Lots of Laundry

Been doing extra loads this week, filled with wet clothes and towels because everyday MBS has wanted to play with water. He’s had little cups he can pour with, an eye dropper, a syringe (not the needle kind). Some days he’s had car washes and washed all his cars and trains. The other day on our walk he had filled up all his pockets (and mine) with rocks so here he is cleaning all his rocks.

He’s been having a blast and the mess isn’t too bad, though I wish he’d be better about keeping the water “on the towels”. Can’t wait until it warms up and we can take the water play outside.

Socialization

“You homeschool? But your kids need socialization? How do you socialize you kids?” This is a common line of questioning that parents who homeschool their kids face. MBS is only 2 and the question has already been brought up by a family member who “knows we’ll do great with the educational part but what about his socialization?”

I found this video hilarious

and this article Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Are Odd — And Yours Will Be Too! reassuring.

Yes I want MBS to feel comfortable in social situations but more importantly I want him to be able to stand up for what he believes in, to be himself and not conform to fit in. Why would we want our kids to be “socialized” and just the same as a public schooled kids? Isn’t the act of choosing to homeschool saying we want something different for our kids, that we want them to be different than the norm?

Trying a New Thing

My office/craft room is open to our living room. It used to be closed off with a gate but MBS conquered the gate so we removed it. This meant he has access to all my office and craft supplies, all of which are kept in plastic rolling drawers— no locks. I did learn to lock my computer so that he didn’t post on Facebook as me or delete what I was working on, but I haven’t found a way to keep him out of the drawers. It’s not so much that he gets in them and grabs stuff it’s that he completely empties all of them. Paper, pens, cards, EVERYTHING, all over the office floor. Over and over again. It has made life frustrating to say the least.

So tonight I printed out labels, some with a Thomas the train and some with Hello Kitty. I’m going to laminate them and then use velcro dots to attach them to the drawers, Thomas means the drawer is for MBS, Hello Kitty drawers are Mom’s. I’m hoping that the visual symbol will help remind him to stay out of the drawers. Fingers crossed.

How do you keep toddlers from getting into stuff? Not necessarily office supplies but any stuff, pulling the dvd’s off the shelf, emptying the clothes out of the dresser, etc… What are your parenting tips for this frustrated Mom?