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Back 2 School Ideals To Get Your Kids Back On Track 

According to Phineas and Ferb, “There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation. Then school comes along just to end it.” Some kids are super excited about going back to school. Heck for them, it’s been an eternity since they have seen some of their friends (or it feels that way, anyway). Others might be anxious or even scared. Maybe it’s a new school and they don’t know anyone, or they have a hard time making friends. Whichever the case may be in your household, we’ve got 7 tips to help get you and your child off on the right foot for a successful school year. 

1. Reset your rhythm 

If your kids spent the summer indulging in a very relaxed bedtime where they stay up late most nights and sleep in every morning, it’s important to get their sleep schedules back on a set routine. Start two weeks before school with setting a bedtime and a morning routine. If they will be getting themselves up, use whatever device will be waking them up now, so they get used to hearing it. My kids loved to sleep through their alarm clocks. You have to train the brain to listen for and recognize the sound of the alarm. 

Create routines that are easy for your child to follow - short, sweet, and consistent. Routine will help with bedtime struggles and aid your child in getting that much needed good night’s sleep. Children who get enough sleep (between 9-12 hours per night for this age group) have better attention spans, are typically better behaved (not moody or angry/aggressive because they are tired) and have increased learning and memory retention. Those with inadequate sleep tend to be moody, emotional, and sometimes depressed. 

To create a bedtime routine, pick 3-4 activities and have your child do them in the same manner every night. This helps bring the day to a close and allows them to mentally prepare for sleep. A few ideas for your bedtime routine could include: 

Set an alarm 30 minutes before bedtime so kids can mentally prepare  
5 minutes of silly time to unwind and get the “giggly wigglies” out   
Bedtime snack   
Taking a warm bath or shower  
Brushing teeth  
Putting on pajamas  
Turn on nightlight or white noise for kids that need them  
Prayers   
Bedtime story  
Singing a lullaby or bedtime song  
Pick out tomorrow’s outfit  
Pack tomorrow’s lunch and put in fridge to save time in the morning  
A morning routine might include the following habits to get your kids started for the day: 

Bathing or showering  
Getting dressed and putting on shoes  
Make bed and put pajamas away  
Combing hair   
Eating a good breakfast  
Brushing teeth and washing face  
Putting supplies into backpack/bookbag  
Use bathroom before heading out the door  
Put on your happy face 
2. Attend Open House/Orientation 

Meet your child’s teacher(s) and tour the facility before the school year starts. This might be in person, or it could be virtual, thanks to technology. Now would be a great time to ask questions. Get the lists of school supplies, books, and technology your kids will need. Then create your list of items you need to purchase and a budget. Your list and budget will help control impulse buys when you go shopping. It’s easy to splurge on all the supplies with fun colors/patterns. Remember to get the supplies early to beat the rush and items being out of stock causing added stress. If you haven’t seen it yet, the Trapper Keeper has made its return and is the hot back to school item this year. 

Pick up an item or two for the good of the classroom, such as a bottle of sanitizer or wipes. The teacher will thank you for doing so. Don’t forget to stop by the school’s health office and ensure vaccines are up to date. From the voice of experience, there's nothing like being told on the second day of school that your child can’t return until they have their vaccines updated and finding out you can’t get an appointment for a week. 

3. Create a homework area 

Remove distractions like TVs and video game consoles from homework areas. Repurpose and relabel plastic tubs to organize all school supplies. Use empty containers such as pringles cans and redecorate them with your child to store supplies like pencils, pens, scissors. Help your kids develop a filing system for organizing their documents for each class. Get a couple of dollar store picture frames and use them to display your child’s artwork of the week or the good grade on an assignment they are so proud of and change out as needed. Another wonderful way to organize supplies is to get an over the door shoe rack and use it to store items such as glue, stapler, crayons, colored pencils, ruler etc. Set a timer for regular breaks from homework to stretch or get a drink or water. Setting the routine for good study habits is important to start young as it will carry over into their high school and college years. 

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." - Anthony J. D'Angelo 

4. Afterschool Activities 

Do you have a plan in place for after school care? Will they be playing sports? Having tutor session? Daycare or a babysitter? Block out some fun time for your kids, whether it’s through sports or playdates but don’t overload their day, kids need quiet time too. Create a list of fun after-school activities and games to keep your kids entertained and avoid boredom. 

