As a mom, one of my jobs is teacher to my little boy. And as a teacher, it’s so important to motivate and encourage him when he tries new things. This week we started attending Little Gym. I wanted to socialize him with other two-year-olds, teach him new skills and burn off some toddler energy while we were at it.
My boy is big on tumbling. And this week he learned he could hang from the bars (and even lift his feet while hanging from the bars) and I was so proud of him. He did forward rolls on his own and I stood close by and told him what a great job he was doing. I encouraged him to do them again. I tried to motivate him to try the new activities and by the end of the class he was really warming up to the group activities.
Knowing that he has a lot of energy and wanting to make sure he’s getting some protein (he’s also a toddler who is a picky eater and doesn’t want to eat meat very often), we started feeding him peanut butter a few weeks ago. He LOVES it. We’ve also started giving him Planters Peanuts on occasion as a snack. Anything to get a little substance into the boy.
Did you know that peanuts have 6 essential nutrients? I KNOW. I just thought they were a fun snack and now I know that they really are good for us. With Halloween coming up, we’re big fans of mixing Planters Peanuts with candy corn. A fun and tasty treat! (I recommend trying it at least once. Thank me later.)
I hope I’m as good a motivator as Mr. Peanut. The power of the peanut is a mighty one – in multiple ways.
What motivates and energizes you?
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