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Mid-Summer Check-In Tips from Julie Cole

Are you as surprised as we are to discover we’re halfway through summer? With the school season only weeks away, a midsummer check-in can be just the thing to make sure you’re on track before the bell rings again.

We consulted parenting expert, and Mabel’s Label’s co-founder and mother of six, Julie Cole, to find out how she gets everything done before summer is over.

Julie suggests organizing your checklist by the vowels. And as educators, we agree.

“A” is for:

Appointments: There’s no need for your child to miss school over appointments. Schedule haircuts, the dentist, eye check-ups…and whatever else is hanging around on your list.

Academics: Kids need a break over the summer but August is the perfect time to dust off their little brains and do some practice—refresh the times tables, pull out the books, and spend time reviewing tough concepts. This will help all kids feel better prepared for back to school but especially any little ones with a learning disability.

“E” is for:

Entertainment: Now’s the time to make good on any promises you made about special summer activities. Check the list and schedule a time to make them happen. And with it being midway through the summer, you may begin to hear, “I’m bored.” It’s not your job to be your child’s summer entertainment. Encourage them to get creative and adventure independently— give them the freedom to make it happen.

“I” is for:

Inventory: Pull out last year’s school supplies and take note. What can be used again and what needs replacing? Refrain from last minute shopping when everything is on low supply and buy online or plan a shopping excursion before the final August rush. Now’s the perfect time to order your Mabel’s Labels to keep everything organized and reduce the chance of kids losing their supplies.

“O” is for:

Organization: Pull out the family calendar, it’s time to plan those extra-curricular activities. Discuss what your kids are wanting to do, consider other family needs, and then you can decide what will work.

“U” is for:

You! The parents! Was there something you wanted to do this summer? Put yourself on the list so you can meet your own summer goals!

Check out this video from Breakfast Television Toronto where Julie shares these tips in detail

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Three Halloween Tips from Julie Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Halloween on the horizon, trick or treating etiquette is on the minds of many families. We consulted Mabel’s Label’s co-founder and parenting expert, Julie Cole, to share her wisdom on the subject. After all, she has six kids between the ages of 8 and 17 who will be trick or treating this year.

Here are three of Julie’s Halloween tips to ensure this evening is safe, inclusive and respectful of all kids.

Welcome all kids – If you decide to participate in Halloween then welcome kids of all ages and hand over the candy. Remember that kids are unique and come in all shapes and sizes. Some children may want to participate, but choose not to wear a costume. Kids with sensory integration issues can’t wear costumes as they are sensitive to the feel of them. We don’t know what issues kids have who come to our doors, and it’s not our job to judge. So just give the candy without judgement!

Consider the Teal Pumpkin Project – Many families are opting to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project by having a teal-coloured pumpkin and handing out non-food items.  This movement is to acknowledge kids with severe food allergies and to ensure they feel safe and part of Halloween.  Julie advises families who want to participate to get a teal pumpkin at a craft store or to spray paint a pumpkin. Non-food treats like stickers and crayons can be purchased at your local dollar store.

Keep kids safe – Ensure your children are wearing costumes that fit them and visible clothing with reflective gear.  With potential for separation, consider Mabel’s Labels kids’ safety bracelets for this special night and other occasions where your little ones may wander off. These wrist bands can be customized with parents’ cell phones numbers in case kids get excited and lose their way.

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Back-to-School Advice from Julie Cole

August - Back to School

The Four A’s of August

It’s hard to believe the summer is winding down, and the school season is fast approaching. September can be a busy and chaotic time for families as they transition back into every day routines.

To get the lowdown from a true parenting expert, we consulted Mabel’s Label’s co-founder and mother of six, Julie Cole, to share her tips on preparing for back-to-school time.

To take full advantage of the month of August when students are out of school, Julie suggests parents focus on the four A’s of August:

Appointments - Take advantage of the break to set up doctor, dentist, eye (and any other appointments) now so your children can avoid missing any school in the fall.

Academics - Over the summer holiday, learning loss popularly referred to as “The Summer Slide” can occur and studies have shown that students can experience a potential decline over this time.  Use the next month to focus on reading every day, making math fun and taking summer educational field trips.

Adjusting Schedules - Encourage children to ease back into their school routines to avoid experiencing an abrupt change the first day of school.   Getting back in the swing of things a couple of weeks early will make the first day of school much easier!

Activities – Take the time now proactively to plan, register and decide which extracurricular activities your kids will be doing. Look at the family calendar and consider your budget. Remember that you don’t have to say YES to every activity they want to do!

Enjoy the rest of summer and follow these four A’s to make back-to-school time a breeze!

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