For my kids, I have a “Daddy I’m bored” jar. This is easy to create some are fun, some items are chores. Here’s what you do: 

Find an empty jar or even a bowl can work  
Decorate the outside if you desire, mine says “Daddy Daddy" I’m Bored”  
I used large craft sticks and wrote tasks on each one, you can just use strips of paper.   
Kids pull on stick but have to agree to whatever it says before they choose.  
Here are 21 boredom busting ideas to include for your jar: 

Playing a board game  
Washing/putting away the dishes  
Painting/coloring a picture  
Riding a bike or skateboard  
Building a blanket fort  
Write a letter or make a card for someone  
Put on a puppet show  
Help prepare dinner  
30 minutes of cartoon time (important to limit screen time)   
 Draw a treasure map of the yard (where do you think the pirates would have hidden treasure in our yard? Hide something ahead of time and then go find it on a treasure hunt!)   
 Vacuum or sweep the floor in one room  
 Play hide and seek   
 Call grandma or grandpa  
 Read for 30 minutes  
 Tell a story or write a play  
 Make cookies with a grown up   
 Empty the trash  
 Jump rope for 10 minutes  
 Collect and sort or fold laundry  
 Take a bubble bath or play with bubbles  
 Have a dance party (put on some songs and dance around!) 
These are just a few activities, and they may not be suitable for all ages, but they can sure get you started. Create your list and have fun with them. 

5. Schedule Family Time! 

For many kids, they are used to being home over the summer so going back to school (or going for the first time) will disrupt their comfort zone. Help them by establishing a set “Family Time” daily, whether it’s during dinner or before bed. Ask them about their day and listen as they talk to you. Take them grocery shopping and let them pick out their afterschool and bedtime snacks. This gives them the precious gift of time. Give kids a specific day that they can choose all the activities you do together, then mark it on the calendar so it gives them something to look forward to outside of schoolwork. 

How about baking some cookies or brownies with your little one? Try out this super fudgy and uber chocolatey brownie recipe. it’s a delicious, sweet treat that can’t be beat. 

INGREDIENTS 

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (divided in half)  
1 cup granulated sugar  
3 eggs  
½ cup butter  
1 teaspoon vanilla extract  
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour  
¼ teaspoon baking soda  
INSTRUCTIONS 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees  
In a heavy-duty saucepan or microwaveable bowl, melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the butter over low heat, stirring frequently until chips are completely melted. If you're using the microwave method, heat chips in short increments, and stir in between.   
Remove from heat, allow to cool one minute then stir in the vanilla extract, and add the eggs, one at a time.  
Mix in the sugar, flour, and baking soda. Stir until thoroughly blended.  
Stir in the remaining chocolate chips or sprinkle over once in pan.   
Spread brownie batter into a greased or parchment paper-lined 13 X 9-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges are firm, center is set, and a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Do not over bake -- center will firm up as brownies cool  
Allow to cool, cut into servings, and enjoy!  
6. Get the Look! 

Let your kids help pick out their school clothes or shoes. Some wear uniforms so there’s not much leeway there. Why not indulge your child by allowing them to pick their backpacks, lunchboxes and folders? This helps your child be involved and get excited about their new choices, thus helping them be excited about getting to or back to school. 

Remember to plan for weather issues and help protect your little one from mother nature. Raincoats, jackets, coats, hats, gloves, and boots depending on your location will help them brace the elements and equip them to enjoy the weather. 

To complete and compliment the back-to-school look, don’t forget the crowning glory … haircuts! Get them early so you can practice and play with the new hair-do a few days before school to ensure they are thrilled with their new look. 

7. Giving is Better than Receiving 

A great way to show your vested interest in your child’s education is to be an involved parent. Consider volunteering and attending your child’s school functions. 

Here’s some ways parents can get involved: 

Chaperoning field trips  
Sign-up to be a classroom helper, teacher aid, or homeroom parent  
Organizing and/or working at school fundraising activities and other events, like the school carnival, bake sales, and book fairs  
Planning classroom parties and festivities  
Joining the school's parent-teacher organization  
Volunteering in the library (help kids find books or restock the shelves)   
Attend career day and describe what you do  
Attending your child’s school concerts or plays (precious memories!)  
With all this back-to-school prep work, you and your child are going to be in great shape for a successful school year. If you’re calm, not stressed, they will follow your lead and be excited as well, ready to embrace this adventure head on. Take a deep breath and enjoy this magic time with your young one.

Clubhouse Invite Only Who Is The Real Winner 

 So tell me this again why do every one in the Entertainment Business need to be on Clubhouse.To make another Culture Vulture Rich again when will we Learn. Im so sick of the Rich getting Richer of our Labor and hard Work why we struggle to get paid Penny's. I then had it up to here with the we're trying to help you in all actuality who is really benefiting from this. If you wanted to help spread knowledge so bad why just now? This App is currently valued at over 1 Billion Dollars while on the other hand Music Streaming Services are Fighting to not Pay a Penny a Stream yes One Cent so how much are our Art worth to you really?

