Monday, February 20, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Snow days! Everyone loves them, right?
Well, if you have little ones at home and you've been stuck home with them for an extra day or two you might be running out of patience and ideas on what to do with them.
I taught preschool for nearly 20 years so I should have plenty of tricks up my sleeve when it comes to this sort of thing, right? Yes and no. Since I work on a pretty tight schedule in my classroom all week, the last thing I want to do on the weekends is be on a tight schedule. even though I have a 4 year old to take care of.
Usually, my daughter does an alright job of entertaining herself and doing more than watching a ton of TV, but when the whining became incessant and there were tears over everything I decided to take action and get her on the dreaded SCHEDULE.
Was she happy?
But it was time. Was she better for it? Oh, yeah. The proof is in the (low carb) pudding as they say so here's what I did.
Wake - up to 9 AM
This is what we early childhood educators like to call "free time." During this time, she can eat her breakfast, which she is usually good at helping herself to, and watching TV. At 9 AM though, all electronics go off.
Now is the time for some big body play or more formally called Gross/Large Motor Play. I decided to bundle my daughter up and take her outside in the elements where she went sledding and climbed up snowbanks. If the weather is too treacherous to get out then turn up the music for some dancing, break out your old copy of Twister (great for learning left from right and colors) or set up some fun indoor games like the ones below.
- 10 Ball Games for Kids
- Activity Cubes for Preshoolers
- Physical Activity Task Cards
- Balloon Tennis
- Line Walking and Other Gross Motor Games
11:30 - 12:30 PM
Now it's time to clean up after all that fun and eat lunch! Yay! I've found that if I don't feed my daughter at specific times when we are home, she will eat all day and mostly snack foods. She does so much better when we have a specific meal time, plus I feel like she doesn't drink enough during the day. Instead, she starts chugging before bed and that never ends well.
Busy box time! For 40 minutes I had my daughter sit down with various educational activities of my choosing. Now, I am not huge on worksheets but with limited supplies at home, I do use them and I do believe they have their place in learning. I used the following books and she did quite well with them.
Now is a good time to clean up the mess from the busy box. We also decided to do an easy cooking project before Scarlett moved on to the next activity. We kept it really simple and made brownies from a box in our pantry. She didn't care about the lack of creativity - she just loved being able to wear her apron and help her mama!
After we tossed our brownies into the oven, I told Scarlett it was time for her to play by herself in her room. For children that are having a hard time finding something to do, I recommend setting out a few items for them to choose from such as Legos or puzzles. Scarlett wanted to do dress-up so she just played with what was out. This blogger momma was happy to have an hour to herself to, well, blog, and get any other work done such as paying bills.
Since our brownies were ready, we ate them. This would also be a good time to go out again to play in the snow, maybe take a short walk or play another game from the list above.
4:00 to Dinner Time
Now is a good time for any cleaning that your child needs to do before dinner. If you have any age appropriate board games that don't require a ton of time, now's the time to take it out. If your significant other is home, have them read your child a book.
Whew! That's it! You've survived another snow day! How did it go? What would you do differently next time?
Monday, February 13, 2017
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Normally, I don't eat breakfast.
Yes, it is healthy.
No, I am not damaging my body.
Yes, we've all been brainwashed into believing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
For some of us, it just isn't.
Once I was diagnosed with high levels of inflammation in my body, I started doing some research and stumbled upon the idea of intermittent fasting. It took some time, patience and practice to make it 16 hours without eating, but once I did it and got into the groove of it I felt so much better. A lot of my stomach pains went away and I found myself NOT being constantly hungry.
But I digress.
If you are a breakfast food person or, if you are like me, you like to eat breakfast for dinner, here are some healthy, low carb options.
For further reading check out:
- Low Carb Gluten Free Pancakes
- Bacon and Egg Fat Bombs
- Pepperoni Pizza Muffins
- French Toast Bagels
- Healthy Egg McMuffin
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
I know most New Englanders don't get excited about snow, but this one certainly does. After 12 years of living on the West Coast where we were lucky to get 6 inches every couple of years and snow plows didn't exist, I enjoy the slower pace and calm that a snow day brings. As long as it snows enough to keep people off the roads and at home safe, I'm good with it. Now, when it snows just enough to make my morning commute messy and treacherous, well, that's a whole different story.
|Not sure what the pouty face is for. She was having fun.|
We were predicted to get anywhere from 8 to 18 inches of snow today and so far at this writing we've hit an unoffcial amount of 13 here in town.
Around noon, the whole family headed out. Big snowflakes were falling down then. Our dog, Leia, had fun with it for awhile, but she was the first one to run back inside.
Scarlett and I stayed outside for about an hour so she could play with the neighborhood kids. They are all around 10-12 years old so it was really sweet of them to help her on their sleds.
She really wanted to build a snowman, but the snow just isn't wet enough for it. The best moment was when I told Matt to help her and he looked at me stunned, "I don't know how to build a snowman. Do you remember where I grew up?" Oh yeah, I guess kids in San Francisco don't get much practice at making one.
Anybody else have a snow day today?