The Winter Blues…

snoopy snow When I was younger I used to do the “snow dance” the night before a snow day and now have the tables turned.  I dread the sound of the phone ringing and their school telling me     that school is closed.  Keeping them occupied in the house is no easy task!  I guess I now know how my parents felt when I had snow days.  The first snow day my kids were able to occupy themselves but now that we are on our third in less than two weeks they officially have cabin fever!  I am sure that most parents in our area are facing the same dilemma…what do we do with our kids when we are trapped in the house?

Video games, movies, TV and iPad’s can keep them entertained for only so long and let’s be honest they are not the best things for their growing minds.  It is hard to think of things to do in the house with your children, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help make the day go quickly in my house.

Letting my kids help me cook is one way that I help pass the time and keep their little bodies and minds occupied.  Whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, baking a snack or all of the above they will have a blast!  Little one’s can use a plastic knife to help cut things and help with mixing and stirring and older one’s can learn about measurements while cooking with you.  You then get to enjoy a yummy meal and/or snack together!

Playing in the snow is another past time that can be used but sometimes it is too cold and yucky to go outside and play.  This problem can be solved by bringing the snow in to the house!  Take a bucket, lay down some towels and let the kids have fun!  Do an experiment by seeing how long the snow takes to melt and store some in the freezer for later.

I always keep craft materials around to keep them occupied as well.  Paint some snowmen or make some fun winter animals with the kids.  You can use cotton balls for polar bears, black and white paper with some fasteners to make penguins and other fun activities!

My best advice though is to keep calm and spring is right around the corner!

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Back to school blues or no?

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Okay so it is official…there are only a few more days left till school starts!  This is a time for mixed emotions.  You can be feeling anxiety, relief, excited, sad, or even nostalgic because your child is another year older.  Just remember that your child can be feeling some of these very same feelings!

Going back to school can be an emotional roller coaster for your child so it is important to discuss this upcoming event with them.  They could be excited to see all of their friends again and to see who they have in their class or they can be feeling anxiety about who their new teacher is.  If your student is starting a new school this can cause anxiety and fear in your child so having a conversation with your child will help ease their fears.  You may also want to take a drive past their new school so that they can see where they are going.  Maybe even some find some children the same age as your child at the local park so they can make some new friends if you have moved.

Many children don’t like going back to school and dread September (I mean who doesn’t enjoy warm weather, days at the pool or beach and vacationing I know I sure do!) but try to make going to school enjoyable.  Set up incentives for them to get good grades and behave in school.  An incentive chart is a great way to motivate your child.  Offer your child a great incentive for the weekend such as going to the park or getting ice cream if they have successful week in school this way they have something to look forward to on the weekend.  School should be enjoyable for both you and your child!  Remember knowledge is power so make sure you teach your child that!!!!

Stay tuned for our next blog about homework…and join in on the discussion on Facebook about back to school blues at www.facebook.com/aloveforlearning.  We also have our new HOMEWORK BUDDY package so make sure you check us out at www.aloveforlearning.com.

Till next time 🙂 …