Why hello, world! I am in fact here and, I’ve learned something terribly tragic. When my husband is out of town I have zero balance in my life.
He’s been gone for 2 weeks.
(I feel like I can finally write that now that he’s only hours from being home. (didn’t want any boogie men showing up!))
I have officially had a 2-week diet of take-out, cereal, coffee, a bit of water (when I brush my teeth, which yes I’ve managed to do once or twice since he’s been gone) and cereal and cereal. I have not seen the inside of our gym. I have not seen the inside of a grocery store. I have not seen the inside of our shower.
Okay, I’m lying. I’ve showered. And, lucky for me I have some very kind friends who have made sure to feed me a time or two. I am alive and – maybe not at my healthiest – but really happy.
Having him gone has not been ideal, but I have been so incredibly efficient. There is just so much going on and not an ounce of it can I complain about.
I’ve been getting emails from moms and dads wondering what the lessons will look like for the kiddos’ workshops. I want to show everyone everything so that they’ll know how amazing these workshops are going to be (and I say that with the UTMOST confidence), but I can’t figure out how to do that and protect what we’re building. You know what I mean, right? But at the same time, spending money on something you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get is unnerving. I totally get it. I know I always want to know all the details before I purchase something.
So, I thought I’d do the best I could think of and at least show some sneak peeks here. You won’t be able to see any of the writing, but you’ll get an idea of how the lessons are laid out and how all of them are totally kid friendly.
With all of our lessons they are written to the child, but throughout (especially for the 7 to 10 year olds) there are “Parent Tips.” This just helps guide you as you encourage ayour child, but also let them struggle and learn and grow as an artist and more importantly as a unique individual. We’ve also put in little bits to help you know when a good time to break is (if needed) and when an activity is coming up that will get your kiddo moving.
I have been doing research on kids and their developmental stages so that the lessons will be as age appropriate as possible (every family can make their own subtle modifications depending on their child’s developmental stage).
The thing I am most excited about though is how these workshops are designed. I know so many parents are assuming that all they will do is teach their kid how to use their camera. Although that’s a huge part of it, the more important part (and the heart behind these workshops) is to help develop the child’s confidence and self-worth. Everything is laced with projects that will help kids see their own power, their incredible value on Earth and also encourage them to look outside of themselves.
This might be a bit pompous to say, but I truly meant it when I said it here. I am imagining these workshops changing our children and our children changing our world …
Have a happy weekend!
p.s. A free giveaway to the workshop is being offered here this weekend.
p.p.s. Registration opens next Friday! Eeek! So excited! : D : D : D