Raised Different Loyalty Over Money 

  I use to get told by my O.G's all the time go to School. I guess my O.G's seen something in me that I didn't see in myself. All I ever wanted to do was sell drugs and gangbang started at twelve and carried on. I remember Notorious Gangster's and Drug Dealer alike paying me to go to School,don't get me wrong it wasn't like I couldn't handle the streets the just wanted better for me. looking back on things I lost alot by being stuck in my hard head ways. I remember being shot as a direct result of gangbanging being left for dead dying on the operating table. I remember getting locked up for Murders for not listening. I can call so many instances of just being dumb no other reason. I'm saying all this to say if you got a be Homie listen to them it might change your life.

Digital Service Providers & The New Streaming Age 

  Hey come on now with the Blatant disrespect this is ridiculous three tenths of a cent to five tenths of a cent can't even buy a cup of coffee. Spotify should be ashamed of there self's alone with Amazon first you want to sue not to pay a higher Royalty Rate and now you want to pay less then 3 tenths of a cent.Hey Spotify what you want us to do go on the corner and beg for Change instead of selling our creative art? Streaming Media Providers are a legit Scam that's why you can Purchase my Music and Merch right here of my own Website that way I get paid what's deserved and you get your goods without the middle man.Support Small Business and cut the Middle Man who gets paid more then the Creator.

Covid 19 Alert Better Safe Then Sorry 

 

Thinking of going out to eat during this pandemic? According to a recent study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults over the age of 18 who tested positive for the coronavirus are “twice as likely” to have dined at a restaurant two weeks before reporting symptoms, CNN reports. 

The study used data from 314 adults throughout 10 states who experienced COVID-19 symptoms in July. Of those adults, 154 tested positive, and 160 came back negative. 

Patients were asked about their mask-wearing habits, as well as their daily activities, like going to the gym or grocery shopping. Though there were few differences between the positive and negative sets, one thing stuck out: those who tested positive were more likely to have dined at a restaurant 14 days prior to reporting symptoms. 

“In addition to dining at a restaurant, case-patients were more likely to report going to a bar/coffee shop, but only when the analysis was restricted to participants without close contact with persons with known COVID-19 before illness onset,” the study reads. 

The data also revealed that of the adults who tested positive, 42% said they had been in “close contact” with someone who had coronavirus. Just 14% of those with negative cases had reported being in close contact with a positive case, 51% of which were family members. 

Most of the adults used in the study — 71% of those with COVID-19 and 74% of those without — said they “always” wear a face mask in public. 

Researchers wrote that exposure in restaurants have been linked to air circulation. 

“Direction, ventilation, and intensity of airflow might affect virus transmission, even if social distancing measures and mask use are implemented according to current guidance,” the researchers wrote. 

When Michigan reopened indoor dining in June, Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing was linked to 138 coronavirus cases over the course of a weekend. (The restaurant blamed long lines and overcrowding beyond their control. Soon after, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer banned indoor service at bars, citing the fact that alcohol tends to get people to speak loudly, gather closely, and lower their inhibitions.) 

In August, six front of house employees of Birmingham sushi restaurant Adachi tested positive for COVID-19. Also last month, the State of Michigan began publicly publishing its outbreak data, which includes various services like bars and restaurants. The data is organized by region and shows if outbreaks were linked to staff or customers or both. 

The CDC labels dining out at restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating where capacity has not been reduced and tables are not spaced six feet apart as being the highest risk to contract or expose others to the coronavirus, as eating and drinking with a mask on is, well, impossible. Dining in or on patios, even where some precautionary measures are being enforced, still pose a threat for those dining and service industry employees. 

The lowest risk is, of course, ordering takeout, using drive-thru services, or curbside pick-up. 
RELATED Introducing Good To-Go Detroit, a database of local restaurants with carry-out and delivery during the coronavirus pandemic 
So many restaurants, so little time.  
Follow me at hogheadgnote.com and stay safe

My Life I Can't Make This Up 

I got a story for you Back when 50cent first came out I was a Ganster Rapper from Detroit similar to him.50 Cent hadn't officially came out yet though I was a young teenager and all the Producer and Labels wouldn't sign me saying there not into Ganster Rappers anymore that Music was going in a positive direction. I said ok and had to deal with it and that's when 50cent came along and blow up I was pissed!I have another story as well Eminem who is from Detroit and a Rapper like myself right,you follow me my Friend was his Bodyguard and still talk to him all the time,that's not all though my other Friend use to Bodyguard for Proof and D12.I got your attention know I hope so just so happen my Cousin formed a Group with himself Proof,JDilla and DJ Los 5Ela in turn Eminem ended up signing Proof after my Cousin who happens to be next to Proof when he got killed I'm Detroit they went to the afterhour together.I also got to mention Obie Trice real name no gimmicks who was signed to Shady Records I got to give him his props as he was the one who taught me how to Rap when I was seven and now I'm a 2x Award Winning Rapper.I can't forget to mention Proof cousin and fellow Rapper Max Julian who was a very cool guy from the first time I met him.Max Julian would asked what I wanted anytime we did a show together or just hung out he was just a kind hearted Person.I'm really sad to here they took Max Julian away from us by Poisoning him.I know God gained a Angel because his heart is of pure Gold.R.i.p.Big Proof R.i.p.Max Julian.

