Often, as parents, the focus tends to be on the
schedule and the routine of the family. Lunch at 12, naps by 1, bed by 7, etc. Routine and consistency are essential - children thrive in environments where they know what to expect and what... is going to happen. As summer approaches, take it as an opportunity to disregard the schedule, especially every once in a while. In our home, we call these moments "surprises." Last night, as I walked outside after dark, I thought, "I wish Everett could experience this right now." The peacefulness, the quiet, the smells of a summer approaching .. it was all so beautiful. I walked into his bedroom, while he was in the process of going to sleep, and said, "Daddy and I have a surprise." Still in his pajamas, we went to the front yard and he explored using a flashlight. Our yard was filled with laughter and delight
(from all of us). There are days that literally feel like years and there are times that go by so fast, I'm left wondering how. Our children need to feel pure joy and love from us. Often, those moments occur during the unexpected. Share your "surprise moments" with us. What have you done and/or what do you plan on doing to experience those moments with your little ones?
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist