Get Kindergarten Ready with Summer Learning Path

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Kindergarten Ready?

Summer Learning PathThe global pandemic has caused many milestones to be canceled or changed: weddings, parties, and graduations. This includes the most adorable of all graduations, the sweet preschool graduation where children transition to “big kid” school.

When my daughter graduated preschool last year, it was a bittersweet moment. I also questioned if she was academically ready to start kindergarten. I’m sure many of you have heard that kindergarten now is like what first grade was “back in the day” when we were children. Questioning about academic readiness is compounded even more with the fact that our 4- and 5-year-olds missed out on the last few crucial months of preschool this year.

If you find yourself wondering if your new kindergartener is ready for school in the fall, Waterford Upstart Summer Learning Path could be a great program for your family. Waterford is a national early education nonprofit that wants to provide 500 New Mexico families with a free summer learning program.

Supportive, Personalized Program

After 2.5 months of my kids at home ALL THE TIME, I’m running out of ideas of what to do. When you add in working from home and the daily tasks of caring for a family, I’ll admit that sometimes our educational time never gets done. Total mom guilt moment. But hey, we are all trying our best, right?

Summer Learning Path requires only 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week of your child using the online program. This keeps kids on track to be kindergarten ready in time for the new school year. In addition, you receive weekly calls from a personal coach and push notifications on your cell phone. These let you know what your child is learning and ways to continue that engagement offline. 

Summer Learning PathAs parents, we all want to help support our children’s learning, but sometimes I feel like I don’t know what to do or unsure of myself as a teacher. The Summer Learning Path program will help empower you as a parent and make summer learning fun.

So, if you are looking for some guidance on how to navigate a summer unlike any other (thanks COVID!), definitely check out Waterford Upstart’s free Summer Learning Path. If you do not have access to the internet at home, Waterford will provide internet installation and tools, such as laptops to families free of charge.

Click here to learn more.

 

I Remember When The Magic Ran Out

March 6th was magical.

It was a night of glam, excitement, people, music, and talent. My friends and I laughed, hugged, posed provocatively with a statue, and thoroughly enjoyed our last night out on the town. What a way to end our elaborate nights out with coworkers and network partners, alike. Sure, we had heard that the virus was making its way to New Mexico, but we figured we would stay home for 2 weeks to a month, and then everything would go away.

Statue at the Gala

It’s been two and a half months since then.

Two and a half months of essentially the same thing day in and day out. Circle time with the littles, online school for the big. Zoom call after zoom call. Work from our bedroom for my husband, and work from anywhere I can find a quiet spot for me. Will I answer the phone outside and risk a wind storm to get away from the loud screams of children, or will I hide in the closet? It depends on which spot is most easily accessible. When I commute away from the home, my wardrobe consists of professional clothing, heels, and a mask/gloves. Somehow, the magic disappeared.

First Closing During Covid 19

I measure my weeks in Thursdays now.

There is no rhyme or reason. I’ve just noticed myself saying the same thing each Thursday. “Oh, it’s Thursday, again. The week went by fast. Maybe we can get through this one Thursday at a time.”

As I sit here writing this, I notice tomorrow is Thursday. So my week will be complete. I’m actually a bit excited and sad at the same time. Excited because I get to see people that I haven’t seen in over two months. Sad because I get to see people that I haven’t seen in over two months. My son will graduate pre-k like every other graduate of 2020. In a car, in a line. The only ounce of magic that we people could come up with to make it special.

When my son turned 5

Saturday and Sunday mornings were once filled with balloons and sunrises.

I used to eagerly wake up to a dark pink and orange horizon, only to see it melt away and the hot air balloons to light up the morning sky. I might add coffee in hand, maybe yoga, or a run. But now, I’d rather sleep in until I can’t, and my coffee is still familiar, yet lacks magic. The view of the once so beautiful sparkling lights of the city now reminds me that there are some very sick people in those very houses. Where there aren’t sick people, there are scared people. Things that once excited me now terrify me.

Our new thing to look forward to is a mountain hike every weekend, but even that is not the magic it once was.

What once was the very excitement of my existence is often met with worry. Will the kids touch something that someone else touched and then touch their nose? Will we have to awkwardly smile at someone on a trail while wearing a mask? All of the gorgeous spots I once frequented are inundated with people. People who refuse to social distance or clean up after themselves. Some even forget to put out their fires. I used to love the mountains when I encountered hikers. Now it seems that everyone goes out to the mountains to get away, hikers and non-hikers alike. But for us, we do find a little new magic, especially when we find a spot where no one else is. It’s a bit of an adventure and something we look forward to.

Social Distance Hike

I remember when the magic ran out, but my kids don’t.

For me, it ran out the second week of the stay-at-home order when reality set in. There is a very dangerous enemy out there. This threat is silent and invisible. The magic ran out when safety was compromised. It was gone when my kids were ripped from their school friends and their grandparents. The magic ran out when a night out with the ladies is now as dangerous as being at war. It was gone when strangers started attacking people on Facebook and at the store. I think I forgot who I liked. I’ve unfollowed many people. Our lives have been flipped upside down and our new normals are unrecognizable. We refuse to succumb to a long-lasting depression. The magic that once was maybe will never again be. But it will get better.

For my kids, they see the magic of pool parties, bike rides, walks, mountain climbs, creek swims, and hugs. I remember when the magic ran out, but the kids remember when it began.

Pool party


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I Am Jealous of My Daughter: A Mother’s Confession

I am jealous of my daughter.

Yes, you read that right. I am jealous of my daughter, but not in a way you would think. See my daughter just turned ten and is now entering a whole new phase. Just when you think you got the whole parenting thing down, the preteen years hit. The beginning of mood swings, the talks of puberty, and basically all the conversations of keeping them safe in the world. But lately, the idea of her growing up is hitting me hard.

When I was my daughter’s age, my mom was not in the picture. See, my mom had trouble with alcohol. She was an alcoholic who for many years tried to get help. However, when I was around the age of seven, she decided it was better for my adoptive dad to raise me. Of course, I will forever be grateful for what she did, but it also meant I would be missing something that I have always longed for . . . motherly love.

 That is why I am jealous of my daughter.

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My daughter may not know it now, but she saved me. She saved me from my own self-destruction. Although I vowed the day she was born I would be the best mom I could be, I realized quickly it wasn’t going to be that easy. After I gave birth to my daughter, it took me two years to get help for my depression.

But what I didn’t realize then is that my depression went deeper than just having a child when I was young. It made me realize that I was still dealing with issues that involved my own mother.

