ASSISTANT TEACHER TODDLER PLAYSCHOOL
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, and Friday, 9 am to 12:30 pm (2 – 5 days in total) Great Mother’s Hours!
Are you interested in becoming an Over The Moon Parenting Educator? Over The Moon, Parenting is seeking an Assistant Teacher for our Toddler Playschool who has at least 2 years of recent experience working with toddlers.
This person must be reliable, professional, kind, and energetic. The ideal candidate must love working with toddlers and work well in a team setting. You will be responsible for meeting the needs of the children in the class and maintaining daily operations in the classroom. You will be working with an experienced Lead Teacher. Over The Moon is not a daycare. It is an enrichment center for young children and their families. This position is for 2-5 mornings a week in our Toddler Playschool class. A 3-hour, drop-off class for children (24 months to 36 months, potty training is not required). At a minimum a high school diploma is required, a bachelor’s degree is preferred. MA Certification in Early Education is also preferred.
PMDD- What is it?
Why does it matter?
How do I know if I have it?
** A diagnosis of PMDD requires the presence of at least five of these symptoms, one of which must be a “core emotional symptom” (listed in bold)
How should I track my symptoms?
DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF YOUR SYMPTOMS HERE ARE RESOURCE IDEAS:
CALL YOUR OB, CONFIDE IN A TRUSTED FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND, GO TO THE ER, CALL 911, OR CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE @ 1-800-273-8255.
We’ve made a convenient car kit checklist to stock your car with parenting essentials. It has everything you’d need for when you are out and about with your children, beyond the diaper bag. Print it our and keep it in the same tote you keep your car kit contents. You’ll be organized and prepared for anything.
Here is our handy Diaper Bag Checklist. Print it our and stow it in the pocket for a quick reference before you leave the house. It makes restocking your diaper bag a snap.
Check out our Newborn Stomach Capacity chart. We made it so new parents can visualize how much their new babies are eating – and what to expect with feeding and diapers in the first few months.
Getting back into a routine after the fun of summer can be hard. Whether you are going back to work after vacation, going back to school, or starting fall play school, we have tips to make the transitions easier.
1. Build out your morning routine for success.
Include a wake-up alarm, breakfast, some time for brushing har and teeth, and getting dressed.
Ask Alexa to play wake-up music like “Morning in the Rainforest,” by Go, Diego, Go.
Try a visual chart like Skidules to help small children get everything done in order.
Get moving with a morning walk or some yoga for kids.
2. Bring back the bedtime routine – and start early.
Having a set family dinnertime, followed by bath time, a story, and a song – or a similar routine – makes the bedtime routine a long, wind-down process. By starting early, you start signaling to your child’s body that it is time to go to sleep – and you avoid putting wide-awake children into bed and then having trouble getting them to fall asleep. Sleep hygiene – or sticking to a routine – is very important.
3. Clean out your car and your bag – and restock them for success.
Fun in the sun can mean your car gets fun of sand, dirt, collected leaves, dirty clothes, and uneaten snacks. Take an afternoon to clean it all out, and maybe run your car through a carwash with a vacuum station. That will make driving to activities a happier experience for you, and you’ll have everything you need to celebrate fall.
4. Get organized with tools.
Whether you work best with Google Calendar, use a paper planner book, or work best with a bulletin board wall calendar, take some time to sharpen your focus on the coming months. Feeling secure in the plan makes each day easier.
5. Put technology to good use.
Google Calendar, iCal, and reminder apps like Microsoft To-Do, and Notes are easy tools to use on-the-go from your phone.
Online grocery ordering and repeat delivery services can take the stress of running out of essentials.
Last, Boomerang is a Gmail extension tool that allows you to email future you to remember things that may be to long for a calendar note. For example, after each holiday, you might email yourself for the following year on what worked – and what didn’t.
Choosing to get your child evaluated for Early Intervention can be incredibly daunting, emotionally charged, and scary. As mom, I know. Parents can feel so guilty if a child shows signs they could use some extra help.
Instead, Early Intervention of any kind is a huge benefit to children who need it – and getting your child tested early is the best thing you can do as a parent to prepare your child for success.
Early Intervention Programs in MA are free up until age 3, and offer a variety of schedules, playgroups, and in-home opportunities that best fit your family. Specialists address concerns including speech development, physical therapy, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, occupational therapy, feeding challenges, and more.
