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Last week was the official launch of summer and the two youngest are literally counting down the days just 2 till school is out and then they can yell yay it’s summer!!!!

I couldn’t help myself I had to include Olaf’s rendition …. teehee

 

For all of us who are still wondering what to do with all of our eager to be out of school cause I want to watch tv all day kiddies Jamaican Parent Magazine was once again awesome enough to compile an extensive list of summer camps schools etc

Click here for the awesome list.

And if you have a child or know a child with special needs here is a list of camps that are specially designed for them

Because I am on this kick that the children need to learn skills that would help them later on in life I am positively enamoured by this cooking camp/classes by Delicious Occasions.

cooking classes

Have you been watching Young Chefs  on TVJ every Sunday we are loving it.

Also considering this one cause well we do have a lot of girls in our household.

girls who code

 

Enjoy the rest of the week and hoping it is fun filled and Kidfriendly!

It is unbelievable to me that it is exactly a year since the big daughter was with us biting out nails and pulling out hairs as we prepared for, sat and then waited for GSAT results. WOW our new highschooler is seasoned now! Grade 8 here we come.

Oh I got carried away, this post is actually about the current GSat takers. Results are out and passes have been issued.

And all I want to say is

YAY Congratulations to them all.

You did it!

Another GSAT exam has been survived and conquered by them!

congratulations

 

 

 

 

 

mother's day too

Like a jet plane streaking through the sky this year has been streaking by at an incredibly rapid speed. I am blown away that it is March already. Were we not just ringing in the New Year 2 minutes ago? WOW

Our housekeeper of 11 years left us in October to take care of her ailing mother and I have been underwater ever since LOL.

Not having an inclining of a domestic bone in my body it has been interesting to say the least doing all the cooking and cleaning, washing and ironing. So sufficient to say certain things have had to take the back burner. Updating this space is one of them. Not because I didn’t have things to share but basically finding the time is hard.

So what does this have to being kidfriendly?

Recently I had my eldest daughter help me hang some laundry on the line and it was almost comical her reaction. As any typical teenager would she was grumping and moaning about being made to miss a show, that as far as I knew she had seen at least 10 times already, when she looked at me with all seriousness and said “but Mummy I don’t know what to do.” I was aghast.

But reality is she hasn’t known life without a housekeeper or a Mummy for that matter who does all of those things like washing and cleaning. I instantly had a flashback to my own childhood when our housekeeper/nanny at the time (my mother was a working single mother) told me that there were certain things that all children especially girl children need to always know such as making up your own bed and folding up your own clothes. And me grumping and moaning about the injustice of it all.

Of course she was right. Because we may think that we will always be around or that they would get a housekeeper of their own. But there are going to be situations when they are going to be on their own and not know what to do. Such as college, when they move out initially or on that day that the parents are too sick too move for a week hey it is not far fetched remember Chik V.

So now all four of my kiddies have chores.

Simple ones:- washing the dishes, folding up their clothes, sweeping ( still working on this one LOL ), setting the table and clearing the table, tidying up of their rooms and living room, feeding the dog and even the older two have learned how to cook one thing. The hope is that they could at least hold their head above water later on in life. And not be like me. LOL.

Not surprisingly they have all adapted to these new chores and actually seem to enjoy them. Yes I was shocked myself. If you are wondering what is considered age appropriate chores for your kiddies I thought this page helpful. Click here.

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Making pancakes from scratch all by herself

Here’s to seeing more posts as I have my helpers in place to help with the chores freeing up my time a tiny bit.

Have a great weekend all. And remember keep it Kid Friendly😀

 

 

 

 

What a crazily absent year it has been for us here at KidFriendlyJA but 2015 has been good. Intense, full of studying, stressing, some ChikV symptoms and plenty changes but still good.

May 2016 be even better. And may we find lots of opportunities to be KidFriendly.

Wishing you all all you wish for 2016.

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I can not believe that it has been so long since I have said anything here!!

Suffice it to say we have been busy here ok kind of overwhelmed with the back to school and taking getting a new highschooler to school on time. Only just got my head out of the fog and lo and behold midterm has come and gone.

Hope all is well with everyone.

Promise to be get back on a regular schedule and get back to exploring all things kidfriendly.

Have a great week all.

Hellooooo summer

Teehee it’s summer!!!!

 

Well we have been on holiday for 3weeks now and I would love to say we have been doing a whole lot exciting things but not really the last two terms have been such a whirlwind that we have been keeping quiet and sleeping in.

One of the joys of summer has to be sleeping in. Not having to wake up early is so wonderful.

Sayonara alarms!!!

Although the big daughter is in summer school, she does start high school in September, so alarms still sing albeit later. Doing a happy dance all the same the big daughter is going to high school.

wish list

This year we put together a ‘Summer Wish List’. Not surprisingly, watching television ranked high for all four of my kiddies LOL! What was surprising is the fact that they all wanted to learn to cook something whether it was pancakes, brownies or RIBS!!! Turns out the son is a big fan of ribs…. just have to find some beef ribs strangely enough they are not that easy to find here.

 

 

If you are only now interested in getting the kiddies doing some activity like me jamaicanmommies.com also has a very comprehensive list of camps, workshops , fundays etc. Take a look just touch the link.

http://www.jamaicanmommies.com/2015/06/jamaica-summer-activities-listing-2015.html

 

I have been writing this blog for the about 3 weeks. Can you tell that I have been having a really hard time getting things going over here. Teehee.

 

I know most Six Graders (well their parents) have officially picked up their packages and are now officially Grade Seven aka High Schoolers but I cant not say CoNGRATULATIONS to them all this GSAT thing is no fun and everyone of them worked so hard. So….

congrats

We did make it to the beach. Isn’t it just something that we live where others vacation. Not quite Fort Clarence close to there it is call The Boardwalk. Delightful little slipe of beach. Have a great week everyone.

at the beach

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