Sunday, August 2, 2015

5 Tips to Help those First Day of Kindergarten Jitters

Guest Post by, Child Therapist Natasha Daniels from Anxious 

The first day of Kindergarten can be nerve wracking for parents…oh yes, and also for your child! So to arm you up with some jitter-reducers, here are five quick tips to make the first day a little less tearful! 

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1. Buy cool stuff! No, seriously, do it. Nothing gets a kid more excited about Kindergarten than some cool accouterments! So, bring on the Minion backpacks, the Elsa lunch boxes, and the Marvel water bottles. Balancing out the jitters with some excitement can go a long way.

2. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. Go to all the pre-Kindergarten gatherings. Go to the Meet the Teacher Night and whatever else they throw your way! The more your child knows, the more comfortable they will feel. Walk around the room and show them where they will put their stuff and where they will sit. Show them the playground and where they will be picked up. If the teacher already has a daily schedule, get a copy and review it with your child. Be prepared to answer their questions over and over again. Little ears need to hear things repeatedly!

3. Accept your child’s fears. Our knee-jerk reaction is to tell our kids they have nothing to worry about. As good parents, we say things like, “Kindergarten isn’t scary” or “Don’t worry.” Well, Kindergarten can be scary and it is normal for them to feel a little jittery. When your child tells you they are scared to go to Kindergarten validate their fears. “I know it is scary to go to Kindergarten. I will help you get through it. I will make sure you know where to go and what to do.” These type of assurances can be more effective and powerful.

4. Bring a comfort object for their cubby. Most Kindergarten classes have a place for kids to put their stuff. Ask the teacher if it would be okay to bring something from home to keep in their cubby. A stuffed animal or small blanket can bring your child comfort. If they get upset, they can go hug or smell (yes, smell) their favorite animal or blanket. Smelling home can bring some comfort to young kids.

5. Keep your emotions in check. Kids have a sixth sense to momma stress. You might be saying all the right words, but your kid can sniff your fear. Try to keep a calm demeanor. Do not keep asking your child if they are alright. If you notice your child clinging to your leg with a death grip – throw some assuring words their way. “I know new things can be scary at first. I am going to show you where to go and what to do.” Do not hesitate, waiver or stalk your child (you know who you are!) when it is time to leave. When you decide to go – go. Do not peek through the window, hide behind the corner or stare through your car window for hours. Little people see all. Confidently give your child a kiss and leave (tearing up as you walk away is allowed).

Kindergarten is one of many firsts! Before you know it - you’ll be teaching them to drive and checking their text messages. Soak up these times. Their face won’t need spit cleaning for long!

Natasha Daniels is a child therapist who finds the humor in toddlers. She has three crazy children at home that make her laugh, love and hide. When she is not working in her private practice, she is hiding in her closet trying to give advice to other moms! Her book How to Parent an Anxious Toddler will be released next month. You can find Natasha on her blog  and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chocolate Gooey Goodness Pull Apart Dessert

I was so eager to get this dessert in the oven and cooked that I forgot to take pictures showing the different steps on how to prepare it. Luckily I stopped myself from eating the Chocolate Gooey Goodness once it was out the oven, long enough to snap a few pictures. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DIY Seafood Cooling and Holding Rack

Do you host Seafood Boils for family and friends? My family is from South, Louisiana we look forward to the spring and summer months. You can often find us during warm weather in our backyard boiling up a big pot of Crawfish or Crabs for family and friends. Once we boil our Seafood we dump them out on a holding rack, which allows the Crabs or Crawfish to cool down and gives everyone room  to grab a tray and dig in! 

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Louisiana Crab Boil Recipe

Have you ever wanted to have a Crab Boil but wasn't sure how to prepare and boil the Crabs. I am going to share my husband's Blue Crab  Boil recipe. My husband has been boiling and cooking seafood since he was a young boy growing up on the Bayou, in South Louisiana. I am fortunate that it has taught me how to boil seafood they way he knows how!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Easy to Make DIY 4th of July Wreath

If you're looking for an easy Wreath to make for Fourth of July, look no further! I have a cute and easy Wreath that only costs a few dollars to make. You can make this Wreath in less than 30 minutes. 

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Xylitol / Xlear Care Kit Review

Disclaimer: I received products for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. I agreed to use the Xlear Care Kit and give my honest opinion. My opinions may not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

DIY Painted Father's Day Mugs

Here is a cute and simple Fathers' Day craft to make that will put a smile on your Dad or Grandpa's face this Father's Day. This simple and adorable project makes a great keepsake.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Barbeque Pulled Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

Do you ever have those days when you just don't feel like prepping and cooking a big meal for supper? If you answered yes to this question. I have a solution for you, it's Barbeque Pulled Pork. I think you will be as surprised as I was, by the way, this product tastes. I was sent a 1lb. package of Llyod's Barbeque  Co. Pulled Pork Hardwood Smoked to try. It's just one of the perks being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger, I get to sample products then tell all of you about them. I have never seen this Pulled Pork before in the stores, so I was anxious to try it when I received it.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

DIY: No Sew Burlap Garden Flag

I can't believe I made my own Burlap Garden Flag. No more being envious of all the Burlap Flags adorning the yards around my neighborhood. I didn't have to buy my Burlap Flag or beg someone to sew one for me. This Momma made her own no-sew Garden Flag! And, the best part it doesn't look like all the flags I see in my neighbors yards. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

30 "Awesome" Children's Books About Dads

I am happy to share this list of Children's books about Dads, just in time for Father's Day. I have fond memories of my dad reading to me when I was little. And, now I enjoy listening to my husband read to our son. I know my son loves when his Dad reads him a book, it's a great way for them to spend quality time together. Celebrate the special guy in your children's lives by giving them a book to read with the kids.

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