While working the front desk at the Y, I got to know A LOT of members. After all, part of my job was to welcome anyone and everyone who walked through the door with a smiling face. One member who stuck out to me was an older gentleman named Frank.
You’ve tirelessly researched why camp matters and you found the perfect one for your child (probably at the Y *wink, wink*), now proud mama, camp season has arrived and it’s game time. Going to camp for the first time can be exciting, but also a little nerve-wracking. Here are a few helpful pointers to help you prepare your kids in having the best summer ever!
I was warned about this, but that doesn’t make the reality any easier to swallow. The only certainty of motherhood is that there will always be uncertainty. I’ve recently experienced a rude awakening after a blissful 2 month period of uninterrupted sleep. My 13-month-old is now waking up 3 times a night. Yup, you read that right. 3 times. She’s regressed to being a newborn again and frankly, I can’t deal.
One of the first times I felt truly discouraged teaching swim lessons was with a shy, timid little girl. Surprisingly, there were no behavioral challenges – she was sweet and smart, and really not a handful. I had dealt with kids far worse than her, and always came out on top; the kids would have a great time, behavior issues would be gone or at least minimized, and I always felt so invigorated by the work I did.
I was watching an episode of Real Sports as I worked on my laptop yesterday morning, and I unintentionally got a lesson on parenting. One segment was about Erik Weihenmayer the only blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
So you’ve found the perfect daycare for your child—congratulations! Going to daycare marks a major milestone in most children’s lives. It is an important and exciting change, but can also be a source of anxiety. With proper preparation and planning, the transition can go more smoothly for parent and child.
Hidden behind Washington State Senate’s podium, my knees shook as the words began to spill out of my mouth. I had been waiting for this moment for four years, and there I stood reciting a speech I had practice thousands of times. Youth lieutenant governor, the person who presides over the Senate, was the position I had wanted to run for, for the longest time.
It was happening! For once I was going to be able to leave the house with my toddler before 10 a.m.. We were going to have the most productive day ever, I had it all planned out. We were dressed and out of the door as I walked to the garage. Then that feeling of dread hit me. I got closer and realized our one and only child car seat was in the car my fiancé drove to the airport for his 3-day business trip. Sigh.
The Y has always championed diversity and inclusion of people from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds. Just look at the YMCA International Services in Houston or the International Services in New York City. When newcomers to America arrive with hopes and dreams, they often bring with them an array of cultures, languages, demographic traits, and more.
Maya and I have tagged along on her dad's business trip, and I’m currently writing this blog post from a hotel room in Peoria, Illinois. I have a love/hate relationship with traveling with my daughter. On one hand, the change of scenery is a good thing. On the other, a strange room and a break from routine can be a recipe for disaster.