Feb 18, 2011

Helicopter Mom

I have tried to do my best to not be a helicopter mom. You know one of those mothers that hovers over their child in every aspect of their life. I will admit it has been very difficult between a long time to conceive, pre-eclampsia and an emergency c-section it has not be easy, to let go. I do try to back off and let him explore and fail so he can try again and learn and as long as we are at home I am good, it is when we are out and about that I struggle. Whether it is on the playground, in the store or even sending him to Museum school I am uncomfortable being very far away.

I am, however, working on it. When at park this week I let him run and play while I sat on a park bench, which included even letting him fall once or twice off a small ledge so he would learn to play better attention to where he was walking and work on his balance. And this week I finally got up the nerve to actually leave the Museum property while JN was at school and went to do something for me. I went a Barnes and Noble and sat in the Starbucks for a while then browsed the store. I found lots and lots of cool stuff, of course it was all for JN. But it was to nice to just wander around and enjoy a little time. I hope in the future I can take more time to let JN explore and stop hovering. It will do us both dome good.

Do you struggle to let your child explore? What are your tips or trick to make it easier?

Feb 15, 2011

Finding Balance

The last several weeks have been a little crazy around here between the holidays, caring for an ailing family member, caring for a sick child and the wild Texas weather, we have not had much of a schedule. This I know for some is just the way they want it but for us it important, and without it we lose our balance. So this week we have been able to get back to somewhat of a routine and even though I am not thrilled about the alarm going off at 5:30 it is somewhat comforting to know that we are getting back to a somewhat normal way of life.

Today was the best part becasue we were able to get out an go the zoo. We got to meet up with some friends we haven't seen since before Thanksgiving and it was AWESOME! So hopefully as the weeks progress we can get back to all of our routines, visiting friends, Museum School, and lots and lots of outside time.

Do you struggle to find balance?