That is why it has been so important for me to be a good mom. Being a mom wasn’t something I thought I was going to be able to do. To be honest, I never even gave a thought to having children. But when I got pregnant, that all changed. I knew that my daughter was going need me just as much as I needed her.

My daughter, in a lot of ways, has taught me so much. She has taught me what it means to be caring, humble, strong, and dependable. My daughter gets to enjoy every moment of being a kid. She has taught me to slow down and enjoy life. I use to think that she needed to be able to have every survival skill ready before she was ten, but that isn’t true.

I’m jealous of daughter because I have always wanted to be my daughter.

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I’ve always wanted to have the mom she has. The mom who is there when things seem uncertain. The mom who picks her up when she feels like everyone is against her. The one who talks her through an anxiety attack or who hypes her up before a game. I’ve always wanted the mom she has . . .

I am jealous of my daughter.

But, that’s okay! Because no matter what life brings, I will always be there for her. I will always be her number one cheerleader. I will always be there when life seems hard. I will be there to pick her up when she feels she can’t go on. I am her mother and she is my daughter. And together we will create a new cycle. A healthy cycle. One that I know my mom would be proud of . . . a cycle away from alcoholism.

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Surviving the New Mexico Heat While Pregnant

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Warmer weather is just around the corner, and the New Mexico heat is not easy to deal with while pregnant.

Trust us, it’s normal to feel uncomfortable, agitated, and overheated. Your body is working overtime and the dry heat doesn’t help. Because of these factors, it is important for pregnant women to prioritize taking steps to stay cool and comfortable. Overheating can lead to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. The most common symptoms of heat exhaustion (which can lead to heat stroke) include headache, dizziness, pale skin, profuse sweating, weakness, and fainting.

Beat the heat with these easy ways to stay cool, comfortable, and safe during pregnancy:

Hydrate 

It is recommended that pregnant women drink about ten, eight-ounce cups of water each day. Make sure to increase that amount when it’s really warm out or if you’ve been doing any physical activity. To help prevent dehydration, you’ll also want to limit caffeine and your salt intake. Find a water bottle that you love and always have it filled up, so you can drink water throughout the day. Need extra help?  Check out this printable water intake chart.

Spray Away

Fill a spray bottle with ice water.  Spritze your face several times a day to help cool the body down. Keep an airplane travel-size bottle in your purse for easy access. These smaller bottles are inexpensive and can be found at local pharmacies, dollar stores, or big-box retailers.

Enjoy Chilled Foods

Limit your hot meals on a hot day. Use this as a great excuse for why you aren’t going to cook dinner! Salads and refrigerated fruit and vegetables are great options. Homemade popsicles loaded with fruit can also do the trick.

Get Your Fan On

Did you know they make fans that plug into an iPhone? Pop a fan in your purse, so you have it on-the-go when you tend to feel the hottest and most uncomfortable. If you want to get real fancy, you can get one of those fans with a spray bottle attached for the ultimate cooling mist. Ahhh!

Take a Cool Shower

Skip the hot shower and opt for a cool shower or bath. If you’re away from home, head to the bathroom and run cold water on your wrists or back of the neck. These pulse points or “quick cooling spots” can lower your body temperature quickly.

Stay in the Shade

Take a break from sunbathing or spending an extended amount of time in the sun. If you are outside, snag a spot under an umbrella. Try to schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours when it’s not so hot.

Get Wet

Show off your bump by taking an afternoon dip in the pool! Not only can swimming help lower your body temperature, but this low-impact workout is fun and can relieve those achy joints.

Go for Light and Comfort

Lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk are breathable. Shop for comfortable and loose maternity wear, especially during the warmer months.

Labor of Love offers assistance finding a health care provider and insurance, as well as support accessing community resources before, during, or after your pregnancy. To learn more about Lovelace’s Labor of Love program, call 505.727.7677.
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ABQ Mom Guide to Summer Camps

The countdown to summer break is on! We know finding camps to keep the kids busy and cared for is on the top of many families’ to-do list. We hope this Guide to Summer Camps helps you plan for a fun and memorable summer!

We are excited to present our readers with the ABQ Mom Guide to Summer Camps. This guide is a one-stop shop for parents as you decide where to send your children to summer camp.

SummerPrep

COVID 19 Update
Sandia Prep has been closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is with a heavy heart and sadness that we have decided to cancel our SummerPrep program. The safety and wellness of our students and faculty have always been our top priority. While canceling was not an easy decision, we believe it to be the right one.
We hope to be able to offer a modified program for a few weeks in July and potentially a few online classes. We will carefully monitor the ever-evolving situation and will post any camp updates on our website (summerprep.org).
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at summerprep@sandiaprep.org. Stay safe, and we hope to see you in July.

532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Bosque Summer

June 1 – July 24, 2020

Build your own adventure with the flexibility of Bosque Summer. Join us for weeklong half- and full-day summer programs for students entering K-12th grades. Join students from across the Albuquerque metro area where imaginations soar through Creativity, Fitness, and Discovery at Bosque Summer!

Full-day camps are designed for students entering 1st-7th grades, allowing students to choose one class from each section daily. The programs culminate in a Friday showcase for parents and families.

Half-day camps are designed for middle and high school students to delve deep into specific courses of interest.

Whether you are seeking academic enrichment, creative adventures, skill development, physical fitness, or just plain fun, Bosque Summer has you covered!

4000 Bosque School Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Manzano Day School Summer Discovery

Camps are currently full. Keep them in mind for next year!

Session 1 (June 1 – June 12) ONLINE classes

Pre-k and kindergarten students will meet online through a one-hour Zoom session integrating music, art, physical movement, games, and community building. This session will meet daily from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Monday – Friday for two weeks.

First through fifth grade students will meet online through a two-hour Zoom session integrating reading, math, music, art, physical movement, games, math, reading, and community building. This session will meet daily from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday – Friday for two weeks.

Session 2 (June 15 – July 10) ON CAMPUS classes

Provided that on campus instruction is allowed by the State of NM, Session 2 will meet daily from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm. Monday – Friday for four weeks. This program will involve music art, cultural studies, yoga and mindfulness, reading, math, maker’s space, science, and movement, games, and social opportunities at a distance.

Class size will be limited to nine students with restricted movement around campus and social distancing required. Co-curricular teachers will visit individual classrooms to teach, and recesses will be staggered among classes. Students will stay with their smaller group and not intermingle with other classes. Student and staff temperatures will taken daily prior to entering the campus.  Masks will be worn as required by state guidelines.

