Practical Tips for Moms

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As our family grows, my need for practical tips to make life easier with the kids has grown too. Thanks to all the participants in our weekly link-up, It’s Playtime. You have sent tons of tips over the past year – making life easier and more fun with the kiddos. These are just a few of my favorite tips and ideas.

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Don’t loose cups.  Help your kids keep track of “their cup” by gluing magnets to the cups and keeping them on the fridge.

Have a no-tears transition to pedaling a bike by starting with a balance bike.

Teach your children to effectively sweep the floor with the help of a taped “goal”.

Survive sickness with young children with the help of a vinyl tablecloth and powdered jello.

Cut down on slippery soap (and the messes kids make with bar soaps) with the help of a soap pouch.

Detangle your dolls hair with a simple solution made from fabric softener – brilliant!

Remove melted crayon from your dryer and a bunch of other cleaning tips.


More Tips for Moms:

Survival Tips for moms

How to keep all the Reading program books organized. No more lost books!

Have a family calendar. This suggestion uses icons of common activities so non-reading children can know what to expect for the day.

Organize snack time in advance – they have lots of simple snack ideas!

Design a room and activities for learning. Love the tip to keep rotating activities. Great reminder for after-school homework time too!

For crazy afternoons, give your non-napper a busy box.

Don’t go upstairs empty-handed, grab something from the stair bucket on your way.

Encourage your kids to be more independent. Set up drink and snack stations for them to help themselves.

Have a Travel Bag full of entertainment saved for errand days.

Help your kids be more organized with closet organization – put one outfit in each drawer.


Thanks to everyone who adds ideas each week!  By linking up you give us permission to feature you and a photo on our blog, on our facebook wall, promote the post through pinterest, etc.  Also, we’ll add you to our weekly newsletter – cheers, and happy browsing!


Rachel About Rachel

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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  1. Thank you so much for including our snackbox and busy box. Hmm, perhaps I can be a Box specialist, lol. :D Thanks guys. That’s a really useful post :D

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the theme of your recap!

    Thanks for the link-up – love your site : )

  3. Enjoyed the idea of putting the magnets on the side of the cups. I think you can use Velcro, too, if you’re worried about the kiddos swallowing magnets. Would be helpful for adults with disabilities, as well, to conserve energy and make items more accessible. One of the most wonderful things I ever saw was a TV remote Velcro-ed to a person’s laptray when I was on a therapy home visit. Even if I think TV watching can be hazardous to one’s health (and soul) I felt this was a great way for the person with poor mobility to exercise independence. Keep on writin’! Karen

  4. Angie West says:

    When my children were younger, my son could not eat a Popsicle fast enough. It would drip clear down his elbow. I solved this by buying plain sponges and cutting them in two then cut a steak knife size hole in the middle. When it was time for a frozen snack I would wet the sponge, wring it out, and slide the stick through the hole. When finished I would add a drop of dish washing liquid, rinse it out, and prop it up on it’s edge to dry. No more mess!

  5. Great tips! There were a few I have not heard of. I had never heard of a few. I have not had to remove crayon from anything yet but this will come in handy one day I am sure. For us this summer we will have lots of kids and family around because of our pool and I think we will have to have a spot where everyone has to keep their cup and they will have names on them. If it was just my kids I love the ideas of the magnets on the fridge but I think 8-10 magnets and cups would be too many.

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