When you have a younger brother or sister to take care of, having an older sibling can be both exciting and challenging. This is especially true when there is a new baby in the family. When your parents have to go back to work after taking maternity leave, it’s possible that you’ll have to take care of your younger brother or sister more often than you normally would. It can be a big responsibility caring for your 10 month old baby, but with some tips and guidance, you can do an excellent job of taking care of your little one.

First – Establish a Routine

In the first place, it is necessary to establish a routine for your younger brother or sister. Babies thrive on routine and having a regular schedule can help them feel more secure and at ease in their environment. Make every effort to stick to a schedule that includes regular times for feeding, naps, playtime, and changing diapers. You can also make a chart or use a whiteboard to keep track of your younger sibling’s routine and any important information, such as when they were last changed in their diaper and when they ate the most recently.

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Second – Have Patience and Understanding

Second, when your younger sibling is being fussy or upset, it is critical to demonstrate patience and understanding toward them. Babies may cry for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include being hungry, uncomfortable, or just plain tired. It is not always easy to calm them down when they are crying. Take a few deep breaths and try to calm down your sibling by using a variety of techniques, such as singing them a lullaby, gently rocking them, or giving them a pacifier.

Third – Have Your Eye on Your Sibling at All Times

Thirdly, make sure that you keep a close eye on your younger brother or sister at all times. Babies need to be watched over all the time. You should take every precaution to ensure that they are safe and sound at all times. Keep them confined in a secure space, such as a playpen or a crib, where they will not be able to crawl or walk away. If you have a younger sibling and need to leave the room, take them with you or ask an adult you can rely on to watch them while you go.

Fourth – Follow Up and Discuss Your Day with Your Parents

Fourthly, make sure that you discuss the care of your younger brother or sister with both of your parents. Inform them of how the day went, any concerns you may have, significant milestones, or developments that have occurred. Ask for advice or direction on how to handle specific situations, such as how to deal with a diaper rash or how to help your younger sibling sleep better. This can be done by going online or talking to people.

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Fifth – Be Prepared

Fifth, Emergencies and accidents can occur at any time; therefore, it is critical to be prepared. Always be prepared for the unexpected by having a first-aid kit on hand and being familiar with its contents. Additionally, in the event that you need to call for assistance, have the necessary contact information readily available.

Sixth – Practice Good Hygiene

Sixth, it is essential to practice good hygiene. Infants are more prone to catching infections and illnesses than older children and adults, so it is essential to practice good hygiene. Always make sure to wash your hands all the time. But it’s especially important to do so before and after you interact with your younger sibling. Remind everyone else to do the same. Sanitize and clean the toys, bottles, and other items that belong to your younger sibling at all times.

Being a Good Babysitter Also Means Caring For You

In conclusion, do not forget to prioritize your own health and well-being. The responsibility of looking after a younger sibling can be taxing. Make sure to give yourself breaks whenever you feel the need to do so. While your younger sibling is sleeping, choose to read a book, nap, or engage in some other activity that brings you pleasure. Additionally, if you are in a position where you feel overwhelmed or require assistance, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance from a responsible adult.

You will be able to provide the best care possible for your younger sibling if you establish a routine, are patient and understanding, supervise your younger sibling, communicate with your parents, and take care of yourself. You will be able to make the time you spend with your younger sibling an enjoyable, rewarding, and memorable experience for both of you if you follow the advice in this article.

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Being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. From juggling multiple responsibilities to dealing with your children’s meltdowns, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Let’s be real here, I don’t do calm well… but, being a calm mom is key to maintaining a happy and healthy household. Here are some tips to help you find your inner zen and become a more calm and more centered mom.

Make yourself a priority

One of the most important keys to being a calm mom is to prioritize self-care. Taking care of yourself is not selfish, but rather necessary for your well-being and that of your family. Make sure to schedule time for yoga, meditation, and other activities that help you relax and recharge. Also, make sure to get enough sleep and eat a healthy, balanced diet. You may even want to check out the calming products at CBDistillery, because,  when you feel your best, you are better able to handle the demands of motherhood with calmness and grace.

Get your mindfulness on

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and fully engaged in what you’re doing. It’s a powerful tool for reducing stress and increasing calmness. Try to incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily routine, such as taking deep breaths, meditating, or simply taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature. When you’re mindful, you’re less likely to get caught up in negative emotions and more likely to respond to your children with patience and understanding, and more likely to actively enjoy your time with them too.

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Don’t set your expectations too high

As a mom, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to be superwoman and do it all. However, setting unrealistic expectations for yourself can lead to stress and burnout. Instead, try to set realistic expectations for yourself and your family. Prioritize the most important tasks and be willing to let go of the rest. When you focus on what really matters, you’re better able to stay calm and present in the moment.

Work at being a positive parent

Positive parenting is an approach to parenting that emphasizes respect, empathy, and understanding. It’s a way of relating to your children that promotes their emotional well-being and fosters a deep sense of connection. By practicing positive parenting, you can reduce the likelihood of conflicts and tantrums and create a more peaceful and harmonious household.