1801 Central Ave, NW Albuquerque, NM 87104

Panther Camp at Menaul School

June 8-26, 2020 & July 6-24, 2020

What makes Panther Camp Different? At Panther Camp, we believe in the value of play. Whether our campers are involved in an organized game, participating in Pig Yoga, creating their own skits and plays, or listening to a story, the most important elements of Panther Camp are the following:

  • Physical exercise and motor skills
  • Relationships! Communication and cooperation skills
  • Exploration and curiosity
  • Problem solving and adaptability
  • Imagination and reflection

Kids need ample time that is under-scheduled and that provides choices, in order to develop healthy habits. As an alternative to screen or couch time, Panther Camp provides a balance of activity which supports social, emotional, and physical health. Students engage in a wide variety of activities without having to specialize in one skill or subject area, or rotate from class session to class session.

301 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Cottonwood Gulch

Programs cancelled for 2020 season. Keep them in mind for next summer.

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore. We’ll take you on word-class backpacking and hiking into pristine wilderness areas. We’ll connect you with hands-on science and nature. We’ll engage you in the art and culture that is the backdrop of The Southwest. Treks with the Gulch are an opportunity to immerse yourself in this majestic land and cultural heritage.

We offer summer treks for kids ages 10-18 lasting from 2 to 6 weeks. All of our treks spend time at our 540-acre nature preserve basecamp as well as time “on the road” exploring the Southwest. We have a range of specialists in areas like mountain biking, rock climbing, music, art, ecology, and archeology. Sign your child up for an unforgettable summer adventure today!

301 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts

COVID-19 UPDATE: While in-person programming is suspended…Are you ready for a Summer Dance Challenge?

Join Keshet Dance for six weeks of different Dance Challenges. Place your order to Curbside Pickup a unique movement-based Dance Challenge activity bag each Monday from June 15 – July 20, 2020. Each activity bag will have a unique theme and take dancers through a variety of movement and community arts activities to experience from home.

Dance Challenges can be customized for all abilities. Dancers (ages 6+) have the opportunity to engage with a daily online Zoom Warm Up for Dance Challenge participants and share artwork and experiences with new friends in an online Dance Challenge exchange created just for you and your fellow Summer Dance Challenge group members. Ask about our Preschool-age packet.

Registration opens June 1, 2020 – register for one week, or more! Cost per Dance Challenge week is on a sliding scale to fit your budget.

Pickup your Dance Challenge activity bag outside Keshet Center for the Arts the Monday of your Dance Challenge; between 7:30 am to 9:30 am. Pre-registration required. Questions or unable to pickup your Dance Challenge activity bag? Email info@Keshetarts.org.

4121 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Lil' Kickers

June 1-27, 2020 & July 6- 31, 2020
We will be adhering to the Governor’s order of 5 children to 1 instructor ratio; children will stay with the same instructor all day, and we will be practicing the CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

Child Development Fueled By Fun!! Our fun and exciting Lil’ Kickers Camp is tons of fun.

Children learn soccer skills, as well as educational skills, and have a blast doing it! Our awesome camp will help your child develop their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of their being.

Each day, children will play games from our Lil’ Kickers classes, have creative classroom activities and games.

Accepting campers as young as 3 years old. All children must be potty trained.

1311 Cuesta Arriba Ct NE Albuquerque, NM, 87113

Camp Invention

Tierra Antigua Elementary: June 8-12, 2020

St. Therese Catholic School: July 13-17, 2020

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate!
Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas.
Use promo code SUM25 to save $25 (expires 5/12) or SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30)

2 Camp Locations for 2020

The Little Gym

May 31- August 8, 2020

Day camp at The Little Gym of Albuquerque gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy, and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and LEGO play, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym.

  • Super Quest Camps (Ages 3-10)
    • Your child will spend three adventure-filled hours a day on a unique, exciting quest with their friends. Each week revolves around an interactive learning theme with different creative lesson plans that will keep your child engaged.
  • Grade School Skill Thrill (Ages 6-12)
    • Thrill seekers wanted! Your child will take their gymnastics skills to the next level through a special three-hour program, focusing on specific beginner, intermediate or advanced moves. By the end of the summer they’ll stick the landing when they handspring back to school.
  • Dance Camps (Ages 5-12)
    • Dance camps offer a wonderful option for your dancer to review, refine and reinforce their dance skills. Each camp will focus on a specific dance style, ending each class with a performance opportunity.

 8201 Golf Course Rd NW Suite B-1, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Harwood Art Center

June 1 – July 24, 2020
Harwood Art Center offers a multi-disciplinary summer arts program for youth entering grades 1-9.
At Harwood, campers immerse themselves in the arts with a group of inspired peers and accomplished instructors. Summer Art Camp unleashes imaginations, opening doors to new experiences, creative innovations, and a rich array of performing and visual arts. Choose an adventure your child will remember!
Sessions Run: June 1– 12 / June 15 – 26 / June 29 – July 10 / July 13 – 24 Full / Half Day Rates Per Session: $475 / $275 (Family Membership Discounts & Financial Support Available)

1114 Seventh St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Rock 101 Music Academy

Virtual Summer Classes

The Rock 101 Summer Sessions aims to empower youth through music. Join us this summer for a variety of online musical opportunities in the form of group weekly lessons, one-on-one music instruction, and specialty workshops including songwriting and composition! It is never too early, or too late to start your musical journey. That goes for you too, parents! Adult classes and one-on-one lessons available all year-round.

9315 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Nature Discovery Kids

June 8- July 23, 2020

Discover and learn about the science, animals, and plants of the Nature Center.

The classes include various activities such as games, art, and nature hikes with experienced teachers. You may register your child for a class either by mail (using either a check or a credit card) or by faxing the registration and credit card forms. We accept Visa and MasterCard only. We do not have an electronic registration system $65/ $58.50 FRGNC members. Classes are 9:00am-11:30am Mon.-Thurs.

  • June 8th-11th Nature Discovery
  • June 15th-18th Tracking
  • June 22nd-23rd Raptors & Birds of the Bosque
  • July 6th-9th Predators of the Bosque
  • July 13th-16th Insects and Arachnids
  • July 20th-23rd Amphibians and Reptiles

2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Canvas & Kids

June 8 – July 24, 2020
COVID Update: Camps are still happening! Safety precautions (limited to 10 campers, sanitizing, etc.) are being taken. If you are comfortable sending your children, we will keep them safe!

Summer Art Camp is for campers 6 (entering 1st grade) -13 years old. Your child will experience hands on learning about ART! He/she will work on a several projects and use a variety of materials. Your child will learn about a famous MASTER and try their hand at creating their own Masterpiece in that artist’s style. We will also enjoy walks on the Acequia to appreciate ART in nature.

