As most of you know, the 1980's spin- off show of 'Full House, called 'Fuller House' finally aired on Netflix, yesterday making its cancellation in 1995. I have been looking forward to the long- awaited show since it was a just series of speculations and rumors. And since I own the first season of the original, I was looking forward to seeing the similarities and the differences.
The first show centered around a single dad, his brother- in- law and his best friend trying to raise three girls together. The spin- off centers around his oldest daughter, DJ, her sister, Stephanie, and her best friend trying to raise her three boys and her friends teenage daughter. If first heard of the similarities when the trailer dropped about a month ago. After hearing them, I started to have doubts about whether this show would be WAY too similar with no real twists in the plot.
After watching the first episode, I continued to have questions since it was just the first episode, and if you remember the first episode of 'Full House,' it really wasn't that great, either. The first show got a lot better and I continued to watch it because of the value the show put on family and togetherness, which is one thing that I also strongly believe in.
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But I have mixed feelings about this new show for a number of reasons (some I just can't put my finger on). Firstly, the two shows are almost identical in major plot points and even some minor ones. Even after 13 episodes, I still can not decide whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, they have basically updated us on what has been happening to the Tanner's and kept the same family- vibe we all loved. On another hand, I wonder if this was the creators just trying to 'piggyback' off the other show's success or are they using similar material to bring back memories of the first show. One episode in particular really stood out to as being a little bit too similar. In episode 5, 'Mad Max,' of the Netflix Original Series, Stephanie leaves for a few days to DJ at a big party. When she comes back, she gives a monologue that is almost the exact same one that Uncle Jesse makes in episode 20 of 'Full House.'
Then there were times when I felt like some of the actors where trying a little too hard. Although, the characters were developed MUCH better by episode 7, or so. Again, I really hope the acting continues to improve. I am sure the actors/ actresses needed a few episodes to redevelop their characters.
I thought that by the time I finished watching all the available episodes I would know exactly what I think, but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) I do not. Most spin- off shows with all these similarities would not even get a second look from me, but this show was so iconic I feel it would almost be a crime for them to change it too much, right?
What did you think? How many episodes have you watched so far? Leave me a comment.
*Oh, and to the creators; you could have been a little nicer to the Olsen twins... Just saying.*
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It has been said that eating dinner at the table with your kids is a great way to stay connected, but why not take it one step further? Not only is it important to eat dinner with your kids every night, it can be even more beneficial to make dinner with the kids once in a while. Here are some of the best reasons to make dinner together:
1. It's a good way to bond- While you are preparing the oven, your child could be shaping the rolls. Cooking and baking together can help you get to know how your child works in a group setting. You can also learn his favorite foods. Talk to your child while you work together. This will make your child feel more comfortable talking and will be a memory he will never forget.
2. The recipes teach math and reading fluency- Is your child struggling with addition or understanding fractions? Making dinner together not only gives you the opportunity to teach your child about math and reading in a fun way, but it can also help you know how much about those subjects you child already knows and what to work on.
3. Teaches responsibility and life skills- No matter who your child becomes when he grows up, he will need to know how to cook and bake healthy meals. Cooking together gives you a chance to teach your child about healthy cooking and eating habits. It also teaches responsibility, because you need to double check that you have all the necessary ingredients and that you have measured the right amounts.
4. Cooking together encourages kids to try new things if they help prepare it- Have you ever had a really picky child? I'm pretty sure all parents have at least for a little while. If your child helps to prepare a food, he is more likely to eat it. By involving him in the creation process, you encourage him to try new foods and to give the foods they dislike another chance. When you make something yourself, you are a lot more likely to taste it, right?
Involve your child in the dinner making process. You don't have to do that every night but involve him as much as you can. Especially if you are making a food he has never tried before, or if you are making one of his favorites.
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Whenever I go to babysit or take care of kids, I like to bring a bag with fun things for the kids and things I might need later. Kids like variety. Bringing my own toys and craft supplies leaves even more room for them to ask questions and discover new ideas. The more questions they have and ideas they learn to keep busy, the less time I have to spend 'thinking for them' and the more time we all have for fun. All of the below items are carefully chosen because they can be used to teach a HUGE number of new ideas and concepts in a fun way. Let's get started!
Schedule-I take care of up to four kids at a time. They are all at different important life stages. It can be quiet tiring trying to help the younger ones keep track of what we are doing next. They often ask "when will we do..." So I developed an interactive schedule tracking system that helps the younger children transition from one task to the other and the older ones know what is next without me having to tell them. It helps keep the same, time- stealing questions to a minimum and gives the kids more security throughout their day.
