April 2015

April 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Little Moments

Are you losing the little moments in your day?  I was.  I should go back a bit and tell you that in a previous life I taught school.  I think I learned to use the little moments in that role, but never translated it to home...until now.  

As a teacher, if you finish your lesson plan earlier than you expected, you are left a few moments to spare, maybe even just one.  You cannot imagine how much you can do with a minute until you try.  A teacher can assess students understanding of a lesson, clarify an element of the lesson if need be, or even work to build comfort in the classroom by sharing a fun story from the weekend.  Those little minutes are so easy to throw away, but if you use them, you can achieve so much!

When you have a baby in the house, at least for me, my first instinct was to use the little moments laying on my bed in complete silence, staring at the wall....at first.  As I became more comfortable in this role, started to get more sleep, and cut out energy-zapping gluten, I realized that those moments were where it was at!  I began telling myself, "Get busy momma, so you can cuddle and play with that little guy as soon as he wakes! Make these little moments count!"  I think lots of parents get to this place waaaay faster than I did, but I'm just glad to finally be here. 

The little moments are awesome for a fast load of laundry.  Try it!  Stop reading this and go throw one in! Just don't forget to come back... I also catch up on thank you notes, wipe down a bathroom, etc. in these tiny snippets of time.  It is mind-boggling to me how much time I wasted here and there (and still do, on tired days or days when I'm just not feeling it).  

Last night I used some little moments after bedtime to prepare some St. Patrick's Day decorations.  I love construction paper, and these shamrocks and paper chains were so fun to make! I felt like a kid again.  I only wish that I had some oak tag on hand!

Then, today, I stole a few naptime moments to hang my creations. What fun it will be to see his surprise when he wakes up!  Our boy is having the best time learning about holidays.


How will you use your little moments, today?