Sunday, October 8, 2017

10 Things I Have to Hide ~ from my children


Before I share my list of 10 things I have to hide from my children, I want to show you what my "fantasy" organizational tip looks like. I found this while perusing the internet for pictures to explain my dilemma. Here's what I found in a very short time:




The following images are not mine, and credit has been noted beneath this photo. 
I originally posted this October 2016.



I love having items at home that are ready to go when my children come to me with their lists of special projects. Some of these projects are on the spot, spontaneously conceived ideas that they feel a need to bring to life immediately. Other projects are categorized as those that have been on their minds for a while, researched, and discussed with me prior to implementation. The last category I call the procrastination/panic mode projects.  These are the projects where they knew about a deadline, didn't tell me, and it's now the night before a major assignment is due.

Whatever the circumstances, it's nice to have a list of basic supplies available to handle whatever comes along. I have tried on numerous occasions to reorganize our back up craft supplies.  It would be awesome if I could assure myself that each child is capable of returning items to a "home base" location so I can be sure to update things as they are used.  The above picture is my super awesome fantasy home station for all things creative.

Instead, I've found myself searching for missing items and unaware of the need for replacements.  The above picture doesn't take into account the following circumstances, no matter how hard I attempt to repackage the concept of organization.

  • Children like to create in more than one area of the house. This is due to that way they mange stress, how they like to create, and where they have the best space to spread out their supplies and move around as they complete a project.

  • Projects are often in various stages of development and it's somewhat challenging for the children to gather and replace every item into a designated spot.  They want to keep everything as is so that they remember where things left off from one session to the next.  Frustrating for me, but I recognize that this is how their brains may work.


  • Sometimes an item is depleted and doesn't make it onto my shopping list.  We don't always know something is gone until it is needed again.


So as I continue to encourage putting things back where they belong, everything has a home, and if you put things back where you found them we could find it easier the next time, I am reduced to hiding some key treasures that are notoriously lost, misplaced, or all used up without my knowledge. See if any of these look familiar.






Ten Things I Have to Hide from My Children

  1. Tape of any type (Masking, Scotch, Clear Mailing, Duct)
  2. Paper (Computer, Notebook, Construction, etc...)
  3. Scissors (these disappear into another dimension)
  4. Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils
  5. Glue (Liquid, Sticks)
  6. Envelopes
  7. Ziplock Baggies
  8. Pens/Pencils
  9. Folders
  10. Poster Board

These items are prime real estate for all projects whether personal or school related.  Chances are, if I don't have a secret stash somewhere (like that well-hidden emergency chocolate stash) there will be chaos and general mayhem when the need for one of these items arises.  (Usually at the least convenient of times.)

Hoping that your own emergency stash of creative supplies (and chocolate) are ready to go .  And if you also dream of having a well-organized supply station like the fantasy pictured above, you are not alone.  Wish I could offer you more comfort than that.  If you do have your dream station, I'd love to see what you've done. Comment and send pics!  


Happy Monday!





Friday, October 6, 2017

Vision for World of Writer Mom and Writer Mom Advocate


I can't emphasize enough how important it is to find a place where you can...

*Be yourself

*Find support and encouragement

*Avoid judgements that make you feel less than

*Collaborate with others who share your views 

*Respectfully disagree while share differing opinions

*Find the inspiration you need to get through the turmoil

*Share insights and advice with others who genuinely care





Sometimes this takes time to develop, but is is so worth the effort. I have been fortunate to have experienced this level of collaboration with other parents, writers, and resources who come from near and far. Separated by land or by ocean, we connect via our collective experiences and perspectives.


I feel like I'm reaching that point, and it's been a work of love for me since 2011 when I started blogging. Writing has always been my comfort, my peace, and my expression of who I am and who I want to become. 


If you are still looking for your peace, don't give up. It's there. Whatever views you hold near and dear, find your true north. We're not all meant to agree 100% of the time, but it is important to learn how to express discontent with grace, intelligence, and dignity.


I strive to do that on this page and on my blog. Cognitive dissonance is expected with freedom of speech, but so is respect for differing view points as long as everyone's safety and well being are taken into consideration. 


Thanks to all of you for adding to the rich content of this page and to the comments at https://worldofwritermom.blogspot.com 
 
 You are welcome here anytime.

