My kids are now grown ups. They’re first graders now and so far they’re doing great and like their new experiences in the big school.
It was last September 11 when they had their first day of school. Like any other mom, I was excited and at the same time a little worried. Worried if they could already handle themselves on their own. But I am confident that eventually they will and I know they have to expereince whatever situation there is to make them strong and ready to face more challenges.
Days before, we bought the things they need for the big day. Their bags, shoes and clothes. Another important item for their first day of school is the schultüte or school cone. Although the kids made theirs during their remaining days in Kindergarten, they prefer to buy new ones. Guess they didn’t like what they did. Hehe..
It is a tradition for kids to have one on their first day of school. What’s inside? Most parents put candies and other sweets with some school stuff they would need. One of my friends suggested I put toys if I don’t want to put sweets (my kids are just not into candies and chocolates). So we bought toys for each of them and put few of the chewy candies that they like. We also added some colored pencils which I bought for them to use here at home. Had I known that these cones will also be opened here at home, I should have not stressed my self out thinking of what to put inside them.
Before we went to the school, we went first to the church. There, kids and parents gathered for a Holy Mass for the schoolers. Since the Mass was for the kids the Gospel and Homily was “kid-friendly”. I admired what the priest did. He made it easy for the kids to understand through the puppet and music.
Schultüte and schulranzen or school bags lined up while the kids hear Mass.
Before the kids go, they were made to form a line and were given a wooden crucifix to hang on their necks to remind of Jesus Christ.
After the Mass we went straight to the school. The kids were given tags so they would know which group they belonged and were made to go to their respective classes. As they waited, kids from the school did some performances for the first graders to welcome and entertain them.
I was glad Zyc and Ryz belong to different classes. I prefer that way because I wanted them to go through their learning expereinces individually and not asking for help with each other. I want them to discover their strengths and weaknesses on their own.
Given that your child will spend almost half of their young life asleep, it’s essential to do everything to make sure they get the best quality sleep possible. Here are a few tips to improve their chances of starting each new day refreshed and rejuvenated:
There are very few children who actually like having to go to bed, so whatever you can do to make it as enticing an offer as possible, the less of a struggle it will be for everyone. Singing to children, or reading a story with them are excellent ways not only to help lull them to sleep, but are a great opportunity to bond with them and let them feel loved and secure. Try to get in the habit of doing it every night, even if only for ten minutes. If your child is old enough, you can each alternate at reading pages to give them some reading practice, but given that you’re trying to help their brain switch off, it’s probably a better idea for you to do the reading.
While you’re reading or singing to them, light a scented oil burner in the room (make sure to blow it out before you leave!). Some smells, especially lavender have a wonderfully soothing effect. Having a pleasant scent in the room also means that they will begin to breath more deeply and slowly, relaxing them and preparing them for sleep. Avoid using washing powders or other cleaning products that have strong, harsh smells, preferably throughout your entire home, but especially in your kid’s bedroom.
Not only a savvy use of vertical space in your child’s bedroom, bunkbeds will be enjoyed for both sleep and play. If your child likes their bed and it is a personalised and fun space for them, going to bed will be a less acrimonious activity. To check out the full range to find something that is right for your space and style, head to www.bunkers.com.au/
It’s as hard to sleep in a hot, stuffy room as it is in a cold, drafty room. Whatever the season, make sure you kids have adequate air flow in their room, and that their bedding is suited to the temperature. Even if it gets desperately cold, there’s no need for electric blankets or to leave heaters on over night. Leaving on either of those overnight are in fact extremely perilous for a child or adult and result in dehydration and over-heating, aside from being a fire hazard.
If your child gets anxious at night, consider using a nightlight. You can find a great range of different shapes and style such as animals or stars which will give your child extra comfort. Another good investment is a touch lamp on their bedside table, so that if they do get scared or have to get up in the night then they won’t have to fiddle around with switches and risk knocking their lamp over.
