Don’t Do This!

Listen up: If you do any of these things just one time, you will have set the precedent for all of eternity.

Kids. You do something once, and they expect it until the end of time. Take note, do not – we repeat DO NOT – make these parenting mistakes because you will have set the precedent for eternity.

  1. Cut off the crust on a sandwich or piece of toast.
  2. Let them push their own stroller (literal hell on wheels).
  3. Promise your 4-year-old a puppy when she’s 10 (guess what, 10 comes WAY faster than you think).
  4. Give them one of those pre-made yogurt smoothies – they have like 25 grams of sugar and taste way better than the healthy ones you make.
  5. Threaten to call the police if they don’t behave (they’ll be terrified of every cop forever).
  6. Let them play with your makeup.
  7. Dangle nightly dessert as the carrot to finish their dinner – no one needs to be eating ice cream every night. No one.
  8. Drink milk in bed – you’ll be cleaning up spilled milk in the bed constantly.
  9. Let them choose what they want for dinner. They eat what you eat.
  10. Make different meals for each kid (an even worse offense than #9).
  11. Let them watch a show during a meal (iPad or TV).
  12. Give in when you said no – you’ll forever be a pushover.
  13. Let them sleep in your bed – unless you’re cool with co-sleeping.
  14. Throw the huge, crazy expensive birthday party at age 2 (unless you plan on doing it every single year).
  15. Let them taste soda.
  16. Turn on the volume when they’re watching TV in bed with you in the morning (morning Peppa is silent Peppa).
  17. Eat in the living room or anywhere other than the table.
  18. Let them jump on the couch (that head bump will come eventually).
  19. Buy a little toy at the drugstore or grocery for no particular reason.

The Answer To “I’m Bored!”

The perfect rainy day activity: Minimal supplies, fail proof, and the result is display-worthy. 📷 @maryandmatt

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It’s the perfect rainy day activity: requires minimal supplies, fool proof, and the result is display-worthy.

What You Need:

  1. Put newspaper down on the workspace.
  2. Let them paint their hearts out.
  3. Seal the colors with 3 layers of varnish and let dry.
  4. Display the new works of art on bookcases or as centerpieces.

📷 @maryandmatt

How To Get Urine Out Of A Mattress

The super-easy, nontoxic way to get urine out of a mattress. 📷 @my_kid_willem


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Boogers. Blowouts. Stomach bugs. Parenthood is far from glam. But it reaches next-level hideousness when cleanup includes pitching (and re-buying) big box items (bye bye vomit-covered shag rug).

When our own child recently wet the bed (and by wet, we mean soaked), we thought a new mattress was in order. (And, no, we didn’t have one of those protectors on – it was on our to-do list!)

Thankfully, we polled our brilliant mom group for help, and, per usual, they delivered. And it worked like a charm. Here’s how you get urine out of a mattress, in case you find yourself in this lovely predicament:

What You Need

White Distilled Vinegar
Spray Bottle
Baking Soda
Handheld Vaccum
Paper Towels or Rags
Fan

Instructions

  1. Put vinegar in spray bottle and saturate the mattress where the urine is with vinegar. Open windows and turn a fan on high. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Use paper towels or rags to blot the area, soaking up some of the liquid. Don’t rub too hard though!
  3. Sprinkle baking soda all over the area, fairly liberally. Let it sit for 2-4 hours.
  4. Break out the handheld vac and clean up all the baking soda.

Now go order yourself a waterproof mattress protector.

📷 @my_kid_willem

Does Your Child Need Glasses?

11 easy-to-miss signs your child might need glasses. Plus, the cutest frames for kids.

Here’s the thing about kids and eyesight: They don’t exactly know when they can’t see as well as they should. And while it’s recommended for kids to see an eye doctor annually (yeah news to us too!), many parents don’t book that appointment until they sense a problem. And speaking of, here are a few signs that your kid might need glasses.

  • Closing or covering one eye
  • Tilting the head
  • Excessive tearing
  • Squinting
  • Repeated eye rubbing
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • A drop in school performance
  • Clumsiness (tripping and bumping into things)
  • Holding books too close to the face
  • Frequent headaches, nausea, or dizziness
  • Losing their place while reading