15 Excuses for Procrastination

Hi all,

Yes, there has been a super long gap between posts. No, it has not been because I have been rushed off my feet. Yes, it has been (in part) due to moving house, setting up home, and creating a new life. Yes, I wish I had been posting more frequently. Yes, the break resulted in a “motivation interruption.” No, I do not think you have been waiting on pins for the next instalment (but, feel free to get excited for the next one). Yes, some of my excuses for not posting are valid but, with hindsight, many barely convince me:

  1. During nap time, I need to:
    1. wash the dishes
    2. cook dinner
    3. do laundry
    4. grab a coffee
    5. clean the floors
    6. scrape food out of the sides of the sofas
    7. all of the above
  2. I can’t decide what to talk/write about.
  3. There is plenty of content in my draft box; I just need to edit (and take pictures).
  4. The toddler woke up, just as I logged in.
  5. Still no pictures. Can’t publish yet.
  6. Oooh! Thought of something new to write about, I’ll edit another time.
  7. I got interrupted – again.
  8. There is no time to set up and take photos (or snap them with my phone).
  9. The light is terrible. I’ll take pics when the sun is out.
  10. The sun is out, let’s play!
  11. Can I swear? It’s not like kids are going to read this.
  12. I am struggling to find “work flow.”
  13. I need to get out more.
  14. I need to stay in more.
  15. Once I start something, it’s really hard to stop (this includes procrastinating).

So, this is my re-start post. The content is useful for no-one, but hopefully it sets the ball rolling again. And, you will notice, there are no pictures!

Keep buzzin’

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The joy of Childcare

I love being with children.

I always have.

There is something liberating about being with people who wear their hearts on their sleeves.

  • Happy = exuberant
  • Sad = devastated
  • Bored = ready for more

Hakuba Babysitter costumeWorking and being around the youngest of our society allows me to exercise my creative streak: painting, crafting, and dealing with the unexpected. There are so many benefits (cognitive, emotional, and academic) when working with children:

  • I get to workout: dancing, jumping, and pretending to be an animal (or a pirate).
  • I can sing, laugh, and play!
  • I am driven to study and learn more about: childhood development, health, art, music, science, and much more.
  • I have learned, and continue to learn, the value of patience and empathy.
  • It helps me be a better parent, especially on difficult days!

Yes, there are difficult days. There are times when childcare is tough, when even the most dedicated or experienced caregivers are challenged. That does not minimize the love and joy we have for our work or home, that makes us human.

We always want to be our best selves for the children in our care and, even when exhausted, a good caregiver will:

  • model the behaviour we want the children adopt
  • give time and support whenever it is needed
  • listen to stories
  • answer questions
  • help solve disagreements about who can play with the ball
  • join the children in play
  • be fully present

Why?

  • We want to keep the children safe and secure
  • We want them to take risks (this does not contradict the previous point)
  • We want to help them overcome challenges, and feel good about themselves

We want them to be happy

Not because it makes our lives easier, but because it makes their lives better.

Mostly, childcare is fun and the most difficult thing is saying goodbye.

Hakuba babysitting children

How to make balloon birds

PDF Printable

PDF Printable

I love any craft that is simple, cheap, allows creativity, and can be played with.

So balloon crafts are always a winner!

This is the first in a series of balloon crafts that you can do with children at home or at school.

I have included a free printable with a template for the pieces you need; they are just a guide so feel free to experiment with your own shapes.


Instructions

  • Step 1
    Trace or draw the shapes onto construction paper
  • Step 2
    Cut the shapes out
  • Step 3
    Blow up one balloon per child (for a large group, you’ll want to do this beforehand)
  • Step 4
    Use double sided tape to stick the wings, beak, and feet on the balloon
  • Step 5
    Make eyes – use stickers, markers, or whatever else takes your fancy
  • Step 6 (optional)
    Add a tail. I like using old plastic bags cut into strips and tied to the balloon; it looks good and makes a fun noise.
  • Step 7
    Play with the bird!!!

Tips

  • Let the children make choices: what color to use, where to position body/face parts, etc… Accuracy doesn’t matter; aim for creativity.
  • The children can design the wings and other body parts. They can scribble, draw, paint, add stickers, etc…
  • Soften the balloons – It helps prevent accidental popping when children try to remove the body parts! Inflate each balloon as much as you dare then partially deflate before tying.
  • Give ownership. Children should be supported so that they can do as much as possible by themselves. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be theirs!
  • Make it seasonal! Add a snood and a wattle to make a turkey!