Beata, 2 ½, had always been a restless sleeper. It was a challenge to get her to sleep each night, and once asleep she would burrow herself into the side of one of her parents. She woke up screaming inconsolably from her naps each day and many times at night, as well. Sleep training was something that her parents decided they did not want to do, but Scott and Beth were tired. More than that, they knew that Beata was probably not getting a good night’s sleep, either.
Our patterns, or how we deal with situations like this unconsciously, are set very early in our childhood. What we saw, felt, and experienced on every level is repeated, especially when we’re stressed. How do we change our patterns?
Pam Leo, author of Connection Parenting and now The Book Fairy Pantry Project, joins Rebecca Thompson Hitt for this important conversation about WHAT it looks like in real life to make reading, singing, and storytelling a way to connect with our kids. In our third and final conversation in our series with Pam Leo, we explore ways we can explore literature and expand literacy without even picking up a book. We invite the question: How can what you love be turned into a way to connect with your kids? You’ll end this episode with many great ideas for connecting with your kids and what it can really look like in your family, whether you like reading to your kids or not and you’ll learn why every interest your child has is a doorway to literacy.
It seems that sleep-deprived parents are given two choices: cry- it-out or just wait until they outgrow it. But is there another way? Was my son’s lack of sleep more than just an inconvenience? Was he trying to communicate something to me through his night waking?
She paused for a moment. This pause was for her. She centered herself around the realization that her child was distressed and this was how he was expressing it in this moment. She wasn’t going to do what he was demanding. That would not be healthy for either of them. But she stopped what she was doing and gave him her full attention. She ignored his behavior in this moment and focused on him, her child, who was clearly having a rough time.
Pam Leo, author of Connection Parenting and her new love, The Book Fairy Pantry Project, joins Rebecca Thompson Hitt to explore WHY reading, singing, and storytelling is SO important for our kids. In our second conversation in our series with Pam Leo, we explore what connection through singing, storytelling, and reading can look like in our daily lives with our children. We explore what we can do with our kids when they’re little to integrate literacy into our daily care-giving activities, as well as what it looks like as they grow older. We talk about how the most important part of these activities is connection. This may require us to set aside our own adult ideas about what things like reading look like. This episode is full of lovely ideas to connect in real life with our kids!
Mother’s Day is a wonderful reason to do something extra nurturing for yourself and I hope that’s what you’ve been doing today. But remember that we can’t save our nurturing time for once a year. I hope that every day, you find a way to celebrate your mothering journey, even in small ways. After all, this is the most important work we’ll ever do. If we don’t appreciate ourselves, no one else will, either.
Red light, or our survival brain, isn’t a state we want to spend all our days in. But when necessary, it can provide the energy to lift a car off of another a person, or do whatever else is necessary to protect our families. That is truly the gift of the Mama Bear.
Pam Leo, author of Connection Parenting and her new love, The Book Fairy Pantry Project, joins Rebecca Thompson Hitt to explore WHY reading, singing, and storytelling is SO important for our kids. Before our kids even go to school, they’re learning the skills that lead to reading and we’ll be talking about what you need to know to give your kids a good start. We’ll also be talking about older children, too, and you’ll learn WHY it’s so important to connect through literacy. If you’re one of those parents who doesn’t like reading to your kids, we have some ideas for you, too! You’ll learn why it’s so important to talk to your kids and narrate your day, even when your kids are teens!
The challenge of being a parent today isn’t a lack of information. In fact, information overload has made parenting more challenging. Especially when you consider that the answers for your family aren’t going to come from the outside, but from within yourself. After all, who knows you and your family better? Sometimes, though, we find ourselves needing some guidance or some suggestions beyond the usual time-outs or other parenting strategies that just don’t seem to be working.