September and October were BUSY for The Daveye family. Since my last post we had a weekend away without kids to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary followed by family coming for a visit, the start of the school year, the start of my new volunteering job, another getaway for a sister weekend trip (with no kids!) to celebrate her milestone birthday, we had a few parties and activities with our twin club followed by our annual fall consignment sale and finally a couple trips to the pumpkin patch and pulling together our family Halloween costumes.
Somewhere in the middle of all that I jumped on the opportunity to convert our blog to WordPress. After eight years of blogging through Blogger and building up content I decided to jump in to my long term goal of getting moved over to WordPress and getting my site built up to be more professional. I’m doing things a bit backwards and it’ll take a while to devote the time to get things how I want them but welcome to our new home!
The Daveye Kids are developing by leaps and bounds with the start of Kindergarten for the boys and being a full on two year old for Little Miss – we’re in a good streak right now. I’m doing my best to enjoy it.
Inspired by the post over at www.funathomewithkids.com I threw together a quick little water activity for the kids after school today. We pulled out some beach towels, duplo blocks and plastic pipettes and let the kids explore.
The great thing about this activity was the boys could explore at their level and Alice could use the same materials but be at a different skill level from her brothers.
I gave the kids the materials and asked if they could fill the Duplo dots with water without spilling – it was a fun little experiment in water tension and a great fine motor skill activity.
It was Alice’s first time using a pipette and Graham helped her out a bit showing how to work the tube and held the blocks for her (whether she needed the help or not).
After filling the dots as originally shown the boys had fun experimenting with all the sides of the bricks and figuring out what would happen if they tried to stack the bricks while the water was in the dots.
This activity was a success for all three kids!
I also found something interesting in myself. Usually if I can get all three kids happily busy on an activity I jump into the kitchen to do dishes or over to the pile of laundry to work on folding. This time I made a conscious decision to SIT DOWN at the table with the kids and observe their work. I didn’t tell them what to do, I just watched them and commented on things I saw.
“That’s an interesting idea.” “Why don’t you try it and see what happens?” “How funny!”
I didn’t tell them they were doing a good job, I didn’t tell them not to spill or make a mess, I didn’t multitask on my phone or with chores. I just slowed down and shared their space for a moment.
Especially when you’re a parent of multiple children it’s hard to slow down and just share space with your kids. The rest of our day will be spent with the business of a work day – chores, dinner preparations, getting things cleaned up and getting the bedtime routine started on time – but for those ten minutes I was in the moment with my kids. It helped us reconnect after a busy school morning. And just maybe it’ll make a difference in how the rest of our afternoon goes.