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5 Ways to Support Your Child in Music Lessons
Thinking about signing your child up for music lessons? Excellent! Introducing your child to music at a young age has many benefits, including improved performance in school and strong development of lifelong skills like goal-setting and patience.
But how can you support your child, without seeming overbearing? How involved should you be? Here are some tips from TakeLessons.com:
1. Be enthusiastic about their interest in music! Ask questions about what they’re learning, including what they like and dislike, what their goals are, and what they think of their teacher.
2. Provide a suitable time and place for practicing. Keep everything (books, instrument, and accessories like a music stand and metronome) organized, and make it a positive space.
3. Find ways to positively reinforce habitual practicing. A practice chart, where your child can add a star on days that he or she practices, can be a great motivator. You might also consider offering a reward or treat once a certain number is reached.
4. Celebrate with your child when they accomplish a goal! Knowing how proud you are can be a fantastic motivator as they set their next goal.
5. Don’t rule out playing yourself! If you can’t sing or read music, select something that doesn’t require it. Triangle, maracas, bongos – there are plenty of options that you can use to “jam” with your child. You might feel silly, but it can be a wonderful bonding experience!
With these tips, you can show your support and increase the likelihood of your child enjoying their lessons and continuing on. Happy learning!
This post is sponsored by TakeLessons, a San Diego-based online marketplace for students and families to connect with the best local, affordable private teachers for various lesson types, including music, performing arts, academic tutoring, and more. Find your perfect teacher here!
Now I remember why my favorite pair of linen pants were stashed away on a shelf in my closet.
How pathetic is it that I’m a grown woman who cannot easily mend her own family’s clothes? I didn’t take home economics in school, wasn’t taught how to sew by my mother, and have never made the time for learning as an adult. 🙁
I’m pretty sure they don’t even teach home ec in schools anymore, but that won’t stop my daughter from learning how to sew. We took the first step when one of our Girl Scout Troop moms agreed to lead an in-home sewing tutorial.
Mallory enjoyed making her monogrammed pillow so much that she asked for her own sewing machine. Now it’s time for us to learn how to use it together at Sew Inspired in Encinitas.
Sew Inspired teaches both adults and children the home art (and in some ways the lost art) of creating fashion and home designs. I thought we’d start with needle and thread, but, no, it’s straight onto a machine. If you don’t have one to bring, they will lend you one for the class.
Owner Laura Prince says her style of teaching kid-friendly sewing methods and techniques makes the process fun and easy for kids ages 8 and older. She offers after school programs, Girl Scout events, summer and spring break camps and even sewing birthday parties where kids make their own pillows, messenger bags , sleeping bags and more.
Check out these adorable Sew Inspired mermaid dolls…
I’ve splurged on horse back riding, synchronized swimming and recycled art classes. Now I’m realizing that a practical class like how to mend or hem a pair of pants makes a lot of sense. We have five 18″ dolls in this house who would love new outfits!
Sew Inspired is located at 531Encinitas Blvd. Suite 105 in Encinitas. Call them at 760.908.7853 or visit sewinspired.biz for more information.
A Day at the Ballet
Did I mention that I used to want to be a professional ballet dancer?
I started dancing at age 3 and continued until about age 16, dancing several years with the New Orleans Ballet Company. I envisioned my daughter following in my pointe-shoe footsteps, but she prefers to enjoy ballet from the comfort of the audience.
No problem! We are both looking forward to the August 16th performance of Fairy Tales in the Park by San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (SDCYB). SDCYB has been the resident classical ballet school in Balboa Park since 1945, and this summer marks the 6th annual performance of the whimsical, interactive dance event that engages both young audiences and families, introducing them to the art of ballet through familiar stories they know and love.
Fairy Tales in the Park merges the beauty of ballet with the excitement of unforgettable stories. This one-day event features free outdoor activities in “Fairy Tale Village”; a magical journey through an “Enchanted Forest” theater lobby; and staged excerpts of beloved fairy tales. This year’s featured fairy tales include “Cinderella”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Emperor and The Nightingale”, and a sneak peek of the full-length spring ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty”.
Mallory and I will enter a magical land of enchantment where fairy tales come alive on the historic Casa del Prado stage. The performance will be professionally narrated and, afterward, we will visit “Fairy Tale Village” for FREE interactive activities like…
Cinderella’s Closet: Dress-up, dream, and find your own inner princess or superhero with the Fairytale Fashionista.
Coronation Station: Create your own royal crown with San Diego Public Library, as well as sign up for a library card.
Rapunzel’s Salon: Let down your hair and receive a special hair-do by the stylists from Pigtails & Crewcuts.
Sing-Along Square: Make music and create a take-home instrument with Nightingale Music School.
