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#1 Kate

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:24 PM

http://www.buzzfeed....job-easier?bffb

This buzzfeed entry is awesome, I mean some of them are really stupid but a lot of them are useful too. 

Have you/Would you try any? 

Ones I think are stupid:
Empty lotion bottles/pump bottles to fill water balloons? Ever heard of the sink tap/hose? I would rather fill a water balloon in a few seconds than sit there pumping one little squirt of water at a time into a balloon. 

Potty training puppy pads.. Um.. they sell these for children too, like ones that are actually meant for kids and not dogs. 

Dot method to separate clothing. If your kids are around the same size does it really matter if they wear each other's clothing? If they are different genders I'd think you could tell the difference. If they are the same gender but different sizes, well, that would be a pretty good indicator which clothing article belongs to which child.. 

Safety spot sticker. If my child isn't calm enough to patiently wait by the car without holding their hand on a sticker, they are not going to patiently wait by the car with their hand on a sticker and I certainly wouldn't trust a fucking sticker with my child's safety. 

I've done:
Capri Sun Slushie - I am pretty sure every kid ever has frozen kool-aid or some type of juice to turn it into a slush treat.

Plastic Cup Sparklers - I haven't done this with my own kids but I've done it myself because I am deathly afraid of sparklers.

Glue-gun Bath Toys - I remember finding out that a lot of bath toys like rubber ducks and others that have a hole in the bottom can get mouldy so I started gluing the holes when Chase was a little baby.

Crib sheet over playpen - I learned this from my sister in law on a camping trip when Braden was a baby. 





 



#2 Frizzle

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:28 PM

Thank you reinforcing my fear of kids.

#3 Tailwind

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:35 PM

What's even the point of the safety spot sticker on the car? Why not just put your children into the car before you go about your business loading or unloading stuff, instead of expecting them to sit there, possibly in the way of other vehicles trying to get into the spot next to you, or more than likely being out of your line of sight?

 

I actually do the gelatin one very often during the summer months. Adds a nice texture to popsicles that I quite adore.



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:40 PM

yeah, i don't get the stickers on the car too lol. the plastic cup sparkles look safe alright... and boring.

 

hmm, some of these suggestions are great for adults too.


Edited by Stuck, 13 May 2014 - 01:40 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:41 PM

High five I'm terrified of sparklers too

#6 Kate

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:01 PM

What's even the point of the safety spot sticker on the car? Why not just put your children into the car before you go about your business loading or unloading stuff, instead of expecting them to sit there, possibly in the way of other vehicles trying to get into the spot next to you, or more than likely being out of your line of sight?

 

I actually do the gelatin one very often during the summer months. Adds a nice texture to popsicles that I quite adore.

Right? I was thinking the same thing. I mean my children have very short attention spans anyway (Ages 2 and 4.) So naturally, I wouldn't trust a stupid sticker to keep them occupied while I do god knows what for god knows how long lol

As for the popsicle thing, this is one of the few I reaaaally wanted to try for myself and the monsters. They are kids, they make messes and eat their popsicles painfully slow, the longer it takes to melt the better!



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:26 PM

I do the dot thing, Jill and Trinity are only 10 months apart though.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:29 PM

I do the dot thing, Jill and Trinity are only 10 months apart though.

That's kiiiiiiind of different though because she is your step child and they actually own different clothing bought by different families. 
In that type of situation I'd understand, for sure. 



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:31 PM

That's kiiiiiiind of different though because she is your step child and they actually own different clothing bought by different families. 
In that type of situation I'd understand, for sure.

Actually, all her clothing here was either bought by us or gifted to her by my family. Jill's picky about her clothes though, because she was kind of thrown into sharing all her stuff with Trinity.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:33 PM

Actually, all her clothing here was either bought by us or gifted to her by my family. Jill's picky about her clothes though, because she was kind of thrown into sharing all her stuff with Trinity.

I still think bio mom would throw a shit fit over something like that though, if given the chance. >.>
Also your kids are older too and Jill is at an age where her feelings are important and stuff, not that young kids have unimportant feelings but they don't really give a shit about their clothes. Mine don't at least lol



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 03:01 PM

hahaha, they are great! agreed, some are silly. I laughed out loud at no. 26. :)  I hope i remember to use some of these as my boy gets older! 



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Posted 13 May 2014 - 07:31 PM

I think the dots on clothing would more be suited to certain types of clothing (underwear) as that's something that generally isn't shared. Shirts, shorts, dresses or whatever are fine to be passed around / handed down, but underwear usually stays with the one child.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 07:50 PM

I think the dots on clothing would more be suited to certain types of clothing (underwear) as that's something that generally isn't shared. Shirts, shorts, dresses or whatever are fine to be passed around / handed down, but underwear usually stays with the one child.


Not if you have two kids that wear the same kind of underwear.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:14 PM

The dot method would be extremely confusing in families with multiple children and hand me downs. I was a nanny for a family with two girls, a boy, and another boy about to be born. Dot method would very easily get confusing once one child grew out of them lol. It was pretty easy to figure out by size, honestly. I sorted most of their laundry. Liv was size 5 or 6; Gracie size 3. It wasn't rocket science, but if you have two kids the same size and relative age I could see the need. Being a younger sibling, myself, I got the majority of my sister's embarrassing late 80s/early 90s clothing. It's inevitable. 

 

But the mosquito netting is brilliant. I'll need to remember that when I have my own. I'm usually the one that gets bitten more than anyone else and I'll probably pass that down to the poor kid :(



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 05:09 AM

The dot method would be extremely confusing in families with multiple children and hand me downs. I was a nanny for a family with two girls, a boy, and another boy about to be born. Dot method would very easily get confusing once one child grew out of them lol. It was pretty easy to figure out by size, honestly. I sorted most of their laundry. Liv was size 5 or 6; Gracie size 3. It wasn't rocket science, but if you have two kids the same size and relative age I could see the need. Being a younger sibling, myself, I got the majority of my sister's embarrassing late 80s/early 90s clothing. It's inevitable.

The thing with the dot method is that the oldest child has just one dot, second child has two dots, third child has three dots, etc. So as the clothes get handed down, you just add another dot. I will quit doing the dot thing once my 'big girls' are older though because that's the only close in age set I plan on having. The dot method works really well for the people who have a bunch of children close together in age or multiples. (Think Duggars)

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 05:13 AM

 

But the mosquito netting is brilliant. I'll need to remember that when I have my own. I'm usually the one that gets bitten more than anyone else and I'll probably pass that down to the poor kid :(

I had originally done it on a camping trip to keep the sun off the top of his head because like his Mama he burns really easily. Then I discovered it keeps the mosquitoes away too and I was sold. Now both the boys are older and wouldn't sit in a playpen if I tried but next summer we'll have their baby sister and she'll only be a year old, so it will be wonderful for her. 



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Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:54 PM

A lot of these are great! I wish my parents had thought about a shower caddy when we were traveling when I was younger. But then again, my dad made his own combination cupholder/trash bin out of wood for the back seat and it worked great!





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