Earlier this week, Nicolle Nattrass, actor and writer of the solo play “Mamahood: Turn and Face the Strange”, was a guest on my radio show. She thought of motherhood as life on another planet. We’ve all been there and wondered if this is indeed some sort of alternate reality.
The role of mothers in the lives of children is special and profound. Even before they are born, babies recognize and prefer the voice of their mothers. It’s no wonder, kids want to make something wonderful to give their moms for Mother’s Day. There are probably more ideas circulating on blogs and Pinterest that there are kids to do them. But kids often have their own ideas.
Big Sister (4) took a look through the fabric scraps and choose ones she wanted to use for a Mother’s Day card. They needed lots of glue to stick. The ‘card’ is the side of a box and it couldn’t be folded. Little Sister, almost 2 years old, picked a few items from the craft box. Whatever your children do will come with hugs and kisses.
Happy Mother’s Day!
For the past two weeks, kindergarten readiness blog posts have been about how to grow children’s brains and make them smarter. I recently read an article that is perfect for today:
A Mother’s Love Is Good for Child’s Brain
The article summarizes a research project from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, showing “…that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing.” Loving attention, from a parent or primary caregiver, impacts children’s brains!
So much attention is given to academic preparation in regards to kindergarten readiness and so little given to supporting parents. Do you think that one day we might get it the other way around? Today, for moms, grandmoms, or other caregivers that are functioning as mothers, enjoy the day and share some cuddles, snuggles, hugs, and fun with your children knowing that you are nourishing and growing your children’s minds.
Happy Mother’s Day
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Caring, sharing and celebrating together all contribute to children’s emotional development. At this age, the roots for healthy emotional growth begin. Like many other skills, children learn through play. This weekend, find some time just to play together, knowing that you are helping your child not just with kindergarten readiness but with lifelong emotional patterns. Enjoy the day!
P.S. Coloring a card for mom also helps children connect how we communicate in a written form. This is a literacy activity and part of readiness for kindergarten, too. This card says: Happy Mother’s Day.