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How to Savor Summer While You Get Them Ready For School

How to Savor Summer While You Get Them Ready For School

While children and teachers everywhere are looking wistfully at September drawing closer and closer on the calendar, many parents come mid-august are good and ready for the year to start. Is it starting to feel like too much unstructured time, too much of a good thing and too much time together? You’re not alone, believe me, but there are some things that even you, the eager-to-get-back-to-school-parent, might want to savor in the last days of summer. You can actually spend this last bit of summer doing a few small things that will help your child get ready for the new school year, all while savoring these last days. These may seem like small things but they are things that usually take quite a bit of adjustment the first few weeks of school. And the best part is that you can do them while you enjoy the last few weeks by also taking advantage of some simple joys that summer holds. If that bedtime has slowly crept to a later and later time as summer days are long and schedules are more lax, slowly start to bring your child’s bedtime back to the time it needs to be for them to wake in a reasonable mood on school days. This will be a huge help in having them start the year smoothly. I’m talking no more than a fifteen minute difference at a time, making the change gradually will be easier on them and you, and can really help them get through that first week well-rested. Now as I give this advice, I painfully aware that this falls under the “do as I say not as I do” category. I think this is a great idea and I think it can make a huge difference in your child’s adjustment to that first week of school, but I was never good at imposing it on myself. When I was teaching full-time, I was always up until at least midnight the night before the first day. While I always made it through the first day on the rush of excitement, it caught up with me and I was exhausted by the end of the week. Imposing an earlier bedtime will ensure your child is well rested for those first days and she can end the week as cheerily as she began it. Oh, and you can be the one shaking your head...

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You Taurus Child

You Taurus Child

You child’s birth chart is a snapshot of the heavens reflecting the gifts and challenges of your child’s life and its many cycles. This knowledge is an invaluable tool to assist in understanding the unique nature of each person young or old. As a parent, it would also be helpful to find out about your own chart and discover your strengths and weaknesses in parenting. Knowledge is power. This is the twelfth and final article in our series on Children’s Astrology. Taurus birthdays begin April 20th at 06:18 am PDT, and 09:18 am EDT. (If this description does not accurately describe your Taurus child, there may be strong modifiers coming from other planets or sensitive points in the Natal chart which can overshadow Taurus characteristics.) Taurus (April 20 – May 21) Taurus babies, like the bull are slow and may not show much activity in the beginning. They don’t like change and disruption or anything sudden. Provide them with a feeling of security and lots of comfort with soft and cuddly blankets and toys with many textures and colors. They become very attached to their comforts and pleasures and will become upset and frustrated when they are changed. Move them slowly and reassuringly. Keep their necks warm and covered especially when it is cold as they are ruled by the throat and when over tired or upset they can easily get a swore throat. Little Taurus might early on have a pleasant speaking and singing voice which should be encouraged. They could talk early and will often use words to get their way. Your Taurus baby will have great stamina and persistence which can turn into stubbornness. They are patient and steady until they become angry and then watch out as they will charge like the little bull. Work at solving their issues before it reaches their threshold. Taurus is a fixed sign and even an older Taurus child will resent being rushed or having plans and routines changed. This can seem like stubbornness, however, they naturally resist change. This is not something they do to cause trouble for you. Be patient and after a time of adjustment they will come around. Taurus is deeply connected to the physical world with reliance on the physical senses and the accumulation of possessions and wealth.. The physical senses and beauty are so very important to these practical Bulls. They enjoy looking...

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Your Aries Child

Your Aries Child

While there are many philosophies on child development and parenting, their weakness can be in the lack of personalization. Astrology provides that personal factor. There is no better information to assist a parent then an understanding of a child’s astrological makeup. It is a child development strategy written specifically for your unique son or daughter. Every parent wants to do what is best for their child. Astrology can give you the insight you need. This is the eleventh article in our series on Children’s Astrology. Aries birthdays begin March 20th at 07:21 pm PDT, and 10:21 pm EDT. (If this description does not accurately describe your Aries child, there may be strong modifiers coming from other planets or sensitive points in the Natal chart which can overshadow Aries characteristics.) Aries (March 20 – April 20) As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries relates to beginnings of all kinds, the primary energy that gets things going. Full of fire energy and that of an initiator, Aries is a self-starter. Willful and with a strong drive and desire to be first, they are always looking for a new adventure, challenge, project or experience. Intent on the preservation of individuality, Aries may display a preference for doing things by themselves at an early age, insisting, “I can do it myself, Mother.” It is best to give your Aries child as much latitude as possible, within the bounds of safety, allowing them to learn from mistakes, for they will resent you for imposing your will on them. Try not to show amusement or anger by their intense need for independence. Humiliation will produce combative behavior. Because they prefer to live life on their own terms, approval from others is not as necessary as for other signs. As long as they can do exactly as they please, it doesn’t matter what others think. Aries is a highly aggressive and impatient energy. They bring in wonderful ideas and initiate their desires usually leaving the finishing details to more pragmatic signs. Their life theme is “I AM”. This life is all about them and becoming who they are. Aries are the butterflies of the Zodiac as they light on a project, suck out all the nectar, get bored, and then fly off to light on something more exciting. They prefer to talk rather than listen. Aries has a strong unconscious drive for competition and will...

