Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Practical Parenting Tips

Since the kids are playing so nicely together, I thought I would take a minute here to introduce my blog post series, "Practical Parenting Tips", wherein I will sporadically post my best parenting tricks of the trade, covering topics ranging from discipline to practical household maintenance. For example, this little gem...

Tip #1:
Children messed up the living room again? Is the hallway littered with a highway of army men, "Rescue Heroes" and assorted "Hello Kitty" paraphernalia? Is the clutter driving you insane but you've no time to clean? Not a problem. Simply remove your contacts/eyeglasses and continue about your day as usual. The mess will become a cloudy blur and you will feel your blood pressure return to normal in no time! Not visually impaired? No problem! Simply ask the kids to play a game of hide-and-seek and lock yourself in a dark closet for several hours. You will get the added bonus of some quiet time and maybe you can even sneak in a short nap. If your children have already figured out all your best hiding places, your next best bet is to engage them in a game of "coma patient", wherein you are the patient, lying quietly on the bed or couch with your eyes firmly closed as your children think of ways to revive you. This has the added benefit of allowing the kids to work on their problem-solving techniques. Always remember: if you can't see the mess, you can pretend that it doesn't exist.

I've got a million of them folks. Just leave your questions in the comments field and I will be back with your solution within 24-465 hours. Cheers!

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