When you gotta go…don’t do it at preschool! #YMCCommunity

This morning, preschool drop off went like clockwork.
We got there on time, took off our winter duds, put on our indoor shoes and signed in. Little lady went around and said “Good morning!” to all her classmates and we headed to the potty before Little Dude and I headed back home.
We get into the washroom, and BLAM-O, we are whacked in the face by a green cloud of stink!
There is no way that one of her little pals left THAT in there!
Ugh, we hold our breath and get through it, and make a hasty get away.
Out of the corner of my eye, I notice one of the Dads sneaking a sideways glance at me. We make eye contact and he looks away quickly.
Busted!
I get it, we all have to go, but for the love of all things sacred, DO NOT GO AT PRESCHOOL!

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Photo credit: NatalieDee.com

School fundraising.

We’ve recently been given some chocolate bars to sell to raise funds for our daughter’s preschool.

Who can say "No!" to a kid?

Who can say “No!” to a kid?

I remember having to sell chocolate bars when I was a kid too. My Mum would take them in to work and they’d all be sold in no time. Now, for my kids, I am a Stay-At-Home-Mom, so I have no co-workers to sell them to and my husband works from home, so he also has no one to dump them on. With Halloween just leaving us in it’s wake, family and friends have no interest in obtaining more chocolate, and being $3/piece, who in their right mind would buy one?
I think it’s time for a change in what “they” want kids to sell to raise funds for something.

Different Ideas for Fundraising

Different Ideas for Fundraising

For one, people are cheap, so make it affordable. Secondly, stop with the junk food! Times have changed and we are more mindful of what we put in our kids bodies as well as ourselves. And they’ve got another thing coming if I’m going to buy chocolate, just to turf it in the bin. I think schools should really do a better job at promoting healthy eating when conducting fundraisers. Have you heard of DASH? Check out their guide for Healthy Fundraising for Schools. It’s up to us as parents to speak up about what is acceptable when it comes to our kids.

DASH

DASH

I understand that schools, organizations, and groups fundraise to help cover their costs, but make it worth the purchaser ‘s dollar.

Getting fit with kids in tow.

Now that I’m done having kids, I seriously want to get into shape.

I'm not happy with this.

I’m not happy with this.

I am a full time Stay-At-Home-Mom. My kids go where I go, so I need to include one, if not both of my kids into my workout schedule.

Fortunately our eldest goes to preschool three times a week for a few hours, but that still leaves me with our 1 year old to hang out with. He’s started to drop the morning nap, so now I can take him with me for workouts.

Now I just need to find something that will allow me to workout while he’s with me.

I know the rec centre has child minding, so that is an option. There are also some studios that offer it as well. I tried a facility that has an area for the wee ones to hang out in by themselves, but Captain Clingy wanted nothing to do with that.

I’m thinking that I need to pick up a jogging stroller. I can take the wee man along with me, he doesn’t weigh too much yet and running is FREE. On the down side, I’ll have the weather to contend with. Now that Old Man Winter is approaching, we’ll have to deal with the cold, rain, ice and possibly snow. Could get treacherous. I wonder if there are indoor tracks to go to?

My new jogging partner.

My new jogging partner.

I suppose I could also pick up a fitness DVD and do workouts at home, but our space is the size of a closet and I think that if I fire up the Jillian Michael’s Kickboxing DVD that’s been collecting dust on the shelf, I’ll either kick my son clear across the room or end up with my foot firmly planted in the TV. Maybe I’ll pick up these 10 Minute Solution DVD’s that I just came across. There’s bound to be something in there that’ll work for me.

10 Minute Solution

How do you stay fit whilst caring for your young ones?

That kid!

There is always kid in your child’s school or daycare that plays rougher than the other kids. But how do you deal with it when it’s becoming more violent?

Bully

Bully

Today this kid knocked down several kids in the playground. He wasn’t doing it in anger, just playing too rough and knocking these kids down. I supposed this would be considered bullying, right?

And the thing that irks me the most is that his Mom was standing nearby chatting with another Mom completely oblivious to what her son was up to!

She paid attention to the aftermath, when these kids, including my own, were crying. In one instance, she replied, “Well that boy scratched him too.”

Seriously!? Uh uh, no way! If that was my child doing that, I would stop them immediately, have them apologize, apologize myself and leave the playground!

This, to me, is the beginning of a bully and it needs to be corrected NOW!

How do you approach “That Kid” ‘s Mom?

I suppose you pull up your big girl panties and diplomatically approach, said Mom, and explain that their child is not behaving appropriately towards his or her friends and that they are getting hurt and upset.

