The Jewish Kid and the Cannibal

You only get a partial story when you read this. Due to dismemberment of human limbs, and how things don’t feel good when you’re there and involved.

Once upon a time, I was visiting the mental ward of a psychiatric hospital. I had lost my first husband to a disease called putting people on major pharmaceutical phony cures for depression. His mental illness was caused by the fact that his girlfriend Angela had committed suicide by shooting herself in the stomach. This was due to the fact my first husband had left her pregnant with child, and also she had a previous daughter who had died of so-called genetic leukemia as a child herself. Or, at least, that’s the version of what happened that I ended up with. My first husband was Jewish, with parents who’d escaped the Nazis via being teenagers or so and traveling with their folks to America.

Anyway, some three score years after that, when I was visiting my husband’s now deceased cousin on said mental ward, I met a Semitic, youthfully wiry teenage boy, probably around 14 years old. I had read extensively about the Jews of New York, researching old books. Did you ever notice that all books are old books? The reality there is that you can only get a recent book. It’s amazing, but there’s no such thing exactly as books of the present or future, unless you’re reading them in progress, sometime during the publication or whatever process of print.

The young boy I met in the paragraph above? Well, he moved back and forth along a kind of number line at me, going back and forth, stating with his body language that he was and still is possibly less than zero, which is a book title. Fortunately, there is no such thing as a copyright for a book title. The boy I now call the Jewish kid explained his situation at me. He said he lived in the Seattle regional area, and that he was previously staying at an apartment somewhere in the vicinity, but he was kind of looking for another place to live. Meanwhile, he had been gauged as mentally ill somehow, possibly by him himself. Or someone or several such someone else family members or friends.

He was just all white and dark haired and Semitic looking. I recalled those stories I had read, about New York Jews in the old days where Italians used to beat them up frequently. Well, like Hitler said, there’s always something about old books. You read them, you learn from them, and sadly like Hitler did, you tend to apply them to your own real life circumstances. Really, you do. So the Jewish kid explained to me while we were on full view by the nurses on the mental ward that he didn’t really care about his life much anymore, he just wanted to maybe find a new place to live, one apart from the cannibal down the hall. He was worried about himself and the cannibal man, but he made a mistake of sorts. He was talking to someone who knows how to throw a karate punch.

Ever hear the phrase, “If you can do, do, but if you can’t do, teach?” I can only punch my was out of a wet paper bag, I think, as I’m female and after all those psychiatric medications I had been on, thank God or whatever I do that I am now off of them completely and recovering – I am waiting for them to put me back on them again, when I’m older and need pain meds in a hospital. Wow, the machine accepted the word meds. And I haven’t forgotten about Judaism either. Well the machine accepted that word either for some reason.

I immediately told the Jewish kid to settle down, very softly so that no one would interfere with us. I risked a lot doing this, but then again who knows. Is life itself even worthwhile, as Woody Allen had asked time and time again? So I taught the Jewish kid how to punch his cannibal opponent, living back there where said kid used to live, as he was planning on applying for somewhere else, but maybe he wasn’t a real man yet. That would require some ridiculous Jewish party where he gets elevated on a chair, receives ritzy presents, and or has to believe he’s an overnight adult. Maybe he’d already had his bar mitzvah oh another word this machine accepts and doesn’t try to correct.

I taught that boy how to punch, and like Ray Bradbury the science fiction writer said, he was ready for it in a red hot second. He was so intelligent and so muscular under all that skinny he seemed to be that he did a gorgeous, beautiful punch in the air to the left of me, right across in front of my face. In a split second, he had chosen exactly where to punch the cannibal man that was haunting him who lived down the hallway.

But he didn’t see himself as more valuable than a weirdo who had unnecessarily disappeared into the bottomless pit of human depravity, namely a weirdo waving a knife at him down the hallway, trying to invite the Jewish kid in so he could eat him. I need more Jews in Seattle. Hang Hitler high for being a hay man, oh shoot that has always been the problem.

The fact is the cannibal was human and was there for a reason, well, maybe not under God, but something like that. Throwing a punch is an act of physics, and even I could land a kick better than Chuck Norris and throw a punch that works, well, one that leaves someone to die slowly. Immediately, too, as that is when it begins that the oppressor becomes the victim, his own victim.

So, in short, I don’t know if the cannibal could have accepted that he should have called the cops on himself until after the first victim. You see where this is going. He would have to have at least one dead victim in his apartment before he could even call the cops on himself, or maybe he could have said, “I have been waving a knife around in the hallway outside my door, which isn’t my door ever,” and maybe he could have found a way for the cops to do something.

Maybe not, but really who knows. So the Jewish kid left the mental institution, with a punch in him, and the right thing to have done was to punch out the human, suffering, not so miserable and overly enjoying his life cannibal, before the Jewish kid was eaten by the cannibal and joined a very long list of people. Not so much, because of course the smell of dead human body parts is way too there, hovering around, and it makes it obvious which one is the cannibal’s apartment, and eventually he gets turned in by the police, of course.

This is almost getting rattled off at that. At what? Well, the Jewish kid’s choice was perhaps to take the info on how to punch someone repeatedly until it hurts enough for the cannibal to stop eating say, 10, 50 or 100 or plus humans in his apartment building, I don’t know how small or large it was there, before he got caught at it. Sort of like a depraved lion living in it. The Jewish kid I taught the world’s best karate punch too seemed to learn it, in just that small, fast, instantly there way, and maybe he used it to punch the cannibal once, and of course the cannibal maybe dragged him in there and ate him. How many people are moving into an apartment building near you?

Or maybe at least the cannibal learned some respect for the kid. And he stopped waving the knife at that kid and stopped inviting him in. And then the Jewish kid maybe got his things together, and Elvis there left the building. Anything could have happened from teaching one Jewish kid how to fight properly, and my having run out of time and ability to teach him how to kick and block. Without the dude grabbing a leg or an arm, and no teaching how to twist either.

I helped stop a major bear attack that happened near the Canadian border, it was an 800 plus pound Canadian or Alaskan black bear who was either a mom full of cubs or a dad full of park rangers, deer, other bears, what not who knows. Nobody does yet. I just wanted a Jewish husband, really, but I would never have met Ron Schwarz without Hitler, without ending up on what I needed to end up on, namely psychiatric meds. I heard a voice in my head in that small town near Canada, it said, “You’re going to marry Ronald Gary Schwarz,” gee that happened before I ever met him. Well, I did, and then there was that Jewish kid. Maybe I get help from God sometimes.

