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Back to School

So it is the beginning of August which would mean getting school supplies, meeting teachers, and getting the kids back into the swing of waking up and going to bed earlier.

This year is a tad bit different

School supplies are still including a lot of the usual but a bit more being that this year will be at home (all distractions included) and the teacher will be wanting a glass of wine by noon.

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I am seeing the their are growing options for school this year, in my state (if you go through public school) you can have the kids in school 2 days out of the week or going the virtual route. As you probably guessed from above, decided that going virtual was the right choice for us.

If any other parents are in the same boat and are thinking with dripping sarcasm “Well this is going to be swell!” I hear you and trying to look at this with silver lining like I get to spend more time with my babies and enrich their lives in way that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

The hard part now is all of the little extras that I didn’t really have to think about before. Like headphones so that they can hear their teachers and not each other, an actually space in my house that has limited distractions, note pads and pencils, and a slew of websites showing me why the hell this new math is a thing and why haven’t we all just accepted that calculators take a fraction of the time (Don’t get me wrong I know WHY we need to know how to do math, but it feels like the way it is being taught now is not only harder but takes twice the time of when I learned it in school.)

As I become a teaching assistant for a 1st, 3rd, and 6th grader full time while also trying to juggle a toddler and infant I can see my blog becoming a “How Not to Lose Your Mind” type of deal.

We all got this and will continue to grow and thrive with our ever changing world.

Mom to Mom

Best Dogs for Kids

What is the best dog breed for kids?

Simple enough question, the thing to keep in mind is that each dog has its own unique personality. They have likes along with dislikes, some have a rough past that could make them more nervous around children or people in general, and some are little puppies that still need training to not playfully nip. Then you have the dogs that have grown up with a family and for some reason or another couldn’t remain with them and you never have any difficulties with.

It depends on not only the breed but the dog himself.

Another thing to consider when choosing your family pet is your child’s or children’s ages and personalities.

Are the younger and prone to being knocked over easily? Would they need a dog that is very tolerant and doesn’t mind a ton of attention? Are they very active or more interested in lounging around (We have a Husky who is great for my son with ADHD but is a bit too active for my toddler, and a bit too loud for my newborn to want much to do with).

A third consideration is what kind of space do you have?

Do you have a large yard where your new fur friend can run around freely and get as much exercise as he may need? If you don’t have a yard then maybe a smaller or more “potato-couch” dog (ever see a bulldog want to run for more than a few minutes? Me either.) is better suited for your lifestyle. Also, do you own your home and willing to make repairs if need be, or are you a renter and need to clear it with your landlord prior?

Golden Retriever

I’m just going to go ahead and get this beauty out of the way because I’m sure every “Great Dog for Kids” list has a golden retriever on it and for good reason.

This breed is EXCELLENT with children and has a gentle demeanor to them. While gentle they typically are not big fans of barking, this combo makes them a good go to even if you have smaller children at home. This paired with the fact that this breed was originally intended to retrieve birds and waterfowl while hunting, means that they can play fetch all day.

A downfall to the breed is that if you are looking for a pup that will also be protective then this is not the breed for you, they are exceptionally friendly and odds are an intruder would be welcomed with a wagging tail and the hope of a belly rub.

Another potential short coming for the breed is the health issues they may develop. Retrievers are prone to hip displacement, cancer, and heart disease. If kept healthy the average life span is about 10 to 12 years.

PUG

The pug is an adorable squish faced smiling fiend who could steal anyone’s heart. While the breed can be both stubborn and charming, one thing is for certain is that they LOVE to play. These dogs ancestors were also bread to be people persons (people dogs?) and can be seen in art dating back centuries and are said to be rooted back to 400 B.C. so the love of their families is in their blood.

Pugs do tend to live to be about 12 to 15 years old if cared for properly, however, due to their flat muzzle they are very likely to develop respiratory infections and have a loud snore. Pugs also gain weight very easily and to combat even more health problems should be kept at a normal BMI. I would like to note that these cuties also can have a bit of separation anxiety which can lead to household damage if left alone for too long.

Pit Bull Terrier

There are many versions of what is considered a “pit bull” and the name is a rather umbrella term. While this breed has a tough reputation, it is being turned around.

At one point the pit-bull was considered a “nanny dog” due to their affection towards their families, their sheer goofiness, and almost need of making their loved one happy and their high pain tolerance (so they could handle an accidental ear tug). The breed is also typically a cheery one and even tends to look as if he is smiling.