If your child is not reaching developmentally appropriate milestones don’t hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician or directly contact early intervention, including Arc South Shore and the Kennedy-Donovan Center.
If you opt for testing for your child and they don’t meet the requirements, you’ve still gained a better understanding of how your child is developing. You can then make decisions from there if you’d like to pursue other options.
“Early” is the key word in Early Intervention. The sooner a professional can start working on a developmental delay, the sooner your child can start benefitting from the program. The testing process is specifically designed to playful, soothing, and supportive for children, while still obtaining accurate results. The testing process will not be hard on your child – and instead can be the first step in vastly improving their development.
I know firsthand how beneficial Early Intervention can be. One of my children showed a few signs they would benefit from speech therapy – and I am incredibly glad I had them tested. We worked with the Kenendy-Donovan Center and it was a fabulous experience. Not only did my child benefit, but I also learned better ways to help them at home.
Fun in the summertime involves parades, fireworks, BBQs, pool parties, and great family time! It also brings some safety hazards for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Here are some tips to keep your family safe this summer.
Why Take Your Child to A Music Class at Over the Moon?
Here at Over the Moon we are excited to teach Rock it Baby and Rock it Toddler to babies and young children. These classes are so much fun and offer amazing bonding opportunities for children and their caregivers. But did you know that our music classes are especially designed by a child development teacher? Read on to learn about the many ways our music programs can benefit your child.
Music comes very naturally to kids. Our children wiggle and sway to the music long before they walk and run. Listening to music actually activates every part of the brain and influences how brain signals flow.
Music helps improve speech, builds body awareness, boosts understanding of emotions and even releases ‘feel good’ hormones like oxytocin while suppressing ‘toxic’ hormones like cortisol.
Every music class at Over the Moon incorporates lap bounces, freeze dances, instrument play and scarf play. Each of these components provide invaluable developmental benefits!
Lap bounces are so much fun and excellent for bonding and giggle time. But did you know lap bounces also strengthen core muscles and help little ones learn ‘up’ and ‘down’ ‘slow’ and ‘fast?’ Children also get to feel a steady beat in their whole bodies while their caregivers gently bounce them which helps boost their understanding of rhythm.
Freeze dances are one of the most popular parts of our music class. Whether the child is able to dance and ‘freeze’ himself or be held by a caregiver while they ‘freeze’ there are so many benefits. Freeze dances teach listening skills, the ability to concentrate on one sound while tuning out ambient noise, self regulation and most importantly- to stop when prompted- an essential safety skill!
We use a variety of instruments at Over the Moon. Bells, rhythm sticks, maracas and drums are all so much fun to play together! Instrument play builds fine and gross motor skills, teaches cause and effect, and teaches patience and perseverance. Plus it is so fun to play instruments with other kids and learn to corporate, take turns and be part of a team!
When the scarves come out at Over the Moon lots of our little ones put the scarves over their heads right away in anticipation of a rousing game of peek a boo! Scarves are amazing for tactile sensation for babies as well as building eye tracking skills. Dancing with scarves helps children express themselves while dancing and that peek a boo game is not just fun it’s also teaching object permanence and cause and effect!
This is just a taste of all of the fun things that encompass a music class at Over the Moon. Being in a classroom setting, dancing with peers, and celebrating with bubbles at the end is so fun for our kiddos. Every class is carefully designed by the instructor to boost development but also boost laughter, fun and friendship. We hope you will join us!!
Sensory bins are always fun for your little one – but you don’t have to buy anything to put in them. Here are some easy recycled materials for your child to explore. Always supervise sensory play and crafts.
“The Earth is more important than money, and if we want our children to have a clean place to live, we need to do our part now. We can’t buy our children a new planet.” -Catherine Norton
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here is a great St. Patrick’s Day craft for your little leprechaun. It’s super cute, and also builds color sorting and fine motor skills! How lucky! 😉
You’ll need: yellow play dough, fruit loops, and pipe cleaners
Directions for your child:
1. Roll two donut-hole-sized balls of playdough.
2. Poke a pipe cleaner firmly into one ball of play dougn.
3. Sort about 30-50 fruit loops by color.
4. String the fruit loops onto the pipe cleaner by color; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.
5. Bend the pipe cleaner in an upside-down “U” shape and poke it firmly into the other playdough.
Happy St.Patrick’s Day!
