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Monday, May 28, 2018

Ten Ways to Survive Summer with Kids

Make time for rest and relaxation!

 This seems like an obvious survival skill.  But with the kids out of school and schedules a little more flexible, it's easy to get off track.  The truth is, everyone is probably going to need some decompression time.  Let the kids get their sleep in during that first week off for summer break.  They're exhausted and need some down time too. But after they've caught up and had a few good "sleep in" mornings, it's time to establish a schedule for the day. If you've been thinking about changing out the mattresses, now is a good time to start fresh! The kids can help reorganize their sleep space and clean out their rooms.  Find out how DREAMCLOUD can help the entire family have a good night's sleep this summer!
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Make time for co-parenting!  

OurFamilyWizard co-parenting app and tools to end conflict

Trying to figure out holidays and summer breaks can be exhausting and emotionally draining for everyone; kids are especially aware of how stressed their parents can get while working out co-parenting schedules.  Our Family Wizard can help keep visitation schedules and financial matters more organized for your family.  Make time for co-parenting and commit to peaceful parenting so everyone can enjoy the summer!  Check with your family attorney or other court representative. 
Our Family Wizard could work for you.


 Make time to teach financial responsibility!

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Save your sanity and show children exactly how much money is available based on your budget this summer. FamZoo helps you teach children about spending habits, how to save, and what it means to donate a portion of your income toward charitable causes.  This encourages accountability for what can be spent on necessities, entertainment, and if there is something "extra" they need to save for in order to purchase it. Be prepared to stick to your agreement and not acquiesce if they choose to spend; even if they end up without money for something they want. Teach them now while you can still influence and inspire their choices. This is going to be hard at times, but resist the urge to rescue them when the money runs out for their "budget."  

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Make time to create nutritious (& fun) meals! 

Summer time presents a fun opportunity to create light, delicious, and healthy meals with your children. Let them help select the ingredients! Pick your fruits, veggies, grains, and proteins! Show kids how to prepare each ingredient and put them together to create amazing, tasty snacks and lunches that you can eat at home or pack for on the go summer time adventures! Remember when you were a child?Eye appeal is everything! Making food look awesome is part of the challenge. I love the idea of FunBites! This reminds me of the times my mom cut our food into cute shapes. FunBites makes this process even quicker and easier!  PLUS when children are involved in the process of preparing meals, they are more likely to enjoy eating what they have created! I have worked with children for many years and have three of my own plus a few "bonus" kiddos who are near and dear to my heart. I can encourage you that FunBites will create enjoyable meal times and help sneak those healthy foods onto everyone's plate this summer!


Make time to Play on the Floor!

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One of the best ways to connect with your children is to stop what you're doing and spend some time on the floor playing with them. Perhaps this daily playtime can become a part of your routine this summer.  Even if it's just for a few minutes at a time, this can reduce some of your stress and create some fun memories for you and your children. Having a comfortable and easy to clean play space is important.  A designated "floor time" spot provides a visual and tactile cue and helps establish a boundary where specific activities can occur, such as block building, story time, or exercise to music moments.  One idea for creating that floor time fun:

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Story time is the perfect way to inspire creative thinking,
 expand vocabulary, and practice communication skills. Story time enhances receptive and expressive language as you read, ask questions related to the story, and imagine other scenarios for the characters.
If you need ideas for where to find amazing adventures:

1.  The library has incredible selections and often offer story times and summer activities for all ages. 
Check out your local branch.

2. Have books delivered to your home or office.

Exciting for kids, easy for parents!

If you are looking into ideas for children who have sensory integration challenges, here is one idea that might be helpful.  The selection of sensory toys makes it easier to create "sensory boxes" for times when you need to help your child regulate emotions and behaviors that feel overwhelming.  Adults can even benefit from these carefully selected items.  If your child does not wish to engage in play with you, sitting beside them and allowing them to watch you interact with an item from these collections can offer inspiration for play and demonstrate how to become calm. These products are designed to provide children with autism a selection of activities that they may find enjoyable and therapeutic.

 Another resources for parents of children with unique developmental interests can be found here:


Make time to Be Active!

