Every month, we love to feature our wonderful Piñata Mamas and tell their unique stories. Our newest Piñata Mama, Krystle, is a former preschool teacher turned stay-at-home-mom whose blog, Little Tiny Learner, chronicles her adventures in theme-based learning with her adorable preschooler. When she isn't sharing new activities on her own blog, or contributing her educational expertise to the Piñata Blog, Krystle likes to keep a fun, active routine with her family. Learn more about Krystle below!
Name: Krystle W
City: Seattle, WA
# Kids: 2 – Karter (2 ½) & Jack (5 weeks)
Green Piñata: What would you do if you had a day all to yourself, with no kids?
Krystle: If I had all day to myself, I would have my coffee in bed and watch the Today Show. I would get up and take an uninterrupted shower. I’d tidy my house because it makes me feel much more relaxed to have a nice, clean home! I’d head to the salon for a mani/pedi and some pamper time. Last, I’d meet some girlfriends at one of my favorite, not very kid-friendly restaurants for some happy hour and a glass of good wine!
Green Piñata: What's the one thing that helps you stay sane as a parent of little ones?
Krystle: Sometimes, when I get frustrated, I just take a step back and remind myself that Karter is only two and she’s supposed to test boundaries at this age, it’s how she learns! If we’re having a difficult time, I just turn on Disney music and we dance away the problems. Distraction works wonders with Karter.
(Also, wine for me!)
Green Piñata: Tell us a little bit about Karter. What are some of her likes, dislikes, and interests?
Krystle: Karter is a very sweet, but very feisty little girl. She loves her family, especially her new baby brother. She wants to hug and kiss him all day, but is still learning how to be “gentle” with him. She loves to learn, and always wants to read new books. She’s in the “Why?” phase and questions EVERYTHING! Her favorite colors are yellow and red, and she loves the alphabet.
Karter dislikes long car rides, and has never been a good car sleeper. Karter also HATES having a stuffy nose which is rough this time of year.
Green Piñata: What does a typical day look like for your family?
Krystle: We wake up in the morning, and Karter helps me make breakfast. She’s in a SUPER picky phase right now, so I have her help to increase the chances that she’ll actually eat her food. After breakfast, we either go on an adventure, or do a fun activity (children’s museum, aquarium, art project, baking). Karter naps in the afternoon. It’s a great day when Jack sleeps at the same time as Karter, but he’s not on a schedule yet, so that’s dependent on the day. If he does, I chug through my to do list. If not, I play with him and enjoy our one-on-one time! After naps, we usually stay home and free play, or do simple prep activities (playdough, cutting, sensory bin). When dad gets home, we have dinner, and then bath time!
Green Piñata: What is yours, and Karter’s, favorite part about Green Piñata?
Krystle: I taught in a preschool with a themed curriculum before having my own kids. When Karter was about 18 months old, I found myself getting bored playing with the same toys day after day. I started doing themes with Karter to enhance her knowledge, but also to keep learning and play exciting for BOTH of us! Green Piñata supports theme-based learning perfectly, because each month I can choose new toys based on the theme Karter and I will be learning about!
Green Piñata: How do you make the most of your Green Piñata experience with Karter?
Krystle: We love getting our new box of Green Piñata toys! We spend the first few days free playing with them, then I try to think of fun ways to expand on play. We make patterns with colored blocks, add the alphabet puzzle pieces to a rice sensory bin to search for them, or sort pegs by color!
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Krystle and her family. Stay tuned for next month's Piñata Mama of the Month!
Photo credits: Krystle W. of Little Tiny Learner