Trace your child’s hand onto the red and blue paper. Cut them both out.
Trace Elmo’s nose onto the orange card stock and cut out. Trace Elmo’s mouth onto the black card stock and cut out. Use the .5″ circle punch or scissors to cut out 2 eyes from the black card stock.
Arrange the red handprint with the fingers pointing down. Assemble Elmo by gluing the white eyes from the template onto the top of the handprint.
Glue the 2 black circles onto the middle of the white eyes from the template.
Glue the orange nose onto the bottom of the eyes, with about 1/3 of the nose overlapping the eyes.
Trace Cookie Monster’s mouth onto the black card stock and cut out. Use the .5″ circle punch or scissors to cut out 2 eyes from the black card stock.
Assemble Cookie Monster’s eyes by gluing one black circle to the top left part of the white eye. Glue the other black circle to the bottom right part of the white eye. This will give Cookie his signature silly look.
Arrange the blue handprint with the fingers pointing down. Glue the completed eyes to the top of the handprint. Attach the smile with glue just beneath Cookie’s eyes.
To everything, there is a season. I have a secret to tell you, NO PARENT HAS ALL OF THE ANSWERS ALL OF THE TIME. The true beauty of parenting is to learn how to balance your ideas and expectation for your home. If you have 10 things on your list to do. Categorize them by priority, then spread the list out through the week. You do not have to be super mom or super dad.
What your child needs from you is for you to be at peace in your heart and mind. The peace will allow you to accomplish the needed task and then have room to roll with all of the punches that come with parenting. When you are at peace, you set the foundation for your home life to also be at peace.
Moms and dads out there I know that you will understand this one! Everyone, no matter how long you have been parenting needs assistance or help of some kind. As a parent I do believe that God gives you the skill and ability to love, care and look after your little genius; but there comes a time where a helping hand can bring peace and comfort into your home.
Receiving help as a parent means being transparent. I would like to encourage you today to be strengthened by the honest notion that even amazing parents grow stronger with the right community.
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