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my twins are in prek and will be starting k next year at the local public school. the school has an event that takes place one friday during school hours next month when kids and parents can visit the school (DH and I have already attended a parent only tour). my kids LOVE school currently, get very upset if they have to miss school for being sick, etc. they know they are going to K next year and at a different school, but some their school continues through 5th grade so some kids will be staying on. DH and I can’t decide whether or not to take them to this event because the next school year is still 6+ months away and they can be worriers and so idk what the benefit of them visiting so far in advance is? thoughts?
I think it’s a know-your-kid thing. Mine LOVED the orientations. It helped them get super excited for the next step. But if you think it will cause anxiety, just skip it!
I’d skip it under these circumstances. Will there be an open house or “meet your teacher” day, closer to the start of the school year? If so, I’d attend that — they’ll be like 7 months older and K will be a much more concrete concept at that time, rather than something far away and potentially scary.
I would skip it. Six months is a long time for a 4-5 year old. If it were my kids, I wouldn’t talk to them about the new school yet.
I wouldn’t take them. Many public schools will have some type or meet the teacher day for new Kindergarteners in the late summer or fall, just before the school year starts. And even if they don’t you can take them to see the playground and the building closer to the time and that is probably enough.
I’d take them. The change is coming like it or
Not and I personally wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to start meeting other parents!
i plan on going anyway. and there will be a meet the teacher closer to when school starts as well as playdates over the summer (in case this info changes anyone’s thoughts)
Honestly, I’d only take them if it seems like their prek friends will also be there, so they don’t feel like their missing out on something.
I’d skip it. My twins changed schools for K from one that went PK3-8 to one that’s only K-8, so most kids in their grade were staying for K. We told them about it ~May, because we wanted to let their current teachers know they wouldn’t be in the class next year (PK-K mixed-age classes), but didn’t take the twins to visit the school until an open-house event in June and orientation the week before school started. They didn’t get much out of the open house because it was just a tour of the school; the orientation where they met their teacher was more meaningful to them.
I think don’t take them. Six months is a long way away. I attended a parent tour for kindergarten in January 2020, and of course when my first son started in September 2020 it was an entirely different, worse experience and I really grieved not having the wonderful things I saw on that tour (I know, get a grip lady it’s kindergarten — but I trust you get what I mean). All that to say, don’t set your kids’ expectations or open them up to worry so far in advance. Things change quickly (both in the world at large and your kids’ capacity to handle it!)
Agree it’s a know your kid thing. When ours was in Pre-K we spent the summer playing on the school’s playground so she could get familiar with the concept of a new school. YMMV as far as what’s allowed in your district but I think it worked well for us. Each time we drove by she’d excitedly say “that’s my school!”
I would take them but this is also standard at the public schools in my area so a bit surprise that some people are saying it’s too far away. We have a 2 hr session each month from January to May for the kindergarten that starts in the fall. Kids and parents attend – kids do an activity with the teachers while parents do a learning session with admin or outside speakers – info about the school, how to ease transition, community resources, child development etc. The teachers use the sessions to get to know the kids better and decide how to balance the classes for the fall. First session the parents and kids stay together and next 4 sessions are split.
Gosh in our area in the two schools we’ve started K at we don’t do anything like this! TBH this sounds way too extra for us and I even have a SAH spouse. If we were both working, forget it.
this sounds absurd to me!
I’ve never heard of anything like this is in the US. Our public schools have an orientation session for parents in March, then a meet the teacher classroom visit for kids a couple days before school starts, then the kids start in two groups so the first couple days they have a smaller class size and can get more individual attention. That’s a Thursday and Friday, then everyone goes together the following Monday. What you describe sounds very time-intensive for parents!
I have never heard of anything like this! It sounds over the top to me. Where do you live just out of curiosity?
We had a single two-hour meet and greet that I think served this purpose (DD reported they wrote their names and did a few other things that seemed poised from my perspective to assess skills). We are in SoCal. A good friend is a kinder teacher up near Seattle and at her school they do a one day kinder camp orientation thing…I think it’s a week or two before school starts. They use it to try to balance the groups, and also of course to get to know the kids. Echoing above thought that I would feel overwhelmed by multiple sessions during the work day!
100% skip it. That event is for the parents, not the kids. Something closer to the actual school date where they can get familiar with the surroundings or play on the playground with the other kids would be more helpful for them.
