Well, I figure it's another week, so it must be time for another Lazy Mom Tip!
But how'd you like it if I dished out FIVE LAZY MOM TIPS ALL AT ONE TIME?!
[Cheers and applause!]
[Lazy moms weeping with joy that their lives are about to become easier!]
Well okay then. Since you all are so excited about it I think I'll do just that.
And I'll do it because I have so many wonderful little Lazy Mom Tips just sitting in my inbox from all of you wonderful lazy moms out there and I feel ashamed to keep them all to myself and NOT share them with you. So let's rock this out baby! Five tips in one shot!
Tip 1: from lazy mom Chana,
Stacey, I really identified with your post on Cook, Clean, Craft - about what to do when your child's bedroom is so messy! In fact, I used the "pick up 5 pink things" trick last night and it worked pretty well! But often my oldest daughter simply REFUSES to pick up her things. In that case, I am trying to teach her that if she can't take care of her things, she can't have them! They become MINE! I give her 5 minutes (or so) to pick up, and if it's not done - I take the toy/outfit, etc. I don't use this trick for the whole room - but whatever we're focusing on (dress up clothes, block set, whatever.) It works really well if you end up taking a beloved toy away (I take them for a week) because the next time, they are motivated to keep their toys!Tip 2: from Katie in CA,
I wanted to submit a couple of tips that I use all of the time-The first one is bendy straws! The restaurants never have them and my 3 year old ends up w/ his drink all over the place with the regular ones so I take a travel toothbrush holder and keep it stocked with bendy straws! I also keep a pack of crayons in my diaper bag for when we go to Dr. visits. My son gets to draw on the paper protectors while we wait to be seen by the Dr. Works like a charm!!Tip 3: from Karen,
I have a 3 month old and I keep TWO diaper bags stocked. One has a few diapers, one change of clothes, and the basics for if I'm out. It's kept in a smaller, easier to carry diaper bag for quick trips. The other one is in a bigger bag and has more diapers and 2 changes of clothes, as well as some toys or books. That one is for when we go out and are going to be out for awhile. (Going to grandma's, a day at the zoo, etc.) That way I don't have to lug around a huge bag if I'm just running to the grocery store, or for a walk at the park. The only things I have to switch between bags is a little purse with my wallet and keys in it, and my nursing cover. I bought 2 of everything: changing pad, hand sanitizer, pacifiers, etc. so I could have 2 bags ready to go! For both bags, when we get back home we take out dirty and replace with clean, so I can leave at a moment's notice without worrying about gathering things.Tip 4: from Diane,
When my son was born I was given a musical greeting card that played "twinkle twinkle little star". I cut out the musical part of the card (it is about 3 inches by 2 inches that still plays the song when you open and shut it) and threw away the rest of the card. I keep the musical part in my wallet (it's small and flat & the size of a credit card) for an instant "toy". Now, if I'm waiting in line at the grocery store and my son starts getting fussy, I can just pull out the small card and it plays the song (over and over if you keep opening and shutting it). He loves it and it keeps him quiet!Tip 5: from Tammy T.,
So making cookies the other day inspired me to be lazy about clean up as I always make a mess when pouring flour and such. So I decided that I would take some wax paper and put it under my bowl with some sticking out on all sides so it would cover all the spillage. This made for very lazy clean up and would also work if little ones are helping in the kitchen!
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