Playing with slime is great for toddlers and preschoolers – and not just because it is ooey-gooey fun! It invites your child to practice mindfulness, builds focus and independence, assists with fine motor skills, and allows them to explore with their senses.
Valentine’s Day is a great day for slime. Follow one of our favorite recipes, below!
1 bottle clear glue
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp contact solution
2 tbsp glitter
Mix ingredients until it is stretchy and no longer sticky.
Have fun! Happy Valentine’s Day!
When toddlers are developmentally becoming more independent and communicative , they will start to show signs of readiness for potty training. By following their lead, you’ll know when the best and easiest time is to start potty training! 5 classic signs your child is ready to start using the potty are:
You’ll know they aren’t ready to start potty training if your child isn’t showing these signs and remember – it isn’t a race!
To help make potty training easier, take the Virtual Potty Training Workshop!
|I worked in education for over ten years but when covid came and our family made the difficult decision to homeschool my own kids and nephews (ages almost 6, 5, 4.5 and almost 4) it was daunting. I threw myself into research and reading – along with lots of trial and error. |
I would love to share what worked and what didn’t work for me during our homeschool journey as an educator, but most importantly as a mom who has been where you are.
Firstly and most importantly, I want to assure you that your kids are going to be okay. I hear a lot of anxiety from parents about their kids being behind academically but please remember practically the entire world is in the same boat. Teachers know this and are ready to meet your kids where they are when they return to school. Even for the kids who are in-person or doing hybrid schooling, this still isn’t a typical school year. There are reduced hours, as well as stretches of closures and restrictions that make this year incredibly unique and challenging. Kids are remarkably resilient- especially our littlest ones- and our primary goal needs to be taking care of our kids social and emotional needs. Teachers understand this, they really do.
I know that we are all in different situations with different time challenges. Perhaps you have an older child in school or distance learning, maybe you are still working yourself. Maybe you have a baby or toddler underfoot. We can troubleshoot all of these scenarios and I would love to be a resource to help you make homeschooling as successful as possible for your family’s unique needs. I’ve put together a short list of tips that made things easier for me this past year. I hope they are helpful to you, and I encourage you to reach out with other ideas, any questions, or just to connect with another parent who understands.
1. Playing classical music in the background during the day can be really calming and soothing to our kids. I was skeptical when I read this can be helpful but playing Bach or Tchaikovsky really helped to create a calm and creative environment. Ask Alexa to play “The Four Seasons,” by Vivaldi and melt into it.
2. It can be very beneficial to present your learning area in an inviting way. Educators talk about creating ‘invitations to play’ to draw children in. Take the play dough out and make a face with some dried beans. Arrange the worksheets in a pleasing way with colorful crayons visible. Put a few of the Magnatiles together on the table. Make the environment welcoming and kids should jump right in.
3. One thing that covid cannot take away from us are the changing of the seasons. Children love to learn about things like hibernation, days getting colder and shorter, upcoming holidays, and weather patterns. Kids love rhythm and predictability so use the rhythm of nature in your activities. Make paper snowflakes, decorate autumn leaves, use flowers found in the garden to glue to paper to make art work.
4. I do feel like I have a greater understanding of my own kiddos learning styles from spending this time with them. Learning is important but figuring out HOW someone learns best is invaluable. Some of us didn’t figure out our learning styles until high school or beyond, but one of the unexpected gifts of this challenging time is the opportunity to observe our children engaged in learning for ourselves. The three main learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic (movement based). Take this time to observe what kind of learner you think your child is. My youngest child and my youngest nephew are both kinesthetic learners so I found that having very active learning activities available was key for them. Follow your child. Pinterest is an excellent resource for lots of engaging and creative learning ideas!
5. Have fun! If your child is rolling their eyes at learning the Aaa sound then stand up and have a dance break! Read your child’s cues and try not to force an activity that isn’t working or doesn’t match their energy level. Choose activities that are interesting to you AND to your child!
Most of us never intended to homeschool and stay home for months on end. This is a challenging time and ending your day with a bath, a glass of wine, and some Netflix is also really important! Take care of you and be gentle with yourself. Connect with other parents. Kids are resilient- we will all get through this, and there is a whole tribe of us who have your back and are cheering you on!
Miss Kirsten gives her 10 tips on making the transition to playschool happy, empowering, and smooth.
