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Making 30 minutes Count: Cleaning and Parenting Time Hacks

We have been very busy with school and work, which means that some things are getting lost in the shuffle, or we have less time to do the things that we usually do. Cleaning, organizing, and one-on-one parent kid time have been getting lost in the shuffle. So we recently decided to make sure that we take a few extra minutes each day to do these things. All we really need is a few minutes. If you have limited time but want a few easy ways to make sure things get done try these simple hacks.

Bathroom cleaning: We have been so busy this has been low on the list. When I do not have time for a deep clean I make sure that I do little things. After the kids hop out of the shower and bath I use a sponge and a little spray bottle of Dawn Dish Soap and water and give the shower a quick spray after the kids hop out an then wipe it down. This slows down the growth of water build up and soap scum.

Toilet cleaning: I always keep Clorox wipes in the kids bathroom. A few quick swipes after everyone goes to bed cleans any outside mess. I also keep a little bit of toilet cleaner in the toilet brush holder. So that the brush is always immersed in a little cleaner, then I just give the bowl a quick scrub and voila, less mess!

One-on-one Kid Time: We try to make sure we get a little one-on-one time with each kid, which can be hard. We recently started making sure that when one is in the tub, the other is getting their story time. This means one parent can do some organizing a quick clean up while the oldest showers. The other parent can do story time with the younger kid. While the younger kid gets his bath (now the parents switch) and the older kid gets story time.

All of these small little hacks have been helping us utilize small amounts of time in big ways. Now we are able to get a lot of things done in a small window, usually about 30 minutes each evening. It may not seem like much, but it can help make a huge difference.

Back to School=Germs?

It has already happened. Three kids were out sick from my kid’s classroom.  I know that means the germs are coming — so it is time to get ready to fight back. School season seems to make the germs stronger. As parents we can sometimes feel that there is no way to combat the germs the kids encounter while at school. But there are lots of ways to help our kids stay strong in the face of germs.
  1. Eat healthier foods to promote wellness fruits, veggies, and proteins are great try to cut out or lower foods filled with fats and sugars since the cause the system to slow down and not be able to combat the germs as they are introduced.
  2. Make sure that your kids had a solid sleep routine. The hours of sleep can make a difference in how an immune system rebuilds and cares for itself. Try to promote good sleep with a regular bedtime routine.
  3. HAND WASHING! We have heard this one a million times and it seems like a no-brainer. But honestly that is because it is so true. Germs come from the surfaces we touch everyday. Then we touch our face and the germs latch right on to the mucus membrane and implant themselves. Washing regularly minimizes this. Make sure your kids wash well, with warm water, and soap. The most important part is to scrub hard. Make sure they create lots of friction to the entire hand (even between fingers and under nails!) Supplying them with hand sanitizer at school makes a huge difference too!
  4.  Do not share ANYTHING!! Sharing food, food utensils, and other gear at school is a very quick way to contract germs. If you must share balls, books, etc at school then be sure to properly wash hands after.
  5. Washing backpacks and lunchboxes periodically makes a difference as well. Lunchboxes can be washed with some warm water and soap and left to air-dry. So can most backpacks. You can also use sanitized wipes or essential oil sprays like Thieves spray.
  6. Try to eliminate stress or minimize it by keeping the kids active. Give them lots of outdoor time. They can play, burn off energy, get fresh air, and vitamin D from the sun. It can also aid them in getting better sleep!
These all seem like simple solutions (and you must be thinking they won’t work, or I already do most of these) but by keeping these small routines in our day we can help make this germ season a little less yucky.

Effective Parenting

If you are anything like me, which I can bet you are, you are always looking to improve. Whether you are looking to improve mentally, physically, emotionally, or in this case — as a parent. My children will be home for summer break in a few short weeks, and by weeks I mean TWO. Since I am fortunate enough to run a small-business and a non-profit I am home most of the summer in order to be with them and avoid using child-care, I just work from home. I am also fortunate enough to bring my children in to work with me. However, just like every other parent in the world my children get bored, they act out, they are loud — after all, they are CHILDREN.

I know that this behavior is normal, but thee are ways to combat them. During the summer when I am home with them I try to be understanding of all of this, and their inability to completely handle and express their emotions and frustrations. But it can be hard for me too. I am busy, I am still working even though they are home to play. Tensions can run high for all of us. So every year I try to do a small “brush-up” on child development, I try to learn a few coping mechanisms to get us through with minimal blow-ups. effective parenting

This year I found this little reminder. I wanted to share it with all of you in case you too need a little reminder sometimes in order to get by. This summer I plan to utilize some of these. I know that there will still be hard days, but that doesn’t make them bad days. See I am already being optimistic!