Hopefully, Adolf the wolf man isn’t God. Just some power broker from the past who died in 1947 or thereabouts. Seems he mailed me Ron Schwarz, but I loved Ron and oops maybe going on meds was my own impatient fault. So I had met our beloved son on that mental institution ward. Well, Ron never screamed the entire time his legs and body were being ripped apart by meds making him more spastic. By the way, his parents were named Gertrude Wolfe and Alexander Schwarz. They are now on the Internet forever, or else.

Something like that. Lying is impossible, and so is telling the truth. Neither one satisfies my need for the reality that is never there. The one that explains it all to me, the one the Schwarz people tried to supply me with. Somehow, death ends all that, and the rest is an animal with a huge brain talking to itself, whether male, female or both, or even anything else like a corpse or something. So, my hopes are that the Jewish kid took out that cannibal before the poor dear man made a mess out of that entire apartment building. But of course it sure isn’t better to give blow jobs all your life to an Italian monster who isn’t there.

The Italian guys in the earlier version, though were at least human beings, like Frank Sinatra or Billy Joel or that nice lady you know down the block who still speaks Italian. Why, if something eats humans but is still human, what is it? Probably a more heavily evolved human being. Maybe even a blonde one, according to Hitler, but who knows. Sigh, I suppose that is obvious? So maybe the cannibal, but wait that is a throwback to more primitive times, I guess, the guy needed the protein because you would not believe the high cost of rent, groceries, the present acceptance of human cannibalism, so on.

I’m stuck hoping the kid learned that punch, because he picked up on where to throw it without my telling him stuff, I think I may have told him to punch the guy’s face too, and was stopped short on repeatedly because I was scared both for the cannibal and for getting caught, both the kid and I, especially me and my family depends on my earning a living… you see?

I guess it is largely a case of anything goes. Well, the kid maybe had learned how to fight properly, ended up at a dojo somewhere, that sort of thing. Maybe he got the resources, as he was still an innocent kid, on the mental ward – and they moved him to Section 8 housing. And maybe there he made a fresh start. But he told me he was fascinated by the strange man down the hall who kept waving that knife at him, and saying, “Hey, come here, I got something for you, Hymie! You can come visit me, you don’t have anyone else!”

I’m hoping the kid punched him out. In the face, several times, and the dude’s knife went clattering to the floor, and that calm, all white Jewish kid walked over the body and called the police. But, what if the dude got up? The Jewish kid would have had to figure that one out by himself. Well, maybe he could have shouted, “I’m calling the police, I punched out a knife wielding loony!” He would have yelled that, but unfortunately, I had no time to teach him how to shout the special phrase in Japanese style karate where you make a very loud sound. It’s called a ki-yi, and the fact is you at least need to know about that. And the Jewish kid was maybe living all alone, with limited family support. The cannibal probably had nobody, maybe that one Jewish kid to pick on.

There’s not enough time to do that on a small, locked mental ward. Now I live in the world’s smallest house, waiting for my husband to finish reading this story. It is cozy, and at least I still have a life to lead. Meanwhile, there are still worldwide serial murderers who rape and kill their victims, and their special children, the cannibals, and of course the people who shoot at people a lot and blow things up and cause events leading up to World War III.

The Benefits Of Enrolling Your Kids In Private Schools

As kids grow, parents think of their future. Planning for their future is a must. For one, parents need to ensure that they are healthy. Next, parents need to guide their kids in the development of their skills and talent. And, parents need to prepare for their kids’ education.

Nowadays, enrolling kids in private schools is the best option to provide them with the best education. Schools can provide better features for your kids. Listed below are some of the following.

Kids learn from well-qualified instructors

First and foremost, private schools hire well-qualified and competent instructors to teach kids. As a result, kids will have instructors who are well versed with the different subjects. Schools also have an effective curriculum which can help kids learn things they need to know to improve their skills and knowledge. Some schools even offer specialized classes for kids with dyslexia, ADHD and learning differences. In this way, kids with certain conditions can be taken care of by skilled instructors.

Kids will learn properly and easily

Enrolling children in private schools can be more expensive than public schools. That is why more parents enroll their kids in public schools to save finances for their daily needs. Because of this, public schools are more crowded as compared to private schools, which is a huge advantage for your children who are enrolled in private schools since the instructors can focus on their development and help kids hone their skills. Not to mention, private schools have the latest and most effective teaching tools for your kids. Classrooms are also properly maintained to help kids feel comfortable while studying.

Provide kids with academic courses

When enrolling children in private schools, they can also enjoy academic courses. These academic courses can help kids improve their talents and skills. In addition, academic courses can also help kids improve their self-esteem. Some schools also offer specific religious education component which can help kids learn more about certain religious beliefs that can guide them.

Kids will enjoy sports activities

Finally, children can enjoy sports activities. This is possible since private schools do not only focus on mental strengths, but schools can also help your kids boost their physical abilities. With this, kids can improve their health which can help them prevent diseases from affecting their performance and health.

With all these, children can improve their skills and knowledge to guide them in creating a better and more lucrative future ahead of them.

Kids’ Parties – A Practical Guide to Hosting a Kids Party

Expectations

Whether to have a “party” or not is up to the parents and what makes them feel comfortable. However, it’s best to be realistic when it comes to expectations. Throwing a party for a 2 year old with pony rides, a magician, jumping castle, decadent food and a three tier cake is a waste of money if the expectation is for that child to remember any of it. Chances are they won’t even stay awake or they may have a meltdown as it’s just all too much for them. It’s only natural to want to celebrate these milestones but for kids under five, keeping it low key with family and close friends is recommended, until the kids and parents are ready for the responsibility, cost and exhaustion that comes with throwing a party (as well as the fun, excitement and joy!!)

Guest List

Who to invite seems to cause the most angst when it comes to kids’ parties. Again it’s up to the parent and child as to what feels acceptable. Beware of inviting the whole class, unless looking after 20-30 kids is not daunting and you have a whip and chair handy! For school age children, their preferences should be respected. Inviting kids they don’t know at all or may not necessarily like, may lead to social issues on the day. Humility and resilience are also important – kids shouldn’t gloat about having a party or being invited to one but also need to learn they aren’t always going to be invited either. More kids = more cost, more time and preparation and more chance for accidents and incidents. However, the age plus one rule is not necessarily practical either -6 kids won’t necessarily create a party atmosphere or make playing party games workable. A good number is 12 to 15.

