Back to School Keepsake Binder 

With back to School in full swing I find myself still digging through worksheets, crafts, Report cards, and other miscellaneous papers from Jonathan’s 1st grade year. I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time throwing away any work my children complete. With that said the papers sent home from either daycare, pre-K, and/or grade school can become overwhelming and an eye sore. My children’s stack of papers were completely taking over our fridge and counter space. I stumbled across this template and have implemented a “filing system” for my children’s important or non-important doodles (which I love to hang on too as well). 


At the beginning of each school year I purchase a 3 ring binder and paper protectors. My son and I will determine what goes in and what gets tossed out throughout the year. 

I love the idea of keeping a binder for each school year so that they can look back and see the progress they have made each year. Also, it’s a great place to keep report cards, student ID cards, school pictures from that year, etc. I like to get my son’s input on what he wants to keep and am surprised sometimes by his decisions. However, I can tell he always wants to keep what he worked on the hardest or what he enjoyed the most. I will love looking back at these for years to come! 

Before


After

I would love to hear how you organize your kiddos school work throughout the year! 

Three P’s for Potty Training

 

We are currently in the midst of potty training our 2 1/2 year old Jordan. Once Jasmine arrived I was literally changing a diaper every 20 min or less and was determined to get Jordan out of diapers. I have found and resorted to the three  P’s which have been working well so far.

Preparation 

Preparing my toddler for the transition of not peeing or pooping in his diaper was key. We started by simply introducing the potty chair and talking about going on the potty (which by the way he had no interest in at first). Luckily he has an older brother who he would watch use the big boy potty and he began to get curious. I must admit we tried to push him using the potty chair when he was not ready and it didn’t end well, WAIT!!!

We stopped all potty talk and planned on reevaluating when we witnessed a few more “ready signs”. Shortly, after no potty talk he wanted to be changed immediately after pooping or peeing so we took that opportunity to  reintroduce the potty. Preparing for this big, scary change was important for both him and us to making the diaper free transition. I suggest getting a few age appropriate, fun potty books and training pants for the preparation stage.

Book 1 / Book 2 / Book 3

Patience

I can’t stress the importance of patience when beginning to potty train. I remember looking at my watch and realizing I had spent nearly 3 hours in the bathroom one morning. I reverted back to I do not want to be changing diapers every 20 minutes between my newborn and toddler boy so the 3 hours was well worth the time to invest. I could see some frustration when Jordan would try to go to the bathroom and nothing happened immediate for him and this is where the sit and wait notion comes to play. Get some magazines, books, or iPod for music and camp out!! Patience is a virtue.

Potty Chair / Storage Basket

Persistence 

Once Jordan was well on his way using the potty continuing to ask him every hour or so was necessary for both of us to continue the diaper free process. I admit there has been a few times where I got busy and forgot to ask him and we had a few accidents. Also, making sure we went to the bathroom before leaving the house and even taking a potty chair with us and having him use his own potty was comforting for him. Persistence and not giving up once there are a few set backs is what is getting us through this transition.

Preparation, patience, and persistence is what I found to work for us. There are so many great resources available to research when you have reached this exciting transition for your toddler so please do what works for you.

I also, found it does not hurt to reward my big boy with a skittle or two. Celebrating is also a great way to continue reaching the diaper free world! Having a few skittles for yourself to doesn’t hurt! It can be exhausting at times, but we got through it and to see the excitement my Jordan is coming into and a new found independence is so rewarding. Hope this was helpful and would love to hear your potty training tips and stories!

Introduction 

Hello! I’m Sidney. I’m a wife and mother to three brown eyed kiddos. My oldest son Jonathan is 7 years old, my middle son Jordan is 2 1/2 and our newest edition ( baby girl) Jasmine is 1 month old. My main purpose of this blog is to document my children’s childhoods. I have recently left the corporate workplace to fully dedicate myself as a  stay at home mom. I will be sharing the highs and lows of our journey and will welcome the input and advise of all the other amazing women who are on the same journey.