Thursday, August 13, 2009

Free advice. You can thank me later.


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.


The Busters said...

Good points! I'll keep those in mind for the future. I'm glad you're back and am excited to see all of your photos you have been taking off your camera! :)

Thyen Party of Four said...

#24 - My mom did this with me .... and we also do that with our kids.

#34 - MY FAVORITE! We've been getting a LOT of play from the CD's you sent - the girls favorite and mine, is the Summer Mix :) - I couldn't help but giggle when I heard Cate belting out "if you saw what I saw, sitting on the seasaw' the other morning from the playroom :) - she's got that one memorized 100% - it's too cute :)

#1 - once you go, you're locked in - seriously - and not in a good way.

:) Hope your summer slows a bit. Lexie has been in VBS this week and just keeping up with that schedule has sent me reeling. School starts two weeks from today - I guess it's warming us up for that :)

amylouwho said...

Can I thank you now?

I love #3 - I need to be sure to do them when they are awake - because otherwise they don't get done! hahah!

smileymamaT said...

I absolutely loved that. Thanks. #6 made me laugh out loud, oh boy, I remember those years! And since I hopped over here from LauraJ's blog, I'll fill you in: ployes are old-fashioned Acadian buckwheat pancakes. You can eat 'em with butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, or creton (fine meat spread made of pork, turkey, onions and spices).
I like your blog! :) T

Karen said...

amen to those - especially the poopy underwear one!

Baloney said...

You know that #6 is almost a daily happening here. I now have to really look and decide - how much poop can I really deal with to save the underwear.