CarpoolBy Tina Case of Parent Grapevine
If you're one of the fortunate families who live in a school district that provides school buses, count your blessings. You may not realize how lucky you are if you haven't dealt with school traffic congestion, rude parents driving illegally to get their kids to school on time, and the hassel of having a limited day because you have to drop-off or pick-up your kids from school every day.
How I wish I lived in one of those school districts. But since I don't I quickly worked with some other families in my neighborhood to form a school carpool. Not only does this save each of us time and gas money, but it gives us all a few free days in the week where we don't have to be on the clock and ready to pick up our kids - we can actually get some work done or meet up with a friend and savor the full day.
But forming a school carpool does take planning. To stay organized and remember who is picking up on a particular day, or if there's a sudden
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It's that time of year. Most kids hate it. Most Moms are ambivalent about it. It's Back to School time!! For our family, in addition to middle and high school, we now have college to add to our list of schools. This opens up an entirely new floodgate of information about things to buy and prepare for.
In addition to the list of common dorm room things to buy, I wanted to find out what other things might not be at the top of the list but are used more than expected and top what I call, The Overlooked List of College Items to Buy. Sure, you need your XL twin sized sheets (buy more than one set so you can do the laundry and still have a set on hand) and mini-fridge. But more often than not there are those unexpected items you wish you thought of when you were at Target and could have gotten the best price. So keep this list handy when you're out shopping for your college-bound child, they will thank you when they next see you, at Thanksgiving
Organizing and having a garage sale has never appealed to me. The idea of giving up a sunny Saturday morning to sit in my driveway surrounded by junk only to make a small amount of money never seemed worth the time or effort.
This summer, however, when my kids asked if we could have a garage sale (for the umpteenth time), I finally gave in. The question all of my friends and family have asked is, "Was it worth the trouble?" and to my surprise my answer is "yes" and here is why:
- Planning a garage sale was a great way to get my kids off the computer and away from the television. Between iCarly and World of Warcraft my kids were glued to the screen.
- Having the kids weed through their toys enabled us to get rid of a lot of unwanted, unused toys as well as finally throw broken items away. So long Spiderman with one leg!
- The garage sale was a great lesson in how to advertise and promote an event. My children made colorful signs, thought about sign placement (how to get
I'm not a camper. I hate sleeping on the hard ground in a sleeping bag. I don't like being under a thin plastic tent that does not muffle the sounds of the other campers at night. I hate waking up at 4:30 in the morning because of the loud birds that sound like a horn blaring. Plus, no matter what, I always get bitten by mosquitoes even if no one else does. Oh, and I don't like hiking or sweating while hiking. I could go on and on.
But, the reason I do love camping is because of the thoroughly happy look on my three children's faces every time we go and their surefire enthusiasm in the planning process. Every summer we go camping with several other families in the mountain top redwoods between Santa Cruz and Monterey in Northern California. Herewith are the many wondrous reasons my family goes camping every year despite my inborn aversion toward it:
- At about five years of age, children gain so much independence and thoroughly love to explore nature. After setting firm
One thing I have learned in my eighteen years as a parent is you never want to hear you're a "Helicopter Mom". I heard this term for the first time a few days ago and instantly thought to myself, "OMG, am I one of those moms who hovers around her kids all the time?"
So I set off to find examples and was fortunate to have found the flight journal of a well known Helicopter Mom.
My understanding is this mom's helicopter hovered too long and crash-landed. Her children never learned how to do anything on their own so they never conducted a search and rescue mission.
Diary of a Mad Helicopter Mom:
· Stopped by Jill's elementary school to see if she ate the high-Omega3 lunch I made her. Made sure she didn't sneak in any high calorie cookies from her best friend. Then walked over to the restroom to wet a wash cloth and wipe her mouth to be sure her face was clean. Whatever happened to PB&J on Wonderbread and letting them wipe their mouth on their T-shirt sleeve?
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