5 Items To Pack For A Track Meet
Track season is upon us and parents everywhere are attending weekend track meets for their kids. For those new to track, it might seem daunting to know what to bring. Especially if you are there for most of the day. You’ll want to pack enough, without bringing enough for a getaway. Here are a few tips from a seasoned track mom on what to pack.
- Make sure you wear comfortable clothing. Something you can wear if you are volunteering on the field, tag pulling, or working at the field events (our track team requires 8 volunteer hours per child on the team). If you get there at 6am for set-up it will be cold. The meet usually starts at 8:30am and runs until about 2 or 3pm with tear-down after that. I like to have my daughter pick a few events for each meet that are close in time. That way we are there for about 4 hours but not the entire day. I really love the comfortable and stylish clothing Fabletics offers. I like to wear a track-mom shirt and shorts or leggings with sneakers and I bring a light long-sleeve shirt or cardigan. Something lightweight to carry if I’m running around.
- Bring water and light snacks. Most track locations have a snack bar but the options are like a movie theater (hot dogs, nachos, chips, ring pops, etc). If you want to eat healthy bring something light that won’t melt or bring a small portable ice chest. I like packing nuts, cheese and crackers, ice cold water and some granola bars.
I have a portable ice chest like this one and it has lasted me over 10 years!
3. Be prepared to sit or stand in the sun for hours. Some teams have Easy-Ups but if it is a hot day the kids pack under them and there is no room. Most stadiums do not allow them anywhere except the highest steps. So if you aren’t there at 6:30am, there will be no place to put yours. Some people bring umbrellas, super large umbrellas or beach shades. But those block the view from others and get caught by the wind and blow into other people. So if you bring one, it is only allowed at the very front of the seats, or on the ground, on the sides of the stadium. You will need to anchor it some how so it does not blow away. Most people bring blankets to put inside or lounge chairs. If you get a sunshade, make sure you get one that is portable and easy to setup/teardown.
4. Do not forget sunscreen! For yourself and your athletes. You will be in the sun, a lot! Best way to avoid becoming a lobster is to get a good sunhat and apply lots of sunscreen. The athletes will be in the sun during staging, warm-ups and while they are competing. Make sure they apply sunscreen under their warm-up clothes so they don’t get burnt in their uniform.
5. Get some type of seat cushion if you are sitting in the bleachers. Most bleachers are concrete or metal and if I’ve been sitting on them for a few hours my hips are hurting me. A simple padded cushion works for me (and is less to carry). Some people like to purchase stadium seats that have backs to them and pockets. Some even have an overhead awning. Figure out what you want to carry and what is comfortable for you. But bring one for yourself and your athlete (to sit on when he/she isn’t competing).
Things to Demand From Your Carpet Cleaner
Are you unhappy with the job that your current carpet cleaning company has done for you? If so, you will need to find a new company to clean your carpets as soon as possible. You should not make the mistake of hiring the first company you see listed online or in your local phone book. You need to be much more selective than that if you truly care about the condition that your carpeting is in. The following are some essential items that you should demand from the company that you eventually hire to clean the carpeting in your home.
1. You need to be certain that the carpet cleaners you hire have a valid license to work in your state.
Most people just assume that their carpet cleaners are all licensed. Therefore, they do not think to ask to see this credential before the people begin working in their home. unfortunately, there are many unlicensed carpet cleaners out there. Why is it so important for your carpet cleaners to have a license? A person will need to pass exams held by their state to show that they know how to safely use their cleaning equipment and chemicals. There are also cleaning techniques that they must learn in order to get a license. Unlicensed carpet cleaners will not have these skills.
2. Verify that your carpet cleaners all have current insurance coverage.
You never know when something will go wrong. A carpet cleaner could have an accident that damages your property while they are cleaning your home. This is why it is so important to find out if your carpet cleaners have insurance coverage. This insurance will reimburse you for any damage to your home or property that the carpet cleaners might cause while they are working. You should never allow carpet cleaners into your home unless you see their current proof of insurance.
3. Your carpet cleaners should not leave until you are completely satisfied with the work they have done.
Do not hire a carpet cleaning company that simply packs up and leaves without asking you if you are satisfied with their work. Green Choice Carpet Cleaning of NJ is an example of a company that will keep working until you are happy. You should also look for a company that uses Eco-friendly cleaning supplies so your pets and family will not get sick.