Village Depot: Take the reigns as conductor of moving model trains with San Diego Model Railroad Museum.
Knight’s Corner: Learn about chivalry and meet modern day knights from Chivalry Today.
Providing young people with the opportunity to study ballet, regardless of their means or background, is an integral part of San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s mission. Fairy Tales in the Park helps raise support for the school’s scholarship program for the upcoming school year; last year’s Fairy Tales in the Park helped SDCYB provide over $25,000 in financial aid to families in need in 2013-2014.
If you’d like to join us for a magical day of fun and fairy tales on August 16 in Balboa Park simply comment below with the name and age of your child. One lucky mom’s guide reader will receive two tickets to the 3 p.m. performance.
Shows begin at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm, and tickets are just $10 (General Admission). “Fairy Tales Village” is open from 12pm-5pm.
WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014 with shows at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.
WHERE: The Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park at 1800 Village Place, San Diego, CA, 92101.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased at www.sdcyb.org. All tickets are $10, General Admission.
Dreams Do Come True
Once upon a time there were millions of little princesses who all wanted their next birthday party theme to be FROZEN. Moms everywhere were scrambling to figure out how best to grant their princesses’ wishes. The moms who discovered Princess Parties San Diego were the luckiest in all the land. It’s a magical time for all when Elsa from Princess Parties San Diego visits. Face painting, fanciful crafts and princess make-overs can make any little girl’s birthday the best one yet! Elsa has many fanciful friends who would all like to celebrate with your special sweetie. Discounts are available to the Facebook friends of Princess Parties. Visit themfor more information or to book your next dream event.
This post is sponsored by Princess Parties San Diego. 🙂
Easing Your Child’s Anxiety at the Doctor’s Office
Contributed by Dr. Jaime Friedman from the CPMG office in 4S Ranch
Pediatricians have all been there — the child is screaming, the parent is anxious, and the exam just isn’t getting done. During a busy day, it’s hard to wait for a parent to calm their child for an adequate lung or ear exam, so now the doctor is anxious! There are preparatory steps that a parent can remember to make a visit to the doctor more comfortable for the little patient:
- Prepare your child in advance. Let him/her play doctor with a set of toy doctor tools. Bring the toys with you, or bring a stuffed toy for the doctor to examine.
- Don’t lie about shots or promise that there won’t be any if you are coming for a well visit. The immunization schedule is always being updated and boosters get added. The shots are usually built into the well visit and are part of preventative care, so that is the best time to get them done if they are needed.
- Make sure you can hold your child for the exam, even if they are freaking out. The exam will be faster and more effective if your child is still.
- Avoid saying “it’s ok” or “it won’t hurt.” It is better for your child to hear you validate his/her emotions and know that being scared or nervous is actually ok. They don’t have to like or enjoy what’s being done to them.
- It’s ok to have a “lovey” or favorite toy with you, or even a song or movie on your phone to distract your child.
We understand that coming to see us can be scary. Let’s face it, the wait is boring, we use big words and there may be something painful coming.
But when it’s all over, we both want what is best for your child, which is to have an accurate exam and diagnosis. The best way to make that happen is for your child to be at ease and cooperate as much as possible. If that means a little bribery is needed (do I hear sticker and lollipop?), well, I’m not going to object!
For more information about Children’s Physicians Medical Group pediatricians, please click here.
FREE Demo Day with Super Soccer Stars!
Saturday, September 20th
Carmel Mission Park – (Corner of Carmel Country and Carmel Mission Road)
9:00 – 9:40am: 2-3 year olds
9:45 – 10:30am: 3-young 4 year olds
10:35 – 11:25am: Older 4-5 year olds
9:45 – 10:45am: 5-7 year olds
10:50 – 11:50am: 8-10 year olds
Spaces are limited, so be sure to save your spot!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619.577.4009!
Super Soccer Stars teaches soccer skills to children 2 and older in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment. Through our age-specific curriculum, we use soccer to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. Low child-to-coach ratios and positive reinforcement ensure that each child improves at his or her own pace while having a blast!
Get Fit in 2015
sponsored by MOVE Fitness & Dance
Are you looking for a positive place to workout, get fit and escape from your day-to-day hustle and bustle? What about finding a place where your kids can learn about being active, get quality dance instruction and get out some of that energy? Well, it’s time to get to MOVE!
Move Fitness and Dance is a boutique group fitness studio where you can MOVE to improve your health, get fit and feed your soul in a positive environment. Our clients are like-minded MOVERS that enjoy working out and nourishing their bodies without the distractions and intimidation of a large, corporate gym. The MOVE instructors are friendly, motivating and truly care about the well being of their students! At MOVE we help you check your baggage at the door and encourage you to push harder, go further and take care of just you during each class. When you leave class to conquer the rest of your day you’ll be standing taller, carrying less stress, fewer calories and feeling great!
