No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
Observing my son's daycare class, I notice that they give the kids plenty of time for transition. They don't wisk them from activity to activity, they have songs and phrases they use to transition from playing to snack to outside time to lunch. ANd it works! Those little one year olds love that, they march to the door willingly, clap their hands and smile.
It got me thinking about how things are run at home. We weren't doing this. And our house was a mess and my husband and I were overwhelmed. So we started doing this yesterday at home. We got his toys organized on a rolling cart and after we were done playing with them and it was time for a bath, we sang a cleanup song and put all the toys away, then went to bathtime. It was great! He loved it, we loved it.
But it was also hard. I am not used to living life like this and neither is my husband. We aren't the best at picking up after ourselves and we feel exhausted by the amount of time we spend cleaning up and taking care of this one tiny child. We were used to doing whatever we wanted whenever we wanted, leaving the kitchen dirty if we didn't feel like cleaning, watching tv all night and leaving our stuff around if we were too tired to pick up.
Our little experiment last night got me thinking, though. I wonder if transition time is necessary for all of us. Time to close out one activity and begin a new one. A few minutes to clean up and mentally switch gears. With technology and our minds in twenty different places, we go from one activity to the next so quickly that maybe it overwhelms my mind and that's partly why I feel so crazy sometimes.
So I am going to give myself the gift of transition and see how it helps with the eating. I already feel better with just one day doing this with the Bean. And I am feeling better just talking about doing it for myself. I often continue an activity right up until the last minute and give myself no time to even wash my coffee cup at the end of the day, I am rushing out the door with my things jammed in my backpack, not even sure if I have everything and rushing off to pick up the baby.
Anyway, I am rambling on now but I am interested to see what I learn from this shift I want to make. Has anyone else gone through this transformation after having kids? Or even without kids, just doing it for themselves? Stay tuned! I will post my findings :)