NaBloPoMo: Mothers Day Out

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My kids started attending a Mothers Day Out program a few months ago. I have learned that at times, I'm the one getting the best lessons. I have kept my kids at home with joy and I felt that a Mothers Day Out program would benefit our entire family. I have been extremely thankful for the opportunity because it has helped all of us. I only attended college and grad school in the States so my kid's experiences in school are completely new to me. Thankfully, I can learn one day at the time.  Here are a few things I have learned so far about Mothers Day Out programs:
1. No need to dress to impress • kids go to a Mother's Day Out to have fun. My son's favorite part is playing with his friends in the playground. No need to put him on black tie to roll on the floor. Play clothes are the best because they are comfy and they can get paint and all kinds of gooey stuff in them.
2. Fundraisers • I didn't know there would be fundraisers but the school has been very wise to explain why they do fundraisers. My approach to fundraisers in general is not to stress out about it, just do what I can. I won't have a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old knocking on every door in the neighborhood nor will I  annoy friends and family about donations. I will try to find creative ways to ask for help raising funds I will be sure to use the no guilt approach.
3. Connecting with Teachers • I think that connecting with teachers is very important. My kids cannot verbalize everything that happened during the day, so I rely on the teacher to tell me about their progress in the class. This was important in the beginning when the initial transition happens but also throughout the year. I want to work with the teacher so that my child has the best experience. For example, I want to be sure my kids are obeying the teacher and following directions well. It is important to communicate with the teacher so I can work with my kids at home. 
4. Get creative with Lunch • lunch was a bit of a challenge for me until I learned what worked for the kids. Finger foods work best for this family who eats rice and beans daily. Right now I am trying to include a protein, a fruit and whole grain crackers. Sometimes I include cheese in the mix. I am not a food designer, so the lunch box is nothing impressive, just plain yummy. 
5. Connecting with other Parents • other parents in the school have been there with older kids and  have a lot of experience. I find that connecting with them is wise because they are more than willing to help me by giving me helpful information and assurance about the program. I have several MOPS friends in my kids' school, so they are my source of information and encouragement. 
QUESTION • What have you learned about Mothers Day Out programs? Any helpful advice?
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