The majority of you already know that I adore the Berenstain Bear books. They were my favorites as a kid. I would sit in my room for hours and read my entire collection of them. A collection I’ve added to since then and now share with my boys. As I read them now, as an adult, I find myself relating to Mama Bear a lot! I’m Mama Bear all the way. I have come to the realization that I have learned many of my parenting skills through Mama Bear.
For instance, Messy Room. This one was my all time favorite BB book ever. This moment right here…yes, I do this. When I get fed up or they are misbehaving I threaten the boys with a BOX. A box I will fill up with toys if they keep pushing my buttons. She knew how to get to those cubs and remedy a situation.
And this one too. We take manners very seriously around here. There are consequences for rudeness and bad attitudes.
Think of Those in Need is one of our newer ones. We often talk about how we have too much stuff and there are others out there who need things more than we do. We go through our things as a team and donate what we no longer need or use (I then gather more after they go to bed).
Then there are the lectures on junk food. Fueling your bodies with the food you need. Mama gets all the junk out of the house and offers healthy alternatives. Go Mama!
I seem to find myself in Mama’s shoes all of the time. Especially, when Papa is put into the mix with the kids (junk food, trouble with chores, too much tv). He’s just a giant cub. Mama is a little out number, just like me, but she has some great ideas on how to get her crew into shape. Mama and I need to share a glass of wine some time.
It’s APRIL! How did that happen so fast? It sure doesn’t feel like it here in New England, but it’s here none the less. April is Earth Month. I love it! It’s time to get the kids outside. I get to do yard work, which I love. It’s also a good time to teach the kids about the environment. Grammie got the boys a new book just in time for Earth Month. The Berenstain Bears Go Green. We read this book tonight. The boys liked it, although they think the story should have continued longer (not sure if that was just because they didn’t want to go to bed yet).
The bear family loves their little world, Bear Country. They enjoy the mountains, the rivers, and the fields of sunshine. One day while spending quality family time outdoors they come across something foul. Oil drums leaking into the river. *my kids gasping* The entire community bands together to help clean up. The book also makes wonderful suggestions about recycling, composting, and trying to conserve energy. All things my boys know, but it’s always great to remind them. Oh, and now they want their dad and Poppy to build a windmill for our house. Great.
Another book that is appropriate to share this month is Mercer Meyer’s It’s Earth Day. I shared this one before. It’s great! Any time my kids are wasting water or leaving lights on I just shout, “polar bears!”
It’s that time of year at school again. The Vocabulary Parade. I wasn’t looking forward to it last year but after we got the ball rolling it was a lot of fun and Logan’s project came out fantastic.
The key to this project is to get the ball rolling. That’s the tough part, especially seeing now we have two school boys that have to put projects together. We started our discussion on what vocabulary words they wanted to do and of course they start blurting out costumes they have upstairs in their toy room. Then Logan had his oh so brilliant idea of being a “reptile.” That is the same direction he went with last year. We had to direct him toward the word “scales.” We’re going to keep going around and around on this. Help!
We have till Thursday night to get our ideas together. Decent ideas that the boys will be on board with and won’t be too overwhelming a project. I would like them to be able to it mostly themselves. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
We’ll update you later with School Project Part 2 – I’ll be buying some celebration champagne (for myself of course) when this one is over.