I'm still here, in case you were wondering.
I've still been reading all of your blogs, but I just haven't had the gumption to post on my own. Too many pictures I still need to download off my camera, too little free time due to out of town guests and deadlines and party-planning, and too little energy! That whole "lazy days of summer" thing didn't work out for me. It's been crazy busy.
I promise to get back to regular programming tomorrow, but for today I thought I would post some of my favorite points out of an article I just read from the September issue of Parents Magazine that just dropped in my mail slot this afternoon.
The article is titled "39 Things Every Mom Should Know". The following are only a few of my favorites:
1. You never have to go to obnoxious kid-themed restaurants. Ever.
3. Do your chores while kids are awake. Using up naptime to wash the dishes or clean the bathroom is truly soul-crushing.
6. (my personal favorite, something I totally ended up doing) Just throw away the poopy underwear.
24. I can't stress this enough: Use duvet covers on your comforters and forget about a top sheet. Not only will you thank me for this advice, but your kids will thank me as well when they are learning to make their bed.
My boy kicks his top sheet all the way to the bottom every night, and it is a pain to make his bed every day trying to wrestle it back in place. He has a duvet cover already on his comforter, so this advice totally makes sense. Why didn't I think of that?
26. Don't administer a punishment that hurts you more than it hurts them.
31. It's fine to brag about yourself to your kids.
34. Teach them to like cool music. Why suffer through The Wiggles when you could be enjoying Wilco or counting along with Feist? Amen to that. Mama controls the music at our house, baby.
39. Independence is a wonderful thing. For everyone. So is together time. Make sure you have a healthy dose of both.