"With work schedules and toddler schedules that don't coincide well with a sleep schedule for Mommy, I have devised my own plan for those days that I simply cannot.make.it. I take those wonderful moveable baby gates and make a 'house' that only includes their bedroom, the bathroom and about ten sqare feet of hallway. I curl up on my oldest's bed and pull the blankets over my head. My 19 month old and 4 year old watch tv and snuggle with me (I think, but who knows?) while I get some much needed zzzzzzzzzzs. I'm right there if they need me, but they're totally in their play zone and leave me alone for a good 45 minutes usually! Baggies with cereal and full sippees generally buys me a few more minutes, too!" ~ Brandy
"When I need a cat nap, I lock my toddlers in their booster seats in the playroom. I'll give them some snacks and a drink. Then I head to the recliner ands catch a few zzzz's. This also works for taking a shower or when I have company and I just need a few minutes to talk." ~ Val
"We don't use a vacuum anymore. We shop vac up everything, spilled juice, socks dipped in juice, left over food from dinner set on the fireplace, broken toys, crayons, you name it, we shop vac it.
We also bought a carpet cleaner so when we get a spill on the carpet we don't have to clean it up right away or if pizza sauce gets on the carpet and we miss it, we can just deep clean our own carpets once a week without worrying and scrubbing." ~ Madeleine
"I just went through the stubborn two year old period with my son. A couple of months ago it was getting really cold outside (we live in Alaska) and I wanted my son to wear his hat and mittens at a playground. I was getting to the end on my coercion tactics when I told him his fingers would fall off if he didn't wear his mittens. A couple weeks later on a hike in the mountains on a very cold day my son says, in worried tones, from his perch in the backpack carrier, 'Mommy, my fingers are falling off!'" ~ Maria
There.... Feel better now?