Back to School Shopping – Getting Prepared for Kindergarten!

kindergarten preparation

Backpacks, lunch accessories,  hair accessories, sunscreen and more.  There is a huge list of items to get organized for back to school. Consequently, Kindergarten preparation can be overwhelming! I have written an entire series about preparing your child for Kindergarten and what to pack for the first day. There is even a post about 5 things you can do to help a Kindergarten teacher.  After all, I did teach Kindergarten once.  Let me tell you, you have the ability to make a HUGE difference for a Kindergarten teacher by the choices you make! Imagine 30 children who don’t know what their backpack looks like, … Continue reading

Getting Back into Night Time Routines {Giveaway}

Night Time Routines

This time of year brings all sorts of new routines for families. New wake up times, new activities, new eating schedules and new bedtime routines. This can be a hard adjustment for many children. Night time routines are one of the most important routines to figure out early on in the school year. They are what set children up for good sleep and for feeling well rested throughout the school day in order to maximize their academic and social success. But, sleep and night time routines do not come easily for everyone. Some children are very resistent to sleep and … Continue reading

Back to School Nerves {Giveaway}

Ease Back to School Nerves

We had a lot of back to school nerves in our house this year! It wasn’t much different than last year, to be honest. The kids were worried about who their teacher would be, what friends would be in their class along with many other worries that are hard to handle when starting something new. Kids often have similar worries when they start up a new extracurricular activity. It is the fear of the unknown. Even though school is well under way this year, it takes some time to get settled and adjusted to the new surroundings, teacher, schedule etc. … Continue reading

Back to School: A Mom’s Perspective

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Well…the kids are back at school… The house is quiet again, so on goes the music! Yes, I listen to music all day long. What I listen to depends on my mood. Sometimes it is the same few songs on a loop and other times, I select a huge playlist and am surprised all day long with new songs. Music is a part of me; it is in my soul. I will admit that when the kids are home all summer, this Mama doesn’t get her fill of music and it is hard for me as it is like my … Continue reading

Homemade Peanut Free School Snacks

Peanut Free School Snacks

I wrote about how to prepare your child for taking their lunch to school when they are in Kindergarten. For most Kindergarten children, this is their first exposure to lunch bags and containers and I’ve shared some tricks to help them in their first few weeks. Now, we need to talk about WHAT to pack in their lunch bag! Many children (including mine) do not love sandwiches (other than peanut butter and grilled cheese), which makes it challenging to pack their lunches. The first few weeks are usually relatively easy, but come week 3 or 4, I often find myself … Continue reading

Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten – School Lunches

Back to school lunches

Entering Kindergarten means learning about independence; socially, emotionally and physically. One of the first exposures to independence for a Kindergarten child occurs during snack and lunch time. Children take pride when they go to their backpacks, take out their lunch containers and find a place to sit down and eat (and socialize with their friends). They get excited to see what is inside their school lunches and they feel like a “big kid” when they open up their bag to see what is inside. Parents can help their little ones be prepared for Kindergarten and this new-found independence by ensuring … Continue reading

Back to School Tips from @KidsHelpPhone

Back to School Tips from Kids Help Phone

While the start of a new school year can be exciting for many kids and parents alike, young people can also experience feelings of nervousness, anxiety, stress, and tension. Transitioning to a new grade, changing schools, getting new teachers, and making friends are all examples of the types of concerns young people can have ahead of September. Back to school anxiety can affect any young person, no matter their age, but there are ways parents can help their kids feel supported at this time of year. Have a talk. Ask your kid what they’re thinking and feeling about the new … Continue reading

Back to School Sleep Routine with Orange Naturals #ONatural

If you were to ask me what the biggest struggle we have in our house with regards to routines is, hands down it would be about sleep! From the moment my daughter was born, she hasn’t been a good sleeper. She was WIDE AWAKE screaming for her first 12 hours of life and the struggles continued on throughout her infant years and continues to this day, at the age of nine. Of course, we have tried all of kinds of tricks, some of them have worked and some of them haven’t, but at the end, she continues to have a … Continue reading

What to Pack for the FIRST DAY of Kindergarten

Extra Clothing

In many school boards, Kindergarten students are not required to bring ANYTHING to school as far as school supplies go! In fact, most teachers discourage it because they have specific tools they would like the children to use AND things go missing SO easily with little ones, which always brings tears. It is highly recommended to wait until your child goes to school to purchase any school supplies, as they should get a newsletter on the first day that will outline all expectations. Having told you to WAIT to purchase school supplies, there are a few things that are a … Continue reading

Comfort and Style Together: Geox Shoes for Children

Geox

At the beginning of August, my daughter and I had the opportunity to visit Yorkdale Mall to look at Geox shoes for children. What a treat that was for both of us! For my daughter, she loved trying on all of the shoes and dreaming of having a shoe wardrobe that consisted of all of the shoe choices that existed and for me, it was SO much fun to shop with my daughter, despite the analysis paralysis that she experienced. LITERALLY, my daughter and I were in the Geox store for a good part of the morning, we are talking … Continue reading