Some things, like baby clothes, need to be kept. Often baby will hardly even wear clothes before they are outgrown. Similarly toys, cots, prams and other baby bits are often in excellent condition after the baby has moved on to bigger and better things. And the retired baby goods need to be ready and waiting for the next new arrival! Getting rid of your baby gear, unless you are finished family-making, makes no sense.
Many young families have limited storage in their home. This presents something of a problem when needing to store the often large array of baby clothes, furnishings, toys and other trappings. Unless you have a friend or relative who can offer you some storage space, it is worthwhile considering using a storage service. Fort Knox is a reputable storage company with facilities dotted all over Queensland, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Gladstone and Fort Knox Ipswich. This company offers a great deal of flexibility around size of storage and also the time period for storage, from short to long term options.
Storage facilities have loads of advantages to consider. They are very safe, with high levels of security provided. They are generally accessible seven days a week and you are the only key holder, so everything remains just as you left it until it is need again. And if packed correctly, everything will be in tip top condition when you need to use it again.
Baby furnishings, toys and clothes are expensive to replace, so it is important to give them a good clean prior to storage. All clothing should be freshly washed before it is packed away. Use a stain remover to soak any badly stained clothes and if they don’t come clean, don’t keep them. Likewise, all furnishings should be wiped down thoroughly to remove dust or grime. If goods are stored without being properly cleaned they will become ruined during storage, with grime turning into irremovable stains, rust or corrosion.
If you child or children are old enough, involve them in the packing. They will love being ‘big’ enough to pack tiny things away for a possible new brother or sister sometime in the future. It is a great opportunity to tell them stories about how they liked a toy or where they wore a particular item of clothing. A pram can carry all sorts of tales: outings that the family enjoyed, daily walks and more. A cot can create opportunities to reminisce about lullabies sung and the funny sleeping habits of the child. Get the grandkids involved too. They will love doting over treasured items as they pack. And they too will have stories to share with youngsters.
Packing baby gear away can be a really treasured and memorable time. And, when the time comes, unpacking can be just as memorable as you revisit the stories told during packing.
So, find yourself a good storage facility, get packing and start making memories! Good luck.
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Tuesday morning Zyrch complained of tummy aches and later on suffered loose bowel movement. I thought it was just a “normal” diarrhea which happens because of something bad he ate. This went on until the whole day of Wednesday. That night he started vomitting and diarrhea went on during the night and he hardly slept. Thursday morning I’ve decided to make an appointment with his pediatrician and asked his assistant what else could he possibly eat aside from bananas. She told me I could give him boiled carrots, potatoes and rice which I did. Zyc started to complain of abdominal pain and it was not caused by the diarrhea. I started to worry because it was the area where the appendix lies and my worry was coupled when he showed sign of having the difficulty to walk straight. His pediatrician made him hop and it brought a little pain. The pedia advised me to observe the pain and if it worsens I should bring him to the hospital. For the past two days I kept asking Zyc if it was getting worse and he said no. Despite this it kept me worried. I googled the symptoms of appendicitis and he got 4 of its symptoms; vomiting, diarrhea, pain when pressed in the abdominal area and can’t walk straight due to its pain.
Bringing someone here to a hospital can be very frustrating. One has to secure first a referral form from his doctor to present to a resident doctor here. Frustrating for me since this takes time and effort (I have to speak in Deutsch and of course try to understand them). I have realized how easy it was to go to a hospital/clinic in our country, how easy it was to communicate; to tell the doctor what exactly you really feel and ask everything you want to know and understanding them.
Emergency for them is not like ours in my homeland. Friday, we tried to call the hospital and asked if we could bring in my son and told them everything including the advise of his pediatrician. I couldn’t believe what the other person in the other line said, they can only treat him as emergency if it is very painful, otherwise we have to secure that referral form. Unluckily it was a Friday and clinic hours is up to 12nn only. The day went by and Zyc was still in manageable pain.
