimes worry that I act like a “helicopter parent”- constantly hovering a foot away from him, doing things for him, and never letting him figure out things on his own. I want to help him become more independent, but he is only two years old and still does need a lot of help! The problem is, where do you draw the line? How much help is too much? And what can you do to help empower your kids? Luckily, I found this post by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott at the Positive Discipline Blog that has some awesome tips:
-Show faith in your kids, and express it to them. Tell them that you firmly believe they can accomplish the task. Love and encouragement goes a long way!
-Express your limits- make sure they know you’re not willing to constantly bail them out of trouble, by doing their homework for them, etc. Make sure they understand the consequences of their actions.
-Joint problem solving- if they do get stuck, figure it out WITH them, not FOR them. Ask questions, like “What do you think the answer is? Why?”
If you already have kids and are expecting another, it’s normal for the older siblings to become excited, anxious, and even jealous- sometimes all on the same day. It’s a lot of complicated emotions for them to deal with! One mom came up with an adorable idea to help her daughter get used to the idea of becoming a big sister- she made her a “big sister bag!” Check out this post by Janell Wolford at the Raising Little Vegans Blog for what she put in it:
-Crayons and coloring books
-Books about becoming a big brother/sister to read together