I have a kid who sounds similar to your twins and I would skip. There will most likely be some kind of meet the teacher/visit the classroom event in August.
I wouldn’t take them. I had planned to keep my rising kindergartener in Montessori, then enrolled him in public k literally on the last day of enrollment. We went to meet the teacher the day before school started and everything was fine. I was the only one with tears on the first day.
Our school does it in May. May seems reasonable. Feb is early.
What’s a nice care package for a second pregnancy? It’s for my sister in law, she signed me up for bumpbox when I was pregnant, so I’d like to do something kind of similar but not identical, maybe making my own care package. She’s also got severe morning sickness, so if there’s any home remedies that I can throw in there too, let me know!
What are you all bringing to work for lunch these days? (other than leftovers)
My go-tos are a yogurt bowl (greek yogurt with sunflower seeds, walnuts, honey, and blueberries) and those prepackaged “salad kits” from trader joes. And of course an “adult” PBJ (it is adult not because it is x-rated but because it is made on bread with “TOO MANY SEEDS, MAMA!”) made while also scrambling to put together the kids’ lunches.
If not leftovers, “adult” lunchables (triscuits or TJs naan crackers, sliced cheese and sandwich meat) or a quick spinach salad with feta, walnuts and craisins for the main course.
I also bring many, many snacks. Usually a hard-boiled egg, celery+pb, a container of whatever vegetables were in the kids’ lunches (bell peppers, cucumbers, baby carrots or snow peas, mostly), and yogurt + frozen berries + slivered almonds if I don’t have time to eat breakfast at home.
You didn’t ask, but my favorite wfh lunch is sauteed mushrooms, garlic, rosemary ham, and spinach with a fried egg on top. yummmm
On snacks: I realised that dips and sauces are my key to eating more veggies. (It works for my kids, so I don’t know why I didn’t apply this to myself earlier.) Celery sticks, cucumbers and baby carrots with a smidge of gochujang mayo are amazing.
I make a lot of soups and portion them into 2C containers. I grab a variety out of the freezer and then have a nice assortment to choose from. I sometimes throw a hard boiled egg on the side if I feel like protein is lacking and a piece of fruit.
Other than that, a lot of salads, but I’m currently obsessed with lettuce wraps. A big crunchy boat of romaine which I stuff with deli meat or (my favorite) buffalo style tofu or chicken and then dip into additional hot sauce. Bonus points for topping with chopped cucumber, celery, and avocado. I pack in multiple containers and assemble at my desk for extra crunch.
For me, I figured out that I do much better with more protein at meals. I’m not hangry at the end of the day so I don’t proceed to binge eat 500 calories of nuts and shredded cheese from the bag while I’m cooking dinner.
Cold quesadilla with guacamole actually holds up pretty well for an office lunch. Otherwise, mainly leftovers, or a yogurt + salami + cheese slices + trail mix snacky lunch.
Vicky Austin says
If your office has a toaster, I stick quesadillas in the toaster sometimes just to get crispy/melty again!
I’m 99% leftovers here too. Because no one else in my family eats them
If there are no leftovers, I usually do kimchi ramen in a thermos. (Hot water, kimchi, miso in a thermos, add noodles, and peas or shelled edamame, sometimes I add pre-cooked dumplings – it’s usually the right consistency by lunch time, though sometimes a little on the soft side.)
Kale salad is also another staple. It varies depending on what’s in the fridge, but usually it’s massaged kale with roasted sweet potatoes, cranberries, chedder cheese and nuts and whatever other veggies are in the fridge.
And then always also a side of cut up fruit and veggies (with hummus sometimes) or an avocado sprinkled with either Everything Seasoning or Furikake, and a hard boiled egg (or a tea egg).
And like Spirograph, all the snacks.
WholeFoods has these vacuum packed “power blends” that have like, barley & lentils or brown rice & quinoa. They take a min in the microwave and I eat it right out of the bag. If you wanted to put in any effort at all you could add some veg, but for now, this is my jam.
I also bring a couple pieces of fruit and granola bar, and a yogurt, almost every single day to snack on. This has been my standard since about 2007 and I do not plan on changing.
