Earning Kudos // Children

Receiving kudos can be extremely powerful especially when you are a child. 20150118-104928.jpg
Our daughters are five and six, one is in kindergarten and the other in preschool, TK. I was thinking about the value of earning kudos and which quick ways to earn them, are important to teach children. This thought popped into my mind after my five-year-old ran into my bedroom, handed me her bowl of cereal and proceeded to skip to the bathroom. For a second I totally thought that I was getting breakfast in bed. Wishful thinking. 20150118-105116.jpg
Then, I started to think even more about this concept, the concept of giving kudos. Even at preschool age, this list will come in handy. {Not only for the child but for you, the parent, as well.}

Teach your children these five {easy} tasks:
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1. Allow mommy and daddy to sleep in on a weekend day.
We keep very few toys in our daughters’ bedrooms. {We have a playroom downstairs for toys.} At an early age we taught our girls to wake-up-&-play-quietly with the few specialty toys that are kept in their room. The adorable peg dolls shown here can be ordered from: Pegatopia … Be sure to browse the vast array of adorable peg dolls, hand made, for girls & boys — Of every age. {I ordered a Star Wars – Princess Leia one for my friend Liz. Swoon.} 20150119-094741.jpg
2. Bring mommy and daddy breakfast in bed.
This is the perfect opportunity to teach your child how to read a digital clock. After the clock reads 9:00, your little darling can bring up a bowl of dry cereal, banana or an apple. It’s the little things. {See cereal pic above. 😉}

3. Making your bed and tidying up your room without being asked to do so by mommy & daddy.
This task is simple and my girls find it fun. Teach your sweetie to straighten up the comforter and display their decorative pillows to their liking. 20150119-094621.jpg
4. Giving someone a compliment.
I have taught my daughters to use kind words and to complement others. When I hear them demonstrate what I’ve taught them I go out of my way to praise them and give kudos. Something as simple as, “You’re funny.” Or “That’s a beautiful necklace.” A complement can go along way.

5. Getting along with your sister {Or brother in some cases.}
It warms my heart to hear our girls getting along and playing nicely together. Being sisters can be tough sometimes. Being a year apart can be even tougher. When I hear them using kind words and playing gently with one another I am sure to give them kudos.
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Do you have any parenting tips regarding giving kudos?

Please share them in the comments below.
Cheers!
❤ Jen
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St. Patrick’s Shenanigans // 2014

Searching the World over for four-leaf clovers. {Well, not exactly. But, the hunt did last approximately one hour though.} No such luck, so we settled for three-leafers. 💚

The girls and I are oh so lucky because their daddy is so patient.20140318-003513.jpg Addison decided that if she watered the plants some four leaf clovers might grow. They ended up watering themselves. 20140318-004153.jpg Such a great day!
Cheers to the Irish & Luck!
💚🍀, Jen
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Learn with Homer // Educational iPad app

Learn with Homer is an all new interactive educational app for children ages 3 to 6. Being a teacher, I often hear about the latest and greatest phonics programs claiming they will teach my child to read. These programs often come with a hefty price tag and little interest. Learn with Homer has proven to be quite the opposite. 20130808-224041.jpg
In-app purchases start at $1.99. I know! Super reasonable, right?
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I encourage my girls to be 21st Century learners by giving my three and four-year-old the opportunity to play interactive games on my iPad early in the morning, as I’m preparing dinner, on trips in the car and visits to Starbucks.

My Carseat Dancers found Homer, his friends & their antics a joy to interact with. Both of my girls are especially fond of the colorfully illustrated books found in the app’s library, catchy songs, sweet poems & tools for being creative. 20130813-223923.jpg
Another added bonus is that Homer gives each learner the opportunity to choose hats for their own character icon. This icon uses their own photo… So personal & the girls thought it was super amazing!20130813-215607.jpg I’m impressed with Learn with Homer. Check it out for yourself!

Cheers to 21st Century Learning!
xoox, Jen
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Swim Lessons // Hire Someone!

All through high school and into college I was a lifeguard and swim instructor. Teaching comes naturally to me, pair it with swimming {one of my loves} and life is good. Family and friends found it a tad comical that we wanted to hire someone to teach our girls to swim though.

Asking, “Didn’t you used to teach swim lessons?”

Yes, but I just couldn’t make it work; we were swimming everyday, having a blast, but going nowhere fast. My suggestions to help the girls swim were just ignored or quickly batted down. I have always heard that it’s difficult to teach your own children & to hire a professional. Prior to Day 1 of swim lessons, I would describe Addison (4) as our “Amazing Dog-paddler” and Delaney (3) as “THE Sassy Floatie Princess” who vowed to never take her floaters off. They needed swim lessons. Badly! 20130716-191913.jpg
While in the process of researching ALL of the local “Learn-to-Swim” facilities a friend of mine told me that her son was taking private lessons from a fabulous instructor. She gave me his name & number. Amazingly, he turned out to be someone I knew. His family and mine went way back. To like the late 1980s! {Miraculously, his mom, sisters, brother & I are back in contact & are up to date due to Instagram & Facebook. Gotta love social media outlets… Crazy!}

Small World!
Leading up to swim lessons I made sure to mention them to the girls along with how great they were going to be. “Coach Trevor this & Coach Trevor that…” Addison was gung-ho from the start! Delaney, not so much. {Picturing here stubborn wheels turning as she processed the thought of not wearing floaties & being in a pool with a stranger was a sight to see.}

Then came Monday. Addison was thrilled and Delaney was okay considering I bought them new swimsuits.

“Sunsoups” {DEA’s way of saying ‘swimsuits’.} were on, both girls were sunscreened up and we were out the door. Actually got there early! At first, Delaney just hid behind me until she saw Addison heading toward the pool. {She followed.} Both girls were filled with questions: “Where’s the vacuum?” & “Is Coach Trevor wearing a sunsoup?” “What’s the line on the bottom of the pool for?” & “Is he going to make us jump off that super tall diving board?” 20130716-165017.jpg
Then, Addison hopped right in. She was still asking questions, a mile a minute, totally eager to learn. While AKA showed off her dog paddle and kick board technique DEA just tapped at the water a bit. It quickly became Delaney’s turn and her defiance wasn’t as bad as I’d anticipated. After some negotiating she took Coach Trevor’s hand and plopped right into the pool. Nice. A tad uneasy, but willing. {Funny thing is… there are times at family functions where she won’t even look at our relatives. Too stubborn. LOL!} Both girls laughed. They kicked. Blew bubbles. Fantastic!
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At the close of their lesson, Coach Trevor asked if they’d like to dive off the diving board. Delaney said, “No fanks.” Addison happily obliged.

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Trevor, even after one lesson, has done wonders with them. Thank you. Thank you!

What’s that one “thing” that you suggest hiring a pro for?

Cheers to Coach Trevor & Hiring a Pro!
xoox, Jen
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{In the market for a kid’s swimsuit? Be sure to check out my Sweet Summer Swimsuits // Kids blog post.}

Graco Pack ‘n Play // Play Yard // For Sale

Are you a Southern California Mom or mom-to-be?
Or do you know someone who’s having {or has} a baby girl?
This LOVED Cherry Blossom {Powder Pink & Chocolate Brown} Graco Pack ‘n Play // Play Yard would be perfect for them. It’ll fit almost anywhere… Keep it in the master bedroom, living room, a hotel room, take it to the beach…
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Please let me know {ASAP} if you’re interested. I only have one at this incredible price. Thanks!

Cheers to Babies & Comfort!
xoox, Jen

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