The transition from preschool to elementary school is a huge, amazing step in your child’s life. Ideally, you should be preparing for schooling from day 1, but if you have delayed preparations, at least start once they are in preschool. It is crazy how fast little humans pick up on new things. They learn so quickly, so most of the time, school will come easier to them at this age compared to down the road. But, going from preschool to Kindergarten is a huge step in their lives and there is some preparing that needs to take place. Most of the time when you Google “how to get your preschooler ready for Kindergarten,” you will find list after list on educational material to teach your child. While this is important and we will talk about it a bit today, it’s not the end all be all. There are other things to consider when preparing for elementary school, so I want to focus on both sides of the equation: getting ready for the education and getting ready in general.
Lay down a good foundation
In preschool, kids will learn basic material such as shapes, letters, colors, their name, their address, sometimes numbers, and other information to prepare them for Kindergarten. While this is a fantastic start, supplementing this material with your own material will be even better for your child. There are so many interesting and fun ways to learn in the world and you should allow your child to soak in all of the information that they could possibly learn. When you go to the park, teach your child about different insects you see, different types of weather and seasons, or maybe even about kindness. While all of this is not essential for Kindergarten, I still believe that it is laying down a great foundation for your child.
Get them excited
Heading off to “big kid school” can be a scary transition for a lot of kids. Make sure they know what to expect and let them know why they should be excited about it – kindergarten should be fun for them, so there is no reason for them not to be excited. Talk to them about how cool school is, tell them about your (fun) school experiences, take a tour of their new school, meet their teacher, and maybe get together with a few of their classmates (if possible) before school. This will ensure that they are completely comfortable when walking in the first day.
Establish bedtime and morning routines
Routines are extremely important when it comes to school. We already know that it can be a hard emotional transition, but it is also a big physical transition, as well. In order to lessen the blow, try to implement the ‘new’ schedule before they head off to school. If you do this, they will already be on a new schedule and will not have to adjust. When you are figuring out a new schedule, make sure you give yourself a lot of extra time in the mornings – more time than you think you will need. Mess For Less says, “The last thing you want to do is be frenzied and harried running out the door. Not only is this stressful for you, but your kids will pick up on the stress as well. Anytime I have been in a rush my kids are always more prone to meltdowns and frankly, so am I. So give yourself and them the gift of time which comes from have a predictable sleep and waking schedule. It will make your mornings run smoother and get your kids ready to learn.”
Now that you have prepared your child, make sure to prepare yourself – your baby is headed off to elementary school and it should be an exciting time! As long as you prepare for hiccups along the way, you should be fine.
Your child’s education is a huge part of their entire life and should be taken seriously. If you notice that your child is struggling in school, make sure you take the time to find out why they are struggling and what you can do to help them – it is never too late! In New Jersey, Empowered Learning Transformation Centers is ready to help people that are struggling with learning. For parents, this is great because you can finally understand why your child is not learning as expected and for kids. Empowered Learning Transformation Centers Empowered Learning Program helps identify focus, attention, or behavioral issues, in order to improve in those areas without medications. Led by Co-Founders Peter Riddle and Dr. Richard A. Reutter, The Empowered Learning Program is being used in three Empowered Learning Transformation Centers and has a 90+% success rate, which is validated by pre- and post-program testing over the span of fifteen years.
I’ve noticed these customized family portraits all over Instagram these days, and I can see why. Not only are they absolutely adorable, but I love how personal you can make them. I found the cutest shop on Etsy that sells them! They have great reviews and so many options. I’m definitely going to make a purchase after we have our last baby.
This handmade date night box is perfect for anyone who needs a bit of inspiration. The seller has great reviews, and her product is made from recycled materials! This is also a great bridal shower gift ;).
This is one of my favorite ideas for Valentine’s Day, or even an anniversary! Not only is it such a thoughtful gift, but it fits with almost any type of decor. I love how you can customize each map to your unique situation. Plus, it’s handmade!
