Summer is here! For kids that means, NO SCHOOL, NO HOMEWORK, and most of all NO REGIMEN. This turns my house (which is already a circus), in to an absolute cluster. The problem is, although the schedule changes for the kids, it really doesn't change that much for mom and dad. We still work every single day. Add to that, baseball season ramps up, so then we are squealing around on two wheels trying to get everyone to practice and games on time.
Now before you go getting the pre-conceived notion that I am one of these crazy sports parents (well I might be crazy, but that is beside the point), I do not focus my entire life around my kids sporting events. However, I do think that it is important to teach your child that if you make a commitment to anything, whether or not that is a team, a club, a group, or whatever that might be, that you stick with it and show up.
So, the other morning after the 4th time I had asked my children to put their shoes on so I wouldn't be obscenely late for work, they finally pulled their head out of their "electronic devices" and I got a blank stare from both of them... I had visions of going postal on their iPads. I was thinking circa 1999 Office Space printer melt down. #PCLoadLetter #WTFdoesthatmean. By the way if you have no idea what I am talking about, you have missed out on a really sweet action movie, and I suggest that you rectify this problem immediately.
When I posted on Facebook about my little daydream about having a psychotic episode on my children's technology, I must not have been alone. Lots of others chimed in with some great idea on how to keep the electronics problem in check, and other contributed some awesome quotes from the movie. ( All were appreciated.) I wanted to share some of those ideas here, along with some other ways to keep your sanity this summer.
These are just the rules at my house. Every house is totally different and no two houses will work with the same rules. These are just ideas to start from.
- No electronics at the table or while eating. (All food is eaten at the table) Adults are included in this too. I don't think it's fair to ask the children not to have their iPads if I am staring at my phone. (Someone also suggested have a box to put electronics in during meals if this was an issue.)
- No electronics in the mornings. I haven't implemented this yet, but I feel it coming. We struggle to get out the door every morning, and half the time it's because I have to ask the kids to do things multiple times to actually get them done.
- Keep a schedule, including naps as intact as possible. Humans are creatures of habit, and we all function better when we are in a routine. As much as we can, we try to keep wake up, nap, and bedtime roughly the same, even in the summer.
- Replace homework with chores for the summer. So, the whole point of being a parent is to raise your child into being a card carrying member of the working society eventually. Children need to learn that everyone has to contribute to make a household run. Because I love y’all, I have made a downloadable chore list that you can print and customize for your children. Once they complete their chores, then perhaps they can play with their "electronics".
- We still keep our night routine the same, by rubbing everyone down with Sleepytime Cream, spraying the beds with No More Monsters Spray, and we make every attempt to try to get 8 hours of sleep. Now that my kids are a little older and they will generally sleep through the night (thank goodness, there were about 6 straight years that I don't know if I ever got a solid night of sleep), I cherish every minute of rest that I get. We all sleep so much better when we keep this routine going!
Chores don't have to be hand scrubbing the floors either, even young kids can do the most basic things just to learn they have to contribute. Now I know what you are thinking....Why would I want to give my 3 year old a job, when it will take 3 hours to complete and then I will just have to redo it? Well, I totally get the OCD factor, but here are some good links for ages appropriate chore lists.
BTW...this parent is a #boss
If you have other ideas or ways that you keep your family sane during the summer, we would love to hear them! Don't keep that stuff to yourself, please share and comment below!
Here is the chore chart that you can print and customize- Enjoy!
I have to let you all know about the latest situation in my house. You may either sympathize with me and have similar horror stories, or wonder what I am doing wrong as a parent. Either way, here is the current state of affairs at my house.
At some point, my 6 year old son has decided that wiping his butt after he poops is now optional. I discovered this, after I helped him get his shower, (which because he is 6, I mostly supervise). I was going to check out a bite on his leg where he got a jellyfish bite at the beach last week and I catch a whiff of something funky....like stale a$$. I know that's not ladylike, but y'all know what I'm talking about.
This is my face when I discovered my 6 year old hasn't wiped his derriere for a week
So I proceed to do what any good momma would do, and I go straight for the buttcheeks, and right there before God and everyone else, is my 6 year old sons dirty stinky butt crack. Mind you, I merely supervised the shower, so I did not physically peel his butt cheeks apart in the shower and clean them, but I know that I have taught him how to wipe his behind after he uses the bathroom.
So I start to quiz him about the situation, and he starts getting pretty vague about things. First, he tells me that he doesn't remember if he has pooped lately. Then he says he doesn't know if he wiped his butt or not. At this point, guilt is written all over his face. He finally just breaks down and tells me that he thought if you couldn't see your butt, you didn't have to wipe it..... Seriously? Like, because you can't get a visual on it, it can smell like a hog barn and it's all good???? Now, I know I taught him better than that!
Why am I telling you this story? Well, this is one of the many reasons Holly and I created The Medical Mommas. I'm serious- go with me here.
