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Earth day 2015

Today, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

IMG-20150303-WA0003Light it up Blue EMD2015

Joining into today to help promote Autism Awareness.

Are you wearing BLUE? We are!!

Even if you don’t personally know someone with autism now, the chance that you will meet, see or encounter someone with autism is very real. About 1 in 68 children have an autism spectrum disorder,  (CDC April 2014), this means that approximately 580 of the 39,350 children born in Jamaica each year will have autism.  Because this condition is 4-5 times more common in boys, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls born will have an autism spectrum disorder. So this means that approximately 470 Jamaican boys and 105 Jamaican girls will be born with this condition each year.

info flyer kidSeeing that today is about Autism Awareness see some facts about Autism and here is the link to the Jamaica Autism Support Association website.

Hope you Light it Up Blue tonight!

GSAT tomorrow!!

arrrrgggghArggghhh GSAT starts tomorrow.

What!!

how did this happen

Arrgggh.

I want to say that I am just joking but seriously freaking out here, but I am emotional like that and seeing that I can’t let the big girl see me I shall freak out here for 2 paragraphs. And then resume the calmness.

LOL just needed a little dramatic release.

GSAT is tomorrow and I know many of us parents are fighting the urge to do just one more past paper or cram one last equation, river, hero or solar system into their brain but honestly we need to not do that. Poor little brains are totally saturated right about now.

This extra week , though slightly frustrating because of the reason it came about, has proven to be a God sent because most of the children in my daughter’s school seem so much calmer.

So what should we do with them this evening then?

Well firstly if you are like me you have to find a way to temper the anxiety by doing anything that is encouraging and supportive and includes a lot of hugs and reminders of how proud we are of them.

  • It should be an easy evening ( doubt I would lift my no TV ban though)
  • so fun with the siblings,
  • reading a favourite book
  • listen to some favourite music
  • dinner together
  • and early to bed.

I love the tip given by the ScotiaFoundation

Hug them before the exam and hug them after the exam.

At the special devotions given to the grade 6 classes earlier the pastor also spoke about prayer. Praying together and reminding them to say a prayer before, after and during must help to ease the nerves.

Good luck all you Grade 6ers and to you parents.

( attaching the ScotiaFoundation tip sheet )

gsat tips

Weekend time

why 1 is oneI thought this was appropriately funny considering the state of mind that we are in over here.

Happy Jamaica Day to you all.

Have a great weekend

Hey! hey! hello!

It is a good thing that I am not a resolution making person and didn’t resolved at the beginning of the year to post more Kidfriendly posts because I would have never started to break the resolution.

To be honest the Christmas into New Year and now looking at February has been coloured by one thing and one child only and that is GSAT! We have been eating and sleeping, begging and pleading and studying and revising as much as we could all the while trying not to burnout. Yikes!

Was reading some tips on line and they say you should try to make the studying fun…. :S I am not a fun Mum when it comes to studying though I have to work on that. I have been thinking to add little treats and gifts though for each paper attempted and answered correctly. See here for those tips

To keep her balanced though we have insisted on exercise of some form everyday whether it be walking, jogging, bicycling stretching or yoga. One of my friends recommended this online article and I think it is a great way to introduce yoga to the little ones and getting bigger ones. Click here to see the link.  Yoga has been said to be excellent for helping with focus.

And just because I like to share, here are some of the resources we have tried online

http://www.cram.com/flashcards/gsat-mathematics-paper-1-1705932

http://www.2snapshot.com/jamaica/jamaica-observer-gsat-past-papers.html

http://www.booklad.org/docid/2011+gsat+past+paper/

www.gogsat.com

https://www.edufocal.com/

For those of us parents ‘doing GSat’ this year wishing you luck and plenty patience and if you are like me with other little ones eager to be entertained remember colouring books and puzzles are like a God sent :D

girls

Oh and if you haven’t been yet you must take the kiddies to see the Jamaica Music Theatre Company (JMTC) Nesta’s Rock. It is awesome. The children always perform their hearts out and it is no different with this production. The set the colours, the direction, the music, the story line – All excellent, excellent!