How Learning Sign Language Benefits your Baby
At Over the Moon, you will see us instructors pairing our speech with sign language during our classes. We also offer a Sign Language class for babies and their caregivers. Many people think of sign language only as an alternative method of communication for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or nonverbal. But it is actually quite beneficial to teach typically developing babies sign language as well! Read on to learn three reasons why learning sign language can be enriching for all babies and their caregivers.
1. Sign language boosts speech and language development.
We often hear the concern that teaching babies sign language will slow down speech development. Actually the opposite is true! When babies learn a spoken language (like English) paired with some sign language, they are using both sides of their brain while learning new words. The more pathways we create when learning, the more places in our brain we are establishing to retrieve the word later. In other words, using both sides of the brain makes for stronger memory and recall! Evidence shows that learning sign can boost IQ, accelerate emotional development, strengthen fine motor skills and hand eye coordination and help with early literacy skills.
2. Sign language can reduce frustration for our kiddos.
When we teach our babies basic signs we are giving them a way to communicate their needs months before they are able to express themselves through speech. A baby can sign for ‘milk’ as early as 8 months but may not be able to say the word milk until several months later. While other babies rely on crying to communicate that they are hurt, hungry, or thirsty, babies who learn sign can tell their caregivers what they want while also boosting their language skills!
3. Quality Bonding Time
Sign language classes provide a great outlet for babies to bond with their caregivers. Over the Moon’s sign language classes offer a knowledgeable instructor, fun curriculum and a community of caregivers all eager to learn sign and to connect with their babies. It is a wonderful place to create precious memories, and this sweet time can be invaluable for babies and the ones who love them.
Making pumping life just a little bit easier!
Rather than feeling enslaved to your sterilizer after each use of your pump, simplify your cleanup by keeping your flanges and bottles in a gallon size ziplock bag in your refrigerator between uses. Once per day, soak them in hot soapy water, thoroughly cleanse them and let them dry. If you find yourself in your car for many hours during the day, get yourself a cooler big enough to store ice packs and a gallon size ziplock bag for the pump parts and follow the above advice. Frozen ice packs will safely keep breastmilk for 24 hours.
Happy holidays! Here is my favorite gingerbread play dough recipe:
1 cup of flour
1tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup salts
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp nutmeg
1 tbsp cinnamon
I cup water
Mix all ingredients together and cook in a saucepan until it forms a ball. I like to double the recipe because I’m usually making enough for two kids.
This play dough is great for all five senses, and an especially wonderful activity to work on fine motor skills. Playdough is fun on it’s own, but below are some age-appropriate ideas for adding in extra fun (with adult supervision).
For 1-2 years old you can provide rolling pins and plastic cookie cutters and/or stampers.
For 2-4 years old you can provide the above items and also try plastic practice scissors, as well as plastic cutting tools.
For 4 years and up, provide large googley eyes, cut up pipe cleaners, and buttons for you little ones to use and create their own gingerbread man.
*The dollar store is a great place to find trays, plates, little holiday containers, and plastic cookie cutters!!
Music is a great motivator. It motivates athletes in the gym, party-goers to dance, and entire nations to salute the flag. You can use it to motivate your toddler in a happy, encouraging way. You can either sing the songs yourself, of ask Alexa to play each song when you need them.
If your family is celebrating summertime with vacations away from home, we have a few tools to check out. Its difficult for moms and dads to get much-needed relaxation on vacations, and this gear will help.
1. This Britax Travel Cart turns your carseat into a stroller – which is key for air travel.
2. These double-sided bed rails make any hotel bed safe for your toddler if they can’t sleep in a pack and play.
3. RoadID makes children’s ID bracelets and shoe tags to ensure your child is safe if they do get lost. They have room on them for medical information as well as contact information.
4. Pack Infant Tylenol and Infant Motrin on trips so you don’t have to go hunting in a strange town with a sick baby. To ensure they don’t leak, use Itzy Ritzy Wet Bags, which work for baby shampoo and sunscreen, too.
5. La Roche Posay’s Mineral-sunscreen is my favorite, picardin-based bug spray is proven more effective than DEET unless you are traveling to the tropics and it is safer for kids. Also, this essential oil-based hand sanitizer keeps the germs abroad away from your kids.
