When Scarlet was a baby, new neighbors moved in next door at our old condo. They had a toddler boy – about nine months older than Scarlet – with the sweetest face and disposition. I didn’t know the mother well yet, but she said to me, “I keep telling him to stop growing and he never listens!” We laughed together then because we both knew that OF COURSE we wanted/want our children to grow and thrive and bloom. Sometimes, it hurts.
How do I know they’re growing up so fast and so well? So many changes lately! Scarlet is in second grade and has carved quite a personality for herself. She is strong-willed, compassionate, passionate, empathetic, and extremely opinionated. She takes piano lessons on Mondays, and attends a theater class after school. And, she even tried her first sport (soccer) in the fall. She is excited for 5-6 weeks of full-time camp this summer! We are so excited!
Des is registered for kindergarten, and is a kind, gentle soul. He plays with all kids, and is the most careful with our dog, cat, and 11 chickens. He’s cautious, funny, and also opinionated. Des loves to pack his own lunches.
I think it’s important to recognize, encourage, and cherish your children’s growth. I recognize it in little and big ways. Their independence. The way Scarlet now takes showers instead of baths, and can help her brother with tasks. The way they have more refined taste in food, and make better choices about what they eat and drink.
They’re finding their interests and their paths and passions – in school and not in school. They ride roller coasters now! They are stronger mentally and emotionally, and also physically. And, they get stronger every day!
Why not track that beautiful growth with a growth chart? This year, Mott’s and Walmart are helping you to track your child’s growth and ensuring that all children are given the chance to grow up big and strong! Whether you pack Mott’s in lunch boxes, or share after school snacks, you can start strong with Mott’s juice and sauce. They’re available in a variety of sizes/flavors and are full of real fruit goodness. They are an excellent source of vitamins. And it gets better! They’re helping you get an amazing growth chart for buying Mott’s products!
1) Buy $10 worth of Mott’s Juice or Sauce at Walmart
2) Register for the offer on www.Motts.com/Walmart
3) Upload receipts on www.Motts.com/Walmart now thru 9/15/2017
4) The growth chart will be mailed to your home once receipts have been verified.
5 Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Growth:
1 – Let them make their own choices and decisions. Sometimes they’ll make mistakes, and sometimes they won’t. Finding their own way is character-building. You’re still there to guide, while watching them learn and grow.
2 – Encourage and praise the process. Reaching their potential takes hard work and practice.
3 – Watch them do something great. Let them know you noticed too!
4 – Notice their hard work. It’s a great way to acknowledge the effort they put forth to achieve an accomplishment. It’s meaningful to recognize the hard work that went into the achievement, rather than just praise results.
5 – Let them lead the way. This grows with age, and you can start small. When you let your child take the lead, you communicate that you trust them to make good choices.
Mistakes will happen, but it will build confidence.