Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy First Day of Spring….Cleaning!

If you live in the DMV (DC, MD & VA) area, you know we never really had a winter season and spring has been in full effect for several weeks. The kids were looking forward to wearing their new snow suits. We’ve had no snow. It actually hasn’t even been cold enough for them to wear the typical winter gear. Now don’t get us wrong, we are definitely not a fan of the winter ice mix, school delays and closings and worst of all the traffic (Ranked #2 in the top 10 of worst cities for traffic), but this winter was just not the same without the 3ft of snow. We’ve had up to 80°weather, a little rain and overcast, but still able to wear shorts, tanks/tees and flip flops…ummm YES please! It’s actually been kind of tough to dress the kids because it’s still cold in the morning then warms up by mid afternoon. Do we dress them in shorts anticipating it will be warm, or do we still keep them in pants with a short sleeve short and light jacket and a pack a pair of shorts for them for later? But if we send them to school/daycare in shorts they may catch a cold because the weather is so bi-polar. But if they’re in pants, will they be comfortable? Too hot? What to do, what to do?
Spring cleaning anyone? Winter is officially over…time to for spring cleaning. Do we have to? Yes, yes we do. But why? (Doesn’t this sound familiar-It’s funny how most of will resort to the 4 yr old or teen for that matter when it comes to cleaning) Honestly, who likes to clean? I’m sure we all feel spring cleaning just snuck up on us, out of nowhere. As much as we are procrastinating and kicking and screaming we really got to get it done. It’s going to help you and your sanity in the long run. We’ve found that when we do take the time to do a thorough Spring Cleaning, it’s easier to for us parents and kids to keep up with our day to day tasks, activities and most important, stay organized.
Everyone lives in the house, so everyone is responsible for cleaning it up and making sure it stays clean. Yes, even the little ones. Get them started EARLY! Be sure to check out our checklist to help get you started (Can be found under the 1 For Fun 2 Get it Done! Page). By all means please use your discretion for the little ones.
Depending on how much change the kids found in the couches and cars, take the family out for some ice cream and take a stroll in the park. By the time you get home, the kids should be exhausted. You probably will be exhausted too, but at least you don’t have to clean ANYTHING when you get home!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Making A Change!

National Nutrition Month

Way back when, our parents and grand-parents day, they had no video games, cable TV, and no computers. FAST FOOD restaurants, you gotta be kidding me! There were few of those around and they sure did not have 1 on every corner.

Most of their time was spent outdoors riding bikes, creating outdoor games, climbing trees and eating from the family garden. We surly cannot say that for the kids growing up today. Kids today watch an average of 20-30 hours of T.V. a week; we can average that out to the amount of time spent in school learning. Kids that eat fast food consume an average of 187 more calories a day. Childhood Obesity does exist! Let’s start changing the numbers NOW not LATER.

Parents we have to be a role model for our kids. Get out and get fit! Start with small steps take the kids from in front of the T.V. and do a learning activity, get them involved in the kitchen as you prepare meals, take them outside for at least 20-30 minutes a day 5 days a week. With this, we are creating an environment of taking care of your mind, body and health. Who said rewards were a bad thing?? Encourage and reward your kid’s physical activity with outings, games, and or equipment related to different activities.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Where Did My Hour GO?????

It’s that time of year again! On Sunday, March 11th at 2AM, we will Spring Forward one hour. This means we lose an hour of sleep, but gain an hour of PLAY! This also means summer is right around the corner! This is the time that you may want to start preparing your minds for Spring Cleaning-but that’s a whole other blog…coming soon! J

Here is a link where you can keep track of the different time zones and time changes around the world. This will be a great way to teach the kids about the different time zones and 4 seasons. If you have family in different states, have the kids call them to see what time is where they live. The kids can also learn what the different temperatures are, sunrise and sunset, and moonrise and moonset where your families are.

When you get up Sunday morning, before breakfast, go around the house and have the kids change all of the clocks. The kids will have fun running around the house and your toddlers are now learning their numbers and how to tell time. Have fun!

Much Love! T & K

Tuesday, March 6, 2012