6. Welly’s Quick Fix first aid kit is tiny, airline-approved, and has fun colors.
7. Use Amazon Prime to ship snacks, diapers, wipes, formula, and other extras directly to your hotel so you don’t have to pack them.
For more ideas, check out our post on road trips with toddlers!
Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils including Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense, this gentle, reef-safe sunscreen rubs on smoothly, so you can effortlessly apply it when you’re outdoors.
2. Insect Repellent
Before you buy an insect repellent at the store, check to see if it contains DEET. If it does, you’re going to want to put it back on the shelf. DEET is a registered pesticide, and a member of the toluene chemical family. Toluene is an organic solvent used in rubber, plastic cements, and paint removers. DEET is absorbed through the skin and passes through the blood. DEET-free insect repellent is tested to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas using 100% naturally derived, plant -based ingredients. It smells great and goes on smooth!
Summer and citrus go hand and hand. Grab a citrus oil like orange, grapefruit, lemon, or lime and add it to your water bottle for a refreshing drink on the go. Young Living offers a whole line of Essential Oils called the Vitality Line which are safe for ingestion.
4. Thieves Products
Thieves is an exclusive blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, and Lemon Essential oil. Thieves has many benefits and is used in a lot of personal care and home cleaning products. The Thieves spray is perfect to carry in your purse to remove sunscreen and sand off little hands.
5. Ningxia Red
A shot of Young Living’s superfood drink each morning will get you through the hot, summer days with plant-based ingredients. It’s refreshing and super healthy.
Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint Essential Oils – the magical seasonal support blend. Diffuse these oils or put them in a roller with coconut oil and apply directly to your skin to get you through allergy season.
Keep your lips hydrated and happy with all natural lip balms, like Lavender, Cinnamint, or Grapefruit.
Mom life requires wipes on hand at all times. Once you try Seedlings Wipes, you’ll never go back to any another brand. They are so soft, thick, and you only need one to change a diaper, remove make up, or clean your hands. They are completely biodegradable and non-toxic.
9. Lavender Everything
From Lavender Essential Oil, to Lavender Lotion, to Lavaderm, turn to all things Lavender for skin support this summer. It soothes skin ailments from cuts and bruises, to sunburns and more.
10. Rose Essential Oil
Not only does rose have an amazing, uplifting scent, but it is also great for your skin. Try Rose Ointment for dry or sunburned skin. You will be amazed with the results.
Together, the Over The Moon community raised $850 for EmpowerHER, a non-profit organization with the mission to empower, support and connect girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mothers.
Over The Moon Parenting’s mission is to support growing families on the South Shore of Boston, and this local cause is very near and dear to us. Every day we see the growing bonds of mothers and their babies, and it is our privilege to give back to girls who have lost their moms.
We hosted a raffle, with generous donations from Sarah Hinchey Photography, Deluxe Bar, The Zen Den, Scentsy, Ambrosia Day Spa, The Juice Barn, Young Living Essential Oils, Paper Crane Acupuncture, Stacey Hugues’ Rodan and Fields, Restore Your Core Rehab, and Courtney Bulman’s Beauty Counter.
This is the second year we have run a fundraiser for EmpowerHER for Mother’s Day, and last year we raised $800. We strongly believe in building up our community, and look forward to running another fundraiser for this amazing organization next year for Mother’s Day.
One of the wisest things Margaret, my mother’s group teacher, told me was that a mother can’t nurture a baby when she isn’t feeling cared for herself. Self care for moms is incredibly important, and often gets overlooked in the myriad of tasks that go along with parenthood. Here is a list of ideas to pamper yourself so you can be your best for yourself and for your whole family.
Have more ideas? Please share them below or one our Facebook page!
Its no wonder new motherhood is so stressful. The day after I delivered my son, I had a sobbing-on-the-floor crisis because I had used prescription deodorant and was worried that I had poisoned my milk supply. (I hadn’t. Deodorant is a-okay.) But the life-or-death feeling of every decision, antiperspirant included, is overwhelming. The weight of motherhood is heavy. New moms groups help.
Becoming a mother is a transformative, incredible, and joyful experience that can also be overwhelming, intimidating, and lonely. Talk to any mom, and she will tell you that her “village” is what got her through those early months parenthood. Your first day alone with your baby, your first night after vaccines, your first car ride with a screaming infant – nothing helps to build you up like a mom village.
