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When should you step in?

School just started and your child is already having an issue with another kid. Bullying, teasing, harassing — call it what you like, it’s someone being mean. Is your philosophy to step in right away or wait to see if the problem works out on its own? It’s tough to know when to get involved, but positive communication is a good place to start.

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Communicate with your kids. Talk about bullying before it happens. Your child might fear retribution if they “tattle”, so keeping quiet could be their solution and make matters worse. Restore confidence by offering helpful solutions and tactfully stepping in further, if necessary.

Tolerance is key. Remind kids to be understanding and accepting of everyone. The kid at school who doesn’t wear the right clothes or act a certain way doesn’t make them inferior. Kids learn by watching us, so set a good example and be kind to everyone who crosses your path.

Quality time. Spend some alone time with your child if you think they might need to open up to you. They could be worried about discussing their issue in front of the whole family, but would feel more comfortable one-on-one. A little support can go a long way.

Second set of eyes. If your child is being bothered at school, ask a teacher or counselor to keep an eye out during the day. Kids feel better knowing a trusted adult is watching out for them and they don’t have to go it alone.

Here are a few good resources to help parents deal with bullying:

What parents can do from the National Crime Prevention Council

How to talk about bullying from Stop Bullying

Helping bullied kids from Help Guide

Respect and acceptance are essential habits in life. Being different is what makes the world go ’round!

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It’s OK to take a break

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You’re a Mom. This means you’re a taxi, a mediator, a project manager, not to mention the other 10,000 responsibilities you take on every day. Once the kids are back in school, you think you might have a minute to breathe, but guess again! Meetings, paperwork and school supplies can bog you down and feeling like you need a break, even though it’s all just begun. It’s important to take time out for yourself — either alone or with your pals. We love these ideas for decompressing and keeping your sanity.

Take a Mommy timeout. When you can’t add one more thing to your plate, carve out 15 minutes to do nothing. Tell the family you’re on a timeout and will be back in a bit. Walk into the backyard to breathe in some fresh air or just sit down in a quiet room (if there is one!) and close your eyes. Even a few minutes can help restore sanity.

Be a lady who lunches (without her kids). Grab a few friends and go to lunch at a place that has tablecloths and doesn’t make you order at the counter. Maybe even organize a lunch at home or picnic at a local park. Revel in the delight of not being interrupted 100 times during your meal.

Sweat it out. Grab your kicks and get moving — plain and simple. A trip to the gym or walk around the neighborhood can do wonders to clear your head and energize you. Having your fave tunes on the iPod will make the time fly by! Perhaps the gym has a steam room or spa, where you can get in a little pampering at the same time.

Trade away. Other parents are in the same boat, so work out a trade to give you extra time during the day. Something as simple as you dropping the kids off at school and someone else picking them up can free up a little “me” time. There’s no shame in asking for help.

Join a support group. There are lots of Mom support groups out there and can help ease daily stresses. Sometimes you just need someone to listen and confirm that you’re doing it all just fine.

Here’s to hoping you can take a breather every now and then, even if it’s just a few minutes a day!

 

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Cute stuff your Little Stinker will love!

We’d like to introduce a new Frecklebox collection — Little Stinker by Caleb Gray! This adorable collection stars a sweet little skunk who loves adventure. The Little Stinker design is available in Lunch Boxes, Stickers, Coloring Books and Puzzles. A perfect gift for the little stinkers you love!

The Little Stinker Collection

 

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Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 7 is Grandparents Day and we’re ready to celebrate the ones who spoil us rotten! Whether they answer to Grammy, Gramps, Meemaw or Papa, grandparents symbolize warmth, love and fun. We’ve got some fun ideas to show them how you feel this year.

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Everyone can Do Something Grand for Grandparents Day

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DIY Grandparents Day photo art from Edison Avenue

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Free personalized coloring pages for Grandma and Grandpa from Frecklebox

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DIY Photo Refrigerator Magnets from I Can Teach My Child

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Go Grammy Go personalized storybook from Frecklebox

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First Day of School Jitters

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The first day of school can be stressful for kids of any age. Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten or senior year of high school, kids can be anxious about the first day of the school year. This could be amplified if they are going to a new school this year. Here are a few tips to help ease the transition from summer to school with ease.

- Set schedules and stick to them. It will put your child’s mind at ease to get into a routine, including times to go to bed and waking up in the morning.

- Get school supplies and clothes organized before the first day. It’ll be easier on busy mornings if you or the kids aren’t running around looking for things.

- Be more available the first week or two. Your child might need some extra attention or help with homework when school begins. They’ll feel at ease knowing you’re there for support.

- Plan a special activity or trip before summer ends. Kids will remember the great time they had being with you at summer’s end, hopefully easing the transition of going back to school.

- Purchase a special item or outfit for the first day. Your child will feel extra special in their new clothes or with their new lunch box that first day!

We wish everyone a great first day of school — kids and parents alike!

 

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Are your kids eating the rainbow?

Back to school is a great time to get kids to eat better. Introducing new foods (especially vegetables) can be a struggle, as we know kids can be picky. Let the kids pick out produce at the market or serve their rainbow in creative ways. If they can follow your lead, kids will want to dive in and try new things. We’ve got some fun ideas to get you started. It’s easier than you think!

Rainbow Pasta Lunch from Bent on Better Lunches

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A cute chart for your kids to track their rainbow from Today I Ate a Rainbow

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Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip from Skinny Taste

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Better Bytes newsletter from Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Kids eat a rainbow

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Back To School

We know it’s mid-summer and you’re busy with vacations and general running around, but we’re already thinking about Back To School! Now is a great time to come up with fresh lunch ideas, stock up on clothes and school supplies, and get organized. Maybe even start some new traditions that will make going back to school less stressful for everyone. Who wouldn’t like that?

Fun Lunch Ideas from Very Culinary

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Crayon Organizer from Sugar Bee Crafts

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Back To School Traditions by The Pleasantest Thing

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Easing Back Into The Routine by Spoonful

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And don’t forget to order your personalized back to school essentials from Frecklebox! We’ve added two new school savvy collections, The Prep and Too Cool For School. Both collections are perfect for tweens and are available in binders, folders and notebooks. Happy back to school shopping!

The Prep by Simon+Kabuki at Frecklebox

Too Cool For School