Parenting

Birthday Trips

Category: Parenting

We lived in a very small home and our children's birthdays are in months that didn't allow for outside parties. Instead of spending a lot of money on renting a facility to hold a party and get a lot of gifts we didn't have room for, we spent the money on a weekend family get away. Family would give the girls cash for a shirt or small souvenir to remember the trip. These trips were some of the best family memories and we didn't have to stress out planning a party away from home or find room for all the gifts.

Car Rides

Category: Parenting

I am not very big on watching DVD's in the car because I feel that some of the best conversations I have with my children happen during car rides. However, sometimes I need a little help keeping them occupied. I have a bag in my center counsel with a few small flashlights and sheets of stencils (stars, butterflies, animals, etc.).  I give them each a flashlight and a sheet of stencils and let them explore from their seats! They love it. It is especially fun for night time.

Chores

Category: Parenting

I have a trick for not repeating myself with my children that I before asked them over and over to do- something I learned from my parents, if they don"t do simple tasks that are asked such as picking up their clothes, shut drawers, lift the toilet seat I have them repeat doing it 20-50 times completely. They learned to do it right the first time, so did I!

Bath Time

Category: Parenting

I am a foster mom and I own a daycare so our evenings are very busy. During the day as I am folding laundry I simply pull out everyone's pajamas for the night and put them in the bathroom with a towel so when bath time comes each child can just go in, grab a shower and their towel and pj's are already there waiting on them- no searching and scrambling for me or them before bath.

Kids and Medication

Category: Parenting

We as parents all know that children all to often do not enjoy the taste of medicines which obviously can lead to frustration, awful faces and tears. I want to share a simple trick I have used. Give the child a teaspoon of chocolate syrup (coats the tongue, with the bonus of being a yummy treat for the child!), then the medicine, then another teaspoon of chocolate syrup. I have found this makes medicine time when needed, a little easier. The children may even look forward to it. I guess you could quote Mary Poppins on this one "a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down......." : )

Heating Pad for Crib

Category: Parenting

Place a heating pad on low in a cradle or crib remove heating pad before placing sleeping or almost asleep baby on the warm sheet. Instead of waking up due to the coldness of the sheet they will cuddle into the warm sheet and stay sleeping

Popsicle Drip

Category: Parenting

Many of you moms and dads out there know how messy things get when the kids are eating popsicles especially when your kids are still little. I actually stopped buying them because I would have to stay right by them with a rag to wipe it up since they are so sticky or make them eat it outside...which in the winter you can't. Then I discovered a GREAT TRICK! All you have to do is slip on a cupcake baking cup on the stick and you have yourself a popsicle drip tray! Now you don't have to worry about the messy clean-up. Hope this helps =)

Daughter's Masterpieces

Category: Parenting

It didn't take us long as parents of a preschooler to realize that our home would soon be buried in our daughter's masterpieces. Paintings, projects, drawings, and cute notes from our girl are coming school, church, playdates, and everywhere... We even find them on our pillows at night! Each one is important to her, and many of them are going to be fun memories for us, but we just can't store them all! My simple solution? I pull out my white foam poster board, place the art on the surface, snap a shot with my camera, and repeat. It only takes a few minutes. Then I dump the photos into a folder on my computer, throw away the papers (guilt free), and move on! Instead of her masterpieces finding themselves in dusty art boxes under our bed, they're easily emailed to Grandma, posted on the social media walls of our favorite college students, and end up in the pages of her photo memory book on our coffee table at the end of each year.

Traveling with Little Ones

Category: Parenting

When traveling with little ones we used to travel at night. So they were sleeping. When they got a little older I would go to the dollor store the week before we left and get a bounch of little toys and activities. 3 new toys a day 1 in morning one after lunch and one after dinner. we also make tents in the hotel rooms.

I See Game

Category: Parenting


The Lord has blessed us with 3 beautiful children. Each 7 years apart. Our last Blessing was when I was 41 years old. She is now 12 but when she was little I was trying to get her to clean up her room to no avail. She wanted me to be in the room with her so I came up with a game to get her to do the work. I would look around the room and then say "I see 5 red things" Off she would go to find them and either put them away or if trash throw it away. This continued until the room was cleaned up. The fun was when she would get down to the last 1 and could not find it. So we would play HOT or COLD. Even now every once in a while we play the "I see" game