Yesterday was the last day of school for the little boy and today is for her big sister. Time for us to think of an activity that will keep the kids busy for the entire summer days. As parents, we want them to enjoy and be productive at the same time. So it is something musical for the big sister. Hopefully, she can play new b.c. rich bass guitars from guitar center or any other types of guitar that will suit for beginners like her. The little boy on the other hand, will be on the craft side. Painting or drawing is what he is into lately. Looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labor this summer 🙂
It’s a blessing and a delight to have new grandchildren. Many grandparents specifically plan their retirement around choosing to help out as a babysitter during the week while the parents are out at work. This is a win-win situation for everybody – saving childcare costs for the parents and providing a new enjoyable way to spend retirement for the grandparents.
However, it’s usually been a long time since the house had to be baby proofed and if the kids are going to be over on a regular basis it’s worth making sure that the right kit is available at all times. Risks around the home are usually not visible until the crucial time when little ones have been let loose.
The living room is the first place to tackle. Stair gates are essential, not just on the stairs themselves but also between rooms – especially into the kitchen where hot pots and pans can cause serious injuries. Make sure that the gates fit the door frame properly and have a childproof opening system to stop clever little monsters working out how to open them!
A play pen is a great idea for a larger or open plan space. Rather than worrying about if a child can dash off, put all their favourite toys in the play pen and supervise with confidence. Although young children should never be left alone, it’s reassuring to know that they are playing in a designated area.
A beautiful open fire or wood burning stove is the heart of any country home, however it’s also a major safety risk and needs particular attention. A strong fire guard is essential and could literally prove a lifesaver. The dangers of fire should never be underestimated and, babysitting or not, fire alarms should be regularly checked and maintained.
Plan a schedule for the day for older children to keep an attack of the “I’m bored!”s at bay! It’s tempting to just stick the TV on and let that babysit the kids, but it’s not good for them to have too much TV. Treasure hunts round the garden are easy to organise and can provide hours of fun. Again, have a quick check of the garden for safety and be particularly vigilant around water and consider covering – or even removing – any ponds that aren’t particularly well loved.
But the key to safe play time is to have fun! Because a child who’s having fun is less likely to wander off and cause mischief. Keeping the children happy will guarantee better behaviour and a safer home: their favourite home from home.
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” -O. Fred Donaldson
Kids love to play a lot especially those who are in their toddler years. They are inquisitive and love to explore on a lot of things around them. So to give you a nice gift idea on what to give the on special occasions like birthdays and holiday season. Educational Toys are very much recommended.
We bought this cute TEACH TIME CLOCK, an educational toy that teaches time wherein the minute hand turns just like a real clock. A birthday gift to a friend’s son who celebrated his First birthday last weekend.
A colorful and learning toy that encourage and enhances the kids curiosity and explore more to develop their skills and enriches their mind and knowledge.
This only cost around $3. Yup, on sale! Yey! Just make sure that materials are of quality and doesn’t contain any harmful and toxic materials that will affect your kid’s health.
It was a rainy weekend and yesterday afternoon, August 18 around 4 p.m it was already raining hard. Metro Manila mayors started to suspend classes early last night. As of this moment, the office of the President have issued work suspension in government offices.
I did sent the boss an early text message of my leave of absence of work for today. I opted to stay at home for safety and peace of mind for DH, since most areas on my way to work is flooded and there are lots of road construction here in our place. I learned my lesson the hard way last year when I did brave the almost waist deep flood on my way to work only to get sick after.
For now, we’re closely monitoring the news and weather updates. DH woke every now and then last night due to non stop rain to check downstairs. The usual, we were flooded inside the house. :(
I hope things gets better soon and since we’re stuck inside the house, kids were getting bored. Here’s what they did to keep themselves busy.
Still got a lot of cleaning up and ironing to do’s for today, and an online task to finish this afternoon. Stay safe and dry everyone!
Now that both of my kids are in grade school (Grade 1 and Grade 3), things are somehow getting complicated in terms of their activities in homework and project.
The little boy, who is in his first grade is still in adjustment period, more so, they are in the new curriculum- K to 12 program. There are also changes in the teaching and grading system. While his big sister who’s in grade four is somewhat getting the hang of their school activity, but things are also getting tougher as they level up.
How do we keep things sane when it comes to doing homework’s and all? Well, it was also quite hard for me as I am working ( the usual 8 hr day job) and I can only help them when I get home around dinner time.
Scheduling. I call the hubby whenever I am free at work before I go home and ask if the kids have “things to bring” for their assignment or project that I need to buy. Remind him to check on the kid’s diary for assignments or reminders from school.
Work/ Study Time. After dinner, kids knew that they need to check and do HW (homework)
Whenever we work on their HW or project, we usually work on the computer table or the kids’ on bed as they write. We really need to set up an study area for them, they got a lot stuffs that needs organization. Coloring materials, pens, papers, magazines and all!
Support. As parents, we see to it that we are there to guide and assist them. Reach out when asked for some help. Encourage them ways and strategies that will lighten up the work load. Sometimes, I am really exhausted from a day’s work and I don’t have the energy anymore to stay up late and help them out- in this manner, it is the hubby’s turn.
Being involved feels like going on a backtrack on my school days too. I actually enjoy seeing them learn as I actually learn something new too!