It’s a Saturday and still the pain did not progress. We went on with our normal Saturday activities. We had a 6pm meeting with the owner of the house we’re eyeing to move to. Thankfully my 2 Filipina friends came and helped us talk to the landlady. After the meeting we went for dinner at an Asian restaurant and they noticed Zyc’s lack of energy. They knew already how worried I was and we decided to bring him to the hospital.
We were welcomed with sarcasm when we arrived at the emergency area. After telling the situation to the lady we were told why did we just bring in Zyc that late! O well, if only we could tell her we still went to a meeting and ate an Asian buffet. Haha! Instead of hubby coming with me to talk to the resident doctor, it was Mary, my friend who came with me since she can talk and understand Deutsch better. I needed her to translate to me what the doctor had to say. We found out that Zyc has a viral infection in his tummy and his intestines are not in their normal state. Because of this his appendix was affected which was squeezed in thus its inflammation which he saw from the ultrasound.
Zyc was advised to stay in the hospital for further observation of the appendix and more tests. I hope he gets better soon and abide with the 2-day confinement here in the hospital as advised. I don’t want to stay longer and prolong Zyc’s pain from an operation which is possible if the appendix doesn’t get any better.
People today enjoy access to a wealth of information and social connections through the internet. It has become an essential part of the modern lifestyle that one would rarely find a child who doesn’t know what it is. Online sites like PBS Kids, Starfall, and National Geographic Little Kids offer fun and interactive learning tools that toddlers or preschool kids can enjoy, while school aged kids use the internet for research and homework. Exposing kids to the internet at an early age certainly has its advantage. However, parents should also be aware of the dangers in the internet and take measures to protect their kids against it.
Just like movies and television, the internet also provides access to videos or photos that kids can view and enjoy. As such, parents should also supervise and regulate their children’s internet use to ensure that the little ones don’t get exposed to adult content accidentally. Internet browsers have safety options that can filter inappropriate content for kids while searching the web. Parents need to make sure that the browsers are in safe search mode whenever kids are using the computer. The internet also offers a lot of games that kids can get addicted to. Parents need to be aware of the amount of time that the kids are spending on game sites to ensure that it doesn’t get in the way of their studies. The kids would also need guidance in choosing the virtual games that they play to ensure that the right values are instilled as they grow older. Violent games can have negative effect on how kids view these acts and may even desensitize them to violence.
Learning while at play is made more fun and convenient with modern gadgets and tools like the internet. These are the privileges that the children and parents of the Internet Age enjoy. However, both kids and parents shouldn’t let the fun get in the way of safety. Proper guidance and supervision from parents or guardians is a safety prerequisite for kids navigating the cyber world.
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Playtime is over and the little ones are getting ready for the big school. The transition from preschool to big school is one of the most exciting and sometimes nerve wracking experiences for both parents and their children. It seems that it wasn’t so long ago when your little one started school and you both conquered the kindergarten blues together. Now that the time has come for the big school, young kids face a different set of challenges. Here are some ideas on how to prep-up the kids for their first day in the big school.
1. Ease anxiety through familiarity. Going into an unfamiliar territory is reason enough for anybody to feel anxious. Help your kids feel more at home in their new school environment by taking a tour even before school officially starts. Parents can bring the kids with them during or after enrollment and explore the grounds together. Visit the classrooms and let your kid sit on the chairs so they can get a feel of the new environment without the additional stress from the presence of strangers. It would also help if you can introduce other school personnel like the librarian, nurse, and cafeteria lady, to your child while exploring the grounds.
2. Sit down and plan school routine with your child. Get your little ones excited about their first day in the big school by discussing school routine along with the interesting events that they can expect from school. Encourage them to make friends and enjoy the school activities. This can also be a good time to subtly probe on your child’s feelings towards school and address any negative concerns.
3. Allow your child to participate in shopping for school supplies. One way to demonstrate the fun that goes with starting on the big school is through shopping. The little ones are sure to enjoy choosing new school supplies that they will be bringing with them to their new school. Aside from the supplies, they can also shop for their shoes, bags and accessories to wear in school.
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