Thanks to Hefty® for partnering with me on this post! Read on to see what I have learned from strong moms of preschoolers.
I have been a mom for over nine (!!!) years now. Before that, I was a kindergarten teacher and before that, a preschool teacher. I have been around kids for most of my adulthood, and along the way, have met some amazing moms.
It is funny how after you have been a mom for awhile, you begin to be able to guess how old a mom’s children are, even before seeing the kids! Newborn moms have that look of utter exhaustion, toddler moms have a look of exhaustion coupled with exasperation, and preschooler moms are usually more confident of themselves and begin to look more “together.” By the preschool years, moms have realized that they are stronger than they thought they were and that they can pretty much tackle anything that motherhood throws their way.
I have learned many things from moms of preschoolers along the way. Here are just a few things!
Support and Encourage What They Love To Do NOW
What my 4 year old loves to do now may not be what he loves in six months. If he shows an interest in the electric guitar, I do not have to go out and get him signed up for lessons and buy him a child sized instrument. If given the opportunity though, signing him up for short term lessons or on a team can help him discover what he does love.
My husband is our 4 year old’s soccer coach, but I am lucky enough to be one of the assistants. While I admittedly do not always feel like doing it, I always enjoy myself and the kids. It is fun to be involved and share in something that my son is doing. This is a special time in our lives where Moms don’t really have to know the ins and outs of a sport in order to coach it. Take advantage of that and sign up to coach! It is quality time that you will be so glad you did together.
Admit Your Mistakes
I think we always want to protect our kids from our emotions for some reason, but I have seen many strong preschool moms over the years admit their mistakes to their kids. This is powerful. Kids need to know that we are not perfect and never will be. When I get angry at another driver, I try to correct myself before my smarty pants four year old corrects me!
Exercise With Them
I used to get so frustrated because my kids would not let me exercise. My husband and I tried working out at a gym and our kids cried in childcare the entire time. I tried walking on a treadmill at the house and my then baby just cried and cried. I tried to do a workout DVD and someone would just end up jumping on me. I realized I had to stop making excuses and just do things that they could do with me. Strollers and baby carriers are amazing for taking your baby and toddler out to walk or jog with you. Now that my youngest is 4, we go out for walks and jogs together and he loves the fact that he can usually beat me. It helps with his confidence, I suppose!
Stop and Look Around
My kids have always been interested in the world around them. It benefits them to ask questions about different things and have them answered by their parents. Why are trees green? What is growing in that field? Why is that person in a wheelchair? Kids do not like to rush through life, and they have questions! Who better to answer them than their parents!
Let Kids Help
There is no time like the present to get kids helping with daily chores. They are eager to please, anxious to learn, and really think everything that Mom says is right! Our four year old thinks cleaning toilets and throwing away the trash is cool, because it MUST be cool if Mom and Dad do it, right? Trust me, pretty soon he will not want to help at all, so getting in the habit of helping is a great idea.
Preschoolers are definitely messy and luckily, they are old enough to help out. Don’t do it alone, moms! Doing chores together helps kids appreciate what we do and learn how to do it themselves.
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Mom knows best! We know how to spend wisely and make smart decisions. And we know that we need to be teaching these lessons to our kids.
Being a mom is tough! What is something you have learned from a strong mom along the way?
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