RSVP

Should you RSVP? YES! Some people go to a lot of effort, time and preparation when it comes to organising a kid’s party. There can be a lot of per head costs like party bags, entertainment and food. Respect that the organiser has gone to this effort and cost and their child is looking forward to being surrounded by their friends. Also no one should be put in a position where they don’t have a party bag, cupcake or prize for a child because they weren’t expecting them. Having only one or two kids show up would be even worse.Don’t rely on kids to RSVP to the birthday child or their parent – communicate directly with the organiser to prevent misunderstandings. This also ensures they then have all parents’ details if something happens on the day or they are not staying.

There was a post recently about the controversial decision of a mother in the UK to send the parent of a boy that didn’t show up to her child’s party, an invoice for £15.95, as a no show fee (to cover the ski slope fee). Okay, maybe that’s a bit extreme and yes, plans change and kids get sick but if a child does RSVP yes and they can no longer make it, then it’s courtesy to let the organiser know, even if it’s just a text message.

Sometimes taking siblings is unavoidable and organisers appreciate this. Again it’s courtesy to let them know if siblings are coming and if the party is at somewhere like a roller skating rink or the movies it is their parent’s responsibility to pay for and supervise those siblings.

For the organiser -hand out the invitations at least 2 weeks before the party; the more notice the greater chance of people being able to make it. Be aware of things like Saturday morning sports that can prevent a lot of kids from being able to make it. A great tip to prevent invitations getting lost is to pop a magnet on the back so it goes on the fridge. Also, make sure all communication options are listed, e.g. mobile phone and email and the date the RSVP is required by. That way there is no excuse for someone not being able to contact the organiser.

Drop Off or Stay

This depends on the party venue, e.g. secure play centre vs a park or the family home; age and personality of the child and the relationship with the birthday child’s family. The best thing to do is assess the situation when arriving, e.g. how many kids there are, the level or supervision, etc. but it wouldn’t normally be considered appropriate to leave a preschool age child at a party without a parent nor a child who may be clingy or insecure.

Gift Opening

Giving a kid a pile of presents and telling them they can’t open it would be like putting a block of Cadbury’s finest in front of a chocoholic and telling them they can’t have it. However, it can cause chaos and delay things like games or entertainment. The best option is to discuss with the birthday child beforehand when the present opening will be. The end of the party is good after the entertainment and cake are done but before everyone leaves so that the giver gets to see the child open their present. Thank you cards may not be practical if a parent is not sitting there opening the presents like you would do with a toddler as you may not even be able to match the presents to the givers. Parents should not be too hard on themselves when it comes to this practice but do ensure the birthday child thanks their friends for their gift and for coming and vice versa.

Provisions

What should the party host provide? The merriam-webster dictionary describes a party as “a social event in which entertainment, food, and drinks are provided”.

How to entertain the kids is probably the second biggest issue behind who to invite and is the one aspect of a kids’ party that parents are mostly likely to outsource. It depends on the age of the kids, number of kids, whether the party host is comfortable entertaining a group of kids and if not what their budget is. As a guide – toddlers are happy to play with what is in the home, I.e what the birthday child plays with or the local play centre or playground. Jumping castles, face painters and balloonist are great for pre-schoolers and party games are good to introduce from age 5 and upwards, as are magicians, animal shows, etc. Movies, roller skating rinks, etc. are better left for when they are a bit more mature and able to self regulate their behaviour (and coordination!). It’s important to be consistent. Don’t raise a child’s expectations with a trip to Dreamworld one year and takeaway dinner from Maccas the next.

The type of food to provide depends on the time of day the party is being held. If the party is from say 11.00 to 1.00 then there is an expectation of substantial lunch time food. Lighter refreshments are fine for late afternoon. Also, if there is an expectation for the parents to stay then they should be provided for also, especially as it’s quite likely they have been running around doing errands beforehand and have probably forgotten to eat. Make sure there is plenty of water and not just cordial and soft drinks, especially in summer.

Party Bags

The kids are worn out from running around, bellies are full, the cake has been done and it’s time to go home and the first child that leaves is looking expectantly at the party host and whispers in anticipation “are there party bags?” (okay maybe it’s just my child that does this!!). Despite extensive research it is difficult to locate the origin of “party bags”. They began as lolly bags but with the health revolution and high rate of childhood obesity these have become frowned upon. But let’s face it, kids are materialistic! Who wouldn’t want to receive a little gift? But they also like giving – they take pleasure in handing out goody bags, especially if they have made or decorated them. It’s up to the party host to decide what to give – it’s a bit pointless to hand out something that is going to get thrown in the trash within an hour of getting home just for the sake of distributing something,but it’s also not necessary to send them home with a mini Van Gough or iPod. Something practical they can use or an art/craft activity they can do quietly when they get home is sure to be appreciated. Whatever the decision, the intention should be obvious – if party bags are going to be handed out, it’s good to have them in plain view and task the you birthday child or a relative with making sure the kids get one when they leave so no one misses out! If there are no party bags, make it light and polite, e.g. “sweetheart the prize you got in the pass the parcel was our thank you gift.”

On a recent survey conducted (of my own two children ), when asked what their favourite part of having a party is, their response was “the cake & the party bags”, whereas I would spend far more time on decorations and entertainment. It just goes to show that parents probably stress unnecessarily over aspects that the birthday child and their guests may not even notice. It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing those things as I enjoy it and it’s my contribution to them. However, I do outsource things I don’t like to do, e.g. the cake, food, taking photos, etc. so they are things I don’t have to stress about and I’m left to enjoy the day with the kids, which is what it’s all about in the end…

Raising Mal-Adjusted Kids in 6 Easy Steps!

Would you like to learn the secrets for raising negative, emotionally unstable children? Would you like to learn how to raise children who grow up to be angry, jealous, judgmental and bitter adults? Would you like to learn how to destroy your kid’s self-esteem so they start drinking and doing drugs at the earliest age possible? Are you interested in turning siblings against each other so they grow up envious and distrustful of one another?

If you’re like most parents the answer is, “NO!” However, I’ve recently been exposed to some horrific parents who should not have been allowed to pro-create. The amount of emotional baggage and lack of maturity in these people make them unfit to be parents. How can an adult who stopped growing emotionally at the age of 12, be expected to raise emotionally stable children?

