Herald Journal Columns
May 6, 2002

Some great ideas and tips


Lately, it seems that I have been hearing quite a few ideas and household-type hints that I think are so great that I have to share them.

The best one, which is absolutely ingenious, is from our daycare provider, Rosetta Clark.

Rosetta has been doing daycare for forever, so when it comes to kids, she really knows her stuff. She has made sure every kid in her daycare, including mine, enjoys naps.

She bought each kid in the daycare a snow "sled-bed" to sleep in. Each kid has his or her very own sled-bed, complete with personal stuff, like blankets, pillows, and special bears.

The kids just love the idea of sleeping in a sled, which is just the right size for little people, and saves her carpeting from any naptime accidents.

My almost two-year-old laid right down the very first day without a sound, and has been sleeping soundly there every day since. (This is the same kid who doesn't like his new bunkbed, although I don't know if he dislikes the bed so much as the sleeping part. He is a toddler, after all.)

Another great idea came from my sister-in-law, Carrie. Carrie also has children, so she understands when I say that my house doesn't stay as clean as I would like it to stay.

Here's the scenario . . . The phone rings and it is your mother-in-law (whom I love dearly) saying that she is going to stop by. You look around the house and your jaw drops, and you find yourself turning into a human Tazmanian Devil, with cleaning supplies in hand.


Rather than breaking out seven different cleaners, just go straight to the kid's room and get the baby wipes. They clean everything, sanitize, and are easier to carry around than seven bottles of cleaners, unless you enjoy wearing a tool belt.

I will always have baby wipes in my house, even long after I have a child that requires them, solely for cleaning purposes. Quick clean-ups are a breeze.

Another thing that I came up with on my own is to send my eight-year-old out to play with a walkie-talkie hooked to his belt loop.

I don't mean the walkie-talkies you find in the toy department. I mean the ones in the electronics department. We got ours for Christmas, and they were just $25. These puppies go over two miles - clearly.

When our son is outside playing and it's time to eat, I go straight to the walkie-talkie and call him in. He gets a little more freedom, and I have a little more peace of mind. It has already saved my voicebox.

I have a bunch more ideas that I have picked up over the years. Someday when I am short on writing ideas, I will throw some more your way. In the meantime, please feel free to e-mail me your ideas.

I love stuff like that . . . Call me a geek if you must . . .

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