A Few Ideas We Have Found Useful
Over the years, we have learned a few tricks that have made life more pleasant for
all of us.
- After a long day at the beach, the best way to get the sand off your kid's legs
is to let it dry, then wipe gently with a knit cotton gym sock.
- Have you ever considered
what a small child must do in a fast-food place just to get a sip
of root beer?
Sitting at a table that practically comes up to their chin, they must
manipulate a wet slippery cup, which is usually so large as to
require both hands, off the top of the table, and
down between them
and the table almost to their lap. Then they must get the straw,
which is long enough to fit a Super-Jumbo size cup and sticking up
through the middle of the lid,
into their mouth.
When satisfied, they must reverse the procedure to put the cup back on the table.
All that, with little experience, distractions all around, and no spilling,
Our solution was to, with their permission,
cut the straw so that only about ¾ of an inch was
above the lid of the cup. They usually agreed, but once in a while
wanted to see if they could get by without it.
- Helium-filled balloons are lots of fun,
as long as they don't blow away. Some places now
tie small weights to the end of the string
to anchor them in place. The other alternative
is to make a loop in the string
to tie them to the owner's wrist. Here's the
knot that worked best for us. There's probably a name for it,
but I call it a balloon knot. It's like a slip knot, but with an extra
wrap on the half hitch to make it easier to slip open.
Form large loop C,
and bring end A around
the string to form
loop B. Push
end A through
loop B two or three times,
then tighten loop B around
the string. The resulting knot can
slide along the string, adjusting the size of
Actual quote from one of my cousins to her father,
as she watched her toy balloon get away: "Daddy! Get a ladder! Quick!"
This one is a classic: to divide one piece of food between two children,
have the older one divide it, and give the younger one first choice between
Found elsewhere on the 'net:
To make an Easter egg hunt less competitive and more fair for the younger ones,
hide an equal number of eggs of each color, and assign each child a color.
They can only pick up the eggs that are their specific color.
The children ended up helping each other find the last few missing eggs.
Such a great twist on an old activity!