So after I got him back in the shower and cleaned up, now I have a 6 year old with a clean very sore butt that is crying that hurts...what do I do? What do I put on it? There was one point in my life I would not have had any clue what to do either. We get questions like this all the time from our customers. This is not exactly something you can run into Walmart and ask the store clerk there advice about. We are moms though, and we get it. If you send us and email and say, hey, "my kid won't wipe his butt, and now he has monkey butt, what can I use on that?" We are going to be able to help you out!
Let me tell you what I did. I put some Miracle Salve on his behind and in minutes he had already calmed down. In the morning I guarantee it will be better. It has happened before, and unfortunately will probably happen again, because apparently we have not been able to create a formula for stubbornness yet.
So if you have questions about an issue, please don't hesitate to email us and we will be glad to help you. We have probably been there before, I promise!
I recently had surgery, a surgery I've needed but put off for 2 years. I'm a mom of 3, a wife, small business owner and nurse. How in the world did I have time to recover from surgery? My husband had been telling me for years to just get it over with. My answer to him, "who will go to the grocery, who will wash the clothes? Who will cook supper and clean the house? For Pete's sake, who will wipe the little butts in this house?!" Well, here I am, 2 weeks post op and healing up nicely with a list of things I've learned along the way.
1. Delegate the chores
First off, my kids have chores, lots of them. But little did I know, they are capable of so much more than I gave them credit for. My 14 year old had never washed a load of laundry or loaded the dishwasher before. I'm generally pretty controlling when it comes to those two things. Yes, the laundry hasn't been sorted or the dishwasher loaded efficiently, but it's done! I have no idea what temperature anything is being washed on or if the spin cycle is correct, but laundry you don't do yourself smells so sweet!
My 10 year old can now scramble eggs for breakfast by himself. He can also whip up some pretty tasty spaghetti, which I see us having a lot more often in our future!
2. Learn to Relax
I've heard of binge watching TV, but it's a foreign concept to me. My television is stuck on Nickelodeon or the Disney channel from 7 am to 9 pm ever day for years. I remember a time when I had a slew of must-watch TV. I also remember a time when my boobs defied gravity, but then came children and out went free time. I have watched more TV in the last 2 weeks than in the past 10 years. And you know what, they were right, binge watching whole seasons is amazing! I know TV rots the brain, but while it's rotting, I declare Netflix for President!
3. Ask for HELP
The third thing I've learned is asking for help is hard, but needed. Why do we women feel so guilty when we can't do everything ourselves? I was told I can't bend, strain, or lift over 8 pounds for 6 weeks. 6 weeks! Which means I can't even pour myself a glass of tea when the pitcher is full! My exact words to my discharge nurse were, "this is ridiculous." You know what else is ridiculous, seeing yourself trying to pick up dirty laundry off the floor with your toes. And even more ridiculous, the pain you feel when your body tells you you're doing too much.
So, after talking myself off a cliff, I started asking for help. Turns out, asking for help is not ridiculous, in fact, I could get used to this. Quick, someone bring me a bell! I will ring when you are needed!
4. Give Up the Control- It's All an Illusion Anyway
Some might say I'm a person who likes to be in control. I take no insult in this, I am who I am. But, when you are in bed unable to control all the things around you, being a control freak causes nothing but anxiety. I found a couple things to help ease my mind and anxiety during this time. First off, my essential oils. If I didn't love them before, I do now! Lavender and frankincense running in my diffuser helps keep me calm and relaxed while roman chamomile has helped me sleep. Another thing that has helped me are those adult coloring books that seem to be trendy right now. Nothing like coloring in the lines to help you feel in control!
5. The Internet is Magical
Alright, my last epiphany while recovering; online grocery shopping. This is almost as ingenious as Netflix. Amazon will not only deliver my 20 pound bag of cat food to my door, they will do it for free! Same goes for paper goods, groceries, heck, even wine if you want! And remember clipping coupons? Put your scissors away. They show you all the coupons for your items without you having to look for them. With the push of a button you save! I don't know why it took me having surgery to figure out how awesome this is. It may have taken an abdominal incision to get me to this point but I won't go back to Wal-Mart without a fight!
There you go, my list of hopefully helpful things I've learned while recovering.
So, for all the super awesome, super busy moms out there, take care of yourself so you can go back to taking care of everyone else.
PS: This is a quick note from Tiffany, I would just like to point out that I have been ordering groceries and pet food off the internet for years. My methods have been met with some teasing and perhaps some eye rolls.....HOWEVER- I am so glad that Holly has now found the glory that is Amazon Prime!As soon as Holly gets the okay from her surgeon- she is going to use the S&S Cream on her scar. We have had some awesome feedback from people about making their scars much less visible. Just make sure you get the okay from your doctor first before you get your incision wet or apply anything to it!
We our hosting our first ever Instagram photo contest. We are so excited to see the entries that you all submit to us! Let's talk about prizes first- that's the most important part, right!
Winner of the contest gets a $50 shopping spree to our online store and their photo gets to be featured in some of our upcoming ads on the web and social media!
