Nerdy Girl

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SonyaM - March 13

Hey, if I remember correctly our kids are about the same age (4.5 and 17 months). I was wondering how your day goes when you have both kids home. It's Spring Break here and I am loosing my mind. I am used to my oldest being in Pre-K four days a week so having the two boys together all day is wearing on my nerves. I find that the age difference is really hard. Any advice.

 

Nerdy Girl - March 13

Hey, Sonya. I wish I had some advice. My kids are driving me insane! My 4 year old is only in preschool 3 days a week for 2.5 hours at a time, so I don't get too much of a break. I am mostly crazy because we were all sick for the past few weeks. Fortunately the kids are better now, but I am still coughing. Will your older one be starting kindergarten in the fall? My older one misses the birthday cut-off so will have to do another year of preschool. Fortunately next year she will be in school four mornings a week.

 

Nerdy Girl - March 13

Oh yeah, and my 15 month old is giving me a heart attack on a regular basis because he is fearless and always climbing on everything. I predict that we will be "frequent fliers" at the ER with the way this kid handles himself. He perpetually has bruises on his head from falling off of stuff. My daughter never did anything like this.

 

torbman - March 14

Hi Ladies, Sorry to interupt your conversation but I wanted to pa__s along some advice as my kids are also on spring break and are 11 and 8 girls and 9 1/2 month boy. I have found over the years to keep the kids as busy as possible. Even if its something small, make an outing a day. We have small craft tables at our local mall, they have new ones everyday that they can do, also the library usually has new things on everyday too. Not sure where you are but, the park is a nice outing too or even going to visit someone can be an outing to them. I make a shedule for the week, and everyday we do something different. Lastyear our library brought in a snake guy. The kids got to hold and touch them. It was a 2 hour show, they kids loved it and I took pictures. Yes its busy on you but believe me its far worse when there is nothing to do. This year I clipped free movie coupons from cereal boxes. Today our outing is the movies and it won't cost me a thing if I take them right after lunch. So believe me when I say try an outing a day, and get the kids hipped about it. At 4 I think I would be trying new things to do in the kitchen too like baking cookies or helping mommy with sweeping. Start them young. Have a great day Ladies I hope this helps you

 

SonyaM - March 14

Hey Nerdy Girl, well at least I'm not alone. My 17 month old Mason is a climber too. My oldest Mitchell never did this so I am just at a loss. They just don't play well together. They are always wrestling, chasing eachother, screeching, taking toys away from eachother etc. To make matters worse it's been raining like crazy so we can't really get out. If I try to do something fun with Mitchell, Mason wants to be right in the middle of it and he's too young. I can't wait for this week to be over. And yes Mitchell will go to kinder next year, thank goodness. I love him to pieces but one at a time is so much easier. hehehehe

 

Nerdy Girl - March 14

Oooh, I am so jealous that you have kindergarten next year. Gracie won't be 5 till November, so we still have another year of preschool ahead. But one light at the end of my tunnel is that the school she will go to has ALL DAY KINDERGARTEN. My husband and I were literally slapping each other high-fives outside on our driveway when our neighbor told us that. A lot of schools around here still do half-day kindergarten, so we were thrilled to hear that news. I don't know if you have experienced this pet peeve of mine or not, but Henry (my 15 month old) is not very verbal yet and still points and grunts at things. Well Gracie has taken this up as well and it is SO ANNOYING when a normally very bright 4 year old girl who has been speaking in sentences since she was 15 months old decides to stop talking and start grunting.

 

SonyaM - March 14

Mason isn't really talking much either, in fact I'm getting worried. Fortunately Mitchell hasn't started doing what Gracie is. He does babytalk sometimes but only being silly, which drives me crazy. Kinder here is all too so that is good. His school will start at 7:45 and he will get out at 2:45. Not sure how we are gonna work his morning routine as Mason sleeps until after 8:00 usually so if I take him to school I will have to wake up the baby. But if he rides the bus (comes right in front of our house) it comes at 7:10!!!! I'm not even up at 7:10 right now. I'm dreading summer though. His pre-k program ends May 18th and the summer programs don't kick in until June. I'm hoping to keep him busy 2-3 days a week with summer programs.

 

Nerdy Girl - March 14

The bus sounds like a nice deal. If you can let the baby sleep and just walk outside in your sweats to meet the bus, it sounds like a nice plan. I am dreading this summer. Gracie did the local kiddie camp in our town two mornings a week last summer and for some reason really did not like the teacher. It was a fight every time to get her to go to kiddie camp, and they had to shut the doors when I left and I could here her wailing. Everyday. And it never improved the whole summer. Keep in mind that this is a kid who did a "parents time out" program last spring with no issue, and is in preschool now with no issue. But even talking to her about kiddie camp brings on the tears again. I personally thought this teacher seemed fine, but Gracie just didn't click with her or something, and unfortunately it is the same teacher for her age group again this summer at kiddie camp. I have decided not to force camp on her this summer since I don't think it's a separation thing -- it's just the teacher. But I have had a hard time finding something else. The program guide for all the other summer programs comes out April 28th. For some reason the summer camp sign-up is much earlier, but I am hoping that next month I will find something else that interests her even once or twice a week.

 

SonyaM - March 14

Yeah still not sure about the bus thing. He's so young it kind of scares me and I am not sure he would want to anyway. He has issues with new things. There are three little girls who would ride with him that live on our street so that might help. That is odd that Gracie didn't like the teacher. I say you are right by not forcing it. Kids are smart and have good inuition. We had Mitchell at a daycare when he was 14 months-2 years old and he hated it. It was one of hte best day cares in town and we LOVED it but he hated it. You just never know. Last summer Mitchell went to a spanish preschool for summer camp twice a week and my dh and I thought it was great but Mitchell doesn't want to do it this summer. There is a place in town called artworks that has art camps for kids. We had his b-day there last year and he loved it. They are opening one by my house in april but they don't have their summer scheudle up yet. I've been trying to get him to do gymnastics but he doesn't want to. He's going to vacation bible school for one week in June and then his regular preschool has a camp in July twice a week so that will help. I also feel sad that he's starting kinder in the fall which makes me want him home more this summer but I know the reality of that is not gonna work. Nice chatting with you since our kids are so close in age. We also joke that they are gonna know us well at the ER with Mason. He is so fearless. He's always climbing on the cofffee table, end table, kitchen chairs or whatever he can get on. When I pull him off or tell him no he just laughs at me. Drives me nuts.

 

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