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Upon moving a couple of times throughout the last couple of years and going through many different life changes (i.e new jobs, getting married, gaining/losing weight, etc), we have fully implemented the one-in, one-out rule when it comes to bringing anything new into our home. .
Today, I received a new pair of jeans and a new pair of pants, so how did I spend 1 hour of my time today, you might ask?
Well, I took all of my pants and jeans out of the closet and began trying them on. Let's just say that trying clothes on has always been my least favorite thing to do. But I stuck it through and within the hour, I got rid of 3 pairs of pants and moved 2 pairs of jeans to my repair pile and if they don't get repaired within a couple months then they're going to donate. That's my accomplishment for the day 😇
Does anyone else overthink everything? I’ve always been an over thinker. I remember, back in the day, sitting at the family computer trying to come up with a clever away message on AIM for at least a solid 30 min. 😂🙄 Even right now, writing this... I’m thinking myself into the ground.
It feels good to write and share.
It feels really good.
It feels right.
But I just get so wrapped up thinking about what other people will think. I’m always careful not to divulge too much.
But I’m also an open book ready to leap off the shelf and scream my words for the world to hear.
My words aren’t perfect and neither is my delivery.
I don’t have a fancy camera on my phone and feel clueless when it comes to filters and this cohesive aesthetic that people apparently need to have.
But does that really matter?
I know that what I have to say matters. I have important stories to share and arms open wide for people to share theirs as we embrace in a hug, comforted by the fact that we’re not alone.
Connection matters. 💫
So here I am, a jumble of thoughts in my mind but the clearest direction in heart. 🖤
Less thinking, more feeling, more doing. .
So here is the why...
1. Sensory activities develop fine and gross motor skills depending on the type of activity. Think about your child’s pincer grip, by picking up small items using their thumb and pointer fingers they are strengthening muscles they will later use to hold and guide a pencil, scissors and so on.
2. The language or vocabulary that can come out of sensory play is fantastic. The instructions given, the descriptions used, the explanations all prompt and generate thought and use of new vocabulary. Think of a mud kitchen and the vocabulary you could use...soft, squishy, roll, push, pull, splat, poke, use your left hand or right, stomp, fill, empty, half full, tip, can you, wash, clean, share, may I.
3. Developmental play can often come out of sensory play. To use the example above, a mud kitchen is a great sensory activity yet it also allows your child to role play, use questioning, turn taking, dress ups and of course prompts great imagination.
4. Sensory play is a great calming technique when there is a tantrum erupting or when anxiety or overwhelm sets in. Sensory play can change the emotional state and redirect attention and focus.
5. It’s messy and fun! What kid doesn’t love some messy play?!