Kindest Wishes,

Mary








Monday, September 18, 2017

Announcing the 2018 Multi-Cultural Children's Book Day Campaign Poster!

Love the poster reveal for the 2018 Multi-Cultural Children's Book Day! Looking forward to participating and promoting this campaign again!  http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/






Please think about your favorite multi-cultural book and share it in the comments.  I will compile a list and write an article.  
January is only a few short months away, so it's time to start planning. Additional posts will be added to: https://babysbooksandbubblesohmy.blogspot.com/2017/

 
We will also participate in World Read Aloud Day on 




There's so much to do before the end of 2017, but it's fun to think about all that awaits for next year.  I'm happy to spend it with you!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let Kids be Kids! (Who cares if they want to play dress up or wear something different?)





Honest Mom, a blogger I follow, shared the video posted below and comments,

"Let kids be kids. How these people can remove their child from a school showing tolerance and kindness (Christian values) is beyond me. So glad I'm raising open-minded, loving children who accept everyone for who they are, and what they want to wear."


Totally agree with the comment, "Why can't we let kids be kids?" When I was a child, I received a doll for Christmas, while my brother received a dump truck. Guess what? We played with those toys together. The doll got to ride in the truck and we didn't think about which was supposed to be a "girl" toy versus a "boy" toy. 


And heaven help me if I didn't get matchbox/hotwheels cars for both my sons and daughter. I loved playing with those too as a child.


 copyright 2016 M.B.Varville-Rodriguez



My three brothers survived being dressed up by their sisters for dramatic play, and my two sons have also tried on their sister's clothes. NO BIG DEAL! All three have t-shirts that they share, including their favorite music groups, movies, and themes.  


I also worked in Early Childhood Development for many years, and I would have never told a child, "That's only for a boy/girl." Firefighter hats mixed with princess dresses and painters pants mixed with oversized dress shirts donated by the parents. It's all part of having fun, and has nothing to do with how a child will "identify." 


I haven't gone on a rant before on this topic, but lately I have read too many misinformed comments on other blogs and face book pages. There is an incredible need for SOME individuals to group everyone either far left or far right, without understanding that there are many roads, mountains, and detours in the middle! There is a serious lack of appropriate application regarding cause and effect or even basic logic. 


There are many cultures where a "skirt" or "dress" type clothing is worn by males as well as females. 


Based on a Google search: (Comments 1-3)


1.What country do men wear skirts?
It's not socially acceptable in some places (North America and Europe, mostly), but in many other places men wear skirts and dresses as naturally as pants. Yukata are still popular in Japan, dhoti and lungi are popular in south India, kilts will never go out of fashion in Scotland.


2.What is the name of a man skirt?
A skirt worn by a man is still generally referred to as a kilt. While this term usually applies to the Scottish skirts worn by men, it applies in general as well. ... Egyptian kilts are generally called shendjyt (or shendyt), but in most references the word is followed by kilt.Apr 4, 2014


3.What is a Sulu?
A sulu is a type of kilt traditionally worn by men and women in Fiji. It is regarded as Fiji's national dress. It consists of a rectangle of cloth of varying length, between below-knee and ankle-length, wrapped around the hips and legs and traditionally fastened by tying at the waist.



Generalizations made by SOME individuals, bloggers, and face book posts could be viewed as dangerous, since they lead to judgement statements that come across as factual. How can any of us possibly assume that we have an understanding of all the components that go into gender identity, sexual orientation, or any topic for that matter?


I sure don't know about every topic, every variable, every issue, and every concern. I'm definitely not qualified to speak on translation of the bible, though I do know how challenging it can be to directly try to translate a sentence from one language to another. (So many nuances of language are lost when you take into consideration context, culture, and chronological events.) Yet we have people imposing their belief systems on others, criticizing concepts that are well out of their per view, and claiming righteous indignation under the guise of religious virtue. 


While each person does have an ability to exercise "free will" and state their opinions, beliefs, and core values, that doesn't mean they can remove "free will" from those who do not subscribe to their way of thinking. And please, do not quote from the bible in an effort to boost your view points and perceived understanding of right versus wrong. That's not how that works! 




 So...This is the video that started the discussion.



 Thank You Honest Mum http://honestmum.com/ 
for bringing attention to this.

 







Saturday, September 2, 2017

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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.