Monday, April 29, 2013
Reading 123 Magic again. Remember to time positive behavior/activities (cleaning room, homework) and count down negative behavior (whining, fighting, screaming, fits, not listening). http://www.amazon.com/
Friday, April 19, 2013
So I was talking to my friend the other day and she has her kid...gasp...make his own breakfast and lunch...breathe...what the? I seriously didn't understand how she was doing it but all the while I'm thinkin'...I have to do some form of this...like now. So... here begins operation Kid Responsibility. They are never too young to start this! Here's what I am diligently having the girls do each day: put their dishes in the sink, help make or set table for breakfast, and do a chore each day. Sigh. Keep track of all this with a dry erase/chalk board, piece of a paper or the wall calendar. Read more on responsibility on John Rosemond's site.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Bento boxes are a fun way to pack and organize your kiddie's lunches. I bought my BPA-free Sistema lunch boxes at TJ Maxx for $3.99. The built-in compartments separate your food and eliminate the need to use one-use plastic baggies. They also have to go mugs which I have seen at Safeway for about $5. Bonus - My girls actually like packing their lunches now!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Pinterest and taking the time to make em. This chocolate chip cookie ingredients are basic but you do interesting things like... browning more than a stick of butter on the stove, adding egg yolk, and stirring the sugar and butter for 30 seconds then waiting 3 minutes and then stirring again. The cookie was perfect. Here's a link to the recipe. I also threw in peanut butter chips, peanut butter and walnuts to the remaining batter (far right stack of cookies). Another home run! Let me know if you make these tasty rounds of joy.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
this blog entry I shared with you my plan to ease up those nutty school mornings by requiring the kiddies to come dressed to the breakfast table. This has worked OK but the girls had way too much free time after breakfast. So I had to thrown in a few more gritty details:
- clothes AND socks on AND hair done before breakfast
- brushing teeth occurs right after breakfast
- shoes are on feet immediately following teeth cleaning
- coat goes on next
- finally, play time can occur if there is anytime left...
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Tired of messy bedrooms? Through with stepping on toys? Me too. I found this idea on Pinterest and changed it just a bit to increase the pain. Simple idea. Grab an empty bin and walk around the house and fill that puppy up with everything on the floor. Put a little note on it. Mine said this:
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Kiddie Tips Parenting Tips
Quick and easy, eco-friendly Kid Tips for parents. Email your parenting tips and kiddie tips to firstname.lastname@example.org