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5 Tips for a Successful New Term at School

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5 Tips for a Successful New Term at School

  1. Get a good night’s rest for you (mums, dads, carers) and your little ones. Regardless of your children’s age, they still need a good bedtime routine.  10-12 hours for under 11’s, 7-9 hours for 11-18’s. Sleep is crucial for our mental health, cell regeneration, and growth.
  2. Record your favourite shows, if you can, and watch them at the weekend- use your weekdays to focus on work, routines and school-run stuff. This helps to lower resentment towards yourself, your children, spouse.
  3. Invest in a travel mug; summer is about to bid us goodbye, and we will soon hear the crunch of leaves under wellingtons. So having a travel mug means having your favourite hot drink on the go. We love going to Autumn park to collect leaves, play in the mud, and splash in puddles, but endless trips to coffee shops can add up, especially if you have not set a budget. I am not against it in any way; I love cheeky chai now and then. However, I am saving so much time and money by just investing in a travel mug that I love and heading over to the park.
  4. Invest in a good brand of vitamin D; this mood-boosting sunshine vitamin will support low moods and lethargy, some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder-Overview – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – NHS (www.nhs.uk), and this can kick in as soon as the days begin to look a little more grey.
  5. Be kind to yourself and others– this may seem obvious, but mums can be incredibly mean as a group. Sometimes it is unintentional; sometimes, it is NOT. I deal with others the way I deal with myself; I am firm and fair. Kind and honest. But I will not allow people to disrespect me; I value my mental health too much to let people walk over my family or me. I will say to you what I tell myself every day- be kind, be fair, be honest, be beautiful, be at peace, but if you so choose to be ugly, to be mean, to be scornful, to be hateful, to be spiteful, to take advantage of kind-hearted people- then do it with your chest.

In summary, get a good night’s rest, record your favorite shows, invest in a travel mug, invest in a good brand of vitamin D and CHOOSE be kind to yourself and others.

Can you choose at least one item from the list that you will implement today?

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5 TIPS FOR A STRESS-FREE OFFER DAY 2022 | April 19th 2022 

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In less than four weeks you will find out which school your little one will be attending in September.

It can actually be quite stressful if it is your first child or even your youngest.  

Will I get my first choice? 

Will I get my second choice? 

What if the dinosaurs come back and destroy my submission and my child does not get into the school of our choice? 

Here a few tips to help you make the day as easy as possible.

  1. Try not to stay up all night waiting for the results, but set an alarm for the following morning, so that you can find out before you get ready for the school run.  
  2. Log into your application (if you applied online-). When you do check your submission, you will only see the list of schools to which you applied, and it will say very clearly if you have been offered a place at your chosen school. 
  3. Celebrate- If you are offered a place at any of your choices. 
  4. Call your Local Authority Admissions Team, if you have not received an offer at all, a single offer, make a note of the telephone number of your Local Admissions Team, the lines will be busy- but you will be able to speak to someone or email them if you have not received an offer or you have an urgent query or concern. 
  5. Try and leave all of the mum-admin until after the school-run, if you are unhappy with your choices, prepare to be grilled about this on the school-run. Say something polite or funny, like, “Oh fiddlesticks! Is that today? I was planning to have my veneers polished.” Works every time.

Now, if you try all five tips listed above (all of which usually work). Then get in touch with us right away and we will give you hand with how to have those al important conversations with work, if you need time off to visit schools, with the Local Authority, if you need clarity on next steps for your child/children, or you need help liaising with the new school about waiting lists. We know exactly what to do. 

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5 Tips on how to improve the reading habits of young readers @home and long journeys.

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5 Tips on how to improve the reading habits of young readers @home and long journeys: 

  1. Use image rich texts (devices are great for reading stories too).
  2. Become a “talking family.”
  3. Use subtitles with ALL screen time.
  4. Look out for how words are used. 
  5. Keep using your home language.
  1. Use image rich texts

The idea behind this is you want to provide as much stimulus as possible for young readers, which will help them to develop their imagination and learn new words. Ask your children questions like these:  

  1. A) What can you see in the picture?
  2. B) How does it make you feel?
  3. C) What are they doing?

Be really specific about what you are describing, for much younger readers, they may not have all of the vocabulary (yet), but don’t worry about it- just tell them if they do not know it. Like this: 

“I can see a little, dark brown dog.”  

They will eventually start mirroring your use of language. Devices are great for reading stories too…

2. Become a “talking family.”

I know that after a long day at home or at work, it can be quite tiring to even consider talking more… It is definitely worth it. Being a “talking family” is similar to committing to being a healthy family, in that, you choose to talk more than the average family and you are intentional about it. Even though it may seem like ONE MORE THING TO DO, it can actually lower the stress levels in your children, and it is one simple way to fill their love tank with words of affirmation. 

Something like this: 

“How was your day, darling?” 

“It was fine, but I hurt myself.”  

“Well, I know how brave you are, but tell me what happened…” 

How much better do you feel after shows you or tells you how important your feelings are?

Now, this is the fun part- the more your children hear you speak, guess what happens? Their vocabulary will improve over time and they will be exposed to more words. It makes sense doesn’t it?

3.Use subtitles with ALL screen time, including and not limited to FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS. Even if your other half complains… 

Now, I am sure you have heard this one before. But I promise you, it really works…even on adults. Even though subtitles can be a little distracting, you are normalising reading. For new readers, this is helpful because the more words they see, the more words they will see. Make sense? It also means that if your children see words they do not understand, they can ask you. Watching TV then becomes interactive, engaging, and guilt free for you.  

