April 23, 2014

Mom Makes Millions from Teenager Eyerolling, Huffing and Puffing

I can’t stand it!

And, I can’t spell it!

Humpf, huff, puff, eye roll, eye roll, head shake, cluck, tongue clicks….it goes on and on!

Do you have tween or teens?

Honestly, I don’t think it has anything to do with girls or boys. I think it is just their age. The disgruntled noises that I here at home and especially in the car are dumbfounding! If I had a dollar or even a dime for ever time I heard a huff or a puff or had someone roll their eyes at me, I swear I would be a MILLIONAIRE!

OK, this is going under the category of Random Rants but I couldn’t help it. Today, I had to get gas on the way to school. Now, let me be clear. We are always early. But, I could have filled my tank with all the hot air, huffin and puffin that was going on in my car!

Usually, the only words that I hear in between the outbursts of hot air are, “you are so mean!” Yes, I will win “Meanest Mom in the Universe” this year! Yeah for me!

Yes, I’m taking a breathe myself now. I’m done ranting and maybe someday I’ll figure out how to bottle those noises and make an IPhone Application for them! Joel Comm were are you when I need you?

Let me know how close you are to being a huffin puffin millionaire too. And don’t forget to Join The Club for more New Old Mom fun!

CrateWays To Organize for School

My husband, Jack is “Mr. Prepared For Everything”. He is almost obsessive about being prepared the night before for “whatever” you might be doing the next day.

As you might be able tell from my tone, I am more of a “leave to the last minute” kind of person. I truly believe that I work best when under pressure. (good excuse, huh?)

Like many parents, we want our children to be the best of our best…if not better.

Consequently, we try to teach our girls the importance of being prepare and organized so that they will be able to function at their best.

Basically, all this boils down one thing: Having everything ready the night before helps tone down the sheer lunacy that often takes over our home on any given morning before school!

My Solution…The Crates.

I get them at Walmarts. It’s important to get the kind that you can put hanging folders in. Two or three per child is plenty.

Obviously, hanging folders are part of the equation, too. An optional item is a small white board. Being the Dollar Store Queen, I got the mini white board there but I am sure you can pick one up at any stationary store. (Walmarts does carry them but they don’t always have the smaller ones)

Put it all together and what do you get…instant organization!

I did a little video so you could get a better idea of how I use these simple tools to save my head from spinning off every morning. Take a look!

HINT: if you go to all the trouble to buy all the items and putting this together…USE IT! Teach you children to USE IT too!

The only reason I say this is because I am notorious for brilliant ideas that I never put to use. I have the theory, the materials and the good intentions. But somehow I never complete the transaction. Consequently, my garage is full of some very interesting things!

This one I actually use and it is has been a lifesaver.

We have only been through about 10 days of school and I already have a stack of papers 12 inches thick! This gives you a way to organize and filter through that mess.

Using more than one crate really helps keep everyone organized and things easily accessible. I use one crate just for clothes for the day, gym stuff, lunch boxes, art smocks, special afterschool items (ie clothes for soccer practice), and any other items that the kids may need to keep track of.

Keep the crates in a visible place if possible. Get your children in the habit of emptying their back packs as soon as they get home into the crate. Hence no excuses that you didn’t get the notes because they are still in the bottom of a backpack 6 weeks later!

If they are old enough, they can file the papers accordingly. If they are younger, try color coding ie. Red folder for Math, Blue folder for Reading, Green folder for Mom Notes, etc.

Typically, I get my girls involved in the process. They label their own folders and empty their back packs out.

5 ‘MUST HAVES’ in the crates:

1. School Calendar. This can have a separate folder or be hung on the front of the crate very easily with string.

2. Teacher’s Information/Contact Information. I have a separate folder for this info. All of the girl’s teacher’s names, contact information and their requirements are in this folder.

3. Your child’s schedule. I hate having to ask…”do you have gym today?” If you keep a copy of the schedule readily available and the gym clothes in the crate their are no worries 10 minutes before the bus arrives.

4. Extra school supplies for homework. Loose leaf paper, pencils, markers, a pencil sharpener, etc. These things are great to pick up about a week or two after school has started or throughout the year when you’ll find they are much less expensive!

5. Contact information for friends or the class list. If your child has a question on homework or just wants to have a play date having this information handy really helps.

I keep a little white board attached to each girl’s crate just for any special notes or deadline dates that we need to remember. Make sure you have a folder designated for “Papers to be signed”. That is something that is always an issue for us.

It is a good idea to check the crates before bedtime to make sure homework is there, papers are signed, clothes are out and (my pet peeve) lunch boxes are emptied!

One thing that I have found through using the Crates is that mornings do run a bit smoother. Also, when the girls go to bed knowing that they are prepared for the next day, all of us sleep just a little bit better.

I hope you enjoyed this tip and please let me know if there is something special that you and you family do to stay organized for school!

Tween Girls…How To Earn The Meanest Mom In The World Award In 5 Simple Words

Yes…I am the Meanest Mom thanks to these 5 words.

No Make-up Worn To School

My daughter is 12 years old. BugMama is the sweetest, kindest and prettiest girl that you could imagine. Of course, I’m prejudice.

Last year the girls were in Private School so there were no options. The rules were very strict regarding makeup, jewelry and even nail polish.

Girls being girls, the infatuation with makeup had started oh way back in probably 1st grade. We have had makeup and nails parties during sleepovers. The girls have even been allowed to were a little bit of makeup on special occassions.

School started last week. On the second day of school I realized in the car on the way to school my BugMama had makeup on. It wasn’t a lot but it was enough to be noticeable.

Basically, eyeshadow (blue of course) and eyeliner was the extent of what she had on. Still, it was too much for me.

I probably should have pulled the car over and made her wipe off her face. I didn’t. It was only the second day of school, a new school, so I didn’t want to start a fight and have her go through the day upset.

When the girls got home I waited until everyone got settled then said those 5 Words:

No Makeup Worn To School

You’d have thought I had said they had to go to school naked! The tears were almost immediate. The objections and agruments were intense.

“everyone else is wearing it”
“it’s only eyeshadow and eyeliner”
“you bought it for me”

and of course the age thing…

“I’m 12 years old!”

Standing firm, I am bestowed the honor of…

“The Meanest Mom in the World”

Now, I have to say, I love having that title. I actually strive to earn the Meanest or Worst Mom in the Universe by year end.

Never said I was completely sane. In my mind, the actions that regularly earn me my glorious title are
actions that show my love for my daughters.

When it comes to makeup I always fall back to the Full House episode when DJ started wearing makeup. Becky ‘s advice is what I use for my daughters and for myself…less is more.

Despite the fact that Bratz Dolls are very popular, I don’t want my daughters to look like one!

The end result with BugMama was a compromise. No blue eyeshadow and a very light line of eyeliner that I have to check before she walks out the door.

What did a compromise accomplish? A point of trust. I explained that I would trust her to follow my guidelines and if saw she couldn’t do that then she would lose all privledges.

I gave her some rope, a limited amount, and waited to see what she would do with it.

The next day, there was a very faint black line under her eyes. Four days later…no makeup at all.

Yeah, Mom rules win one! Unfortunately, my title has been down graded though!

So, for right now I only retain the title of Meanest Mom in North America.

No worries, I am sure by the end of the year I’ll hit the Universe mark!

If you have an opinion about Tweens and makeup please feel free to share it with us!

Have a great day…