 

The Perfect Feature 

Hey I was writing to let you know about some of the Artist I admire and would like to work with.The first Artist I want to work with is Lil Boosie I love his style and Character and he is alot similar to me. Next up we got Yo Gotti he talk that street shit in which I'm so well accustomed to in I think we could make Magic. I would like to work with Jeezy as well gotta love the Snowman. The Person who I always dreamed about working with though is my Idol who taught me alot and I looked up to as a kid growing up Ughhh Master P they use to call me that btw. I would like to work with Chris Brown as well what a Legend I'm sure we could make a Summertime Anthem. August Alsina is another one I would love to work with. Mary J Blige is on my Radar as well what can I say the Lady is the Gwoat. No on to the new Rapper's I would like to work with first and foremost NBA Youngboy he be talking that shit. Tee Grizzley being we're both from Detroit we have a similar sound and we be on that street shit remind of myself so much. I also would like to work with another Detroit Artist Bandgang Lonnie Bands he is coming into his own. I would also like to work with Yellow Beezy that Dallas boyy definitely be doing his thing. Quando Rondo another one that a feature would be dope. Blueface baby what's up we can make it happen. Can't forget about another Detroit real one 42dugg he be talking that shit I like. Da Baby got to get a feature from this Man he been going crazy I love that shit. I would also like to work with two female MC's from the D Rocky Badd and Niesha Neshae they go so hard. Icewear Vezzo of course he got the whole city behind him so he can't lose. I also would like to work with Rennie Rucci she cold. Solo Lucci as well that boy got Talent. Obie Trice a must since he the one that got me started Rapping so I owe alot to him. Last but not least burrr Big Guwoop Gucci Mane. What do you think of my list can you see any of these features happening? 

Picture Perfect  

Hey I'm writing because I wanted to know your opinion on a matter.I have been Rapping since the age of Seven.I started out with the Infamous Obie Trice of Eminem's Shady Records Label.I started really Recording Music when I was Twelve Year's Old.I have Released Picture Perfect I'm which sold out really fast.I followed that up with ShutterSound which in turned sold out as well.Im currently working on Screenshot which goes along with the Trilogy,but I'm not stopping there.I will be coming out with Snapshot and Killshot to go along in the Series.I have planned on this carefully as you can see.This is all different parts of my Life being shown threw Music.From myself growing up in A single Parent Home having an addicted Mother and Father to being Adopted moving from place to place with nowhere to call Home.With all of that being said I want to make a Movie about my life entittled Picture Perfect.I want to follow in other Artist footsteps who came before me.Artist like Eminem with his Award Winning Movie 8mile.Artist like 50cents get the strap no just kidding his Movie Get Rich or Die Trying.I know to be able to do that I will need a big Budget.I will also need a top notch Videographer, Screenwriter and Casting Director to make this Project a success and Blockbuster hit.Now with you knowing all of this do you think I should do the Biopic on my Life?Also would this be something you a be interested in watching comment your answer's below and let me know thank you.

Check My Baby Mama 

Ok here is the deal I have two Baby Mothers right.I been with them threw thick and thin from Court Case's to School.I have been very respectful to the both of them,but I have come to the conclusion that they do not respect me at all.Respect is needed where it is given and with that being said I have an urge to put out a diss track with all the details and give you better insight on whats going on.Quick Question do you think I would be wrong if so please tell me.I feel that certain things can't go unaddressed.I feel like Aretha R.i.p. the Queen of Soul all I want is Respect is that to much to ask for from a Child Mother?I wish it didn't have to be like this but when it's only one side of a story the truth always get twisted so I feel the folks need to hear the other side as well.I mean it's some deep stuff that would make you think how.Im talking about a sane person couldn't manage to deal with this type of stuff it's enough to make anyone go crazy.Remember this one thing with ebery Action comes a consequence.

You Have The Right To Remain Silent 

I'm confused as to why do Ganster make statements.I really never could wrap my head or understand this.I know when Law Enforcement reads you your Miranda rights it clearly states anything you say or do will be used against you in the Court of Law!I have witnessed many Thugs,Gansters, Killer's write statements detailing there crime in specific details.Every time the made the statement it has been used against them in the Court of law.The Defendant then ask for the evidence to be suppress to no avail.To make matter's worse most of the Defendants say's someone snitched ratted told on them when in fact they made a statement telling on there self.So my advise to you Ganster,Thugs Murders or whatever you wanna call yourself don't do the crime of you can't do the time.To everyne in the Game just know Prison is a possibility.