The other day, a close family relative of mine (or at least I think of her as close) came to visit. I hadnt seen her in a year and a half. She and her 3-year-old were only in town for five days.
When my oldest was about 18 months old, I started to phrase questions such as Its time to brush your teeth, okay? or Well do that activity later, okay? When my youngest was old enough to understand what I was saying, I continued to end statements with Okay.” Initially, I thought I was doing the right thing but whoozers has my second child proved me wrong!
Now that my oldest has almost completed kindergarten (sniffsniff, they grow up so fast!), I’m worried that he will forget everything he has learned. My lofty goal for the summer is to keep him learning throughout it.
Usually I blog about tablet technology (which you can read about here) but since Ive spent the last five days with my two young boys, 3 years old and 4 , I thought I would change things up a bit.
Now that we’re two months into the new school year, I’m reflecting on all of my parent-to-parent school relationships. I wonder how I rate on the playground? Is there even such a thing?
I am part of an amazing Facebook group of moms, who live in my area. From the questions that are posted, I can tell that my kids are older than most so a lot of the content is geared towards babies or toddlers. What I find surprising is how much these ladies are pushing their kids in certain areas – such as swimming.
I wont lie – my family spends a lot of time on the tablet. Since weve cut cable, which I blogged about in this article, the tablet has become our primary mechanism of screen time.
I still like to think of myself as a spring chicken, even at the ripe old age of 38. Recently, however I have had to deal with my aging parents and it has opened my eyes as to how I want to live out my golden years. I realized that I need to be pro-active now so that I can enjoy my twilight years. Here are a few areas I plan to focus on:
Over the last three weeks, I have read various articles on how parents are being caught unaware when their kids are using their smartphones, tablets or console gaming systems and then are horrified when they get their credit card statements. What parents realize is that they were charged gobs of money while their kids were using their devices unbeknownst to them. (I will admit that this blog post might turn into a bit of a rant)
Recently, a Mom posted on a Facebook sell & swap page and stated I shamefully admit that I failed at cloth diapers, and then proceeded to list the cloth diapers she was selling. After I read her post I was irritated. Why are we Mums so hard on ourselves? Being a parent is the toughest job in the world and yet we are always judging ourselves to someone else’s standards. I readily admit I raise …