Looking to do something fun and free with your kids this Saturday, September 24th? Hop online now and register for a free Lowe’s Build 7 & Grow class. Seats fill up fast, that’s why I say register now. Most start at 10AM and this weekend the kids are going to build a Fire Boat.
Lowe’s Build & Grow Fire Boat project for Saturday, Sept 24th
LittleM has a weird habit (at least it seems weird to me). Every night we have our routine of stories, snuggling, then we say goodnight. We make sure she is all tucked in and leave before she is asleep so that she will fall asleep on her own. Sometimes we hear books falling off her bed because she is “reading” on her own, or quietly playing after we have left. We have no problem with that.
What has become weird is that we never know what our child will be wearing when we check on her at night. We leave her in pjs and go to her room to check on her before going to sleep ourselves asking eachother, “What has she gotten into tonight?”.
For a while we were finding her in snowpants. Then she moved to bathing suits. She has recently gotten a new and a few hand-me-down princess dresses so we have been finding her in those. Every night. And you all know how much fun it is to change the clothes of a sleeping child.
The other night we walked into her like this and had to close the door so we wouldn’t wake her up with our laughing.
She is on her bed, in our laundry basket, and covered in her comforter. I don’t get it.
So, is this very unusual? Do any of your children do the same thing at night once you have said good night? If so, I would love to hear that we are not the only ones!
Parents and Delawareans, if you haven’t ever taken a minute to look at the New Castle County Happenings Guide then you are doing yourself a great disservice. This guide is put out by our County Executive every quarter to tell you about activities occurring through that season that you could be taking advantage of. There are lots of free and payment required activities through Community Centers and the Libraries to keep you and the little ones busy until the next Happenings Guide comes out.
Just quickly looking at it, I found a dance class that I may sign LittleM up for in July. They meet for 8 one-hour sessions and costs only $48 dollars. I don’t think you can do better than $6 a class for beginning dance.
It also lists all the great programs that the Libraries run and during the summer our libraries offer some pretty great programs in New Castle County. Story times with singing, story times with crafts, water fun days, bubble making days, creating your own sidewalk chalk, and puppet shows are just a few items to whet your appetite. I am a huge proponent of the library, and we spend at least one day a week there, not just during the summer either.
There are also Adult only programs at the libraries. Classes to learn about technology, knitting clubs, movie nights, and book clubs. Lots of opportunities to get out of the house, meet people and get involved.
Some of the programs require registration so make sure to call to reserve yourself a spot for the event.
I am sad to report that the grass has not started to grow yet. I’m a little worried. I may need to buy a little piece of sod and cut it to the size of the plastic container so LittleM can wake up one morning to miracle grass. Surprise! We have been able to grow something though in another pot. There are about 6 daisy sprouts that we planted last week peaking out in another pot. I may have to figure out how to transfer them though because they may end up killing each other in the one small pot. Or they may just realize that I’m the one trying to take care of them and give up on their own. Black thumb reestablished.
The husband and I have decided to start LittleM on a chore chart. If you Google “Chore Chart for Kids,” you come up with 322,000 results in 0.25 seconds. In all that, I couldn’t find one that exactly fit what I wanted. Me being my difficult self. So, I hoped on Word and created a chart for myself for Saturday through Friday including 4 chores. Since LittleM is almost 4, I have heard that it’s good to give 1 chore per year old. I think she can handle it. I have attached my chore chart that I created, including pictures to represent everything since LittleM can’t read yet. Click for chore chart. The four chores I have are: feed the dog, take your dishes to the sink, clean up your toys before bed, and put dirty clothes into the laundry basket.
Once I created the document I started thinking how I really didn’t want to constantly print copies of this every week and buy tons of stickers to use on it. You know what that means! Craft Project and a trip to Joann Fabrics!
In the end, this is only going to cost me $4.60 because I had everything I need at my house in my craft hoard except for the things to use as the stickers. Here is everything that I need. ( I will post pictures next time of the completed project because of a snafu that I had with one of the supplies.)
Supplies: The printed chart, laminating sheets, magnet tape, scissors to cut the tape, felt buttons, glue gun with glue sticks.
I laminated the sheet so I can put one on the refrigerator and keep reusing it. I have a roll of magnet tape but apparently I haven’t used it in so long that the glue backing is no longer sticky. Whoops. That’s where the extra time and glue gun comes in. It’s going to take me a while to glue all the magnets onto the felt buttons. At Joann Fabrics I found adorable Favorite Findings Pretty Posies buttons for $2.29 per pack, and I had to buy 2 packs.
How cute and girlie are these?! LittleM is going to love them!
So the idea is, whenever LittleM completes her chores, she’ll put one of the flowers on the chart to show that she is working with us and doing her part.
The biggest issue that the husband and I have right now is what do you give as an incentive for her to comply with these things that we are asking her to do? Do we start an allowance with her already (say 5 or 10 cents for every flower/sticker she gets) or do we say she gets a treat with the family over the weekend is she gets all 28 stars (7 days in the week x 4 chores a day)? If anyone has any input or experience, we would love to hear it!
We’re also planning to take LittleM on her first camping trip this weekend. This is going to be quite an adventure and I can’t wait to tell you about it next week! Tomorrow I’ll post some of the great events happening in Delaware this weekend, but we’re hitting the road! Hope your adventure is fantastic!