Reward system- I have few different reward systems up my sleeve that work for different families. Each system is very interactive, teaches a lesson and provides fun or healthy rewards. Let me know if you would like me to write a post about the different reward systems I use in the comments below.
Family file- Before I babysit for any family, the parents fill out an application form which includes emergency information, pertinent information about the children and basic contact information for the parents. I also require an emergency medical release if I will be with the kids more for more than 6 hours at a time. I keep this information, along daily notes in their file and bring the file with me when I go to their house.
Daily notebook- As stated above, I keep a daily journal of things that happen throughout the day. At the end of every month or quarter, I give parents a copy of my notes for their records. The daily journal is one paper with the child's name and age, the time I started and was finished, meals and snacks with times, nap times and other notes that are important. If we go out of the house, I write down when and where. If a child is hurt, I note that also.
Zip lock bags- Theses bags are perfect for keeping small 'like' toys in one place. I label each set and it makes it easier for the kids to clean it up by themselves.
Large freezer bags-These are perfect for any smaller toy that will easily get lost, but will not fit in a small zip lock bag. They are also more durable, so I put my cars and letter shaped roads in these bags.
Small plastic bins- I only bring my small plastic bins on special days since I mostly just use them for sensory activities. These activities can be very messy and plastic bins from The Dollar Tree seem to keep the messes to a minimum.
The toys below are useful at some point every day. If you have just a few of these, you can make obstacle course and outdoor games to wear them out. Balloons are great for inventing new indoor games. Books are fun to read during quiet time. You can also turn them upside down to make little tents or 'goals' for playing indoor golf. Small stuffed toys are great for puppet shows, quiet time, treasure hunt games, pretending and a whole bunch of things. If you bring only these toys, your day will be so much more fun.
Must- Have Craft Supplies
Every kids I have ever met LOVES to do crafts. They love to cut, paste, invent and create. Some kids even NEED it to keep them from being aggressive and grumpy. You could just bring crayon and paper, but I try to bring other fun craft supplies as well. Kids can learn everything from the science of building towers to how to be grateful with some scissors, glue and a bunch of paper. Cutting is also a key part of fine- motor development, too.
I encourage any private child care giver to have as many of these thing on hand as possible. Especially the first three. In my 10+ years of experience, these things will help protect you and keep you from going insane when the kids are especially difficult. Toys and crafts are great ways to pass the time and teach valuable academic and life lessons. But above all else, please make sure you cater your bag to the specific kids and family you are with. Some kids can not be trusted with scissors. Other kids will eat small toys and glue. In such cases, only bring these things if your kids are not likely to get into your bag and watch them VERY carefully when they are using them.
MOST IMPORTANT: Have fun! Kids are great, because they focus on positive things much longer than negative ones. They still love to try new games and ideas and they find entertainment in the smallest things.
Having lived in a home with carpet all of my life, I have never really had a need for slippers. But since renovating my office and removing its carpet, I have since discovered that my feet get so cold from the floor (even with socks) that I can't actually work in there. So, yesterday I started looking for some way of 'DIYing' (not a word, I know) some slippers for myself and for the people who will eventually work in my office with me. Shoes would be a more obvious idea, but unfortunately, shoes will ruin my floors, so that is not an option. I found a bunch of really cute ideas that I would love to try soon, but unfortunately, I do not have what I need to try the REALLY cool ones. So I adapted an idea I found here. (Thank you for all the pictures, Violet, which made it easy for me to follow your instructions).
I did not want to sew anything last night so I just tried following the first five steps without sewing. To my surprise, the stuffing did not come out from the bottom of the sock if I wore them without sewing the bottom as long as I put it another sock first. So I was able to make these in less than five minutes.
Easy Generic No- Sew Slippers
I started by putting on the socks I wanted to use and tracing my feet on a piece of cardboard. Then I cut about a quarter inch around the outline.
I stuck the cardboard into a pair of socks and then stuffed the bottom of the cardboard. This was to be the soft and cushy sole of my slipper.
It Then I stuck the sole inside another, bigger sock and just put the sock on so that the stuffing was cushy on my footsies... okay, enough baby talk.
It may look like there is not enough room for my feet, but to my surprise, there was since I used super stretchy socks.
Want some cute bunny slippers? Of course! Who doesn't? The above link is great for those cute slippers.
