Back On Schedule

         The holidays are over and if you were lucky enough to get some much needed time off, its most likely time for you to get back on a normal schedule. While it’s hard enough for you as a parent to return to the early AM schedule, the kids have a hard time adjusting too, especially the younger ones. Even for the stay at home moms, it’s important to have a schedule to make life easier for you and the little ones.

When you sit down and write out your schedule, don’t over do it. Make things simple and open to change. The time your little one wakes up and goes to sleep should be the two things that seldom change. If your tot still naps, be sure to schedule around this time or prepare to deal with a cranky child. 

Most of your children are probably in a daycare or school, and are already on some type of schedule. But this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a loose schedule at home. A time for dinner. A time for homework. A time for baths. And of course, a time for play.

Stay at home moms: this applies to you too! While your day might consist of play dates and fun time, that doesn’t mean the kids don’t need to have set times and activities.

While I’m sure all of you BronxMamas already have your own routine, I’m sure many of you mentioned better sheduling in your New Years Resolutions. Now that the holidays are officially over, and you’ve had a few days into the new year to recover, it’s time to well, be on time!

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So a few posts back I showed everyone a cool kids haircuttery called SomePlace Special.

This place is not only cool because it is soley for kids, complete with cool chairs and toys to play with, but the toys are also for sale! Forget taking a long trip downtown only to spend a rediculous amount of money on some overpriced toy in a boutique, when you can find even cooler toys right here in the Bronx. Most toys are under 10$!

Check out their blog at http://someplacespecialhaircutsforkids.blogspot.com/ to learn more about the cool spot and find out about how they are making a difference for children in Ghana with the help of Oriental Trading Company.

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Yay! They’ve brought this idea to the Bronx

Bare with me please :)

I want this blog to eventually become a staple in Bronx mom’s lives. I want this to be a go to for events, places, whatever. But I can’t do it alone. I’m a writer, a student, a babysitter and most importantly a mother and it’s never easy to keep up with so many projects. So please, bare with me while I find a way to better maintain this blog.

I’m hoping to have one day a week where I sit down and update this blog.

-I’m also looking for other Bronx Mom’s who are interested in contrubiting.

 

Feel free to email me at NicolePerrino@hotmail.com for any feedback, comments, suggestions.

The Meltdown.

My two year old princess with devil horns is a tantrum two year old. It doesn’t happen too much, but when it does I don’t know how I keep from throwing myself on the floor and showing her how its really done. This morning was the worst. See, she goes to the childcare at my school. I love it because she’s right there, on campus (ha! Did i really just call John Jay a campus!). If anything happens I’m right there, the teacher can come get me, I’ll be there in five minutes. Also Roosevelt hopsital is right across the street God forbid anything happens. But the commute can be tiring, long, and stressful. So there we are, jumping on the train. I still take a stroller because I am no way getting caught downtown without a stroller when Bri decides she doesn’t want to walk or doesn’t want to listen. I let her walk up the stairs to give me a break with the stroller carrying and told her to sit back down when we got back to the top. She wasn’t having it. She screamed, she cried, she kicked and attempted to get out of the stroller. Of course there are no seats in the morning so I chose not to cave in and let her out, knowing that she’d just try to run up and down the train like it was Central Park. Normally I give in because I hate the stares or just knowing that the entire car is wishing they had have chosen a different car. But this morning I tried my best to calm her down, to talk her down. She gave up after a while, but the smallest thing set her off again and I eventually let her walk the rest of the way.

It’s incidents like these that I just want to hide in a corner. I want to throw my hands in the air and say, “I give up!” But I know that it will eventually end. I know that it will all one day a memory. But of course it makes me feel terrible, makes me question what I am doing wrong, makes me wonder if I’m handling it the right way. This is a phase I know I am going to see more problems out of. Her transition from stroller the entire time to more walking is going to be rough. I think I sweated the curls I had added to my already curly hair within 5 minutes of the meltdown. Some days I feel like a mess, I feel defeated. But just knowing that I’m able to get back up and do it again each time gives me strength. I know I can do it.

 

Some tips for the dreaded train ride:

-Bring coloring books and only one or two crayons (it’s too much work when they want to switch colors every two seconds)

-Get your routine down packed (I stay on the local just to avoid a bigger crowd, get to keep my seat, and avoid one more set of stairs)

-Some days give in and wear a bookbag. I’ve only listened to my own advice once so far, but it was so much easier on my back and made it easier when it came to getting on and off the bus

-Always have juice and a snack (Hunger can be a huge trigger for a meltdown)

-It’s bad I know, but a lolipop. Sometimes the most extreme meltdown ever can only cured with a sugary ball on a stick

Outdoor Family Movie Night (date changed from 6th to 27th)

NEW DATE & TIME!!!
Saturday, September 27th
7:30 pm (Grounds open 6:30 pm)
Free Outdoor Movie Everyone is getting back to school… but the weather is still nice and it is hard to say good-bye to summer. Now you can still enjoy the feel of summer with a FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE! on the front lawn of Bartow-Pell Mansion.

Through a partnership with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department , Picture House and Bronx Tourism Council; Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will host a FREE Outdoor Film one night only for the public on Saturday, September 6th. The FREE Outdoor Film will take place under a new moon on the Bartow-Pell front lawn. It will serve as a fabulous culmination to the NYC Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Fun Festival and a great way to end the summer in the Bronx. Visitors can picnic on the lawn, snack on free popcorn and utilize free lawn chairs that will be made available.

A free shuttle service will be available from key points in the area to welcome guests to the site. Please note: free parking will be across the street at the Split Rock Golf Course.

Contact us for more information at 718-885-1461 or via email.

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