My little helpers {Nap Time Diaries}

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of my “Naptime Diaries” post, and while I have a million pictures I could share… I wanted to share a few from yesterday afternoon. One of the most FAQ I get is “How do you do it all with two kids?!” Well first off, I don’t…let’s just get that right out in the open. haha! And second, I involve my kids in everything I do. I know I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but I had such a sweet experience yesterday I had to mention it again.

This cute little guy is my biggest fan! He loves helping me with projects, making new recipes and LOVES to watch me take pictures of the final product. Yesterday he helped me make a fun Christmas Chex Mix. After we got done, I gave him a bag he could put some snacks in for him and his sister. He LOVES doing things all by himself, so I try to give him tasks where he can do just that.  After the mix was done I packaged it up and took it outside to photograph (now you can see my secret set up- haha). Carson’s job was to set up the box and make sure it didn’t fall over on the craft. This was a big task you see. He sat there and watched that box the whole time. It was the cutest thing I had ever seen.

MY OTHER RECIPES

After I was done taking my pictures, I began to clean up. He quickly said “WAIT!” Then he ran inside and ran back out with his arms full of  his snacks he had prepared earlier. He laid all of the bags on the board (re-arranging them a few times) and said “okay mom take a picture.” Of course I began taking pictures and he was so proud. That was such a sweet moment for me, and I’m so grateful for those sweet and simple moments in my life.

I’m SO lucky to have my two little kids in my life. I couldn’t do it without them. Yes, some days my little boy drives me crazy (read here and here) but there’s nothing I’d rather do than be his mom. That is my full time job, and that is what makes me happy. So yes, I do a lot of other things, but my kids are number one. I try to involve them in all that I do. And I save all the rest for Nap Time and Bed Time. ;) I’m definitely not perfect at this, but I strive hard to do that.

And how could I leave out this little cutie who is my other sweet little helper! She loves to organize all my buttons and fabric stash. That is her favorite thing to do. :)

AND as of last weekend Emmalyn is officially a walker. She looks so cute waddling around. She has a whole new light around her now that she can walk and is happier than ever. Also, Carson is officially potty trained. He was so ready and was a piece of cake. The cars toilet, cars undies and candy may have helped the process… but I am happy to say I only have one in diapers now.

Gosh my babies are growing way too fast!

So anyways I guess where I’m going with this post is… yes I am a stay at home mom and yes I do spend a lot of time on this blog (which has turned into a part time job) but I take my kids with me along for the ride…and boy is it a fun one! I can honestly say my son would rather be helping me clean the house and work on projects with me than play with his toys. He loves being able to do what I do, and I can see as my daughter is getting older -she does too.

Involve your kids in all that you’re doing.  They want to help you! Yes sometimes (okay most of the time) it takes twice as long and makes twice the mess, but you are teaching them… and they are learning. They are your biggest fans! Give them little tasks they can do to help. Let them help you. Most importantly cherish the memories you are making. 

It’s not only children who grow.  Parents do too.  As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.  I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun.  All I can do is reach for it, myself.  ~Joyce Maynard

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. Thanks for reading!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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16 comments on “My little helpers {Nap Time Diaries}”

  1. Your kids are adorable! I have 2 boys (14 mos apart) and they are Trouble with a capital T but we {heart} them none the less :) I am also a stay at home mom and try to involve them in everything I do as well; especially household chores and surprisingly they helping too. Win win in my book.

  2. I think it’s so important to let kids help with projects and to teach them!! You are such a great mom! It’s definitely something I’m going to have to work on because I don’t have the patience right now. I know that will change once I have kids though. Looking forward to that day when I get to learn more life lessons from my kids :) You sweet baby girl looks so cute on two feet too!

    • Thanks Mauri! You’re so sweet! I really appreciate your comment. :) You will be a fabulous mom one day… and you’re kids will be cute as can be! Hope you’re doing good!! xo

  3. What adorable kids! Emmalyn is soooo cute. Love the hair bow and cute boots.

    I am always amazed at moms with great blogs. Thanks for answering my never ending question. How do you do it?

  4. Oh my gosh! Could he BE any cuter?! Love that kid! I have my toddler help me out with things around the house, too. They love knowing that they are helpers! He has even started to show his baby brother how to do things. It is the cutest thing. And, btw – those shoes on your little princess are AHHHdorable!!!

  5. What a sweet post. I LOVE that you involve your littles in your projects and with helping you. My Luci (who will be 4 in March…where has the time gone) loves to do the same. “Can I help you mom?” or “WOW! Mom…you did a good job!” or “My mommy made it” are some of my favorite things to hear her say…and she says them often :)

    We always say this…but we really need to set up a playdate one of these days! :) PS- my baptism is coming up this month. Im waiting to hear back on a date…I’ll let you know when it is. No pressure on coming….this is a busy month to say the least.

    • Ah thanks Kara! We so need to meet… we live so close! Are you still teaching full time? And, I would love to come to your baptism, definitely let me know the date!

  6. I can’t wait until my little guy is old enough to do this WITH me. Right now he is so curious that he promptly destroys what ever he gets his hands on but he is starting to try to help out with things around the house and I can see him working alongside me on projects before too long. And I can’t wait!

    • lol! That’s how my son was about a year ago! He still gets into trouble on his own… but when he’s helping me, he does great! I just give him small tasks I know he can handle. :) Thanks for commenting. xo

  7. My mom and dad have the philosophy that kids should be part of your life. My mom has had an in-home daycare since I was little and everyone always helped – we all picked up, set tables, baking, raked leaves, pulled weeds right next to her. Now that my dad is retired the daycare kiddies follow him around too – fixing things, learning to paint, running errands, holding tools when he fixes cars. They love it! And, my parents get to hear about the kids’ day, teach them lifeskills, and be an adult in their lives who cares. That’s probably why grown men and women they watched 30 years ago when I was little still stop by to say hi or high schoolers choose to come over and spend snow days or breaks hanging out and living life with them. Involving kids in what you do involves them in your life and shows they matter more than the chore or activity you’re doing.

  8. Awesome post! Thanks for reminding me to slow down and give my little ones (1 and 3 yrs old) a chance to help. In the hussle of getting ready for Christmas, I truely needed this reminder:)

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