Here's what we need. We know you are tired of looking at pictures of our kids doing silly things (we know, they provide plenty of material.) So now, we are looking for picture of your kids, family members, friends, pets, etc doing silly things too. We are looking for a picture of someone that perhaps needs to use our CHILLOUT Rollerball. You will be able to vote on your favorite pictures to narrow it down to the top 10, then we will pick the final one. Plus, you picture will be used in some of our future campaigns for the Chillout Rollerball.
To submit your photo:
1. Click http://wshe.es/VlxFvZyp to enter your photo
2. Follow us on Instagram @themedicalmommas
3. Must use the Hashtag #themedicalmommaschillout
Please read the rules before you submit your photo and make sure it's your original photo, we don't like copycats!
Even if you don't consider yourself someone that would be into something like essential oil use, you probably already use them and just don't know it! Many health and beauty products, along with some medications use plant based oils as their ingredients. Prior to becoming one of The Medical Mommas, I really didn't consider myself as someone that would be into "that sort of thing." You know what I'm talking about. I just usually bought everything I needed at the store and never attempted to make my own products at home. Mostly, I just figured that the products at the store worked well enough, and I didn't have time to mess with doing something like that.
Now let's fast forward to today. I can not imagine a day going by now that I won't reach for my oils! I wanted to give some real life examples of way I use oils or oil products every day.
7:05AM- Showered and got ready for church. Used Shea Butter and Oatmeal Body Soap made with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil, because my eczema has been so bad lately. I found out that all the shower gels and body washes that I had always used before were making it so much worse.
7:10AM- Shave my legs using the Lavender and Tea Tree Shave Oil. OMG! Why did I ever use soap or shaving cream. This stuff rocks! I don't even need lotion on my legs afterward.
7:25AM- Use my Tummy Tuck Cream on my belly. I have been using it faithfully for 2 months and I can see a difference in the way my stomach looks. I use it morning and night and it just takes a few minutes to apply. Feels nice like body butter.
8:20AM- Use Sanitize It spray to clean up after my kids breakfast mess. Most of their food usually ends up on the table, chairs, and the floors. Smells nice and fresh and I don't worry about my 2 year old touching surfaces I have sprayed it on like I would a bleach cleaner.
8:45AM Realize I never got the mail yesterday, go out to the mailbox and open it up to find several spiders hanging out in there. I get the mail and go back to the mailbox armed with my spider spray. Smells about 1000% better than store bought spider spray. Your welcome mail lady!
9:50AM Go to change my daughters diaper before we head out for church and she has somehow developed quite the diaper rash overnight. I use some Miracle Healing Salve on it. She doesn't cry, because it doesn't burn. It's also not thick and white like Desitin. (Fast forward, rash is already better by the next diaper change.
10:30AM- Church is starting and my 5 year old is having a hard time settling down. Quickly pull out my chill out rollerball from my purse and give him a few swipes on the wrists and behind the ears. Helps use get through church without a meltdown.
12:15PM- After lunch it's nap time, but no one in the house can seem to get settled in for a nap. I use some Lavender Linen Spray on the pillows and comforters and turn on the diffuser. I love to put lavender and cedarwood in the diffuser for sleepytime. Everyone (including myself) is asleep in 15 minutes.
2:45PM After nap, by 5 year old wants to practice riding his bike without training wheels. He does a pretty good job, but we have several wrecks and a banged up arm. We rinse off his scrap and once it stops bleeding I roll on my Ouchy Rollerball. He usually freaks out when I try to put anything on him because he is afraid it't going to hurt, but he likes the rollerball. He says it already makes his arm feel better.
4:15PM I relook at the scraped up elbow and it's worse than I thought it was going to be. I go ahead and apply Scars and Stretch Marks Cream to it since both my kids tend to scar badly. My little boy says it feels good.
6:30PM- I'm cooking supper and my head really starts hurting. I get headaches all the time, but this one hits me out of no where. I go ahead and get out My Head Hurts Rollerball and roll it across my forehead and temples. I also like to apply it to the back of my neck where I feel the tension build up. My headache gets alot better without me having to take anything.
7:50PM- My head is better, but my neck still hurts some. I go ahead and get out some It Hurts Cream to rub on my neck. It feels so good rubbing it on there and smells good too. Within about 30 mins am already better.
8:30PM- Bathtime! School has started and so have the reports of lice. Eww..... So, I have been using the No Means No Lice Repealing Shampoo on my kids 2 or 3 nights a week. If they start sending home any notes that anyone else in class has lice, I amp that up to daily use. I also will start using the No Means No Lice Leave In Conditioner Spray everyday as well. Smells nice and fresh and prevents the trauma that is a case of lice in the house.
8:45PM Time for Bed! Everyone in this house gets Sleepytime Cream before bed. I rub it on their feet, chest and back to get everyone winding down right after baths. Love the smell and everyone is out like a light 10 minutes after their heads hit the pillow.
So there you are. This is a typical day around here. As you can see, we use essential oils all day everyday. You don't have to be mother nature herself though to start adding some of these simple all natural remedies to your everyday life too. Check out what products we make that could help your family!