10 Tips: Back to School Resolutions for Parents

Written by lyricsmama on August 5, 2013 – 11:15 AM -

Back to school resolutions

Each new school year is a chance for children to start fresh and establish new routines.  The same is true for parents, who play a huge role in a child’s education.   As you send your children back to school this year, consider making a few resolutions of your own to make this a successful academic year.  Most importantly, share the list with your child to help set expectations for both of you.

Education expert Renee Thompson, Kiddie Academy, offers the following thought starters for resolutions parents may wish to make, along with the reason why each is important.

Parents’ Back to School Resolutions:

1.      I will give you a break after school if you need it before asking you to start homework.

Why: some children can jump right into homework and others are more focused after having some time to unwind.  See what works best for your child.

2.      I will stay in touch with your teachers throughout the year.

Why: Communication is the key to early detection of potential problems.  If your child is struggling, an open line of communication with the teacher will help in resolving the issue.

3.      I will ask for positive feedback from your teachers.

Why: We’re all busy, including teachers, meaning that sometimes parents only hear when there is a problem.  That’s not really fair to your kids or to you – if you’re going to endure the bad stuff, you both deserve to hear the good stuff, too.

4.      I will offer guidance and assistance, but not a full solution, when you encounter a challenge.

Why: Children need to develop problem-solving skills.  If their parents are constantly “fixing” things, the child will never learn to negotiate the inevitable bumps in the road.

5.      I will enforce a consistent bed time, even if you fight me on it.

Why: Getting a good night’s sleep will allow your child to start the school day refreshed and ready to learn.

6.      I will provide a healthy, nutritious breakfast.

Why: Just like sleep, your body and your brain need fuel to function at their highest level.

7.      I will stock up on school supplies so you’ll have what you need.

Why: Nobody wants to run out of paper or glue when finishing a project.  Stock up in the fall, when prices are low, and keep the supplies in an easy-to-access location.  Consider making a Homework Bin – you can find directions here.

8.      I will listen to your opinions on Back To School fashion choices, and do my best to accommodate your requests — within reason.

Why:  It’s important to show your child that you respect and value their opinions, even if you don’t agree with them.  You can still have the final say; however, listening is key.

9.      I will document your FIRST day of school with a photo every year.  I will be discreet and take the photo at home.  I will not follow you to school or ride the bus to get candid shots.

Why: One day, your child will want to look back and remember how they looked as they grew up.  You can save the memories for them until they’re old enough to appreciate them.

10.      I will take a picture of you on your LAST day of school each year.

Why: It’s amazing how much kids grow over the course of a school year.  Take a photo and compare it to the first day of school picture.   Sharing the photos with your child is the perfect opportunity to review the year’s accomplishments.

To download a PDF list of Back to School Resolutions, with space to add your own ideas, visit the Kiddie Academy Family Essentials blog at kafamilyessentials.com.

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Display Your Kids Work of Art Proudly!

Written by lyricsmama on September 4, 2011 – 4:51 PM -

No matter what, it doesn’t fail, my kids come home at the end of the week with MOUNDS and MOUNDS of paper! Artwork, school work, doodles.. You name it, they’ve got it, and the same thing happens every week, I tell them to put their work in their room on their desk.

It ends up being a MESS! Piles and Piles of paper, it ends up on the floor, my refrigerator, or inevitably in the garbage. I’d love to keep all of there stuff, but in reality there’s just no where to put it…

We no longer have that problem though thanks to the Lil’ Davinci Store & Display Art Cabinet Frame. We’re able to display the girls works of art in our home as well as get rid of the cluttered mess of papers!

The Lil’ Davinci Store & Display Art Cabinet Frame coordinates with any interior style. It stores up to 50 pieces of artwork and the cabinet opens easily with an open latch. The frame also includes a single bevel cut acid-free mat, and mounts to your wall vertically or horizontally, and yes, hardware is included.

I love the Lil’ Davinci Frame, the girls love it to because now their art work is on display for everyone to see rather than be thrown away, or in a pile of paper in their room. They’re often so proud of their work, I’m so glad it can be displayed now somewhere else in the house rather than my fridge door!

