This is an area to discuss the things I've done to support my relationships with my two children, things I've discovered about different forms of school in the United States and New Zealand, and any other random things we've done together.
OK, as great as my kids have been in this weird transition to another country, I will admit, I've been slacking a bit in the super-mom category. I have always felt like I'm way behind all the homemaker moms that spend a big chunk of their time researching kid's activities, planning out their entire summer activity log months ahead of time. I honestly have never had the time for it. And now that I do, I have no idea how or where to even start. And because we have none of our belongings except a laptop, a few electronics and some Lego sets, AND kids here have been in school, we've been a little starved for activities.
Luckily, the area schools all just started a 2 week holiday break in between sessions 2 and 3 this past week. One thing that is extremely different between the states and NZ: the entire country gets into setting up activities (typically free ones, too) for kids to participate in during holidays. Local malls, parks, rec centers and libraries have oodles of things to do. Example: my daughter is in love with The BFG right now. The local library hosted a Roald Dahl celebration surrounding The BFG that she went to: they read parts of the story, had snacks and did some activities based on the book. It was super cute and all free.
Next week, they start a soccer (football) camp. Woo Hoo!