September 20, 2010 7:23 pm at 7:23 pm #592407
There’s so much to do in preparing for yom tov. The problem is that many people have a house full of kids (either babies or older kids who are off from scholl). Anybody have any suggestions how to keep the kids out of the way?September 20, 2010 7:42 pm at 7:42 pm #698700
A responsible adult (or husband if he is around and not needed inside the house) can take the kids out to the park to play, or out for pizza… or mayeb for the younger ones buy them new coloring books and have them kept busy with that or some other sort of activitySeptember 20, 2010 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #698701
Perhaps the older kids can take the younger ones to the park or something…B’hatzlacha!September 20, 2010 7:49 pm at 7:49 pm #698702
another idea is to give the kids small jobs to help out (possibly in a different room that you are in ;)). little ones love being able to be mommy’s little helper. it’s more of keeping them busy then the extra help- you just might have to go over what they did. what’s better is after you can tell everyone what a help they were and they will feel so good about themselves!September 20, 2010 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm #698703
Your little one helps you already?September 20, 2010 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm #698704
Dr. P, my 2 year old can vaccuum with the attachment. He loves to do it. Keeps him busy while I do something else nearby (I still have to do some afterwards, but he gets the large stuff and is entertained). He can also wipe things down with a rag or paper towel and unload the dishwasher (he can’t reach where high things go).
Gosh I sound like a slavedriver LOL.September 20, 2010 8:50 pm at 8:50 pm #698705
i dont know about sms007, but i have a little one who has been helping since he was a little over a year, because he was off and running at a very early age. hes a great helper now!!September 20, 2010 9:31 pm at 9:31 pm #698706
Send them to work with your husband.September 20, 2010 9:35 pm at 9:35 pm #698707
I think little sms007 is less that 2 months.September 20, 2010 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm #698708
Tell them that if they don’t stop bothering you, you’ll tie them to a tree in the forrest and let the bears eat them (I used this on two other posts, so I think I’m going to make this my mission statement 🙂September 20, 2010 9:46 pm at 9:46 pm #698709
Where is a good dungeon when you need one?September 20, 2010 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #698710
BP Totty- you said it so often, i might call the child abuse ppl after you!!!! ( I even have contact information- you are from BP, you are a totty, and you are from 11219!)September 20, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm #698711
Yeah, but they’ll be looking for someone who is “never caustic” and in my non-CR life, I’m as caustic as Easy Off!
Besides, there are no forrests in BP, so the authorities will never find me! (oh and by the way, if you really want to know who I am…. ask Lois Lane!September 20, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm #698712
Get the older ones to make a day camp for the younger, and pay them for it. (Even only $5)September 20, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm #698713
lol dr. pepper! my little one is 3 months but he does a great job at helping out by being a good little baby!September 21, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am #698714
It’s a bit late to tell you to pace yourself, but if you still have a lot of cooking to do, go for as simple as possible: buy some nice rice or other carb mixes, make a few dressings you can use on different salads, buy or doctor bought desserts, etc.
Re laundry: I don’t know how much space you have but if you have a secure area that the kids won’t demolish, sort clean laundry, hang whatever will go on hangers anyway, and don’t obsess over what doesn’t get put away.
Re cleaning: there’s dirt, and there’s clutter. A lot of what you clean at this point will stay somewhat clean. You can’t help the clutter but you can live with it.
When the kids reach a certain age, they can make paper chains. My kids loved taking them out front and seeing how far down the block it stretched. And we used to buy new music for the crunch time when they got a bit older than that.
If you can afford to pay for a mother’s helper for a few hours, it will be really worth it. If you can’t and really need help, call the principal of a local BY and find out if there is anyone who can do chesed. Don’t fret about being a chesed case; one day your kids will help someone else, iy”H.
Have a wonderful, happy yom tov!September 21, 2010 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #698715
oh and by the way, if you really want to know who I am…. ask Lois Lane!