Tuition includes a fun/nutritious snack each day. $150 + $50 materials fee (due first day of camp). 4 sessions available June 8-12; June 22-26; July 6-10; July 20-24

6700 4th St. NW, Los Ranchos, NM 87107

NM Natural History Museum

July 6- August 7, 2020

The Young Explorers Camp program offers summer camps for children ages 5 to 12. Each camp lasts one week as campers investigate a scientific topic in depth. Our knowledgeable instructors guide students on a fun filled week of learning and adventure. There’s a camp for everyone as we explore all the science topics you can think of, including space exploration, dinosaurs, volcanoes, engineering, and so much more! If you’re camper loves bugs, astronauts, art, or crystals we have a camp for them. Campers will also participate in hands-on science, tours of the exhibits, and interactions with our museum scientists!

1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Glorieta Day Camps

Programs cancelled for 2020 season. Keep them in mind for next summer.

We can’t wait to see your kids at Glorieta Day Camp!

All kids, ages 5 through 14, are invited to our Christ-centered camp in beautiful Glorieta, New Mexico! Our week-long sessions, running from June 1st through August 7th, are full of activities and adventures your kids will love.

Register your kids for one session or sign them up for a whole summer of fun! And don’t worry about dropping your kids off – we can pick them up! Connect with us today for more information!

Each session of camp is $180 per camper. Act fast! Registration will raise to $220 per session after May 14th

11 State Route 50, Glorieta, NM 87535

Camp Innovate at La Petite Academy

la petite academy

June 1- August 7, 2020

Invent your summer. Camp Innovate, at La Petite Academy®, is a great place to discover all the joys of summer. Your child will enjoy weekly themed experiences (exploring interesting subjects such as science, art, animals, history, and games), engaging activities, fun field trips, and healthy meals and snacks. Choose your favorite weekly camp themes, or spend the whole summer with us. Plus, campers will get a brand-new T-shirt, water bottle, and backpack for summer adventures! 

14 NAEYC Accredited schools in the ABQ area

Stitchology

Camps cancelled for 2020 season. Keep them in mind for next year!

Stitchology Sewing camps are SEW-much fun and are a great way for kids to learn how to sew or to improve skills they already have. In each camp, the kids will spend a week making fun projects and new friends. Depending on the camp, projects include pajama bottoms, skirts, dresses, stuffed animals, rag dolls, bags and more! Give us a call to learn more. We can’t wait to meet you.

2502 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque NM, 87104

Girl Scouts of NM Trails

Virtual Summer program update coming soon!

Garden Guardians

Camps cancelled for 2020 season. Keep them in mind for next year!

The Albuquerque Garden Center Executive Board members were so looking forward to hosting the Garden Guardians Summer Camp this year. Reluctantly however, the summer camp program has been postponed until next year. Look for more information about the AGC summer camp 2021 in the coming months!

10120 Lomas. Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112

Sol Acting Studios

June 1 – July 31, 2020

COVID Update: Camps will be capped at 10 kids and will follow the 5:1 ratio. We will have plenty of hand sanitizer and wipes and create social distancing and the door will remain open with the AC on

Summer Movie Camps at Sol Acting Studios

Learn the process of filmmaking and spend one week working with fellow campers to write, produce and act in a professionally shot short film! Three sessions throughout the summer! 5 days for $350.

  • June 8 – 12; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 12-16
  • June 22 – 26; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-11
  • July 27 – 31; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-14

Summer Comedy Camps at Sol Acting Studios
Students will learn the power and possibilities of comedic performance then use it to create hilarious characters and sketches. The scenes will be workshopped with our instructors and performed on the final day for friends and family! 2 sessions. $300

  • June 1 – 5; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-11
  • July 13 – 17; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-14

5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114, Albuquerque, NM 87109

LEAP International Montessori

June 1 – July 31, 2020

We focus on aspects of STEAM and Culinary Arts, outside water play, gardening and playing in the mud. Each of the 9 weeks have a theme: Biology and Gardening, Green Engineering and Earth Love, Culinary Exploration and Chemistry, International Hand and Artwork, Archaeology and Historic Projects, Arithmetic and Physics, Rhymes and Fine Arts and Astronomy.

1598 Sara Rd, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

UNM Children's Campus

July 6 – July 31, 2020

Join the UNM Children’s Campus this summer for a series of fun and exciting school-age and middle school camps! We offer four two-week camps for each age group with a variety of field trips and activities planned. Explore breathtaking New Mexico landmarks in Nature Unleashed and Unplugged!, break a sweat in Bases Loaded and Grand Slam!, experience new adventures in The Great Escape and Adventure Seekers, or cool off during Take the Plunge and The Ripple Effect!

Camps run 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with before camp care available for an additional fee. All meals are included and each camper receives free camp gear!

1210 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

NDI

Welcome To NDI New Mexico’s Super Wonderful Summer (online!)

There are three online programs available: DANCE DAILY, SUMMER INSTITUTE: OUTSIDE/IN and DANCING 101, each consists of multiple classes.

Some classes within these programs are live online, and others are for students to complete at their own pace with family and friends. We encourage you to explore our offerings and mix and match programs to fit your summer plans!

In recognition of the financial hardship, many families are experiencing this summer NDI New Mexico is using a Pay What You Can tuition system. Learn more here.

4800 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Learner's Chess Academy

June 1- August 7, 2020

We are a local non-profit and we have been teaching chess as a tool to help kids develop cognitively, socially, and leadership skills since 2010. Our summer camps are where many of our students make the most progress in their maturity through the game of chess.

Our summer chess camps have proven to be fun and enriching experiences for chess students of all skill levels! Come join our experienced and engaging chess coaches for an unforgettable and and invaluable educational summer experience! Our camps run in week-long sessions in both Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

1 week of half days: $145        1 week of full days $245
Sign up by March 29th for $30; April 26th for $20 off; up to three days before each week of camp for $10 off.
Sibling discounts and multiple week discounts are available. Check our website for updates about our specially themed Girls’ Weeks, when girl chess learners will be discounted.

