Thursday, November 24, 2011
Why we celebrate Thanksgiving and ways the kids can help.
Don’t let the pressure get to you. Thanksgiving can certainly be a hefty holiday to host so take a breath, make a list and keeping on moving. For many of us, all the holiday hecticness is part of what makes Thanksgiving a favorite holiday because it ties back to what’s important in our lives, bringing together friends and family with one common meaning; to give thanks for our blessings and our harvest. Imagine, what would it be like if President Abraham Lincoln never made Thanksgiving a national holiday? Among all the chatter around the table this Thursday have a few "Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving Day" facts top of mind as the kids play games, work on holiday crafts and watch the parade. Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving Clearly there so much …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Thoughts on the challenges of being a working mother.
I spend my entire life with children. After I drop everybody off at his or her respective childcares and schools, I am in my car for a five-minute commute to work. Then, I have about 20 minutes before the kids start coming into the building. I will leave my class occasionally when they have something special like music or library, and I grab 20 minutes to eat some lunch, but I pretty much have them within my sight for the entire day. After the kids leave, I have a bit of time before I go and pick up my own children. After I collect my kids, we shuffle around to all of their playdates and activities. Then we do homework, make and eat dinner, people shower and then we are ready for bed. It seems like an entire day evaporated in the blink of…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
How to manage the noise when we need to manage the situation.
To yell or not to yell. An age-old parenting (and teaching) dilemma. Generations ago, there was no question. If a child was “misbehaving,” the adults yelled. If a child did not understand something, the adults yelled. If a child’s presence was being “requested," the adults yelled. There was little concern given to “feelings” or “explaining.” A yell of “Knock it off!” to a group of noisy children could easily and commonly be followed by “Because I said so!” Along the way, parents, and teachers, and other adult caretakers began to think more about what causes children’s behaviors, and subsequently about their own behaviors and how the two correlate. “Yelling" and adult ”commands” in general, fell out of fashion. Parents started “thanking" …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
How to and why it’s important!
Some things never change right? When it comes to learning, it is best to provide the ideal environment for your child to be focused, comfortable and know what’s expected. A healthy routine is actually the key to a healthy lifestyle and well-being. The following are the basics to getting back into the swing of a homework routine. Start it off at the start of the school year and when they are young, so homework is a must-do. Developing a Homework routine Consistent Timing is essential to the schedule. Set a consistent time Sunday-Thursday for homework. Kids will likely need a break after school before starting homework, so designate a 30-minute downtime before beginning assignments. If your child’s after-school program offers homework-help…
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
As parents how do you balance your child's school work, after-school activities and life in your daily schedule?
Medfield Parents Talk is a feature on Medfield Patch that invites the parenting community to gather and interact with each other on one open forum. This will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Where can we get information on local flu shot clinics? How can we help our children's schools weather their budget cutbacks? What is the best bedtime for babies? How do I deal with my college freshman and curfew during break? Any idea what do with my teen and texting limits? So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation with today's question: This week in Medfield, we're asking: "How do you help your child manage after school activities?" Click here to answer!
Apples are good to eat but they’re also fun to play with. Make apple stamps to create deliciously fun art.
Apple picking season is here. After you've made all the apple breads and pies, here's another way to make use of fall's favorite fruit. Cut apples vertically in half. With the flat side down, vertically insert a Popsicle stick in the center of the apple. Your children can use these homemade stamps to make paintings. Pour paint onto paper plates then have your children dip the apples into the paint and gently press them onto paper. Baby Take your baby’s hands and explore an apple half together. Let her smell and touch the fruit. If she is 6 months or older and eating dairy, you can place some yogurt on her high-chair tray as edible paint. Closely supervise her as she makes her own apple swirls by pushing the apple around in the yogurt. …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
September is baby safety month. Here are ten ways to keep your baby safe.
1. Follow car safety rules. Babies should ride in the backseat in a rear-facing car seat. Prior to installing, read the instructions carefully. Your local police department can help too. 2. Go for new baby equipment. Before you re-use any hand-me-down baby accessory, be sure it meets the most up-to-date safety standards and guidelines. Recently, the consumer protection agency has banned the use of drop-down cribs because of safety concerns. 3. When your baby isn’t being held, make sure they are in a safe place such as a crib or pack and play. Remember babies become mobile very quickly so stay close when they are on the changing table, beds or couches. 4. When they’re on the move, get those safety gates up. Babies begin crawling as early as…
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
10 out-of-the-box activities you can fit in before summer ends!
With sessions of summer camp ending soon and still time, though not much, left of summer, moms have their work cut out for them! Surprise your kids with some out-of-the-box family fun! 10 Out-of-the-Box Family Fun Activities Don’t forget to check the Medfield Public Library for summer activities and events. Putting together this list has inspired me to do some fun out-of-the-box activities before summers end. I may need to start with the yard sale. It’s fun but also very useful in aiding with the clutter. Have a great week, enjoy!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The first day of school is 21 days away, how are you and your kids preparing for the end of the summer?
Medfield Parents Talk is a feature on Medfield Patch that invites the parenting community to gather and interact with each other on one open forum. This will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Where can we get information on local flu shot clinics? How can we help our children's schools weather their budget cutbacks? What is the best bedtime for babies? How do I deal with my college freshman and curfew during break? Any idea what do with my teen and texting limits? So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation with today's question: This week in Medfield, we're asking: What are you doing during the last few weeks of summer before school starts again on Aug. 31? Click here to …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
It's pool season again! Here are some pool safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
My friend opened her pool for the first time this season and instead of the adults relaxing pool-side we were shouting commands to the kids. “Don’t run!” “No jumping on the shallow end.” “Nate, where are you? I can’t see you!” Let’s just say we had to get our ‘feet wet’ again when it comes to re-establishing pool safety as we splash into summer. I thought it would be a good idea to offer a quick refresher to all parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips to ensure safe swimming this summer: Source: http://www.aap.org/family/tipppool.htm