Parenting ideas to save your sanity from a mom who may already have lost her mind.
My friends often chuckle at my parenting ideas. There are many days I think I am going to go crazy parenting my kids. Over the weekend I posted a photo of my newest idea to get my son to purge his desk without whining and scoring dinner in the process.
Then I thought I would share with my blog readers “My Top Parenting Ideas” that have kept me sane over the years. Yes, they might be good for a laugh too. This past year after my son was away for his first semester of college he lovingly shared, “Gee Mom, I didn’t know how weird you were until I moved out.”
My Top Parenting Ideas:
- Paying a dollar for each time my kid vomits in a bucket or toilet. I loath cleaning up puke…really it hurts my stomach to even try. I found with my first born a little motivation helped his aim. One year when all four took ill, I had to write checks to stay out of debt. For me it has been money well spent. No one has attempted vomiting as a way to generate income either.
- Winners have to clean up the games. My experience has been that winners happily take the time to put games away. While the winner is joyously putting the game away, conversations about losing can take place.
- One child cuts the serving and the others pick their pieces first. I read this idea somewhere and honestly it has saved me a lot of arguments on serving desserts. When a child knows they get the last peace, they will try their hardest to make them all equal.
- Completion of school work before video games on the weekend. It generally only takes one time of sitting at a desk working on math while your brothers are playing video games to learn this lesson.
- 3:00 snack time. “Mom, I want a snack.” Words that drove me crazy every 20 minutes. So I decided years ago when the clock reads 3:00 the snack cabinet is open. I do have to mention the one down side, your kids will stop the world every day at 3:00 and will want your friends and family to abide by the same guideline.
- If you walk by your father to ask me a question, automatic no. If you ask while I am in the bathroom, automatic no. This is probably the hardest one for my kids to remember. Really I just wanted do my business in the bathroom alone. Second I wanted my kids to remember their dad can handle questions too.
- Paying a child to clean and then offering to take children out for dinner if they can pay for their meal. The Facebook winner, paying my son to clean and purge his desk. I handed him a shopping bag and told him to fill it and I would give him $5. Trash and unwanted items counted toward filling the bag. Then that night I offered to drive the kids to town to go out for dinner only if they could pay for their meal. Joyfully the youngest son actually had funds to pay. I think I might need to do this once a month.
Do you have any parenting ideas that save your sanity?