It can be hard for kids with food allergies when schools have “food events” so we’re making it fun today! It’s pizza day at school and this means that we buy pizza the night before. It’s a yummy potato pizza slice.
As a family of 5 we go through sooooo much paper! We use paper for crafts, paper for bums, tissues for noses and paper towels for hands and faces. My ongoing goal is to reduce our use of paper. So far, we use – recycled paper for crafts, cloth wipes for baby bum and now finally I have completed my stash of cloths for faces and noses. Even though cleaned well, we use separate wipes for the babies bum and for faces. I looked forever to find a container for my cloths and finally yesterday I got it at Michaels Craft Store. How do you reduce paper use in your house?
I sew and knit while they sleep, I NEED them to sleep!
Do you remember my blog post No Sleep? Well we’ve got the littlest of the littles going to sleep a little better than his brother and sister. The bigger two on the other hand, DO NOT LIKE TO SLEEP!
For quite a while, I was able to make little polymer clay buttons to bribe my two oldest to go to bed quietly but after a month or so, they got more and more creative with the types of buttons that they wanted and were making it more and more difficult (and time consuming) for me to reward them…. “I want a green monkey, wearing a green hat on a green pillow on a button” and “I want a princess with a bow in her hair wearing a pink dress with blond hair but she has to have braids and they have to go all the way around her….”
This was some of my earlier bribery….
After the button bribery was all done (and no longer effective at all), we did stars on the fridge. If you get 10 stars, we will buy you a movie. Well we didn’t think that out so well because the movie chosen by my 6 year old, involved a certain doll character and left a lot to be desired. I really don’t like to play it for her which makes it a lousy example of what happens when you go to sleep nicely. Does she want to earn any more stars – NOPE!
So tonight as I’m putting the littles to sleep, in the sweetests of voices the oldest of the littles says, “Mama, will you make Barbie some jammies?” Well, really, do I want to spend my night making fashion accessories for my, not so favourite character? – NO! So, knowing that this little one of mine NEVER goes to sleep without a fuss, (so I won’t actually have to do it) I agree to make her a sleeping bag. And then …. 5 minutes later…. silence. And here it is. So I guess this is the new bribery. She has 7 Barbies; sewing these will buy me 7 nights of silence.
What crazy things have you done to get your littles to sleep?