Parenting

Diaper Changing Station on Each Floor

Category: Parenting

If you're a parent with a child in diapers and live in a multi-floor home, keep a diaper-changing "station" on each floor. For instance, we have our changing table in our son's nursery, but we also have a bag with wipes, cream, diapers, and an additional outfit in our family room so we don't have to run upstairs every single time we need to change a diaper or change a messy boy!

Allowance for Kids

Category: Parenting

Instead of giving your kids an allowance just to give it to them, write a chore with a money amount next to it on ping pong balls or cards (eg. "Sweep Kitchen $0.50), and however many chores the child does, they will get the amount of money for their allowance that they earned by doing chores!

Candlelight Dinners

Category: Parenting

I am a single mom of a son and daughter. Meal time at the table is important. I would every so often have a candle light dinner with my two kids. I was trying to teach them the peace, appreciation and love for both of them. Since they didn't see their dad express to me in this manner I wanted to express to them. Kids learn by seeing more than teaching. I wanted to create a romantic side of them for their future wife and husband that God is to bring them. What was really neat about it was that my kids (at the time 11 and 7) made a candle light dinner for me. They made me stay in my room and darkened the windows, set the table properly and had me come out to be served. It was so awesome and a blessing.

Encouraging Siblings to Make Up

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I'm a single mom and I know siblings fight. Mine didn't fight much- they truly cared for each other. I tribute that to the love of God but, I treated them as individual human beings and not by their gender (like some parents say; well he's a boy what do you expect and vice-versa). If my kids were fighting I had them sit facing each other on the couch and they had to say something nice to each other (back and forth). They would begin laughing and say goofy things to each other. Then any time they were in time out I had them talk about the situation and how it could be solved and how not to do it again and how it made them feel. The key is one person has the floor to talk the other must listen. This taught them communication skills, respect, etc., and made them responsible for their actions. I look at people as being good but it is their actions that make them bad or good...We must be responsible for our actions which are reactions to others actions.

Traveling With Kids

Category: Parenting

I have 2 children and have been a single mom since the birth of my 2nd child. When I we would travel I had the the kids pack a backpack with anything they would want to play either by themselves and/or together. And a bag with snacks to save of money. I had plastic car tables for their food and drink then later to color etc. The bag would have crayons, coloring book, drawing paper, game boy, etch a sketch, board games that are designed for the car, CD player with headphones of course, etc. It had to fit in their bag. We also would play other car games together so the family stayed a family. Pray/Play together, Stay together.

Saying No

Category: Parenting

My tip for simplifying is learning to say NO to things. When my kids were little I felt like I wasn't doing enough. Not volunteering at church enough, not attending events in the community, not helping friends out. I had a lot of guilt for things I wanted to do but couldn't with two little babies. My Mother In Law gave me the BEST advice. She said "It's just not the season for you to do those things and that's okay. You are unable to do them because your kids are young but someday they will be older and you will be able to help and be more helpful than you could have been at this time. People should understand that". That was such a freeing moment, knowing that in time I could do those things and not feel guilty that I just couldn't at that moment. It has helped me also to pray before choosing what I am going to volunteer for things. My kids are now teenagers and I get so much more enjoyment in volunteering because I can put my full self into it!!

Bendy Straws for kids

Category: Parenting

If you have little kids, keep a bunch of bendy straws in one of those plastic cases you put a toothbrush in for traveling. Kids are always trying to bend the non-bendy ones when you get something to drink, spilling when trying to drink out of a cup or bottle, or getting bored (fun toy in a pinch!). A toothbrush case of bendy straws keeps them clean, confined, and in a small enough container that they can fit in any bag easily.