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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

Mom Hack: Bathroom Smells

Some of you may know what I am talking about. Boys are terrible bathroom guests. They leave horrible smells and the particular smell I am speaking of today is that stale urine smell. With the holidays here we have many guests in and out of our bathrooms, and if you are like me you have the guests using the kids bathroom. Not my brightest idea but its the only bathroom other than the master, and they are not going in my room. So every year around this time I must find ways to keep the stink of my kids bathroom to a minimum so that I can appear to be that mom I always wish to be, you know the one, the one who has it all together. Since that isn’t usually me, I enjoy appearing that one a few times a year. How do i do this you may ask? I do a simple clean up of the bathroom before guests arrive and call it a day. Haha! Yea, that smell I was talking about, a quick clean doesn’t cut it. So instead I clean, and create this simple little cleanser for the toilet give it a GOOD scrub, then create a little deodorizer for a continuous refresher durign the day.

Cleanser:

  • 1-2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • dish washing soap

Use this fabulous cleanser scrub around the toilet base, under the seat, behind the seat, along the tank, and in the bowl. I suggest wearing gloves since it can be a little foul.

bathroom smells

I love to follow this with a little deodorizer that I leave in mason jar in the bathroom. This incredibly quick, easy, and sweet smelling recipe at Redefined Mom. Like me she doesn’t always have the time to be “that mom” 24/7 so hacks like this make life easier, and smell better. Go check out her easy to replicate bathroom deodorizer. Your guests will thank you, and so will your nose!

Back-to-School Germs Hacks for the Savvy Parent

August may still feel like summer but so many of our kids are already going back-to-school. That means that all of those back-to-school germs hacks will be needed soon! So lets get ready to combat them!

Back-to-school germs hacks

  1. Hand sanitizer!! Don’t just send one to school for you kid, pick up a giant bottle and gift it to their teacher!!
  2. Sanitizer wipes. Keep a container in the car or where your kids come in the house. Give their bags and books a quick wipe down when they come home.
  3. Spray cleaner! This awesome spray cleaner is easy to make and works wonders at keeping things clean and keeping those germs at bay! back-to-school germs hacks
  4. Humidify the house. A humidifier helps keep cold germs at bay by keeping your sinuses clear and moist.
  5. Air purifiers are also great for keeping the air clear of allergens

Kids will get sick, but hopefully with these tips we can cut down on the length and severity of those invading germs. Don’t forget to eat well and drink lots of water to limit illness!