December 2012

12/28

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Stalling on Flu Shots and Other Vaccination Thoughts

by RealMomofNJ on December 28, 2012 in Controversy, Parent Stuff

Today is the day that I’ve been avoiding all year. The day I must take my children in for flu shots, or they’ll be ejected from day care. I have until 12/31 every year to get them their flu shots and every year I delay for as long as possible. Why? Because when P was a baby, there was…

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12/21

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Act of Kindness #5: Gifts and Cards for our Day Care Providers

by RealMomofNJ on December 21, 2012 in Holidays, Life Lessons

And here we are at #5, but last is certainly not least.

There are a lot of people involved in taking care of our children. Maybe it’s just our day care center (possible), maybe we acknowledge too many people (doubtful), but we try to remember everyone who contributes to our children’s care and development. Not everyone contributes equally, however, and…

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12/20

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Act of Kindness #4: Donate Coats

by RealMomofNJ on December 20, 2012 in Holidays, Life Lessons

This one was the easiest of all of our acts of kindness. We didn’t have to do any shopping, or cooking, or planning at all. We just looked in the closet, picked out the coats that P and I seldom wear, and drove them over to the coat drive hosted by P’s ballet class. The coats will be donated…

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12/19

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Act of Kindness #2: Donate New Books to the Library

by RealMomofNJ on December 19, 2012 in Children's Books

We love love love our local library. What better way to show our appreciation and give back at the holidays than by donating some brandy new books?

We have our own extensive home library of children’s books, but many children are not that lucky. It is really important to me that my children understand this. Because I wanted to give…

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12/18

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Quick & Easy & Real Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

by RealMomofNJ on December 18, 2012 in Adult Food, Baby Food, Food & Recipes

I do not feed my kids instant oatmeal. Not only because the quality of oatmeal is poor (it’s overly overprocessed and thus not as nutritious as rolled oats or steel-cut oatmeal), but because there is too much sugar and other junk. As it turns out, making rolled oats doesn’t take a whole lot longer than reconstituting the instant stuff….

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12/17

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Act of Kindness #3: Cookies for Sanitation Workers & Mailman

by RealMomofNJ on December 17, 2012 in Holidays, Life Lessons

We’re skipping ahead to #3, as the library is closed today and we can’t complete #2 (which is “Donate new books to our beloved local library”). Number 2 is on the agenda for tomorrow.

So, #3: “Bake cookies for the garbage men, recycling men, and mailman.” To show our appreciation of some of the service men in town, I baked…

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12/13

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The MF-ing Elf on the MF-ing Shelf

by RealMomofNJ on December 13, 2012 in Holidays

Are you doing Elf on the Shelf for your kids? We’re not. I don’t feel bad about it at all. In fact, I’m an asshole about it.

What’s Elf on the Shelf? This game is all the rage nowadays. Here is the official description but the gist of it is that it’s this hide-and-seek game in which you hide…

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