BP Totty- don’t know who that is, I guess you are lucky!September 21, 2010 3:44 pm at 3:44 pm #698716
anon for thisParticipant
Sometimes my younger kids clean surfaces with baby wipes. This is a great way for even very young children to help, since you don’t have to worry about them spilling buckets of water or spraying/ eating cleaning fluids.September 21, 2010 4:03 pm at 4:03 pm #698717
Anon, we use a vinegar spray.
Dr. P – I assumed she wasn’t talking about the baby LOL.September 21, 2010 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm #698718
d aMemberSeptember 21, 2010 9:36 pm at 9:36 pm #698719
Blinky, you’ve got to be kidding. But the fact that you don’t know who Lois Lane is only indicates how frum / temimusdik you really are (which is a good thing!) as opposed to us older folks who grew up on television and movies in our early days (but have since repented!)
In a nutshell, Lois knew (suspected?) the true indentity of Clark Kent / Superman (but you probably don’t know them either.. just as well I suppose!)September 21, 2010 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm #698720
hoe could lois POSSIBLY think clark and superman were the same. after all clark wore glassesSeptember 21, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm #698721
Hah Mod, you’ve been outed too! Now I know that:
Either you’re in my age range (not a bad thing)or
you were exposed to TV / Movies at some point(and here I thought mods were Best BMG material).September 21, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm #698722
im only 10 years old (a prodigy)
my grandfather told me all about it
for further elucidationSeptember 21, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm #698723
im only 10 years old (a prodigy)
my grandfather told me all about it
Thanks for the laugh!September 21, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm #698724
80:Perhaps YWN needs a few extra moderators during bein hazmanim? I have a few kids with nothing to do 🙂September 22, 2010 6:22 am at 6:22 am #698725
My little kids love to help. So:
I bought an EMPTY plastic spray bottle and filled it with water! They spray the mirrors and walls and wherever mommy lets and then they wipe it all! Proud!
They also love to fold laundry. And you’ll be surprised how cute they fold everything. I let them sit on the bed and fold whatever they want while I’m busy in the kitchen.
(I redo everything later when they sleep :-))October 4, 2010 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm #698726
Mod 80- “im only 10 years old (a prodigy)
my grandfather told me all about it”
Then you gotta change your name to hayeled 80
BP Totty- thanx for the infoOctober 5, 2010 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm #698727
Hey mod 80 why didn’t you change your name yet?
(p.s. you can change mine too, its getting kind of boring)October 5, 2010 5:21 pm at 5:21 pm #698728
“change mine too”
How about, “NOT Lois Lane”October 5, 2010 5:33 pm at 5:33 pm #698729
how come BP totty gets faster service then me?????????
p.s. i like your other name better:)October 5, 2010 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #698730
Jimmy Olsen? (Not Perry White, we know who he is)October 5, 2010 5:37 pm at 5:37 pm #698731
eat dots, blinkyOctober 5, 2010 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #698732
i don’t want to sound ungrateful but eeewwwwwwwwww:( change it fast before someone sees it!October 5, 2010 5:39 pm at 5:39 pm #698733
pronounced Miks-yez-pittle-ikOctober 5, 2010 5:40 pm at 5:40 pm #698734
kltpzyxMOctober 5, 2010 5:42 pm at 5:42 pm #698735
Sir Blinkcelot- but im female! also shaychus?October 5, 2010 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm #698736
see you in 90 daysOctober 5, 2010 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm #698737
blinky = blinks a lot = blinkcelot
they didnt have female knights?
well now there is oneOctober 5, 2010 5:48 pm at 5:48 pm #698738
“blinky = blinks a lot”- how do you know?October 5, 2010 5:49 pm at 5:49 pm #698739
I get the joke, Squeak! (It helps that I grew up in the 80’s)October 5, 2010 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm #698740
and “not lois” was a suggestion for Blinky.. not me!! And no, O don’t want “not Clark Kent” either.
I’m open to something new, or I’d settle for my old tag, if nothing funny comes to mindOctober 5, 2010 5:59 pm at 5:59 pm #698741
what else does blinky mean?
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