2015 SeaWorld San Diego Preschool Pass

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Whoohoo! The new registration for the SeaWorld San Diego Preschool Pass for 2015 is up and ready!

Kids ages 3-5 can enjoy big adventures at SeaWorld San Diego all year long!

You must complete the registration in order to obtain the FREE 2015 Preschool Pass. Registration ends March 13, 2015.

FIRST VISIT AND REDEMPTION MUST OCCUR BY MARCH 27, 2015!!

Offer valid for San Diego County residents only. To receive the FREE 2015 SeaWorld San Diego Preschool Pass, completed registration, and valid form of identification must be presented at the SeaWorld tickets & reservations desk. Acceptable forms of identification include a copy of a birth certificate or travel passport. Please note: school IDs or children security IDs will not be accepted.

Parents – Right now you can still take advantage of the Pay for 1 day, get all of 2015 free! Or Annual Pass deal: Buy one year, get one free!

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Preschool Graduation Goodies!

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Seriously. I’m that kind of mom that is looking for any excuse to put together a goodie bag. HAHA. Picked up those felt Owl stickers 50% off after Halloween at Target last year + 50% the bags after Valentine’s Day + some clearance graduation tattoos and gift tags from Oriental trading + recycled Graduation bubble favors from my own graduation party over a decade ago….  Ta da!

SeaWorld Preschool Pass is back!! 2014!

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YES!!!!!!! I love that SeaWorld does this! FREE – SeaWorld Preschool Pass. For kids ages 3-5 to enjoy all year long. Get it while its hot!

You must complete the registration in order to obtain the FREE 2014 Preschool Pass. Registration ends March 16, 2014.

Offer valid for San Diego County residents only. To receive the 2014 FREE SeaWorld Preschool Pass, completed registration, and valid form of identification must be presented at the SeaWorld ticket windows. Valid identification is a copy of a certified birth certificate or travel passport. Please note: school ID’s or children security ID’s will not be accepted.

Right now, adults can take advantage of the Pay for a day, get the rest of 2014 Free deal.

 

 

Happy First Day of Preschool!

Well… my 4-year old finally started her new school schedule this week! For this next year, she will be doing 5 mornings of preschool. Whooooo. She was totally excited. She tells me “I love school!” and in the back of my head, I’m thinking “You better! Because you got A LOT more of it! HAHAHHA SUCKAAAA!” j/k. I’m glad she likes school. Its certainly a good way to set the tone for a life-long journey of learning.

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As for me, I went through a mixture of emotions. I mean, I’m excited because she is excited. This week I kinda feel like I miss her a lot already now that I don’t have her around in the mornings. I’m also depressed because of the fat tuition check I have to write every month. Ha! But you know… I gotta look on the bright sides: I am finally getting a lot of one-on-one time with my lil’ man now (who’s 2)… and am one year closer to getting one kid into Kindergarten (aka – one more year closer to going back to work and making my money back).

What I did thoroughly enjoy this week though: all the cute First Day of School pictures that ran through my Facebook newsfeed. *sniff*

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P.S. The lil guy and I just started “his”  version of school this week too! Its a parent education class for 2-yr-olds. Its what I call “pre-preschool”… I did that for a year when Vy was 2, so I’m looking forward to doing this with K now. He was pretty excited that he got to get ready and head off to “school” as well.  If you check with your local COMMUNITY/CONTINUING EDUCATION programs… you might find parent education courses nested there… and get this: they are FREE (or very low cost). Worth a try and something to do before the official preschool days come.

What is WITH the 4-yr-old tantrum!?

Yelling. Crying. Stomping. Slamming.

That was my life this week. JUST this week. Not sure what is going on,  but my darling 4-year-old has been giving us quite a dramatic show. Sometimes I chalk it up to her being tired because she’s been going to bed late (like at 11pm!! Even though I put her in bed before 10). But as I did some more reading, apparently, there is a lot that is going on in the mind of a 4-year-old. I guess I don’t blame her. I mean, she’s learning a lot and feeling a lot. I know many adults who can barely handle the range of emotions that a human feels! How can I expect a 4-year-old to do it off the bat?

I guess the problem is not really her tantrums. Its how her tantrums are effecting ME! I’m trying to keep my cool counselor hat on, but oh man…. I’m exhausted as it is.

5243bfbaf64a27cf44c77c7f2e825fd0The one good thing out of this whole week, was that today – just today – she came up to me and said “Mommy, I’m angry a lot today.” *cue the heavenly music* I turned to her and said “Its okay to be angry. Sometimes we feel that way, but we just need to learn what to do with that feeling.” So we went on to practice taking deep breaths to calm down and I suggested counting to 10 as another tool for her bag. That’s about as far as I went with that today, but its a start. A good start, considering she had been pulling these “mad woman” tantrums most of the week. Any little thing that didn’t go her way, she instantaneously flipped the switch – went from crying, to running off upstairs, slamming doors, throwing things. WTH. I thought this was supposed to stop after 2? I thought that now with some communication skills, my 4-year-old can EXPRESS herself? hmph. Yeah, I know. It’s easier to scream and it must feel good to slam that door I’m sure.

