Dad, Mums, School, School Kids, Uncategorized

Just show up

Today my son Chance had his half year assembly and presentation day. It was his and my first.

His class of 3 year olds came out and sang and recited a poem for a big audience of parents and friends.  My son being my son of course, came out and went straight for the microphone and hogged it for the whole performance!  I had to go up on stage to hold him back from taking the mic over from the other kids.  It was hilarious.  But the best part of it was when he looked out to the audience and saw me there. His face lit up and he shouted “Mum!’ and my heart was full.

It was optional but I attended.  And I attended because I remember what it was like to be a kid and not have anyone show up to watch.  My family couldn’t always make it due to work, lack of transport and other commitments and sometimes they did, but they were late.  Even though it wasn’t them being intentionally nasty, as a kid, sometimes it felt very disappointing and even embarrassing.

So today I showed up for my kid. On time.  And I was proud and happy for him and for all the other parents that I saw there showing up for their kids.  I think that it is so important for them to know that there is someone there rooting for them, always, no matter how young or old or popular they are.  It’s such a great confidence booster and builds so much trust.

So if you can make it. Show up. It might be boring. You might hate it. It might be an effort.  It may be out of your way. Show up. And be early.  And clap and be proud and excited for them.  They’ll remember it for a long time.

Today my son showed me all of his work that was displayed on the walls at school, including the below drawing of the kitchen?  He’s a creative one 🙂

chance draw kitchen

Health & Hygiene, School, School Kids, Uncategorized

Attack of the School Germs

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Let’s be honest.  Kids are grotty. Their hands have touched and poked random crap out of curiosity, they sweat buckets from playing, the are professional nose pickers (he literally handed me a booger yesterday), and most have yet to grasp the idea of covering their mouths when sneezing or coughing.

My 3 year old started school 2 weeks ago.  In 2 weeks I’ve kept him home 3 days, 2 separate infections, the first, fever and sore throat, and the second, a cold/cough… Both times he’s almost lost his voice..  Apparently I’m getting off easy… I haven’t experienced ‘Attack of the school gastro’ yet. (And I’m heavily crossing my fingers).

I started to think that maybe schools and other kid areas are dirty and gross and aren’t well kept.  I send my child to a private and brand new (newly built in December last year) school with a small amount of students.  There are only 10 kids in his class and still he has picked up the germies.  He also got sick in the small time frame I sent him to childcare in Sydney. Surely they (all schools etc) cant be germ infested holes.

I’ve been reading up this stuff and have come to the conclusion that:

Kids are just gross (including mine) and germy

They soak up infection and bacteria like sponges

They have low immunity if they don’t mingle with the rest of the world.

So what to do?

Apparently, not much. I can boost my kid’s immune system by feeding him veggies or if he doesn’t like a variety of them, get him on some chewy kid vitamins.  I can teach him to regularly wash his hands (which is no problem, Chance doesn’t like his hands dirty anyway).  I can show him to cover up when sneezing & coughing and I can shower and clean him regularly (at least once a day).

Also I’ve heard the more he interacts with other kids and gets sick, the better immunity he will have to infection later on.

So let your kid be social, don’t stress too much if they eat a bit of dirt and roll through those minor infections, it is said to be good for them.

And for Fs sake, if your kid has a contagious something, please don’t send them to school to infect mine…The attack of the school germs is not fun!

I’ve added a guide below

Lastly, if anyone has any tips on how we can battle through this please comment below. I would love to know how you have coped with the germ factor.

 

 

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