Quote of the Month

It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~Joyce Maynard


Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Summer Food for Kids

It's summer!! and in the midst of the scorching sun, the saving grace of the sea and the serenity of being on sand, many mums who have not gone the summer school route have a bit more time on hand to spend with our often too picky, too complain-ey and too melodramatic children. As with all things parenting where we have to pull on the creative caps (such as outdoor fun), meal preparations this summer demands that it not only LOOKS like fun but tastes great too.

This realization hit as I was about to prepare yet another Peanut Butter sandwich, another boiled egg, another macaroni and cheese salad, another pink, white or brown bowl of porridge and another same old slices of cucumber as someone has suddenly developed very specific, very non-meat eating dietary patterns, so it got me  web searching for fun foods for kids.

As a DIY Mama, I was thrilled with what I saw and was even more thrilled that many of the recipes allowed for use of local produce.  With way too many options, I am choosing some basics that require ingredients moms in Jamaica and the diaspora are likely to have:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jamaican Mommies Summer Activities for Kids in Jamaica 2014: From tots to teens

Whew this has been long in coming mamacitas, But in addition to a recent family tragedy we just had to give you the most comprehensive list we could come by. For Weeks on end we have been asking via varied networks for a listing of Summer programmes for Kids in Jamaica and referencing previous programmes in our 2013 list After that almost mind numbing process, voila.. Here goes. Please note some programmes have extended their registration deadlines so be sure to call and confirm.

As a mama who has actively been searching for summer programmes for my own toddler, I was often annoyed that the lists were not categorised by age groups and so we tried as best as possible to highlight the age groups for ease of reference.

As we continue to build lists that are useful to you mamas, do remember to share all the activities you know in varied parishes across Jamaica. Please send all information to JamaicanMommies@gmail.com

Please note you can also download the list via Jamaican Mommies Summer Activities Register 2014

Special Thanks as well to the many organizations, other parenting networks, friends and all of you in the webosphere who shared activities with us for inclusion in our listing.

Edit: Also sharing the Ace Tennis Academy Summer Camp.  See details on flier below and make contact via the numbers noted for more information

Also sharing the Irie Times camp (updated July 9)

July 11 edit: Adding the Fundamentals Camp.  All information on Flyer below:

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Things we lost in the fire: Coping with home loss

Things we lost to the flames
Things we'll never see again
All that we've amassed
Sits before us, shattered into ash

These are the things, the things we lost
The things we lost in the fire fire fire

-Bastille, Things we lost in the fire

Admittedly this may be my most painful blog post yet, only because it is the kind of thing that you hear of everyday but never foresee happening to your own family and even when there is a fleeting thought, you allow it to sprint away quickly because you don't intend to deal with the possibilities or the reality...Now that it has happened, I deal with it the only way I can right now-I blog.

My family's home was destroyed by a fire on Monday, June 9, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m and so the memory and scars are still very raw. I therefore write not to publicize but to find some outlet to keep the memory alive about all that was lost in the fire, while sharing some information at the end about coping with home loss due to fire.

 As you can imagine, a family home is the house that has held memories for all of us as children and my parents. It is the place where for the past 24 years I have had endless fun with my siblings and neighbours, seen my younger sister enter the world, created a world of imaginary adventure; learnt to read, learnt to ride a bicycle, to play an instrument; It is also there that I learnt to laugh, to dream, to hope and today to cry.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Go Bananas with Monkey Bizniz: Family theatre Fun! Do. Go. See!!

It sounds like Boom shakka lacka "Tikka laka, macka jukka, banana peel.......Say what?

Or you may find yourself wondering, do they mean lotion like a play on potion or lution which goes with Evolution?

In any case, before you're likely to figure it out, you may just get distracted enough to hear a very long winded and drawn out voice utter "By the time me lef one meeting and reach home, is time fi lef go to another" and when you see who the voice is coming from, you will totally understand why the statement was followed by peals of laughter from the excited tots and tweens.

such was the case as Jamaican Mommies journeyed with the family in tow (our 5 year old included for research purposes) to the second night of Damion Radcliffe's Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz on Saturday, June 1. Monkey Bizniz being the fourth episode in Radcliffe's Anancy Chaptaz children's theatre series.

It was no monkeying around though as the 24 member cast drew you into their forest home where the monkey tribe must learn some very valuable lessons- chief among them the need for unity and loving oneself, all while pointing to Jamaican Culture and current affairs in its subtext.

Multi Year, Multi Media Parenting Jamaica effort Launched:

Screen shot of Launch day report via the
Jamaica Gleaner
At a time when society's children are faced with a myriad of atrocities, often based on improper parenting practices, it is certainly welcomed that Jamaica's Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen has launched Parenting Jamaica as an extension of the I believe Initiaitive. The I believe Initiative rests on the principle of "Using what is right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong with Jamaica"

Parenting Jamaica, A multi-year multiple-media communication programme designed to animate the lessons in the parenting guide“Answers To Questions Parents Ask” written by Dr. Barry Davidson and Dr. Faith Linton was launched earlier this year in March following extensive stakeholder consultations.  Since then it has made several steps towards its goals as a behaviour change effort from which a national parenting manual and standardised training of parents will emerge.

Parenting Jamaica also recognizes and endorses the efforts of several other Parenting oriented organizations that are actively pursuing efforts to improve Parenting in Jamaica.

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