Posts Tagged 'parents'

The real reason kids don’t listen.

I just read a very interesting article on Yahoo that I thought of sharing.
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/quot-i-said-no-quot-the-real-reason-kids-dont-listen-437817/

It is a real well written article on why kids don’t listen. Mine really does not listen to anything that I have to say. I mean, I thought that as they get a little older, they would understand why we ask them to do the things we do. But noooooooooo… they really do not.
This article does shed some light on to why mine does not listen 🙂

Enjoy reading and all the best with your little one!

Would your child stand up to bullies?

Today,I read a topic that really made me to stop and think[here]. It’s an article that appeared in the Todaymom’s link on MSNBC about how would your child react when seeing another child being bullied.

It got me thinking about bullies in general. I have a son in year 1, who is frankly quite timid. While he is an extremely sweet little boy who truly and genuinely cares for another person and would not himself participate in bullying, I really do not know how he would react if someone bullies him or if he is in a situation where someone near him is being bullied.

Any insight from other moms in Kuwait on how serious is bullying is here in Kuwait schools? More specifically british schools in Kuwait?

appreciate if a teacher would also provide some input on their school’s policy on bullying.

Thanks

Similac Baby Formula Recall

Abbott Laboratories Inc said it is voluntarily recalling millions of containers of its top-selling Similac powdered infant formulas after beetles were found in the products. This recall affects fewer than 5 million units of Similac are being sold in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean markets. The recalled products involve powdered Similac in plastic containers, and in 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

Kids who have ingested the formula end up having some degree of tummy upsets, get cranky and refuse to take in the next feed………..I mean can you blame them???

If you want to be sure that your baby formula is affected by the recall, go to the below link to check:

Abbot industries

I think some countries in the Middle East are going to totally ban Similac in their countries, like Saudi Arabia. That’s good. In today’s Arab times, Abbot Industries released an advert informing people that their product does not affect the Middle East region. But I really wouldn’t blame parents should they decide to switch formulas…. I mean I would, if I had a child still on formula.

The decision is up to you.

Summer camps

Hi Mums! Since summer is upon us and most of us will travel in a while, here is a list of summer camps that perhaps you might consider joining the kids in……………….to help maintain mummy’s sanity 🙂

 1. GES Summer camp: This is being held in the Gulf English School Premises and is organized by an organization who has leased the place. It has 2 batches, the first one starts from 20/6/2010 till 20/7/2010. The second batch starts from 19/7/2010 till 19/8/2010. They have 2 sessions to choose from – 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM.For more information, please call 55603313/66860583/25755948/2573804 ext 139

 2. The Little Gym: Camp is for children 3 – 12 yrs old, it begins June 13th until Sept 8th, camp is Sun – Thurs, and you can choose from 2 different sessions, which are 3 1/2 hrs long, morning ( 9:00 – 12:30 ) or afternoon ( 4:00 – 7:30 ) . They have a different theme each week so activities will vary each week, but each day the kids will spend time in the gym, the pool, enjoy the new water slide, do arts and crafts. Snacks will be provided, things like pasta, pancakes, cheese sandwiches, zatars and pizza. The staff will supervise all activities and registration must be done at the gym, there is a form to be filled out when you make your payment, you can register daily, weekly, monthly and make your own schedule. Do check out the website for contact details and more information.

3. Kuwait kids Camp: This is a day camp and will run for 3 weeks, June 13 – 1 July 2010. The camp is conducted from Sunday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 1:30 PM. Do check out the website for contact details and more information. 

 4. Kuwait English School: They will start their Summer School with two courses. Both courses last for four weeks commencing on Sunday 20th June and ending on Thursday 15th July. 8.30am until 1.30pm daily.

English Language and Activities course

  • For boys and girls aged 3 – 9 years
  • English Language tuition
  • Music, Art, Drama, I.T., P.E. and Swimming
  • Supervised trips every week
  • Transportation available on request

Activities course under the supervision of fully qualified and experienced P.E. staff, for boys and girls aged 9 – 12 years

  • Including coaching and supervision in swimming, basketball, volleyball, football, table-tennis and lots more
  • Organized competitions and tournaments
  • Supervised trips every week

The cost for each course is 135 KD per child and Transportation cost is 30 KD per child.

