Hola! Thanks for joining me today as I link-up with my friends Sara and Trina of Moms' Coffee Date, Lisa of Coast to Coast, Tara of Mommy In A Nutshell, and Holly of Pink Lady! Today we're sharing our Memorial Day plans or how we kick off summer!
First off, I am forever grateful for the men and women who serve our country and for those who have given their lives so that we may be free- Thank you!
Texas has a bizarre law that was started over a decade ago and does not allow public schools to start before the 4th Monday in August. Due to the number of hours Texas students are legally required to be in school, most public schools here go to school for a few days after Memorial Day, so we don't go all out with any parties since we have to be at work the next morning. If you don't have to be to work the next day, then you should make my peach and cherry cobbler to take to your BBQ!
I'm a pretty strict mom, but since I'm not going to be working this summer, and my kids are another year older, I'm working on what Andrea at Momfessionals calls being a "Yes Mom." You can read her post HERE. One of the things that I've said yes to for a few years now is decorating our back door with window clings from the Target Dollar Spot. We usually have 4th of July decorations up all summer, but this year they had some more summery decorations. (We keep the cardinal up in the top left corner all year because that's our symbol for my Popo.)
As summer approaches, I clean out our pool bags and outdoor toy buckets. Target is my go-to for picking up new pool bags and accessories. I got this bag in the Dollar Spot last year, and I use it to hold keys, phones, chargers, lip balm, etc. for our swim meets and/or trips to our neighborhood pool. I also picked up some mini sports balls for the pool and some summer stickers to give the kids on our first day of break.
Usually the grocery store jacks up prices on things like toys, art supplies, books, etc. BUT, I would still encourage you to walk down those aisles every once in a while because you never know what will randomly be on clearance. This past weekend I found a card game that I think will be fun to play with the kids: Beat the Parents Ask Me Anything. I also picked up Rory's Story Cubes. I haven't opened them yet, but storytelling, summaries, and creative writing are often a struggle in our house, so I thought this would be a fun but sneaky way to get some language arts in over the summer.
Although I'm counting down the days 'til summer break, I also have to start planning out doctor appointments, travel plans, and teacher workshops. I usually print out free calendars online for June, July, and August so that we can have them up on the fridge as reminders, in addition to our phone calendars.
The final thing I'm doing to kick off my summer is a pretty emotional topic for me, and I'm a little nervous to put this out there, but I'm doing so because you may be able to offer me some help or support. This past year has been a bit of a struggle with Trip. A few years ago, the school counselor "diagnosed" him as a perfectionist, and he would just completely melt down about things that seem silly to others - using a new paper instead of erasing, wanting to write with a crayon instead of a pencil, etc.
We worked on that, and I feel like he has gotten over most of that issue, although he had a slip-up in school earlier this year. Trip is a great kid, and he is often complimented on his behavior by others. At home though, he struggles with listening and following directions. He is very emotional and still has big meltdowns when he is redirected. I think as teachers of older students, we have higher expectations for our kids than we should have for them at their given ages and when our directions aren't followed, we're not as patient as we should be.
My pediatrician recommended the book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. I had started it over spring break and then got busy, but I'm making it a priority to read and practice with as soon as summer begins. It is imperative for me to become a better mom for my child and meet the needs of my son, so any advice is welcome. Sorry for the downer!
Thanks for joining us today! What are you doing to kick off your summer? Share in the comments below, and make sure to join us again in June to share what you're up to over the break, what you're cooking, and what you're planning! I'll see you right back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!