I caved and signed up for Thistle, a vegan meal service (not meal kit). I’ve been getting 3-4 lunches per week, 2-3 dinners, 1-2 breakfasts and 3-4 snacks, so on the days I go into the office, I bring a Thistle lunch and snack with me. The lunches are generally salads but always have some kind of grain, interesting sauce, sometimes tofu. The snacks are really delicious and treat-like. I’m not vegan but don’t miss dairy when I eat these meals.
(meant as a reply to AwayEmily’s thread).
I’m so embarrassed. I just got a big dose of the ‘ADHD Tax’ and/or ‘Overworked Mom’ tax.
Short version – husband has always carried insurance for him + kids, I’ve carried my own. Because of weird circumstances, his insurance lapsed and I was able to quickly add the three of them on to my insurance. This was last spring. Well, it took a couple months to sort out but… I just pulled them off my insurance.
I’m absolutely mortified with how much I’ve spent in premiums. Every month I would think, ‘Oh! You need to do that!’ but just… after working so much and parenting so much, I would remember at 11PM on a Wednesday and not do it. So. Don’t be me. Do the paperwork so you too don’t pay the (actual cash money) price.
Ouch! But good for you for finally doing it!
I find that those “important but not urgent” tasks sometimes the hardest to prioritize and complete.
The older I get, the more I realize that I probably should have been pegged as ADHD… high pressure jobs are where I EXCEL. I have always been the person who can turn around amazing papers in the 3 hours before they’re due, can absolutely be the calm focused one in a crisis, and craves jobs with constant pressure and deadlines.
‘Important but not urgent’ is my nemesis. I wouldn’t have even finished this up if my husband hadn’t said that he wasn’t going to stop asking me until it was done.
Here’s my family’s version of this. DH has a whole life insurance policy that his parents purchased for him when he was a child. His sister is the beneficiary. His dad has turned the management of the policy over to DH and fully blessed changing the beneficiary to me or our son. DH says he wants to change it. I can 100% guarantee you that his sister has changed the beneficiary of her policy to her husband or child. This is has been on DH’s to-do list for YEARS. At least since our child was born almost 8 years ago. If something were to happen to DH before he changes this policy, we’d be out several hundred thousand dollars.
I do have a 20-year term life insurance policy on DH for $1MM, which is enough. (I am the primary breadwinner.)
Idk why your husband never has to be responsible for anything but sounds like there are two parents here and this is only half your fault.
To his credit, he did ask me about it several times; however, my employer will only talk to me and allow me to do the form…
Honestly, the only reason I did it today is that he bugged me about it.
I totally get it and this is why I calendar everything that is ‘important but not urgent’. I also horrified my husband by going without life insurance for something like 18mos in my last job because I went from one direct competitor to another and I just assumed they offered life insurance (and I signed up for all the options offered). Nope, and oops! On the plus side – you fixed it!
Also join the club of high achieving ADHD’ers who were diagnosed as adults…suddenly my life makes so much more sense!
I’m sure you’re shocked to hear that although I have the information on what to do to get a ‘formal’ diagnosis (therapist and PCP both agree with my assessment), it’s also on the list of ‘things I will get around to doing maybe but aren’t critical so why would I?’
It makes so much of my life make sense. Why do I have an incredible memory for minute details but often forget where I just put something down? And… the rejection sensitive dysphoria. That hit HARD. I think I fall into the bucket of ‘intelligent and anxious with ADHD’, so the trifecta let me get away with a lot until I started to be the one managing all the projects and making all the timelines… that plus parenthood and a million ‘important but not urgent’ things made it really clear…
Does anyone want to commiserate with me on job hunting? I turned down the job that was 5 days a week in office with no remote possibility and a one hour (minimum) commute each way. This morning that same recruiter called me with a hybrid role: they tell you the night before whether you need to be in office the next day or not. I laughed and said I have three young kids: I’m soooo not interested in that kind of a job. I have 12 years of industry experience AND my role is data-centric, so I don’t think I’m completely out of touch for wanting to WFH at least two days a week! I know part of it is my industry but I’m wondering when they’re going to wake up and smell the coffee that no one wants these kinds of roles.
That is ridiculous whether or not you have kids. How do you plan meetings if you don’t know where you will be?
Ugh I’m sorry. That’s so unreasonable IMO to not even know where you’re going to be until the next day!