For more information and contact details, do visit the website or email them at:keschool@kes.edu.kw

5. Horse Riding: This advert appeared in the Arab times today, i.e. 8 June 2010. It is being held at the International Horse Care Center. For more information, please call 2475500 or 60913046 or visit their website.

I hope this information here helps some parent out here in Kuwait. If you know of a camp other than those mentioned here, do let me know and I can update this post.

Happy Summer Camp !!!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Courtesy of [Day for Mothers]

You’re Really A Mom When…

  • You count the number of sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they are equal.
  • You want to take out a contract on the kid who broke your child’s favorite toy and made him/her cry.
  • You have time to shave only one leg at a time.
  • You hide in the bathroom to be alone.
  • Your child throws up and you catch it.
  • Someone else’s kid throws up at a party and you keep eating.
  • You consider finger paint to be a controlled substance.
  • You mastered the art of placing food on a plate without anything touching.
  • Your child insists that you read “Once upon a Potty” out loud in the lobby of the doctor’s office and you do it.
  • You hire a baby sitter because you haven’t been out with your husband in ages, then you spend half the night talking about and checking on the kids.
  • You hope ketchup is a vegetable because it’s the only one your child eats.
  • You find yourself cutting your husband’s sandwiches into unusual shapes.
  • You fast-forward through the scene when the hunter shoots Bambi’s mother.
  • You obsess when your child clings to you upon parting during his first month at school, then you obsess when he skips in without looking back.
  • You can’t bear to give away baby clothes–it’s so final.
  • You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth when you say, “Not in your good clothes.”
  • You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.
  • You read that the average-five-year old asks 437 questions a day and feel proud that your kid is “above average.”

Enjoy being a mom! 🙂

Happy Birthday Overdose!!!

We just got through 3 B’day celebrations for my son……an overdose for sure……but my son absolutely enjoyed!!!

This year the cartoon character of the moment was Ben 10……so that’s 3 different cakes with Ben 10 on them. On 11th he had a small party at school, then in the evening, he had one at a another gathering and one later at home with immediate family.

Today was with the whole jing-bang lot – family, friends and colleagues at Pizza Hut, Salmiya. Actually the package was quite reasonable.

We opted for the KWD 70 package which basically covers everything, as follows:

  • 2 hour celebration
  • nice big cake, enough for about 30 people
  • 15 kids with kid’s meal
  • 4-5 games, with prizes
  • goody bag toy at the end for each kid
  • 4 large pizzas for 10 adults
  • Face painting 
  • Video coverage for 2 hours on an SD card, which they will give it to you at the end of the party
  • pretty decent decoration on the premises, with balloons,  Happy Birthday board.

As we had more people, we just ordered more family meals and everything was sooooooooooo great. We just had to show up and all was taken care of….now that’s what I call enjoyment!!

Well, 5th Birthday…taken care off…Thank God we have 1 whole year to rest!! Gosh I am so tired!!

Eight Ways To Encourage Your Kids by Brock Meyers

Got this in my inbox today…thought I’d share it…its a good read.

Eight Ways To Encourage Your Kids by Brock Meyers

Parenting may be one of the oldest occupations, but new parents aren’t routinely issued a user’s manual when they bring home their newborn child. (Conversely, it’s more complicated to become a legal driver with a valid permit than to it is to become a parent.)

By the time most parents have gained wisdom from their hard-earned years of experience, their fledgling offspring have grown into adults and moved out. Although this is the ultimate goal of any parent (to have independent children), alas, no toddling offspring remain at home to reap the benefits of such wisdom. Some parents in this position take up quilting or golf or a second career. I chose to write about how you can encourage your children. Why? It’s one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do, and I don’t want you to miss out.

1) How do you think of your kids? Blessing or Burden? Bear with me for a moment. I know you think your child is a blessing. You’re reading an article about encouraging your child. I always felt the same way, yet there were parts of my children’s childhood that I didn’t enjoy as much as I should have. There were times when I was gritting my teeth waiting for the next stage. It had to be better, right? It took a couple stages (that in hindsight moved forward at lightning speed) for me to realize there’s good and bad at every stage. Will you focus on the dirty diapers or the sweet scent of your baby’s head….or how she giggles when you give her a raspberry on her tiny belly? You may think the shift is slight, but your child will sense the difference. Value what’s excellent and encourage it!

