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I cannot cannot cannot believe it is already OCTOBER.  All the months kind of feel like they are starting to meld together, and I’m... Unsolicited advice for the start of the school year #StreamTeam

I cannot cannot cannot believe it is already OCTOBER.  All the months kind of feel like they are starting to meld together, and I’m feeling more and more that whole “time flies” thing.

A lot happened in August and September brought the start of Kindergarten for Portia and a new preschool/daycare for Madeleine.

Portia first day of school

With the new routines and some new activities that we have added to our family schedule, the days and weeks seem to be extra exhausting for the girls.  Madeleine (age 2.5) has been off of naps for a couple of months now, but she’s DONE by 5pm every evening and needs to be asleep by 6pm or it’s just painful for her.  Portia, who is almost 5, was going to bed some summer evenings even around 8:30/9pm, but since school started, she is SO tired when I pick her up at 3:00!

I have always heard that Kindergarten is a whole new level of stimulation for our little ones, but I’m not sure I quite expected it on the level that Portia has been expressing it.  The first few weeks of school, she was almost not herself.  She was crying at the drop of a hat and was so quick to temper.  She seemed so depleted of energy and fragile.  All the things she loved doing at home like colouring and building towers were out of the question.  She just had nothing left in her.

A friend of mine posted a really interesting article on Facebook reminding parents that the start of school is A LOT for kidlets and a follow-up comment was “when we get home from school, I put on a movie and we cuddle on the couch”.

Nothing more, nothing less.

While I had been on this whole Summer mission of less screen-time, I knew this was a really good time to let the girls just veg.  Decompress.  Not have to answer to any demands.  Just hang out and laugh and relax.  WE ALL NEED TO RELAX! Kids too!

My unsolicited advice to parents of kids who are just starting school and who may also be feeling spent??

Let the kids watch some TV. It will not kill them. It will maybe even re-energize them, which is the case with my girls.  After 45 minutes or so, they suddenly pop off the couch and are ready to tackle the rest of the afternoon/evening.

Lucky for us, new titles are always being added to Netflix.  Here’s what is new for you to check out!

Netflix new titles

New on Netflix

While you’re at it, pop some popcorn for an after-school treat.  We ‘popped’ for the first time with our new popper and the girls were giddy with excitement (as you can hear in the video). 😛

Happy streaming!


Disclosure:  I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam and receive special perks as a thank you for helping to spread the word about all things Netflix! The opinions in the post are mine, and mine alone.  :)

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Erin

    October 7, 2015 #1 Author

    I totally agree – in Grade 1, as E switches into less play and more academics, he’s exhausted when he comes home. We really love Airbender: The Last Avatar (awesome female characters and thoughtful, emotional male characters), and Puffin Rock (super sweet animation from the Northern Irish studio that did The Book of Kells).


    • Jessica Blumel

      October 12, 2015 #2 Author

      Thanks for the recommendations, Erin! And good to know, we are not alone in this :)


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