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7 Mother’s Day Gifts That Are Better Than Brunch

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(I was compensated for writing this post. It contains links to services that are not provided by me. All opinions are my own.)

I am not a huge Mother’s Day fan. Yes, I am a mom. Yes, I have a mom. I have a mother-in-law too. Still not a fan. Let me clarify. I am not a fan of it in its current construction.

First of all – it is on a Sunday. That means church for a lot of us. What is required for church? Getting kids ready for church. What is that? Work. What is the last thing I want to do on a day that everyone is telling me is MY day? Work.  I should be able to choose the best day for Mother’s Day according to my preference and level of exhaustion.

Mother’s day lunch, brunch, dinner in any form? No thanks. Why? I am glad that you asked.  If we eat at home, guess who is cooking? If I get breakfast in bed, who is responsible for the rest of the meals? Me. If we have company for dinner, who has to make sure the house is clean before and after? Me. All of that sounds like work.  Mother’s day brunches? There are so many reasons that I dislike them, so I’ll just say this, those are work too. Kids spilling things, waiting in line for the coveted seafood or steak? Nah. I’m good.

Pedicures? That is often a Mother’s Day gift giver’s “go to” gift. Did you know that we have to do a pedicure before we get a pedicure just so that the technician doesn’t talk trash about our feet? Work. You know what we don’t want to do on Mother’s day? Work.

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For those of you who have moms that are difficult to read when it comes to Mother’s day gifts, here is my list of 7 gifts that are better than brunch on Mother’s Day. These are mostly suggestions for spouses, since they are the ones with the money. Kids can continue to give macaroni necklaces and breakfast in bed. Either way, just let them sign the card… we like that.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Summer Vacation Savings with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. As usual, all opinions are my own.

I’ll be finishing up my second year of law school, and I can’t wait for summer to begin. Unlike traditional law students who are looking forward to trying out law firm or clerk life, I am looking forward to spending time with my kids, working on my blog, and heading to the beach for some much needed (and well deserved) R & R.  I’ll be using Groupon Coupons to get all of my summer shenanigans done… for less.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

6 Tips for Traveling with Sick Children

(This post is not to be used as medical advice. Please consult your physician before traveling with a sick child.)

When we plan a trip, we look for conflicts with work, school, doctor’s appointments, summer camps, exams, and all sorts of other life events. Unfortunately, short of avoiding allergy and flu seasons, you really can’t plan a trip that avoids sicknesses like colds and stomach bugs. When you’ve spent thousands of dollars on non-refundable tickets and lodging and taken the time off from work, the sound you dread the most, is the faint cough that comes from the direction of your child’s bedroom… 2 days before your trip. You pray that maybe some saliva went down the wrong way, sneak in and put a little Vicks on their chest to be on the safe side, but bright and early in the morning you hear, “I don’t feeeeeeel gooooood…”

@#$%

So what do you do now? Colds last at least 7 days, and you will be leaving in 3…. or worse, in just a few hours. Do you travel anyway? If you are flying, the airline may take a look at your child and decide for you. Also, whether or not you decide to travel may depend on your mode of transportation, and if your child has a fever, has already started vomiting, is contagious, has diarrhea, or is having trouble breathing, flying (or traveling at all) may not be an option. The Centers for Disease Control website has more information on when you should and should not travel with various conditions. CDC Travel Health Website

What if you decide to travel, or what if your child gets sick WHILE you already traveling? How do you prepare? Here are six things that you can do to make traveling with a sick child (or a sick you) a little easier. This post contains affiliate links.

1. Try to make a quick appointment with your child’s pediatrician. It is important to find out exactly what the problem is before you travel.   Whether or not your pediatrician still recommends traveling for your child may depend on whether it is a bacterial infection or a virus, whether it is contagious or not, or whether the illness is likely to get worse.  You can also get any prescriptions that your child needs written and filled before you leave.  Your pediatrician may say it is unsafe for your child to travel… she may say that it is just a cold, and your child is fine to travel.  It is best that you know what you are dealing with before you get on the road or in the air.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Travel Tuesday: How Caribbean Moms "Road Trip"

The fridge the night before a road trip. Photo Credit: Eva Wilson

We took a lot of road trips when I was young. We traveled to see family friends up and down the east coast, took trips to amusement parks like Disney World, and short trips to nearby Hilton Head, SC.  When we traveled to see family in Trinidad when I was 16, my aunt took the teenagers took a little road trip to a wonderful secluded beach. This time when we took the kids to Trinidad for the first time, we spent a couple hours in the car and took a quick trip to spend the day at a really great beach.

On our road trips in Trinidad, I noticed several parallels between our road trips growing up, and the road trips I take with my family now. I could assume that it is a Caribbean thing, but I am sure that many elements of the Caribbean mom's road trip happens in other cultures as well.  If you notice similarities, or differences in your own road trips, tell us about them in the comments.

1. Organize. Great organization is something that I noticed that all the Caribbean moms who planned the road trips, long or short, had in common.  They were up early in the morning and transport, routes, pit stops, meals, gear, and everything in between was planned out - ready for flawless execution.  Soccer balls, music, towels, trash bags, changes of clothes, extra everything - packed and ready to go.  The trunk is to be packed in reverse chronological order so that if we are hitting the beach, for example, swimsuits are on top, then towels, then food - extra clothing and personal items are in backpacks carried by the person who will be using it.  One or two people who are responsible for unpacking and making sure everyone gets what they need when they need it, man the trunk - no one else may go in and upset the system... or inquire about the system... just reap the benefits and enjoy the trip, no questions asked.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Caribbean Moms Talk Travel: Why Are Caribbean Children the Most Well Behaved Kids in the Air?

 

Airplane

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You know the drill. You’ve been on a long trip consisting of multiple arrivals and departures. You consider it a win if you just didn’t drop the last clean pacifier, or lose your little one’s num num (blanket, bunny, insert “can’t exist without it” item here) between flights. As you drag yourself, your bags, and your offspring off of the plane to baggage claim, a couple approaches you and tells you that they have been watching you and your kids, and how wonderful it was to be on a flight with such well behaved children. You breathe a sigh of relief and a “thank you” that doesn’t sound half as grateful for the compliment as you wanted to sound, and limp on to customs. Or maybe you don’t know the drill.

Maybe you have the kids that can tear a plane UP and make passengers wish that they had a pilot’s license so that they would never have to fly with your children again… or any children for that matter. Maybe your kids are the ones incessantly kicking the seats in front of them, or dangling themselves over the back of their seats, staring at, or worse, talking to the passengers behind them… sharing your age, details about your dating life, or even better, where babies come from. Is your baby the one who just screams for no reason, falls asleep, then wakes up screaming just as the other passengers, and you, have drifted off to sleep?

My parents were having no in-flight foolishness. They packed food, blankets, and made sure we stayed occupied. Other than that? Threats. I don't remember verbal threats, but threatening looks? Plenty. Today, we can't (and don't have to) rely solely on "the look."

We don’t all get it right the first time. At one time or another we’ve probably all had that kid that we’ve had to apologize for. One of the missions of this blog when I started it five years ago, was to share some of that West Indian mom knowledge that can seem to elusive for those of us raising children outside of the Caribbean. Is it your first time flying with your kids to take them home to the Caribbean? Are you taking your first tropical vacation with the little ones?

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

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