Got a bucket list this year?
Making goals and achieving them can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Whether it’s called a bucket list or not doesn’t really matter. We all have dreams and desires which we strive to reach. From the smallest moments to the once-in-a-lifetime experiences, most people try to live a life that’s full to overflowing.
For me there is only one thing on my list this year.
So instead of wracking my brain trying to come up with experiences that would fill my life with moments to treasure, I asked my boys about things they’d love to do.
Their top 10 list consists of:
- Go to a museum (again).
- Locate and visit playgrounds they’ve never been to before.
- Attend an AFL football game.
- Swim in winter.
- Watch a 3D movie.
- Hold a snake.
- Go camping (not in the backyard).
- Attend a basketball clinic.
- Go on a family holiday that involves flying on a plane for the first time.
- See Taronga or Melbourne Zoo (a first for the whole family).
The kids needed some prompting with ideas but these are largely their own suggestions. They are yet to expand their view of the world and understand what it has to offer. We’re looking forward to enjoying these activities together as a family. My reward will come from sharing these experiences with them.
We never labelled this list, hence avoiding the need to explain what a bucket list is all about.
We will endeavour to complete all of these before the end of this year.
Love is in the
Words can evoke love in the form of a letter.
A sentence can express love’s sentiments.
Stories can warm the heart and fill it with love.
A personally written poem or verse can mean the world.
How many words in the English language contain the letters L, O, V and E? I haven’t a clue but here’s 10 of the best.
- Vowel- love wouldn’t be love without them.
- Clover- you might need the luck of the Irish when it comes to love.
- Solve- all the pieces fit when you find love.
- Hovel- the place one resides might resemble that of a Hobbit but is also most likely filled with love.
- Grovel- learned at an early age, the promise of love comes with strings attached.
- Novel- most who produce one of these have put their heart, soul and a ton of love into them.
- Shovel- for those who love getting dirty, talking to plants and all things garden related.
- Violet- song sung by Courtney Love and also a line in the poem ‘Roses are Red’.
- Evolve- love will continue to evolve just as humanity does.
- Envelope- love arrives safely in its protective layer.
Have another one to add? Love-related words will be graciously received below.
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Kids make people laugh on a daily basis. They’re witty without understanding why which makes it all the more thigh-slappingly humorous. Faux pas and writing gaffes by younger students are, by far, the most hilarious.
The Top 10 list includes innocent misspellings of everyday words that turn sentences into somewhat inappropriate expressions. All words have been spelt correctly except the funny word so you won’t need a translator. The italicised sentence are my thoughts upon reading these beauties.
- The hores galloped through the rain. (horses) I hope they’re wearing their wellies.
- When we were driving we had to follow the sins. (signs) Are you driving to hell?
- We had to wait for three nits. (nights) I wouldn’t wait for ONE.
- My tits got a hole in them when I fell over. (tights) Do new ones cost a lot?
- I shared my Cock with my friend, Samantha. (Coke) Not touching this one, other than to say it was a gorgeous girl of 5 who wrote this one.
- Daddy’s shit was blue and white striped. (shirt) Did it come out like toothpaste?
- My mum is not a moaning person. (morning) Maybe she prefers sleep ins.
- The race cars went fart around the track. (fast) That would make them noisy and smelly.
- The lion was really big butt I wasn’t scared. (but) It’s not that end that scares me. It’s the other one.
- Two great examples for the same word that I could not separate :
Dad likes eating penus. (peanuts) I need penise. (pennies). No comment needed as they are rib ticklers all on their own.
Teaching children aged between 4 and 13 for near-on two decades has taught me a thing or two.
- The English language is far too complicated for any one system to work in assisting students to learn how to read and write.
- When reading back what a young student has written it pays to have them by your side to decipher. This ensures you avoid any… ehem….’misunderstanding’.
- Practising and perfecting a poker face is essential.
- Kids always know exactly what it is they are trying to say/write even if the listener/reader hasn’t a clue.
- Universities should provide, as part of teacher training, a crash course in translation of kid-speak.
If you’ve any other doozies to share please add them below for other readers to giggle over.
A big shout out to Stuff Kids Write for providing me with laughs.
© 2013 Kelly Hibbert, all rights reserved.
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Show me the love!
The words ‘I love you’ are easy for most parents to say to their child. It is a little more difficult with the fast pace of day-to-day life to find time to show kids the kind of love they will most remember you for.
When I think back to my own childhood the fondest memories I have are of the things we did not words that were said. I knew my parents loved me because of their actions not from a single spoken, ‘I love you’ even though it’s lovely to hear and I heard it often.