I am not suggesting that we let our children watch television all day, but what I am saying is that we can use almost every opportunity to help our children learn to read.

4.Look out for how words are used around the house, to and from home and daily. 

Words are everywhere, cereal boxes, recipe books, ingredients list, receipts, bus stops, names of roads… I could go on.

The exciting part is that as go about your day with your little ones, you can share what you know.  This will put them at ease an actually help you build bridges for more conversations about learning later on. What we want is to have our children becoming more and more confident in how they express themselves through speech. We can actually make it easier for them, by modelling (showing them how it is done) and by avoiding telling them to…”Keep quiet!”

5.Keep using your home language (especially if English is not your first language) and compare its counterparts in English. “Hast du hunger? “Are you hungry?” Hunger=hungry.

This is a serious amount of fun if you love words and you are willing to share another language with your child at home. I think we sometimes worry that children will be overwhelmed by lots of different words or languages, but the most important thing is to adapt your language to your child’s level of understanding. If your child is only using 3-4 words, then meet them where there are and then extend their sentences: for example,

Milo: Milo hungry.

Mum: Milo is hungry. Where is Milo?

(if your child can respond by saying: here he is OR I’m here)

Response 1: Milo is over there. Milo is hungry.

Response 2: I’m here. (You can the model- I’m hungry)

This could actually become a little name until your child is able to respond correctly.

How is this related to languages? Well… if you do speak another language, then you could teach them how to say: I am hungry.

I am hungry (English)  =Ich habe Hunger  (German)

Now, I know this is not for everyone, but it is definitely worth exploring if you are a linguaphile.

That’s for today!

 

But I would love to hear from you! Tell me how you got on with reading or speaking this week.

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Lulu x

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A Little Bit Potty

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What is it about #pottytraining that makes us stalk our toddlers, buy a potty for every available space, scream, sing, explode, judge, condemn ourselves…seek professional help.
My first memory of attempting potty training involved a lot of mopping… tears, and pee.
Yes, I said it. It was sooooooo hard. It finally hit me, CHILDREN DO NOT KNOW EITHER.
That’s why they need training. But I always felt like I needed training, we had no clue

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I spent so long no only beating myself up, but comparing my family to other families… Are they better than us, is this a dysfunctional family? Have I ruined my toddler?

The truth is making mistakes does not make you a terrible person, in fact, making hundreds of mistakes does not make you a terrible person… being a terrible person makes you a terrible person. The fact that you are here says it all…

How do you keep sane when things are not going as well as you would like?

Where do you go for help?
I would encourage you to surround yourself with people that love you and will support you.

A few tips on successful potty training
1) Allow your child to lead you, are they talking about going to the toilet? Using words like, “stinky, poo-poo, no wee-wee”?
2) Try to stay calm so your child does not get nervous about using the toilet (potty).
3) Reassure them that accidents are normal, and they are still learning.
4) Always take a spare set of clothes wherever you go.
5) Encourage your child to sit on the potty even when they do not need to use the toilet, just to take the fear away.
6) Try and have some nappy-free time at home, to give your child an opportunity to practice.
7) If you have any concerns, then please speak to your health visitor.

How can we support you here at Teaching Mums Ltd?

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MumTalkMonday | Date Night

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What is it about date night that makes parents cry, fight, fall out, burn food, book, and cancel baby sitters?

The truth is…single or married; we have all experienced some form of date night disaster.
How do you manage a successful (regular) date night with a newborn baby in-tow? Or four to five under 10’s under one roof??

Well… here are some tips,

1) Definitely date yourself first.
What does this mean?
Have one night a week to yourself: cook, draw, catch up with a friend, rest, pamper yourself.
2) Keep a journal and track your period; you are more likely to want a date during ovulation.
3) Book a babysitter in advance, EVEN IF you decide to stay in for your date night.
4) Wear something that you want to be seen in… that includes being naked. Yes, I said it.
5) Get ready for the night as if you are going to meet your very best friend.
6) Order a takeaway OR cook before you get ready, so you do not ruin your outfit (or hair).
7) If you need to cry, express milk, or sleep, try and do it before the date starts.

Does that sound unrealistic? Well, maybe. Try number one and number two first, the work o building the rest into your weekly routine.

My husband and I completed the marriage course last year; the truth is you make time for what you think is important.

How important is this part of your life to you?
Think of it this way, when your children move out, who will you be?
Would you like to have a marriage to enjoy 10 years from now? A little bit of work can be put in each day, for you, for your spouse- it really goes a long way.

I suppose what I want more than anything is to feel loved and supported. But that work starts with me; how much do I value myself? Do I even like myself? I had to do so much work on my fear and confidence levels to really enjoy what I have now. It was not easy, but it was worth it. I feel confident, valued, safe and happy- wherever I go.

Sometimes we can feel a little undeserving, can’t we? A little run-down?

The love you give to your baby (babies) every day warrants respect, love, time and care, and a little romance.
Now I’m aware that not every mum reading this will be in a positive, loving space when it comes to relationships… that does not mean you do not deserve it.

More advice here.

How can I help you?
We have a private Facebook Group where we can strengthen and support each other.

How can I help you?
I can offer you an opportunity for a discounted group coaching session, mum-to-mum. I will share everything that has worked and everything that HAS NOT worked.

How does that sound?
I would love to hear from you. Did you find my tips helpful?

Which ones were the most useful?

Let me know.

Lulu xx

P.S

Do you need additional resources? Look at the links at the bottom of this page; each link is just one click away from the resources that will help you in your journey as a mother.