A con to the pit-bull is that they are a very muscular dog which means that they could knock over a child when running about or playing. This breed is also intelligent and needs jobs to do so that they don’t get bored and decide to eat your couch (first-hand experience). The love a pit has for his family is also very strong, so if you do not intent to second him as a guard dog then you want to be sure to socialize him with other people, cats, and dogs from an early age. The breeds life span varies from 8 to 15 years.

Boxer

The boxer is known as the clown of the dog world. They live for about 10 – 12 years and are fairly playful for the duration of their lifetime. The breed is a gentle giant that has the energy to keep up with the most active children and can enjoy a movie night on the couch with them as well. Boxers also serve well as a home protector if one was needed.

Boxers are fairly high maintenance when it comes to their climate due to their short fur, crappy for cold weather, and short muzzle sucks for hot humid weather. The breed does have a hunting background so he is probably more suitable for a family with children about 12 and up and benefits from firmer training so as not to try and hunt everything. Lastly, unless you have been a fan of the recently popular slime, you will have to invest in some drool towels…a lot of them.

Labradoodle

This breed started had its beginning in the 1980s and has been gaining popularity since. The breed is fairly sturdy against health issues due to being newer and a mix of two breeds, but are prone to blindness. They were bred to not have aggression (again I would like to make the point that all dogs are different) are joyful, playful, energetic, and eager to please. Another massive plus is that they are hypo-allergenic and great for kids with allergies if this is the case be sure to ask the breeder if your future pup is an F3 generation as an F1 (Labrador and poodle mixed) may still shed.

Due to this being a “new breed” they may be refined and quiet like their poodle side or they could be rowdy like the lab, so there really is no typical temperament unless its the similarities of the two breeds they are composed of.

There you have it the picks that other moms have raved about and their reasons why.

Again there are so many things to consider before bringing your fur baby home and each one has his or her own personality. With love, training, and a good home then you’ll have odds of an amazing dog.

Good Luck!

Cheers.

Mom to Mom

Baby Comfort Tips After Shots

Bubs had his first (well second if you count when he was born) round of shots, two shots in the right leg and one in the left. Poor guy also had an oral vaccine that he was not very happy about at all.

The thing about Bubs is that he is the quietest of my babies so far, I think I’ve heard him cry only a handful of times and that is usually after a few warning whines from him, so hearing him cry during the injections and after is utterly heart wrenching. As a mom you don’t like having your baby in pain and not too much you can do about it, then there is the guilt ( Yes I know a little needle is better than him getting Polio or some other crap card) of knowing I’m the one who took him to see the good doctor and the cause of the pain indirectly.

So what to do with my horribly upset tiny human?

I turn to the “5 S’s”

The S’s that are documented and that I LOVE are

  • Swaddle
  • Side or Stomach
  • Shushing
  • Swinging
  • Sucking

The 5 S’s were published in the Journal of Pediatrics to help sooth a baby following injections and the hope is that the five methods alone or used in combination will help the tiny ones have comfort and reduce anxiety.

SWADDLE

For Swaddling it seems simple enough, go ahead and get baby in a tight bind so that you are mimicking being in the womb, what better feeling for them than being cozy and warm with a nice side of mumzie smell?

SIDE or STOMACH

Side or stomach holding is another high comfort hold (please for obvious reasons don’t swaddle and have baby on his stomach or side). Something I wish I had known with my oldest kiddo is that babies who experience colic episodes even benefit from this hold.

SHUSHING

Now I would like to assume that any sound that your little one may like would work, my 3 month old happens to like clicking sounds (and this is half of the sounds I use because it works and it gives the neighbors another reason to think I am 100% mental). The idea behind the “shush” is that it mimics the sounds from when he was on the inside listening to the rhythm of your heart.

SWINGING

Swinging once again brings the comforts of the first home that the tiny human has ever had, if he enjoys being in a infant swing of sorts then by all means hook him up, if he rather having some cuddles the method I prefer is the side hold while doing my shushing and clicking.

SUCKING

Hand, Thumb, Bottle, Breast, or Pacifier.

It doesn’t really matter much, babies sucking reflex is incredibly calming to them and studies have proven that the action lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels very quickly.

Those are my go to’s for when my little ones have vaccinations and if you have a fever that comes about then give a ring to your child’s doctor to see if maybe she will suggest Tylenol (which also helps with the pain).

Cheers!