The truth is that anyone can give you “good” parenting advice, but what can you learn from that? In order to really create mal-adjusted kids, you need to put yourself in the shoes of the parents who know the least and whose intentions are at best misguided and at worst, toxic. They can teach you things you never would have thought of yourself. So, if you’re interested in raising real losers, apply the following 6 steps with as much consistency as possible.

Step 1. DISRESPECT YOUR SPOUSE! – Fight and argue with your spouse as often as possible. Be sure your kids witness these outbursts. Disrespect each other as often as possible. Call your spouse terrible names, slander him or her, and put him or her down loud enough so your kids can hear it anywhere in the house. Remember your kids will listen. If you really want to screw with your child’s mind, tell your child what a loser the other parent is at every opportunity. These simple, easy to follow steps can put you on the fast track towards raising angry, sullen and disrespectful kids. Remember your child will tend to treat his or her spouse the same way you treat yours. If you follow these instructions to the letter, not only will you put your kids on a path to self-destruction, but you can screw up your future grandchildren and future generations as well.

Step 2. DISAPPROVE! – Never hesitate to insult, criticize, disapprove and belittle your children. To create lasting damage you must start when they are very young. Constantly tell them: “You’re stupid!” “You’re a loser!” “You’ll never amount to anything!” “You’re trash!” “You look horrible!” You can quickly destroy their self-image by telling them that they are fat or ugly. For added destruction constantly compare them to a model in a magazine or television show. Be sure your disapprovals are cloaked with as much anger, contempt, sarcasm and disgust as possible. Sadly, your off the wall emotions will quickly reveal that “you” are an emotionally disturbed toxic parent, but hopefully your child will never catch on. It is critical that your kids never learn how messed-up “you” actually are. You must constantly turn it around and place the guilt, shame and self-loathing back on them. Remember “smother-love” (overprotecting, overindulging and defending them when they need to accept responsibility for their actions) is more destructive than “mother-love” (acceptance, kindness, support and praise).

Step 3. GOSSIP! – As your kids listen, spread as much negative gossip about your family and neighbors as possible. Trashing your family members and neighbors is a fantastic skill to develop and instill in your kids. This will insure that your child becomes a highly judgmental human being. If you have nothing nasty to say, simply make something up-just be sure your kids hear it.

Step 4. LIE! – Allow your kids to catch you telling a lie and then deny it. This is a very important step. You can never truly screw your kids up unless you become an expert at “lie & deny.” Lie to your kids and spouse as often as you can. Learn to use the phrase, “I never said that!” Become a master at “cover-ups” and covering your tracks. Never admit fault or wrong-doing. Most of all use lies to cover-up lies. This will help your children not to feel guilty when they don’t own up to their own mistakes nor take responsibility for their own behavior.

Step 5. BUY THEM OFF! – Replace love with material things! This may be the most important step of all. Since some parents don’t love themselves, it’s very difficult for them to give love or show compassion. You can’t give love to someone else when you don’t have any for yourself. The secret is to buy your kids off! Replace love with bribes and material possessions. The more outrageous their demands the more they should be met. Your kids will love this part because they won’t realize until they get older that your love was “store-bought.” And by that time it’s too late-the damage has already been done! Remember, if you’re ever tempted to give any love or compassion to your kids, quickly retreat and buy them an iPod or a trip to Europe.

Step 6. BE THEIR FRIEND! – I recently heard a parent say, “All teens drink and smoke pot, what can I do? I’ll let mine do the same, so they fit in with the crowd.” I wholeheartedly agree with this very enlightened parent. Let your kids do whatever they want without boundaries. If your neighbor’s kids drink, allow your kids to do the same. All kids do it, right? If a school mate smokes pot to relax, don’t teach your child there’s a better way. Instead, cop out and show them where to buy this drug. With any luck they may eventually get hooked on stronger narcotics. I also believe you should smoke, do drugs and fall down sloppy drunk while your kids watch. After all, what’s your goal; to raise a self-fulfilled winner or a mediocre, second-rate loser? More importantly, as you continue to promote their unsafe drug, booze and sex habits, insist they do it at home under your watchful eye where it is safe!

THAT’S ENOUGH! Let’s get real. Every example I used above is authentic, and I’ve sadly witnessed hundreds more. There is only one way to raise a child who has the best chance to attain his or her full potential–do the complete opposite of everything I have written here.

As parents, we have a tremendous amount of affirmative power and an inalienable obligation to promote our child’s positive development. Too often inappropriate parenting can cause a child to feel abandoned even though he or she is still living at home with parents. Our children are a reflection of who we are and our own works of art. Let’s teach them that they are masterpieces. This is a major step in “enlightened parenting.” We can change our world by releasing into it—emotionally stable kids.

Chores Make Kids Successful and Happy

Okay, I can’t guarantee the happiness promise, but a recent article called “Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common” published in Tech Insider does list chores as one factor that might lead to children’s success as adults. They quote author Julie Lythcott-Haims (How to Raise an Adult) as praising chores because it teaches kids that they “have to do the work of life in order to be part of life.”

Let’s look at the benefit of chores a little more deeply (and I will put forth my not-scientifically-proven theory on why it also makes kids happier).

1. Doing Chores Raises Self Esteem

Self Esteem is confidence about one’s own worth and abilities. Little kids may not have learned to read and older kids may be struggling with long division or quadratic equations, but most kids can learn to make their beds and sweep the floor. Are these worthwhile tasks? Of course they are. And it is much easier for a child to understand the usefulness of a clean floor than to grasp where algebra is going to work for them in their lives. Kids who feel capable and competent have higher self esteem. Chores are one area most kids can develop competency relatively easily.

2. Doing Chores Makes Kids Feel Needed

When we wait on our kids hand and foot, it gives kids the wrong estimation of their own importance. Ironically, just like praising kids too profusely, doing everything for kids does not build their sense of being important; rather it leaves kids feeling adrift and disconnected. What kids want to feel is that the are important because their family needs them. When the character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird explains to Scout, the main character, why he runs away from home, Scout asks herself, “what I would do if Atticus [her father] did not feel the necessity of my presence, help and advice” (143). Scout firmly recognizes her place in her family and knows how essential it is to her to feel needed by them. Contributing to the well being of the family by doing household chores is a great way for kids to feel they are an integral cog in the wheel of a smooth family life.

