Just this week, my kids and I had a serious review with their lessons as this week was their periodical exam for 2nd quarter. Mj is reviewing her lessons on her own; she does not have a tutor anymore to guide her. I mean she asked me not to hire again another tutor for her; she said she can handle it already and besides she is old enough, she promised me to be really serious this time.
So I concentrated with my youngest daughter, their first day of exam was just this Wednesday; the covered for this exam is really long for Math. But thank God that she was able understand it easily. Unlike the Filipino, she was even crying while studying because she said it is very hard and very tricky. English on the other hand was easy peasy, we were able to finish the review early. Yesterday was their last day for this sem. And yes finally we have a semestral break for one week, Faith and Mj will go back to their respective school on November 04, 2014 to make way of the All Saint’s and All Soul’s Day.
Yesterday, just when we arrived at home, I scanned Faith’s assignment notebook right away. We have to review her Math for her exam today. First since she did not finish her writing at school, I told her to write what’s on the reviewer paper, the question and the answer. She wrote it actively for like 15 minutes and later she became distracted again. But I was firm and told her to write it all and follow the 3 lines rule. A bit later she started yawning, she said she is sleepy so I told her to finish the last one and she can take a nap. I was glad to hear that she would like to take a nap, Faith does not take a nap unless if she is sick. So I prepared her bed and hoping she could sleep for a while because she needs that. It was just after 10 minutes and she said she is no longer sleepy. Yes, I am having a hard time putting her for nap time. But she sleep long during night time, sometimes she could sleep until 10 in the morning.
If you have a toddler and you are having a hard time for her to take her nap. You might want to look for signs. For instant, she sleeps well in the morning and then refused to take the afternoon nap. Some toddlers also became grumpy to take their afternoon nap and would take longer to nod off. So you see this may be the time to change their schedule.
But you have to very careful when you are switching of changing their schedule because this might lead to miserable days and the kids might get stress and will have nighttime wake ups. Before you compact their naps, check if trifling with their schedule can solve the nap problems, when toddlers have a very long morning nap and then would get cranky during afternoon nap, check if the toddler will do the same if you end her morning nap earlier than the schedule time. You shall not cut any nap to less than 45 minutes, because she might need that time to complete the cycle.
If you change the napping schedule, do it gradually. Be a keen observer for your child’s nap schedule if your child is ready, you can begin by having a 15 minutes morning nap. Your goal should be putting her for her nap after 1 in the afternoon. Listening to the music can soothe your child to nap, make this as their quiet time. Just make sure that the music you are both listening to is those soft sounds.
Last night, I was contemplating what to buy for Christmas Gifts, although my eldest daughter said I don’t have to worry because they can still live without gifts, I thought even small things can make them very happy. Mj have a pick before from her Ninang Claire but she is not using it, she just kept it as a remembrance. That pick is from a concert of her favorite Guitarist singer Taylor Swift so now she is still borrowing a pick from her uncle or classmates when she is playing her guitar. I guess that is a nice gift for her dava picks, what do you think? I saw it online and it is a set, the price is within the budget so I guess I need to tell my husband about it. Meanwhile, for my youngest daughter I couldn’t think of anything nice but books, she love books and I noticed when I bought her toys, she get fed up easily and just set all her toys aside. The toy that she only keeps on playing is her blocks that were given to her last year. There are books in Book Sale, it is old but she can still read it, plus it is very affordable too. For my niece is maybe a bunch of goodwill clothes, they are known to be so affordable I just have to be very careful with what clothes I will have to buy.
Even if you are working you should not forget to bond and have time for your kids when you are in a day off. I know that in your rest days, you just want to sleep and relax and do not be bothered. But more than anything, your kids need you and your time. Buying expensive gifts for them could not be a replace for your absence because more than anything it just you and your presence is all they need.
My husband is always making sure of that, during Sunday or Saturday, his off. He made sure that he opened up his webcam to show everyone his face and so we can talk to each other without being in a hurry. I realized it is a nice bonding with my kids especially with Faith. Faith was able to get a new pamphlets out of the Magazines I bought last Saturday, it contents is National Geographic’s; it is about animals and fruits and the like. After reading it, she showed it to her Daddy; her Daddy showed also a book for her and asked her if she want that book. She said yes immediately.