This is my TOP Valentine’s Day pick for any couple! It’s a playful gift for you and your spouse in the bedroom (as long as you don’t keep the ‘NOT TONIGHT’ side visible for too long ;)). This pillowcase would make the perfect gag gift for a bridal shower, or your best friend who just got engaged! Keep in mind it is a pillowcase cover, and the shop is running a few promotions right now!
As soon as we buy a house I already have plans to scoop up on of these beautiful vow displays. The seller has so many stunning options! They are the perfect gift to highlight those custom vows you and your partner worked on for so long. My husband and I were set on writing our own vows, and I can’t wait to have them on display so we can read them from time to time.
If you are looking for a practical gift, these couple mugs from BOLDLOFT are a quick and thoughtful gift option. I fell in love with all their options, but chose these two mugs in particular because you can buy matching pillows.
This is a great gift for a couple who has just become parents. My husband bought us these bracelets for Christmas and I can’t get enough of how thoughtful they are. Stacked has a nice amount of options available, and even celebrities are into them! I love that it’s something my husband and I carry around together that also incorporates our daughter.
I hope you guys found some inspiration in this gift guide! It can be so hard to find a decent gift that doesn’t break the bank. Comment below and let me know what your Valentine’s Day traditions are!
The clock has struck twelve and it’s time to start a new. I think the majority of us are ready for a fresh start in the new year! My yearly goals always begin with a supercharged health and wellness plan. I start to actually meal plan during the first few weeks of January, with the hopes of making it to the gym 3-4 times a week. I try my best to walk into the new year with a more positive mindset that will carry me through the year, but somewhere along the way I always fall short on those plans.
2017 was a year of strength and growth for me. My husband and I finally tied the knot, A turned two, I made more time for loved ones, dealt (and currently still dealing) with my endometriosis, and I learned to fight for my mental health! I’m not much for labels (except hot mess) but I found out what it really means to be a warrior. I finally championed for myself and took control of my postpartum depression. But with all of these new changes, the one I’m most proud of is re-evaluating my goals AND MY FREAKING WORTH! Halfway through 2017 I realized how lost I had gotten in my role as a mother, and thanks to my amazing therapist I’m now on a track to pursue what I worked so hard for in college.
I’m not ashamed of the fact that I let motherhood take over my life. And I’m definitely not afraid to say that I had postpartum depression. What I’ve learned from the past two years is how to be a better fighter and friend, not only for the people around me, but for myself. This new way of life didn’t come overnight. My low point came just after our wedding where I was at my absolute worst.
As I searched through my agenda for a certain quote, my eyes turned to tears as soon as I opened this page. August was the month I decided my life needed to change BIG TIME, and would seek out help from a therapist. She helped me find the good within myself again, and taught me to be kind with my inner self. Postpartum depression left me with a broken soul that I tried to fix by overloading my schedule, in hopes I wouldn’t think about it; which in turn only worsened the problem. So I have spent the past 5 months fighting for my mind, body, and soul. I took on a new eating plan that is working well for me physically. With the help of my therapist I’ve gained a new way of speaking to myself, by showing kindness first (and as I write that out all I can think of are the countless sesame street songs centered around kindness). Yoga and meditation have become a weekly routine for me, which has helped keep me grounded. And I’m heading into 2018 ready to tackle the goals I’ve laid out for myself.
I have two main goals for 2018.
Grow my blog into a place of community and outreach for Women.
My blog was always something of a hobby for me. A way to share my story, and connect with other mothers who have gone through, or are going through postpartum depression. But this past year has shown me that it isn’t just mothers who are reading my blog. It’s Women (and some men!) of all ages, and stages in life. I get so many messages from mothers who’ve gone through postpartum depression who share my blog with their daughters. It truly warms my heart to receive all your love and support for this little space I’ve created. And I’m so glad my blog is helping to connect mothers and daughters, as it is something I hope to strengthen my relationship with my own daughter one day. My hope for this year is to share the many different sides of what it means to be a millennial mom.
Take the reins on my career.
