Here at My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, we take Valentine’s Day very seriously. You see, we truly love our animals, the people we are surrounded by, and everyone who supports us! Once you have held and listened to one of our animals with a heartbeat pounding away, you too will fall in love!
I wanted to take a moment and write about our animals and who we are.
You see, I may be “just the blogger,” but the truth is that I love my job. I was welcomed into a family when I began writing for My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear. I knew that the product was a great idea, but in reality, I didn’t think much past that. That is until, I had a miscarriage. There is this little secret that isn’t shared in our society: holding life within can be as fleeting as a candle flame. The beautiful flame can be blown out, leaving a trail of smoke in its wake. You never think that it will happen to you, and to experience that lingering smoke can cause the heart so much pain. I realized that I had nothing, nothing, to remember this baby by. Continue reading
As life grows and relationships progress, the meaning of certain days may be altered slightly.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect example.
Once a baby is introduced into a relationship, the original love that has been celebrated in the past is at a new level. A level that is not understood until it is experienced. It’s no wonder that couples who have just experienced parenthood tend to highlight their first Valentine’s day as a family. A husband (or partner) is looking at the new mother as superwoman, and the woman sees her partner as the person who helped create this new life. What an amazing new stage of a relationship to celebrate!
So how should you celebrate? I listed wonderful ideas to begin Valentine’s Day Traditions last week, but those tend to start once the child(ren) are a little older. I want to focus on the infant period. The stage of parenthood when the new love is still in its babymoon period, sleep is sporadic, life is still adjusting, and attention to the relationship at its core is needed. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day has become a Hallmark Holiday, created for you to spend money to show how you feel about someone. You even feel obligated to go above and beyond a typical date or family day, just to prove you love someone. That’s absurd, and absolutely not needed. But there is another meaning.... Continue reading
My four-year-old has sensory processing disorder and a significant speech delay. He is brilliant (and pretty much the cutest, sweetest kid around), but he struggles with fine motor skills as well as his other challenges. I’ve started searching for project ideas that will double as occupational therapy tasks for him. Does he know it? No. He just thinks that he is making something fun! But I love knowing that we are working on a specific skill together.
Almost all craft ideas can fall into one of these categories, but the key is to acknowledge what you are doing. If you just rush through the project, or help your child with all of the fine motor skills (like cutting for him or stringing the beads) you defeat the therapy side of the craft. I beg you, even if your child is not delayed, to let your child guide you through the activity. They will feel self-pride in their finished product instead of feeling as though they needed your help to complete it. It doesn’t matter what the end result looks like – celebrate it! Continue reading
I feel as though we live in a “Fast Food” society. One in which, the faster we can be done with something, the faster we can move on to the next task. Very few people take joy in the little things anymore. I can’t stand on a pedestal here, as I am just as guilty as the next person, BUT I am working on changing this trait. I want to instill a sense of calmness and appreciation in my children (and myself) that is rooted to their being, not just something they sometimes think about. I want my children to always know that a handmade gift is better than store bought, that a letter sent snail mail is more fun than an e-mail or text message, and that a made by hand valentine is full of more love than anything bought in a store.
Granted, time seems to fall out beneath me most days, and each year I find myself allowing the kids to pick a box of cards off the shelf. But not this year. I am changing this horrible rushed habit. I feel as though it teaches everyone that handing cards out is just another chore, something that has to happen. When in all truth, Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate the love of friendships, relationships, and families. Big gifts are not needed, but a cut-out heart? Why yes, I do believe that will hit a homerun.
I’m going to share with you the fun craft-inspired valentine my kids are making this year, and then I’ll follow with 13 other ideas you can help your kids with! Continue reading