The kids want slippers that scream Princess Elsa? Have the kids use bright blue socks. Paint them entirely with fabric glitter (I especially love this one) and embellish them with cheap iron- on snowflakes. I found these on Amazon specifically made for Frozen- themed crafts.
I like crafts that can easily be adjusted to fit almost any theme, and I feel like these slippers could work with almost any theme. If you turn this easy no- sew slipper into something FABULOUS with your kids, please post a pic in the comments or Tweet me @merissawrites. Till next time!
Martha Stewarts No- Sew Slipper Socks- These are super cute, easy and quick. It looks like you can use almost any warm sock, which means a bunch of room for personalization. Have your kids use some brightly colored socks and maybe some jewels or paint and you've got one- of- a- kind slippers!
Easy arts and crafts for kids are pretty easy to come by, but few are as fun as these two favorites for families who love to write letters and make cards.
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It always nice to find new easy arts and crafts for kids, because they are fun to create and just as much fun to look at, and they give new ideas for great gifts kids can make. If you like these ideas, try them and please send me pictures by tweeting me pictures, or sending them to me on Instagram or Facebook!
I saw this craft on Pinterest (my handle is /merissawrites, by the way). This is one that I want to do with the kids at this years Valentines Day party! Super cheap, easy and fun. You can even have your kids do them for their school V-Day party.
I was talking to my brother about all the fun I have with four kids I care for regularly and it dawned on me; so far, their mom has always seemed to get home right when we are doing something that was just really strange.
For example, last time Mom got walked in right when Colt and I were pulling the table from the kitchen to the living room and tying a web of yarn around the table legs. We were making an obstacle course under the table for the kids to climb through.
On my first full day with them, Mom came home and there was a jar of peanut butter, a bag of brown sugar and a plate of tortilla shells on the kitchen counter. The kids were skating around the kitchen floor with their socks and a pile of bubbles. The kids were mopping the floor the fun way (I call this soap skating) and I was putting away our snack of peanut butter and brown sugar burritos. They couldn't chew it with only peanut butter and we couldn't find the jelly. PB&BS it was!
At this point she mostly just says "... I won't even ask..." when she gets home. We cleaned up our mess and now the kids WANTED to mop the floor. But really, the best part about being a nanny is the look on Mom and Dad's face when they walk in the door and we are doing something strange. Then a look of relief always follows when they figure out what is REALLY going on. I guess fun always seems strange from the outside with me.
Seriously, what are some fun things your family has done that would look just plain crazy from the outside?
Christmas is over, but if you live in the northern hemisphere, it is probably still as cold as any other winter day. A few days ago, the kids and I decided to do some snowman- themed crafts since it was far too icy to go out and play. Here are some of the snowman craft ideas we found. These crafts are a great family time boredom buster.
Snowman Globe Craft For Family Time
One of the crafts that we made a few days ago was a snowman inside a snow globe. I had to prepare the main pieces for the craft since we had a toddler and a preschooler, but all- in- all this is a pretty easy craft. Even the older kids (6 and 9) seemed to enjoy it.
First, I cut a paper plate into the shape of a snow globe. I just cut most of the edge of the plate off. I left about a third of the edge on the plate.
Then, I traced the center of the globe onto black construction paper and cut it out.
In my original idea, I had cut the snowman shape out from white construction paper as well, but I forgot to bring it when I went over to the kids house. So I just gave them a silver crayon and helped them draw a snowman onto the black paper.
I gave them some different colored crayons and helped them draw the eyes, mouth, buttons, nose, scarf and hat on their snowmen.
Then they glued the black circle onto their paper plate and used paintbrushes to paint glitter glue all over their snow globe. Even the 1 year old seemed to have fun with this part.
I found this YouTube tutorial for a fun Snowman sock doll. This craft would also be great for family time. If you have a younger kid and an older kid, you could have them practice working together by helping each other make this craft.
If you want to make it into a game, have a "kids vs. parents" contest to see who can be the most creative with their snowman.
"GO KIDS, GO! GO PARENTS, GO!"
There are a ton of really fun crafts for family time fun! If you have an idea for one of your own, tweet it to me. I would love to see the other snowman- themed crafts your family comes up with!
I was a nanny for over ten years. Now, I make homemade toys and write full time. Occasionally, I work at my local schools and provide back- up child care for some parents I used to work for and for my church's nursery. I am multi-talented and loves to paint, draw, crochet, write and sew.