After doing some searching, I found a good list of ideas for dealing with an “Angry Child”:

Responding to the Angry Child

Some of the following suggestions for dealing with the angry child were taken from The Aggressive Child by Fritz Redl and David Wineman. They should be considered helpful ideas and not as a “bag of tricks.”

Catch the child being good. Tell the child what behaviors please you. Respond to positive efforts and reinforce good behavior. An observing and sensitive parent will find countless opportunities during the day to make such comments as “I like the way you come in for dinner without being reminded”; “I appreciate your hanging up your clothes even though you were in a hurry to get out to play”; “You were really patient while I was on the phone”; “I’m glad you shared your snack with your sister”; “I like the way you’re able to think of others”; and “Thank you for telling the truth about what really happened.”

Deliberately ignore inappropriate behavior that can be tolerated. This does not mean that you should ignore the child, just the behavior. The “ignoring” has to be planned and consistent. Even though this behavior may be tolerated, the child must recognize that it is inappropriate.

Provide physical outlets and other alternatives. It is important for children to have opportunities for physical exercise and movement, both at home and at school.

Manipulate the surroundings. Aggressive behavior can be encouraged by placing children in tough, tempting situations. We should try to plan the surroundings so that certain things are less apt to happen. Stop a “problem” activity and substitute, temporarily, a more desirable one. Sometimes rules and regulations, as well as physical space, may be too confining.

Use closeness and touching. Move physically closer to the child to curb his or her angry impulse. Young children are often calmed by having an adult nearby.

Express interest in the child’s activities. Children naturally try to involve adults in what they are doing, and the adult is often annoyed at being bothered. Very young children (and children who are emotionally deprived) seem to need much more adult involvement in their interests. A child about to use a toy or tool in a destructive way is sometimes easily stopped by an adult who expresses interest in having it shown to him. An outburst from an older child struggling with a difficult reading selection can be prevented by a caring adult who moves near the child to say, “Show me which words are giving you trouble.” Be ready to show affection. Sometimes all that is needed for any angry child to regain control is a sudden hug or other impulsive show of affection. Children with serious emotional problems, however, may have trouble accepting affection.

Ease tension through humor. Kidding the child out of a temper tantrum or outburst offers the child an opportunity to “save face.” However, it is important to distinguish between face-saving humor and sarcasm or teasing ridicule.

Appeal directly to the child. Tell him or her how you feel and ask for consideration. For example, a parent or a teacher may gain a child’s cooperation by saying, “I know that noise you’re making doesn’t usually bother me, but today I’ve got a headache, so could you find something else you’d enjoy doing?”

Explain situations. Help the child understand the cause of a stressful situation. We often fail to realize how easily young children can begin to react properly once they understand the cause of their frustration.

Encourage children to see their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Help them to see that they can reach their goals. Use promises and rewards. Promises of future pleasure can be used both to start and to stop behavior. This approach should not be compared with bribery. We must know what the child likes—what brings him pleasure—and we must deliver on our promises.

Say “NO!” Limits should be clearly explained and enforced. Children should be free to function within those limits.

Tell the child that you accept his or her angry feelings, but offer other suggestions for expressing them. Teach children to put their angry feelings into words, rather than fists.

Build a positive selfimage. Encourage children to see themselves as valued and valuable people.

Use punishment cautiously. There is a fine line between punishment that is hostile toward a child and punishment that is educational.

Model appropriate behavior. Parents and teachers should be aware of the powerful influence of their actions on a child’s or group’s behavior. Teach children to express themselves verbally. Talking helps a child have control and thus reduces acting out behavior. Encourage the child to say for example, “I don’t like your taking my pencil. I don’t feel like sharing just now.”

Source: Reprinted from the Plain Talk Series, National Institute of Mental Health Office of Scientific Information, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1992). Washington, D.C.: US Government Printing Office (ISBN 0160359244; DHHS Pub. No. [ADM] 92-0781).

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Found some other great ideas:

 breathe box or calm down kit

The Calming Jar  ~ ok, I REALLY like this one, just because its so pretty. Oh, and my daughter loves sparkles.

Mr. Mad Balloons  ~ Hmmm. I’m not really sold on this idea just yet. Sounds almost violent.

Peace Table ~ Sounds like a better place to end up than Time-out!

Teaching your child to do Hookups (physically calming movement)

If you have any other ideas not mentioned here – please do share! We need to combine our resources! (Especially, since my 2 year-old won’t be far behind!)