Monday, 22 July 2013
Friendship is a wonderful thing. From infancy through adulthood, our children will have many friends. Some will be friends forever and some will come in and out of our lives. All of these relationships are important.
Here are some key points to share with your child on how to be a good friend.
- Model good friend behavior – It’s the same old story…our children watch what we do. Be a good friend. Bring a sick friend dinner, help an elderly neighbor carry in groceries, bring a friend that needs some cheering up a flower. Random acts of kindness go a long way in friendship.
- Be Yourself – Be the best you that you can be. Do not change who you are to be like your friend. If your friend doesn’t like you how you are, they are not a friend.
- Invite friends to your house – As a parent, this is a great way to not only get to know your children’s friends but to help young children learn how to play together. It’s a good idea to speak with your child ahead of time and come up with some ideas of what to play. Also, sharing often becomes an issue with young children. I talk to my children about sharing and then ask them if there are any toys they do not want to share before the play date. If there are toys they don’t want to share, I hide them away during the play date.
- Help young children work through differences – Young children will have limited skills to work through problems. You need to teach them to remain calm. I tell my children to find an adult to help with the problem before it escalates to something physical like hitting or biting. This isn’t always possible. Do not be embarrassed if your child is the one that bites or hits. This will happen and has happened to many of us. Address it immediately with your child.
- Be Friendly - Always be friendly and say hello to people. Keep a smile on your face. It is amazing how a smile and a hello will just make people smile.
- Be Loyal – Be a true blue friend. Be there for your friend when they need you and do not gossip. If your friend tells you something in confidence, that is as far as it should go (unless your friend is in trouble and you need to tell an adult.)
- Be Positive – We all know it is much more fun to spend time with happy people then sad or angry people. Encourage your child to be happy and not sweat the small stuff.
I asked my children what it means to be a good friend and here is what they said,
My four year old says, “You don’t be mean.”
My seven year old says, “To play with them and be nice to them.”
My nine year old says, “By putting effort in and including everyone and being nice.”
How do you help your children be a good friend?
Friday, 19 July 2013
The topic of friendship has come up recently in my own group of friends. I was surprised at the different thoughts and values we put on friendship. Growing up I had a very few close friends and only one best friend. I can tell you exactly when we became best friends. We were in the fourth grade and my friend came to my house for a sleepover one night and didn’t leave for four days! This was the beginning of our “best friendship.” We had many laughs and secrets over the years that I will always hold close to my heart. To this day, we still connect via email but are on opposite sides of the US. Since my first best friend, I’ve had a few other women who I have considered a “best friend” over the years. For me, it was always only a very few best friends at a time. These are treasured relationships.
I believe that in recent years the term “best friend” has lost its true meaning. When you look best friend up in the dictionary there is no definition. It leads you to boon companion; which means an intimate or close friend. I feel there are many levels of friendship and they are all important. What concerns me is the overuse of the phrase best friend. We are living in a world now where we want everything to be fair and equal. We worry so much about hurting people’s feelings that we call everyone our best friend. I think this takes away from the true meaning of the phrase. I am not saying we shouldn’t have many friends. I believe in being a friend to all. Personally, I will hold dear the phrase “best friend” and will teach my children the same.
Friendships begin at birth. As parents, we join parent groups, or gym classes and the children of the parents we connect with become our children’s friends. As our children grow, they will slowly start to make decisions on which friends they want to spend time with based on common interests. My four-year old son, all of a sudden doesn’t want to play with girls. For years, many of his friends were girls. Recently, my seven-year old came to me and said that she really didn’t have anything in common with her best friend anymore. I was impressed with her observation. I did tell her the story of my first best friend. There is a significance about a first best friend. My first best friend and I have gone in different directions in life and have many different interests now and are separated by geography. That being said, I still consider her a very close friend. No matter the amount of time that passes, we can always pick up where we left off. I want my daughter to know that her best friend will be a friend for life regardless of their different interests. It is also very important to be able to appreciate the differences in each other.
Today and forever, it is my dear husband who is my best friend, my boon companion. I have a few very close friends I rely on constantly for support and many laughs and then many friends who I enjoy. But I will save the title “best friend” for my husband.
There are countless books out there on friendship. Please read to your child about friendship. Please teach your child the Golden Rule; treat others how you want to be treated. In the end, friendship is a very important part of our life from the beginning. Everyone needs friendships at all levels in their life. Later in life our friends become our sanity and our safe haven. Help your child learn how to build a solid friendship.
And please do not misuse or overuse the term “best friend” with your children.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Look at these Joovy parents, Bill and Giuliana Rancic! Bill says, “Okay, I see how it is. You sneak things in while I’m gone!” Do you see the Joovy Spoon in the background when Giuliana stands up? We think Duke’s room is pretty Joovy! Click on any picture to see the clip from this episode.