2) Praise, praise, praise. After you’ve found what’s excellent (or even just 3 degrees better than mediocre) tell him!! Everyone does something right. Find it and focus on it. Be specific. “Hey, I like how you helped your brother with his math!” Or for the child who has trouble getting started in the morning, you might say, “Yay, Lindsay! You’re early this morning! You’re really learning how to manage your time well.” Affirming behavior you like encourages more of the same. Be observant. Praiseworthy items are happening right under your nose. No kidding!

3) One-on-one time. Life can easily gallop away from us at breakneck speed. One-on-one time needs to be scheduled – it rarely happens spontaneously. The parents I know who’ve had the best track record with this concept are the ones whose work schedules keep them away from their children. They have to be creative and diligent to make one-on-one time a reality. For instance, one dad I know works 2 weeks at a job site and 1 week at home. During his week at home, he makes a point to schedule working out individually with his middle school sons. Another dad who works 2nd shift (3-11 p.m.) takes his teenage daughter out for breakfast once every couple weeks. For our own family, shopping with one parent is a treat. There are many times when the whole family has to go shopping together, and everyone must “go along to get along.” Each of our teenage daughters enjoys going on an “in search of” trip with Mom or Dad. A large budget isn’t required. Some of our best find s have been at thrift stores and consignment shops.

4) Chores. Although none of my kids would admit that chores encourage them, I can vouch for this one. Completing a chore gives one a sense of accomplishment and builds confidence. You’re also teaching life skills. A 3 year old can empty the trash from her bedroom into a larger can in the kitchen and feel very pleased with herself. A 13 year old who empties the dishwasher won’t be as enthusiastic as your 3 year old, but he’s still confident. He may whine by the time he starts sorting the flatware, but he’s learning perseverance – a life skill that will serve him well no matter where he goes.

5) Projects. Don’t panic! A project doesn’t have to be complex, lofty or time-consuming. Giving an elementary school aged child a drawer to clean out and reorganize is a simple project. Another manageable project is reorganizing a shelf in the pantry or refrigerator. Your child, when finished, has done something that you can very specifically praise. In time, his expertise will grow and you’ll be able to say “Clean your room.” without a major meltdown (of either party.)

6) Rewards. Don’t ever call these bribes – that’s what you give to get something illegal done. Rewards are given for good behavior you want to encourage. When my daughter was 5, she was still a thumb-sucker. We had read somewhere that a new habit is made if it’s performed for 21 days. So I made a deal with her. If she could give up her delicious thumb for 21 days, we’d go ice skating. At that time, we’d never been, so the prospect seemed very exciting. Meghan was motivated and successful. After 3 weeks of no thumb sucking, we headed to the ice rink.

7)Parent (and grandparent)-Driven Activities. Some of my very favorite pictures of my husband as a toddler are those taken with his grandfather as his grandfather was working on repairing various electrical devices. We have a great shot of blonde, blue-eyed Calvin holding an empty TV screen as though he were starring in his own sitcom. Is it a coincidence that he’s an electrical engineer today? His grandfather included him in something he truly enjoyed – and he taught him a few things. Granted, it was probably more for photo opportunities for my husband at age 3, but he remembers working together with his grandfather as he was old enough to be helpful. In our own household, I included my children in bread making and pizza making. When their father came home, they were thrilled to show what they had created.

8- Child-Driven Activities. I love sharing activities I love with my children. Some activities like baking cookies were more popular than cleaning out a friend’s chicken house so we could get manure for our vegetable garden. However, at some point, it’s great to do things with your child that he really, really, really wants to try. My latest activity with my 18 year old son was surfing lessons. Yo, dude, tubular. We spent the morning at Waikiki beach and had a great time. I remember thinking that I would’ve never done this if it weren’t for my son. And my son was thrilled to have me there….because I paid for it.

Enjoy your children, whatever their age. It’s true they grow up way too fast. The journey’s one to be savored – not endured. Hey, I really like the way you read to educate yourself! You’re doing great!!



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