Ready to Party?

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Take a look at the calendar. It is time to party!

If you're a newbie to parenthood, maybe you didn't notice. It's okay, I'm here to help you out. This coming Wednesday is July 4th.  That's right, America's excuse to party. Oh, it's for good reason.  After all, every good revolution deserves a little attention.

Fourth of July. What's your plan?

Is it one of those holidays that, post-kiddos, you may do differently?

Or do you?

Our first few years, we kept a little closer to home after dark. I wasn't ready to venture through the crowds with a tired little one who may be overwhelmed at the sights and sounds of this annual nighttime celebration.

Plus, it's PAST bedtime. Do you change your bedtime routine to accommodate holiday fun?

Once you get a bedtime routine down – in other words – getting your little one in THEIR bed at a DECENT time AND sleeping for a SIGNIFICANT amount of time, you may wonder if you should do ANYTHING to disrupt this magic?

Some parents work to the clock, never yielding for holiday or other nighttime fun. It's just not worth the price they “will have to pay,” if their little one gets off schedule. Is this you?

Other folks seem much more “go with the flow.” Their little ones seem to go along for the ride, day or night, sleeping, eating, etc. as they need.

As toddlerhood approached, we ventured out a little later in the evening, jogger stroller meandering through the masses to take in some of the sparkles in the sky. It was worth the effort and the price of giving up a little sleep.

And this year? Yep, we're ready to party.

What about you?

Will you be heading out for fireworks this year with your little one or keeping a little closer to home?

Either way, happy 4th of July to you and yours!

What do you think?

Ready to Party?

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Mei Mei says:

    I was so worried about the fireworks frightening my little guy. I debated and debated on taking him and tradition won. He loved them! Aaron’s eyes lit up brighter and brighter with each sparkle in the night sky.

  2. Profile photo of meredith meredith says:

    We were looking for family activities to do during the day, but not much luck, so now our family is getting together for a bbq!

  3. We’ll be home and enjoying some down time to catch up on sleep =)

  4. Profile photo of Katie Katie says:

    Gonna head out with the hubby and catch some fireworks and relax a little!

  5. Profile photo of mommyof3 mommyof3 says:

    watchin fireworks and havin fun with the girls

  6. Profile photo of Leanne Leanne says:

    plan on staying close to home and having our own little party.


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