Talon has been with me for 4 years no preschool I taught him at home. Tomorrow he starts pre k. He is very nervous.  I want to hold him and cancel his class. I want is not what he needs. I will hold him and tell him “he’s got this” he is going to Rock !!

Talon has been with me for 4 years no preschool I taught him at home. Tomorrow he starts pre k. He is very nervous. I want to hold him and cancel his class. I want is not what he needs. I will hold him and tell him “he’s got this” he is going to Rock !!

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Sisters::

Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.

Toni Morrison, Beloved (Toni Morrison Trilogy, #1)

Sisters::

Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be.

Toni Morrison, Beloved (Toni Morrison Trilogy, #1)

In My Daughter’s Eyes Lyrics
In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I want to be
In my daughter’s eyes

In my daughter’s eyes
Everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light
And the world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me
Gives me strength when I’m weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter’s eyes

And when she wraps her hand around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It’s hangin’ on when your heart
Is had enough
It’s givin’ more when you feel like givin’ up
I’ve seen the light
It’s in my daughter’s eyes

In my daughter’s eyes
I can see the future
A reflection of who I am
And what we’ll be
And though she’ll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I’m gone
I hope you’ll see
How happy she made me
For I’ll be there
In my daughter’s eyes

Martina Mcbride

In My Daughter’s Eyes Lyrics
In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero
I am strong and wise and I know no fear
But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I want to be
In my daughter’s eyes

In my daughter’s eyes
Everyone is equal
Darkness turns to light
And the world is at peace
This miracle God gave to me
Gives me strength when I’m weak
I find reason to believe
In my daughter’s eyes

And when she wraps her hand around my finger
Oh it puts a smile in my heart
Everything becomes a little clearer
I realize what life is all about

It’s hangin’ on when your heart
Is had enough
It’s givin’ more when you feel like givin’ up
I’ve seen the light
It’s in my daughter’s eyes

In my daughter’s eyes
I can see the future
A reflection of who I am
And what we’ll be
And though she’ll grow and someday leave
Maybe raise a family
When I’m gone
I hope you’ll see
How happy she made me
For I’ll be there
In my daughter’s eyes

Martina Mcbride

growinguplast:

First Day Jitters..we all have them—no matter what or where that first day may be. Tomorrow we’re asking our readers to share their first day fears, memories, and/or words of wisdom for children (and parents!) about starting the new school year—elementary, middle, high school or beyond. And, since it will be my son’s first day of kindergarten, believe me when I say that I NEED them!
I happened to receive an email from our pediatrician about alleviating a child’s first day of school fears and I thought I’d share the brief list of six points with you here, along with some of my own thoughts, to piggyback off today’s theme and get you thinking for tomorrow:
1. Allow your child to express his or her feelings without judgement. Your child is allowed to feel afraid, scared, mad, excited, joyful, sad, and every color in-between. Allow your child the full spectrum of emotions (and words to express them) as well as healthy ways to release any tension or sadness he/she is feeling. Do not dismiss or diminish your child’s feelings. Something as simple and thoughtful as including a photo of a lovey in her backpack or a cheerful post-it encouragement in his lunch-bag could go a long way in building trust with your child and establishing a healthy emotional connection.
2. To build confidence, remind him/her of times when he/she has succeeded despite being scared, nervous, or anxious. Experiential learning is an important teacher. Reminding kids of that time they were afraid to go in the ocean or make a new friend at camp or try new food at a birthday party (but then they did and it was a great thing) is a good way to boost their confidence and refocus their energy.
3. Make preparations like back-to-school shopping a celebration. I know it’s tough to ‘celebrate’ if money is tight and the supply list is long (and kids can feel that). There are, however, a lot of little rituals you can develop with your child, such as special ‘first day’ breakfast or dinner, photo memories, or a special bedtime story you share the night before the big day. Education is important and valuable—it can never be taken once it’s earned—and your child should get that message from home early on.
4. Go to the open house at your child’s school to see the classroom and meet his/her teacher. Parent engagement is important, yes, but even if you can’t be at every PTA meeting it matters that you know who Mrs. So-and-So is (especially if your daughter ‘hates’ her) and what the reading corner looks like (especially if your son says it’s his favorite place). Get a feel for what the library, cafeteria, and creative and technology spaces are like as these are sometimes the places your child grows the most.
5. Rehearse walking to the bus stop and saying good-bye and greeting the teacher. If your child is unaccustomed to leaving your side to ride in a vehicle to another destination on his/her own, then this could be anxiety-inducing for you both. Going through the motions can make you both feel better about making the leap.
6. Adjust bed-time and wake-up times as soon as possible to help your child adjust to a new routine before school starts. Did I mention my son is getting picked up by the bus at 6:52 a.m.? I tried to set an 8 p.m. bedtime and a 7 a.m. wake-up time the week before orientation, thinking that surely that would be enough time but alas, no. I predict some rough mornings for us all. If you can get your schedule set at a quicker pace, I’d highly recommend it.
Oh, and see that monster up there? That’s MY big anxiety when it comes to first days. Won’t you share yours?
~Marci aka Mamamusement
We’ll be looking forward to seeing YOUR submissions in addition to our team members’ posts and our regular weekly features. Remember you can submit posts directly to the blog using the submit function, via email (growinguplast@gmail.com), or by tagging your posts #gulbacktoschool.

