Scary Mom Nightmare Series: Unlucky Embarrassing Mom Moments

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Who’s ever peed their pants in 4th grade? Me!

Who’s ever misspelled the easiest word in front of the whole school during the 8th grade Spelling Bee? Check!

Who couldn’t remember my own phone number for the first year and a half after getting a new phone? You guessed it.

Who accidentally told a client’s mom “I love you” at the end of a work phone call? Yep, me again.

Just you wait- there’s plenty more. Especially since I’ve become a mom!

And thank goodness- it’s not just me!

Here’s a wonderful list of deliciously embarrassing mom moments, told by moms who know exactly what it feels like to cover their faces in shame and rush out of the grocery store without making eye contact with anyone!

Enjoy a good laugh, and remember that you’re normal after all! Unless…. we are all abnormal… in which case, you’re still in good company!

1) Count the Cows’ Wieners

My son grew up around the farm.

One day, he told me, “Mom, cows make milk.”

Then his younger brother piped in, “And they have lots of wieners!” (I guess you mean the udders??)

2) F, F, and More F

My child mispronounced the words “duck”, “truck”, “stuck”… basically anything ending in the “uck” sound.

The interesting thing is, no matter what the beginning sound was supposed to be, she substituted in an “f”. No idea why.

So she went through a phase where this cute little blonde, piggy tailed, adorable girl walked around swearing all the time.

The little old ladies down the street weren’t happy about that.

3) All Better!

I slipped on the ice right on my butt.

As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, my sweet toddler kissed it better.

4) A Little Miscommunication

My child told her teacher that I drink and drive.

When CPS showed up at my house, I asked my 6 year old to go to the fridge and bring the nice lady the beverage that I drink while I drive.

She came back with a Pepsi.

5) How Old Do I Look?

A salesman came to the door. I answered with a toddler hanging on my leg and a four year old behind me.

My only plan was to send him away graciously.

But then he jumped right in with, “Hi, is your mom here?”

6) I’m 4 Years Old All Over Again

After I gave birth to my first baby, we had a big family gathering to welcome her to the world. Everyone was there.

We were all dressed up and looking cute.

And then I had to sneeze. I was still new to this whole postpartum body of mine, so I really wasn’t ready for it.

I never thought I’d pee my pants as a 26 year old. And definitely not in front of the whole extended family!

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7) Watch out for spit up!

I’ve had many a day go by without realizing that I was covered in it. For hours. Out in public.

I’m not just talking running errands in Wal-Mart (although that’s certainly happened!) but also at work, at church, at weddings, at family get togethers, and at company parties.

The best was when I was covered in spit up for an Employee of the Month photo. And nobody said anything!

8) Empathy for Livestock

I was a new mom, and my sweet mom offered to take my daughter over night while my husband and I had a nice getaway. It was so so great!

Except that I had never packed for postpartum needs. I forgot the breast pump. And I felt it. Quickly.

When I started hurting, my husband didn’t know how to help so he started massaging me. We joke to this day about the time that I was milked like a cow.

9) Surprise Visitors

Our family bought a new house. We were very excited to move in… but we had the sad surprise of BED BUGS! Yep.

The exterminator took care of them as quickly as possible.

My son told some friends, “We got a new house. There are bugs that eat me in my sleep.”

10) Shhh! Quiet!

My family was sitting in a quiet church on Easter Sunday. We were listening to the sermon and trying to keep everyone quiet.

I had my son in my lap. He was playing with the hymn books, but he was being a little too rough with them.

I tried to take it out of his hands, but he pulled up on the book as fast as he could to keep me from taking it. The book went above his head, straight into my windpipe! It completely knocked the wind out of me! I tried to gag quietly, but that’s easier said than done.

I ended up making weird, uneven, gag, choke, cry, shudder, swallow, gasp, clear throat, cough, hack, puke noises. For like 5 minutes. In the otherwise dead silence.  

11) Keep It IN Your Pants

My son pulled his “thing” right out of his pants in the middle of Chuck-E-Cheese with kids and parents all around.

12) Another Great Day at Church.

I was sitting in the pew with my sister and her family. My sister’s husband was holding their son.

I was very entertained watching him try to sit still.

As he sat there fidgeting, he looked up at his dad. With his dad looking straight ahead at the preacher, the kid could see right up his nose holes.

The boy looked down at his hand, holding up two fingers. Then he looked back at his dad’s nose. And back at his fingers.

And then, quick as anything, he shoved those two fingers up his dad’s nose right in the middle of the sermon!

13) Who Dressed Who?

It was a few days before school started and we were attending the open house to get to know our kids’ new teachers. I wore a sundress and thought I looked super cute!

My son said, “Mom, your dress looks funny.”

I got after him, telling him to be polite and keep rude comments to himself. After a few minutes, I realized that my dress was inside out, and had been the whole time!!

