DD(5) takes a bath after dinner and usually has a few minutes to play in her room before we read a chapter in her book together, snuggle for a bit and then goes to bed. We eat from 5-5:45 and she is asleep by 7pm.
DS( usually showers before dinner and works on homework and practices his violin after dinner. If he is finished by 6:30 he can watch 30 minutes of a show or use the computer. At 7:00, DH takes him up to read and have their "man time". DS goes to bed at between 7:30 and 7:45.
DD(11) has the freedom to make her own choices after dinner. She has to shower, finish her homework and get stuff ready/packed for the next day but is free to choose after that (usually between 7 and . She usually hangs with me but will also, draw, watch a show, play a game or text her BFF. At 8:00, she goes upstairs, feeds and waters her hamster and then reads until "lights out" at 8:30.View Thread
When my kids dropped their nap, I moved bedtime up whatever amount of time they normally napped.
For example: If their bedtime was 7:30 and they normally napped for 90 minutes I would have started putting them to bed at 6pm.
I have one kid (DD2) who was going to bed between 5:30 and 6 for months. She just couldn't deal with life after that and was exhausted all day (she was between 3.5 and 4.5). She is 5y8m now and has matured enough to make it utill 6:45/7pm most nights now-- Yay!View Thread
Great to hear from you. Congrats on the "semi-retirement". I said the same thing 10 years ago but have yet to really have the time (and energy) to jump back into the working world in even a part-time capacity.
Logan just finished The Witches as well and loved it almost as much as his older sister did. It is still one of her "top 5 best of all time books". Other fun books he's enjoyed earlier this year are The Magical Miss Plum, Freckle Juice and the first 3 or 4 of the Secret Agent: Jack Stalwart series, which are quick reads with minimal "meat" but exciting for boys.
He also a great non fiction story called a Boys Walk in the Wilderness (or something like that). This story was great for him and lead him into a new genre of books like My Side of the Mtn and Julie and the Wolves, both of which he really liked reading. Our current "read together" is The Hatchet which is pretty exciting as well.
I was/am so over the Whimpy Kid books (they were open and being read in my house for 2 years between Mady getting them and Logan finally reading them). I'm hoping the little one will skip them entirely but highly doubt I will be so lucky.
Oh and they also LOVE, LOVE LOVE the Wierd But True books. They are not really reading books but all of my kids, especially Logan, totally envelop the fun facts and tidbits of info that I buy them as soon as a new one comes out.
Both Mady and Logan started the PJ series but neither caught on before putting it down for something else. L tried really hard too as it's a very popular selection in his class.View Thread
My kids are all early risers and have always had early bedtimes regardless of their age. They could never wait until 6:30 or 7 to eat and then stay up until 8:30/9:00. They just can't function on a schedule like that when they are up and ready to go by 6am every day. They have lunch from 12-1 at school and are ready for a pretty significant snack by 3:30 but are totally ready for dinner by 5:00, maybe 5:30, when/if I can hold them off until DH gets home.View Thread
DD2 has been hearing all about teeth for years. The big kids seemed to always have a loose tooth, or were getting "grown up" teeth, or getting things from the the Tooth Fairy, or needing/getting/tweaking braces, getting xrays, having teeth pulled, searching for retainers,etc. Basically, for a 5-year old, she is very well versed in pretty much everything that can happen at a Dentist or an Orthodontist office.
I don't think she thought any of that stuff would ever happen to her though.... BUT she discoved a loose tooth last week and pretty much made it her mission to get it out. She was so excited when it popped out. The Fairy left her a crisp $5 bill, a book about the Tooth Fairy and some sparkly fairy dust. She can't wait for her big brother and sister to get back from camp and see her and insisted that we write to them this morning and tell them all about it. LOL!
Looks like she'll be starting school with this adorable toothless grin...
I think you should ask her what she wants. By first garde both my older kids had pretty strong opinions on which option they wanted. My DD wanted a boxed lunch so we did that. She liked to take either a 1/2 sandwhich (turkey breast, peaunt butter or BLT), or pasta and chicken breast or soup as her main course. I's send that along with some carrots and snap peas w/ ranch dip, a fresh sliced/peeled fruit, and a "treat" which was usually graham crackers, cheddar bunnies, a fig newton or a chunk of manchego cheese and a slice of quince paste. I still pack her lunch (she's 10) and still use the same ideas now with new foods that she's added to her diet along the way (cherry tomatoes, edamame, yellow peppers, dried seaweed, cheese sticks, ceaser salads w/ chicken, etc).
My son wanted "hot lunch" from the first day of first grade. At our school, they send each grade out to the cafeteria at different times and also have different table areas for upper and lower school kids so he was not waiting in line persay with 8th graders but did learn to deal with all different aged kids during lunch period. He still sat with his class to eat though--they have always eaten together regardless of where the lunches come from.View Thread
Our summer is going so well and despite how much I love having them home and spending the extra time together, they are all so excited about school. The Bigs simply can't wait to have their little sister there as a Kindergartener! They don't start schhol for three more weeks but we all know how fast that will go.
They each did 6 weeks of various day camps, everything from Science and Swim camp for DS( to Drama and Sports Camps for DD1(10) and Gymnastics and Tennis Camps for DD2(5).
We've stayed pretty local and mello as far as traveling but did manage to break up their camp weeks and make it up to the cabin for 2 seperate weeks of tennis, hiking, swimming and late night fun.
Just yesterday, I sent off both DD1 and DS to sleep away camp for TWO WEEKS. I'm nervous and already miss them but am so excited for them. DS has been looking forward to this for over a year and has been counting down the days.
I have never had this much time with the little one and we have 2 great weeks planned. This week we have lots of fun activities planned at the children's museums, the zoo, a local theme park as well as some swimming, a play date and a few bike rides. Next week, DH and I will take her to San Diego for some serious two-on-one spoiling. She can't wait to go to Legoland and the beach an will flip out when she discovers the hotel waterslide!
We'll have 9 days with the big kids after they return from camp until school starts and will probably escape back to the cabin to decompress and move our bedtimes up a bit. I took care of all the uniform ordering and supply shopping online so life should be good and the transition back to school pretty painless for all of us.