I started taking toddler-parenting classes. I know! Who takes parenting classes with a 16 month old? I realized that I needed some guidance in parenting. Since becoming pregnant, I became the parent I never wanted to be. I have not been as engaged with my daughter as I wanted to be. My daughter was watching way to much TV or she was playing with my Ipad or IPhone to keep her busy while I was watching TV. We were not going out as much. Play dates didn’t seem like my idea of a good time anymore. It seemed as though I lost my passion for parenting. Yes, I could blame it on my pregnancy but pregnant or not Kennedy only has one mommy and one childhood so I had to get my act together. I have always loved the Montessori method and I’ve been practicing some of those methods with Kennedy at home. Kennedy is also attending a Montessori school, so when I found out there was a reasonably priced parenting class being offered at one of the most prestigious Montessori schools in Houston, I signed up. Kennedy and I have only been to one class and there has already been a drastic change in my house.
Here are some positive aspects that the class has provided to us:
1. My passion for being a mother has returned.
2. Kennedy (In my presence) has not watched TV nor has the TV been on for background noise in almost 2 weeks.
3. I removed most of her toys and books and put them in the guest room. We will now be rotating her toys and books.
4. She now has to put each toy back when she is done. This is only realistic because she only has few toys to choose from. They are now on an open shelf, no more toy bins.
5. Most of the time, I’m the one putting the toy back but she is watching me do it and has attempted to put a few back on her own.
6. She has had a few temper tantrums during this process but I never have lost my cool so her tantrums are much shorter and less serious.
7. I had more time to write this blog post!!!! Score!