When Mom Is Out For The Count

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What happens when Mom has to be absent from the kids daily routines because of sickness ?

Here are 3 of my sanity saving tips :

1) Make a ‘to do’ chart on poster board that kids can check off or put stickers on as they go along with rewards when its completed by a certain time.
2) Have Mom record one of their favorite bedtime stories for children to follow along with. It brings a sense of normal at a time that is quite trying for children.
3) Remember that the non-flourescent colored cereal ie cheerios is a perfectly nutritious supper.

What has worked for you ? Please let us knpw

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Clutter Control : The Four Rules Of Disengagement

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I just read Gail Blanke’s book ‘ Throw Out Fifty Things‘. It’s a nice motiviting book encouraging us to throw out .. well … fifty things.

Here are some tried and true guidelines for clutter busting. Blanke identifies four key rules of disengagement (how to decide what to get rid of):




One. If it – the thing, the belief or conviction, the memory, the job, even the person – weighs you down, clogs you up, or just plain makes you feel bad about yourself, throw it out, give it away, sell it, let it go, move on.




Two. If it (see above!) just sits there, taking up room and contributing nothing positive to your life, throw it out, give it away, sell it, let it go, move on. If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward. Throwing out what’s negative helps you rediscover what’s positive.




Three. Don’t make the decision – whether to toss it or keep it – a hard one. If you have to weigh the pros and cons for too long or agonize about the right thing to do, throw it out.




Four. Don’t be afraid. This is your life we’re talking about. The only one you’ve got for sure. You don’t have the time, energy, or room for physical or psychic waste.
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