MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: School is Back in Session!

September 8, 2011 at 11:46 am 1 comment

School is Back in Session!

I applaud South Shore moms for getting through Hurricane Irene with no power for days on end and getting kids transitioned from summer to school.  It’s been a tough two weeks.  Hear the instant replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.


Anti-Tiger Moms Need to Roar Now That School’s in Session

For all the moms out there who were anti-tiger moms this summer, it’s time to amp up your  academic mind set and get roaring.

A refreshing on tiger moms:  Last year Amy Chua released a book called, “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” which chronicles her strict ways to drive her kids academically.  Well, I was a bona fide ANTI-tiger mom this summer, and the transition into a learning and routine mind set has been tough.  But, it’s happening….

Here are tips for getting back into school mode:

1.  Tackle The School Lunch Challenge.  Now, moms have to plan out lunches at 7 in the morning.  Luckily, I just wrote an article about this based on an interview with Darlene Calcagno, a personal chef in Hanover.

Darlene goes into peoples homes and cooks healthy meals for them.  Darlene’s tips for making healthy school lunches is to pack leftovers for lunch instead of deli sandwiches.

I am test driving this method this week.  On Tuesday, I made a roast beef dinner with broccoli and other veggies and sent in the leftovers for my kids lunches.

They loved it, I loved it.

2.  Avoid Backpack Overload.  At first glance, it’s comical to see kids toppling over from an overloaded back pack, but it’s actually bad for their back.

Here are some guidelines from The Massachusetts Chiropractic Society Inc. on backpack safety:

  • Your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of their body weight.
  • A backpack should never land more than four inches below the waistline.
  • Urge kids to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging by one strap cause back pain.

These tips are especially important for smaller kids in kindergarten.

3.  Help Kids Learn Social Skills in Addition to Academic Skills.  Social skills are just as important as text book learning.  On Tuesday, Sept 20 at 7 p.m., the new toy store in Duxbury, called ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS is hosting a lecture about helping kids with social skills.

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS is in the little downtown area of Duxbury.  I like the idea of teaching kids social skills.  It’s often over looked in this day and age.  Things like manners, of course, but kids need to learn about looking people in the eye, shaking hands, waiting your turn.  The guest speaker is Katy Shamitz of Skills For Living.  Call ROCK PAPER SCISSORS to make a reservation or to get more information.

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