Tomorrow marks the first day of the new year. I know it is a little early but let me say – Happy New Year!
I hope 2018 was good and that 2019 will be even better.
I want to end this year with a recap of some of my top posts from last year. Since Mondays are my days to write about parenting, today I am listing the Top 10 Parenting Posts of 2018. These are listed in no particular order…in other words, these aren’t ranked as to which ones are better than the others. If you missed any of these, simply click the link after the first few lines of each post.
Media Madness seminar – dealing with technology and kids
This past week, I brought in a speaker to talk to the parents about managing their kids use of electronics. The presentation was called “Media Madness,” and it was presented through Texas PTA’s Ready, Set, Achieve program. It was a good presentation. I had heard some of the information before, but it is always good to be reminded of these things. (To read more, click here.)
Getting my kids their own debit cards
When Jase was five we began giving him a small allowance to teach him about money. In the beginning, I would put cash in his wallet. When he went to store, he paid for his items. We did the same for Lexie when she turned five. Then in 2015, the kids received iPads for Christmas and with that came online purchases for apps and games. As online purchases became a norm and with Jase making money doing yard work, it became easier to keep track of their money on a spreadsheet. (To read about debit cards for kids, click here.)
Lightning strike causes havoc
It was a dark and stormy morning. The sounds of the thunderstorm woke me. A glance at the clock showed it was 5 a.m. Suddenly, a bright burst of light flashed, followed by a boom that shook the house. (To find out what happened next, click here.)
Being named Alexa in a world being taken over by Amazon’s Alexa
In the beginning of 2015, the Amazon Echo joined our family. The digital assistant for this smart home device is named Alexa. The same name as my daughter. So, of course, we changed the “wake word” (the word to activate the digital assistant) to ‘Echo’ on our device to avoid confusion. (To find out more, click here.)
Teaching my son to swallow pills
Some children learn to swallow pills early while some teenagers and even some adults can’t do it. Lexie learned almost two years ago when she was 8 but that was out of necessity. She takes daily medication for her allergies and for her attention deficit disorder (ADD). (To read about learning to swallow a pill, click here.)
Learning to deal with tween behavior
Last month my son became a teenager, but so far it my ten-year old daughter who seems to have the teenage attitude. With her I get the exasperated “I know” or the sigh and eye roll or her palm slapped to her forehead. And I am pretty over it. (To read more, click here.)
Finding out if my son is a late bloomer or has short stature
Ever since he was a toddler, Jase has always been on the smaller side. As he grew, he seemed to have found his growth curve for height in the mid to upper twenties on the standard growth percentile scale. And then about three years ago, his growth slowed down. And now at age 13, he is only in the fourth percentile for both weight and height. (To continue reading, click here.)
Knowing how to swim doesn’t stop 6-year-old from drowning
So many times, when you see a story about a child drowning, there will be comments such as “This is why my kids learned to swim” or something to that effect. People seem to think that knowing how to swim will safe guard their child from drowning. But sadly that isn’t the case as my neighbor found out. (To find out what happened, click here.)
Kids Not Feeling Well: Stay home or go to school?
School began three weeks ago. Three days in, Lexie complained her throat hurt. No fever but it was clear she had some congestion. The next morning came the familiar debate – do we send her to school because it is only a cold (or perhaps allergies) or do we keep her home? (The debate continues here.)
Cooking almost every night
Most evenings you can find me in the kitchen cooking dinner. My neighbor, a mother of three grown daughters, marveled over this since she doesn’t cook every night now and certainly didn’t when her girls were younger. But I don’t find this odd. (To find out more, click here.)