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Advice For the Parent of the School-Age Child

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

School-age children are great to have around. Children around the ages of five through twelve are at a great time in their lives to receive moral training and to be reinforced in every good thing parents want to teach their children. This is a good time to look at habits and traditions that will give children a good grounding for life. Children also love to have some amount of undivided attention from their parents each day. Here are a few ideas for things you can do with your child each day.

Though they are getting independent in dressing and self-care, children of this age will still appreciate a bedtime routine that involves a parent’s attention. Turn off the television for at least the half hour before bedtime and take one’s time in overseeing the brushing of teeth and hair. Help them pick up things they may stumble over in the dark and be sure they have clothes, books and papers in place for the next morning. They are not too old to have a bedtime storybook, and as they improve their reading, they may even like to read the book to the parent. A hug and a kiss as the last thing before turning off the light is a great tradition, too.

Develop a routine for what you do in the morning before you part from your child. Breakfast is recognized as being essential to a child’s learning. Depending on your religious traditions, morning and breakfast time is as convenient as any for a devotional. Just before your child gets out of your physical reach for the day, a kiss and a hug and an “I love you” or a “have a great day” can set a positive tone to the rest of their morning. Depending on their mode of transportation to school, you may wave until the bus drives out of sight, or throw a kiss as they get out of your car.

Your child’s school-age years are your opportunity to set a tone for love and involvement before they enter their teen years. Hopefully, you will form a strong enough bond to outlast those years and form a respectful and affectionate relationship with them for the rest of their lives. Your school-aged child needs to know that you will take the time for them.

Finding the Best Deals on Children’s Clothes

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Kids grow like weeds, and keeping them in a set of duds that will adequately house them for a full year is a major task in itself. Not only does it take its toll on you mentally – what are they going to wear tomorrow? – but it also creates big problems for your pocketbook. Many sensible parents and guardians are turning to creative thinking in order to save some dollars without sacrificing their children’s reputations at school. It’s all about finding the best deal. But how exactly do you accomplish that? Is it a special skill? Are there a series of steps that you can take to learn from the “pros”? You’ll probably be surprised to discover that locating the best deals on children’s clothing isn’t nearly as hard as you think:

Firstly, you should try to get out of the habit of buying clothes in season. Sure back to school specials can get you some great deals, and you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t at least look into it. But it can also bring out the worst in you and send you into a rage over not being able to nab the last large collared shirt in stock. By shopping out of season, many shoppers forego the frustration.

Secondly, follow clearance sales. Whenever an item is first marked clearance, it can be an exciting and rewarding experience to claim it. Furthermore, as discounts get deeper and deeper throughout the clearance season, that excitement may continue to grow. The drawbacks, of course, are not finding cool clothes in the right size or not being able to land a choice selection. However, if looking for the best deals on children’s clothing is your goal, clearance racks can be some of your most valued resources.

Finally, turn on and log on to your computer. Many online clothing retailers can sell to you without annoying little add-ons like shipping and handling or sales tax. Without a brick-and-mortar storefront to keep alive, online clothing stores are able to deepen their everyday discounts, thus putting you in a position to get some pretty great deals. Many shoppers worry that not being able to try something on ahead of time will lead to more hassle down the road. But once you try buying children’s clothing online, you will see how easy it is to size things correctly the first time.