Hey Momma. You are pretty incredible, you know that? You are hard-working and super cool and so, so important.
Can I be vulnerable with you for a minute? (Seeing as I can’t actually hear you as I type this, I’m just gonna go ahead and assume you answered “yes.”) My first 2 years as a mom were the hardest of my life. I didn’t have a support system, I was dealing with major undiagnosed depression and anxiety, and I thought my struggles were completely my fault. I was convinced I wasn’t cut out to be a mom. Mothering my beautiful son, who should have brought me immeasurable joy, sent me into a state of panic and desperation almost daily.
Something needed to change. I needed help. I needed to take care of myself.
So I turned to Pinterest (the fount of all knowledge, obviously), desperate for some ideas to help me and my son. And that’s when I first came across what would be my sanity’s saving grace:
Independent play is this radical idea that your child can learn to participate in structured activities alone for a period of time and YOU don’t have to be an arm’s reach away for all of eternity. (I’m exaggerating, obviously. Well, sort of.) It’s a specific activity that both teaches and encourages creativity. I was a little skeptical that TJ would respond well, but at this point I was willing to give anything a try.
Days of learning, planning, and experimenting later, I started implementing some simple, educational activities for my toddler to encourage independent play. And this amazing thing happened. It actually worked.
It didn’t happen overnight, and of course TJ still had his moments (and days…) when he needed me 100%. But little by little, he began responding to independent activities. My vivacious, demanding, whirlwind toddler started engaging in activities by himself, freeing up my energy to get things done or just rest when I needed it. I was happier, my toddler was happier, and our home was happier. It was exactly what I needed.
Okay, long story is long. Why am I telling you all of this?
I’m telling you this because I think some of you out there may be in a similar situation: where you’re trying to do it all and just feeling like you’re spread too thin.
Even if you’re not spinning your wheels every day like I was, you may have moments where you just need a break. Even if being home with your kids is the most amazing thing to ever happen to you, you may still have times where you’re at your wit’s end. I get it. I so get it.
And that’s why I started working on my eBook, Just Give Me 10 Minutes! Because parenting is joyous and rewarding and HARD, and raising toddlers is not for the faint of heart! I spent months compiling all of my favorite independent play ideas into 40 easy-to-make, portable, educational activities for your little one (and for YOU). I’ve put hundreds of hours into making this resourse everything you might need. Seriously. Hundreds. Of. Hours. That’s 40 activities. Photos, instructions, variations, material lists, and indexes. Countless hours of educational, independent play.
But I loved every minute, because I knew this resource was going to empower other moms who are in a similar place that I was. (Well… okay, I maybe didn’t love every minute. Formatting can be a b*tch. But you get my point.)
If you’re ready to encourage independence in your munchkin, give them awesome fun activities that teach them too, AND give yourself a much-needed break, Just Give Me 10 Minutes! is an amazing resource here to help you and your family.
Still have questions? Lay ’em on me, yo. I would LOVE to answer anything on your mind. Fire away.