Spend time with mom friends

One of the best ways to stay calm and centered as a mom is to connect with other moms who are going through similar experiences. Joining a mom’s group or online community can provide a sense of camaraderie and support that can be invaluable during times of stress. It can also help you to gain new insights and perspectives on the challenges of motherhood.

Being a calm mom is not something that comes naturally to everyone, but it’s a skill that can be developed through practice and intention. By doing these things, you can reduce stress, increase calmness, and create a more peaceful and happy household. Remember, when you’re calm, your children are more likely to be calm too, and that’s something that benefits everyone.

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Homeschooling is becoming an increasingly popular option for parents who want to have more direct control over their children’s education. There are many benefits to homeschooling, including the ability to customize your child’s curriculum to fit their needs and interests, as well as the opportunity to provide a more structured learning environment that can be tailored specifically for each child. This blog post will share my story of homeschooling as well as discuss 10 of the best tips for homeschooling parents!

My Story

While my sons all continue to attend public school, during the height of the pandemic and lengthy stay-in-place regulations – schooling became an online thing. Yes – it’s definitely not the same as a traditional homeschooling environment – but there are many similarities. As a work-from-home mom, I’ll be honest and say that I struggled the first week – because the space I used for work was turned into a school house. I found that while all of that was challenging, I truly did not know much about the studies that my children were working on. To get around that – I sat and learned with them, making it a little easier for me to answer questions and assist them where they needed it.

Homeschooling is certainly not easy – but together as a family, we were able to make that brief time of homeschooling functional and workable for our needs. It didn’t dawn on me that I could have looked up tips from homeschooling parents for help so that is why I’m sharing a few with you today. If you are looking to make the transition or start your child with homeschooling hopefully these tips can help.

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10 Tips for Homeschooling Parents

1) Set clear expectations for your child:

Before beginning homeschooling, it is important to set clear expectations for the educational goals you want your children to achieve. This can include discussing how often and when schoolwork should be completed, what kind of grades are expected, and any other boundaries that need to be established in order to ensure a successful homeschooling experience.

2) Have a plan:

While spontaneity may be part of the charm of homeschooling, it is still important to have an overall plan in place. Make sure you have curriculum materials ready, understand what resources are available, and know which activities or projects you would like to focus on each day or week.

3) Research options: 

There are now many different types of homeschooling, from traditional to online and even hybrid programs. Research the various options available to find out which best suits your family’s needs and goals.

4) Communicate with other families:

Reaching out to other homeschooling families can be very helpful in understanding the ins and outs of homeschooling. Networking is a great way to get advice, share ideas, or just gain support from parents who know what you’re going through!

5) Schedule quality time:

Make sure you allocate enough time for schoolwork, but also remember to set aside special time for activities like field trips or fun projects. Quality time spent together will help keep everyone motivated and focused on learning.

6) Keep your kids energized: 

Kids learn best when they are excited and engaged. Keep your lessons interesting with hands-on activities, crafts, and games to help keep them focused and enthusiastic about learning. Keep your kids energized by taking learning outdoors or combining physical activity with academics.

7) Take breaks: 

The occasional break is important in order to recharge and stay motivated. This can include time outdoors or just a few minutes of free playtime each day.

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8) Encourage independent learning:

Give your children the opportunity to explore and discover information on their own. Guide them in researching topics, but also allow them some freedom to learn on their own terms.

9) Stay organized: 

It’s important to keep track of all the lesson plans and daily activities, so you can easily refer back to them when needed. Consider using a calendar or other organizational tools to help keep things in order. Staying organized can help to reduce stress and maximize learning.

10) Online resources:

Take advantage of the wealth of online learning resources available today. From websites and apps to virtual learning games, click here to learn more about the best online resources for homeschooling. 

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Homeschooling can be a rewarding experience, but it is important to remember that it takes dedication and hard work to make sure your children are getting the most out of their education. By following these ten tips, you will be well on your way to providing a successful and enriching homeschooling experience for your family. Utilize resources and don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are various Facebook Groups available for homeschooling parents as well as blogs and websites that you can turn to for assistance. Also, check YouTube for various channels for a plethora of information. Remember – you can do this! Good luck!

Interested in reading about some of our homeschooling adventures while experiencing lockdown during Covid, click here.

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We are in the home stretch of distance learning for the year before summer starts. This Friday is the last week of school for the twins and Kevin Ka’eo finished school on the 15th. We are so excited for summer to start but we are also planning accordingly for social distancing. Distance learning hasn’t been so easy the last couple of months, but the boys have been troopers.

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Before the change in hair color and hair cuts, enjoying our time under the stars and by the fire pit.

A lot has happened over the last week and I didn’t get a chance to share here. The boys have new hair. We decided to change things up a bit since I was planning to change my hair as well. Kevin Ka’eo has pinkish-red hair, Luke wanted to have purple hair but stopped at bleached yellow/orange (I need to tone it again) and Isaiah has a turquoise green shade. They seem to be enjoying it a lot and the process was quite easy for them. All three boys have never bleached their hair before, so they were excited to try something new. They’ve been loving it so far and I’m glad we were able to mix things up a bit.

