Parenting

Disposable Cameras

Category: Parenting

Buy disposable cameras for the little ones when going on a trip. This way they feel grown up when having a camera plus they'll keep looking for things while traveling they can take pictures of. In the end, it can help to keep them occupied, you'll have some memories and interesting pictures without a huge expense. :)

Traveling with Little Ones

Category: Parenting

My husband and I have 4 kids (at the time age 18mo-9yr), and this past summer we went on vacation to Gatlinburg, TN--an 8 hour drive. We have a DVD player in the car, and they all got to choose 1 or 2 movies to take with us. I also packed a backpack for all of them with new (cheap) toys, travel games, and their favorite snacks. We also played the I spy game and tracked how many different license plates we saw and whether they were on semi's or private vehicles. On the way home, we re-arranged their backpacks and swapped toys and games. It was the best trip with kids! We also had travel pillows for them to rest their heads on when they were sleepy.

Fun Bag for Traveling

Category: Parenting

When we travel, each child gets to pack their own fun bag. The fun bag might include color wonder coloring books (no crayons they may melt), Cars, Barbies, Practice math books, books to read, or video games. The bags also include snacks like fruit snacks, cheese and crackers, and bottled water.

Quiet Drive

Category: Parenting

A great way to stay sane on a long trip with kids. When you're ready to leave, you give each child a roll of quarters ($10). You explain that they may spend it on souvenirs or food that they want when you reach the destination. However, every time they ask, "How much further?" or "How much longer til we're there?" or whatever the annoying behavior is you're trying to suppress, they lose a quarter. It usually only takes losing 1 or 2 quarters until it's a quiet, sane drive.

Double Stroller

Category: Parenting

If you are expecting your first child, register for a double stroller. You will need it when your second child comes along. While you only have one child it is great to have the extra space for coats, your diaper bag and packages. That way you won't have to buy two strollers.

Puzzles

Category: Parenting

Our kids love to do puzzles but our space limited. We bought a clear plastic table cloth from a local craft store that can be cut to any length you need. While we are working on them we can cover them and when we are finished we can display the finished product under the tablecloth without fear of getting them dirty or wet.

Conflict between Kids

Category: Parenting

Mine is a discipline tip that resolved many conflict between my kids quickly! If they were fighting they had to sit down together, hold hands and talk it out briefly. Then they had to tell each other three things they like about the other person and after that pray together. It worked without fail and most of the time they would get up laughing :)

Acronym

Category: Parenting

I use an acronym when my 13 year old son gets ready in the mornings. I've been using now for about two years now. I'll say have you FTD it Skyler? Meaning have you washed your face, brushed your teeth and put deodorant on. Its kinda nice too when he has friends spend the night. f = face, t=teeth and d=deodorant. My other tips were dryer sheets on the bathroom tile for dog hair and inventing a dishwasher/hand soap combo, to sit by the kitchen sink, because we have both. But I just seen one in the target ad last week. darn it. good luck.

Getting Kids Ready

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Getting my kids ready in the morning can be quite a process. When they were babies some mornings my husband was tasked with getting them dressed which was overwhelming to him as he stood in front of a closet full of little bitty clothes knowing full well any outfit he put on them I would check from head to toe (as a knew mom dressing the boys was a big deal to me:) So to help our morning routine I got a sweater bag for each boys closet & on Sunday evenings I selected 5 outfits and placed one in each cubby of the sweater bag. This helped all of us out because all we had to do in the mornings was grab an outfit & go. My son is 5 and we still use this. He is more independent now & wants to dress himself so we pick out the outfits together on Sunday & then each day of the week he can select which outfit he is in the mood for. I have said for 5 years I should adopt this process for myself & would eliminate the time spent staring at my clothes thinking "what do I wear today?" but until then I am loving this for my boys!

Packing the Diaper Bag

Category: Parenting

When packing a diaper bag, chant..."Diapers, Wipes, change of clothes, blanket, burp rag, bib (add Bottles if not nursing)." You will never be left without what you need! This chant saved me and especially my husband when he was on Daddy Duty!