Special thanks to Courtney Faith Vera of FaVe Mom for product placement of the Spoon
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Hi! I just wanted to say I discovered your brand through Metro Moms Austin. I now have several items on my registry! I recently attended a Metro Moms Austin event and won the ultralight caboose tandem stroller which was at the top of my must have list. I wanted to thank you for being a loyal sponsor to these awesome events. It is so helpful to see these items and have Regan show them off before we make our purchase decision. A visit to the baby store can be quite overwhelming. You now have a loyal customer and I will be sure to tell my mommy friends how much I love your brand.
Lori Koniski Freemon
Friday, 12 July 2013
Hi. Thank you for OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! I have your stroller and your highchair, and love your products. Unfortunately, our highchair tray no longer snaps into place. I emailed through this site, and was contacted right away with a telephone number to reach. When I called, I was greeted by a person (not a machine) and was asked how I could be helped. The person I talked to was named Dave. He quickly realized the problem and said he would send a replacement piece right away. I didn’t think customer service like this existed anymore!! Thank you so much for the pleasant surprise and for such wonderful costumer service. If anyone asks where they should go for baby supplies, I am definitely going to direct them to Joovy. MANY THANKS Joovy team and a special thanks to Dave!
- received from a happy Joovy customer 7/11/13
Thursday, 11 July 2013
I love birthdays. I feel they are important and should be celebrated at every age. It is the one-day a year each person gets to feel special. My husband doesn’t share the same school of thought on birthdays; at least not with adult birthdays. This year he asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday and I told him I just wanted to go to a nice dinner with our family. He called and made a reservation at our favorite fancy spot. I was thrilled. I suggested we take a taxi so that we could have a glass (or two) of wine. Well, he surprised me with a limo and two-dozen roses!
The kids were so well behaved at dinner and I was a proud mama! After dinner, the surprise continued as he dropped me off at a friend’s house for a night cap and he took our kids and my friend’s kids to the candy store in the limo. The next morning, our four year old walked into our bedroom and said, “I had a dream last night, that I went to the Candy Baron, in a limo!”
We had so much fun and I will cherish the memories of that night forever.
What was your best adult birthday celebration since parenthood?
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Well, this is embarrassing. It has been many months since I have written a post. So much as happened in my life since my last post several months ago…birthdays, school plays, award ceremonies, sporting events, work events and so on. If you have school age children, you get it.
As our last day of school approached on June 14, I was very excited to have some slow summer days. I wanted days where we could sleep past 6:00am. I wanted days where I could make pancakes (from scratch) for the kids. I wanted days where I didn’t need to get in my car. I dreamed of these slow days. I dreamed of taking the free trolley around our beach town instead of my car. As I sat down to plan the summer, I wanted a balance of fun activities and camps for the kids and some down time.
The first week of summer was fantastic. We slept in, went several days without getting in the car, we had big breakfasts and lazy beach days. My nine-year-old daughter even finished one of her required summer reading books in the first week. This was starting out to be the summer I had envisioned.
Then came week two. Everything changed. We had been lucky because we got a jumpstart on our summer. What changed with week two was now all the schools in the area were on summer vacation. And at 4, 7, and 9 years old, my children already want to be with their friends non-stop. They are little social butterflies. The week brought a mix of summer camp, swim team and a constant revolving door of children in and out of the house. I am not one of those people that embrace the chaos. Don’t get me wrong, I do love that my children have friends and I do love that they all feel so comfortable at our house and I do LOVE having them at my house. It’s just that it doesn’t come naturally to me. I just need a little quiet here and there. This is something I personally want to tackle this summer….embracing the chaos.
Week three brought more changes. I decided to dial it back a little bit. I wanted to go back to our slow mornings. I decided the kids would not participate in the morning camp in our neighborhood. Well, if you look at the photo below, you will see that idea did not work as planned. When the summer camp meets at the public green across the street from your house, it’s a little challenging.
I am making a resolution to get back on the blogging wagon so look for many more of our summer adventures soon.
I would love to hear your ideas. What plans do you have for your children and family this summer?
Monday, 8 July 2013
I wanted to share these photos from one of our favorite weekends so far out with the scooter x2! so far my top favorite things are: the GIANT shade, the GIANT storage, the cubbies on the seats for snacks and sunglasses storage, and my top favorite is that rowan can so easily slip in and out of her seat if she is feeling up to walking or standing to do something!!
- Mom of Rowan, Melissa
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
We are super excited to announce the winner of our Club Joovy $500 shopping spree. The winner will have $500 to spend at www.joovy.com. Are you ready?!?! And, the winner of the $500 Joovy Shopping Spree is, drumroll and applause please…… Jennifer Quimby!!! Congratulations Jennifer! Please give us a call at 877-456-5049 to redeem your shopping spree! Thank you to all who entered. Stay tuned for more Club Joovy giveaways and announcements!
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