So here’s the Top 10 Tips that can help create memories of love that will last a lifetime:
- Show and tell. In our home we have an unwritten policy that means we try and express our love in as many ways as possible. Children can learn how to sign ‘I love you’ from quite a young age. Another way is just to point to your eye, your own heart and then point to the person you’re aiming your love at. Both of my boys love having their back tickled before being tucked in at night. So after sharing a story, I will tickle their back and write, ‘I love you’ with my finger.
- ‘I love you because…..’ Simply stating ‘I love you’ can be wonderful to hear. It has even more meaning when there is a connecting reason given to the receiver. The end of the sentence could convey how you feel, ‘I love you because I feel so lucky to have you as my son/daughter.’ You may choose to say something about the child’s appearance, ‘I love you because when you smile it lights up your whole face.’ Receiving compliments can be difficult for adults who have never learned to graciously accept them as children. This one is then two-fold-a compliment and an expression of how you feel all rolled into one.
- Little things impress little people. Sticky-notes in lunchboxes, sandwiches cut into shapes or heading to the playground straight after school are all little things that are a big deal to kids. Think of something you know your child will appreciate and it doesn’t have to cost a cent to be meaningful.
- Spend time wisely. Everyone knows childhood is gone in an instant. Blink once and they’re walking. Blink twice and they’re at school. Blink again and they’re getting their license. I know I want my children to enter adulthood with the recollection that I had time for them. That I wanted to spend time with them, share it with them and try as I might, make it stand still. Capture moments, get lost in the moment but don’t miss the moments of time you could have spent with them.
- Do things as a family. Family time is hard to find for some but so important. There are times when we need to divide and conquer to achieve tasks but ensuring your family has together time is essential. It might be as simple as an adventure in the backyard or as complex as going on a day trip with a picnic lunch.
- Lend a hand and let them help. Helping children shows your willingness to engage in what’s important to them. Like any relationship it needs to be reciprocal. Allowing them to help you with tasks or involving them in your interests shows them that you care what they think and feel and that yo appreciate their willingness.
- Model love. Children learn their cues from adults. Demonstrated love will allow them to see how it’s done and put it into practise.
- Actions speak louder than words. Cuddles, kisses and hugs and lots of them. As human beings we crave touch-the feel of a warm embrace, a kiss from a loved one or to cuddle up together without a care in the world. Not a day should go by when your children don’t feel the warmth of your heart beating next to theirs.
- Greet and farewell them like a long lost friend. Having children understand that you miss them when they’re gone but be so happy to see them again later helps them to understand that they are important people in your life. Sharing the day’s events when together again is a great way to connect with kids.
- Remind them constantly. A day without love is like a day without sunshine.
Most certainly, there are many other ways to express love through actions. If you have a way of showing love you’d love to share I welcome contributions.
© 2013 Kelly Hibbert, all rights reserved.
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My children love books and they love reading.
This Top 10 list looks at what parents can do to foster a love of reading from birth. The right start can make all the difference.
- Start reading with babies right from birth. Get comfortable and read aloud every day for 10-15 minutes. This will help develop a routine for reading enjoyment.
- Read several different books at times throughout the day or the same book multiple times. Hearing a thousand stories will help a child begin to learn to read.
- Use your eyes, voice and body to bring a story to life. Using a flat, monotone voice will not convey your excitement.
- Read the same stories time and time again. Use the same pattern or rhythm each time. In time, children will be able to retell the story to you.
- Interaction with the story is key. Look at and talk about pictures, connect the story to a rhyme or song and answer any questions children ask. A book does not need to be read cover to cover without stopping to enjoy the pages within.
- Point to words, pick out letters, think of rhyming words when reading. Whatever you do should be fun and not remotely resemble teaching.
- Use the three R’s when choosing books for young children. Rhythm, rhyme and repetition are an awesome combination.
- Read aloud to kids even when they can read themselves. Tell stories, make up stories together or sing nonsense rhymes-all of which are language-rich activities.
- Be a good reading role model. Read books, newspapers or magazines for enjoyment.
- Read, read, read, read and read.
I love reading. My kids love reading too. Whether that is inherent or not, I have no way of knowing. I do know that I have read with my children right from birth. Over the past 6 years I have read thousands of books to Almost 6 and Just 3.
I am a mum who loves to read. My teaching career has spanned nearly two decades during which time I have had the privilege of reading thousands of stories. I majored in children’s literature and I write picture books for fun in my spare time. This top 10 is by no means exhaustive. There is so much you can do with your children and a good book. If you have a book but no child, borrow one from a friend or relative. Reading with a child is magic and they’re the most captive audience you’ll ever have.
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