I think the "sucker" part is a problem. I'm no expert but years of watching "Super Nanny" told me that you need to put those kids in bed and leave! Easier said than done....I used to get trapped into "snuggle time" with the girls. Then I'd fall asleep and my husband would be totally irritated.
I finally had to do the "tough love cry it out" method which was NOT comfortable for me. But, it worked. They still give me a hard time every once in a while but they know that daddy won't let mommy fall for their tricks
One thing that worked was to tell my daughter (she was 5 at the time) that she didn't have to go to sleep but she HAD to stay in her room. She would play, look at books and eventually pass out. Then I would go in and turn off the light.
Do you have "Ross Dress for Less" stores where you are? They have a very eclectic "kitchen" aisle and often have cute aprons, oven mitts, table cloths, etc. The TJ Maxx that just opened near my house has lots of that sort of random, low prices stuff.
I just googled "inexpensive kitchen gifts" and found this:
Last night a parent was asking for $20 cash to contribute towards a gift for the 3 coaches of my daughters swim team. I totally forgot about "extra" gifts..have just been focused on saving money on gifts for the girls.
Do you give your kids teacher, tutor or coach a gift or contribute to a group gift? If you get individual gifts, what do you give? Who else makes your gift list? (Mailmen, gardners, coworkers, bossetc.)
Right! The "bring along a sibling" is always an issue. We've started getting invites that say "no siblings please".
Speaking of stuff going around...just got an email from the school - everyone is getting checked for lice today - 2 kids showed up with it - IN MY KIDS CLASSROOM!
Hoping the hour and a half she spends swimming in the overly cholorinated pool every night would kill off any but I know that's not the case. Fingers crossed that I don't get a "come pick up your infested child call"!
The birthday parties are crazy - sometimes for the 4 year old, I just have to "no" without discussing with her...too much. The parties for the 7 year old have seemed to slow down. I think girls are having smaller slumber parties or doing something special (and expensive) with just a few friends.
I'm so glad you're job is working out!! Are you feeling better today?
Whoa! Didn't know about different ways to use pulp - creative! I've never gone the juicer route but the kids and I are totally into morning smoothies with fruit, yogurt and big handfuls of raw spinach.
How many kitchen toys do you have? What's the biggest dud? We have a bread machine that I just can't seem to find the energy to ever use...