I am scared in the corner with my thumb in my mouth four in school HELP ME

growinguplast:

First Day Jitters..we all have them—no matter what or where that first day may be. Tomorrow we’re asking our readers to share their first day fears, memories, and/or words of wisdom for children (and parents!) about starting the new school year—elementary, middle, high school or beyond. And, since it will be my son’s first day of kindergarten, believe me when I say that I NEED them!

I happened to receive an email from our pediatrician about alleviating a child’s first day of school fears and I thought I’d share the brief list of six points with you here, along with some of my own thoughts, to piggyback off today’s theme and get you thinking for tomorrow:

1. Allow your child to express his or her feelings without judgement. Your child is allowed to feel afraid, scared, mad, excited, joyful, sad, and every color in-between. Allow your child the full spectrum of emotions (and words to express them) as well as healthy ways to release any tension or sadness he/she is feeling. Do not dismiss or diminish your child’s feelings. Something as simple and thoughtful as including a photo of a lovey in her backpack or a cheerful post-it encouragement in his lunch-bag could go a long way in building trust with your child and establishing a healthy emotional connection.

2. To build confidence, remind him/her of times when he/she has succeeded despite being scared, nervous, or anxious. Experiential learning is an important teacher. Reminding kids of that time they were afraid to go in the ocean or make a new friend at camp or try new food at a birthday party (but then they did and it was a great thing) is a good way to boost their confidence and refocus their energy.

3. Make preparations like back-to-school shopping a celebration. I know it’s tough to ‘celebrate’ if money is tight and the supply list is long (and kids can feel that). There are, however, a lot of little rituals you can develop with your child, such as special ‘first day’ breakfast or dinner, photo memories, or a special bedtime story you share the night before the big day. Education is important and valuable—it can never be taken once it’s earned—and your child should get that message from home early on.

4. Go to the open house at your child’s school to see the classroom and meet his/her teacher. Parent engagement is important, yes, but even if you can’t be at every PTA meeting it matters that you know who Mrs. So-and-So is (especially if your daughter ‘hates’ her) and what the reading corner looks like (especially if your son says it’s his favorite place). Get a feel for what the library, cafeteria, and creative and technology spaces are like as these are sometimes the places your child grows the most.

5. Rehearse walking to the bus stop and saying good-bye and greeting the teacher. If your child is unaccustomed to leaving your side to ride in a vehicle to another destination on his/her own, then this could be anxiety-inducing for you both. Going through the motions can make you both feel better about making the leap.

6. Adjust bed-time and wake-up times as soon as possible to help your child adjust to a new routine before school starts. Did I mention my son is getting picked up by the bus at 6:52 a.m.? I tried to set an 8 p.m. bedtime and a 7 a.m. wake-up time the week before orientation, thinking that surely that would be enough time but alas, no. I predict some rough mornings for us all. If you can get your schedule set at a quicker pace, I’d highly recommend it.

Oh, and see that monster up there? That’s MY big anxiety when it comes to first days. Won’t you share yours?

~Marci aka Mamamusement

We’ll be looking forward to seeing YOUR submissions in addition to our team members’ posts and our regular weekly features. Remember you can submit posts directly to the blog using the submit function, via email (growinguplast@gmail.com), or by tagging your posts #gulbacktoschool.

I am scared in the corner with my thumb in my mouth four in school HELP ME

I believe that socks are the root of all evil. I had a complete meltdown over socks. I want to stop being a SAHM just for the sake of never seeing socks missing in my basket being told they don’t have any being yelled at finding them…screw you socks!!!!

I believe that socks are the root of all evil. I had a complete meltdown over socks. I want to stop being a SAHM just for the sake of never seeing socks missing in my basket being told they don’t have any being yelled at finding them…screw you socks!!!!

holyshitgifs:



This is what I feel like right now getting kids ready for school tomorrow. We just went over syllabus  for Gavin’s Honor LA class and I think I threw up. Holy Sh)*)*)*. I then went over paper work for Talons preschool. The one question they asked was ” what my hopes were for this year” 
that I get his buttocks to class
that I don’t drop the F bomb
that I am not naked when I run him in late 
I then receive an email from Kailey class print out what they are doing for Social Studies that wont stop printing. Help me !!!

holyshitgifs:

This is what I feel like right now getting kids ready for school tomorrow. We just went over syllabus  for Gavin’s Honor LA class and I think I threw up. Holy Sh)*)*)*. I then went over paper work for Talons preschool. The one question they asked was ” what my hopes were for this year” 

  • that I get his buttocks to class
  • that I don’t drop the F bomb
  • that I am not naked when I run him in late 

I then receive an email from Kailey class print out what they are doing for Social Studies that wont stop printing. Help me !!!

Back to School Safety Tips for Parents, Drivers, Children, Playground safety, Backpack safety

growinguplast:

The National Safety Council has a great website chock full of tips for parents about school safety. The backpack safety sheet is one I am particularly interested in as I recently read that 14,000 children are treated annually for back-pack related injuries in the U.S. 

Here’s a page of graphic tips to help you make sure your student is not shouldering too much of a burden this year:

Does your child’s backpack make the grade?

To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.  Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.  Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson