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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

SantaRosaMom.com recap 8/18

The Taz and friends on their first day of school. Photo courtesy of the beautiful Claudine.

Hello all you moms and dads! Are you surviving school week? By now, almost all schools are in session. As one mom put it, “My vacation has finally started!” Whether you’re celebrating because the kids are back at school or missing your little crumbgrinder, there’s plenty of school related stuff and more going on at SantaRosaMom.com.

Be prepared for school
Goodbye lazy days, hello crazy-hectic days of the school year. The only sure way of avoiding the tailspin of carpools, sports, homework, signed papers, notes home, and what to pack for school lunch, you need a plan. Here are some of the things that have worked for me, and will also work for you if made a habit early on.

Backpack Charity Event
School supplies are expensive, right? Well for some students, the price of these supplies is downright overwhelming. Threads for Teens, the program created by 15 year old Allyson Ahlstrom, is accepting donations of supplies and money to give backpacks to teens from underprivileged homes. Read all about it and consider your own donation to this cause.
Note: If you’re still shopping for school supplies for your child, here is a list of supplies you should NOT be buying for them.

First Day of School Photos!
I’m looking for your photos! Did you get a photo of your child on their first day of school? Share them in our photo gallery! Upload your photo and tag them “school” to be included in our Back to School photo album. And be sure to check out some more photos of the first day in the Press Democrat photo gallery.

Calling all adorable toddlers!
Cupcake, the store for kid, baby, and maternity fashions, is looking for adorable kids to model their clothing for their fall season photo shoot. And they are holding a casting call to find the next Cupcake kids! If you have a child between 12 months and 8 years, read up on how to enter them. Who knows? Your child may be a star!

Being noticed
How many times have you felt totally invisible in a crowd of people? Little do we know, this might also be happening in our own household. With all the busy-ness that goes on throughout the day, it’s easy for us to not spend an ounce of quality time with our kids – or even give them an encouraging word.
What if we could change all that?

Upcoming Events
Lots of events are coming up that will be great fun or a valuable resource for your child. Whole Foods has several seminars on Gluten Free living, curbing headaches, and more. The Petaluma Library is in the midst of their library sale. The 3rd annual Treasure Hunt will be scavenging Petaluma this Saturday. And Just Between Friends (the consignment sale for young families) will be holding a seminar to teach how you can consign and make some serious cash. Check them out on our Events page.

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

Crissi Dillon
SantaRosaMom.com

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