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I absolutely, positively, cannot believe it–but this precious little rolly-polly baby turns 9 today.
I know that whether your baby just turned 9 months, or 9 years, you’re already shaking your head and wondering where the time is disappearing to. As a fellow mommy, I’m right there with you. I’ve heard over and over again, that it just seems to go faster the older they get, too!
Now that both kids are in school all day loooong (from 8:40-3:20) I want to make sure that I’m making the most of our time together. Now, don’t get me wrong. As a social media & blogger gal I’m absolutely guilty of pounding away at my keyboard as the kids are trying to talk to me, or of scrolling through Instagram at the park. Days fly by and life just happens. I know that if I’m not deliberate and intentional it’s far too easy to let those precious, important moments be sacrificed on the altar of the urgent things flying around and at me every day.
Because of this, a few years ago I decided that I would give each of the kids a little slice of my total and undivided attention each day. It started out being called “Tickle Bugs” because when they were smaller they would beg and beg and BEG for me to tickle them. As they’re getting older the activities change, but the name and the time stay the same. I’ll start my watch and first give Tyler 10-15 minutes of undivided attention to do whatever he wants, then I do the same for Amber.
Every once in awhile I make this fun time a little sweeter by surprising them with a special treat! I recently just found out about the new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks. They are made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs, and chocolate. Not only do they have the good stuff, they also have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, and no artificial colors! Plus how cute are they in this adorable bear shape?! They inspired me to break out classics from my childhood–this rocking chair and bear are actually mine from when I was a little bitty girl!
Oh, and it probably goes without saying, but the kids absolutely LOVE them! You can pick them up in the Cookie & Cracker aisle of your local Walmart, or look for a special display. Also, there will be a special demo on 2/23 so keep your eyes out for that as well.
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I actually got the idea to do concentrated play time with my kids after listening to a child psychologist at one of my mom’s groups a few years ago. She was talking about play therapy and how important and useful it was for her, and how as parents we can work it into our life to help our kids. Basically, it boiled down to exactly what I said above, setting a timer for just a short amount of time and giving your child your undivided attention to do whatever they want during that time.
Because you let your child direct the play, it will look totally specific to them. You might end up watching them perform a play, you might color a page for them, or you may end up as a superhero.
These days for us “tickle bugs” sometimes means playing with building bricks, sometimes it’s playing Tyler’s crazy elaborate game with beads, marbles, action figures and vehicles that he’s invented, sometimes it’s crawling around on the floor and being a mama tiger and they’re my baby. It’s a perfect way to let each of them know that they are special to me and that they are loved. It’s also great because it leads naturally to them opening up about whatever is going on in their little worlds. I’m hoping that this habit can shift into long “tickle bug talks” as they hurry into the tween and teen years. Keeping communication is so vital during every stage of parenting, and this is a beautiful, simple, and sweet way to make sure your kids know how loved and special they are to you.
Even just sharing a TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snack and sitting and talking for a few minutes, about anything they want, will be such a beautiful break for you both. I feel like so often as parents we’re trying to guide and help and direct them. This is great and needed, but it can start to feel like it’s nothing but a continual stream of rules and directions, which is understandably exhausting for all of you! Give yourself this chance to reconnect and let your kids know how special and loved they are, no matter what the rest of the day has looked like!
How do you help your kids feel special & loved each day? Have you tried new TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks yet? Leave me a comment and let me know–and don’t forget to download ibotta and use that rebate!