As you may or may not know, the past few months have been rough for our family.
We have suffered two family tragedies.
Some day I’ll write about them, but not today.
My three beloved, but highly active and young kids have had extended periods of time over the past couple months during which Mama is the sole adult at home.
This has been especially true this past week. It’s been challenging and exhausting for all of us.
Right now, this very moment, as I sit down to write my weekly post for Mother Goose Time I am overwhelmed and tired. I’ve spent the last few days questioning if Mother Goose Time is worth the effort.
Is this program really worth the cost to me and to my family?
Granted as an ambassador I don’t pay out of pocket for the program (although, I did at the beginning).
I pay in time and energy.
I take photographs, write blog posts, and share images on social media of the activities I do with my children. As any of you with young kids know, time is an incredibly precious thing.
Some days writing the post is fun and sorting through the photographs of my kids is enjoyable.
I love sharing photos of the kids and their adventures with family and friends, especially their Daddy and Grandma.
Other days, like today, I’m just drained and don’t feel like writing anything. It’s even more difficult when the kids are also having a rough time; either they didn’t get enough time outside or sibling squabbles have them crabby.
On this day, with laundry piled up and dishes undone and three small kids echoing demands (both reasonable and unreasonable) from one end of the house to other, I find myself reflecting on why exactly we use Mother Goose Time and why I spend my time and energy to make sure we get their curriculum each month.
I could go without Mother Goose Time.
I could easily say that the kids don’t need a preschool curriculum.
It’s important for them to have books and free play and time outside and Mother Goose Time encourages all those things.
But we don’t NEED a preschool curriculum.
Then I remember why we decided to try Mother Goose Time in the first place.
My kids were actively asking for more activities with Mom. They wanted to craft and draw and play games.
I spent a crazy amount of time on Pinterest, looking up different activities and spending money on supplies.
Some of the activities were successful, others totally flopped (remind me to tell you about our egg painting process art experience sometime), but regardless of the outcome the kids kept asking to try more and more things.
At some point I cried mercy and started looking for alternatives.
I started seeing posts from a fellow blogger on Instagram that showed some of the neat things she and her kids were creating and doing with Mother Goose Time.
I showed them to my daughter and she all but begged me to let her give it a try. After talking it over with my husband, I opted to do something I was certain I never would; order a boxed curriculum for my preschoolers.
The kids LOVED Mother Goose Time.
They were and are happy to see the box with the big yellow school bus arrive on the front stoop.
My son still asks every morning, “What are we learning about today?”
As I sit here spending time writing these words, I realize, with some irony that the main reason I am doing so and will continue to do so is TIME.
Mother Goose Time gives me Time.
Mother Goose Time may not be necessary, but it sure is fun.
The curriculum empowers me to be able to spend time with my kids pursing activities that they enjoy and because I get to connect with them while they play and learn; I enjoy this time too.
So, yes I’m tired and not in the mood to write a post, but I’m going to write.
Because Mother Goose Time is completely worth the cost to our family.
I could give you a whole list of the benefits we get from this curriculum: invitations to create, participation stories, make and play activities, science cards, recipe cards, letter recognition, basic math skills, etc.
BUT, the main reason we order Mother Goose Time is because of the time we get together, thanks to a wonderful themed monthly box that requires next to no preparation.
So, thanks Mother Goose Time.
I’ll keep writing posts and sharing our experiences.
This month we’re off to discover what we can learn At the Pond.
Care to join us?