Thursday, June 7, 2012
I've been meaning to post Ollie's favorite bedtime song. I suddenly realized my lullaby repertoire consisted of Princess Songs and I needed a good "boy" lullaby. Heard this Paul Simon song and fell in love with it. Ollie loves it too...even when I attempt to sing it.
On another "Mothering" note, I stumbled across this blog, Steadymom.com. I loved her post "6 Survival Strategies for the Introverted Mom" and had to share.
1. Institute a mandatory rest or nap time.
2. Outsource playdates.
3. Accept invitations (or extend them).
4. Teach your kids to use a whisper voice.
5. Write every day.
6. Alternate times of expansion with times of contraction.
My parents can attest to the fact that I like to be alone. I loved being sent to my room when I was little so they had to come up with another punishment. Nowadays quiet time is extremely hard to come by so these strategies will come in handy. Today, I instituted "quiet-time." Everyone was sent to their room to read quietly for a half hour...even me. At 27 minutes I found Phoebe sitting on the kitchen floor watching the timer countdown. At least she was doing so quietly. I also tried to get them to do "whisper-time" at the making dinner meltdown time AKA 5:30 pm but Oliver's screaming made that pointless. Fortunately Daddy returned home for work just in time to save me!
Anyone else need their quiet/alone time?