If you have visited our Facebook page in the last couple days, you might have noticed that Ladybug had a new found fascination with monsters. When Auntie K. they spend the two hours she’s here chasing monsters around. She had expressed some fear over them, which sucks. No parent wants their kiddo having lingering fears over monsters.
And then I remembered a pin I had saved on Pinterest a few months back. “Monster Spray“, helping parents help kiddos conquer their fears. Heck to the yes, this worked soooo well.
Staring down that monster, preparing to spray him away
We got him, so now let's wipe him away!
I totally took advantage of this opportunity to teach cleaning up after our messes. So it was a win/win situation all around. The monsters are gone, and if they come back we have more spray to get them out. I’ll probably end up decorating the bottle with some foam stickers to distinguish it as our Monster Spray.
What are some creative or silly ways that you help your child(ren) through their fears?
Yep, that’s right messes are now making my kitchen a cleaner place. Upon reading a blog post from the Pajama Mama, I tried using rice for sensory play time for Ladybug in our kitchen. I set out two large mixing bowls, filled one halfway with white rice, and then gave her a measuring cup to scoop it from bowl to bowl. And then she went to town on it. Scooping, mixing, letting the rice fall her fingers.
She was entertained with this activity for a good half an hour. In that time I was able to get dinner started, empty the dishwasher, wipe down the counters, and then fill the dishwasher with the dishes from the sink. All the while Bumblebee was content chewing on his taggy elephant toy while chilling in his bouncer chair.
Then once she was finished up, instead of just sweeping up the rice I decided to sweep the entire kitchen. Ladybug even helped me empty the dust pan into the garbage. I had a feeling of accomplishment after all this, like maybe trying to juggle keeping up with the housework while taking care of the kiddos doesn’t have to be so stressful.
So now all I need to do is come up with ideas to occupy the kiddos while cleaning the rest of the house. Suggestions are welcome. 🙂