Scottsdale Momsense: Preschoolers interacting with Baby

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It’s archives week here at SMB.  Here’s one from our early days:

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mom·sen·se (mɒm sens) noun 1.  practical motherly intelligence that is sensible or reasonable 2. a mother’s mental discernment, realization, or recognition  – She has momsense.  OR She used her momsense to determine that something was amiss.

I love great tips that are 1. easy to remember, 2. easy to implement and 3. make my life easier.  I guess that means I’m lazy, but I’m okay with that.  Therefore, anyone who can make my life easier is My Hero.  And, I come across plenty of moms whose heroics are noteworthy.  Which leads me to say:

The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know. — Socrates

 

This is especially true when it comes to being a mom.  I like to think that I can “figure it out.”  Which is mostly true, but I love to glean wisdom from moms who wear the badge of tried and true experience. 

My friend Erin M, a former teacher and mother of three, has plenty of Momsense to share.  She came over along with her daughters  (almost) 3 and 5-year-old.  They were coming to play with Reagan (6.5 months).  To prepare them for the playtime she asked herself “how do I want them to interact with a baby?” 

  • Be gentle (What is “gentle” specifically? Demonstrate being “gentle” on them.)
  • Be careful of sharing germs (Where should they touch/not touch baby? Talk about hand washing. Do not put your fingers in baby’s mouth 🙂 Kiss baby’s hair, but not face, etc
  • Baby plays on clean blankets, your shoes will make it dirty.  Therefore, please keep your shoes off baby’s blanket.

It’s simple, but oh-so-wise.  I love the simply wise.  Sigh. 

Here are some tips to think about before you leave the house with your Preschooler:  Ask yourself the question, what do my kids need to know BEFORE we do the next thing?  What assumptions am I making about their prior knowledge/experience? 

Get out your capes, ladies.  This kind of information is dangerous!

About Erin M: 

How many children do you have? 3
What are their ages? 7, 5, and almost 3
What is your favorite thing about being a mom? Getting to know these 3 precious, amazing people who are my kids!  Plus the macaroni necklaces, hand print drawings, and HUGS!
What is your least favorite thing about being a mom? Vomit and poop 🙂
What do you know now that you wish you knew before becoming a mom? Each child is SO different!  And that I know my child better than any parenting book!
What drains you? Whining and arguing
How do you recharge? Connecting with friends, being a part of Bible Study, and exercising
Where is your favorite place in Scottsdale to go with your children? McCormick Railroad Park or Sugar Bowl
Where is your favorite place in Scottsdale to go with your spouse? Scottsdale Civic Center area and Oregano’s Pizza!
Complete this sentence: I can’t believe I’m a mom because I still am a night person!  I have a hard time going to bed before midnight!

If you have your own Momsense to share pretty please send it along to [email protected].  We love to hear about the wonderful things that the mighty world of experience has taught you.

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Joy is the Co-founder of Scottsdale Moms Blog and absolutely loves living in Scottsdale with her hubby Kevin, their daughter Reagan (born August 2009) and their son Elliot (born May 2011).  She is a lover of nature, a research analyst on all things related to life, a home manager, a crafty art-eest, Chief Marketing Officer for Cactus CrossFit, mommy, daughter and friend.

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