3. Doing Chores Shares the Work

In previous generations, families had a lot of kids precisely because a large work force was needed just to keep the family farm or business going. As soon as they could toddle, children were given simple chores to do. In this way, all the tasks of life got done and families thrived. Today, although more tasks are mechanized and there are fewer chores to do at home, people are also a lot busier outside of the home. With parents working and kids going off to a schedule packed full of extracurriculars, there is very little time left to what chores they are. And yet, “according to a survey by Braun Research in 2014, 82 percent of grown-ups polled said they had regular chores when they were growing up, but only 28 percent reported asking their children to do any (July 12 2015). Wow! Instead, imagine a home where the work was shared as equally as possible among the family members. Kids would have a much greater appreciation for what it takes to keep everyone fed and dressed in clean clothes. Appreciation is linked to happiness!

4. Kids Doing Chores Reduces Parental Stress

With only 28% of the kids helping out on a regular basis, parents are coming home after a full day’s work and are facing a full evening of chores. Just thinking about it is exhausting. Parents complain to me that they have no time to just hang out with their kids. But is that because their kids are watching t.v. or playing video games while their parents fix dinner? How about having the kids in the kitchen with you? One child can grate cheese while another cuts up vegetables. While kids’ hands and attention are busy is a great time to ask more in-depth questions, open-ended questions. Chore time becomes connection time, and human connection is one of the most important factors for happiness. One last hidden factor in reducing stress is that parents who are not up washing the dishes or folding the laundry after their kids have gone to bed might actually have time to sit down next to each and connect themselves! Connected parents do a better job supporting their kids and making them feel secure.

5. Doing Chores Teaches Kids at Home Skills They Can Use at School

Uh? How does doing the laundry help with writing a clear, well-supported essay? Well, doing laundry teaches responsibility, accountability, planning, attention to detail and follow through (Did you ever have a bunch of clothes go moldy because you forget to transfer them to the dryer?). Aren’t those all skills that you need in essay writing? Of course! And in all kinds of school related tasks like doing homework on time, turning homework back in, chunking assignments into multiple steps, etc. Kids who have learned to take on tasks as their own are the same kids who are independent learners. They are also great team members for group work. They know that many hands make light work and they stand at the ready to do their share. They do not expect someone else–much less Mom or Dad–to do their work for them.

And that’s not all!!

So here you have four arguments for chores increasing your kids’ happiness and one argument for chores increasing their success in school (not to mention later in life). And here’s one more argument: Doing chores as children helps teach kids early on about work/life balance. Life is not just about doing school work, dutifully practicing piano and going to soccer practice. It is also about creating a salubrious space in which to live and cooking nutritious meals that bring the family together. Those have long been considered mainstays of a happy home. Oh, and did I mention that kids who take part in the cooking have more varied, nutritious diets? And that kids who sharing in the washing and cleaning take better care of their clothes and toys? Really, the more I think about it, the longer the list gets.

Fiji Kids Clubs

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort

Shangri-La’s Little Chiefs Club is for children aged between 4 and 12 years old. The club is free for guests. Children aged under 4 need a babysitter or parent. There are different activities arranged each day based on two age groups 4-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Activities take place at the kids club or at the children’s pool, on the beach or at the children’s playground. The Little Chiefs Club is open every day from 9am to 12noon and 1pm to 5pm.

Plantation Island

Plantation Island has the ‘Coconut Club’, a free kids club for guests. When you first visit the club you get a free t-shirt which the kids get to decorate. The club is for kids aged 4 to 11 with kids under 4 requiring a babysitter or parent to attend. The club is open daily from 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm and 6.30pm till 9pm. The kids club room has a ball pit, jumping castle and TV and the activities features a mixture of traditional games combined with Fijian cultural activities.

Castaway Island

The Castaway Kids Club includes supervised daily adventures and educational games with a Fijian flavour. The club is for kids aged 3 years and over and is open from 9am to 4 pm and 5.30 to 9pm daily. The club is free for guests.

Mana Island

Mana’s Tu Vonu Kids Club is for kids aged 3-12 years. There is a one-off payment of F$25 per child per stay for registration and includes some souvenir gifts as a reminder of the stay. The club is open from 10 am till 12 noon, 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm daily.

Malolo Island

Malolo’s Tai’s Treehouse kids club is for kids 4-12 year old. The club is free for guests and has plenty of equipment and games with a fully fenced playground. Kids under 4 require a babysitter. Malolo has introduced a new kids activities program which will immerse them in a fun, innovative and educational way into island life and will include a focus on the environment, the culture and the history of Malolo Island and Fiji in general.

Out rigger Resort

Out rigger has the Little Riggers program for 3 – 7 years and the Beach Riggers program for 8 – 12 years. The activities run daily from 10am to 12 noon, 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. Kids club activities are free for guests. Out rigger also offers a nanny service for children 6 months to 12 years. A teenager activity program is also available and includes hiking activities, spear making and trips to local attractions (at a small cost).

The Naviti Resort

The Naviti’s Ratu & Adi Vonu kids club is for 5-12 year olds. The club is open most of the day from 9am to 10pm and is free for resort guests. The kids club has a play area for the kids as well as a daily activities program and night time activities. Children under 5 are welcome if they are accompanied by a babysitter or parent.

The Warwick Resort

The Warwick KARE club is open for children between the ages of 3 and 11 years. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied however there is a charge of F$5 per child per day. The club is open daily from 9am to 12 noon and from 1.30pm until 4pm.

Hideaway Resort

The Hermit Crab Kids Club is suitable for children 5 – 12 years and is free of charge. Babysitting is available for children aged 1 – 4 years. There are a number of activities including some traditional Fijian activities.

Radisson Blu Resort

The Pirate’s Cove Kid’s Club is available for kids ages 4 to 12. There are three sessions daily from 9.00am – 1.00pm, 1.00pm – 5.00pm and 5.00pm – 8.30pm. The club is not free and expect to pay up to F$10 per child per session.

Sheraton Fiji Resort

Sheratons Lai Lai kids club to offers a comprehensive daily program ranging from Fijian Language Lessons to Fish Feeding and Face Painting, to name just a few. The club is free for guests aged 4-12 years and under 4’s are welcome if accompanied by an adult. The club has day and night time sessions.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resort

The Bula Club has two kids programs; the Lei Lei Bula Club for kids 0 to 5 years and the Marau Bula Club for kids 6 to 12 years. The Bula club is free for guests and features a daily program of activities that are fun, educational and cultural. The Bula club is available from 8am to 9pm daily. A feature of the club is a dedicated nanny (or buddy) who will look after your child for the day and the duration of your stay. The Bula club program also includes fresh, healthy meals and bottled soft drinks making it one of the most popular kids clubs in Fiji.

