This content is sponsored by Ivory. All thoughts and opinions are my own
When you’re a parent, there are constant reminders of how imperfect your parenting is. They fly at us in the form of comments from strangers, self-inflicted guilt and even from our own children. No matter how perfect someone else’s life looks, the reality is that we’re all pretty much winging it.
As our family shifts into the mode of having both a preschooler and a budding tween, it feels as though we’re hitting a critical point. One in which I’m supposed to have a heightened sense of everything that is happening in Kayla’s life and also take a step back so she has enough freedom to make her own decisions and learn from her mistakes.
To gently guide her through time management, the choppy waters of grade school friendship and self-care. Admittedly, I tend to fail miserably at self-care. Though I find myself determined not to have Kayla end up the same way. Such is mom life.
Lately, after a long day of school and soccer or a trying day of life as a big sister, I’ve encouraged Kayla to embrace the healing powers of water through a bath or a shower. Since she’s still a kid, this isn’t always a welcome suggestion and she’d rather continue playing, reading, tinkering, etc.
To pique her interest and admittedly push my mom agenda without her realizing it, I made Kayla a self-care bath jar for tweens filled with items for the bath or shower, including a classic favorite – Ivory. Those bars of pure, white soap take me back to being her age and are symbolic of what it meant to be clean as a child.
For this project, I used the Ivory Original 3-bar from my own youth. But there’s also Ivory Free & Gentle Bodywash with Pear & Sandalwood which is gentle on sensitive skin and free of dyes and parabens. It also includes the #1 Dermatologist-Recommended moisturizing ingredient. And we also love Ivory Original Body Wash which has a new gentle formula. Both the Ivory Original 3-bar and Ivory Original Body Wash are free of dyes and heavy perfumes. These products have been a big help in giving Blake some independence as well.
I created these printable labels which say “open me when” and a few different sets of circumstances, both positive and negative, a kid Kayla’s age might celebrate or take a break from with a bath or shower and some time for self-reflection. This project is simple enough that anyone can do it. You don’t have to be creative or computer savvy. Below are what my labels said, adapt as you see fit!
- Open me when you gave it your all
- Open me when friendship feels confusing
- Open me when it’s tough being a big sister
- Open me when you had an awesome day
I added a new loofah for sudsing up and a few fizzy bath bombs to make bathtime even more fun. Everything went into a jar with some white pebbles on the bottom and that was it! Super simple.
Kayla was very excited when she saw this jar of goodies just for her. It also prompted a conversation about what was written on the bars of Ivory. She shared her feelings about big sister life and the stress of a three-year-old brother (exhausting!) She connected the dots that the recent Mandarin competition she participated in was a good example of giving it your all.
For me, it was a small win in the endless game of parenting. Being able to give her a meaningful gift, spark open conversation about life and of course GET HER CLEAN. I hope the long term payback is she develops a good sense about when she needs a break, a reset, or even just a few minutes to tune out.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ivory. The opinions and text are all mine.