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.
I know I'm not the only parent already overwhelmed by having the kids back in the house full time after school let out. I see it all over Facebook right now. And since I'm in single-parent mode for a bit, I've been feeling it pretty hard. Ladies out there with travelling partners, I seriously do not know how you do it AND get your hair did/makeup on/look generally fabulous by 7am, but I really need to know your secret.
For me, we spent the last couple of days at my parents house repacking all of the things we need to take to New Zealand with us and each picked out two sets of clothes and a set of PJs to rotate through so we don't mess up my packing perfection. After 2 days, we're all annoyed with this. Instead of repacking, however, I bought my kids some new pants at Target today (sale!!!). Their clothes are so much easier to put into those bags later, I tell ya. And it got us out of the house for a bit.
We had to run back to our house this week to get our Visas (yea!!!) and they got to meet up with their cousins for several hours at Chuck E Cheese. I loathe that place with a passion, but even I remember thinking it was a mini-Disney when I was their age. They killed almost 5 hours there with their cousins. It was magical. We had a two hour drive back to my parent's house after and they BOTH passed out for the entire trip and went to bed on time that night. I'm up now writing this (just about 8am) and they are both still sleeping. Bliss :)