A few random parenting tips:
I haven’t written in a while, and just thought it’d be good to pass on a few tricks I’ve learned over the years that might work for your family as well as they’ve worked for mine.
#1. I’m going to start with this one, because, well it’s “that time of year.”
You’ve now watched Mickey Christmas 4,000x and you’re starting to wonder where reality begins and ends.
Pack the Christmas movies and books away till next year with the decorations.
One of the most important universal toddler and preschooler tips is “out of sight, out of mind.”
Oh, you can’t let them see you do this.
#2. Reduce Cooking Times
If your kids are like my kids, they go from “I might be hungry” to “feed me or I’m burning this place to the ground” in about 10 minutes.
In other words, I have MAX 10 minutes to get food on the table in general for lunches.
(Dinners are all about the crockpot)
Some of my kids favorite foods include fish sticks, taquitos, French fries, nuggets.
You know, the food your kids eat the OTHER six days of the week that you didn’t post on IG.
And, most of those, take 15-25 minutes in the oven. You can microwave, but, I personally like to shove this food into my mouth as well since Mommy lunch eating time is about 90 seconds on a good day and I prefer my dino nuggets slightly crispy. I also only eat the pterodactyls and only on my “mocha” fiestaware. Hey, when in Rome…
So here’s my new technique: set the temp (usually 425) that the box says. Bake here for HALF the time (usually 10 minutes). This is usually enough time to warm the item to, as my Zachary likes to say “not too cold, not too hot, JUST RIGHT.”
THEN set the oven to broil and broil for like 1-2 minutes. BAM. Crispy. Hot. FAST.
You’ve just saved yourself 10 minutes of hangry toddlers. You. Are. Welcome.
#3. Do it yo’self dishwasher liquid
Long gone are the days where you run to the grocery store to pick up a single item.
If you’re really a pro, or have more than one kid, you don’t go until your option for dinner is cinnamon sticks from last year’s apple cider.
And even then you find yourself rationalizing “the kids DO like cinnamon...what if I…”
So dishwasher liquid is something I always by an irrationally small amount of because it’s just one of those “grown up things” you HAVE to buy that is CRAZY expensive.
But, unfortunately, it really does work best.
HOWEVER, to tide you over on those days where you just #canteven this TOTES works:
A drop, I mean a DROP people, of liquid dish soap. We all know what happens if you OD.
And fill the rest with baking soda.
It doesn’t leave the top rack, or as I like to call it, wine glass valley, “streak free.”
But really. Isn’t the majority of parenting very small children all about the “well, that’s good enough?”
So there you go.
Three helpful handy-dandy tips to get you through another day. Or week. Whatevs.