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  • 1...2...3 We're done! Submitted By: Grissel Sierra(Added: 31-Jul-2002 Hits: 0 Rating: 1.00 Votes: 2) Rate It

 

  • Activity Bag I always keep a bag packed with crayons, pencils, activity books, and paper. When I have a doctor's appointment or something similar where I will need to keep my son occupied, I just grab the bag on the way out the door. Submitted By: Sheila Somerlock Ruth(Added: 13-Mar-2001 Hits: 0 Rating: 9.25 Votes: 4) Rate It

 

  • Baby wipes Heres is a recipe for baby wipes. Saves so much money, and are perfect for makeup removal also. * 1/2 roll of paper towels (cut in half to make short rolls)- a hacksaw works great! * 1/8-1/4 c. baby shampoo * 1/8-1/4 c. baby oil * 2 c. lukewarm water * 1 plastic container that the rolls fit in Cut roll in half and remove center cardboard. In baby wipes container mix liquid ingredients and place half of the roll in the container. Place on lid and tip upside down until paper towels are completely saturated. Submitted By: rebecca(Added: 2-Jan-2004 Hits: 0 Rating: 0 Votes: 0) Rate It

 

  • Bad music to my ears. Don't leave loose change in the car, in the sight of a four year old. The tape deck becomes a deposit slot and everything shorts out. Copper and electricity don't mix. Submitted By: Michelle(Added: 8-May-2001 Hits: 0 Rating: 10.00 Votes: 1) Rate It

 

  • Bed Time Dilemmas To get the kids into bed on time each night without alot of the "Can't I just have 10 more minutes please!" or just plain dragging around, I use this system. Five minutes beforehand, I tell them it's time to go to bed. When the clock rolls around to their exact bed time, if they are not in the bed, I start timing them. Each minute that passes that they are still not in bed is recorded by their name on my "Beddy-Bye" chart. At the end of the week, the minutes are totaled and that much time is taken away from the next weeks bedtime for that specific child. If they have no minutes to be totaled then they are rewarded with a special treat or they get a no-chore pass. It works great for us! Submitted By: Tammy Howard(Added: 29-Sep-2000 Hits: 0 Rating: 5.75 Votes: 12) Rate It

 

  • Bedtime If you're doing battle every night at bedtime, like I once was try givine your child a choice of times. They don't have to be wide ranged. "Do you want to go to bed at 7:30, 7:45, or 8:00?" Now, he thinks he's chosen bedtime and the arguing is over. Submitted By: Janet(Added: 4-Apr-2001 Hits: 0 Rating: 8.25 Votes: 4) Rate It

 

  • Bedtime monsters When our son would wake us up and keep us up until all hours of the night. A friend had the same type of problem and directed us to a website www.magicalspray.com there we found magical spray. The company not only sent us a bottle that was reasonably priced $4.95, but sent us an informative brochure and stickers that reinforces the spray effect. The sticker says "I sprayed my fears away". My son loved it all and has not had a problem since. The spray worked the first night which let us sleep in peace. Submitted By: Jami munster(Added: 10-Oct-2002 Hits: 0 Rating: 1.00 Votes: 1) Rate It

 

  • Bedtime, on time! I have 3 children 11,10 & 8 and with all the excuses, bedtime can drag on for hours! I started storytime with a chapter book, usually one of high interest but a bit difficult to read for them ie Magic Treehouse, Goosebumps, Babysitters Club... At 8:00 sharp it is story time. I sit in the hallway outside their bedrooms. When they are settled into bed I read until 8:45 (obviously change times when appropriate) They are not allowed to do other activities, just listen and occasionally comment. If they make noise, I ask "so-and-so, is that you making the noise?" very calmly and matter-of-fact. I go through all their names until I get a yes. When the offender says yes I say 'could you please stop?" very sweetly. They say yes, and I continue to read. After a couple of nights of this routine they rush to bed by 8:00. If they are late, they miss out on the amount of time they wasted. I always end at 8:45, especially if they were late into bed. The next day they are fast! I figure it's better to read for 45 minutes and share the time positively instead of trying to fight the excuses! Submitted By: luckymom(Added: 29-Apr-2003 Hits: 0 Rating: 0 Votes: 0) Rate It

