Parenting

Twins

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As a mom of twins, I'm often asked what piece of advice I would give to new moms of multiples. The easiest thing I can think of is this:
If one wakes up, wake them both. If ones needs a diaper change, change them both. If one is hungry, feed them both. I found it was easier to remember when I did something rather than trying to remember who I did it to.

The Office

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At our house, getting our homework done efficiently is important to us so that we can spend the rest of the evening enjoying our family time.  So, at the beginning of the school year this year we made my daughter an "office". This is just a plastic shoe box size storage container that has all of the necessary school supplies, crayons, markers, sharpened pencils, erasers, highlighters, stapler, flash cards, white board, etc. Now each night when it is homework time she gets out her neatly stored "office" (which she takes great pride in) and we complete her homework and never waste time looking around our house for school supplies to do the work. This organizing trick took us about 30 minutes and cost about 15.00 to supply and has saved us tons of time this school year! We will continue having an office for each of our school age children every year!

Place for Toddlers

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I own a salon and had a grandma who brings her grandchildren in with her. When they are toddlers on the move she will bring a laundry basket in for them to sit on so they don't get all hairy. Of course she puts toys in there and they aren't big enough to get out.

Shout Wipe

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I include a Shout wipe in my son's school lunch along with his purell hand sanitizer wipe when I pack it. We used to end up with stains that had "set in" when a spill occurred during lunch. Now he can dab the stain with the wipe and ask the lunch supervisor or teacher if he needs help.

Kids to Set Table

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Dinnertime can be a bit crazy in a household of 6. I learned a couple of years ago to keep the kid plates, bowls, and silverware in lower drawers so each child can pick and set their own place at the table. They enjoy it, and that leaves only two places for me to set!

Taking Kids out to Eat

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When my kids were younger and my husband and I wanted to go out to eat with them I always had a meal sack that we would take. I would have one for each of them and inside I would have some toys that they were not allowed to play with at any other time. Sometimes it would be play-doh or an etchasketch or other toys that were not just out around our house. It would hold their interests because they were not toys that they would normally play with and it would allow my husband and I to order and enjoy some family time without all of the stress that comes with taking little ones out. Also I would have a little snack in the bags in case out meals took awhile to arrive the little ones weren't eating the crayons.

Encouraging Cleanliness

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My son is now 19 and a sophomore in College. When friends come to his room to study or watch TV they all say "Wow are you neat" When he tells me this, I'm sure it's because he got in the habit at a very young age. You might wonder, well what happened if he didn't do all the items on the list- that's easy. The Toy or show of the moment was taken away.

Kids and Medication

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When we get sick in our house it seems that they are sick at the same time and everyone is on some kind of medication. Some once a day some three times a day and so on. If my daughter has to take a medication twice a day for 10 days. On the side of the medicine bottle I draw a type of grid. Long line down and then 10 lines crossing that long line and I write am on the left column and pm on the right that way I can put a little check mark in the column so that I know if I gave her her medicine for that time or not.

Code System

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Because my children would always try to figure out what gifts they had under the Christmas tree by shaking, feeling them, etc., I have stopped putting names on them. Instead I have gone to a code system, which changes every year. For example, I might give each child a symbol (heart, star, etc.) instead of their name, or color code smiley faces with each color representing a different child. I kept the code written down in a secret location. It has really stumped them and added to the anticipation for Christmas morning! (Works for curious spouses, and other family members too!)

Smooth Mornings

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My son is not a morning person so before he goes to bed he has to to pick out his clothes, what he wants for breakfast and we make his lunch the night before. The allows him more time to sleep in the morning. Also, then we are not having to wait for him to "pick" everything. We know it is ready to go in the morning. Also, I am trying to get myself ready for work the next day so I pick out my clothes as well so I am not standing in the closet trying to figure out what to wear. It just makes the mornings run so much smoother.