The Lil’ Davinci Store & Display Art Cabinet Frame comes in two sizes, an 8-1/2” x 11” for $29.98 and a 12” x 18” for $39.98. These frames are perfect for the anticipation of artwork coming back into your home when school starts, and your kids will be so happy to see their work displayed. Head to Hearthsong.com to order yours today!

Post is only by the opinion of A Wrestling Addicted Mommy, other views and opinions may vary, please see my disclosure policy for more information. Product provided to me free of charge for my honest review.

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Make Cupcakes and More Quick and Easy with the Mini Cupcake Maker

Written by lyricsmama on September 1, 2011 – 4:19 PM -

I love baking for my girls, I’m not the greatest baker, but the easy things (cookies, cupcakes etc.) I can do. But as a busy mom who’s got multiple things going on I don’t always have the time to bake as much as I’d like to, so when Hearthsong gave me the opportunity to check out the Mini Cupcake Maker I couldn’t pass up the chance.

This little Mini Cupcake Maker allows me to bake my girls cupcakes, muffins and brownie bites all in a quick easy way. Set up is easy, you simply plug it in and when the green light comes on your ready to go!

This Mini Cupcake Maker is so easy and quick to use, I’ve even made fresh chocolate chip muffins for my girls in the morning before school. I just make the mix to the directions and then fill each well with the batter/mix, about 6-8 minutes later, out come fully baked, warm yummy treats!

Even though this is a cupcake maker, we’ve not only been able to make cupcakes, but I’ve made pumpkin chocolate chip brownie bites, muffins and even mini quiches! This machine is simply AMAZING and a must have for every home!

Just think, when you’re little one hands you a note the night before that says you need 24 cupcakes for school, you can quickly whip up a batch of mini cupcakes in just a matter of minutes rather than getting the oven ready and turned on, you no longer have to have a hot kitchen to bake!

The Mini Cupcake Maker retails for $29.98 and can be found by visiting hearthsong.com.

Post is only by the opinion of A Wrestling Addicted Mommy, other views and opinions may vary, please see my disclosure policy for more information. Product Provided to me free of charge for my honest review.

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Back To School with Bright Star Kids *Giveaway*

Written by lyricsmama on August 31, 2011 – 9:31 AM -

Back to school essentials, one of them are definetly labels! Every kid needs them, no matter what the grade, being able to claim your personal items ensures that they won’t be tossed into the lost and found, never to be found again!

I’ve tried labels from various companies, and I think by far, my favorite ones are now from Bright Star Kids! Their Name Label Value Kits include all of the labels you’ll need for just about any occasion (not just school) at affordable and competitive prices. 

I got the School Labels Value Kit ($39.95) for my youngest daughter, the kit includes over 175 labels. You’ll get 10 large labels, 30 small labels, 80 tiny pencil labels, 16 large round labels and 16 clear covers, 10 book/subject labels, 30 tag iron on clothing labels.

The process to purchase your labels is easy, you first enter the name you wish (and you can get a secondary line if you want), choose your label color, choose your font style, and then choose one of many cute icons! You’re also able to preview your labels before you purchase.

We opted for purple labels with a cat, kiddie font and my daughter first and last name. Her lables (not including her last name on them obviously for my blog) look like this:

I love how durable they are, they don’t rip easily like some other labels I’ve encountered, they stick on just about everything, are dishwasher safe, microwave, steriliser and freezer safe, all of the clothing labels are safe in washing machines and tumble driers.

Don’t be fooled by the location of Bright Star Kids thinking your order will take forever, although they’re located in Austraila shipping and ordering is prompt! Orders are processed within about 2 business days and I got my package within a week, super quick!

Bright Star Kids doesn’t just carry lables either, they have a variety of products such as wall art, bags and products for the home. Be sure to check out Bright Star Kids for your back to school and home needs at their website brightstarkids.com.au.


Two lucky readers will have a chance to win a $30 voucher to spend at Bright Star Kids!  Use your voucher for back to school or home items, whatever you’d like! 

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Bright Star Kids website and take a look around, then come back here and leave me a comment telling me what you think you might purchase if you were to win.

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~ Follow my blog publicly via Google Friend Connect
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~ Follow me on Twitter as well as BSkids then tweet about the giveaway (can be done daily) comment with the link to your tweet..

