Thursday, February 17, 2011

How do you teach your child?

I heard something on the radio this morning about the comparison between a child when they are in kindergarten vs. college. It was one of those daily affirmation type commercials (and I probably read more into them than a lot of people do), and it really made me think about how we are raising Kenzee. The comparison was about a child in kindergarten who will sing, dance, draw, really everything in front of an audience, vs. an adult who will do very little in front of even their biggest fan. The reasoning behind the commercial was to get you to think before you act, rather than criticize someone for something instead to encourage them.

I can think back to the exact time someone told me I looked “dumb” in the way I was dancing. It was at that very minute that I stopped dancing, and unless it was a choreographed dance routine then you would NOT catch me dancing/free-styling or anything that could make me look “dumb” (even in the security of my own bedroom). Those words came from the mouth of a friend of mine and we were probably 8 – 9 years old, but even then I KNEW I did not want to give someone a reason to make fun of me, or to think I looked “dumb”.

Of course there is no way I can ensure this doesn’t happen to Kenzee, but what I can do is encourage her to play, create, and be confident in the things she does. I can create an environment where she is comfortable just being her, and teach her that her confidence will only come from within!

As my friend BETSY said in her blog the other day, “fake it until you make it”.

Does she look confident?!?


Blogging Ideas...

Since it's been so long since I blogged (a real true post), I think I should just jump right back in. Right? It can't be that hard. Right? Isn't it going to be kind of like jumping into the swimming pool for the first time of the season? Just jump in feet first, and enjoy the cold icy sensation that comes over you? Ok, maybe not that painful, but you get the drift!

I have been beating myself up for not blogging more for Kenzee, for not documenting every day life. And that has held me back from blogging - my thinking I need to go back and catch everyone up from the past year. Well, that's not going to happen, so welcome to the middle of February 2011. We are going to start from here and move forward!

If you don't know me, well you should. If you don't know the cast of characters in my life, you are probably going to get to know them fairly quickly!!

I've thought long and hard about the challenge of daily blogging, and while I don't know if I can keep up with daily blogging, I am definitely going to try to keep up with normal blogging!

So without further adieu...

Here are a few things I have on my list (imagine that - a list) titled "Things to Blog About"

- Crying
- Where you live
- Am I making her just like me?
- Baby vs. No Baby
- Body Language
- Labels
- Life Purpose
- Life is NOT Fair
- Sometimes you have to find the blessings
- Birth Order
- Don't Give Your Power Away
- What's You Intention?
- Never Get Stuck in One Spot
- Technology Kids
- Miscarriage
- Most Important Person in a Child's Life

So if you are following along with me let's get to it! AND if you have any ideas or suggestions you would like me to follow up on let me know!