My children want to see it again but if you remember how this post started then you would know why I haven’t taken them twice. LOL

So

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year

and Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

The other day a parent friend of mine came over to me citing that she needed to stage an intervention with her children because they were refusing to eat breakfast, to listen to anyone and/or do their homework and then the inevitable question came… how do you do manage with four children?!
Honestly I just do. They are what I have so I work accordingly.
There are a few things that I did share with her that made me think that it maybe helpful to others. Now I am no parenting expert but I do have some experience under my belt what with well four of my own children and on occasion my niece and my nephews.
Feeding the masses for breakfast:
Breakfast is important but most children could miss it. Well most of mine can and they try very hard to skip it. So as a rule I always ensure they have something hot to drink- Milo, herb tea, Horlicks you name it. If hot wouldn’t do try a glass of milk, pediasure or a glass of orange juice works as well.
Ackee and saltfish and cornmeal porridge are great options but only if you know for sure that your children absolutely love them. Keeping it simple may get better results.

  • Cereal dry or with milk .
  • Toast is always acceptable in my family. yes plain old toast with just butter with maybe a bit of cheese on the side.
  • Vienna sausages or hot dog sausages with ketchup with no bread. Egg scrambled or boiled. On very rare occasions I make sandwiches.
  • Oatmeal and Cornmeal porridge just may work for your kiddies.
  • Bananas

How did I come by these options you may wonder, well after many years of uneaten breakfasts or maybe tiny little nibbles of what they shriek as being their favourite breakfast I think I have gotten wise to them.
Also, I think the limited time and the anxiety of getting to school interferes with their abilities to eat properly so I dont force them to sit and eat. And GASP i allow them to eat in the car. yes! my car is a mess, but they actually most days finish their breakfasts. Trying to get them to eat and dress in a timely manner use to have my nerves and their nerves frayed before we even left the house so I cut that out. LOL
Please listen:
Now this is something I am still working on. My children only hear me when they want and most days never hear their father. 3 times is the required amount of times to say something before movements happen. The best way I have found to get rapid action is when you lower the voice, lower the tone which is hard for me because I am very high pitched, and say what ever it is with conviction. Also being consistent and doing what you have said you would do also plays a part in how well you get your children to listen. If you are a push over and are wishy washy then they will take advantage.
Homework vs play:
Hmmm homework. This use to gave me grey hair trying to get all the homework done before bedtime. And then one day I stepped back and viewed homework as my children must. After spending the entire day couped up in a classroom trying to be on their best behaviour and failing possibly. The last thing they want to do is focus on homework they want to unwind, back chat, run around jump about and quite frankly not follow rules for a little. So I started allowing my children to play outside at least an half hour after school. And if you remember I turn the television off during the week. Not a crowd pleaser but hey sometimes you have to tough.

I also suggested to my friend instead of fighting with her son to do homework before she got home ( he invariably always stayed until she got home to do homework) just schedule homework to happen as soon as she stepped thru the house. So he gets his play in or relaxes eats dinner etc and then homework starts when she arrives.

Hope this is helpful.

Do you have any tips that help you with the kiddies?

I know we have been sooo scarce these last few weeks.

Still struggling with the ChikV after effects but guess what today is the first day of December which means that woohoo in just 24 days Christmas will be here.

Keep CalmThe children are totally buzzing about it, that and the fact that Christmas holidays are almost upon us.

And so am I.

It is my most favourite time of the year. Love it love it love it .

See you again soon as we plan to be more present.

Oh and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. Do hope that everyone had a wonderfully thankful, fun and family filled weekend.

Even though we are not Americans I find that I always enjoy the concept because it does a body good to be grateful.

And I am always full of thanks for the four beauties I call my children, for waking up everyday, that both of my parents are alive and that I have a wonderful family. I could go on and on

What are your thankful for?
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