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A few month ago the following question was asked in the local school challenge competition

Question: “In which Caribbean country did Reggae music originate?”

Answer: “Trinidad and Tobago?”

Quizmaster: Incorrect

The question, first posed to a corporate area primary-level student on Television Jamaica’s Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz yesterday was then passed to a representative of the opposing team.

Her answer: “Barbados”

Why am I bringing this back up you may be wondering.

Well after I had a  little snicker that the little cuties thought Reggae originated in Trinidad and Tobago and loving that they said Trinidad and Tobago and not just Trinidad as most people tend to. I asked my kiddies if they knew where it originated from cause I knew that they knew the answer and was just curious what they would say. But lo and behold they were like I don’t know, lots of shrugging of shoulders and then big daughter volunteered Africa…which technically is right I guess except for the fact that Africa is a continent and not a Caribbean island at all.

It struck me, it was the word ‘originated’ that was confusing everyone. AND then as a culture even though Reggae music is Jamaica’s national music how many of us introduce it to our children? The children all know that Reggae is the National Music and that Bob Marley is synonymous with reggae. However very few listen to reggae.

Now I don’t understand why Reggae is not introduced in schools, included as fun exercises in the primary/prep and / or  highschool music curriculum.Or why there aren’t reggae writing competitions for young people. But I think ways needs to be found to make reggae music more integral in our children’s lives.

But first we as parents need to peak their interest in Reggae. It was my step- father in Trinidad who introduced my sisters and I to Bob Marley and of course Reggae. So this February Reggae month I attempt to do the same with my four.

I think they need to hear it, we need to talk about it with them and really have them understand that Reggae is their music, that comes from their people. So that there is no confusion if ever this topic comes up again.

What say you? Do you agree or disagree? Will you be reaching for some Reggae music during this month of February Reggae Month?

Hope so.

Happy Weekend all

Hope you have a wonderful KidFriendly Reggae listening time 🙂

 

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Well this year is just speeding along.

Unreal that we are in February already.

At the end of last year I decided that we should grow an avocado (pear) plant from the seed. It took so long before anything happened and then it slowly but surely the roots started pushing through and then a good while after the stem came and leaves sprouted. The children and I have been mesmerised by the slow but steady growth.

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We started the year out, all of us marveling at the beauty of life.

Watching this little plant grow and grow is very similar to watching these little people that I call my children grow and blossom into big people. I know I have a few years until they are really big people but like the little avocado plant they are doing it slow but steady.

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These two had birthdays at the end of January. They are now 16 and 14 respectively. Ack when did this happen LOL. Happy Birthday to them. Remember when we started our KidFriendly journey just yesterday they were little bits. But slow and steady is what we are about right?! Sigh.

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I know this is a bit late in coming but it is never too late for happy salutations right.

Happy New Year:D

may 2017 be like this sweet little plant and our kiddies full of growth, wonder and steadiness.

Maybe you could grow your own avocado tree, it is really quite doable.

I got the idea from here http://shareably.net/grow-personal-avocado-tree-at-home/?utm_source=scrape&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=scrape&utm_term=pG2LuEGUT8_Tya4FgzmibKkgjrs_0rZ7oZV2Z3CxOzw%3D

Have a great week all may it be Kidfriendly.

 

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I played this very  cute game with my children. So sweet I had to share it here.

WITHOUT prompting, ask your child these questions and write EXACTLY what they say. My 7 year olds were quite entertaining! So funny

What is something I say a lot?

NO- Both

What makes me happy?

Kisses-K

My Children- C

What makes me sad?

When people die and I know them- Both

How tall am I?

2 inches taller than Daddy- Both

How old am I?

46- Both

What’s my favorite thing to do?

Play with my children- Both

What makes you proud of me?

Kisses from me – C

What is my favorite food?

Doubles- K

Curry- C

If I could go anywhere, where would it be?

Pricesmart- Kayla LOL

Do you think you could live without me?

Yes but I would need a picture- K

NO, you cant live without your parent- C

How do I annoy you?

Huh? – K

Kisses- C

What is my favorite TV show?

Anything on Hallmark Channel- K

Cooking – C

 

Except for the If you could go anywhere question I think my girlies get me. If I can go anywhere it would be to a beach preferably Maracas Beach in Trinidad with Fort Clarence in Jamaica a close second 😀  This is an excellent way to start conversations with the kiddies. You should try it.

If I remember correctly I must have mentioned a time before that I write sometimes about parenting stuff. And this is the magazine that honours me by publishing my words. Please have a look at the latest issue.

 

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Can you believe its 12 days until Christmas!!! Are you ready?

I found it necessary to do a countdown with my troupe cause for some reason they were not getting it through their heads that Christmas is not tomorrow. Talk about excited. (Although this year I am a bit of a grinch myself poor kiddies)

I really like the Christmas countdown Advent Calendars that people on the net do every year but for some reason I find it hard to stick to an entire month so we usually do something for the 10 days before Christmas. Hopefully by then I would be in the spirit. LOL Baking cookies and putting up lights and buying a tree usually gets me going and I know that it does with my four as well.

The teenage daughter is totally in the Christmas spirit for two reasons: School went on holidays for her today and well she discovered Pentatonix and their Christmas album so she is all happy and Christmasy.

Here’s to counting down and having fun.

Love these ideas for Christmas Advent calendars  We did a variation of the envelope calendar one year.  https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/33-clever-and-adorable-diy-advent-calendars?utm_term=.hqwYZawA7&sub=1891038_719091#.cyZaZDd4e

Have a great Kid Friendly week!

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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.adam

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.

no-thumb-suckers-hereThey 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.

with-auntie-traceyI 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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Halloween is not something that we do here, well not really.

BUT

We do like to dress up!

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(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.pixlr2

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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