Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Parent of the Week: Katy

I'm so excited to present Katy to you! First of all, she sounds like soooo much fun. Second of all, she bakes. She also dances. See why I love her?! Okay- I'll let her tell you the rest...

REMEMBER: If you’d like to be a Parent of the Week, or if you’d like to nominate someone, simply email me at deluna.jamie@gmail.com. It’s that easy!


Tell me a little about you.                       
My name is Katy and I'm a wife and a mom.  I work a few jobs, one PT job outside of the home, one PT job from home and, most recently, starting my own business, Fresh Life Foods.  I love to bake, and I bake everything from scratch. It might actually be the sampling of what I bake that enjoy a little more than the act of baking, but either way, my new business has allowed me to turn my hobby into a career.   I also like to read, sew and play disc golf.  I love, love, love to dance, so dancing in the car is a must for me.  

Tell me about your children.                       
I have two children, one girl who is 5 years old, and one boy who is 5 months. They are both so funny and loving.  My daughter is such a great big sister and loves helping me with her little brother.  My daughter's favorite activities are singing, dancing and playing outside. My son likes eating, sleeping and chewing on toys at the moment.

What surprised you most about parenting?                        
How much I love these little guys. You hear it all the time, but it is just so amazing how you can have so much love for them.

How have you had to be Avant Garde as a parent?
I'm not sure if I've been Avant Garde, I just try to do what I feel is best for my kids. I always try to be available for whatever they need- a listener, a playmate, or just someone to cuddle with.  When I read the book, Simplicity Parenting, it really changed the way I handle our day to day activities.  I have reduced the number of toys, scheduled activities and adult conversations.  We've slowed down so that they can be kids, use their imaginations, relax.  We try to get out into nature as much as possible each day, whether it be right outside our door, at a park, in an open field, or a bike ride through the neighborhood.  Nature is cathartic and it encourages my daughter to use her imagination and problem-solving skills.  I try to give her appropriate freedom and responsibility when she plays outside, I think it builds her self-esteem.  I strayed away from trying to teach "school" at home and allowed my daughter's natural learning tendencies and desires to lead the way to learning.  I am amazed how she has picked up on learning everything from simple reading, math and science just through daily activities.  She starts school in August and is so excited.  I try keep their personalities in mind when we do things.  Even though my son is only 5 months, I can already see the personality differences between the two.  All in all, I just try to keep their childhood fun and care-free.


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