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Even though there are countless books and articles about children and how to care for them, babies do not arrive with instruction booklets!
There are some things that moms learn in the day-to-day trenches of motherhood. We learn many of these things around the house, from other moms, and while out and about.
These tips are learned with experience and sometimes that’s the best way!
Today’s tips focus on cleaning and are Part 1 of a three part series. These tips are especially great for moms with young children; however, moms with children of all ages can benefit something from this three part series.
Trench Tip #1 for Mom—Purchase foaming hand soap.
I don’t always buy foaming hand soap, but it does make a lot less of a mess in the bathroom when washing hands, and little hands don’t have to work so hard when lathering the soap. It also helps with cleanup as there are fewer soap globs. I have recently been on a mission in training my little preschooler man to wipe the water droplets around the sink when he’s all finished. One day at a time, and his future wife will thank me for teaching him tidiness!
One of my all-time favorite foaming hand soaps is the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap made by Young Living. In addition to the fabulous smell, it leaves hands feeling wonderfully clean! Best of all, it contains no sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, or harsh chemicals.
Trench Tip #2 for Mom—Invest in a good vacuum.
I have blown up more mini vacs than I care to mention, so I love having a dependable vacuum to help keep things tidy. I purchased a Miele canister vacuum a few years ago and have absolutely loved it. I use it multiple times a day in the kitchen and once or twice a week throughout the house depending on messiness of the week. It is one of my most useful cleaning tools as a good vacuum is a must with children!
Trench Tip #3 for Mom—Create a chore list.
Discovering all the little things children can help with around the house is incredible, and amazingly, they want to help. Keeping that joyful attitude of helpfulness alive as they grown into the teen years and young adulthood is the goal. Young children enjoy being mommy’s helper. It makes them feel special, accomplished, and loved. Children can take dirty clothes to the laundry room, wipe up spills, take items to the garbage, help clean out the car, organize toys, and many other small tasks. Helping gives them a sense of ownership over their home and little possessions. Making an actual chore list may or may not be necessary, but teaching helpfulness around the home is the strategy.
Trench Tip #4 for Mom—Keep your mommy bag organized and stocked.
A messy diaper bag is never fun. When I had one child, I organized the diaper bag before AND after every outing. With two children, it doesn’t always get reorganized upon our arrival home from outings or mini trips, but I do repack and organize it before we go out. Changes of clothes, diapers, extra underclothes, sippy cups, snacks, small toys, and books are just some of the many things that go in the diaper bag. It goes everywhere we go!
Even if your children are no longer in diapers, chances are you still carry a mommy bag of sorts. The key is keeping it organized so you have what you need while out, and yes, that’s probably everything but the kitchen sink!
Trench Tip #5 for Moms—Clean everyone’s hands when out and about.
You can never have too many hand wipes and too much sanitizer when little hands touch everything! I’m more careful at certain times of the year when illness prevails, but I generally have some sort of wipe or sanitizer. You can’t go wrong with Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier as it comes in a travel size and in a large pump bottle. I actually carry the large bottle in my purse. Young Living’s Seedlings Baby Wipes are great for a diaper change or a lunchtime cleanup. These wipes are part of a full line of Young Living baby products especially for little ones.
Be sure to visit Peppermints and Cherries again soon for Parts 2 and 3 of this three part series, Tips for Moms in the Trenches!
You may also enjoy reading my post, Simplify Life On-the-Go with Toddlers and Preschoolers.
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