Put-Ups for Daddy

Put-ups for Daddy
We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday. The girls worked hard to create a put-up jar for him.

They started by writing (with permanent marker to avoid smudging) and cutting out the letters for the word “Dad.” Next they glued them on to the jar with some glossy Mod Podge. When the letters were in the right place they applied one coat over the top of the letters. While the jar dried, the girls started to write the put-ups.

I was amazed at how the put-ups flowed from the girls without needing any prompts from me…

“I love it when you color with me.”
“I like how when I ask you questions you answer them.”
“I love when you are funny.”
“I love when I go fishing with you.”
“ I like the way you teach me things.”
“Thank you for cooking yummy dinners.”
“I love it when we bike.”
“Thank you for playing with me.”
“Thank you for reading stories to me anytime.”
“I like the way you are always there for me.”

I can think of no greater accomplishment in life than to have your children genuinely feel that way about you.

Thank you Edward for all that you are and all that you do. You are truly an extraordinary man!

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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. i can not wait to do this at home with my ltitles. they are not writers yet but they could draw or they can ask another person to scribe. i think we might make one for all of us. fill up our love tank!

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