I’m not in the same situation as you, but I’m so unhappy with my job and really want to find something else and job hunting has been the most miserable slog. There isn’t much fully remote work in my industry, and I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere for my husband’s job, so there’s very little I can even apply to, and I haven’t gotten a single interview from any of the resumes I’ve sent. And then half the time I second guess myself and think I’m crazy for wanting to move from my boring, low paying job because I have an incredible amount of flexibility and PTO here and maybe it’s nuts to walk away from that in the little kid stage of life.
I’m sorry. It’s so discouraging to send out resumes and not hear anything back. And I’m with you on the second guessing. Part of me feels like my kids are sick too frequently for me to even work remotely. But I want to try. I hope we both find something soon!
DH and I have recently acknowledged that we need some help around the house, but we’re stuck on what will actually help us. I’ve hired a cleaning service in the past, and while it’s nice, we already have a good system around for cleaning. I really would like help with random projects around the house (hanging frames, building/moving furniture, decor stuff, installing closets, purging old baby clothes, organizing kitchen cabinets). Is there some broad job description that would cover these? What services do you pay for that make your lives significantly easier?
For putting together and hanging stuff, a handyman. I would hire a cleaning service to handle the regular cleaning and free up time for you to do purging and organizing yourself.
You need a house manager/ organizer! We have someone come ~5-10 hrs a week to do laundry, organize cabinets and closets, cull toys, clothes, clean out fridge – really whatever I need/direct. She does this for at least 4 other families in my immediate area and has for years. It has been life-changing
Can you share more about this? How did you find her, and what’s her hourly? That sounds AMAZING!
How did you find this person? This sounds amazing!
This is exactly what I’m looking for!! I’ve never heard this job title before but I hope there is someone in my area. My house is fairly clean but cluttered/disorganized, so I never feel that I’ve saved enough time from a cleaning service to jump into projects. Thank you!
care.com. I used the term “house manager” and “organizer” and actually got a fair amount of responses! I struggle with clutter/disorganization but don’t have the time (or really the desire!) to do it.
Mary Moo Cow says
Hmm. Cobbling together a bunch of task rabbits? I see some posts on our neighborhood facebook page from people doing handyman tasks as a side gig, or teenagers looking for some cash who will do small projects (for example, purging and organizing Lego. Yes, please!) I have a running list of hanydman/light carpentry jobs and I plan to schedule someone when I have about 5 projects. Some organizing pros will also do the purge, I believe. Twice a month cleaning is the only service I currently pay for that makes my life easier but on my to do list is calling professional organizers to tackle two closets.
Looking for ideas for my 2-yo to give to her daycare friends for Valentine’s Day. We completely dropped the ball on this last year, and she was the only one in her class who didn’t bring in anything for her friends…I don’t remember what all she brought home except for the plastic junk that she insists on keeping in the trunk of her little ride on car, but I remember it was a LOT from each classmate. It honestly seemed like overkill for a bunch of then-1-yos. Maybe something consumable?
Band aids? stickers? color my bath tablets?
At that age, a cute easy thing would be the fruit/veggie pouches and let her put some heart stickers on them! There’s some great pouches that are zero-added sugar. The other thing I like the kids getting are the little packs with a mini coloring book, stickers, and crayons in a little bag. They’re perfect to grab for car rides/restaurants/visiting, etc. I dislike the plastic junk, but make exceptions for glow sticks and the little stampers. My kids love those. I’d avoid feeling the pressure to do a little baggie with tons of stuff, especially at that age. (I’ve come to realize this might be more because of older siblings — little kid wants to follow, but that doesn’t mean your 2yo has to do this!)
there are lots of ideas online, apple sauce pouch and “youre the apple of my eye,” something from the brand go squeese and “you’re my main squeeze,” goldfish and then “out of all the fish in the sea, i’m glad we’re in the same school,” bubbles and “you blow me away” etc.
omg that goldfish thing is adorable.
I would just do stickers if you have to do anything. 2 is so young for classmate gift exchange.
+1. And you did not drop the ball…1-year-olds absolutely don’t need to give valentines gifts to their “friends. My kindergarteners don’t even give more than a paper valentine. Just say no to escalating the mom workload!
Thanks, all. My google attempts just turned up a bunch of projects for entirely classrooms of preschoolers, and I’m not giving my kid a glue stick just yet. I can’t believe I didn’t think of pouches – looks like Target has some with a To/From already on them for this exact purpose!