532 Adams St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Children's Choice

May 26 – August 7, 2020

Field Trips • Enrichment Activities • Swimming • Clubs

Our Summer 2020 theme is “Around the World”! Each week is themed for around a different part of the world. We will be writing songs and skits, creating art, conducting experiments, taking field trips, and having a lot of fun! Typically, children will either go swimming or enjoy water play twice a week. Additionally, children will enjoy weekly and/or biweekly field trips at no additional cost. Curriculum is theme-based and created by our staff and children ahead of time. We provide a morning and afternoon snack. Each child needs to bring a sack lunch every day. Camps are for children ages 5-12 and run Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Early Bird deadline:  April 12th   by midnight
  • 3-Day Option  $115/week
  • 5-Day Option  $135/week

After April 13th:

  • 3-Day Option  $125/week
  • 5-Day Option  $145/week
  • Bandelier Elementary
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary
  • John Baker Elementary
  • Manzano Mesa Elementary
  • North Star Elementary
  • Sombra del Monte Elementary

Pando Little School

June 8 – July 31, 2020

This summer, treat your preschooler to a fun filled, nature inspired camp experience! Our summer camps are designed to perfectly suit the curiosities and capabilities of your 3 to 5 year old. We play, explore outside, form friendships, relax, and dig into some very cool themes. Each 2-week camp is capped at 16 children and facilitated by 2 to 3 educators.

3538 Anderson Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Camp BioPark

June 1 – August 7, 2020

Camp BioPark is educational and great fun! Typical camp days include
  • Guided walks to see animals and plants
  • Indoor and outdoor activities
  • Games and crafts
  • Time for snacks and lunch
  • Quiet time for reflection and reading

From butterfly discovery to biology treks along the Rio Grande, Camp BioPark has curriculum for youth of various ages. Camps are designed for students from preschool through grade 9

903 10th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

SiSu Dance Academy

July 6 – 23, 2020

Summer Dance with SiSu Dance Academy is for ages 2.5 to adult! Ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe, PBT, Cross Conditioning, Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics! Keep your dancing skills going over the summer and learn new ones as well!

Contact us for more detailed information and pricing!

3321 Candelaria ST NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Playbox Discovery Center

Camps cancelled for 2020 season. Keep them in mind for next year!
Summer activities and themes emphasize STEAM concepts- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics! EACH CAMP HAS A MAXIMUM OF ONLY 10 CAMPERS. Ideal camp participants should be between the ages of 3-6 and MUST be potty trained. A healthy daily snack is included in all camps.
There are two sessions available for each summer camp. Curriculum and lesson planning has been developed by New Mexico State Certified Teachers. Camp hours are 1:30-3:30 M-TH. Friday summer open play is included for all camper for the week of their camp!
1510 San Pedro Dr. NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87110

YMCA

May 26 – August 7, 2020

At the Y kids experience friendships, accomplishments and belonging through programs ranging from Summer Day Camp to Sports. Children will explore new adventures every week through crafts, field trips, games, swimming and more. Your child will make new friends, create lasting memories and have FUN in an environment based on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Y will be holding summer program registration on March 21, 2020 from
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit any YMCA branch to enroll in the following programs:

  • Summer Day Camp
  • Teen Day Camp
  • Resident Camp
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Team
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer

Horn Family YMCA, 4901 Indian School RD NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

McLeod Family YMCA, 12500 Comanche RD NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

Bricks 4 Kidz

June 15-19, July 13-17, July 20-24

COVID Update: Camps are still happening! Safety precautions and modifications are being made, but we are excited to see you this summer!

Bricks 4 Kidz is an interactive camp that will bring out your student’s inner engineer!

We use Lego bricks to build motorized and character models! This camp is perfect for students kinder- 7th grade! 

Our older students will be challenged with our more complex models and our younger students will focus on the basics of building with our easier models! Either way your little engineer will be learning without even knowing it. Our camps are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and spaces are limited. Have your student come learn, build, and play with us this summer with multiple camp dates available.

6001 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 

Additional Summer Camps

Do you want to be part of our Albuquerque Guide to Summer Camps?

*Disclaimer :: This post is sponsored by our featured summer camps. We truly appreciate the local community’s support of Albuquerque Moms Blog, and we choose to work with brands and businesses we believe would benefit our readers.

Part of our mission is to help connect Albuquerque moms (and dads too!) with local businesses, and that includes all of the camps in our area. Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local families. Get in touch to learn about this and other partnership opportunities!

Are we missing your favorite summer camp? If so, contact us, and we’ll add it to our list.

A Local Favorite’s New Addition to Kick Off Summer

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This post is sponsored by Blake's Lotaburger. ABQ Mom strives to work with businesses we feel would benefit our readers.

If you’re like us, sometimes you just need a quick one-stop meal that will keep the whole family happy, from picky toddlers to hangry teenagers. There’s nothing like a chicken sandwich to fit that bill. Everyone loves one.

Blake's chicken sandwiches

That’s why we were excited to hear about Blake’s Lotaburger’s latest menu addition: two new lightly breaded chicken sandwiches.

We’re always trying to incorporate more local purchases into our routine, so going to one of the bigger fast-food restaurants for a chicken sandwich fix never felt like a great meal option.

Blake’s is one of our favorite local restaurant chains, and their chicken sandwiches are convenient and high-quality. Everything we look for in a quick family meal! Plus, who doesn’t remember visiting a Blake’s as a kid? It’s a uniquely New Mexican family tradition that we are happy to pass on to our own kids.

THE CHICKEN SANDWICHES

Blake's chicken sandwichesBoth of Blake’s new chicken sandwiches are delicious and unique. They feature two lightly breaded chicken tenderloins on a gourmet bun. This makes the sandwich feel lighter, while also offering more chicken. Along with the high quality ingredients, these sandwiches are a go-to, family-friendly meal without sacrificing any flavor.

The Blake’s Chicken Sandwich has pickles and Blake’s sauce, a downright delicious proprietary sauce infused with Blake’s own Hatch green chile. You will want to slather it on everything you eat from now on, trust us.

The Ranch Chicken Sandwich is a great option for kids who don’t like anything spicy. It has pickled onions and ranch dressing. A classically great option.

Blake's chicken sandwichesBlake’s uses high-quality chicken in their sandwiches. It’s all-natural and NAE (No Antibiotics Ever), so you can feel good about feeding it to your family.

A PERFECT, EASY MEAL (THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO COOK)

I think I speak for all of us when I say we are just exhausted from cooking every meal of every day for our family. The planning, the cooking, the guaranteed child complaining about the meal, and the clean-up. Give yourself a break and order in.

The Blake’s chicken sandwiches (and everything on the Blake’s menu) are perfect for a quick weeknight meal or if you are ready to celebrate the weekend. With one stop, you can keep everyone happy. Blake’s offers online ordering and you can easily pick it up, without having to take your kids out of their car seats. Clean up is minimal and you won’t have any dishes to wash when you get home. This will definitely be our go-to for when I just can’t imagine cooking another meal!

A NEW MEXICAN FAVORITE

If you’re a New Mexico native, you likely grew up going to Blake’s. Everything about the restaurant reminds us of being a kid in Albuquerque. A trip there is full of nostalgia and fond memories of family outings. It’s a tradition we’re excited to pass on to our kids. We’re glad to see Blake’s evolving their menu options to keep up with modern tastes.