You can use the following to tweet:

Win a $30 Gift Voucher to @BSkids from @wrestlingaddict http://bit.ly/nUbDeF #giveaway (ends 9/8 Open To All) #BackToSchool

~ Post on your blog about the giveaway linking to this post. (5 extra entries)
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~ “Like” Bright Star Kids on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall
~ Sign up for Email Alerts on DealMomsToledo.com (3 extra entries)
~ Post my blog button and/or text link on your blog and let me know where I can find it
~ Post my Back To School Event button on your blog and let me know where I can find it (right sidebar)
~ Share this blog post just leave your username/link and where shared. (1 extra entry for each, this includes facebook, google, stumble, “likeing” this post, digg etc.)
~ Comment on a NON Giveaway post (1 extra entry for each)
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~ Enter one of my other giveaways going on (1 entry per giveaway entered)

Giveaway ends 9/8/11 at 11:59pm ET and is open to all!

The winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will have 72 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen.

Post is only by the opinion of A Wrestling Addicted Mommy, other views and opinions may vary, please see my disclosure policy for more information. Product and giveaway provided by Bright Star Kids.

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Back To School With Dezign With A Z Wall Decals *Giveaway*

Written by lyricsmama on August 22, 2011 – 9:34 PM -

If your household is anything like mine, back to school means back to running
around crazy to different events, games and school functions.

It’s sometimes hard to keep track of just about everything! I have calendars around the house, one on my phone, and on my computer. My oldest daughter is starting to write things down for herself now as well, with her going back to school I figured she’d need something to keep herself a little more organzied (and stay away from my stuff!).

Dezign With A Z has some pretty cool wall decals that can help my daughter jot down things on the fly right on her own walls with their Black Chalkboard and Whiteboard wall decals.These decals are super cool and easy to put up on the wall, just write on them with chalk or dry erase markers and then erase them to use them again and again and again, the best thing is they’re removable and reusable so if my daughter decides to move around her room, she can place these wherever she needs them.

For my youngest daughter, they’re equally fun as she can draw pictures all over them time and time again.

For a busy mom on the go, I also have a set on my pantry doors in my kitchen

for when I need to jot down grocery lists for those back to school lunches.

You can check out the entire line of Black Chalkboard and Whiteboard decals by visiting the reusable chalkboard and whiteboard section of Dezign With A Z. These are perfect for children’s bedrooms, offices, kitchens and more!

Dezign With A Z has various different Black Chalk Board and Whiteboard decalsavailable in different shapes and sizes, we opted for the Mix n’ Match pack that comes in a set of 4 dots 2 black chalk boards and 2 whiteboards. Easy to install and like I said removable and reusable, no paint coming off of that wall.


One lucky reader will have a chance to win a $30 Gift Certificate to Dezign With A Z!

Mandatory Entry: Visit the Dezign With A Z website and take a look around, then come back here and leave me a comment with a product they carry that you’d like to get with your gift certificate if you were to win.

(Please remember to leave a comment for each extra entry done)

~ Follow my blog publicly via Google Friend Connect
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~ Follow me on Twitter as well as DezignWithaZ then tweet about the giveaway (can be done daily) comment with the link to your tweet..

You can use the following to tweet:

Win a $30 Gift Cert. to @DesignWithaZ from @wrestlingaddict http://bit.ly/oZo7F5 #giveaway (ends 9/7) #BackToSchool #walldecals

~ Post on your blog about the giveaway linking to this post. (5 extra entries)
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~ Post my blog button and/or text link on your blog and let me know where I can find it
~ Post my Back To School Event button on your blog and let me know where I can find it (right sidebar)
~ Share this blog post just leave your username/link and where shared. (1 extra entry for each, this includes facebook, google, stumble, “likeing” this post, digg etc.)
~ Comment on a NON Giveaway post (1 extra entry for each)
~ Share a NON Giveaway post (via stumble, twitter, google, digg, facebook etc.) let me know which post and where you shared it (1 extra entry for each)
~ Enter one of my other giveaways going on (1 entry per giveaway entered)

Giveaway ends 9/7/11 at 11:59pm ET and is open to those with a US mailing address.

The winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will have 72 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen.

Post is only by the opinion of A Wrestling Addicted Mommy, other views and opinions may vary, please see my disclosure policy for more information. Product and giveaway provided by Dezign With A Z.

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