Recap: Anyone miss summer yet?

Featured photo: Karen's son Zachary went for the surfer look on his first day of school. Share your own first day photos in our photo gallery!

Hello all you Moms and Dads! Did you survive the first week of school? Take a break from helping your kids with homework and packing lunches, and join us over at SantaRosaMom.com. Here’s what’s going on this week:

Back to School tips
The APA (American Pediatrics Association) has released some very useful tips for Back-to-School. They give advice on how to help kids entering a new school, how to save their backs from backpack weight, rules of the road for walkers and bikers, and more. This is a vital topic you’ll want to read.

School pics in our Photo Gallery!
Have you checked out the first day of school photos in our photo gallery?  The photo to the right is from Karen who sent in photos of all her kids’ first day. Take a peek, and then upload some school photos of your own!

What do you miss about summer?
Now that we’re in the throes of school, I can bet there are some of you looking back at that short summer vacation and missing it like crazy. For me, there’s a little beach house in San Diego I’d give anything to be back at. How about you?

Diet book for kids?
Parents are up in arms over a book set to release in October called “Maggie Goes on a Diet”. Many are upset that a book would target girls in this way and give possible eating disorders and self-esteem issues. But others see this book as a good thing that most children need to read, especially as we battle the obesity epidemic that has taken over our country. What are your thoughts on this?

Protecting against childhood
A blogger is taking issue with the fact that playgrounds are being modified to make it impossible to get hurt, Happy Meal toys are being banned, and parents are going overboard in child-proofing their surroundings. His question: “Is childhood going out of style?”

Deep, dark Mommy secrets
Our Petaluma360.com mommy blogger, Veronica, wrote a really deep post about the secrets we learn as we are parents, some we share but don’t admit with others for fear of looking like a bad mom, and what would have kept us from having kids had we known them before. Have you discovered any of these secrets about yourself? Share them if you dare!

Are you listening, Mom?
My kid is a talker. And some of the things he talks about are admittedly of no interest to me. I don’t want to know the play-by-play of his favorite TV show. I don’t really care about that person I don’t know all over YouTube. And the detailed description about how to get to the next level on his video game just goes over my head. But what kind of message am I sending to my kid when I tune him out?

Dance classes for toddlers
One of our moms Is asking about toddler dance classes in Santa Rosa. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Hot Topic: Secret Starbucks Menu
Ever ordered a Dirty Chai? How about a Chocolate Dalmatian? There are some really tasty treats you could be missing out on because they’re not on the Starbucks menu.

Events
Several fun events are happening this weekend. There’s the Hawaiian Luau at Penngrove Park, Taste of Petaluma will be happening all over Petaluma, there’s the Rohnert Park Art & Music Festival, and you can learn about pickling at Savory Spice in Santa Rosa. And more! Check out our Events Calendar to see upcoming Family Events.

Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the forums!

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com

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