Last week was a good week.
The kiddies collectively showed me how sometimes the person who is afraid and putting limitations on them is ME the parent and not them.
The big son has been going to karate for awhile now.
And we have successfully dodged grading two times already … he was away for one and missed the second. I honestly was relieved cause I find the karate training is too rough and also I was sure if he would remember all the moves necessary to move up a grade. Well boy did he show me. He wasn’t concerned, he wasn’t afraid and if he messed up it didn’t keep him down. He passed his grading and has moved up to a white and yellow belt… no I do not know what that means LOL. I am so proud. and well he is tickled pink.
The little girls are… okay make that were finger /thumb suckers.
They both successfully kicked the habit and got the certificate of achievement and trophy to prove it. Because they were such avid suckers finding any excuse to stick those fingers into their mouths: Oh I am hungry; But I am tired; I was watching t.v.; But I have nothing to do. I really really thought they would put up a fight but it was the easiest thing ever. After the first day of tears and of how will I sleep without my fingers they never looked back not slipping once. I will admit we had help.
I have taken all of the children to Tracey McNair, Orofacial Myologist, Finger sucking specialist aka The Tooth Fairy. If you have a stubborn finger sucker she is excellent at shocking your kiddie into action with her enthusiasm and then supporting them on their journey to be finger free.
So as I said a great week! The kiddies proved to their mother that she worries to much and that they are quite capable.
We have a yellow and white belt AND there are no more fingers suckers in this house!!
How was your week? And how is this week going?
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Excited to be visiting here more often.
It’s weekend time and with Christmas right around the corner …teehee there is sure to be many things to be done.
My kiddies have written and re-written their Christmas wish list. And boy are those lists long! I keep having to remind them that there is no guarantee that they would even get one of the items on their list. My crew don’t really believe in Santa Clause cause they know that we the parents/grandparents and aunties buy all the presents but that doesn’t stop me from reminding them to be good or else they would get coal wrapped as a gift. (Nevermind I would not know where I would find coal in Jamaica LOL)
We are looking forward to this this weekend. It is usually a delightful mix of cultures and colours. I enjoy having the children taste the different foods and snacks.
What are your plans for the weekend! Hope you enjoy it all… in between the homework of course
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Halloween is not something that we do here, well not really.
We do like to dress up!
(please excuse the blurry picture :D)
So no we did not go out trick or treating ( I don’t know where they do that here) or go to a party. We just created a fancy sparkly costume all by ourselves and did a mini fashion show and by we I mean her LOL.
The two years prior to this one we actually all got dressed up and went to this Halloween themed party in the zoo called Boo in the Zoo. And both years after grumping to myself that it was too expensive I gave in and took them all nicely dressed and powdered and each time they made me leave within half hour all in tears because they have been totally spooked by the haunted house section or the scary masked man shouting BOO! or the creepy looking Clown guy giving out balloons or the creepy looking Junkanoo big hat man! Geez I wish I had pics of all these characters but alas it was not to happen what with all the screaming petrified children trying to climb all over me. LOL
This year I did not even entertain them when they started talking about Halloween and dressing up and Boo in the Zoo. Nope nope nope. Hence the decision to dress up any way.
If Halloween is your thing hope you had a great time! Don’t eat all the candy all at once.
Any excuse to do a little craft LOL
Until next time May it be fun and Kid Friendly!
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Nothing new going on here except last weekend these two got the training wheels taken off and in less than a day they are old pros. Hard to believe that just a short while ago they were negotiating their own little feet.
With all the sadness of last week with the passing of the young Georgian Dominic James I thought it would be nice to share this happy moment. Tomorrow is not promised so take time daily, hourly to spend time with your people and shower them with love.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
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It is beyond me how the entire summer has passed and I haven’t come in to say hello or how you doing?
I guess that old adage time flies when you are having fun is really true.
We did have fun although it was a very quiet time. We had oure version of a stay-cation. Mostly had the children’s friends over and played lots of board games. Playing games both outdoor and indoor is really a great summer past time is it not. Lots of chatter and laughter. Definitely the sounds I love to hear.
By the way with the eldest daughter and her friend just turning 13 all of a sudden the conversations were being centered around boys. What?!! What?!! Very interesting turn of events. What ever happened to Dora or Jesse? sigh
We dipped in the pool and swam in the sea and honestly if it was up to all of us this parent included we would have summer holidays all year round. But alas all good things must come to an end and this week school starts through out Jamaica.
School starts on Wednesday for my Kiddies so we still have a few more days to squeeze some holidays out of.
Do you do anything differently to get your kiddies ready for Back to school?
We kinda do.
Not so much this summer because everybody is a little older but I usually start by sending them to bed a little earlier each night so that by the first day of school they are back to their regular sleeping times which helps with waking up to get ready for school.
Also I start throwing in educational elements into their play, we practiced writing by making ‘word art’ of a bible verses on kindness. ( They were being a bit mean to each other so I figured a lesson in kindness was necessary)
I start talking about school two weeks in advance, even though like them I wish I could stick my head in the sand like an ostrich, reminding them about friends and mention all the fun good things that happened during the year. Seeing the new books, art supplies and stuff is also very exciting so I milk that.
Even though holidays are good and relaxing it would be good to be back on a schedule and not have to entertain little people all day. And before we know it would be Christmas.
Have a great KidFriendly week. Happy Back to School week
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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.
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.
Enjoy the rest of the week and hoping it is fun filled and Kidfriendly!
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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!
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