Parenting

Own Batting Helmet

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The best tip I can give  is to buy your kids their own batting helmet at the ball park! :) Head lice can be spread fast when so many kids use the same few helmets every game.

Scissors

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The best trick I can remember when raising four kid-lets under 4 was to never go out to eat without a pair of scissors in your purse. They work wonders for cutting up their food quickly because we all know kids can't wait very long when it comes to eating!

Good Morning Songs

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For young children who are very difficult to get up in the mornings even after an early bedtime, play a you tube video of Good Morning Songs For Children on your phone and place the phone next to your child, works every time! :)

Joke In Lunchbox

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I like to include a little note or a joke in my boys' lunch boxes each day. However, this can get time-consuming and if I'm in a rush, I can forget. Now, I purchase a daily desk calendar for each son (I get them 50% off after Christmas!) and just rip off that day and stick it in their lunch. This year my older son has the Big Nate calendar (based on the book series) and my younger one has Peanuts. Quick and easy!

Sharing

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We came up with a great way to keep the sharing fair. If we had candy bar that I want two of the kids to share "fairly and equally". I let one of them break the candy bar in two and the other child picked which half they wanted. Suddenly my kids became EXPERTS at breaking off or cutting equal parts of any treat. After having done this for most of their lives, I would actually catch the "choosing which half" child take the portion that perhaps wasn't quite half, knowing that their sister had tried. Especially if the dividing sibling was younger and they knew they had done their best. This in itself taught yet another lesson to the younger when they would see the other sibling not immediately go for the piece that broke off slightly larger. :) I actually enjoyed watching this ritual transpire and could see just how they changed and developed as they got older. No more fighting over who got the bigger portion.

Lower Shelves

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On a shelf in a lower cabinet in my kitchen I put plastic bowls and plates. In the cabinet below that I have a basket with plastic cups and boxes of cereal. In a drawer about chest high to a 3 year old is where I keep all the stainless ware and in the drawer below that is chips, granola bars and other snack foods. I do all this so that any of my 8 kids from 2 to 18 can help themselves to breakfast, lunch, or a snack with little or no help from me depending on their age.

Timer for Daughter

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After our 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADD last year and finding out that medication was not the right move for her I invested in a $2.00 kitchen timer from Wal-Mart to help our mornings run smoother. Her alarm goes off at 7:00 am and her timer gets set for 15 minutes at which point when it goes off she must get up & get ready for school. This timer has been a life saver for us and our mornings. It keeps her focused and she can physically see how much time she has left to complete a task!

Teething Child

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When your child is teething, start applying a thin coat of diaper rash cream, before the yucky poo hits them. This will prevent that horrible diaper rash and seeing your child suffer. Happy baby makes for a happy mommy.

Fighting Siblings

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Having trouble with fighting siblings? I have 2 daughters who are 2 1/2 years apart & they used to fight alot when they were younger. My mother in law didn't like it when they would fight so when they did she would sit them (Indian style) on the floor facing each other & make them sit very close & hold hands. If they would pull apart or keep fighting she would add a minute to their time. When they were around 3 & 5 she would start them sitting for 1 minute but as they got older she would make it longer according to their age. My mother in law has passed away but my girls favorite memory to talk about is when grandma would make them hold hands. It worked very well. My girls are 18 & 15 now & are the best of friends, thanks to Grandma. I hope you could use this in your family & that it works for you.

Chore Bucket

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The kids are supposed to clean up their toys at the end of the day. Anything left out goes in the "Chore Bucket" which is an empty plastic laundry basket. To get it back, they have to do a chore by picking a slip of paper out of the envelope taped to the laundry basket. Each slip of paper has a household chore they can do, like clean the door knobs and light switches, sweep the kitchen floor, etc. They have to contribute to the household if I have to take my time to pick up their toys. Saves me time doing little chores and teaches them responsibility. I saw this on Pinterest, tried it and love it!