- you’re reading at a grade 3/4 level (Levels M to O) and we’re working on your comprehension skills
- you’re still doing math for fun and really enjoy your math workbook
- you’re loving science
- you’re a great helper in the classroom
- you wear size 7/8 clothes and a size 3 shoe
- you chose “boy boots” this year because you didn’t want girl ones
- you’re 4′ 3.5″ tall and weigh 62 lbs
- you’re a Brownie now
- you can be a really great sister…most of the time
- you’re funny and you love telling jokes
- you got a big bike with hand brakes this summer and we enjoyed lots of long bike rides
Like a Mama Bear, parents will do everything they can to keep their children safe. I know because I am one of those parents. For the last 7 years, I have been protecting my babies bears. Now I’m not going to suggest that we’re not going to worry any less but there are many thing we can do to keep our kids safe.
Since children like to put everything in their mouths it is very important to keep the small objects away. An easy way to know if an object is too small is to see if it would fit through a toilet paper tube.
There is a brand of toys that my daughters play with that are remarkably larger than the version I played with as a child. Their’s don’t fit through the tube where the ones that I had do.
Baby gates are excellent for keeping kids in areas that are safe for them and away from stairs. But they are also great for keeping pets out. We have a dog and even though she is very tame and friendly, she is still an animal with instincts. As much as pets need to learn how to behave around children, children need to learn how to treat a dog.
See things from their level
Crawl on the floor to see what they see. What can they reach? What could potentially hurt them? As you find things, you’ll move them up out of the way.
Be sure to secure heavy objects like TVs and bookshelves so that they cannot be pulled over onto the child.
As children are very curious, be sure to put child proof handles on all doors Just like with gates, you want to keep kids in the areas where they will be safe. We had these on all the door leading outside as well as on the doors leading to stairs.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children. Too many parents walk away from the kids “for just a minute” and that is one second too long. Children can drown in less than 1 inch of water.
Register all of your children’s equipment with the manufacturer.
There are so many items that children need that come with a registration card: car seats, strollers, jumpers. It is important to register these incase the manufacturer issue a recall. Manufacturers are constantly safety testing their products to make sure they aren’t going to hurt anyone. If they happen to find something that needs to be adjusted, repaired or replaced, you need to know. They will contact you to let you know if your product needs some attention.
I hope that you find these tips useful! What do you recommend to other new parents?
That is my new mantra!
It has taken me almost a month to recover from the party that we threw for the girls.
Way back in September 2010, we purchased a party at Busy Bodies indoor play ground through WagJag. It was a really good deal. Until this point, we have been able to avoid a party where anyone other than family has been invited. With Munchkin in Grade 1 she has been invited to many friends’ parties and had started asking for her own. This discount through WagJag was exactly what we needed.
In the middle of October, I called to arrange a December or January party. Due to the nature of this deal, there were only limited days available and we got to pick from dates in March. Ya, March. Fortunately, I was able to rationalize this. We’d pick a date close to Peanut’s birthday and have Munchkin’s and Peanut’s party together. Perfect!
We had the girls pick their friends who they wanted to come. We had some from school and some from the neighbourhood. There were only a handful of friends at the party for just Munchkin; most of the attendees knew both girls so it worked out perfectly. Invitations were delivered 4 weeks before the party, with an RSVP 2 weeks before the party. We had to give numbers and other detail back to the party place a week before so we wanted to be prepared.
I started getting all the things ready that we needed to take with us: plates, cups, cutlery, cake, snacks (the party place was providing juice and pizza) and loot bags.
Yes, the dreaded loot bag. Most parents don’t care for the dollar store
junk treasures that comes home in most loot bags. I know I don’t. So I went online and very quickly and easily ordered the Loot Bag Combo from Mabel’s Labels. (I’ll be posting more about this tomorrow!) ** See review post here **
Party day rolls around. And this is where we start to realise that we are never going to do this again. “Never” is pretty harsh. We will have a part for the girls again, but there will be major rule changes.
The party was to run from 9:30 to 11:30am. We could arrive 5 minutes early to set up. And we had 5 minutes to get out after the party was done. Fortunately, they had a staff member there as an extra pair of hands. They helped set the table with plates, etc. When pizza time rolled around, they dished that up and they cut the cake.
Getting the kids rounded up and seated to eat was not an easy task. I felt like I was trying to herd cats. Once we got all the kids in the room, we realised that there was a kid I didn’t recognize. One of the staff members came to help us out. But the scary part was that this little girl didn’t know who’s party she was at the place place for.
Kids inhaled their pizza, scarfed down the cake and went running off again to play. I was able to clean up a bit and BigDaddy started taking the presents out to the car. (Another reason I don’t want to do that again…no time to open presents with their friends). And just as we finished cleaning out the room, parents arrived to get their kids. Loot bags were handed out. Thank yous were said.
That was the fastest 2 hours of my life. I was completely stressed and rushed. I’m not sure exactly what happened.
What I learned:
- don’t invite so many kids
- research the time-lines dictated by the play place
- it’s nice to have the mess outside my home
- don’t do a party so early in the morning
- make sure the place allows Tim Horton’s products
(slightly belated – Dec 15, 2010)
- you’re reading at a grade 2/3 level
- you make up math questions for fun
- your drawings are so detailed now
- your negotiating skills are being honed daily
- you wear size 7/8 clothes and a size 2 shoe
- you’re 48.75″ tall (yep, over 4 feet) and weight 52 lbs
- you’ve lost one tooth and made us so proud in the process
- the 2nd tooth will be lost any day now
Yesterday I was ranting about my drama princess’ tantrum-laden reaction to not getting what she wants.
But her dramatic ways can be very cute.
Last weekend BigDaddy was away with the Senior Youth Group from our church. He left Friday and was due to be back Sunday before dinner. The girls knew this.
I guess with Peanut’s limited understanding of time, it must have felt like f-or-e-v-e-r. Sunday on our way to church, we had picked up Grandma and Grandpa and they had asked when BigDaddy was going to be home.
Peanut says, sounding so forlorn, “I’m never going to see Daddy again.”
I couldn’t help but laugh.