Parenting is hard. There is no doubt about it. When you dreamt about your life as a parent, you may have envisioned yourself snuggling with a sweet infant that coos and gurgles as you rock her to sleep. You may have seen yourself reading Goodnight Moon, while your toddler sits cuddled next to you sucking his thumb. Hardly anyone envisions parenting a second grader, who doesn’t like cuddling anymore and is always fighting with his brother, and who you have to physically drag out of bed in the morning before school.
Last week, we posted about getting a child settled into a schedule for the school year. Today, we are taking a closer look at one particular part of their schedule – bedtime.
Summer is ending, and even though we are ready to send our kids back to school, are we prepared for the hectic mornings that come with getting a child out the door? Those lazy summer mornings will turn into combat zones, as we try to push and prod little Johnny out from under the covers and at the same time try to get ready for our days as well. Mornings with kids are stressful.
A couple of months ago, we asked, “Should children do chores?” A few of you chimed in, saying that chores are a positive thing because it teaches kids to be self-sufficient and fosters a sense of helpfulness. Today we are revisiting the question, but with a spin: should children have a daily checklist?
School is out for summer! It’s a time for more unstructured playtime and creativity. Dive headfirst into your imagination with fun and a stack of books!
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Right about now your kid is probably vegged out on the couch with an iPad playing his favorite game shooting bubbles (or whatever they do with bubbles in that game). While “down time” is one of the greatest perks of summer break, the result of all that downtime is what educators call the summer slide.
Nothing is better than the first few days of summer break. Everyone stays up later than usual eating watermelon and catching lightning bugs (or fireflies – depending on where you live). Kids run through sprinklers in the backyard and sell lemonade on the corner. Neighborhood kids meet at the local pond and try to catch that elusive fish that is a thing of legend.
Visit any grade school special education room across the country, and you will see the same thing. Laminated schedules with photo icons either hang on the walls or are carried around on clipboards.
Chores are a vital part of family living. Everyone-- son, daughter, mom, and dad-- should have weekly chores.
We all know it's easier to do the tasks yourself, but you'll be doing your child a disservice if he isn't assigned jobs around the house.
We recently posted a video on our Facebook page, and it ignited a conversation. So today, we’ll be revisiting the topic: Should children do chores?