Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creative Parenting Failure... and Minor Redemption.

What happens when an elementary teacher becomes a stay-at-home mom?

In my head, wonderful, creative parenting ideas, like this one I saved on Pintrest.  Early literacy projects that would be fun for Ellie and fun for me.  Labeling.  Sorting.  Naming things.  Signing.  Encouraging exploration and growth.

At times, I live up to my expectations.

This story is not about one of those times.

Ellie's wonderful developmental therapist had mentioned that a coming skill for Ellie will be finger isolation, or pointing.  She suggested gluing objects in an egg carton.  Being the awesome, amazing mom/teacher that I am, I made a quiche today to finish off the eggs and free the carton.  I took Ellie for a long walk to help her nap.  I gathered a number of small items from the craft boxes on my shelf.  I grabbed the Gorilla Glue, because it was closer than the hot glue gun and doesn't involve plugging anything in.  This was my big mistake.  I don't know why I didn't use the Krazy Glue, which was next to the Gorilla Glue.

I started gluing - ribbons, googly eyes, wood chips, and pieces of cloth.  I remembered that I had another box in the closet, and I was mindlessly carrying around my fine-motor-skill-egg-carton-creation around the house.  I set the awesome creation on the bed and went to the closet, returning with my box.

When I picked up the egg carton, my hand felt tacky, as if it had been covered in glue.


FACT: Gorilla Glue disintegrates Styrofoam egg cartons.  Gorilla Glue is also not fun to have stuck to your hands.

(The evidence of failure.)

(This idea was almost awesome.)

I'll be purchasing eggs in cardboard and trying again next week.  In the meantime, nail polish remover has helped de-glue my hands, and Ellie's pointing skills may have to wait another week.  We'll be sticking with naming objects, sorting and matching, and other early learning activities around here.  Oh, and eating quiche.

Okay, so after my defeat, I did come up with something to work on Ellie's fine motor skills a bit. No glue  involved, I let Ellie play with a cupcake tin.  I placed a single Cheerio in each of the cupcake wells, and let her eat them one at a time.  An ice cube tray would work better, but our ice cube tray was full of ice.

(I think it's funny that in this photo, Ellie is pointing, but she's totally missing the Cheerio.)



At least the moon was pretty.  I should have used my tripod, but I just ran out to take a quick picture after Ellie fell asleep.


For the rest of the week, I'll be working to redeem my parenting failure.  I'll let you know if I come up with anything great.  I may go purchase a cheap ice cube tray for a fun textile grabbing/pointing/learning game for Ellie, but there will not be Gorilla Glue involved.

Finally, and without any sort of great transition -This week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.  Ellie, we are glad you have a happy heart these days.
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9 comments:

  1. Oh, I like it when people share successes *and* failures. I have not used Gorilla Glue before, and now I never will. :) At least not on a styrofoam egg carton!

    The muffin tin idea is great. I'm totally keeping an eye out on your blog for ideas to use when Ben is a little older.

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  2. I saw your post on Courtney's page yesterday and I cracked up laughing at it. I have a tendency to get all excited about something and then it no "quite" working out. I'm sure Ellie loved the Cheerios in the muffin tin :-)

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  3. Hehehe - good to know! Actually, I've never even heard of Gorilla Glue, so it's just as well... Ugh, Sammi didn't do a decent pincer grip until she was 2 and in preschool. Then again, we never worked on exercises like this. Bad mommy...

    Totally forgot about Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week! Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. I think the alternative that you came up with is genius. Nice pointer Ellie!

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  5. I think the alternative that you came up with is genius. Nice pointer Ellie!

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  6. I've tried things like this before, they look so great in paper when I read blogs... but the reality is soooo different! Specially with my "always on the go" little boy! I wish he would sit still for 2 seconds and do what Ellie's doing on you picture! Good thing we mamas never give up ;)

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  7. hey, it happens to the best of us. We tried the egg carton thing a little while ago. . . my Ellie wasn't interested in it at all.

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  8. i have been saving egg cartons for months due to mother guilt over the lack of perfect Pinterest activities in our home ;)
    Though here they are clear plastic.
    We've been using the funky rubbery ice cube trays from ikea and putting pompoms in there and Nava has to really dig her finger in to get them out. She likes it ;)

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