Treasure Island

The Treasure Island kids club has a large purpose-built bure featuring a host of fun activities and strategically located in the centre of the island. The Club’s innovative program of activities is run by dedicated fully qualified staff and features activities that cater for all ages. The club is open to children aged 3 and over. The club is free for guests and has daily registration from 9.30 am, an afternoon session as well as a night session from 7pm till 9pm.

Sofitel Fiji Resort

The Turtle kids club is for kids aged 2-12 years old. The club is divided into three age groups, 0 to 3 years, 3 to 6 years and 6 to 12 years and features an indoor playground. The club is open daily from 9am to 9pm and a $30 charge per child per day applies.

Fiji Beach Resort & Spa Managed by Hilton

The Kids Club features a spacious outdoor play area and two indoor activity rooms. The club is open between 9am to 5pm daily for kids aged 3 – 12 years. Kids under 3 welcome if they are accompanied by a parent or nanny. The club has activities specifically designed for different age groups. The kids club is free for guests.

How a Toy Can Change Your Kid’s Life

Introduction

Kids toys are not only designed and meant for play pleasure, relaxation, games and fun -they are also essential as great tools in health, mental and academic development of kids.

How can a toy change your kid’s life? You may ask. When a child involves in processes by playing, they tend to become creative and develop abilities that would go on to build their academic prowess.

Toys are undoubtedly beneficial to kids and can help to change their lives in no small way. A toy can change your kids’ life in different ways. Toys serve as the building blocks for the future of your kids.

Toys educate your kids about themselves and the world. One way a toy can change your kid’s life is by sending messages and communicating values generally, some of the ways a toy can change your kid’s life are in the development of

A). Social & Emotional Abilities:

Dolls and stuffed animals are best for representing human beings through make-believe roles. Children develop security, happiness, sharing and cooperation via play.

Stuffed toys, musical mobiles can give soothing remedy and luxury to a child in trauma. While other toys for make-believe like get dressed-up clothes, toy automobiles, vans, video games, musical units, and books assist children in constructing self-expression and confidence.

B). Physical Abilities:

Playing on swings, monkey bars, skipping, assist in building physical dexterity, strength and balance in kids. Other toys which include toy vehicles, wagons, motorcycles, brooms, and shovels also broaden their physical or muscle improvement.

C). Creativity:

Great motor abilities required for writing and creative artistic development may be developed in kids through drawing, painting and art sports. Toys for creative and highbrow development include clay, crayons, paints, books, paper, and scissors.

D). Language Development:

Reading and playing with image books help increase listening and communication capabilities in kids

E). Cognitive and Problem Solving Capabilities:

Playing with nature based activities like sand toys and play dough; water toys assist youngsters with turning them to be good at investigating and experimenting because their sense of interest, curiosity, and discovery is ignited.

Playing with boxes, puzzles, and blocks, also teach them the way to group, manage and categorize objects.

Some toys fit into more than one category, and kids need to enjoy playing with the toys from different categories for total development.

F). Logical Reasoning:

Exposing your kids through toys to logical reasoning at an early age, enables the kid develop his/her mind and create an essential basis for their ability to examine and make connections in data reasoning in the future.

Distinctive studying tools like puzzles and building blocks assist in beefing up a baby’s potential to sequence, conceptualize, and sooner or later troubleshoot problems.

G). Mathematical Skills:

it’s never too early too early to construct a “can-do” mindset towards math in your kids’ lives!

Toys that encourage counting, simple operations and figuring out shapes are right tools to begin getting to know about math. Despite the fact that this is frequently the challenge in which kids lack self-assurance, here’s your chance to get your kids to feel he can be a hit at it in an enjoyable and less stressful manner!

Now you know how a toy can change your kid’s life!

Conclusion

Toys can change kids live positively in no small measure.
Toys are great in building the mental capacity of your kids.
Never deny your kids access to great toys.

Common Mistakes Parents Make When Kids Join A Sports Club

As of now, parents let their kids enjoy life. They allow their kids to experience numerous activities. Not to mention, some parents even enroll their kids in extracurricular courses to help them hone their skills and improve their knowledge. Apart from training courses, some parents also allow kids to join a sports club.

By letting kids join in a sports club, you can provide them with a lot of benefits such as improving their skills, enhancing their knowledge, and strengthening their body. But, there are cases when parents make mistakes when they let their kids join in sports clubs. To avoid these, below are some of the most common mistakes parents commit.

Taking away the game from kids

One of the most common mistakes parents make is they take away the game from kids. As a parent, you wish to make sure your kids are safe and happy in what they do. Therefore, there are cases when parents make certain decisions. For instance, when kids are not given sufficient play time, some parents argue with coaches, which can lead to legal proceedings. Instead of doing this, it is better to let the kids enjoy their game.

Not allowing kids to make their own decisions

Another mistake parents make when kids join in clubs is they do not allow their child to make their own decision. As mentioned above, joining a sports club allow kids to improve their skills and knowledge. By restricting kids to make decisions, you are also limiting their opportunity to learn. Thus, parents need to act as parents and let their kids learn from their own decisions.

Opting for sports clubs where coaches fail to respect the kids and the sport

When letting kids join in a club, it is the job of parents to look for sports club that have reliable coaches. This is essential since coaches who fail to respect the kids and the sport can certainly affect your kids mentally and physically. Before this happens, you must ensure that the club your kids want to join in can provide them with the benefits that can help them improve their lifestyle.

Choosing a sports club that focuses on adults not kids

Finally, parents also need to make sure that the club focuses on kids and not on adults. There are instances when clubs focus on adults in order to obtain profits. So, parents need to be aware of such sports clubs to provide their kids the best.

Is Your Kid Being Bullied? Arm Him With These 5 Techniques

Is your child being bullied at school? As a parent, it can be really hard to know what to tell your child to do about that. Teachers and administrators will do what they can, but most bullies are sneaky, so at the end of the day, it is your kid alone against the bully. The biggest difference you can make is in teaching your child concrete skills for how to respond when bullied.

