The end of the year is a time for reflection… on our fave movies of the year past. Here is Common Sense Media’s list: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/best-family-movies-of-2018?utm_source=NEW+121418+DEFAULT&utm_medium=email
Here are some activities to keep the kids entertained once all the presents have been opened and the sugar rush has worn off.
Or set a soundtrack for the day as Santa hosts holiday classics on iHeartRadio here.
Time to rest
I’m wiped out from Thanksgiving feasting and Black Friday shopping. Time to chill while the kids watch some Netflix. Here’s a link to Pop Sugar’s list of holiday movies streaming now. www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Christmas-Movies-Netflix-2018-44543951
CandyStore.com sis a survey of each state to find the most popular candy. And Hawaii’s is Skittles! Happy trick or treating, everyone!
Get ready for another storm
With another tropical storm on the horizon, this hurricane season is proving to be a rough one. Hawaiian Electric has put out a booklet (in five languages) to help you get ready. Though my favorite resource is the keiki booklet. It will help your little one feel useful and reassured while you’re preparing. Find it at https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/safety-and-outages/storm-center/emergency-preparedness-handbook
Want to be a mom in the know? Amuse your kids with timely fun facts about critters: Sept. 8 is National Iguana Awareness Day, Sept. 14-20 is National Farm Animals Awareness Week, and Sept. 22 is both Elephant Appreciation Day and World Rhino Day.
Video for little ones to understand the storm
Big Bird knows what you are going through dealing with a hurricane and tropical storm. If you still have power and internet, stream “Sesame Street Gets Through A Storm” on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEz1yb3WPwA
Keeping the kids inside during Hurricane Lane is driving us all crazy. Log on to www.kiwico.com/diy/ for dozens of fabulous D-I-Y STEM and art projects to pass the time.
Talk to your kids about the hurricane
The images are scary and the some of the possibilities being discussed on the news are scarier. Here are some tips for talking to your kids about the natural disaster hitting the islands: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/about-us/media-and-news/2018-press-releases/tips-for-parents-helping-kids-prepare-hurricane-lane
Lesson from Lane
While we’re hustling around getting ready for Hurricane Lane, I’m trying to use this as a teachable moment to reinforce my little one’s 4th grade lessons in weather. NASA’s picture of the hurricane from space is staggering enough to impress my high schooler. https://abcnews.go.com/US/category-hurricane-145-mph-winds-nearing-hawaii/story?id=57350920