The goal that I’m putting in the spotlight for 2018 is my career. For those of you that don’t know, I graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. I’ve danced for most of my life, and was rooted in the arts up until I had my daughter in 2015. With everything that has happened my career took a HUGE nose dive, and I didn’t realize how much that affected me. My career has always been at the forefront of my life, and I’m determined to make it that way again. Over the next few months I’m starting with some ballroom lessons, finishing my reel, and auditioning for local theatre. To tell you the truth, I’m petrified. I’ve been out of the game for almost three years, and my talent is not at the level it was when I graduated college. But after facing a point where I almost ended this life, I have nothing left to fear but not trying at all. I’m taking my doubts and using them to push me forward with the strength I’ve already found within myself. And a little help from my support system :).
So you’re probably thinking: “Oh those dreams are nice, but how on earth are you going to stay on track with those two hefty goals??”
When I came across My Infinite Agenda on Instagram, I was so intrigued to find out more about this company and their agenda. I’m one of those ‘everything happens for a reason’ kind of people, and this company definitely showed up on my screen for a reason. Their focus is simple, turn your dreams and goals into reality by weaving them into your daily schedule. When you open the agenda you are met with encouragement, and the excitement of a fresh start that comes with the new year. My favorite part of this planner is the vision board, which I’ve been filling with motivational images for 2018! Each month is packed with intentional tools to keep your ambitions and goals at your fingertips, with the use of quotes and functional writing prompts.
This month I am excited to accomplish these short-term goals…
This month I will grow closer to these long-term goals…
In my wildest dreams I am looking forward to receiving…
And you’ll end each month with a recap of what you’ve accomplished throughout that time.
I’m excited to define those short-term goals each month, which will get me closer to my overall goal. And to help with motivation, each page has an uplifting quote printed at the bottom. Sometimes all we need is that encouraging word to get us through a slump. Agendas are always my first step to a positive new year, but there are other ways to stay on point during the year. So I’m sharing a few tips for myself that I’ll implement to keep things on track during 2018!
2.) Getting to bed at a decent hour, so I can wake up refreshed and ready to start my day
3.) Setting a daily alarm to check-in with the goals I have written down
4.) Create a community to keep me accountable
Number 4 is where you guys come in! My Infinite Agenda has been so kind as to include a discount code for my readers. Use PROMO CODE: MOM10 for 10% off your order! I would love it if you tagged me on instagram and shared your goals for the new year, while using your My Infinite Agenda :). Not only will you be setting up your goals for success in the new year, but you’ll be purchasing a product with purpose! When you buy one of their agendas a portion goes to one of the lovely charitable organizations they’ve partnered with!
My navy agenda is linked with Sing For Hope, an organization that brings the arts to under-resourced parts of New York City’s five boroughs! One of my smaller goals for 2018 is to spend money in a more meaningful way, by supporting companies who give back to the community. Since the arts have been such a huge part of my live, supporting this cause was a no-brainer in my book!
If you’d like to learn more about My Infinite Agenda and the organizations they’ve partnered with, head to their website for more information. And if you decide to purchase one of their planners, don’t forget to use the coupon code!
Wishing you all a safe and happy new year filled with infinite possibilities!
One of my favorite stores to shop at is Old Navy! The prices are great, there’s always a sale, and I can find something for everyone in my house. Below are my top picks which I will be updating throughout each season. I’ll also keep you guys updated on any sales they are having via my Instagram stories (so if you haven’t added me yet my username is // @_themillennialmomblog_). Free feel to leave comments or message me on what you guys want to see! I will try to get as many pictures in outfits as I possibly can do you have a visual.