We’ve also been spending some time outside roasting mallows. We have been gifted a fire pit from one of my sisters and we’ve been making lots of good use out of it.

What’s been shakin lately?

The twins received some help from one of their teachers with their math. It was a specialized math zoom class that focused on math problems. It was pretty helpful and the boys feel confident that they can do those problems on their own. We’ve also been busy cleaning out the house and organizing our storage. We’ll be having flooring put in (instead of carpet) and some repairs made to our home, so everything has to come out. There’s a lot that will be done during the summer months, so we are trying to organize and get things together the best we can.

Hawaii Is Reopening

While that was happening, it seems like Hawaii started reopening again, while still keeping with social distancing protocol, of course. *For most people anyway. I understand that many need to get back to work to make money, but I’m just worried that we are not in the clear yet to start celebrating. I also don’t think that things are ready to go back to normal. Parks are still closed unless you are exercising, the same as the beaches. The boys are looking forward to jumping in the ocean as soon as school is done, but there will be no sunbathing or hanging out. We swim (for exercise) and then leave. Honestly, we don’t mind that – because the boys have all been indoors for months now and they are restless. We are looking forward to getting in a little water therapy soon.

What’s Next?

What’s in store for us the next few weeks? Well, none of us really know. Dad has gone back to work in the office, instead of from home. So it will be just the boys and I during the week. We hope that we can still go on adventures together as we like to do during the breaks from school. My goal is to catch as much of it as I can on camera. Honestly, the last couple of months have been a bit of a blur seeing as most of it consisted of doing everything at home. We are definitely looking forward to having time away from the house but we’re not quite sure what that will entail.

Are you looking forward to summer? How are you planning to keep busy while still social distancing?

Come and follow our distance learning journey, see what we have been up to the last few weeks. And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to get the daily dose of our life in photos.

We are almost done with Week 3 of this Stay-at-home order in Hawaii, due to the Covid-19 Global pandemic outbreak. Schools have been closed and homeschooling has become the new norm. To keep up with my “Confessions” posts here on the blog, I figured I would share a series detailing my confessions of homeschooling during the covid-19 stay at home order. For those of you parents that are teaching your children from home, I’m here for you and I’m with you.

Teachers – We do not give you enough credit!

I’d be lying if I said that this was easy. I have always been so proud and thankful of teachers who have not only taught me but my children, but my gosh – am I so grateful for them, more so now. Distance learning has been a challenge for everyone and I feel like I’m not only going back to school (because I have to relearn this stuff all over again) but also teaching it and it’s a struggle. Teachers truly do deserve so much more credit than we give them. I’ve been tackling day to day duties on the home front and spending about 4-6 hours a day teaching the twins from home and to say it is a challenge, is an understatement.

For kids who have interactive classes online, they sometimes face connectivity challenges.  It has made us all realize what a powerful tool the internet is.  Having great WiFi in urban areas as well as exploring rural internet options is a must these days.

What is this Common Core witchery?

I’ve complained before about common core math, but man, can someone just give me a 1+1=2 question without needing to do 15 different steps to come up with the same answer? I know that common core is a great way for the kids to come up with their answers easily, utilizing different ways to solve a problem… but the fact that it is so different from how I was taught math in the 80s and 90s – well, it makes teaching (and learning) a struggle. Thank you, YouTube for having so many resources available to learn these techniques so I can teach my children. And, thank you to the teachers who post these videos online so we can continue to teach them to our kiddos.

School Support is so important!

Yesterday I went to the boys’ school for a drive up and pick up to grab some paper packets and one of their Chrome books. We are lucky that our household has computers and tablets for them to do their work, but it is helpful to have an additional computer since we have 3 boys working from home. Our eldest has been doing distance learning with his teachers via web apps like Zoom and Google Classroom and the twins have had assistance from their teachers via ClassDojo and Zoom as well. Thank goodness for these applications and to the teachers that have been making resources available to them. Without this, it would be very difficult to keep the boys up to date with their learning.

Overall – How is homeschooling going?

I’m not gonna lie, it’s been a challenge. Kevin Ka’eo – who is in 10th grade has been keeping up with studies since his school has his teachers online during their normal hours. I keep the twins on a daily schedule with little wiggle room, but I try to keep them with structure so they do not get too relaxed and then not want to work. I’m thankful for the resources available to keep them learning and overall – I think they are doing okay.

I didn’t realize how much of a challenge homeschooling would be, but considering the circumstances, I think we are doing okay. Last week, I wanted to pull my hair out and this week, I think I’m able to maneuver through lesson plans a little easier. On a positive note, the boys and I have been reading Manic Magee by Jerry Spinelli. I originally read this book when I was in the 4th grade so I thought it was a great book to read with the twins.

Hope you are all staying safe and helping to flatten the curve during this pandemic. It’s definitely a challenge to keep our kids active, occupied and learning – but together we can do it and keep each other inspired.

Disclaimer: This post has been recently updated (04.15.23) to include various  collaborative links. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout. Feel free to read my Disclaimer Page for details and information on sponsored post, affiliate links and more.