Hi! Our weekend was terrific... but busy. The kids had a school performance Friday, we went to a fall festival on Saturday and hit the beach on Sunday (finally a warm enough weekend day!!). Needless to say all 3 kids we're fast asleep by 6:35 last night.
Tuesday is DD1's EIGHTH birthday and we're all excited to celebrate with her and then have her party on Saturday. The rest of the week is filled with school, preschool, soccer, taekwondo, dance, gymnastics and... a pedicure.
Kids are as happy as ever and still healthy despite 3 weeks of school. 8View Thread
I've packed lunches 99.9 % of the time for the 2 years DD1 has been in school (and everyday during the preschool years) and have tried just about everything. I've since learned that there's no real need to try and be creative or adventurous, just send a few things that make up a well balanced meal that they like and will eat. DD1 and DS prefer lunches served bento style as opposed to sandwiches, whole fruit and chips so I go with an assortment of random bites. favorites include: pasta (whole wheat, plain or chicken/cheese tortolini/ravioli), tofu, steamed broccoli, baby carrots, sliced red/yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes, edamame, kidney beans, chick peas, cheese cubes, crackers, small croissant, hard boiled egg, turkey slice, meatball, chicken, grapes, berries, apple slices. I figure as long as they get a protein serving, a carb and some veggies and fruits they'll be happy and healthy. They also both like to take chicken and veggie soup every once in a while which I send in a thermos along with some crackers, a cheese stick and some fruit.
I hope this gives you a few ideas but don't feel bad about sticking with a familiar meal for him (that's easy for you to pack). I think I took an almond butter sandwich, berries and carrots sticks for 5 years straight! LOL!View Thread
1) DD1 (my 1st grader) will be in the same school. It's a K-8. 2) She feels safe and secure, has friends and is receiving a top-notch education.
1) DS will start K so is leaving his preschool. 2) The schedule, he's been able to go 5 mornings a week and that's helping prepare him for the longer days of K next year. From his point of view this allows him lots of playtime with his buddies!View Thread
We don't do a regular allowance yet as my oldest is only 7 but both her and her 5 year old brother earn money for doing odd chores or helping me and get money from relatives and the tooth fairy.
To answer your question, I don't tell them what they can or cannot spend their money on but do remind them how long it takes to save up money. I also ask that they think for a few days before making a purchase and make sure that there is always something left in their "bank" as savings. Mine are younger and don't fully understand how much money a iPad would be but learned early on that waiting until Christmas or a birthdays was the best thing to do for more expensive things (for them that's things like big Lego sets and Nintendo DS/games).
DH and I have discussed that when we do begin a routine allowance we will continue to allow them to purchase what they want but institute the rule that they must also save a percentage of each "paycheck".View Thread
DD is 7 now and started skiing last fall. She's been several times throughout the season and has taken to the sport like a champ. Last weekend her instructor mentioned it was probably about time to get her poles and to be honest, it shocked me, as I originally thought we'd wait a season or even two.
If you yourself ski or your kids ski, when did you get/give them poles? I worry about them distracting her and of course her losing them or dropping them on the chair lift.
I'm KC and have been a SAHM since my first baby was born and now have 3 kids
DD1 is 7 and in first grade. She's lamb-like in how she cares for and interacts with her family and friends but is as competitive as a lion.
DS turned 5 last month and is in Pre-K. He's pretty much a calm gentle lamb in every aspect of life.
DD2 just turned 2 and is all lion all the time, except when she's sleeping.
I'm lucky to have each of them and have grown as they have grown. We've opted to go private for their education and couldn't be happier with the small, loving and personally challenging environment our school provides.View Thread