I could not imagine any Thanksgiving holiday without the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and being able to attend the parade is something special in itself. We are doing it second year in a row and it's starting to become a tradition now. We got up at 4am to get ready and made our way into the city. I decided to drive and park close and it turned out we found a great spot. I ended up getting bagels and muffins for breakfast for the kids as we waited on line to get seated because we had tickets to sit in the grandstand.
This is the second year that I am went to the Macy' and this year it seemed my kids were more enticed by the array of balloons from their favorite shows. It was chilly but bearable and it turned out to be a lovely event and I am definitely going to make this a yearly tradition.
When we bring our babies home first from the hospital, we have the beautiful, peaceful, sleeping, crying, little human and then a few months as they grew you get little personalities. Once they reach a certain age, they can get bossy, moody and it can get on your nerves because you try to plan and give the best to your child. We tend to forget that they have a mind of their own as well and it should be given a little patience to allow them to understand this great big world. I have two littles one, and each has a different personality where one is more moody, shy and closed off while my other one is more outgoing and bossy. I try to understand then without belittling them because this is who they are and they are still learning to understand this world. I did find a great article that has given me great tips to being a little bit more patient and understanding my children. Click on the link and enjoy this great article. http://pin.it/kzaMCk_
With school starting soon for my kids, and with one of mine going to fourth grade and my little starting Pre-K, I have been researching around trying to find creative and enticing ideas for my picky little eaters. I can't give them the same lunch because they both have different tastes and also I need to make it easy and classroom approved. I have looked everywhere for ideas and here are a few sites that I will share with you that might help you plan a great lunch for your children.
The first one is www.whatlisacooks.com, this site offers a ton of easy and unique lunch box ideas that are simple and nutritious and even the lunchboxes are cute. The second one that I found was www.thedatingdivas.com, which has 101 kid approved school lunch ideas that also creative and easy on your budget too.
I hope you will check out these two sites to get your little ones ready for school and make their lunch more nutritious and satisfying.
Back to school time is a time of year that brings up a variety of different emotions. Children are nervous and often not happy about returning to school. Parents are both happy to send their children back but may be a little emotional during milestone years like beginning kindergarten or high school. All children have anxiety about returning to school and this is something that is especially true for students that have learning disabilities. This is some advice that will work for all students, especially ones that may have learning disabilities that need a little extra confidence coming into this new school year.
In reality, all students could really use a big confidence boost before getting started at school. The first thing that you need to do is keep them informed. Remind them that school is coming so that they are not surprised on day that school is only a few days away. This will help them to adjust mentally. To do this, you should start to establish the school routines that they are used to (or ones that they need to get used to) a few weeks in advance. If a child is going to a new school, it helps to attend any tours or orientations that they are offering the students. You should also give them some space so that they learn to be independent. These are two things that will help make all children feel more confident when going back to school.
If your child has learning disabilities, you will want to work closely with your transition team and the special needs department to ensure that all of the IEP paperwork is updated and everything is ready to go. You are their advocate and by making sure everything is settled before school starts that will give both you and your child one less thing to worry about, which will also increase their level of confidence. This includes ensuring that any behavioral support that should be on your IEP is on it. Finally, it is also important that you talk to your child. You want to really listen to them, which will help them get out any concerns that they may have. Together, you can talk through these issues and find a way to resolve them before school or as school begins. After school begins, there is often an adjustment period for everyone and you just need to patiently work through it together with your child and their school.
The most important thing to remember is that you should have an open line of communication with your child’s school. This will help you to feel free to discuss problems that your child may be having and shows the school that you are there to work as part of a team. Both the school and the parents have the same endgame: the success of their children. Back to school can be a stressful year, but these are just some tips that can help make it a lot easier on everyone involved.
As a mom of a 4th grader, I can say that finding his niche in a sport has been difficult because I don't want to force him to play a sport that he does not like. However, I do want to find something that will help him feel confident being involved in and build those teamwork skills as well as social skills. Here is a video that I found that helped me talk to him and have him tell me what he likes and where I can go with it.