When disciplining a child, criticize
their behavior, not them.
To keep laces in shoes, thread
the first two holes. Then tie knots in the laces on each
side. The knots will keep the laces in the shoes.
Clean cuts and scrapes with
a dark red washcloth so they can't see the blood.
Say what you mean and mean what
Store bath time toys in a mesh
draw string bag and hang it over the shower head to drip
When you take out a child and
a friend, you should treat them alike even though they might
not be yours.
Have the children take turns
doing the dishes in the evening after you've cooked for
their allowance · When your kids are driving you crazy and
you feel like you can't cope, find a dark quiet room to
sit in for 10 minutes. Don't think of anything, just sit
and gather yourself before you loose your mind and say things
that you don't mean or will regret later.
Learn to pick your battles with
kids, don't sweat the small stuff.
Meet your child's teacher before
school starts or on the first day of school. Express any
concerns you may have about your child's education.
In the early evening, plan
a regular homework time. Get involved and talk with your
child. If they need help, give them your support.
Read to your child every day.
Take them to the library to pick out books to read. The
night before, make sure backpacks are packed, lunches are
made and clothes are picked out for the morning with shoes
If you pack your child's lunch
in a lunch box, freeze juice or drink boxes the night before
to use to keep foods cold. By lunchtime, the juice or drink
box will be thawed.
Have kids do homework right
If your child/children ride
on the school bus, make sure they have a safe place to wait
for the bus, away from the street and traffic.
Talk to your child everyday
after school about their day. Ask questions to make sure
they are not having problems.
Cut out pictures of shirts,
pants, shorts, undies and tape on the front of the drawers
of your child's dresser. This way little ones can put away
their own laundry! · Always listen to what your children
Don't try & run your grown
kids lives - just love them & enjoy.
Stick with your word. If you
say you are going to take the kids somewhere, then do it.
If you tell them they are grounded then, don't let up. It
shows the children later, just how much you really loved
It takes patience and persistence
to raise children.
Give your kid(s) a watering
can to play with in the bathtub and then use it to rinse
Don't compare children. Treat
them as individuals. · Teach children safety rules for being
When your kids long pants become
short, cut them off and hem into shorts.
When you need something from
your child, make eye contact and get down to their level.
Turn off the television and look directly in their eyes.
For your child's next birthday
party, write the invitation on inflated balloons. Deflate
them and put in envelopes. The recipient of the invitation
will have to blow up the balloon to read it.
Be firm with your grandkids
if you are raising them.
Make the kids go to the bathroom
before they go to bed, whether they need to or not.
When telling little ones about
the facts of life, ask them what they have heard so far.
You may not have to tell them as much as you think, or you
can straighten out anything that needs it.
Children learn by example.
They absorb more than you know by watching you everyday.
You should become aware of what you do day by day.
Wrap new crayons with masking
tape to help keep them from breaking.
Hang a mirror at your child's
eye level. Good grooming habits should begin early.
When feeding your children
cereal in the mornings before school, serve in cups instead
of bowls. There is a lot less mess and then they drink their
When shopping for crayons,
markers, clays, chalk, pastes, paints, ect., make sure they
All mothers of young children
should always remember you don't have to be the "perfect"
housekeeper. I have learned from experience that homes that
are not "perfect" have a mother that enjoys her kids and
the kids are very happy.
Set up a homework center. Make
sure that you have extra crayons and supplies needed to
complete homework. Make sure it's not near a television.