And finding answers to questions can be sticky. Sometimes, you don’t want to ask family because- let’s face it – relationships are tough. Sometimes the questions around episiotomies, sex after birth, and weight gain are embarrassing. Sometimes, imaging the answer to “is this normal,” is daunting.
In addition, many women are healing from c-sections or tough deliveries, juggling career challenges and changes, and don’t get nearly enough rest and self-care.
I started my first mother’s group with Margaret when my older son, Beau, was 10 days old. Beau is now in Kindergarten and I still call those same women when I have to figure out a rash, a problem at school, or if I’m just having a rough day – along with the celebrations and hilarious stories. My “mom squad” is as much my rock now as it was when I was navigating latching.
That’s why Over The Moon always has new mother’s groups on the calendar, and added a FREE VIRTUAL weekly breastfeeding drop-in group on Tuesdays at 1p.m. We know it is your village that gets you through, and we want to help you build yours.
In a new moms group and in the drop-in group, the woman next to you is just like you, with the same struggles, questions, and joys. And you’ll get through by helping each other through.
Over the Moon Parenting is happy to share our latest list of thoughtfully selected gift suggestions for young children from newborns through the preschool years. We have provided samples of toys and other gifts we love which are safe and appropriate for each range of development. You can find most of these toys, and so many more, at local toy store, The Toy Box in Hanover. We suggested gifts that will appeal to children over time, promote creative and open-ended play, and support developing skills. Please feel free to share this list with friends, grandparents, aunts, and uncles!
Newborn to 6 Months:
6 to 12 Months:
1 to 2 years:
2 to 3 years:
3 & 4 years (and beyond):
Add your ideas in the comments!
This holiday season of giving is the perfect time to teach your little ones about caring for others. Get involved with community service with kids using the ideas below, or come up with your own way and tell us about it in the comments!
My two children and I recently went to our first Breakwater Blue beach clean up at Nantasket Beach. We brought our bucket and gardening gloves from home and started on the sidewalk. We picked up several pieces of trash before we even got onto the beach. I was pleasantly surprised by how clean the actual beach was but I know that is probably due to previous beach clean ups. We spent two hours combing the beach on a beautiful day, working together to clean up the beach.
Beach clean-ups provide a great opportunity to talk about community service with kids. When I was explaining what we were going to be doing my son asked: “why is there so much trash and why don’t people care where it goes?” I have been a nature girl from a young age; I live for being outside, getting dirty, collecting bugs, and am an animal lover. However, life for moms gets so busy and my passion for the earth had taken a back seat. I must admit I now have days where I find myself in the drive-thru getting multiple coffees with plastic cups and plastic straws, sometimes even styrofoam so the condensation doesn’t bother me (cringe). I started thinking…it’s time for a change!
My little ones are avid nature lovers as well. If we pass a field I often hear my son say “Mom, that field is so beautiful.” He is so right, and I want to help him learn how to preserve it! Being a nature lover and having two tiny nature lovers on my hands has made things such as teaching composting more enjoyable. This past spring we used our composted dirt in our garden and our flowers are looking better than ever! We talk about what gets recycled versus what gets thrown in the trash and what happens with the recycling. When I saw recently on the news the story about the whale who washed ashore whose stomach was filled with plastic bags and other trash it made me sick to think of how careless we have become. We take so much pride in doing what’s best for our kids, yet taking care of the earth we live on should be on the top of the list – and sometimes it’s not. Taking care of our earth is something we should take pride in doing and teaching our little ones about!
Follow Breakwater Blue for more information on local beach cleanups. We are excited to be collaborating an Over The Moon Parenting Beach Clean in the fall, so stay tuned! They also encourage people to do Trash walk Tuesdays! Take 30 minutes or less to walk your neighborhood or beach to pick up trash. Take a photo and tag @breakwater blue and use hashtag #trashwalktuesday #bbluecleanup and you will be featured on the Breakwater Blue website. Another great idea they suggest is #take3 where you take three pieces of trash you didn’t bring from the beach to help keep it clean.
*Please make sure that during any sort of clean ups you and your little ones wear gloves. It is also helpful to show images of things you wouldn’t want them to pick up and stay close to them. Use a beach clean up and nature walk as a learning tool and get the conversation going about the importance of keeping the earth clean.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
—Dr. Seuss, The Lorax