 

  • Changing Sheets with a Sick Baby If you are as busy as I am changing sheets several times a night with a sick baby can be very tiring. I have a solution which saved me about 10-15 minutes of time every 2-3 hrs a night. First, buy a queen sized (or full) waterproof mattress pad. Cut the corners and section it into several pieces just a bit smaller than the crib mattress. Place the fitted crib mattress pad cover on the mattress like usual, place a sheet next, then on top of the sheet, place a cut out section of the queen size mattress pad over the sheet, then place a sheet over the pad. Do this in several layers. Then when baby wets or throws up at night, all you have to do is pick baby up, pull the top sheet and pad off and VOILA a fresh change of sheets without the hassle. Submitted By: Lori Berzonksi(Added: 1-Aug-2001 Hits: 0 Rating: 9.50 Votes: 2) Rate It

 

  • Children Sharing a Room A great way to split up a room is to divide it diagonally, creating two triangles. This way each child has two full walls to decorate as they see fit. If each child has a window, use a window treatment for each so that each child can express his or her individuality. Take the doors off closets. Children never close their closets anyway. Make sure there is room for their clothes and other items. Give the older child a phone as a way to recognize his or her seniority. Use one of the beds as a day bed, creating a sofa that the children can use to sit on during the day. Let the younger child pick out his or her own comforter and other accessories to distinguish his or her side of the room from the other side. Submitted By: Sarah(Added: 19-May-2001 Hits: 0 Rating: 9.00 Votes: 1) Rate It

 

  • Christmas Tight budget? Tell your kids that Santa will deliver presents on Dec.27 due to the increased world population. Most gifts will be marked down the day after christmas, so you'll be able to splurge a little. I was raised on a farm by my grandparents who were poor: I received more presents & my granparents were able to buy a few things for the house, so I never complained about getting presents a few days later than normal. Submitted By: Cindy Merrill(Added: 8-Dec-2003 Hits: 0 Rating: 4.67 Votes: 3) Rate It

 

  • Cleaning Game We usually do chores on weekends. Weekends are also when we normally go out and do things as a family (COSI science museum, park, library, Chuck E. Cheese, movies, etc.) This is some incentive to get things done without dawdling. I have a "game board" in the shape of a grid. Each spot on the grid lists a chore (put away toys in living room, change sheets on bed in Meghan's room, sweep floor in kitchen, etc.) We use two different dice (8- or 10-sided if you have it (you can find these in gaming stores.)) One die is for the column and the other is for the row. If the chore listed in the box has already been done or can't be done until another is done first, you move down one box in the column. Chores like "put away clothes in Katie's room" require rolling another die to find out how many clothes need to be put away. When a chore is completed that child gets a mark. Whoever has the most marks when it is done, gets to select that day's activity. I let the children clean in each other's rooms also because they don't get distraced playing with their own toys. Submitted By: Tracee Kilbourne(Added: 18-Jun-2001 Hits: 0 Rating: 10.00 Votes: 2) Rate It

 

  • Consistency Be consistent, that way they know you mean what your saying. Submitted By: Tasha(Added: 11-Jun-2001 Hits: 0 Rating: 9.25 Votes: 4) Rate It

 

  • Crayon on that Wall? Go find a picture to hang over the Childs artwork on the wall... who has time to paint over it anyway?!? *wink* Besides if and/or when you go to move you will have a surprise waiting on the wall for the new owners... because who has the heart to get rid of that old memory anyway? Submitted By: Mariah Lockwood(Added: 24-Apr-2002 Hits: 0 Rating: 4.00 Votes: 6) Rate It

 

  • Diapers In my diaper bag,I carry ziploc sandwich bags with a fabric softener sheet enclosed. You never know when or where you will have to change a diaper. And if you have to dispose of it in an uncanny place, the scent from the fabric sheet will replace the " smelly diaper ". Submitted By: Mrs. J. Eagle(Added: 27-May-2002 Hits: 0 Rating: 10.00 Votes: 2) Rate It

 

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