Never in my life would I have imagined I would have a child like my Evelyn. She is a constant surprise – and has been since the day we learned her gender in utero.
She is fearless, always knows what she wants, does not back down without a fight, rough around the edges, a go-getter, leader of the pack, queen bee, and on it goes. She is without a doubt, a Lion in the “Lion – Beaver – Otter – Golden Retriever” Personality Test. My son is a golden retriever, like his Daddy. I am a mix between a lion and an otter. I think.
I am insanely proud of my littlest firecracker, but equally challenged by her spunk and energy.
We imagined Jenna being a feisty little girl, because that is what she was – a fighter through and through.
Our son is as loyal as they come and sweet to the core. He once saw a baby going after his sister in a Chic-fil-a kids play area (she was barely walking), and knocked him over without thinking twice. That opened the opportunity to talk about how to handle these situations.
Children are exquisitely unique. It is beautiful, but it is also a struggle when you’re up against your own personality or one you’re not used to dealing with.
One thing that has helped leaps and bounds with Evelyn are mindful activities. After a meltdown at home, looking at a book on the couch nearly always calms her down.
Another thing is these mindfulness “jars”. (Of course I stole the idea from Pinterest!)
What I love about mindfulness activities with children, it helps them to learn how to calm themselves down. That is usually the hardest part. With Evelyn’s personality, it doesn’t matter what I say or do or give her, if she is upset, she usually just has to work through it on her own timetable. Giving her tools to process her emotions has been transformative.
Washed out plastic bottle, something that your child can comfortably hold
Clear gel glue OR Glitter glue
How to make your own Mindfulness Jar
- Clean your plastic bottle, you might need to use rubbing alcohol or Goo-Gone to get all the sticky stuff off
- Fill the bottle almost to the top with hot water (this helps the glue melt and easier to mix together)
- Add in a glue bottle
- Top with your sprinkles, if you’re using clear gel glue
- Seal the top with super glue so it doesn’t come washing over your child and home with sticky glitter!
She calls her the “Princess” bottle 🙂