Monthly Archives: August 2018

school days

This is the week, folks –  if you haven’t already begun – to start your family’s school readiness.

You know – like adjusting bedtimes, and looking at morning routines.

It’s never an easy transition – from the lazier days of summer to up -and- at- ’em- school days – but gently laying the groundwork this week will show you where the glitches are that need to be considered.

It’s different for every family – and even within each family – for parents as well as for children.

What I hear most often is: No.1- being too tired in the morning (for both child and adult), dawdling, daydreaming, refusing to eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, put shoes on (find shoes!) anxiety about separating, a new school, a new teacher, melt-downs in general.

And, I have to say, in my experience, the antidote for most of these behaviors comes back to a well-rested child and also a well-informed child – who understands the routine, what’s going to happen , has heard the story gently told –  their personal  family’s story –  more than once – of how things will be, and what to expect.

This sharing, this unhurried emotional connection between parents and children – along with precious sleep – will go a very long way toward a smooth and positive and confident start to the school year.

If you have any questions as to how to go about sharing your start-to-school story with your children, give me a call at The Parenting Place or send me an e-mail. 

Parents – you’re invited to  join us on Tuesday, September 4th at The Parenting Place for The 2nd Annual Back to School Morning  from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM for coffee, treats, door prizes, conversation, support. Younger children are welcomed as well.

Drop in, text your friends – join each other – celebrate a new milestone – together – an important day to share!

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Doctor’s orders

The end of August – is it just me – or do you just know it without even checking the calendar?

There’s a certain feel in the air – a certain readiness for change – to step back into the structure and routine that lies ahead  – that Fall brings.

But – hold on – wait just a minute – it’s also that special time of year when The Parenting Place puts on their annual Children’s Festivalwhere play happens  – at Myrick Park, Saturday, August 25th from 9 am to 12 pm.

And to top it off this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics just today published a new clinical report on the significance of play in children’s lives – so much so that the report recommends doctors actually write a prescription for play.

Well … as I said – Doctor’s orders!

And we can easily take care of that prescription for you at The Children’s Festival –  where play happens – where children make play happen – in their own way.

How about starting off with a  9:00 am- sharp- dumping- of -the- dirt from the dump truck, to the mud kitchen where “mud is the flavor of the day” to the construction site, the farmyard, the campsite, water play galore, the art factory, sensory walk, painting,, cars and ramps, pretend play in “the Village:  the Veterinary hospital, the Pizza Shop, the Flower Shop, the Bakery and the Library, Dinosaur Island, The Adventure Playground and so much more.

This Festival, this prescription for your child’s well-being, speaks to the essense of childhood, of real hands-on play – and it catches the well-being, the imagination and joy of all who come.

Hope to see you there!

The Children’s Festival, August 25 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Myrick Park, rain or shine.  Tickets are available at The Parenting Place and People’s Food Coop – $4.00 a button,  3 for $10.  $5.00  the day of; babies under 1 year free. Scholarship buttons are available.  Call  The Parenting Place – 784-8125 to request. All proceeds go toward The Parenting Place free Parent Education programs.

 

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connection

There’s something about a touch on the shoulder – there’s something about hearing one’s name said – there’s something about waiting for that person to look up – and there’s really something to be said for being heard.

Who hasn’t tried yelling from the kitchen – “time to pick up your toys”.  Who hasn’t checked their emails or face book while telling your child from across the room that it’s time to get ready for bed – or “stop teasing your sister.

And who hasn’t thought “My child never listens to me.”

Of course the other side of this coin is – do we listen to our children – with our eyes and ears and response?

So can we change things?

Well – actually pretty easily,  if we’re ready and willing.

We can start by being aware, being open, being responsive when we talk to our child and by limiting our personal distractions during those busy kids’ times.

You’ll see the change I bet  – you’ll probably think, well that did make a pretty big difference.

And I’m sure your child will feel the difference too.

It’s called connection.

It works.

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in the middle

I was the youngest of six children – six children in nine years – so, yes, I believe my mom was very busy.

I probably didn’t get a whole lot of pure 1-1 time with my mom – but I know for certain I did from all my siblings.

And that’s the way, I think, it pretty much does work in a big family – perhaps that’s actually the beauty of it.

There were three boys at the playground recently – three brothers – two older ones about nine years old and seven years old – and a little one about two years old.

It was a very busy afternoon at the park, and there was much activity on the play equipment.  Apparently the older boys knew it was their job to watch out for their younger brother.

But, it was the middle brother that caught my heart, dutifully fulfilling his job to watch and help his brother.

Finally I overheard him saying to his older brother as he zoomed by – “It’s your turn to be responsible now  – I came to the playground to have some fun too!”

What a sweet conscientious boy!

He eventually did get his turn to be the seven- year- old he was, as his older brother took over his post.

But it made me think of him again when I heard that Middle Child Day is coming up on Sunday, August 12th.

Who even knew there was such a day?

But glad of it – for this reliable young middle brother – for my own middle-child siblings – and all the middle siblings out there who are so comfortably loved and relied on  –  in every family – and very special indeed.

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