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This is the teachers’ favvvvorite topic! Parents this is becoming a big issue nowadays and it’s like the new trend!

Everyday during dismissal half of the parents don’t show up, but who does instead? Either the nanny or the driver…If i were a parent I would do anything just to see my child‘s face at the end of the day and hug him and get into the car together and get ready to go home. Believe me it would mean the world to them!

This is one issue,,,however another issue is the homework. I had a few kids whose homework wasn’t done by them and when I asked them they would tell me my nanny did it or she is helping me with my school work. Say what????

Please note that the nannies or helpers in our community are not very well educated and their English isn’t that good. Many of my kids used to speak incorrect grammar because they used to copy their nanny.

Now that is shocking, first teachers are not sending homework for your nanny to complete it and second parents or siblings are the ones who are supposed to support.

Where is the family bonding? Where is the parent’s involvement? This just saddens me and please note that this will affect the child mentally.

Here’s to the kids who are different,


The kids who don’t always get A’s,


The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers,


And noses that go on for days…


Here’s to the kids who are different,


The kids they call crazy or dumb,


The kids who don’t fit, with the guts and the grit,


Who dance to a different drum…


Here’s to the kids who are different,


The kids with the mischievous streak,


For when they have grown, as history’s shown,


It’s their difference that makes them unique.

by Digby Wolfe


So you and your child chose the backpack, pencils, erasers, water bottle, lunch bag etc…. So do you think you’re done? Nope you’re not! don’t forget to prepare your child mentally!!!

The first thing you should do  is visit your school! Especially if your child is new, why don’t you both take a walk and check out the playground, the cafeteria, meet the principal, etc…

Have a get together with your child’s last year’s classmates and have them make fun activities together. that way they will get used to seeing each other again and they would look forward to seeing them the next day.

Routine, Routine, Routine! Even i as a teacher need routine, Last week i started heading to bed earlier than usual just to let my body get used to sleeping early and waking up early again. The same goes with your child do it gradually!

Parents! Expect a lot of handouts and papers that will be given to your child so why don’t you set up a folder. If you  have more than one child write the name of each on a separate folder

You can divide it accordingly:

–  School reminders ( like trips, events, graduation day etc…)

– Activities /tests

– Newsletters

Enjoy the rest of your summer and have fun preparing for school.

Parents! School is almost here and all summer your kids were waking up late and sleeping late and there is just no order!

All this has to stop starting today! You have to get your kids back on that morning routine before school starts.

– Starting today have your kids sleep early and wake them up a bit earlier then they usually wake up during holidays.

Gradually do that so your kids won’t  feel really cranky in the morning.

– Reminders: Some kids remember what to do in the morning in a timely fashion but others need reminders like, ” Son don’t forget to brush your teeth.”

– Avoid yelling and harsh treatment. No parent likes sending their child out the door after a screaming match.

– Tack on an additional task. Once the morning schedule becomes routine, you can add an element: throwing dirty clothes in the hamper, making beds, putting together lunches.

Remember your goal: You want your children up and out the door on time, and to move securely through the school day so each can reach her academic potential. Ask yourself how you wish the school year to go, then ask yourself how you can help it happen.


In 100+ degree heat, it’s too hot even for the pool. Long summer days require creative thinking to keep young children having a good time while staying active. The following ideas require a little planning ahead to gather supplies, but most of these materials are readily available in homes with young children.

Set up an art center

Paints. Use a small kids table, or cover a large table with newspaper. Lay out finger paints, water colors, and washable paints and let your little artists show off their stuff. Be sure to provide several different styles of brushes so they can experiment with the kinds of designs they can make with various brush strokes.

Clay and play dough. Great tools to use with both modeling clay and play dough include plastic utensils, mini muffin tins, and cookie cutters.

Don’t forget the art show! Proudly display finished artwork. Attach paintings to a string or twine with clothespins (like a laundry line), or with magnets on cookie sheets. Set clay creatures and play dough creations on a shelf for your family’s own show and tell.

Use the bathtub as a mini aquatic area

Make it fun! Fill the bathtub fuller than you normally would. Add some bubble bath and water-safe toys and let the kiddos have an extra long time in the tub.

Blow bubbles with bubble solution for them to “catch” and pop. (When you’re stuck in the house, the bathtub is the perfect place for this.)

Parents, don’t over sweat the splashing. Use a large towel to wipe up any water, and your bath floor will be clean! Another household job you can cross off your list.

Let your children into the kitchen

– There are some recipes i posted earlier like:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Crepes

Homemade cotton candy

Homemade gluten free Oreo cookies

Banana Split Pizza

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

 

Since we brought up the topic of obesity in my previous post, here is an idea of what you can let your children snack on. Raisins!!

The health benefit of raisins is that they are an antioxidant. These help keep the blood clean and flowing. They get rid of all unclean impurities in the blood.

Raisins are also great for healthy gums and teeth. Though raisins are sticky and very sweet, they do not cause tooth decay ore gum disease.

Raisins are also a preventative measure for macular degeneration, which is the health of your eyesight. Just as carrots are good for your eyesight as are raisins. Overall, raisins help with eyesight, oral hygiene and they act as antioxidants. Raisins are sweet and great tasting and promote good health.

However do not give raisins to babies under 3 they may choke on it because it is very small in size and sticky which can cause them to get stuck in your child’s throat. To prevent that you can cut them into smaller pieces

I saw this link on Dr.Mehmet Oz’s fan page, and got devastated when I read this post. Some British retailer is selling large sized  clothing for kids who are Obese! In my opinion I am totally against it because the fact that these kids reached the stage of obesity is a mistake. Now when kids discover that there is clothing that matches their size it will be more convenient to them and this issue will encourage them to not lose that excess weight. I put up a poll I chose a few answers from what Dr. Mehmet Oz’s fans shared you can choose one or just add your own answer. I would love to hear your thoughts.