Getting the entire family involved in Summer Time 2018 activities can be a challenge. There are many ways to encourage and inspire movement throughout the season!  ProSource has plenty of gear designed to keep everyone going in a healthy direction. For days when the weather does not cooperate, you can plan on some indoor fun using exercise/yoga balls, kettle bells, muscle therapy rollers, and yoga mats.  Set up an area where you can pull out the gear and turn up the music with your children.  Show them your awesome mom yoga moves and share some safe and fun movement activities.  You can also plan an early morning or sunset evening yoga activity outdoors.  Take equipment outside and encourage the kids to set up their own obstacle course.  Design "activity stations" where they can practice skills. Turn on some music.  When the music changes, have them change stations too.  My children especially enjoy going to the park.  They are older now, but that doesn't stop them from going down the slides, climbing the equipment, or swinging across the zip line.  Start exploring movement activities when they are little and they'll continue to enjoy these activities!

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Make time to swim and play in the sun! 

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 Whether you swim in the pool or head for the beach, water activities are a summer time favorite! 
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 My children love going into the water and can last longer than on dry land.  Water workouts are easier on the joints, provide the perfect amount of resistance to increase muscle strength, and enhance endurance. BONUS: The kids will get tired and sleep better at night. You will too! 

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"Water workouts for Families" will highlight the ways you can get into shape or maintain fitness during the summer.

Please come back to visit this week for workout ideas! 

Check out Rotita's swim wear options to get ready! 
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Make time to create & design
Plus...Make A Difference! 


Did you know pura vida offers opportunities for you to design your own bracelets using colors you select? Create a unique design for your summer camp, athletic club, or school summer fundraiser.  For only $3 per bracelet, you can purchase these in large quantities and have an amazing way for kids to make some money for next school year's activities!  Need help adding a promotional card for your fundraiser?  Contact me at via face book page and I'll see if we can collaborate. I'd love to help! 

 Reminder Band is another fun way to create a fundraiser than can carry you through the next school year! Order plenty to sell during sporting events, band & choir competitions, theater groups, and special occasions. 
Create unique inspirations for school spirit!

Pop Sockets provides opportunities for you to add your own business logos, school mascots, and personalized designs to promote programs and merchandise.  

Get the entire family involved.

 Create something amazing! 
Remember how much fun we had collecting stickers and decorating our personal items?  Our kids still love designing their own creations. This is the modern way to inspire them!  Enjoy some summer time fun; jazz up those cell phones, shoes, & travel bags! Make this Summer of 2018 your own!


Make time to embrace peaceful organization.

I have to admit, it makes my brain very happy when I can label and organize items for home, car, plus adventures near and far.  As a former child care teacher, I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have clothing, bottles, sippy cups, and backpacks labeled each day.  If you can have ready to stick labels, it makes life a whole lot easier for everyone when you're tired and in a hurry each morning. I also have children of my own, and labeling is a way of life I can endorse and greatly appreciate. 
(As long as we're labeling items that need to be located and not labeling people. But that's another topic.😉)
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  Adults can benefit from organizational labeling too. From kitchen to office projects to home maintenance, labels help you clearly identify what you need and minimize search times. I have been known to color coordinate and add labels to files, kitchen items, books, journals, and of course, my extensive library of writing materials and research. Labels can make visual identification a breeze. Mabel's Label's is a favorite because I know many parents who used this product for child care purposes. I love it!

With Mabel's Label's you can benefit from a summer organization project.  Have the kids help you get ready before school begins again! An organized environment helps minimize sensory overload and allows everyone's brain to feel better.  Plan a way to wrap up your summer organization project (and make sure to set a time for completion) by celebrating your success.  
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 Make time to be SILLY!

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Adulting can be physically and emotionally exhausting. The responsibilities of taking care of financial matters, raising our children, and pursuing our careers take their toll.  
Summer time is the perfect opportunity to remember when we had fun and life seemed simpler.  Connecting with our families provides a menu of silly moments if we are open to them.  Give yourself permission to indulge in a few silly moments and enjoy breaking free of those perceived expectations.  

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Play in water. Squish some play dough. Use washable paints on the sidewalk.  Create a chalk mural in the driveway.  Go to the park to slide, swing, and dig in the dirt.  Make sand castles on the beach and jump over waves.  Blow bubbles on a windy day. Fly a kite. Watch an outdoor movie.


