I’m not a perfect parent. Let’s just get that out of the way…in case they were any questions. Though I provide parenting tips and anecdotes about my family’s adventures on this blog and the other sites I write for. I’m not an expert. I’m not a trained professional. I have only my experience as a parent of three to show you what I know. I tell it like it is or at least I try to.
I’ll give myself a pat on the back for one thing, though. I learn from my experiences. While I was clueless with Child #1 by the time I got to Child #3, I had certain scenarios down pat. Toilet training? Check. Switching from a bottle to a sippy cup? Check. Transitioning to a toddler bed? Check.
Parenting kids is hard work, isn’t it? Whatever the stage, your kids will present you with situations that you never would have considered. And you must bring your A-game or at least look like you are in control. Your kids don’t have to know that underneath your mom exterior you are clueless about how to deal with a kid issue or three.
So I’m no expert…we’ll established that…but I do know a thing or two about parenting kids, preteens, and teens. So here’s a few posts for your enjoyment!
1. Set Up Carpools
Are you the family taxi driver? Do you drive from Point A to Point B and back again multiple times a week? If you are as sick of driving as I am, you will want to find a solution. Divvying up the driving is the only solution. Talk to friends about setting up a carpool.
2. Teach Your Child To Swim…Clean a Bedroom…Pack
Delegate. As the mom of three, delegating tasks is the only way to get everything done. Not sure you can teach your child to swim…put your child in swim lessons. That moment when all of your kids can swim and you can relax at the pool will be SO worth it. Lessen your housework load by teaching kids how to clean their rooms and do chores. Take the stress out of packing for vacation by letting kids pack their own suitcases.
3. Get Organized
Swim suit. Goggles. Rain coat? Get your gear ready for activities the night before to save the morning rushing. Buy storage bins and bookshelves to keep everything organized.
4. Never Stop Learning
And of course I love writing about educating your children. You are your child’s first (and some would say most important) teacher. Here’s a post on summer reading and kids. I’m knee deep in three…count ’em three…carpools, so driving is on my mind…all the time. And how about an app for your preschooler from PBS Kids Super Why!
5. Keep Calendar Updated
And last but not least, write EVERYTHING on the family calendar. No ifs ands or buts. Add activity to the family calendar…online calendar or wall calendar.
Do you have a back-to-school tip? An education tip? Or a parenting tip? If you do, leave a link to your post and I’ll be sure to stop by for a visit.
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