Thursday, May 17, 2007

Crazy Parent Hacks



Crazy Hip Blog Mamas carnival topic this week is "crazy parent hacks" and "things we've done that we said we'd never do."

Crazy Parent Hacks

I wrote about chapstick and wash-cloths previously. But I'll add to this theme with dryer sheets. When your child has static electricity in their hair, keep a dryer sheet around. Simply rub their little, electric head with the dryer sheet and tah-dah! no more electrocuting, fly-away hair.

Ziplock bags have a gablillion uses. For those of us with long-haired girls (boys too, I guess), I sort the rubber bandy things and barrettes and clips into separate clear ziplock bags.

Diaper rash soother. When my babies have had a diaper rash that caused them discomfort, I combine .5% hydrocortisone and Desitin-type diaper rash cream in my hand (equal parts) and apply it to their bum. The hydrocortisone cream relieves the pain and sting while the Desitin stuff does its job.

Cardstock paper. I use this for all kinds of crafts and art projects for Stinkerbell. It is the best for fingerpainting, as it is very thick and stiff and holds up to the moisture in the paint.

Laundry baskets.? It is an incredible challenge to get Stinkerbell to put her shoes in her closet. FORGET getting her to arrange them in a neat, orderly manner. (Not that I set a good example there anyway, Mrs. Kick-your-shoes-into-a-pile!) A small plastic laundry basket is where her shoes are tossed.

Sippy cups. We've used this kind of sippy cup for years with Stinkerbell. Remove the valve and it provides for a great grease-fire-flare-up killer when grilling. When I'm in a big rush to go somewhere and just dying for some orange juice, I use one of her sippies. She told me the other day, however, that I'm sucking from them wrong.



Famous Last Words (or things I said I'd never do, but do all the time...)

Well, lemmetellya. I've done plenty that I said I'd never do. Both as a parent and as a plain ol' person. But the one thing I'm going to claim today is I let Lucky suck his thumb. Now I'm sure some of you encourage your baby to suck his/her thumb. Yet, I would prefer he take his pacifier. Stinkerbell was a very serious pacifier sucker and gave it up pretty easily too. But Lucky will spit out his "pappy" so that he can get his thumb or finger or WHOLE HAND in his mouth instead. I realize that the act of getting his hand to his mouth is a developmental step, so I don't discourage the accomplishment. But gosh, I wish he'd practice putting his pappy in his mouth instead!

TV babysitter? yup.

Wipe a nose with my sleeve? yup.

Wash a face with my own spit? duh.

Feed cookies for breakfast? yes, but rarely.

Say "shut up"? ashamedly, yes.



That's enough. I'm already an insane redbird. I won't keep berating myself.

4 comments:

Aaron & Alaine said...

Spit washing has to be a favorite of everyone - right? I needed some joy today - glad I found it your way. I'm still laughing, although my children have termed the habit that usually occurs in our van before seeing someone else, "absolutely nasty."

- Thanks for posting.

Beba said...

We use pacifier and we like it... We enjoy to brake rules and we enjoy it... I like this post :), God bless you!

Qtpies7 said...

I've done all those things you have done that I swore I wouldn't do, either. Plus, I snoop through my kids' stuff and diary if I suspect anything. I swore I'd NEVER stoop to that! But now I wish my mom had done it wayyy more often.

Thanks for your encouraging comment on homeschooling. My kids were homeschooled and did great socially, very mature, but acedemically was only because they were way smarter than I am, cause I stunk at it. I quit teaching when I had a trauma in my life and needed counselling to deal with it. I was going about 3 times a week, and I needed to really deal with myself without feeling guilty that I was neglecting the kids education.
I'll still do it in the future, but we, too, live in a great smallish town with excellent schools. Its not the schools that are the issues, its the heart attitudes that I have to deal with that I don't like. ;-)
There is another blog that compares kids in public schools to something Hitler said about having our kids' minds. And the commenters said that I was wrong to follow a "feeling" that God would let me stop homeschooling. They don't think God leads except by scripture, and since they interpret scripture to mean homeschooling, then I'm being swayed by my own selfish desires rather than being lead by God. They say "led by God" is a cop-out. And that if I am defensive of their words then it is because I am wrong and being convicted. Its nutso. I had to say something. People should not feel guilty for doing what God has them do, those women are creating stumbling blocks and causing sin in people's lives.

Qtpies7 said...

I've done all those things you have done that I swore I wouldn't do, either. Plus, I snoop through my kids' stuff and diary if I suspect anything. I swore I'd NEVER stoop to that! But now I wish my mom had done it wayyy more often.

Thanks for your encouraging comment on homeschooling. My kids were homeschooled and did great socially, very mature, but acedemically was only because they were way smarter than I am, cause I stunk at it. I quit teaching when I had a trauma in my life and needed counselling to deal with it. I was going about 3 times a week, and I needed to really deal with myself without feeling guilty that I was neglecting the kids education.
I'll still do it in the future, but we, too, live in a great smallish town with excellent schools. Its not the schools that are the issues, its the heart attitudes that I have to deal with that I don't like. ;-)
There is another blog that compares kids in public schools to something Hitler said about having our kids' minds. And the commenters said that I was wrong to follow a "feeling" that God would let me stop homeschooling. They don't think God leads except by scripture, and since they interpret scripture to mean homeschooling, then I'm being swayed by my own selfish desires rather than being lead by God. They say "led by God" is a cop-out. And that if I am defensive of their words then it is because I am wrong and being convicted. Its nutso. I had to say something. People should not feel guilty for doing what God has them do, those women are creating stumbling blocks and causing sin in people's lives.