Author Archives: Lacy

Mom Hacks: Kids That Listen

Listening. That almost seems like a mom’s wishlist. It can be difficult, nay impossible sometimes to get your kids to pay attention to you, let alone actually listen and hear what you want them to do. With young kids I find it is even more difficult. My toddler is especially hard, but my 5 year old who usually listens well has recently begun regressing in the “paying attention” area.

Every child is different and it can be so hard to find what works fro every child. What works for one of my kids does not work for another one of my kids. So I have learned to pick and choose my battles and to pay attention to my child’s specific needs.

Another tool I have found useful is changing the way I speak and listen as well. As an adult I don’t enjoy being told what to do, I like being told why I am doing something. So when I speak to my children I try to remember they are not inferior, they are not robots, they are people. They also happen to be smaller versions of me. So I keep in mind my own temperament when I try to address issues with them.

All of this can be hard to do when you are pressed for time, tired, or frustrated yourself. So Let’s remember to take a step-back and breathe. There are some fabulous strategies and tips on Youtube from Child Specialists. Try checking them out as well and adding what works for you and your family.

Here are a few great Youtube Channels:

Dana Obleman What to do when kids won’t listen

Ted Talks How to Get Kids to Listen  

Debbie Zeichner Gentle Tips for Getting Kids to Listen

Active Summer: Athletic Shorts

It isn’t difficult to stay active in the summer months, but it is difficult to stay cool while being active. Activewear is excellent to keep on hand during those hot, hot months. Especially when you have boys that love to run, jump, and play drenched in sweat. Activewear shorts are a simple item to keep in large supply for boys. They re comfortable, easy to clean, and boys love to run around in them.

Wes and Willy has an excellent selection of Activewear shorts, or athletic shorts perfect for those ever busy boys this summer. From basketball to kickball they all be well outfitted. Wes and Willy athletic shorts are also easy on the budget. Check out what we have in stock now.

Boys Basketball Shorts by Wes and Willy: These black basketball shorts are perfect for jumpsuits, dunking, and easy lay-ups. They are breathable, simple to wash, and go with everything!

Boys’ Mesh Athletic Shorts by Wes and Willy): These green mesh shorts will be the easiest thing you buy for your boys. They can be worn on hot active days, worn to practice, or worn to lounge  around the house in. They are a steal at only $10.

Boys’ Mesh Athletic Shorts by Wes and Willy): Also available in red they make a great summer item. Only $10 with our easy flat shipping makes this a must buy!

Summer Eats: BBQ Chicken Bacon Pineapple Kabobs

Summer means less work, less school, and less time in the kitchen. We try to stick to food that can be cooked without using the hot oven in the summer. It just adds too much heat to our already hot house. We love to find meals that can be cooked almost entirely outdoors. Our grill gets a LOT of use during the summer months. Which makes the kids happy, since they can play outdoors while Mom and Dad cook. We are happy because it it less cleanup, and our time is spent relaxing and enjoying the beauty of summer outside.

This month I found a fun and simple kabob meal that my family absolutely loves, and I hope yours will too. Kabobs are so simple, fun, and delicious. It breaks up the monotony of burgers, hotdogs, and steak that comes with grilling outdoors. This fun recipe comes from the very fun and delicious blog written by Jessica and Nellie, Butter With a Side of Bread. These ladies know how to create a delicious dish!

I loved this recipe because it allowed me to get the kids involved in prep. They love anything they can poke with a stick. Just be sure to watch them and teach them how to do so without getting hurt. My older kids loved helping. Dad loved it because, well, BACON. I love pineapple so anything that incorporates my favorite summer fruit is always a win.

Head on over to Butter With a Side of Bread for the full recipe and tutorial. You will DEFINITELY want to check out their other ideas for summer meals, and meals all year long. You will also love their desserts. Enjoy!