Stop by any Blake’s Lotaburger location to try these chicken sandwiches. We recommend you use their easy online ordering option or calling in your order. They even offer delivery!

ABQ Mom’s 2020 Summer Bucket List {Includes a Printable Calendar}

While we are unsure what the summer will look like, we do know one thing. The sun is shining, the kids are no longer in school, and there are so many ways to bond as a family.

We will definitely miss traveling and pool days and so many other things about summer that may not be possible this year. But we can still make the best of things and plan some fun at home as a family.

ABQ Mom's summer bucket list

Introducing your summer bucket list! Print these out, hang them up, and even add your own items. Don’t forget to post about your fun on social media and tag us so we can come along for the adventures.


Thank you to Lil’ Kickers for brining us this guide. Lil’ Kickers has even more fun for us! See below.

“We know kids. And we know they are probably bouncing off the walls right now. So we’ve created a weekly video series aimed at helping kids stay active, burn off some energy, and keep up their skills. The videos feature staff teaching an age-appropriate skill-building activity that kids can do at home, as well as a fun non-soccer activities.” Get the videos here! 

lil-kickers Albuquerque Moms Blog


Print out the PDFs of the bucket list here. 

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summer bucket list

We wish you a safe and happy summer!

Moms on the Frontline: Meet Lori, Interventional Radiology Nurse & Mom of 2

During this time of global pandemic, we all have our role to play. Some of us are homeschooling, working from home, providing food and groceries to the community, delivering mail and packages, first responders, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and so much more. We are so thankful to all of you for doing your part!

We want to particularly highlight some moms working on the frontline. So we’ve created a “Moms on the Frontline” Series. This series will feature the great work these women are doing while encouraging families to do their part by following the suggested guidelines to help stop the spread.

From the very bottom of our hearts, we at ABQ Mom are so thankful for the work you are doing for our community and our world!

We admire you, support you, and are thankful for you.

Today meet frontline mom Lori Funnell, Interventional Radiology Nurse, wife, and mom of two.

lori funnel, Interventional Radiology Nurse

Tell us about your job and the work you do each day.

I work in Interventional Radiology. Some days I am sedating patients for procedures, sometimes prepping and recovering patients, and other days I am placing special IVs (Piccs and midlines) throughout the hospital.

How has COVID-19 affected your work?

We canceled any outpatient procedures that were deemed “non emergent” meaning they could wait 3 months; but the list of “emergent” cases are growing. We are busy with inpatient procedures and our IV needs have been higher than normal. Each day I arrive at work, get my temperature taken and answer no cough, fever, or shortness of breath. I must wear a mask at all times in the hospital except for eating/drinking. There is a lot of uncertainty about the virus as we get mixed messages from all around us.

How has the global pandemic affected your family?

My husband had a severe reaction to mold we didn’t know was growing in our house. He was hospitalized right in the middle of all of this, twice, before we found the cause. Thankfully, he never caught COVID. He has been weaning off the oxygen and is on a high dose of steroids. His pulmonologist advised me to stay away from him because COVID could be devastating in his weakened state. So my parents graciously volunteered to host my husband and sons until further notice.

I have stayed at home to supervise the mold killing and reconstruction of leaky bathrooms. I have used video visits and social distancing car visits (where I park across the street and talk to my family) to keep in touch with them. I have not had physical contact with any family since April 4th, unless you count my two big dogs. It’s very lonely, but I will continue to do this until the pulmonologist deems it safe for my family to be around me again.

What it is like serving every day as a mom on the frontline?

I am conflicted. I want to think of it all as no big deal, just a day in my life, but I am also terrified that I could be the reason a family member dies from COVID. I miss my children so much. I wonder if I am being overly cautious and yet would prefer to be safe than sorry. I prioritize the health and safety of my family and hope I am not damaging my children by being away from them for so long. I wonder if a better mom would find a safer job to be with her children more, or if I am a good mom because I provide for them even in the middle of all this. I am so proud of my boys and how they have handled this so far. I am beyond grateful for my husband and parents who shoulder on without me.

What acts of kindness or encouragement have you seen during this time?

My family has been so kind. My husband with the kids, my parents Bruce and Naomi opened their home. My brother Andrew helping where he can. My in-laws Melissa and Dale have provided me with countless meals. (I don’t cook). Friends have brought me food, comfort, and video visits. I have coworkers who have rallied around me, even neighbors I never talked with much before have checked with me. I have had patients who thank us for continuing to work, who ask how they can pray for us while they sit in their beds. There are too many moments to list them all, but God’s shield is definitely up.

What message or encouragement do you have for fellow ABQ moms during this time?

Love on your family. Hug your husband (if you have one), and especially hug your kids. Don’t judge yourself harshly when you mess up. Make time for God in the busy day.

Tell us about some simple pleasures you enjoy. What’s encouraging you on hard days?

Walking the dogs outside in the sunshine. Texting random gifs to friends when I feel alone. Having God bring to mind encouraging verses. Painting and organizing (when it won’t immediately get messy again lol).


Thank you, Lori (and everyone else on the frontline), for your service and your sacrifice.

You can read other posts in the series here. 

If you know a mom on the frontline you’d like to nominate for this series, send us an email at info@albuquerquemomsblog.com. {Please note, we may not be able to feature everyone who is nominated due to an influx of nominations.}

Got Beer? Bake Bread!

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A loaf of bread with a can of beer next to it on a cutting board.

With people spending more time at home than ever, I’ve noticed a trend on Instagram: so many photos of bread. Between feeling nervous about food shortages and having more time on their hands, I’ve seen so many photos on social media about folks making their own bread. I find it to be quite therapeutic as well.

I wanted to join the figurative crowd, so I looked for yeast when I ordered our groceries. Unfortunately, I came up short wherever I looked. So what did I do?

I learned how to bake bread with beer! When you mix beer and sugar, the yeast from the beer helps the bread to rise. It’s a very simple recipe and it’s likely you have all or most of the ingredients in your pantry!

No Yeast? No Problem!

Beer Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 12oz can of your favorite beer 

1/2 cup melted butter (divided)

DIRECTIONS

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    • Mix dry ingredients, beer, and half of the butter.
    • Pour into a greased loaf pan.
    • Pour the remaining butter over mixture.
    • Bake 1 hour, remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.

If you decide to bake bread with beer, share it on Instagram and tag us! @abqmom_

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Apply To Be an ABQ Mom Contributor :: You Have a Voice! Share It!

