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3 Top Tips To Help Mums Stay Sane These Christmas Holidays – Kids Activities

Keeping the kids entertained and yourself sane these holidays requires some forward planning.  Here are my 3 top tips for kids Activities.

  1. Investigate Free Or Low Cost Kids Activities

    See my list of twenty top free kids activities to entertain the kids here.  Alternatively do some surfing to see what is happening in your area.  Local government and councils, as well as other organisations and charities, often put on free or low cost activities (such as SureStart in the UK).

  2. Snack Drawer

    My kids want snacks all the time and I was getting tired of scrabbling around to satisfy them.  And they never need a snack when I have a minute, they want a snack when I feeding baby or on the phone.  So I decided I needed to get organised.  I emptied out one of the crisper drawers in my fridge and designated it for snacks.  One evening a week after the kids have gone to bed , I peel a bunch of veggies and fruit and put them in individual bags. I throw in some healthy cereal bars, dried fruits and hey presto instant stress relief.  Now when the kids need a snack I tell them to go pick one from the snack drawer.  They feel great getting it themselves and I don’t have to stop all the time to hand out more snacks.

  3. Mealtime Prep Entertainment

    It seems like my kids can happily entertain themselves for hours until I need to make dinner.  Then they suddenly want all my attention.  So I decided to give distraction a go.  One night I handed out a bowl of rice and various cups and other receptacles and the scales.  I told them to fill 5 cups/bowls with rice grains so they all weighed the same. 20 minutes later they were still busily transferring rice and I was able to make dinner. Some nights I throw a handful of straws on the table with sticky tape and they make animals and castles.  Another time I gave them spray bottles of water and cloths and they “cleaned” the glass doors. The kids will have fun and you will get dinner made.

    It takes a little planning but it is worth the extra minimal effort for a calmer, happier household.

    What are you doing to make your life easier?

Mamasimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Joys of parenting #436

Today’s top Mummy Moment…

CANT I EVEN GO TO THE LOO!!!!!!!!!!?!?

#fightingrugrats never give you a moments peace.

 

Mamasimx About Me

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Possibility and hope – Human Universe

Learn to value the acquisition of knowledge for its own sake.
Learn to value the human race and take responsibility for our own survival.

Educate the next generation in the great discoveries of science. Teach our children to value the light of reason that banishes superstition.

If we do all that then there is a chance that this universe will remain a human one.

Our children and their children.

Oh wise, beautiful and uplifting words Professor Brian Cox.

Human Universe BBC2

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A Healthy Happy Lunch Today For The Kids.

Slices of healthy, toasted wholemeal/granary loaf with ham and cheese, cucumber side and milk to drink.

healthy lunch for kids

healthy lunch for kids

Mamasimx About Me

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Mum Paints Amazing Pictures On Her Kids Lunch Napkins – Every Day!

Wow, check out these amazing drawings by Nina Levy.  Here she explains what she does…

I’ve been drawing on napkins daily for my two sons’ lunch boxes since 2006. The napkins are drawn mostly with “art markers” and a few paint markers. Over nine hundred of the school lunchbox napkins are posted on my blog “Daily Napkins”.

I haven’t missed a school or summer camp day yet, so I have had plenty of opportunity for practice to participate in the TUACA napkin art competition. My fixation with lions (the TUACA bottle features two lions) was fortunate to win the grand prize.

See all her amazing napkin artwork on her blog here.

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10 Things Mothers Need To Teach Their Daughters

Babygirl and Mamasim

Babygirl and Mamasim

Here is a lovely post from Heather of It’s a lovely life.  Make sure you click on the link to go through to the post on her site to read the rest…..

Childhood goes by so quickly

When my first daughter was born I remember the long, sleepless nights and practically everyone telling me to enjoy it because she will be grown before I know it. Now that she is 14, I totally get it. It really does go by way too quickly. Now that I have three daughters I understand how limited our time together is and before long they will be off conquering the world! Here are 10 things mothers need to teach their daughters. Although I say mothers, I really mean parents. These lessons empower our daughters to be bold, strong and the best that they can be!

1. Value yourself  – you are priceless. Know that you are important. No one else can replace you. When you value yourself, you will recognize when someone does not value you or show you respect. If someone doesn’t know your value, don’t give them your time.

Read the rest of the post here….

Mamasimx  About Me

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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10 Dads Give Their Experiences: Finding Out She’s Pregnant

Touching reads……

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Hope you enjoyed!

Mamasimx About Me

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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The Best Quote About Children

Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. first lady

 

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”

 

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What do YOU do #LikeAGirl?

Excellent advertisement.  Thank you Always.

“We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.”

“In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand,” said Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker and director of the #LikeAGirl video. “When the words ‘like a girl’ are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering. I am proud to partner with Always to shed light on how this simple phrase can have a significant and long-lasting impact on girls and women. I am excited to be a part of the movement to redefine ‘like a girl’ into a positive affirmation.”

So tell us… what do YOU do #LikeAGirl?

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Mamasimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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Child Safety – One Small Action Could Help Your Child In An Emergency

child safetyToday I placed a sticker on the car seat of my 8 month old daughter that could help save her life.

The identification sticker detailed not only her name and date of birth, but also contact details for my husband and  I.

The motivation for this was reading about the CHAD (Child Has An Identity) program that orginates in the States.  The program was begun after emergency services at the scene of a car accident could not identify the toddler in the car seat.  The driver, the babysitter, had been killed.  It was only because a hospital emergency room employee recognised the baby, that the parents could be notified.

It is a fear of every parent.  How would your children be cared for if, god forbid, you were not able to?

I think this is a terrific idea, especially for those children that my have medical conditions that should be communicated in time of emergency.

Mamasimx

Don’t forget to enjoy your day.

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