Llama llama Inspired Parent Heart Lovey
Every night you tuck your little darling into bed and then moments later they are hollering for you, right? This isn't just me?
We recently nipped this in the bud with a new sleep routine, a couple of tap lights, and some little loveys to hold on to at bedtime. Our loveys and our entire conversation about bedtime was inspired by this book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, which just happens to be what the Virtual Book Club for Kids has chosen this month for their book to read and share.
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Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney is a well known and loved book for this generation of preschoolers. (You can order one here if you don't have it yet!) Our copy is well worn and beloved. It is one of our favorite bedtime stories. Simply put, it is a story about a little Llama that gets tucked in bed and then wants his Mama. It is full of preschool emotions, a loving parent child relationship, expressive illustrations, and wonderful rhyming text.
We have been talking a lot about people and emotions lately.
Emotions are good. They communicate our feelings. Feelings help make us human. The emotions of preschoolers can also get a little out of hand sometimes.
Lately we have been talking about what to do with all these strong emotions. For example, when you are frustrated hitting your brother is not okay. Stomping your feet in a quiet space and taking a deep breath is okay.
At bedtime, it is okay to sometimes miss mama and daddy. We all miss people that we love sometimes. It is not okay to shout downstairs and interrupt our quiet adult time. It is okay to hug a lovey and think about mama and daddy. It is okay to dream about mama and daddy and then tell us your stories in the morning.
Our kids have an abundance of huggies or loveys (ie. stuffed animals and blankets). In fact, my son has so many that it is occassionally hard to find him on his bed. That being said, I still thought it might be nice to give them something with a picture of mom and dad to hold on to as part of our discussion about emotions and bedtime.
We have done a tiny bit of sewing in the past and lacing cards have long been a favorite road trip activity, so once I threaded the needle and tied a knot at the end of their yarn they were good to go. They sewed in and out all over their heart until they were content.
Then I took the tiny wallet sized photos of mom and dad and sewed a few loops to hold it in place. I'm sure someone with better sewing skills than I could do this better, but they worked. They held in place enough for four year olds. The resulting hearts fit perfectly in their hands and under their pillows. No more extra mama llama trips up and down the stairs. (Oh, and the tap lights. They are pretty perfect too)
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