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Your Pisces Child

Your Pisces Child

Our Sun sign, and those of our children, represents the fundamental sense of self, as separate and distinct from others. Like the planets in our solar system all revolve around the Sun, it is where all the various parts of ourselves come together and form our identity. By knowing your child’s chart, you can see how best to teach them healthy patterns and behavior in all areas in their life. Let’s look at a practical breakdown of the ways a Pisces child sees the world and how best to help them. This is the ninth article in my series on Children’s Astrology for Better Way Mom’s on Conscious Parenting. Pisces birthdays begin February 18th at 04:25 pm PST, and 07:25 pm EST. (If this description does not accurately describe your Pisces child, there may be strong modifiers coming from other planets or sensitive points in the Natal chart which can overshadow Pisces characteristics). Pisces (February 18 – March 20) Pisces symbolizes that which is most ephemeral in human nature, the desire to unite with the infinite cosmic consciousness. It represents the urge toward self-sacrifice to a Higher Cause and the soul’s struggle with the imperfections of the world. Its image of two fish swimming in opposite directions suggest the dichotomy embodied in the mix of the material and spiritual realms. Pisces sun babies are born flower children who want life to be beautiful, serene, loving and peaceful. Loud noises and angry faces terrify them. This is a highly sensitive baby who needs lots of love and affection from the moment of birth. After the safety and warmth of the watery womb, Pisces finds life to be a shock and needs time to adjust. Pisces Sun will bond to Mother and hate to be apart from this island of security in a scary world. Tears of anguish may arise when safety is threatened. Boys are no exception. Parents need early to instill a sense of security in their Pisces Sun child. Pisces is a psychic sponge and picks up all sorts of feelings and information, but may have trouble sorting it all out. As a result, they often don’t know the difference between their own feelings and what they are picking up from other people and other realms. They will pick up on parental moods easily so it is important to keep tabs on your emotional energy and not bring...

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Your Aquarius Child

Your Aquarius Child

No amount of parental guidance can supercede the knowledge of your child’s natal chart. The information provided, once understood, can empower your ability to guide your child, based on their unique personality, in a specific way which appeals to their intrinsic nature and as such ensures a much better overall outcome. This is the eighth article in our series on Children’s Astrology. Aquarius birthdays begin January 20th at 02:19 am PST, and 05:19 am EST. (If this description does not accurately describe your Aquarius child, there may be strong modifiers coming from other planets or sensitive points in the Natal chart which can overshadow Aquarius characteristics.) Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Aquarius represents the idea of the individual as a cooperative member of a larger whole. This promotes their understanding that all humanity is family. This is a concept that the Aquarian grasps intuitively. They can be quirky, independent, yet inventive, intelligent, friendly and loyal. The Aquarian purpose is to experiment with all established structures, cross all manmade boundaries and experience the unique, new and unusual. Aquarius Sun babies have a quality of unpredictability. They may suddenly cease to respond to a regular routine of feeding and sleeping, causing much concern. The answer here may be to change the routine, as Aquarius follows inner patterns of response. Experimentation will likely provide the solution. Aquarius likes new things and new ideas and will evidence a free spirit quite early, making it easy for a parent to feel rejected. At an age when other children cling to their parents, this youngster may show a preference for independence. Often there is a sudden dislike of what was pleasing yesterday, but don’t take it personally. It’s just Aquarius Sun’s natural nonconforming nature at work. Objective and logical, Aquarius has a mental approach to life and therefore school rarely presents difficulty. In fact, in kindergarten they may well show surprising independence and resent being escorted to school! This is an individualistic youngster — unconventional, unique, valuing the freedom to do and go without restriction. This child will bring home unusual friends, and pets. Patience on the part of more orthodox parents is necessary in order to avoid alienating the child, who may be labeled a rebel. But forcing conformity will only backfire. Aquarius will simply conceal forbidden activities. Guidance is necessary, and though coercion won’t work, appealing to logic and reasonableness will. They may...

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Your Capricorn Child

Your Capricorn Child

While there are many philosophies on child development and parenting, bottom line, we need to know what really works and how we can help our little ones develop socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Astrology provides that personal factor. There is no better information to assist a parent then an understanding of a child’s astrological makeup. It is a child development strategy written specifically for your unique son or daughter. Every parent wants to do what is best for their child. Astrology can give you the insight you need. This is the seventh article in our series on Children’s Astrology. Capricorn birthdays begin December 21st at 03:39 pm PST, and 06:39 pm EST. (If this description does not accurately describe your Capricorn child, there may be strong modifiers coming from other planets or sensitive points in the Natal chart which can overshadow Capricorn characteristics.) Capricorn (December 21 – January 20) Capricorn Sun babies are serious and responsible even when very small. Infants can look prematurely wise and solemn, like little old people. They seem to be adults who are working their way backward to childhood and can act in astonishingly mature ways at a very young age, assuming responsibilities and giving advice to elders. Capricorn may develop a quirky sense of humor in order to compensate for an overly serious approach to life. As soon as Capricorns can walk and talk, they want to be helpful and do something important and may carry on surprisingly adult conversations with those who offer guidance. Because of all this seriousness, young Capricorn needs to be encouraged to play. Forms of play that teach while reaching a practical result are the best. Evan at play, they will give off the concentrated air of an adult busy at real work. School is often approached in an organized fashion and their ambition will surface in the school years where goal-oriented Capricorn will work very hard to excel. Praise is not very important to the Capricorn student, but recognition and respect for real achievements is vital. Since they tend to focus on establishment-oriented topics and time-tested methods, Capricorns favor politics and history. Reading about successful people serves as inspiration. They will usually excel in those subjects that have a practical end, leaving the fantasy to others. Though Capricorn children enjoy being taken seriously and given responsibility, when the burden becomes too great they notice other children don’t...

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