As kids grow up they become more and more independent. As parents this is a bittersweet moment in our lives. While we long for our children to grow and become their own little person, we also feel like we should be a part of their decision making process along the way. As parents (more importantly moms I think) we need to realize when it is okay to let go and let your little person be their own person.
Here are some ways you can nurture that independence:
Allow them to choose their own clothes. As moms, we like to see our children well groomed and dressed in the way we want them to be dressed. This means a matching shirt with perhaps a skirt and matching tights. However, most kids like to show their own love for fashion by picking out their own clothes. If your child wants to where green striped leg warmers on their arms with a bathing suit and sweats, why not let them? By allowing them to choose their own outfit for the day, you are allowing them to display their creativity. And let’s be honest — it isn’t hurting anyone.
Allow them to choose the path. While walking to school or the park, take a little extra time and allow them to choose the path they want to take. Perhaps by taking a different path, you and your child will see something new. Often these times are great teaching times — and not just you teaching your child, but your child also teaching you.
Fisher Price likes to see independence in children. In fact, the New Little People characters (Eddie, Mia, Sofie, Tessa and Koby) each have their own characteristics and independence.
For the months of October and November, Treehouse will hold a Little People Big Discoveries contest! During this contest, you and your children can play a hide and seek game with the New Fisher Price Little People Characters. Once you find one of the new characters on the Fisher Price playsets, watch the videos and be entered to win 1 of 5 $265 Little People® prize packs!
Each prize pack will include:
- Little People Happy Sounds Home Playset
- Little People Fun Sounds Farm Playset
- Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway
- Little People Zoo Talkers Playset
- Little People Disney Princess Klip Klop Stable
The Little People Fun Sounds Farm brings imaginative play from the farm to toddlers.
Farmer Eddie and his animals provide lots of interesting things to do! There are doors that open and close and feature upbeat songs for the daytime and slower songs for night time. Fun animal sounds, a drop through silo & slide with funny sounds, a baler that tips up to deliver the hay into the top floor of the barn, a ‘clucking’ chicken on her nest and even fences to create a separate corral.
This playset includes Eddie, a horse, a cow, a sheep and the chicken in her nest, plus the hay bale and 4 great fence pieces to create a whole big corral for the animals!
The Little People Happy Sounds Home is a great big toddler house that’s ideal for both sitting and standing play. Songs and sounds accompany the play with Mom, Dad & Baby throughout the house.
The front door has a knocker and opens for in & out, and the front window has a shade that flips to show a sunny or rainy day. The kitchen features a cooking – sounds stove, an opening refrigerator door plus a high chair for baby and a table with food on it for family meals. The living room phone rings and has a set of real stairs. Upstairs is baby’s room with a bassinet that has songs and a bathroom. The third floor is for mom and dad’s bed.
Outside there’s a garage space and a nice SUV for trips to town! This playset includes 2 fence pieces to join other toys that make up the neighborhood.
As a Fisher Price Ambassador, I get new information that I get to pass on to you, my readers. Enfamil has a product for toddlers called Enfagrow A+ that is a nutritional supplement designed with toddlers in mind. Enfagrow A+ now contains DHA and two dietary fibres (GOS and polydextrose) as well as 26 nutrients for balanced nutrition and more iron, vitamins C and E than cow’s milk.
You can find more information at www.enfagrow.ca.
“Disclosure: I receive special perks as a part of my affiliation with the Fisher-Price Play Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada. The opinions in this blog are my own.”