Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

A special Happy Father's Day T-shirt, to the special
daddy in our lives who loves T-shirts.
A special message from Mommy's Point of View to all the Dads, daddy's, papa's, father's, and pop's, today and every day, and to the single moms who are both mommy and daddy. With your help we have the most amazing children in this world that we are fortunate to parent and love incessantly. It's these qualities that a dad possesses that makes you a special personal indeed.

A DAD is someone who is...

Dedicated and helpful and actively participates in parenting duties and daily responsibilities, and who loves their children with all they have

Awesome and committed to making their kids lives fun, playful, and enjoyable while being supportive when life's daily stresses come about

Dependable and passionate with kids hugging and loving them, and of course, chasing them around the yard giggling, splashing in the pool, helping to keep them safe, and being active with them inspiring them to grow
There are also special Dad's out there who are not always able to be with their children who are either away for work, in the military, or not in close proximity due to other circumstances to be as much of an active participant. Most importantly, children just need to know that they are loved and cared for by these special individuals.
Therefore, on Father's Day and every day, let's reach out to the special men in our lives and hug them, Skype with them, send them special wishes, and tell them how much they mean to us.

Here are some haiku to commemorate these amazing individuals.

Happy Father's Day
To our amazing men
And single moms too

Awesome and loving
Dedicated and helpful
Cute, adorable

To our daddies
Those here and in heaven too
Love you very much

Dads, you are special
Love you with all our heart
You make (made) a difference
Hope you all had a wonderful Father's (Dad's) day!!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Opportunity for The Crayola Experience

In our house we love to color with crayons, markers, paint and chalk.   We even love to exercise this activity when out to dinner, in the car and even at doctor's appointments where waiting time is inevitable.
So, when I was approached recently to write a blog as part of a sweepstakes to help promote The Crayola Experience, my curiosity was piqued.  To win a possible opportunity to take my daughter who loves arts and crafts to a place filled with color and fun, I was intrigued to learn more, and enter for a chance to be chosen.
I can only imagine what it would be like for my daughter to experience this incredible place where tools for creation are a big part of her life. 
I will admit that before now I can't say I knew there was a place called The Crayola Experience.
This place has four floors of interactive and unique attractions, which is especially great for youngsters who learn best by doing and touching and exploring.  Even better is the fact my husband and I love science and the chance for our daughter to discover the magic of color while learning of the chemistry and technology behind it seems rather cool. 
As a parent, now knowing this, I am certainly interested. 
The costs for entrance are reasonable especially if you plan to be there for a full day.  I have already signed up on the website for newsletters and to keep an eye out for future promotions.
I would love the chance to customize an authentic crayon label and wrap of my daughter's choice color and then call it the family crayon. 
Certainly with a preschooler the Color Playground seems like an excellent way for kids to get exercise and much-needed run around time.  Of course, it's always nice to be able to come home with something, and seeing that children have the opportunity to create art onsite is also appealing.
The first place that my daughter would likely want to venture into once onsite would be Marker Mania.  I mean, my kid is often covered in markers from tracing her hands and getting all consumed by this medium.  She would likely be in awe.
And, to watch this experience in the eyes of a child can be so rewarding for us as parents.
I am excited for the possibility of winning a chance to take my family to this unique, fun, colorful place and to share with you what our experience was like.  Should I not win, I can indeed see this being a future activity for us all to enjoy together.
Disclosure: "The Crayola Experience information has been provided by Crayola."   

Monday, June 10, 2013

Raising a Strong, Confident Girl Without Labels

Don't mess with Power Ranger Sarah;
she has power
As a mother of a daughter I have always been hyper-sensitive and aware of not having my child be put into categories or having certain expectations of her just because she is a girl. 

If she wants to like princesses, go for it. 

If she wants to love Spiderman and other superheroes, I encourage her passion.

If she wants to like My Little Pony, so be it.

Loving her blue bicycle
And, if she wants to have a birthday cake with Power Rangers on it, then I support her interests, fully.

If she wants a baking kit, tool set, dollhouse or blue Thomas the Train bicycle I will not question her desires and will aim to provide balance and reality in her life fully supporting her interests. 

Just because my daughter is a girl she should not be expected to just like pink and purple and wear only dresses.  If she wants to dress up as superhero I will be the first, along with her Daddy, to support her wishes. 

Spiderman would be proud
to have Sarah on his team
While she may have a pink room, she also chose blue drapes. Along with her stuffed animals of dogs, monkeys, lambs and fairies, there are a whole host of super heroes, and more.

Additionally, while my daughter likes to wear dresses, she will layer them with a whole host of colors that don't match, according to me, but she seems to like and miraculously makes it all work together.

It's this creativity and personal choice that makes me smile.

As her parent, I am responsible for her safety not her personal desires and interests. As a human being she has thoughts and ideas. Who am I to tell her not to dream and experiment?

So, you can imagine my annoyance when a piece of paper came home with Sarah today from school asking that the boys where button down shirts and the girls wear dresses for their preschool graduation.  While Sarah may wear a dress, I am disgruntled that this had to be included as a recommendation.  If my child wants to wear pants then she will wear pants.  I adore Sarah's teacher and intend to say something tomorrow during our parent/teacher conference.  However, I don't like that a teacher, especially, let alone others are categorizing our children.

It's the same thing as saying that a quiet child is shy or a loquacious kid is loud.  Putting children into categories closes their minds to a certain way of being, and they start to become what others "label" them as.

As parents, and teachers as well, we should be encouraging kids to be themselves, and discover on their own what that really means for them, including what they like, versus being told what to like. 

So, for example, when my child says she wants to get herself dressed in the morning for school, she knows that as long as her belly and tush are well covered and the outfit is seasonally appropriate,  she can wear whatever she wants. 

Happy child with messy
hair equals free spirit

I find this all rather ridiculous.  As I write this I think back to when Sarah was a little girl and her hair was short. Even when she wore pink people still called her a boy.  Some strangers would even have the audacity to ask me how come her hair wasn't long.

I mean...really?

What is wrong with people?
I could have willed Sarah's hair long but it just didn't grow fast.  There weren't enough bows or headbands to please Sarah and the natural messy look was her preference.  So, I went with it. I let my child do what she wanted and didn't force her to look the part others expected her to be.

The nerve of people to speak out on what they are thinking.  But, it doesn't stop them.  It's like an illness and a sick sense of responsibility that if they don't say something then they are doing a disservice. 

The reason...because there are incredibly ignorant societal standards that we have become victim to.

That, and people are just nosy and think they are right and want to be up in your business.

This is not far from the truth for celebrity fashion designer Rachel Zoe and her son. It just so happens that her son has long curly locks. Apparently a story that ran today says there are people criticizing her saying that she should cut his hair.

Enough is enough.

If my daughter wants to bake a cake, I will teach her.

If she wants hammer nails into wood and make a bird house, I will show her.

If my child wants to do what makes her happy I will fully support her and ignore the stupidity of labels.

Let's just let our children BE whoever they want to be and do whatever makes them happy.

Life has too many parameters in it.  As parents we can choose to ignore them and some of us have. 

Rachel Zoe, ignore what the critics are saying.

And, I will continue to expose my daughter to life's great experiences without gender parameters just because others says it's so.

Halloween Candy for the Troops

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