Ahhh, Tis’ the season of giving. As a parent you put a lot of thought into meaningful gift giving to create memories for years to come. Friends and family join us in this gifting merriment and for that we are extremely grateful. For the sake of our sanity and at the risk of sounding ungrateful, I have compiled a short list of items parents everywhere beg of you to refrain from buying their children.
Bringing home a baby in the last month has been a beautiful and sleep-deprived blur. It seemed like I was pregnant forever with this third pregnancy and then ‘poof’, I’m now swaddling an infant and wearing a Moby wrap again. Learning how to divide my time between three tiny humans has proven to be the hardest management job I’ve had yet and I’m in retail over multiple locations!
The alarm sounds at 5 am. The first order of business is trying to get out of bed without waking the sleeping toddler snoring at your side. If you are able to maneuver out of bed, carefully removing the foot from over your head while keeping her asleep, the morning has high hopes of going smoothly. If the beast awakens you just move into survival mode and hope to make it through the morning with minimal meltdown. Most mornings begin with a few minutes of stretches or exercise, breakfast preparations, smoothie making, lunches (if you failed to make them the night before) and most importantly coffee! DON’T FORGET THE COFFEE!
Let’s face it! Generally kids don’t like the green stuff. Yet children need important vitamins and nutrients found in a medley of fresh vegetables. Many parents are incorporating salads multiple times a week while pleading with children to “just try a bite!” Sound familiar? Is there really any secrets to helping them consume more vegetables?
A few years back I recall reading a fascinating article about a family that nearly cut all household waste. They learned to go without a lot of products that could not be purchased outside of boxes and also learned where to purchase goods they needed in a wholesale or non-packaged form. I remember thinking what discipline this must have taken and all the ways my family could do better with our consumption habits.