The ABQ Mom team is growing! We are looking to add diverse, local voices who are passionate about our city and interested in sharing their stories. This is a volunteer position, but there are some really fun perks to make it more than worth it! Do you feel like your voice or your perspective is missing from our site? Please consider joining us!

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What We Are NOT Looking For

First things first. Let’s get one thing out of the way.

You do NOT have to be an experienced writer, a perfect speller, or a grammar know-it-all in order to be perfect for this position.

What matters way more than all of that is simply WHO YOU ARE. Do you have a beautiful story to tell? Do you think deeply about ideas and want to explore them? Do you have a perspective on life and parenting that’s worth sharing? Do you have tips, tricks, DIY projects, recipes or other practical things to share? Then maybe it’s time to share your voice.

What We Are Looking For

Albuquerque is such a beautiful mix of people of different cultural, racial, ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. We desire to continue to build a team that reflects the diversity of our vibrant city.

Motherhood is a wide spectrum. Our team currently has so many different types of moms, and we’d like to expand that even further. Grandmas, single moms, divorced moms, expecting moms, foster moms, adoptive moms, stepmoms, Millenial moms, Gen-Z moms, Gen-X moms, moms who’ve experienced loss, moms who’ve walked through infertility, moms of grown children, moms of teens, moms of babes, moms of toddlers, moms of tweens, working moms, stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms, moms of kids with differences. So pretty much all of you!

We’re looking for moms in the Albuquerque area who love our community and want to see it thrive, are passionate about motherhood, and enjoy writing.

What Our Contributors GIVE

  1. One original post per month on topics of your choice (within the brand and mission of ABQ Mom)
  2. Twelve month commitment (June 2020-May 2021)
  3. An active presence on social media. (We do ask that you have a Facebook account.)
  4. Availability to help with ABQ Mom events
  5. Availability for occasional contributor meetings (with food and fun and new friends, of course)
  6. A passion for moms, kids, and the Albuquerque area (where you also live, of course)
  7. Social media posts on their own platforms in exchange for free experiences, products, or services from some of our local partners
  8. Reliable, team-oriented, flexible, & fun attitude

What Our Contributors GET

  1. Your photo and bio on the Albuquerque Moms Blog Meet Our Team page and at the end of every post you write (with links to your personal blog, business, and/or social media handles if you choose to share them).
  2. Voice and influence with an established readership
  3. A professional headshot and team photo shoot with ABQ Mom
  4. Access to the ABQ Mom contributors’ Facebook group
  5. Potential opportunity to test products, attend business openings, and/or visit local businesses for review purposes
  6. Continuing education and professional development in the areas of writing, blogging, SEO, social media, and event management (as available)
  7. Access to pre-sale tickets or free entry to ABQ Mom events
  8. Coffee shop meetings, hugs, and new friends! (We have a good self-esteem and think we’re a pretty fun bunch!)

What To DO

  1. Fill out the form below. (You should get a notification that the form was submitted properly. If you don’t, please try again or contact us at info@abqmom.com.)
  2. Make it all happen by May 27, 2020. 
  3. Our decision will take approximately 1-2 weeks after the deadline.

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Now’s the Perfect Time for Club Read

This post is sponsored by Dion's. We at ABQ Mom work with businesses we feel would benefit our readers.

I’m going to take a wild guess that you may have some extra time on your hands right now. I’m sure you are also trying to encourage your kids to read or read more together as a family. And just like those nights you just can’t even imagine cooking dinner, Dion’s has come to our rescue again!

Dion’s and Albuquerque Isotopes have teamed up to provide the community with Club Read. This program, which is already up and running, encourages children to read and then rewards them for their efforts. The hope is that children in our community find a life-long love for reading to match their life-long love of Dion’s pizza and that kooky, adorable Orbit!

Students in preschool through 5th grade can participate in Club Read. Between now and July 31, students can print and fill out their scorecard (download here) by reading 6 books.

Next, students can submit their completed scorecard at any Dion’s location or online. They’ll earn a free slice of pizza and be entered to win the grand prize.

Four winners will be chosen to receive:

  • A new book
  • Four Suite-Level tickets at a home game to be Orbit’s guest
  • Honorary ceremonial first pitch
  • An autographed baseball
  • One customized Isotopes jersey
  • One booklet of Isotopes Baseball Bucks ($56 value)
  • One large Dion’s pizza to enjoy during the game
  • A $50.00 Dion’s gift card to use at any location

Adjusting to the New Normal, Anchored by School 

This post is sponsored by Albuquerque Academy. ABQ Mom strives to work with businesses we feel would benefit our readers.

Raise your hand if you are still trying to figure out how to navigate COVID-19, AKA “La Rona,” and adjust to the new “normal”? I know I am. 

If you told me seven weeks ago schools would be closed and life would be at a standstill, I would have looked at you like you had two heads. Yet, here we are…campuses locked, skies free of airplanes, and businesses closed. For me, every day feels like a never-ending loop of “Groundhog Day.” 

As a mom of an 8th grader and a 10th grader, I am keenly aware of important milestones they are missing while social distancing: my son’s 16th birthday; his spring soccer season filled with college showcases; my daughter’s end-of-eighth-grade celebration; her volleyball tournaments, dance recital, and track meets; spring break. Every call, text, and email in mid-March led to disappointment. All cancelled. I desperately needed to hear something positive. 

The shining light in this pandemic has been the transition to online school. Gone are the frantic mornings of yelling to get the kids out of bed, a cereal breakfast eaten in the car, and a Speed Racer-worthy drive to get to school on time. Mornings are now laid back, with a hearty breakfast on non-disposable plates, laughter at the table, and quality family time. A quick kiss on the forehead, and they are off to their rooms for a day of learning. 

I am so thankful that their school, Albuquerque Academy, quickly made the transition to online learning. The school’s educators spent their spring break adjusting their classes, learning how to Zoom, and navigating their new normal of educating from a distance. 

My children’s daily schedule is more relaxed with four classes per day. I love being a fly on the wall and listening in. My daughter made crêpes in French and practiced her rond des jambes in dance. I listened at the door while my son learned new chords for Classical Guitar. Later, he eloquently discussed the meaning of solitude in English class. They have a two-hour gap in their schedule mid-day. We take this time to workout together, enjoy the sunshine, or spring clean. 

They meet with their advisers every other day and enjoy playing Pictionary and going on scavenger hunts with their small advisory groups. At these check-ins, each educator asks my kids with genuine concern how they are doing. Many extracurricular groups are still meeting, and my son’s DECA sponsor excitedly talks about next year’s nationals in California. I pause after hearing those words. That’s what we need — positive talk of future plans. Hope.

