Get to Know Your Teacher Questionnaire

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One of my friends asked her teacher friends what they appreciated most from parents when starting a new school year.

One of them said that a parent had her fill out a “Get to Know Your Teacher Questionnaire” of all her favorite things.

I thought this was BRILLIANT!

So I put together my own questionnaire this year to give to our teachers, and will distribute the answers to all the parents in our class.

I love that we will know what Starbucks drink to buy them as a special treat or their favorite mani / pedi spot.

I plan to have our preschool teachers fill it out too. I just love this idea!

You can download my questionnaire HERE.  Feel free to comment if you have more ideas on questions to add…

[Photo credit:  2010 Cherrysweetdeal, Flickr]

 

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OC Tykes Baby Gear Store

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In the past 5 1/2 years I have gone through about five different strollers. With the exception of our Bob Revolution Jogger, I really haven’t been completely satisfied with any of them. If I would have known about OC Tykes baby gear store when I was shopping for my stroller, I am sure I would have picked the right one out of the gate and likely saved a lot of money.

OC Tykes is a premier baby gear store located in downtown San Clemente. Specializing in baby gear, their expert staff offers free consultations to make sure you choose the right product to fit your unique needs.

If by chance you are in the market to invest in a new piece of gear and go in this month (by 12/31/11) you will receive 15% off any one full priced item with mention of Tiny Oranges.  That can save you some serious buckeroos if you are looking at a stroller or car seat mamas!  So stash away that Christmas gift cash, and make your way down there after the holidays to look around!

Back to the expert consults, interestingly enough, owner Keli Johnson told me, 9 times out of 10 parents will come in with the intention to purchase one item, and end up walking out with another after meeting with their experts.

Keli believes that a good stroller should not just last you for baby’s first year, but should have the capability to take you from the newborn stage up until 4 or 5 years.

This was definitely not true in my case, but I honestly had NO clue what I was doing when I bought my first stroller. I went to a large chain store which shall remain nameless and the associates didn’t know one stroller from the next. Sigh, OC Tykes, if I only had known about you…but now I am happy that my readers will!

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SeekingSitters OC

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I don’t have a sitter.” How many of us have missed out on fun (adult only!) event because of that statement? Personally, my husband and I almost had to cancel on friends for a fun couples’ dinner coming up this month because my parents and other babysitting options were not available. That is until I got acquainted with SeekingSitters, an on demand OC babysitting referral service that does all the work to find you a great, trustworthy babysitter when you need one.

After talking to the local OC owner Kim Kane, I felt completely comfortable booking a sitter through their service because there were so many things that gave me peace of mind. I will share my personal experience using one of their sitters next month, stay tuned!

Let me share a little of what I learned about SeekingSitters and how their service works.

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Bullying: What Every Parent Should Know by Dr. Jerry Weichman

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I was fortunate enough to connect with Dr. Jerry Weichman‘s wife through my blog. Seeing that October is National Anti-Bullying Month, and Dr. Jerry Weichman specializes  in adolescents, I thought the topic of bullying might be right up his alley. This is a really important topic to me since my daughter just started Kindergarten and we are now in the grade school years. I thought it would be a very powerful post if he could give us expert advice on how we can start educating our children early about what bullies are, what they can do, and what warning signs to look for in our own children. This article is full of valuable information on bullying and what every parent should know.

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10 Ways Parents Can Promote a Healthy Self-Image in their Children

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One of my friends, Dr. Lyndsay Elliott, is a clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and body image. When she recently emailed me to ask if I would ever like her to write something for my blog about how parents can help promote a healthy self-image in their children, I almost screamed through the computer, “YES!!”

As a mom raising two girls, it is something I think about a lot.

More than anything I want them to grow up with a healthy relationship with food and a good appreciation for their bodies. In today’s world, especially living in Orange County, I know it will be challenging.

That’s why I am so happy to give you Dr. Lyndsay’s suggestions on things we can do as parents to help…

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