Every month, we love to feature one of our wonderful, unique Piñata mamas. This month, we have the pleasure to feature Bonnie G.! Bonnie is a former Special Education teacher turned stay-at-home mom of an adorable little boy. Learn more about how Bonnie bonds with her son over music, her love of educational toys, and how the Montessori style of education influences her playtime with her little boy.
Name: Bonnie Garcia
City: San Antonio, Texas
Occupation: Stay at home mom
#Kids: 1 (Sebastian- 1 year old)
Green Piñata: If you had a kid-free afternoon and nowhere to be, what would you do?
Bonnie: I would go to the spa with my sister and my best friend. It would be so nice to catch up on girl talk and get pampered! Afterward, I would go on a dinner date with my husband.
Green Piñata: What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a parent?
Bonnie: One of the things that has really helped me stay sane is going to mommy and baby classes. Staying at home with Sebastian while my husband is at work is much harder then I ever imagined. When Sebi was really little, I found it hard to find places to go that both Sebi and I enjoyed. Luckily, I found Gymboree play and music classes when Sebi was four months old. Sebi lights up when we step into the door – he loves the activities, the instructors, and the other babies. I love talking to the moms, and seeing Sebi so happy. It has helped us structure our weekdays, and we now enjoy our time at home more.
Green Piñata: What is yours, and Sebastion's, favorite part about Green Piñata?
Bonnie: As a former Special Education teacher, I know how the right toys can encourage development of new skills. My favorite parts about Green Piñata are that is saves me money and time, and that all of the toys are fun AND educational. Many of the toys are open ended, which builds creativity and attention spans in children. Sebastian is only a year old, and his needs and interests are changing so fast. I have been learning more about Montessori, and they suggest presenting toys so they are easy for the child to access. Every toy has it's place in the room, as well. I really enjoy setting up his new shelf every month, and learning how to arrange his environment to promote independent play. I love to watch him explore his new toys and see what he plays with first. Its amazing to see him figure out how a toy works, and see his joy while we play together. It feels like Christmas morning when Sebi wakes up to see his new toys. When my husband gets home, we all play with the toys together as a family.
Green Piñata: How do you make the most out of your Green Piñata experience with Sebastion?
Bonnie: One great benefit of Green Piñata is not having a ton of toys to store and pack. During our big move to San Antonio, I am having our box shipped to my parents house. We will be staying there in between houses. This will give Sebi toys to play with, and I won't have to pack them in our suitcase.
Photo credits (all): Bonnie Garcia