While our world may be at a standstill with an uncertain future, my children aren’t skipping a beat with their education. Just like when they were little, a routine is much needed in order to have a sense of normalcy. I am thankful going to school, whether in person or virtually, gives them a purpose and a structure to their day. 

Eventually we will be back to hectic schedules, color-coded calendars, overcommitting to volunteer opportunities, and a complicated flow chart of parent duties. In the meantime, find the positives in this mandated slow down and soak in the slow pace of life. You may find your new normal filled with a bluer sky, the flower blossoms smelling sweeter and treasuring every moment.


About our Guest Blogger

Carol and her husband, Mark, moved to Albuquerque in 2017 from Santa Fe and have two children. With an entrepreneur’s spirit, Carol is the owner of Trails Edge Inc, a social media marketing and public relations firm, as well as Gifts Galore Party Store, an online personalized gifts and party supply company. In her free time, Carol enjoys trail running, traveling, party planning, and cheering on her kids from the sidelines.

Maintaining a Stay-At-Home Marriage

I have had 2 1/2 years of getting used to the term stay-at-home mom. It is now who I am. I am used to the good and the bad that go along with the job, the long hours, the lack of personal space and time. But with the stay at home orders of recent in effect, I have found a new stay-at-home title in my life–that of my marriage.

We have our issues just like everyone, but oftentimes my husband and I are a cringeworthy couple.

Stay At Home Marriage

We are always touching. We text all day long. I tell him the second he leaves the house that I miss him. It has been a dream–that I never thought would be an actual reality–to be home with him all day, every second.

We are in what I think is the thick of this thing and being at home with him 24/7 no longer feels like a dream.

Why? Because having a stay-at-home marriage is similar to being a stay-at-home mom. Right now, marriage is on, all day long, every waking hour. There’s no personal space, no escaping, no time to miss each other. 

Marriage is hard.

People always told me this and naively brushed it aside. Unique to this time in all our lives, we are confronted with issues daily that are not going anywhere. There’s no work to distract us, social time with friends in which to vent, going to the gym to clear our head, or date nights out on the town. We have come head to head with our problems and quarantine without a doubt is making us face them.

Maybe this is a side effect of going through the emotional roller coaster that is quarantine. Or maybe this is divine intervention taking away all the distraction and forcing a change. Maybe I’ve had too much time on my hands and my mind is going crazy.

Either way, lasting these next weeks without a plan, might end up worse than better.

We are a stay-at-home marriage. Just like motherhood, it’s hard, it’s messy, and it’s an all day long thing. And just like self-care is important to any mom, couple-care is important in a marriage. How can we couple-care?

  • Listen to a marriage podcast together, read a book, read a blog, and discuss how you can relate this to your marriage.
  • Give yourselves space. Find something once a day where you can collect your thoughts. (Baths are really good for this.)
  • Speak honestly. We have nowhere to physically hide. Maybe we can commit to break away from hiding emotionally.
  • Give each other (and yourself!) grace. These are unprecedented times and situations. Emotions are wild. We might say or do something we don’t mean.
  • Remember what your core marriage values are. Faith, family, trust, love, wherever you fall, come back to that and let it take you through your problem

Stay At Home MarriageWhen we said our vows, there was no stay-at-home clause, no promising to share work spaces and allow adequate alone time. This may be something now to add in for future vows. But for now, here we are. Stay-at-home marriage is our new reality and this mama knows a thing or two about staying at home.


If your marriage is struggling, many therapists and marriage counselors are meeting with clients virtually right now. There are many options out there, but one couples counselor ABQ Mom has worked with in the past is A New You Couples Counseling.

If you are experiencing abuse in your marriage, please reach out for help. There are many resources available to help victims of domestic violence in the Albuquerque area. You can find them here.


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Moms on the Frontline: Meet Kat, Respiratory Therapist & Mom of 2

During this time of global pandemic, we all have our roll to play. Some of us are homeschooling, working from home, providing food and groceries to the community, delivering mail and packages, first responders, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and so much more. We are so thankful to all of you for doing your part!

We want to particularly highlight some moms working on the frontline. So we’ve created a “Moms on the Frontline” Series. This series will feature the great work these women are doing while encouraging families to do their part by following the suggested guidelines to help stop the spread.

From the very bottom of our hearts, we at ABQ Mom are so thankful for the work you are doing for our community and our world!

We admire you, support you, and are thankful for you.

Today meet frontline mom Kat Perea, respiratory therapist, wife, and mom of two.

Kat, respiratory therapist, ABQ Mom

Tell us about your job and the work you do each day.

I help patients manage and treat their cardiopulmonary diseases. This includes education, disease management, and medications administration.

How has COVID-19 affected your work?

I chose to temporarily move across the country to help the more affected areas. Now my only focus has been on ventilator management. The facility that I work at has been hit hard and are dealing with more patients than ever before.

How has the global pandemic affected your family?

With accepting this temporary position, I’ve had to leave my family in Albuquerque. We FaceTime everyday and text. It’s comforting to know that I can’t bring this awful virus home to them. I really miss snuggling up to them though.

What it is like serving everyday as a mom on the frontline?

When I enter the hospital, I really try to push everything but my patients out of my mind. They are the ones that need my attention and care in that moment. I know my kids are safe and well taken care of, so I don’t need to worry about them.

What acts of kindness or encouragement have you seen during this time?

It’s been so amazing to see people come together for their communities. People making masks, handing out food, going grocery shopping for their elderly neighbors. I hope we don’t forget to continue taking care of each other.

What message or encouragement do you have for fellow ABQ moms during this time?

Everyone has their place in this pandemic. You may be a healthcare worker or a stay-at-home mom. You might be a grocery worker or a teacher. This is a difficult time for everyone and we just need to do our best to come out on the other side. If you need help, please reach out. Overall moms need to not be so hard on ourselves. We are all doing the best we can.

Tell us about some simple pleasures you enjoy. What’s encouraging you on hard days?

Currently my go to pleasures are trying all of the food in my new home. I’ve found mom and pop restaurants to get to-go from, and I have an amazing bakery just minutes from my hotel. What keeps me going on the hard days is knowing that I am needed. This is a temporary time in my life, but it will be a permanent heartache for many. I want to be there to provide whatever help and comfort I can.


Thank you, Kat (and everyone else on the frontline), for your service and your sacrifice.

You can read other posts in the series here. 

If you know a mom on the frontline you’d like to nominate for this series, send us an email at info@albuquerquemomsblog.com. {Please note, we may not be able to feature everyone who is nominated due to an influx of nominations.}

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The countdown to summer break is on! We know finding camps to keep the kids busy and cared for is on the top of...