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Kids and Family
Summer is here! Aye! 3 Ways to Keep Mini Brains Sharp!
Virtual Summer Camp
Although outside is slowly but surely opening back up, many of Summer's adventures for children are CANCELLED. The good news is, there are alternatives being provided. All isn't lost but creativity need apply! While you're planning activities, check out these amazing virtual Summer camps that are complete with fieldtrips, hands-on fun and learning!
There are also many virtual field trips being offered for the family to places like: San Diego Zoo, Mars, The Great Wall of China and over 30 more! I'll be posting a few a week. Check them out!
Experts have so much to say on this topic and while some techniques do work, I'm still #teamnosleep at night (Send help!) One of the best resources I found was the 5 S's by Dr. Harvey Karp. He's also the genius that invented the SNOO, (a pimped out bassinet thought t handle the heavy lifting).
Many of these things we all do in random order. For me, understanding the why to the madness helped me come to grips with what I can't avoid: Sleepless nights.
Did you know that circadian rhythm controls your baby's wake time? For us, I realized our precious baby is operating on a split sleep routine. This meant sleep training was a must to get bac on track. I began logging naps and night time sleep to create a schedule. Newborns thru 3 months need about 17 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period. Once I understood the why, it was easier to find the fix. I started being conscious of time allotted for day sleep and began keeping it dark for night time feedings while limiting engagement to encourage going back to sleep during bedtime hours. This has worked wonders! Check the blog for more details on how I accomplished this.
Life Skills 101
Extra Time at home is a wonderful opportunity to sharpen and expand the kids' domestic capabilities. Teaching life skills early will set them up for success for years to come. Tasks to focus on are:
Proper home sanitizing techniques
Kitchen cleaning basics
Folding/organization of textiles and clothing
I will touch on these topics individually on the blog! Be sure you're subscribed to be able to receive alerts for new posts!
Social Distancing: At Home
Because you WILL get tired of their antics, ha, ha!!
I LOVE my husband like a fat kid loves cake and I enjoy the time we spend together. Being in quarantine has forced not only us but everyone else to spend every waking moment together... while we all have good intention, we all need a moment away to regroup and preserve. Creating personal space for small durations of time and creating "only YOU, not the boo" moments help maintain balance of your emotions and reduce opportunities for unnecessary arguments or attitudes because you create a cycle of refresh. Do yourselves a favor and take designated moments apart. Communication in this is key. Talk to your partner and create these times together prior to implementing. You will be happy you told #bae to give you 6 feet! Your relationship will thank you!
BOTH of you putting forth effort to understand and articulate feelings, emotions, issues triumphs and progress while operatign under the idea that you all are on the same team. A successful team requires all players to put for 100% effort. Communication is key. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION is VITAL
Date night means a lot to the health of your relationship. It's a chance to reconnect and build. Date night is more about effort than location. While we are all limiting the frequency of certain places and activities, it doesn't have to dappen the mood for quality time.
Walks that include scavenger hunts
Movie night paired with making snack together
Lingerie catwalk (meow!!!)
Indoor picnic with board games
Cuddled Up Reads
"Pick a topic" discussions and dessert
Speed Dating (scheduled short moments of one on one time)
Depositing into the "Love Bank"
"To-do's" that let your love know you're listening...
Complete tasks mentioned in passing.
Create unique ways to express your love such as creating a "week of love letters"
Carve out impromptu time to reconnect at instead of taking that next meeting.
Take on a daily responsibility or two of your partners'.
Shut the house down early for alone time.
Join in on their interests.
Remember, thoughtfulness always wins!