Group fitness classes offered for adults include Bootybarre, Zumba, Yoga, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Piyo Stength, Move Happenings and more!
At Move Fitness and Dance we also know the importance of teaching kids to keep their bodies healthy, remaining active and having for doing it! We offer Zumba Kids, Yoga for Kids, Hip-hop/Funk, family yoga and special workshops to make MOVE a happy place for your entire family.
Try your first group fitness class for FREE or score $5 OFF your child’s first MOVE KIDS class tuition by mentioning Mom’s Guide to SD and emailing email@example.com to reserve a class.
Happy Baby = Happy Mom!
Learn Techniques for Successfully Parenting Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers While Supporting a Great Cause!
**This blog post was submitted by the Postpartum Health Alliance **
The Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA) is a local non-profit organization that offers support and referrals to San Diego mothers and families struggling with Postpartum Depression and related disorders. PHA is thrilled to have Dr. Harvey Karp, creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block as the keynote speaker for the First Annual Happy Moms, Healthy Families Luncheon.
Dr. Karp will speak for 90 minutes about his landmark techniques for defusing tantrums fast and helping even easy tots be more patient, cooperative and confident…in just days! Dr. Karp has been featured everywhere from Time Magazine to The Dr. Phil Show, and is endorsed by celebrities, sleep experts, pediatricians, and thousands of happy parents.
Not only does attending the Happy Moms, Healthy Families Luncheon provide attendees the opportunity to hear from Dr. Karp (and a delicious lunch at a beautiful venue), but it is a chance to support the work done by the Postpartum Health Alliance here in San Diego.
100% of the proceeds from the Luncheon are used by PHA to run its programs, including the warmline, which takes calls from mothers and families struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety and offers a listening ear, a supportive peer, and referrals to a wealth of resources for help and healing. The proceeds also support PHA’s outreach efforts which focus on informing professionals and the community at large about postpartum depression so it can be identified, treated, and even prevented.
As a mother who suffered from postpartum depression and anxiety, I can attest to the importance of reaching out to new mothers and letting them know that they are not alone as they struggle. Few people know that as many as 15-20% of new mothers will suffer from postpartum depression or anxiety. Even fewer people know that there is help. We at PHA work to ensure that all mothers know that feeling terrible is not their fault and that they can, with treatment, get better.
Please join us at the Happy Moms, Healthy Families Luncheon. Tickets can be purchased at www.happymoms.eventbrite.com.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to one of our volunteers, please call our warmline at 619-254-0023.
San Diego is certainly known for its awesome climate, but when you’re planning your little one’s birthday, our summer weather may preclude an outdoor party. Fortunately, there are great indoor playgrounds all across the county ready to host a fantastic party for your family.
FUNbelievable Play, winner of several awards, including Red Tricycle’s best indoor playground, is a place where toddlers and pre-teens alike can have a great time AND they are offering a terrific discount on parties right now!
We’ve celebrated many birthdays in FUNbelievable’s 6,000 square foot air-conditioned play space. There is plenty of seating for adults to comfortably watch the kids run, climb, swing and slide through the mega play structure.
FUNbelievable supports our local military and first responders through “Hero Monday” with $5 entry per child for those with military, police and fire fighter I.D. They are also a valued Mom’s Guide partner, offering a terrific BOGO coupon in this year’s resource book. For more information about one of San Diego’s finest local businesses, visit funbelievableplay.com or call 619.456.2474.
SAVE on Sports Camp!
Join Coach Heather and the Camp Playball Team teaching perseverance, confidence, and positive relationships through fun sports activities.
Sign up now for summer camp and save up to $30!
Camp dates & times are:
June 16th to June 20th @ College Park Preschool in the College Area
9am to 1pm
June 23rd to June 27th @ College Ave Preschool in the College Area
9am to 12pm
June 30th to July 11th @ The Children’s School in La Jolla
9:30 to 12:00-
Ages Kindergarten/2nd grade
July 14th to July 25th @ The Children’s School in La Jolla
12:30 to 3:00
Ages Kindergarten/2nd grade
July 14th to July 18th @ La Jolla Rec. Center
9am to 1pm
August 4th to August 8th @ La Jolla Rec. Center
9am to 1pm
August 18th to August 22nd @ Silverman Preschool in East County
9am to 1pm
Go To…. WWW.CAMPPLAYBALL.COM…. Sign up before May 31st and receive $20.00 off. Register for siblings and receive $30.00 off (1 offer per registration)