Grey Sweater // Wearing a small // Fit is not tight, definitely has movement and so comfy
Jeans (Pictured in both) // I’m normally a size 4 at Old Navy but I recommend sizing UP
Vest // Wearing a small // Perfect for winter over a nice sweater
Grey Turtleneck // Wearing a small but recommend sizing up for looser fit // Would be great tucked in
A Little Flare
Purple Sweater // Wearing a small // Must have for Winter
Navy Skirt // True to size // Wearing an 8 but I’m usually a 4-6// High waisted
Striped Sweater // Wearing a small // Soft and comfortable fit
Jeans // Wearing a 6 // Size UP
Yellow Dress // Wearing a small // This dress is amazing but I do suggest wearing a slip underneath
Blue Velvet // Wearing a small // Great fit and not irritating at all
Those are my picks! I’ll be updating as much as possible. Let me know what you guys like, or what you would want to see.
Taking care of children and a career is hard.
Having kids and starting a career is quite the challenge.
When I found out I was pregnant I told myself nothing would change. I’d have the baby and a few months after I’d go back to working on my career. I convinced myself I didn’t have to give anything up or compromise, mostly because for months I had to listen to people tell me how I’d have to put my career to the side for the baby. I don’t enjoy people telling me what i need to do. I wanted to be that super mom who could do it all.
Then we had A.
Then I was diagnosed with postpartum depression.
Then I fought for my life.
Then I fought for my family.
And now I’m fighting for myself.
My career took a BIG backseat and for a while and it killed me inside. I stressed about it more than I care to admit. I would pull up Instagram and see my friends killing it with their kid-free lives. I let it consume me for a while. It ate at my passion and I grew a bit resentful. Then the excuses starting pouring in, which led to me getting no where in any sort of career. My postpartum depression only amplified my fears, reservations, and insecurities about it. But when I started seeing my therapist she asked what I thought was really holding me back.
I went to school for musical theatre and I had just spent 2 1/2 years doing nothing related to the arts. I was knees deep in all things kid-related. The thought of putting myself out there just seemed like a mountain too big to climb. How would I be able to go full force when I was running at about 20%? She suggested taking unnecessary things off my plate.
Get down to the foundation and build from there.
So that’s what I did. I cleared my plate and started from scratch. Each day I made a list of something to work on that would get me closer to my main goal. I asked for help when I needed it so as to not become overwhelmed. I let myself mourn the time I had lost from having A, and I didn’t feel guilty for it. Soon enough, my career became the priority in my life. And I embraced the fear!
In fact, I found a way to thrive on the fear. It makes me feel alive again, like this spark was suddenly ignited. And it’s exactly what I needed to push myself forward. Now I’m heading into the new year with a new mindset and a new mantra:
“You can’t build a great building upon a weak foundation.”
When the tasks become scary or overwhelming I bring myself back to the foundation. I search from within to find the strength to move forward. And I clear my plate as much as I can, which isn’t easy with children, but it is feasible. Lean on the people around you for strength and comfort. It’s not going to be easy, but that fear inside isn’t your enemy. It’s a took and a motivator!
Life might get in the way of your career. Just like your career might get in the way of life. But I strongly believe we can have our cake and eat it too, especially moms. We are the queens of multitasking after all ;).
This past weekend we saw HAMILTON!!! It was everything I dreamed it would be and more. I held my husband’s arm the entire time because my eyes never left the stage, and I didn’t want him to feel like I was ignoring him. This trip was his wedding present to me, and it’s definitely going in my top 10 list of our favorite things we’ve done together. We scheduled a babysitter for A and made a date night out of the entire evening. Since life has been crazy I didn’t realize my closet was a bit lacking in the formal wear department (motherhood, am I right?), so I was a frantic mess the Thursday before trying to find a dress to wear. I’m a big believer in buying quality over quantity, so I wanted to find something I would be able to wear for Christmas as well. I tried a few stores before I found the perfect dress at H&M (pictured above)! It’s a great classic green dress that I can wear for multiple occasions, and I might even wear it for a wedding we are attending in January. So since Christmas is right around the corner and I know a few people who might be struggling to find something last minute, I decided to put together some ‘nigh out’ styles for you guys! These are all UNDER $150 and a bunch of the stores are having Green Monday sales. So check them out and let me know what you think!
*Green Monday Sales are listed below*
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