It’s the weekend and you’ve looked forward to it the whole week. As you lie in bed, blissfully asleep with no alarm set, a nudge makes you wake up. A little voice says, “Mommy.. I’m hungry.” You look over at the clock. 5:45am. What!?! It’s the weekend! Why can’t my child sleep in? I’m going to be so grumpy…. Here are 7 strategies we use in my house when our kids wake up too early.
Back to school means getting kids adjusted to a new schedule. Anything that messes with a routine can be hard, not to mention super stressful. How can we wake up kids for school in a way that makes our mornings easier and less grumpy? Here’s your back to school plan.
You can’t deal with the attitude and tantrums any longer. It seems that each time you interact with your child, you feel like you are about to lose your mind. It’s becoming harder to keep your patience and you don’t want life to be like this. Here is your path to being a more patient mom.
You want to help your child’s school, but you just haven’t found a way to do so.
Out of the many back to school essentials, giving back to the school is one you want to consider this year.
You work full time or have little ones at home, so volunteering during the school day isn’t always an option. How can you support the school?
Here are three ways that you can make a BIG impact!
As a parent, I see how desperately my daughter needs more time to simply be a kid. How she needs that mental break to explore and discover and JUST HAVE FUN. Why recess in our country needs to change.
How do you teach kids to care about others – especially, when they don’t know how to recognize others feelings? Here are four activities that will help you start the conversation.
How do you get kids to do chores? If you prepare for battle every time you ask your child to do a chore, fear no more. Here are the 5 common phrases that kids say along with your rebuttal. Look forward to no fighting, no yelling and your child helping more at home.
Your child talks about playing alone at recess. He shrugs it off when you ask more questions and immediately you are worried if something is wrong. You may think, “I wonder if my child is being bullied.”
Back to school means packing school lunch. Honestly, they overwhelm me. If you get as stressed about school lunches as I do, I’ve found an easy way to simplify the entire process and eliminate tons of anxiety in the morning. My six-year-old daughter now packs her own lunch. Here’s how to teach kids how to pack their own lunch. Whenever I hop on Pinterest, I find a bazillion school lunch ideas. Each one holds its own promise like, “Food your Kids will Eat!” and “No Repeats”. Each also holds it own pressure to pack this perfect lunch for you child that (a) is healthy and nutritious and (b) won’t get thrown out at the end of lunch. Because if your kid doesn’t eat the lunch, what’s the point, yes? For the past two years, my daughter has bought school lunches. When she got home, I always asked her, “What did you have to eat today?” She would reply, “Pizza, Fruit juice, chocolate milk, chocolate chip cookie… oh and broccoli” “Yes!” I responded, “Broccoli was a really good choice” “Oh, I didn’t actually eat the broccoli” And I pounded my head on the table. Now, I’ve figured out a way to send her to school with lunches she likes, ensure they are balanced so she still gets some sweet treats and eliminate my stress by having her pack them herself. Here it is! Your step-by-step plan on how to teach your kids to pack their own lunches. First, List the options My daughter and I created a list of school lunch options together. We listed proteins that she likes, grains, fruits, vegetables and treats. I wanted a very small list so that I could keep these food items stocked each week and she could easily make a decision. My issue with having a different lunch each day was that I would always have food spoilage because there was no way my daughter could finish an entire pack of chicken nuggets, pack of turkey and whatever else we decided to pack each week. Her lunch list is full of simple goods that are eaten by the rest of the family and yet are also perfect to pack for school lunches. Having a system like this provides the opportunity to mix and match so that your child will really never have the same lunch each day. You can find a printable version of our lunch list by clicking the image above. If you would like a blank copy to fill in with your child’s own favorite foods, click HERE. Have tons of easy healthy snacks on hand One of my huge lunch packing troubles was that I would always run out of a variety of foods at the end of the week. Now, we have a ton of easy non-perishable snacks on hand. As you see, it is a sea of CVS Gold Emblem Abound. I can not portray my enthusiasm for this brand enough! Not only is every snack delicious, but they also contain no artificial […]
When I was a teacher, I assigned kids homework and expected it finished the following day. I honestly didn’t know what a nightmare homework could be until my daughter started elementary school. The crying. The anger. The emotions! All over a couple of math problems? What is this?!? I used these 10 strategies in my house to stop our homework hassle. Now after school, my daughter sits at the kitchen table and completes her homework. No drama. Here’s how we did it. A big thank you to CVS Pharmacy for providing me the school supplies and some of the snacks seen in this post! Agree on the terms Kids crave routine and are able to better manage their emotions when they can easily predict the next activity. Same with homework. In addition to your usual back to school routine, ask your child the following questions and come to a mutual agreement. When do you want to do your homework? Everyone is different. My daughter likes to first have a snack and then start on her homework as soon as she comes from school. Where do you want to do your homework? Designate a place. Where do you want to keep your homework supplies? Agree on a specific drawer or shelf where your child can always find a pencil, colored pencils, and scissors. Where will you put your homework when its done for me to check it? This was a problem for me. My daughter would leave the table with the contents of her backpack exploded across it. I had no idea where her homework was or that she was even finished with it. Have a Distraction Free Homework Area In our house, it is our kitchen table. I find that it is central enough for me to help my second grade daughter when she needs it and yet close enough to toys and entertainment for my two year old son. The most difficult part is keeping this area distraction free. We can’t turn on the TV, play with anything interesting, or do anything fun. That’s life with a six-year-old. Instead, I pull out paper and crayons for my two-year-old son so can “do homework” too. The next tip changed our after-school bad moods immediately!