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52 FEATS – NUMBER 43 (Driving)

25 Oct

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

I may not have a ridiculously long commute to work (thank goodness), but I’m still in my car a lot.  A LOT.  Between school drop-off and pick-up, volunteering, dance classes, piano lessons, and all the millions of errands I have to do every day, I log in tons of car time.  (Which explains why my mini-van usually looks like a pack of wild dogs lives in it.)

Lately I’ve gotten worried that I’m just doing too much multi-tasking while I drive.  And I am totally going to throw my kids under the bus (so to speak) and blame them for it.  They’re arguing with each other, they want me to hand them a water bottle, then they want me to take back the water bottle, they need to give me a snotty tissue, they want me to turn on a particular song, they’ve dropped a toy and they need it desperately or life just won’t be the same, etc.  OK, I do take some of the blame, because I go along with all that crap.  I’m shuffling the water bottles back and forth, picking up dropped toys, and playing DJ – all while I’m driving.  Not safe at all.

So my Feat this week is to give my FULL attention to driving, and to teach my kids to respect the fact that I’m behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.  And to all of you out on the road with me – you’re welcome!

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Check Your Child’s Car Seat!

23 Sep

Parents and caregivers are urged to have their children’s car seats checked on National Seat Check Saturday, September 24.  As part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24), certified child passenger safety technicians will be available to inspect car seats and provide hands-on advice free of charge.

For more information, click the link below:

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS

Traveling with Kids

22 Jun

All summer long, parents will be traveling with their kids.  Automotive or air travel can bring a family closer together and be a really positive, fun experience with kids, or it can be a complete and total drag (we’ve all been trapped somewhere with a screaming kid at some point- NOT fun!)

Every year, our family takes a road trip to the coast, which entails being in a car upwards of twelve hours (with plenty of breaks along the way!)  On the trip this year, I turned around and flew with my youngest to Austin for a 24-hour period to watch my Godson complete his First Communion.  Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and I’ll tell you what worked for me.

Any travel takes planning.  The more I plan, the more I feel prepared.  This time around I made a ton of lists (I know, I know, I’ve already broken one of my resolutions for the new year, but I just didn’t see any way around it).  I made lists for what I needed to do to prepare for the trip as well as a running list of what I needed to pack as well and what would need to be purchased.

I organized the way the car was loaded.  I made sure the kids had snacks and drinks that were accessible to them at all times.  For the older two kids, I filled baskets with things to keep them busy on the long trip.  For my 5 year old, I packed activity books with markers, sticker books (Usborne makes some awesome ones), regular books for reading, her school work, an MP3 player with headphones, and a book of mazes.  For my three- year old, I packed tons of little trinkets she could play with (a mini lunch box filled with dinosaur figurines, mermaids, etc,), a mini etch a sketch, dry erase activity books, lift the flap books, and a TAG pen with books (and ear buds to attach).  For the baby, I loaded the seat back pocket nearest him with baby toys, a scarf, touch and feel books, etc.

When the going got tough and I needed some quiet time, I would pop in a DVD movie.  (In fact, a friend of mine very generously loaned me a complete system that attaches to the backs of the headrests).  It was a life saver on the way home!

I also purchased a few decks from Usborne books, one of which is called 50 Travel Games and Activities.  The kids enjoyed taking turns drawing from that deck and playing new games together as a family.

As far as traveling with my youngest (11 months), I had to get creative at times.  He had a blast for almost an hour playing with an empty water bottle!  When we were at the airport, I made sure he walked/crawled around as much as possible before we would get on the plane.  I packed a carry on with a small inflatable ball, which I blew up while waiting in the terminal, and we would literally play “fetch” with it.  I packed lots of clean healthy snacks (like dried fruit) in the no spill snack cups that he could reach in and help feed himself with.  I made sure he had a sippy cup with water in it (just in case), but he ended up nursing both times on take off and landing, so we did not end up having any trouble with his ears popping.

On the actual plane, I used the mystery box toy Jen had made.  It completely entertained him for an hour.  He would pull one toy out; discover it for a few minutes, then move on to something else.  There was a scarf inside, which was a big hit too, because we could play peek a boo and hide the other toys with it as well.  Because I had worn him out so well in the terminal, he slept the entire leg of one flight.

In the carry on I also had lift the flap & touch and feel books, as well as a travel pouch of tissues (I figured if I got really desperate, I would let him pull them out one by one and/or tear them to shreds), a glowing spinny toy we got at the circus, a Cheerios board book (it’s really cute- there are cut outs in the book where you put actual Cheerios and the baby can eat them while you read) and a few baby toys he hadn’t seen in a long time.  (I tried to think ahead and put away things he really liked for about a month before we traveled, so he’d be really excited to see them).

In the past, I have exchanged books and toys with friends of mine (meaning I would lend them things to take on their trip that would be “new” to their kids and they have done the same for me).  That’s nice because then you don’t have to go out and buy anything and typically other moms have a ton of things that your kids love to play with.  Jen also has a really cool Hang Man puzzle by Melissa and Doug whereby the letters and hangman pieces are tethered to the board with bands.  It would be great for road trips.  I’ll be looking for one in the near future!

Feel free to share what works for you!

Whole Foods Curbside Grocery Service – Limited Time Only!

9 Mar

Whole Foods in Arlington is offering personal shopping for FREE now until April 30th, for the general public!  All you have to do is e-mail them your grocery list, and call them when you arrive.  They will have someone deliver it to your car!

Oh how I dreamed about this service after my third baby was born and the thought of having to get groceries with all three children was more than I could bear!  Now, it’s finally become a reality.  This service is great for expectant moms, moms with new babies, or any mom who just needs a little help in the grocery department!  If someone you know could benefit from this service, don’t forget to pass the information along!

For more information or to submit your grocery list, e-mail Kirsten at parkway.concierge@wholefoods.com.

Britax Car Seat Recall

10 Nov

Recalled: Britax Chaperone Car Seats due to problems with the chest clip.  Some were improperly manufactured and can break apart, injuring the child or possibly choking them.  The following models manufactured in China between April 2009-May 2010 are involved:

  • E9L95P2 (Red Mill)
  • E9L95P3
  • E9L95P5 (Cowmooflage)
  • E9L69N9 (Moonstone)

Click here fore more details: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/childseat.cfm#mfg_anchor

Fisher-Price Recall

1 Oct

Fisher-Price has issued a massive recall on over 10 million high chairs, trikes, and plastic cars.  Reports of injuries were related to all of the recalled products.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends immediately discontinuing use of the products.

For a complete recall list, click here.

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