As a parent and an educator I am always looking for ways to help my kidlets in a positive way. The school I work at, and our kiddies attend, subscribe to Parenting Ideas and it is well worth it. We often include articles from this into the school newsletter, when needed. This week there were two that I thought were well worth sharing. Our students at school do not seem to have an understanding of the difference between bullying and teasing, or once of actions. There is a huge difference so we included this article. The articles are large in size as they are saved as pictures, not PDFs.
Friendship requires skills and the following article was one in a line of information snippets from our school Psychologist.
Happy reading. I highly suggest looking into Parenting Ideas.
As I get myself organised to keep on top of things, I also need to get the kidlets organised. School can be such a busy time and mornings can be particularly hectic. Having a routine that the kids can follow themselves can help a great deal. Last year each of our children had their own. They followed it and moved a chosen magnet down each step as it was completed. I think they have moved on from that so there will be just one this year. I will place it onto a clip board and hang this in a central location outside their bedrooms.
Below is the one I have created for you to download for free. It makes things so much smoother. There is another week before the kids start school so we will use this week to practice our Morning Routine. For all those who have just started the new school year, or are about to, good luck.
Pinterest board #3 is ready to share. I find when I pin I do just that. I do not check where the pin has come from. I am therefore doing two things at once, checking all the pins are worthwhile and sharing my boards with you – the lovely Mum on the Run family. This board is one called Fabulous Family Fun. On this board I pin ideas to do as a family. Pop along and have a browse. You will need a Pinterest account which is free and easy. Click on the picture below. Enjoy!!!
I love blogging and following other blogs. There are sooooo many that I like. I have begun putting a Blog Roll together but thought I would share my Favourite Five, at the moment. This could change but for now, these are the 5 blogs that I go to regularly. Just click on their blog graphic and it will take you right there. You will need to click on the website link for the second one.
1. The Organised Housewife
For tips on organisation, family and lots of great printable downloads.
2. The Small Things Blog
Great hair and make up tutorials. I have learnt so much about awesome hair products to use. It is American based so I sometimes have to do some searching for the Australian equivalent.
3. Seven Cherubs
A great blog about parenting and keeping it real with 7 kidlets to look after. Naomi also makes beautiful jewellery.
4. Fox in Flats
The yummy mummy website you have been looking for. So many great ideas for ‘navigating motherhood in style’. Definitely one of my favourites for style ideas.
5. Styling You
Another awesome site for style advice. I love the Unlock Your Style advice. I definitely lost mine after having kids. Ok, since I was pregnant with my first.
Have you discovered Pinterest? I have and sometimes I wish I hadn’t. Ok that is a white lie. I love Pinterest and can spend way to much time pinning. I finally got my husband on to it but he stopped following me as he cannot handle the overload when he opens up.
I do wander, however, if other like myself pin, pin, pin, pin and then never use half of the things on your boards. That hasn’t stopped me though. Over the last week or two I have started to get things in order.
I rearranged my boards so they were in alphabetical order and then decided I should start going through them and really seeing if what I have pinned is worthwhile. Quite a few pins are no longer available at websites or there is no stock available. The first board I decided to do an audit on was my board on Parenting. As I went through each pin, I kept it if useful and deleted the ones that didn’t offer as much as their title or weren’t user-friendly.
As our blog is about Sharing is Caring, I thought I would share my boards when I have finished auditing them. Feel free to re-pin or follow the boards as I share them.
While getting organised, I thought I should do up a Family Job Roster. Both my kids have general jobs they do everyday. These jobs don’t get pocket money. The kidlets are told that these are the jobs they need to do to be part of the family. The Job Roster is one that has jobs on we share and take turns with. They are also jobs that I am introducing to the 2 of them. Eventually they will go on their individual job chart and be part of their routine. At the moment I have only included: feeding the cats and emptying their dishes out the dishwasher. The cat feeding is for the morning only as Daddy and I share night time, for now. I did include a couple of different cat pictures which are for the nights Daddy must feed the cats. As the kidlets progress I will update this with more small tasks. I believe it is part of our job as parents to teach our munchkins responsibility and the importance of working together.
Finding healthy options for kids to eat can be a difficult task. We try our best most of the time but there are moments when not so healthy treats can be ok. I am a big fan of the 80/20 rule. Eat well 80% of the time. We don't store too many lollies etc in our house, unless there are left overs from special occasions.
Personally that can make it difficult for me as I do crave something sweet on the odd occasion. At these times I have been known to have a teaspoon of 100s and 1000s or nutella. Naughty I know, but it does the trick. The other day I was curious as to how much sugar, fat, carbs etc were in this teaspoon of nutella. I took a quick look at the right column which usually lists this per 100g. I was pleasantly surprised so I had a second teaspoon of nutella but knew deep down that perhaps this was too good to be true. I checked the column again and realised the Nutritional box has the columns the opposite way round to others. Ooops.
This then got me thinking about the nutritional labels on all products, especially the ones I feed my children. Whenever we are buying new cereal Gabbylocks asks for Coco Pops and others that I personally do not buydue to the sugar content. I am always amazed when looking at cereals because the ones I think might be ok have high sugar content.
LET THE RESEARCHING BEGIN!!!! I had heard the information before but looked up what is supposed to be the acceptable levels of sugar, fat and salt (sodium) content within foods. The short PDF below is worth a read. Just click on the Weetbix picture and it will take you to the information sheet that is free to download.
I would suggest cutting out the information section and laminate it to keep in your purse. Nutritional value in food is so important. I try to follow this as much as possible. It is quite difficult to find foods the kidlets would like and have the correct nutrtional value. Good luck with your next shopping trip. www.choice.com.au has a lot of information that is beneficial to read. I have subscribed for a little over $7 a month. If you have time, check it out. There is a lot of valuable information in a lot of areas.