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Who Knew Wednesday: Sanity -Saving Kid Tips – Temper Tantrum solved?

Today Todd and I said “who knew?” quite a lot! We had a super fun topic, which was chapter 15 in our Who Know? book, was “Sanity saving kid Tips”!

Where are the tips we shared today!

Numb the “Ick” of Taking Medicine
Nothing’s worse than having to give a sick child medicine he or she can’t stand the taste of. To make things a little easier, have him or her suck on a popsicle for a few minutes before taking the medicine. The popsicle will not only act as an incentive, it will also numb his or her taste buds making the medicine easier to swallow.

 Cheap childproofing 
Use a shower curtain ring to keep a toddler out of your cabinets. Just run the ring through the two handles that are closed by and latch. 

Make your kids stand out
If you know you’re going to a crowded place, make sure to dress your children and bright colors so you can easily spot them. To make them stick out even more, buy each kid a cheap helium balloon and tie it around the wrist. Kids love balloons, and so will you when you realize you can see a mile away in the mall.

 Make your swing set safer
You’ve just bought your kids a new swing set, and you’re peering out the window just waiting for one of them to fall off. Fear no more! Place carpet remnants or free carpet samples from a local store underneath the swings for extra padding. They’ll kill the grass underneath, but your kids would have done that anyway. 

 Make ripping off Band-Aid painless
Before removing a bandage from your child’s skin, douse the area with baby oil. The baby oil will soak into the bandage and make it easier to remove without hurting him or her. 

 Make slides more fun
If your kids have tired of that expensive playground set you bought them, make the slide even more fun by giving them each a large piece of wax paper. If they sit on the paper as they are going down the slide, they’ll move much faster and they’ll never call it born again (or at least not for a few weeks.) 

 Get pen marks off skin 
If you know any children, you know they like to get marker and pen all over their hands. The fastest way to get them ready for company is to use green or black tea bags. You use the actual wet bag itself to dab at the stains once you’re done brewing a cup with it and it has cooled down.

 Temper Tantrum solved?
When taking your kids on a trip always bring along a bottle of bubbles. If and when the tantrum hits, take out the bubbles and start blowing. This distracts them enough so that they calm down and they can actually listen to what you’re saying. Then hand over the bottle and let them help. Not only is this rewarding them for a stoping crying, but it also allows the child to take a deep breath and become even more relaxed. 

 Stop the Popsicle drips 
Keep messy melting popsicles from getting all over your kid’s hands and the floor, by poking the stick end of the popsicle through a coffee filter or a cupcake liner before you hand it over. The filter or cupcake liner will soak up the drips. 

Popcorn, Without the dishes
If you’re serving popcorn to the kids but don’t want to wash a bunch of bowls afterward, considering using a coffee filter as a disposable Bowl instead of a paper bowl, because it uses less paper and is cheaper! 

 Kids shoelaces coming untied?
If you are children shoelaces are often coming untied you maybe tying them wrong. This is because we were taught to tie your shoes in a way that’s easy for our hands but it may not be tying a nice square knot.  Here’s a video on how to tie them the right way:  For Kids

Here is the Questions of the day:

In a survey by The Early Childhood Investment corporation, parents cited simply being with their children as the best part about parenting, and discipline as the worst part of parenting. 

 What is your favorite part about interacting with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews or any of the children you interact with? Let us know below!  

Thank you for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Praises For Our Kids

Today was Praise Thursday on the Afternoon Drive, and we focused on verses that talk about the relationship between parents and children.

First, we shared Matthew 18:1-7, which says:

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”

We also discussed Ephesians 6:1-4, which says:

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”[aFathers,[b] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Lastly, we shared Colossians 3:18-21, which says:

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers,[a] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

We also had a Who Am I trivia question featuring these clues:

  • I was born on this date in 1944 in southeast London.
  • I am now a US citizen living in Texas.
  • I am 7 feet 3 inches tall.
  • I started out as a hospital orderly, but was cast in a very popular film that released in 1977.
  • I have played that role in that movie, one prequel and three sequels, the last of which came out this past December…
  • I don’t speak in the films, but occasionally growl…
  • My character is a Wookie.
  • Who am I?

Congratulations to Andrea from Mount Vernon who called in and correctly answered Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies. She picks up a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day was ramshackle (RAM-shak-ul), an adjective that means rickety, or loosely or carelessly constructed. You can read more on that here.

Have a great evening!

-Jess

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