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Reason #9 Why Having a Preschooler Rocks

easy bake ovenThere’s something magical about the memories that are evoked through the sense of smell.

Nothing transports me back in time quicker than a scent tied to memory.

Yesterday, Katie and I used her new Easy Bake Oven for the first time and as I stood there in the kitchen with her, I was a little girl again.

It’s amazing how so many things change, but some things always remain the same.

The smell of the baking mix and frosting are exactly the way I remember them.

As I assumed my role as Katie’s helper, my mind travelled back to my childhood, with my mother by my side as I stirred, baked, frosted, and sprinkled.

Being a mother to a little girl is such a gift.

Katie brings such tremendous joy to my life, just as Matthew does, but she also allows me to relive some of the happiest moments of my own childhood.

And that is an amazing gift.

Are there any things that you do with your children that take you back in time?

Reason #68 Why Having a Preschooler Rocks

Katie is now reaching an age where she’s finally playing with toys that are fun for me too.

Of course, playing with her before now was fun…it’s magical to watch your child enjoy and learn.

But, let’s be honest. You can only play so many games of Chutes and Ladders.

We’ve been playing with her Lite Brite lately and it’s amazing how many memories it spurs from my childhood.

I love the delayed gratification of Lite Brite…the way the insertion of each colored peg brings you closer to the final, beautiful end.

Seeing her find joy in the same things that I loved as a child is such an amazing experience.

I wrote a post for Babble the other day about all of the toys that I’m hoping that Katie gets for Christmas year so that I’ll have more toys to play with. I’m hoping Santa is nice to us…we’ve been good girls all year!

Reason #11 Why Having a Preschooler Rocks

I suspect that there is only a small window during which children LOVE doing chores and having responsibilities.

Katie is at that age right now.

Like most preschoolers, she thrives on being assigned tasks that she can see through to completion and she is blossoming from that feeling of accomplishment.

Not ones to miss an opportunity, we capitalized on this new urge to contribute and bought her a chart to help track her progress.

We chose some things that she can easily handle…things she does on a daily basis already…and added in some things that we would like her to strive for (putting toys away, please!).

Each week, we’ll change up her goals to keep them fresh and interesting for her.

Our routine this week has been to sit down each evening and review her day. We read through her responsibilities and discuss how she did…the ways in which she excelled or struggled a bit.

The joy on her face when she marks off each of her goals is one of the highlights of my day.

What chores do your children tackle?

I’m so curious to know how long this will last and if there’s a trick to nurturing Katie’s desire to contribute.

Please share your experiences with me!

We bought Katie’s chart at my friend Kerri’s amazing boutique, Starlight Starbright, which is on Facebook if you want to go like it! 

Reason #54 Why Having a Preschooler Rocks

When you’re four, to become someone’s friend, you need only ask them if they’d like to be your friend.

When you’re four, you truly believe that offering your friend a simple friendship bracelet means that you’ll be friends for life.

When you’re four, friendship is simple and pure.

And that is so lovely.

Katie and Sadie, daughter of my dear friend Rachel from Mommy Needs a Vacation.
Friends for life.

Reason #72 Why Having a Preschooler Rocks

Remember playing hopscotch?

I taught Katie how to play last weekend and we’ve been having so much fun with it.

Have you forgotten how to play? Here’s a refresher.

Jumping through the numbers has brought back so many memories of simple games that I played as a child. Anyone remember Four Square? Think she’s ready for that? Because I was the Four Square Queen!

 

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