Dawn is the president of Parachute Packer, Inc, and a mom of one daughter.
How many children do you have? I have a nine-month-old daughter.
How did you come up with the idea the Parachute Packers? Three years ago, I babysat my two-year-old nephew on a very regular basis, and I got to thinking when he was taking a nap, “What can I do with him that is fun, meaningful, and different than his same old typical toys?” So, I thought it would be great to have daily ideas right at your finger tips that would be creative, educational, and fun and fit the developmental age of the child. Being a counselor, I wanted to make sure that the activities encompassed the whole child–how they develop socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and spiritually. I thought it was important to start with a Newborn Year and cover these same developmental areas for several years after, which brought about One Year Old to Four Year Old.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Recognize and cherish each age and stage that your child is in. Each one has its own positives and negatives and is special in its own way. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and succumb to fatigue and limited patience and lose sight of what matters. Savor the little things and strive to love your little ones with all that you have more today than you did yesterday.
What has surprised you most about parenting? How much time a little being getting all of its needs taken care of well by you really takes. Getting all that needs to be done accomplished is an ongoing challenge, but so very worth it in every way!
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? So far so good with my daughter. She’s an excellent eater and pretty much doesn’t turn down anything!
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? My daughter and I are on the go a lot so we get a lot of exercise in just making it part of our day whether it’s walks in the stroller, dancing to music, or doing movements with her that are fun for her but work on muscle strengthening and toning for me. I also plan to start going back to my gym that I have been a member of for years to take aerobic classes and they provide childcare.
How do you recharge your batteries? When I’m lucky, I make arrangements to get a pedicure or a massage. Having a night out with my husband once or twice a month is great. On a daily basis, it’s just the little things that can rejuvenate me like getting outside and enjoying nature, listening to a spiritual teaching CD in the car, or indulging in a sweet treat!