We Are Never Too Old to Sleep with Stuffed Animals

Does you kid sleep with a special stuffed animal, doll or blanket?

My 8 years old twins love to sleep with stuffed animal and their blanket.  Last night, I asked my son a question “why you love to sleep with your stuffed animal”.  His answer was “I feel safe” ” They protect me”.  I realized a long time ago my kids have a need for comfort during the night, and stuffed animal remind them of feeling calm, secure and loved.

The funny thing is my twins were not interested by stuffed animal before the age of 3 years old.  It’s all started when they started preschool.  I think it became a stress relief, a sense of identity and security. The comfort of a stuffed animal at night seems silly but studies show there’s no specific age for the habit. It’s normal for a kid to hold onto a nighttime stuffed animal later than you might think that he or she should.

Stuffed animal, doll, blanket are know as a transitional objects in the psychology world, they can provide a sense of safety for children’s and adults.  They are the perfect transitional object and also been shown to evoke social development.  Stuffed animal is nothing to worry about. I have people I know that still displayed stuffed animals on their bed. I even know elderly that sleep with stuffed animal.  A lot of adults will use them to help them cope with stressful life events.

Allow your child this connection with stuffed animal will benefit your child and yourself as parent. People likes to judge parents for every decision made, but doing what is right for your child is up to no one expect yourself.

Tuna Stuffed Avocado

I make this recipe every week for last 15 years. It’s one of my husband favorite appetizer. This recipe take less than 5 minutes to make.

Place the avocado on a work surface. Make a lengthwise cut, slicing until the blade hits the pit. Pick up the fruit and give it a twist. The two halves should come right apart. Slowly whack the spoon into the pit, then twist and lift it out.

Add tuna into a medium-size mixing bowl.  Finely chop half of a celery stick. Mix it with a fork. Add Hellman’s real mayonnaise to get a creamy texture, salt and pepper to the mixing bowl. Pour lemon juice over. Scoop the tuna into the avocado.

1 can of tuna for 2 avocados (4 slices) will be good. You can replace tuna with shrimps using the same recipe.

How can we make homework fun!

I have twins who are in third grade.  They go to a school that offer a trilingual education program based on international curricula. They have course in English, french and Spanish. That mean, learning 3 languages required more homework.

Why I decided to send them there?  I’m french and my husband speak only English.  My kids first language is English.  It was important for me they can become fluent in French. Spanish is a important language to learn today.

I often heard my kids says: “Why we get so much homework”.  “We already did that at school”.  “Homework is boring.” “Homework is fun”  “Why I learn this language”.  How can we make it a bit more fun for our kids?

I growth up doing homework (elementary, high school, college) it was a part of our daily routine. I don’t believe in the philosophy “no homework”.  I know a lot of studies have been done on the subject.  Homework is a part of school and is set with the aim of helping children absorb and build on work done in class and to extend their learning time.  Doing homework also helps to check what our children know and they can become independent learners.

Research overwhelmingly supports the notion that students who do homework do better in school than those who don’t.

How can we make homework fun! This is how I try to make homework more fun for my kids.

First, I play an active role in their homework. I don’t just sit them down at a desk and let them work by themselves.  I know what they have to do as homework and I’m ready with all the material they need.  As parent our knowledge is important to them and it will contribute towards their development. It’s take a lot of time and patience from parent. But, I believe homework give me the opportunity to see what’s going on at school and learn about my kids strengths and weaknesses.

I always complete homework straight after school while they are in school mode. They do much better that way! It’s impossible to do homework before bedtime. They are tired and do not have the motivation to work on it.

I get ride of any distractions so my kids can focus on their work. I go to a quite place. It’s important to remove anything that should enable your kids to focus on the task.

My kids love playing, so I try to incorporate that into their homework.  I incorporate educational apps, online educational videos (really helpful for mathematics concept), challenges, games and quizzes.

I also use ticket for homework my kids use as incentives to get them do their homework without whining.  They can use their tickets for privileges like a movie at the cinema, a fun activity like trampoline or ipad time.  Just personalize the incentive specific to your child’s interests. Whatever you use, remember the goal is to help develop good habits for the future.

Making homework fun begins with helping kids find the right mindset. Learning is fun!