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January 27th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Packing for Children

imagePacking for children isn’t that hard if you are organized. You simply need to face the fact that kids need a lot of stuff and will require your extremely efficient packing skills.

First, you need to go to this site and check out these incredible packing lists. There are lists for packing with children and adults in different circumstances. This is a great way to start before you have even packed an item.

I also wanted to share some of my thoughts on what to bring or not bring and things to think about.

Bathing Suits - If you are going someone where a bathing suit is involved , you truly need more than one per person. Hanging them on the shower curtain rod overnight just doesn’t dry them fast enough. With boys, you can always use trunks as a pair of shorts if needed too!

Washer & Dryer - Lots of people stay in condos that have washer and dryers available. If you will have access to these, take this into account when packing. No one wants to do laundry while on vacation, but it saves a lot of packing room if you do a quick load part way through your trip!

Toys - think about what toys give you the most bang. What will keep the kids attention the longest. My boys have always adored our tablets and phones. These can be a life saver in a airplane ride. Purchase some new games and that will be even more exciting for them! If you are going to visit the beach and want beach toys, visit the local dollar store once you get there to buy some. Leave them with another family on the beach on your last day!

Baby items - leave the jumper, high chair and more at home. A trip may mean more mommy holding time for the baby, but saves you from the gazillion things that you use on a daily basis.

What are your packing tips for traveling with children?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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August 2nd, 2013 at 9:18 am

Getting Ready for Preschool

Is your child counting down the days to starting preschool? This is a big step for your little one! You may be both a touch anxious and sad about your child leaving to be without you and filled with pride and joy for this new adventure. Trust me, they are feeling the same way! Here are some tips to help deal with everyone’s emotions through preparation!

Start talking about preschool. Most likely you may have toured the school and met the teacher. Talk about the different things that your child will be doing in school so they know a little bit about what to expect.

Buy Special Stuff. Have your child pick out a special backpack, clothing, or even school supplies. Make a big deal about getting the stuff because they are starting school.

Get their sleep schedule in sync. Summer is a time of later bedtimes and more spontaneity, but school requires a little more structure at night. Plan out a bedtime and start a morning routine the week before school starts.

Play “School” Think about fun things you do in preschool and act them out. Have circle time, music, or even “show n tell”.

All of these things will make the transition to school a little easier for your little ones! Make sure to take lots of pictures on the first day, make it a quick goodbye, and when you pick them up, plan for a special treat or lunch. They will be thrilled to tell you all about their first day!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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