Painter’s Tape- Use it to cover open outlets in hotels, families houses or where ever you are. Traveling Baby Gate- Evenflo has a travel baby gate that folds up to the size of two poles. It even comes with a carrying bag. Portacrib or Pack-n-play- A safe place for your child to sleep Do you have any other safety items you have to bring? Let … Continue reading This Works for Me- Traveling Safety
I read this idea in Focus on the Family Magazine and just had to share! A mother asked how she can remove the parental advisory music from her daughters collection without taking it away. The response was to start a buy back program with your child. Offer fair value and offer to buy back the music. By doing this, you are able to explain why … Continue reading This Works for Me: Music
Store small books in plastic napkin holders- it makes it easier for young children to get them out. When old parts of toys turn up, put them in a plastic bag- that way when you notice the toy with the missing part, you know where to look. To preserve posters, pictures, and other items cover them with contact paper- this is durable and easier for … Continue reading This Works for Me!
Solve the lost/dry problem by gluing the caps (open ends up) onto the inside of a container top. The markers can be put into the caps and will stand upright for use again. Give new life to old, dried up markers by adding a few drops of water to the tip. Recycle dried up markers by dipping them in paint and using them as a … Continue reading This Works for Me: Markers
Bring outlet covers on vacation with you. (Rose DiCicco) Joy makes great bubbles When making a new recipe, label and date it with comments. Then you will know for next time. (Angela DiCicco) Use baby wipe containers for markers and crayons. (Angela DiCicco) When leaving your children give them now and later kisses. (Angela DiCicco) Have a bag designated for library books and your library … Continue reading This Works for Me!
I tape any movies or specials that the children want to watch. While taping, I view the show so I can edit out commercials and determine if it is appropriate. This allows me to “screen” the show and has helped us develop a library of good movies. Linda Grant We have set times and shows that the children can watch. For awhile we tried afternoon cartoons, … Continue reading This Works for Me: Monitoring TV
When my children were small and under my feet while I was preparing meals, I would keep dry macaroni, spoons, rice, fennel, etc in a drawer they could open themselves. I would lay out blankets do they could cook with me! Allow children to crack eggs in a separate bowl to catch any shells before they get into the other food! Wash hands well and often! … Continue reading This Works for Me!
Use CLEAR PACKING TAPE to repair odds and ends around the house, repair books, hang pictures on walls. Works better than regular tape! My kids love “drawing” on STEAMED-UP WINDOWS. After they’re done I hand them a paper towel to wipe!! They’re having fun and the windows get cleaned! When children use bad language or misbehave, try sending them to the BATHROOM since they are … Continue reading This Works for Me!
-Baltic amber necklaces (you can get them made with a magnetic clasp so they aren’t going to strangle the baby). the amber has succinic acid in it, which is a natural pain reliever. the heat of your skin warms the amber and releases the succinic acid, which absorbs through your skin. it works REALLY well – my kids each had one when they were babies, and … Continue reading This Works for Me: Teething
When disciplining children because they’ve said something hurtful or mistreated their siblings or friends–tell them the next two things they do or say must be something NICE towards that person. Run out of BUBBLEBATH? Try baby shampoo Another bathtime idea–let children ear bathing suits and blow bubbles in the bathtubs for DAYTIME BATH FUN. To sort various family activities on the calendar, us a DIFFERENT COLOR PEN for … Continue reading This Works for Me!