For conflicts at school, I find using children’s picture books a great place for ideas. One of my favorites is Simon’s Hook; A Story About Teases and Put-downs by Karen Gedig Burnett, illustrated by Laurie Barrows. In Simon’s Hook, Simon’s grandmother tells him a tale about a bunch of fish who learn to “Swim Free” rather than “taking the bait,” ie the insults, being thrown at them. Armed with his new skills, Simon is able to rejoin the kids at the playground who have been making fun of his bad haircut.

Simon learns five “Rules for Being a FREE Fish” from his grandmother’s story.

Rule 1: DO little or nothing! Don’t react!

Interestingly, when I have taught these rules in class, this is the one the kids choose the most. We practice having kids give a blank stare back. Practice this one with your kids over and over. Start by having them insult you and you showing them no reaction. With little kids, you are likely to hear something like, “You’re a poopy face!” Don’t laugh at them. Just look at them as if you didn’t even hear them. Then ask permission to tease them. Ask them for examples of what kinds of hurtful things they have heard and then repeat those things in an exaggeratedly bratty voice, coaching them to do little or nothing. Praise them for how neutral they can keep their face. Have them practice in front of the mirror. You pretend to insult them; they practice staring right through you.

Rule 2: Agree with the hook!

What? Agree with what a bully says? Yes! This one actually works surprisingly well as it completely disarms the kid who is being mean or insensitive. Let’s look at some examples:

Juan: You can’t be my friend!

Rogelio: Okay! I’ll go play with someone else then.

Do you see how Juan was gearing up for a fight and Rogelio just took the wind right out of his sails? If Rogelio really does want to be friends with Juan, he might add, “Maybe we can be friends tomorrow.” Often-even though they don’t say it out loud-younger kids don’t mean, “You can’t be my friend EVER.” They just don’t know how to say that they are mad or that they want to play with someone else that day. Help your kids understand that sometimes other kids don’t mean to be hurtful. They just don’t know how to express their emotions and their needs.

Here’s another example of agreeing with the hook:

Britta: You’re shoes are ugly!

Michelle: I know! I told my mom they are so ugly they should win an ugly prize.

How can you argue with someone who is cheerfully agreeing with you? Note how reference to a disagreement with Mom subtly puts Britta and Michelle on the same team of Kids Whose Moms Just Don’t Get It. Very disarming indeed! Invite your kids to use you as an excuse.

Rule 3: Distract or Change the Subject.

What’s funny about this technique is that it is often kids who might otherwise be socially challenged who are the best at it. Distraction works by just pointing out something that is going on in the environment like, “Hey, wasn’t that the bell?” or “Isn’t that Mr. Jones in the Giant’s hat over there? I wonder if the Giants won their game last night.”

Changing the subject works like this:

Rakesh: Your writing is terrible!

Hiren: Did you know that the heaviest dinosaur was the Brachiosaurus? It weighted around 80 tons. That’s like 17 Elephants. And it was as tall as an 8-story building! That’s way higher than my apartment. My building is only five floors high. I live on the third floor, though. Did you know that…

You can see how by the time Hiren runs out of steam, Rakesh is going to wish he had never said anything!

Kids like the idea of this technique but I have found they actually need to brainstorm a list of possible topics for what to talk about. Here are some ideas a recent class came up with. Help your own kids add to this list:

• the weather

• what happened on a favorite t.v. show this week

• a book they have read recently

• anything that involves a list (kinds of cars, kinds of cereal, what they ate for breakfast this morning, the state capitals, etc.)

• a question (Do you think Mr. Jones is going to give us a pop quiz today?)

• what they did over break or on their last vacation

• anything they happen be obsessed with at the time

The trick to Changing the Subject is to add enough detail that the kid doing the insulting totally forgets what he said in the first place.

Rule 4: Laugh at the hook or make a joke!

Most kids can just laugh. Again, practice it with your kid. First demonstrate: Have them insult you and then just laugh at what they have said. I had one kid who was really good at laughing and then following up with a blank stare. It left the other kids completely nonplussed. They really had no idea how to proceed from there.

Making a joke can be hard because it requires kids to think on their feet, but if you have a very verbal or punny kid, it could be just the tool:

Maria: You’re not a good dancer!

Mira: How did you know Ms. Kltuz was my middle name?

Or

Kevin: You can’t play with us. Go away.

Howard: I can’t? Really? Oh, that’s right! I put on two left feet this morning. That’s okay. Just put me on the left side of the field and I’ll be fine.

This works because kids don’t know how to deal with this kind of answer, and they will let the joker play rather than try to outwit him.

Rule 5: Stay away! Swim in another part of the sea!

Stay away or swim away works well in two circumstances.

One, the kid being mean is truly physical or out of control. Some kids are just not safe. They arrive at school with behavior challenges that are too big for our kids to deal with (chances are the school is struggling, too, to find enough manpower to help that kid). It may mean not getting to do what you want that day, but recess is too short to try to argue with that kind of kid. Help your children to brainstorm a variety of fun things to do so that they have some choices away from the bully. If the bully has picked them as a target, help your kid find some space away-maybe the library or a lunchtime club or helping a teacher out in her classroom.

Yes, I recognize that this is not fair. Your child should be able to play whatever he wants at recess. I am sorry to say, though, that teachers’ eyes cannot be everywhere and yard duty help is usually spread way too thin. Usually the out of sight, out of mind principle comes into play, here: Disappear for a few days, and the bully will direct his attention elsewhere.

Two, sometimes kids just need a break from each other! Help your child understand that we all go through rhythms of how much closeness and how much distance we need at any given time. Often the person being insulting is really just looking for some space. So give it to them! They’ll come around another day. If you have the kind of child who forms very intense, deep attachments to one person, spend some time explaining that that is not everyone’s friendship style. Some people like being friends with a lot of different people. One day they will want to play with you, and another day, they will want to play with someone else. This is not personal: It is just a different personality. Reassure your child that if they can just walk away today, chances are the other child will seek them out again soon.

Kids like these techniques. Having tools in their tool belt, empowers them and allows them to deal with situations quickly and to move on. Furthermore, it very often allows the kid being mean to move on, too, so the whole day gets better for everyone.

Just learning about the skills will not be enough. You will need to provide lots of support and suggestions. You can practice them after the fact, helping your child to imagine the conversation he might have had. If he climbs into the car complaining that So and So did something mean today, ask him if he took the bait. If he did, help him figure out how he might have used each of these techniques to redirect the bully or defuse the situation.