To me, this Mom would get her back up and say, “Not my kid! Your child must have done something first to provoke mine.” Grrrrrrr.

Maybe you need to speak to the parents of the other kids who are being affected and have them approach her as well. Maybe then she’ll realize the issue.

I’m hoping for the best because this little guy could really be a great kid with some good redirection and correction.

If your little one is being bullied and having difficulty understanding what’s going on, check out this book that I came across, Pingo and the Preschool Bully.

Pingo and the Preschool Bullly

Pingo and the Preschool Bullly

Parenting.com has a great article on how to handle the Preschool Bully

http://www.parenting.com/article/how-to-handle-preschool-bullies

The “L” word!

Today  at preschool, I saw what every parent dreads…the notice.

The dreaded notice!

The dreaded notice!

Head lice has been found in some children attending the care facility. GHAH!! GROSS, GROSS, GROSS!

But…what can you do? It happens. I had lice when I was a kid…a few times:( It was embarrassing, but my Mom reminded me that lice like clean hair, so I was an easy target, especially with my very long hair.

My Mom used that nasty, smelly shampoo on me and my sister and we had to wash all our our bedding and clothes in hot water. It worked and we survived.

The Lice Poison

The Lice Poison

Now it’s my turn, as a parent, to have to relive every parents nightmare. Thankfully it’s not such a big deal as it was when I was a kid. We’ve come a long way with treatment and prevention. And now it can be done naturally.

Ladybugs NAtural Lice Shampoo

If you find yourself being plagued by this common pest, check out Lice911.

Lice911

Lice911

Their website is full of information that you should find helpful in the event of “Licemageddon”.

http://www.lice911.com/home.html

Preschool, a great place to make new friends!

Preschool

Preschool

We are now 3 weeks into preschool, and our little lady is loving it! No really, she can’t wait to go back and see her friends and play.

Every day she comes home to tell us that she loves her new friends and that she shared her snack with them.

Not only is she making new friends, but I’m making new friends too! Hanging with the Mommies after class in the playground, you can’t help but start chatting. It’s truly a wonderful thing when, not only the kids connect, but the Mommies do too.

Mommy park Chat

Mommy Friends

We’ve already been invited to a Halloween party and in turn our wee lass has invited her friends to her upcoming 4th Birthday party.

Sweetly enough, these little fellas are both calling her their “girlfriend”:)

Kids kissing

Loves Young Dream

First Day Of Preschool!

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1st day of preschool!

We had had a lazy summer where we’d sleep in past 8am, so this morning, we had to be up by 7am to allow enough time to get the grumpies out, eat breakfast, get ready and get to school on time. When we arrived, she found the cubby hole with her name on it. She did. Not Mom and Dad, but her! She recognized her own name! Insert Proud Parent Moment here. We put her gear in there and got her into her brand new indoor shoes that lit up when you banged them. Entering the classroom, she B-lined it right to the sandbox and started playing with the little girl already at the station. I checked with her teacher to see if there was anything that we were to do and she told us “No.” So we went over to her, gave her hugs and kisses, told her to have a good day and we’d be back to get her soon. She said OK and went back to playing. Easy peasey, lemon squeezy, right? Well, as soon as we got out the door, my eyes started to fill up and tears started to flow. They weren’t sad tears, but proud tears. I realized at that point, that the work I had done over the past 4 years preparing our little girl to be independent, get along with others, and OK with us not being there with her, was now coming to fruition.

When her little brother was born last year, she had a hard time adjusting to having to share Mommy and Daddy with someone else. In her eyes, she now had competition for our affection and attention. Not being the centre of attention herself anymore, was now grounds for a whole new attitude. Temper tantrums, picking on her brother, not sharing, and being impatient, were some new challenges that we had to endure. And our daily schedule had to revolve around her little brothers’s time schedule.

Well now is her time!

This amazing young lady has taken her first steps at independence. She gets to be on her own in a new and stimulating environment, make new friends and she’ll learn some new stuff that I can’t show her.

When I came back to pick her up, I arrived a little early and was able to observe her interacting in the group. She was totally engaged and including the rest of the class. When it was time to go, she saw me and came and gave me a huge hug and told me what fun she had had at school. I could tell from the green sand stuck to her face and the purple marker under her nose, that there was no doubt that she had fun. Unfortunately her snack bag had barely been touched, but when you’re that busy, who has time to eat! A bad habit I formed when I was still working.

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New friend at the sandbox.

So here we are, our little girl growing up right before our eyes. Little Miss Independent has started going to school and as my husband keeps telling me, “She couldn’t have done it without you.”

Cue steamy eyes now.