Connected Stress Relievers:
Top Apps to Help Busy Moms Manage Their Days
Moms are masters of multitasking but that is not to say that you don’t need a bit of a helping hand at various points through the day, which is where a few apps loaded on your phone could come to the rescue.
Here is a look at some apps that fit the bill, including a way to have medical help on call, a way to motivate your kids to get ready for school, plus an app that searches out kid-friendly entertainment near you.
Medical help at the touch of a button
If you want access to your medical records, check your next scheduled appointment with your doctor, or ask a healthcare specialist a question, there is an app that lets you do all of these things and more besides.
Another useful feature you get with the ContinuousCare app is the ability to consult with your doctor without leaving your home, which could be very useful when you are looking after your children at the time.
If your doctor subscribes to Virtual Practice, the app lets you schedule a video consult and run through your issues without the need to wait in line at the practice.
Get some help with the morning routine
As your children get to school age it is a great idea to encourage them to be a little more independent and do some tasks on their own without your supervision.
Getting ready for school in the morning can be a real challenge for mom’s and trying to get all the kids ready feels like plate spinning, as it only takes one to fall behind and the usual schedule collapses rapidly.
A good solution could be an app called the Happy Kids Timer, which turns chores, like brushing their teeth and getting dressed, into an exciting game to beat the clock. The animations and music you get with the app should entertain them and if they present themselves washed and dressed on time, it is a win/win.
You might also want to check out this android weather app for your phone, which will give you the heads up on whether you might need them to take their coat or pack an umbrella.
A good place to go
If you are out and about and trying to entertain or feed your kids it could help to have an app to hand that helps you track down kid-friendly places to visit in the area and restaurants where children are definitely welcome.
You want to be able to focus on keeping an eye on the kids rather than searching around for somewhere suitable to take them to, which is is why it could make sense to use an app like Trekaroo to find all the child-friendly venues in the neighborhood.
Next time someone asks you how you juggle all your tasks with raising a family, you might want to share a few of the tricks that you have loaded on your phone, or maybe keep all the apps to yourself and take all the credit, you’ve earned it anyway!
Homework, Naps and Apps:
Tips and Tools to Help Kids Learn to Manage Their Lives Better
Older kids spend a lot of time on their mobile devices these days. But it doesn’t always have to be about games, there are lots of great apps out there to help them manage their lives better. Here’s a rundown on some of the best of them.
This android alarm clock app is great for helping kids sleep better, wake up faster and even track the time it takes them to do things like chores and homework. They can wake up to their favorite tunes every morning. But it’s not just an alarm clock, it can also lull you to sleep at night. After a long day of classes, they can set a timer and play relaxing music to help them sleep soundly. Other features include different clock faces, a brightness slider, auto-launch, a variety of clock widgets and a built-in flashlight.
With the Wearsafe Personal Safety System, if your child encounters danger pressing the device’s button will transmit an alert to family member’s and friends’ mobile devices. It also opens a live audio link from your child’s so he or she can respond or call 911. It lets the wearer know that help is coming by emitting a vibration each time someone gets the alert. Alerts can be sent from up to 200 feet.
Help your child keep abreast of all his or her homework assignments and classes with MyHomework app. Projects will never be handed in late again. Each time you add a due date, you can prioritize it and color code it. You can view homework assignments on the calendar or by subject. You can also add classes by period or by time.
This is a great way to introduce children to banking and balancing a checking account. Bankaroo is an app for smartphones and tablets. It is comprised of a virtual bank that lets kids keep track of their allowance. It’s super user-friendly because it was actually created by an 11-year- old. Users enter their virtual allowance amount and set saving and spending goals.
Combat bullying and self-doubt with Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are, an inspirational graphic novel about a group of loyal friends who help boost each other’s self-esteem when faced with teasing, bullying, and self-doubt. Some of the characters lack of confidence is related to their weight, grades, self-image, or athletic skills, but their friends always know just the right thing to say to give them a better perspective.
Help your child build his or her vocabulary by turning words into a game. Vocabulary.com has an adaptive style so that kids can learn at their own level while still being challenged with new words. As their understanding improves, the challenge level increases. These apps will help your kids learn how to save time, handle money, keep up with school work, gain confidence and increase their word power with just the touch of their fingertips.
Mason Long is a Dad to 2 wonderful boys and shares his parenting tips and thoughts with other parents around the web with his articles.