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Toddler Language Learning Fun

Lately, my littlest one actively tries to participate in homeschooling. Many times, I get out the Play Doh, felt books, or toddler games with her. A lot of times, I get the drawing supplies for her to use as well. However, my husband has been going through our vast collection of books and found our Polish-English toddler friendly board book dictionary. I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce her to Polish sounds.

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Through my own studies and experiences living abroad, I have had the opportunity to study four other languages other than English, Polish being one of them. I really want my children to learn at least one foreign language. Currently, my kids can say the word for “butt” in several languages, compliments of all of our exchange students. Thanks guys and gals! (I still love my exchange students, and they know my secret…which is that I curse in Polish and Serbo-Croatian in the car.) Through studies, I also know that children hear sounds in other languages that adults do not hear. It is one of the reasons why I have exposed my children to other languages at an early age. In fact, when I was in labor with Crankles, I played music by Darko Rundek. He is a Balkan singer, and I absolutely adore him.

The fun part about doing this too is that it helps me retain some of the languages I have studied over the years. Between my brain injury issues and lack of speaking, sometimes I get a bit rusty. Nonetheless, I would like to continue learning. I also want my kids to learn as well.

Board books with simple words in other languages and music from other countries is a great way to introduce your child to their first foreign language. It is also a great way to learn about the world around them. I strongly encourage it to all parents. You may even learn something too!

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Letting my kid be a kid

I know it won’t be long before my ten-year old doesn’t want to play dress up or play with her toys. However, she re-discovered her favorite costume the other day, and I loved seeing her parade around the house in it. It is important to not make our kids grow up so fast. This time is so short. Please remember that play time and pretend time help your kids grow. They need this time to be creative. I know that, as parents, we are often caught in this rat race of trying to make our kid the best and the brightest. We put our kids in so many activities and exhaust their minds. However, sometimes, we need to take a step back from the rat race. We need to forget what society says. We need to let our kids pretend and play. We need to let them be creative. There is time for tests and studies, but creativity helps our kids become well-rounded human beings.

I love this time for my children. I know it is so short. I already have one that has pretty much put all his toys away. However, I am not eager to push for my kids to grow up. I want them to explore and play. It is such a small time!

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My little Harley Quinn

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Strike a pose

Toddlers crack me up! The other week, my husband got some new photography backdrops and was testing them out. Miss Crankles decided she needed to strike a pose!

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By the way, you should all ignore the fact that she is wearing her pajamas backwards because the kid is a known diaper digger. Just focus on the cuteness, like this!

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I honestly have no idea where she comes up with this stuff. Do I really make that face when I take pictures? Gosh, I hope not!

What kinds of crazy stuff have your kids been up to lately? As always, I would love to hear them in the comments below!

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Adventures in mud pie making!

I was going through pictures and almost forgot about this set from last fall. Crankles discovered how cool mud was that day! While toddlerhood can be frustrating at times for parents and toddlers alike, it really is a magical time where they are really exploring the world around them.

I picked some of my favorites from the day and hope you enjoy them too!

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Check out my hands Mama!

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Look at me as I make duck face Mama!

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Oh no, Mama! It is Baby Godzilla!

 

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It’s the little things…

This week I celebrated a birthday. We are supposed to celebrate it later this week as my husband was just getting done with his hitch on this day. To tell you the truth, I was a little bummed. My birthday is two weeks and one day after Christmas and often gets overlooked and sometimes forgotten because of the holiday season. I say that I am okay with it because I am used to it, but honestly, it would be nice to be treated like a princess on my special day. That is why I felt my heart swell when I came home from running errands and taking Sissy to dance to see my son made this for me for my special day!

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My son has never really made a cake, and yet it did not stop him from making me a devil’s food chocolate cake with cream cheese icing. My son is a superstar and really made me feel like it really was my day. Also, for his first try, it was very yummy!

It does not take grand gestures to let someone know they are important or loved. It is the little things, like baking a cake, that make all the difference.

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No Pictures Please!

I think Crankles likes to mess with me. She does something so cute and adorable, and then she does THIS when I try to capture it with my camera!

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The one on the left was her pose when she wanted to show Hello Kitty off to her friends. She ASKED me to take a picture, and as soon as I tried, I got her behind. The top one on the right was taken when she was just being silly. As soon as I got the phone out to capture it, she did that. The third one, well that one I took purely to show her when she was older. She was actually throwing a fit about how unfair life is when we are all out of Pop Tarts. I have a feeling I will not be able to take her picture again anytime soon if this is all she is giving me. I admit that I go overboard sometimes. I have a horrible memory, and sometimes I just want to capture those moments in hopes that I will be able to look back and remember everything.

What silly things has your toddler done? Do your kids like having their pictures taken? Feel free to share in the comments below!

 

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What Melts My Heart!

I captured this photo a few weeks ago while we were visiting a friend. She has a little dog, and Miss Crankles is intrigued by the dog, but at the same time, she is very afraid to get close to him. Bubby noticed that she was afraid, so he excused himself from his friend to help his baby sister. He eased her fears about the dog, and she ended up petting him.

I couldn’t help but feel my heart swell with emotion. Those two have eleven years between them, but they are buddies. Bubby understands her and always wants to be close to her. It is one of the most beautiful treasures for which I am very thankful!

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Bubby, Crankles, and a little doggy!