It might feel unfair that your child has to “not take the bait.” No one should be baiting him in the first place, right? But you know and I know the world does not work that way. Surely, you have listened to a friend tell a story about someone being annoying or mean and have counseled, “That’s the kind of person you just have to ignore” or “Why do you let him rile you so?” What you are saying is Why take the bait? Children will feel more in control if they know it is in their power to not take the bait.

If your child is worried about going to school, ask what he thinks might happen and practice over and over lots of different ways he might handle it. Emphasize that deflecting conflict is a skill. He will get better and better and it and it will be easier and easier to know what to do in the moment.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Achieve Great Success With Kids Party Food for Your Kids Theme Party

I think one of the most daunting things for parents when it comes to planning and organising their kids theme party, is the party food.

Firstly, the most important thing to remember when planning and organising your kids party food, is to not stress out as you need not be an amazing cook. You will find on the party day that food is not the focus, because kids are much more interested in just having fun and playing the party games and activities.

However, to make your kids party food a huge success, there are a few things to consider.

1) Deciding the Kids Party Menu

The time of day your kids party is being held and your party guests, can help determine the type and quantity of kids party food you serve. Lunch and dinner parties will require more substantial food menus, but snacks will be fine if the party is at other times of the day. If guests’ parents are invited to stay at the party, it’s a good idea to have some suitable food for the adult guests as well as some extra food stored away just in case.

Do not forget to check with parents whether any of your little guests have food allergies, that way you can cater your child’s party accordingly and avoid anything bad happening on the party day.

Remember to also ask your child what food and drinks he/she would like served at the party, as it makes your child feel very special that they are actually helping you plan their party.

To make life easier for you, plan a simple kids party menu that your party guests will still be able to enjoy. Try to have a variety of savoury food and sweet treats, and include in your menu familiar party favourites that are child friendly, quick and easy to prepare.

Some examples of popular kids party food include chicken nuggets, fish fingers, hot dogs, mini hamburgers, pizzas, wraps, sandwiches, fairy bread, chicken wings, pigs in a blanket, lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese, mini pies and sausage rolls, nachos, French fries, potato wedges, popcorn, potato chips, pretzels, jelly etc.

Children also enjoy other healthy food such as strips of carrot, cucumber and celery, cherry tomatoes, cocktail franks, cheese cubes, crackers and creamy cheese dips, as well as fresh fruits. Many kids are fussy eaters so they’ll probably like these more than any gourmet food that you may have to slave for hours in the kitchen to make.

All kids love sweet treats but try not to overdo it otherwise you will have some very hyperactive children running around at your kids theme party! Favourites such as cupcakes, cake-pops, biscuits, lollipops, chocolates and lollies are highly sought after by kids, but something that both adults and children really look forward to at a party is the cake. You can either bake or buy your kids party cake. Whichever options you choose try to match the cake to your kids party theme. Go online to find some inspirational ideas for cake decorations.

If you plan to bake the cake or make your own cupcakes, cake-pops, biscuits etc., make them a day or two before the party so that you have plenty of time to bake and decorate to your heart’s content, creating a masterpiece for your child’s party! Get your child to help out for added fun and it’s fantastic to have a few friends or family members over to help as well. Remember to store them properly though so that they will remain fresh for the party day.

When ordering a cake from a bakery, most places usually like at least 2 weeks notice. Lately though quite a few popular specialist cake places actually request a few months notice, hence make an early booking so as to not miss out. Also, order the cake to be picked up the day before the party so that you have one less thing to do on the party day. When you pick the cake up, ask the bakery for proper storage instructions, again so that it will remain fresh for the day of the party.

For kids party drinks you can serve juices, cordial, soft drinks, water, milkshakes, fruit smoothies etc. You can even make fruit punch a few days in advance and freeze them as ice-cubes. Then on the party day all you need to do is add some fresh fruits to the gradually melting ice-cubes of punch in a punch bowl.

2) Keep the Kids Party Food and Its Presentation Related to Your Kids Party Theme

When planning the kids party menu try to incorporate the party theme you have chosen, so that everything fits in perfectly with the theme. Decorate cupcakes, cake-pops and biscuits according to the theme. Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches, fairy bread, pizza etc. into fun shapes that match the theme eg. Dinosaur shapes for a Dinosaur Theme Party, Tiaras for a Princess Theme Party etc.

Also, set out the kids party food on serving ware that matches the party theme and put a theme twist to the food name when labelling each of your dishes eg. place chicken nuggets in a treasure chest and call them “Golden Nuggets” for a Pirate Theme Party, use toothpicks (remember to break off the sharp ends to make them more blunt) to pin four round slices of either carrot or cucumber to the sides of hotdogs to turn them into “Hot Rods” for a Cars Theme Party etc.

In addition, set up a cake and present table with your kids party theme in mind, and this will be the focal point of your child’s party. Balloons, tablecloths, pom poms, lanterns etc. are fantastic when it comes to helping you set the theme.

3) How to Save Money and/or Time With Your Kids Party Food

Think about what kids party food you can make from scratch quickly and easily yourself. This is because anything that can be home made, will save you a lot of money.

If you decide to make all or most of the party food yourself, what ever you are able to prepare prior to the day of the party, do so. Freeze, refrigerate or store appropriately whatever you’ve prepared in advance, so that on the party day all you need to do is quickly cook, re-heat or simply just serve. The less you have to do on the party day, means less stress and more time for you to relax, enjoy and have fun with your child and guests.

However, if you are short of time, you can also purchase ready made and/or frozen party food from the supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants etc. that you can quickly whip up or just serve on the day of the party. Place your orders at bakeries and restaurants in advance so that you can either organise pick up or home delivery for the party day (ask a friend or family member to help you with the pick ups).

If you have no time whatsoever, you can even get the whole party catered and even have waiters and waitresses serve the food and drinks for you. I was so surprised when I found out how really affordable this option is. Just go online and search your local area for caterers and wait staff, and get a few quotes. You will probably be as surprised as I was. This option definitely takes all the hassles and stress out of the food aspect of your kids theme party. You can also ask them the cost of clearing up during and after the party. You will then have lots of time to relax and enjoy before, during and after the party, as there won’t be much cleaning up leftover for you to do.

In conclusion, if you decide on the kids party menu early, work out a shopping list, get all that you need and prepare as much as you can in advance, then planning and organising the kids party food for your kids theme party will be a total breeze and a lot of fun too.

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