Pros and Cons of Year-ROund School | | Kimberly Kalil CreativeI have a new parenting article up over at all about the pros and cons of year-round school.

Not sure if year-round school is right for your kid? Study up on the pros and cons here.

Thinking year-round school might be right for your child, but not sure if he’ll miss summer vacation? Before you make the decision, here’s a look at what this school system looks like and the pros and cons of year-round school.

What Is Year-Round School?
Kids who attend a year-round school go to class the same number of days as students on a traditional school schedule. The only difference? A year-round school calendar is spread out more evenly over the year. Students get more frequent breaks, but their breaks are shorter and they don’t get a traditional 10- to 12-week summer break.


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A few weeks ago, I had to go to Atlanta for work. Mike tagged a long and over the weekend went to a music festival (Shaky Knees). I don’t often make scrapbook pages of our adventures, as so much of my scrapping focuses on the kids. It was fun to do a quick and easy layout that summed up the fun little trip we had.

For this layout, I used a premium template and story starter from Simple Scrapper’s June 2015 collection. By no means does the layout tell the “whole” story of our weekend, but it’s a basic summary of what we did and what I loved most about the weekend: togetherness and Popsicles (yes, I said Popsicles).

Shaky Knees | Simple Scrapper | Kimberly Kalil Designs

Journaling reads:

Mike likes to go to music festivals. Me? I can take ‘em or leave ’em. I go because I love him and it’s something he likes to do. Shaky Knees was in Atlanta, so we got a chance to see our CCI “family” and have some fun adventures with them. A highlight of the festival (for me) were the seven Popsicles I consumed over two days (Mike had eight!). I crazy hot and humid!


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Meditation for Kids | | Kimberly Kalil Creative

I have a new parenting article up over at all about how to use mediation with your kids (something I’ve recently started doing).

Meditation for kids is ideal if you have a restless child. Teach him a few simple practices that may calm him down and give you a breather. Do you have a stressed-out, anxious, wiggly or angry child? Then meditation for kids might be exactly what you need to calm your little one (and maybe you’ll reap some calming benefits, too!). You don’t need to be a guru yourself — with a few simple tips, you can help your child learn to clear his mind.

What Is Meditation?
Meditation is an age-old practice where you engage in mental exercises, such as concentrating on your breathing or repeating calming words, so you can be more aware and relaxed. Focused awareness on the present moment is often called mindfulness, and when achieved through meditation, it can help transform impulsive kids into calm ones. Recent research has also shown school mindfulness programs to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety among adolescents. The same may hold true for people — or kids — of any age.


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I hate that word.

I specially hate that word when it’s used in reference to mental illness.

Please don’t call me crazy. I hear people toss that term around all the time and it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I instantly cringe and want to crawl into myself. Hearing the word makes me feel judged and it takes a swipe at my self esteem.

The worst part? There have been plenty of times I  call myself crazy. I say it in jest, but the end result is the same. I really shouldn’t. It’s a derogatory terms for a medical condition I have no control over.  It’s pretty insensitive of me to call myself as crazy.

When someone calls a menatlly ill person crazy, to me it’s a put

A few nights ago I was at my monthly book club. I really enjoy this group. I have been going on and off for almost eight years. This month we were talking about “The Dinner.” A number of the characters are unstable and at least one of them is diagnosed with some sort of mental illness. As we discussed the book, the term “crazy” was tossed around over and over again.

Each time someone referred to a character as crazy, I felt a little sad. They weren’t trying to hurt my feelings, and I can’t really fault them for not being sensitive to me, since only one of the ladies in the group knows I’m bipolar. But that’s the point. Sometimes, we’re only thoughtful about the words we use when we know there’s someone in the room who might be offended or hurt by our choice. But, what about all the times know nothing about the company we’re in? Are we thoughtful and kind with out word choices? Do we use words that we’d be happy our children would repeat?

We live a world full of people, people who have different struggles and different stories than our own. We often forget that not everyone fits into our idea or perception of how they should be or how their story should unfold.

Don’t call me crazy. Don’t call people with mental illness crazy. Use the approptiate terms. Find out what exactly they are struggling with. Have compassion for their condition. And if you can’t, then just hold your tongue.

Really, what I want people to know is this: words matter. The things you say can be kind and uplifting or cutting and hurtful. Be thoughtful about your words and please, don’t call me crazy.

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