Brayden turned two in November and we’ve entered the dinosaur stage as I’ve dubbed it. Needless to say we’ve been dealing with A LOT of emotions lately. Not only from the kids but from myself as well. We all have our ups and downs and the best reminder I can give myself when we’re in the thick of it is that, this too is a phase and we’ll soon be onto the next one. But I do have a handful of tricks up my sleeve!
First up are our favorite books. The kids love reading and these three have been in constant rotation in our house lately.
1. Brave – this book is written and illustrated by my absolute favorite letter designer, Jessica Hische. I’ve met Jessica a couple of times and worked with her on a project as well and she is just all around lovely. This book is not only beautiful with a sweet message but the kids love seeing the words and letters illustrated in such fun and different ways.
2. The Color Monster – this book is wonderful and follows a little girl who helps a monster sort out all of his feelings. I love how it goes through each one and reinforces that it is ok to have ALL of the feelings. The kids love the new feeling that the monster discovers at the very end.
3. In My Heart – this book follows a character whose heart is full of feelings. Each feeling is described so well and the kids really relate to each little story. They request this one a lot and I love reading it to them.
Next up in our arsenal are our rollers. Each of the kids have a roller to help them cope with their emotions. We call them their princess and dinosaur rollers but a lot of people call them tantrum tamers. Here is the recipe:
Tantrum Tamer Essential Oil Roller
3 drops Valor
3 drops Gentle Baby
5 drops Lavender
2 drops Peace & Calming
Add to 10ml roller bottle and top with carrier oil, roll on heart, wrists and feet.
And last up my go-to oils for dealing with the tantrums are Stress Away, Valor and Joy. I love these on their own or all together and I love having these little bottles in my toolbox for the every day struggles of motherhood. Amen to that!