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Summer is just beginning. There are so many things to do, adventures to experience, and memories to create.

 What are your inspirations for Summer of 2018?
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Wishing everyone a wonderful week filled with

plenty of resources to tackle your goals!

Welcome to Summer 2018!

Kindest Regards,
~ Mary

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ten Ways to Disappoint and Upset Your Children
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I didn't enter into parenthood with a vision of rainbows and unicorns and lollipops.  In fact, I postponed parenthood due to several situations, one of which included a healthy dose of fear that I'd eff something up and cause undue trauma to my offspring. I had high expectations for myself and spent my early adulthood trying my hardest to learn about child development, parenting strategies, and what to do if something went sideways and I needed back up.

I always wondered how my own mother could make things look so effortless. She was pregnant seven times, with the seventh baby being her rainbow baby. Every day she made sure we had clothing, lunches packed for school, and transportation to school.  When we came home from school, there was always something we could eat for a snack to hold us over until dinner.

How she managed to make fresh, home cooked meals every day without losing her mind is beyond comprehension. She could take an egg, some flour, and two chicken breasts and turn it into a meal for eight people. It was like the loaves and the fish every damned night. Plus, there was usually an amazing dessert to make sure we were sufficiently enticed to eat our meal.

As a child, I of course had my moments when I wondered why my parents did, said, and made us do things a certain way.  Sometimes it made sense, and sometimes I thought they were just conspiring against us kids.  I especially loved it when my dad would hide the weekly supply of cookies for our lunches to prevent us from devouring them in one sitting.  It actually became a game with me and my siblings trying to figure out his next hiding place.

I often think back on my childhood and realize what I thought were rough times really weren't that bad.  There's something about experiencing parenthood that significantly alters our perceptions.  Perhaps one day my own children will look back and come to an understanding of how challenging it can be to parent three very different personalities, help each one navigate the treacherous path through puberty, and ensure that they develop not only a sense of who they are, but of their God given purpose in this world.

Until that happens, here are some ways you might disappoint and upset your children.  It's okay.  They'll hopefully understand why you had to do these things once they become responsible for a human being or two or three.  

Say NO

Tell children "no" even when they whine and cry and make you lose your mind.  It's good for them to become acquainted with this word, understand its purpose, and appreciate the value of this tiny, two lettered beauty.  Use it judiciously to preserve its integrity.  Knowing when and how to scoop out a portion of this delight is the key to its power and effectiveness.

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Encourage them to HELP

Give children things to do around the house that will help maintain their living environment. Here are a few ideas:

  1.Pick up items around the house and put them where they belong. 

2.Take out the garbage. 

3. Load and unload the dishwasher.  

4. Help sort/clean/dry/fold the laundry. 

5. Plan and purchase a meal. By the time they are getting ready to go to middle school, you can hopefully give them $20, send them into the store, then have them plan and purchase items for dinner a few nights each month. Make it a family project! 

6. Clean the bathroom.

7. Keep your own room organized.

8. Change the toilet paper roll.

9. Hang up your towels to dry after a bath or shower.

10. Vacuum all areas of the home.

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Buy from THRIFT Stores

Children may feel pressured to buy the latest brands of clothing and shoes.  Disappoint them when you do not give in to peer pressure based shopping sprees.  Learn to be okay with their discomfort. Empower them to make a clothing budget and show them how their $ goes farther at a thrift store.  You can often find brand names with tags still on the merchandise.  
Inspire them to create their own styles and sense of fashion.

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 Show teens how to increase their EARNING potential

 When they get older and want to increase their $ for clothing, find ways to foster their love of fashion and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit.  Check out how they can earn their own income with a small business like Stella & Dot.  Teens can become stylists for family and friends. They will appreciate being able to earn their own money instead of being handed an allowance.

Teach them ADVOCACY for themselves and others

You won't always be able to rescue them. Teach them how and when to speak up for themselves, share their ideas, and communicate in ways that will be heard and respected.  This takes a lot of time, patience, and start early and continue to expand on their repertoire of coping strategies; they will learn how to become empowered in this often harsh world of realities.  Shielding and protecting them may feel like the best thing, but remember they need to be equipped to deal with life and all it's unexpected crises.

