Rides are just one of those things that kids have to progress into on their own. Our oldest is a bit risk adverse and was much more hesitant than her siblings in regards to fast rides and big slides. About the time she hit 1st grade everything changed though and she began to open up and became more willing to give the "unknown" a shot. Eve at that point though I can remember her making DS, who is 2 years younger, try everything first before she would do it. He was 2.5 happily riding on the Matterhorn and she was close to 5 and absolutely screaming the entire ride.View Thread
Wow, it always amazes me how much there is to do this time of year.
Last Friday my baby "graduated" preschool and her class parents arranged the cutest ceremony and after party for the kids. She was so happy! On Saturday we had DS's pool party for his second grade class, DD2's teeball end-of-the season pot luck and her last game of the year (they won and were celebrated as the league champs!). On Sunday we had 2 birthday parties and DS's end-of-the season baseball party (they made it to the final round of the playoffs and had a great season too!!).
I am exhausted today but these kids were raring to go. Three more days of school for the Bigs and DD2 was thrilled for her first day of tennis and swim camp.
As I stated before, we haven't discussed this soup-to-nuts but we did find a book on the subject of puberty and develoment absolutely invaluable for DD1. Its called the Care and Keeping of You and is put out by American Girl. It's so well written and illustrated and really does take all the awkwardness out of broaching the subject of boob, periods, hair, odor, hygene, etc. They now have a care and Keeping of You 2, for older girls, and it is at the top of DD1's book wish list.
I have another book that goes deper into the talk and explains, love, intimacy, sex, babies, etc but have not done much more than look through it for future reference. I will use it as a spring board for both DDs and DS when the time comes. Happy to get the name of it if you are looking for something like that.View Thread
I still have not had the intercourse/baby/sex conversation with DD1 yet (she'll be 11 and in 5th grade next Fall) but that's only because she simply has not shown any interest. We have talked very openly about puberty and how her body will change and she even talks with her girls friends about these things but for whatever reason sex has not come up yet with any of them.
Our school does sex education at the end of 5th grade and it is suggested the kids understand the basics before that point so it will have to happen for us within the next 11 months, probably do it over Christmas break. Not one girl in her class of 17 girls has developed more than a tiny breast bud and none have started their periods but I suspect this will change as they begin turning 11.View Thread
I'm so sorry. We've never dealt with a bullying situation like that but there are a few not-so-lovely boys in DS's class that definately have it in them to be a bit nasty if given enough encouragement from one another.
I think the best we can do is listen, love and support our kids and ensure we do everything possible to help them develop a strong sense of self worth and a compassionate heart.View Thread
We live in CA and the public school cut-off used to be December 1st. Our preschool and the private school we wanted DD1 to go to used a cut-off of July 30th. She was born in late September so did a 3rd year of preschool (Per-K), got into the private school and started K at 5y11m. She thanks us all the time for allowing her to be on th older end of her grade. We did not red shirt her at all.
The state has since moved the cut-off to September 1st, so now the summer birthdays are being questioned rather than the fall birthdays but at least in our perticular town the gap is closing between the public and private school kids.View Thread
1) We still have 4 weeks. The Bigs get out on June 12 and the Little is done the Friday before that.
2) Yes, I'm excited for them- I remember how much I loved the end of each school year! I also love the mellower mornings we have during the summer. We still get up and moving each morning but there's something to be said about having an 8:45am departure as oppsed to 7:30 am.
3) I love the longer days and am looking forward to more tennis, swimming and our family bike rides. I'm also excited about our travel plans and their summer camps.
We had a busy yet relaxing weekend. DD1 had play practice Friday night so DH and I met up after work, picked her up and took her to get dim sum for dinner. She loves it, the other two could care less, and we enjoyed the one-on-one time with her. Saturday was filled with baseball, teeball and more play rehersal. Saturday night we had a sitter and went to our school auction, fundraiser and dinner. It was Western themed and while we thought it would be a cheese fest, it was actually great fun! We ended up with 2 cases of great wines, an electric scooter and a Nerf gun basket. Had some very happy kids Sunday morning!
On Sunday morning DH and the kids went to my favorite bakery and got me coffee and chocolate croissants and gave me homemade cards, flowers and a pair of earrings. At noon we grabbed my Mom and went to the golf club for their amazing Mother's Day brunch. It was a great day!!View Thread