Spring Instrumental Concerts are to parents what cleaning toilets after mystery meat taco lunch is to janitors… 

But gotta do it…

When my son told me he wanted to play the drums I dreaded the idea, thinking he would be banging on a drum every day and it would get to the point that it seemed like he was banging on my skull. BUT…little did I know the layover to playing a drum would be much worse 》》》 xylophone. Bman has wanted to play the drums for years now and jumped at the chance when he realized he could leave Strings and Make the Band(ha, see what I did there) he’s now in Band no longer in orchestra. I enjoyed orchestra such sweet sounds! But this band gig when I tell ya I struggled…that wasn’t even the word. While he and his band of fellas, all grinning through the gateway instrument, hit their keys with precision each time it felt like a cat scratching my ear drums…coupled with some wind instruments not quite registering as music to me (perhaps that’s why the Band director plays background tracks during the performance) I don’t know but this was extremely difficult however they tackled a few threenager faves like Twinkle Twinkle and Jingle Bells and the always popular Hot Cross Buns!

As we are walking to the car my son asks the dreaded question, “Mom, what was your favorite? ” and I immediately start humming ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ citing that as my favorite song they played…my son straight face said “we didn’t play that song”…oh, well I like that rock song where it was just the percussions [he told me the name, I forgot it again, oops]. 

I know, I know I’ve got to do better if he’s going to stick with the band I’ve got to put on my big momma pants (usually leggings or jeggings) and get into it. But orchestra was so pretty their songs so whimsical and delightful to the ear –someone may say a tad boring– but most of the tunes played are on my relaxation playlist. 

So word of advice…when your kid, in elementary school says he wants to play the drum think long and hard and consider this a warning…say no to the gateway instrument or prepare to hear keys that could summon Apollo (Greek God of Music) or wake a mummy in the deepest tomb. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Gearing up for back to school


how many parents are like us and give your kid a break during the summer ? {laxed on bedtime and wake time, laxed on screen time and don’t push school work} Well in our home our son has free range… he is free to enjoy his summer only thing we ask is take showers on a regular basis [ which you would be surprised how much push back we get], handle all your chores and read a book of your choice for 1 hour a day and once you have completed a book give mom{me} a paragraph or two about what the book was about. Well about a month before it’s time to head back to school we slowly adjust the bedtime and wake time so that he doesn’t end up in shock.

So… Starting starting this month his bedtime started at 10:30pm  and will work its way down to his school day bedtime of 8:30pm. And his wake time starts at 10:00am and will work its way down to his AM wake time for school of 7:00am. That’s not all though, he has also started his bridge workbooks for school. image We purchased these books from http://www.amazon.com and paid no more than $18.00 for the both of them. Our soon-to-be 10 year old will be entering 4th grade {birthday cut-off, he always says he’s supposed to be a grade up every year} so these books are refreshers of what was covered in his previous year as well as gives him some idea of what to expect for the upcoming school year. Subjects covered are Math and English (vocab, spelling, reading comprehension).

Gotta’ keep the mind sharp! It’s not a lot of work …usually a page in each book front to back daily. It’s not meant to stress them or have them sitting for hours but to get the mind working again <focus>. Our son is easily distracted when in class so here he has numerous distractions such as his 2 year old sister biting the erasers off all his pencils, smacking him in his head, coloring in his books and just being a whole handful so he sure will be all set to take on classroom distractions. <If you can handle tot screams you can handle classroom chatter >

I highly recommend these books for a parent that isn’t home school teacher material but wants to keep their child’s mind active by sprinkling in a little painless school work.

I’m interested in hearing from other parents, caregivers and teachers…what do you do to prepare your child[children] for back to school? Any tips or tricks for a smooth transition? I would love to get some fresh ideas that we can keep in the parenting guidebook for later use.