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 Teach, Encourage, and Expect ACCOUNTABILITY

Make sure children understand that choosing behaviors involves consequences, both the good and the bad.  Preventing children from feeling the pain of those consequences does them no favors.  If your child takes something from a store, for example, require them to make restitution for their actions.  Don't bail them out and blame the messenger.  Hold them accountable and make them attend the court, take classes, and pay their dues to the community.  It will be hard for you too, but the lesson is an important one to learn.  Same goes for inappropriate behaviors at school.   Have those meeting with the counselor and principal, discuss solutions to problems, and require your child to be a part of those solutions.  Is is hard and uncomfortable to watch your child struggle? Absolutely.  But they need to develop these life skills while they are still young and you can provide the guidance required.

ASK a TON of Questions

You will definitely upset your children by asking a bazillion "stupid" questions.  Ask anyway!  Who are you meeting? Where will you go? What time is that event over?  What are their parents' phone numbers in case of emergency?  Do they have access to alcohol, guns, etc...  How will you let me know if I need to pick you up?  What time will you be home? How can I be sure you will make the right decisions? What will you do if there is an emergency?  Who else is going to be there?  

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WAIT on that Driver's License

The quickest way to disappoint and upset a young person is to hold off on that driver's permit and license.  In other countries, young people have to wait until the age of eighteen to drive.  There are several reasons you do not need to acquiesce when it comes to the learner's permit. To everything there is a season.

 First:  Drivers today are even more distracted than when we got our permit.  Even seasoned drivers have been hit by those who refuse to put down their damned cellphones while driving, put on makeup while driving, and text while driving.  Put an inexperienced teen behind the wheel trying to contend with that madness is a crap shoot.  I have been in two accidents in the past 6 months and both were caused by inattentive drivers! One rear ended me when my child was in the car.  Following too close is a HUGE pet peeve of mine.  There's just no freakin' reason! Look up and just drive!  You have no idea the amount of damage that is done not only to vehicles, but to a person's sense of safety.  

Second:  A professional driver's course is the best option for providing insights and training for a teen.  A parent who is anxious creates anxious drivers.  These courses can put quite a dent in your wallet.  If I hadn't been so traumatized by those accidents, perhaps it wouldn't be such an issue for me. But I am definitely giving my child the best chance at learning how to safely drive by enrolling her in a driver's ed. course.  

Third:  Insurance is outrageous. Again, thanks to so many inattentive driver's out there, our rates continue to increase.  Until I can safely insure my child, I will continue to transport her to activities or have another responsible adult I can trust provide transportation.  This is just too important to ignore.

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1. ALWAYS Wear your seat belt. Require others to
wear their seat belt if you are driving or if they are
driving with you in the vehicle.

2. Understand the behavioral and potential life altering consequences of a
 physical/emotional/sexual relationship
 as well as the signs of abuse.

3. Alcohol/Drug awareness and signs of addiction 
* NEVER drink/drug and drive no matter what amount of alcohol/drugs have been consumed/used.
*NEVER get in the car with someone who has been drinking/drugging.
*Make an agreement your child can call you for a RIDE 
no questions asked. Discussions tabled until the next day.

4. Be aware of your surroundings.

5. When given the choice to walk away or engage in a 
verbal/physical confrontation, choose to walk away. 
Your life may depend upon that decision.

Have a plan for the unexpected. (I know. It sounds impossible.) 
But knowing what steps to take in an emergency is important. Talk to your children and discuss scenarios.  When I lived on a military base and worked as a civilian with the Army, we were taught OPSEC.   (Operational Security)  Discuss your child's personal and family plan for what to do in an emergency, how to contact each other, and a meeting place.  This type of attention to detail will annoy the heck out of them, but it's an important life skills lesson.

 REMIND them that parents are human too

Disappointing and upsetting your children is part of parenting. It's uncomfortable at times, and it doesn't necessarily give you nice warm feels.  But it is critical that we continue to teach, remind, advocate, and guide our offspring through the crazy maze of life.  I have been know to remind my kids, "I am a human mom, not an android."  They promise to engrave that on my memorial marker one day.  I'm fine with that!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend filled 
with challenges, adventures, &
plenty of resources to tackle your goals!
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Kindest Regards,
~ Mary


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