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14) New Lyrics

My kid liked to make up songs.

One day, while we were out to eat at a restaurant, he was singing loudly some of his made up lyrics. It was a little annoying, but fine… until, “All you have to do is shake your booty and wave your pee pee!” Oh no.

15) A Classic with a Twist

Another amazing original song by a four year old…. In the middle of hobby lobby, my daughter yelled, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your butt!”

16) Mommy Balance

Our family was shopping at Lowe’s. My two year old tried to run for the door. When I tried to catch her, I slipped and face planted.

I got a black eye, a bloody nose, a laughing toddler, and a husband who stood in shock until I finally choked out of my blood-soaked face, “Get her!”

17) Tissue, Please!

I was visiting my neighbor. We were sitting on her couch chatting. I had my three year old sitting next to me. She was getting squirmy but I was really enjoying the adult interaction, so I was hoping she could sit still for just a few more minutes!

Then, I suddenly realized that quite a bit of time had passed and she seemed to calm down! Great!

Until I started to notice how often my neighbor was glancing away from me and towards my daughter…. Never a good sign!

When I looked down at her, she had been picking her nose and wiping the boogers on my neighbor’s couch. She had an impressive pile of snot built up!! I had to pinterest how to clean microfiber.

18) Potty Mouth

The family was carrying in groceries. My husband dropped a bag containing spaghetti sauce. The glass jar shattered and spaghetti sauce was everywhere!

Our toddler was running by right as my husband let out a, “Oh shit!”.

Later that day, we went back to Costco for more spaghetti sauce. We were trying some of the free samples… when my toddler dropped hers… And let out a, “Oh shit!” in front of a group of little old ladies.

19) Tit Twister but Worse

Have you ever seen those pacifier clips? You know, so you can clip the paci to the baby’s clothes and you don’t loose it? They’re great!

Except for one unfortunate day… I clipped it right onto her nipple!! She was crying, and it took me a few minutes to figure out what was wrong!

20) Good Ol’ Abe

My four year old’s preschool teacher dressed up as Abraham Lincoln. She spoke about how old Abe freed the slaves- then explained that slaves were black people who were forced to work for free.

After preschool, my daughter and I went out for lunch at Wendys. In the line, she yelled, “Look, mom- it’s a slave!” pointing at a young African American man.

The whole restaurant fell silent, staring at us. I didn’t know what to say, but I managed to choke out, “No, sweetie, remember that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaved… except for one, and that would be me!”toddler opening her mouth

Whatever your most embarrassing mom moment is, it can’t be any worse than these! But if it is, we’d really want to hear about it!

Please share your BEST embarrassing mom moments in the comments below!

No need to feel embarrassed next time one of these crazy mom moments happens to you! Just come join us for a good laugh about it all!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

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Scary Mom Nightmares Series: How Much Time Should A Mom Spend in the Shower?

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: 21 Reasons A Mom’s Shower Can’t Exceed 6 Minutes

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A mom’s shower time is short. As soon as your child is mobile, ever second you spend away from them is a gamble. 

6 minutes is about the limit.

Yes, that includes undressing and dressing time. 6 minutes total.

Basically, we’re talking about the horror scene you could walk into if you leave a child (who has any sort of mobility- scooting, crawling, walking, or worse) for more than 6ish minutes, even for something as routine as showering.

You’d think you would be safe to turn on a calming show like Daniel Tiger, provide some great educational toys, and slip away for just a couple minutes…. But no.

You’re not safe.

You’re never safe.

At least it isn’t catching me by surprise anymore. At least now I expect the mayhem- but expecting and being prepared are two different things.

You can duck and cover, but that won’t help much against a grenade.

Turns out, other moms know what I’m going through. Here’s an amazing list reasons to take a short shower (based on experiences of real moms)!

It’s my hope that these things will scare new moms straight! Don’t learn by doing on this one. Just take it from us and rush through your shower. The faster the better.

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If you take a shower longer than 6 minutes long, you are risking:

  1. Your kids lovin’ on the baby too much. Is it possible to be literally smothered in hugs and kisses??
  2. Battle of the siblings! Have you ever seen a war zone? I have.
  3. A five-year old’s redecorating skills. Maybe we could call it… modern art??
  4. Pee on the floor. You’d think from the toddler you’re potty training… but really, it could be anyone! And it always happens right at the moment you step into the room. So close!
  5. Poop on the floor. Same story.
  6. Dress up for the dog. He looks great in your toddler’s best church dress!
  7. Kids stumbling on your favorite TV shows on Netflix. Hope they’re appropriate…
  8. A five-year old’s best attempt to start the laundry. So nice, but we’ll have to buy more laundry soap now since it’s all over the floor.
  9. The group of howling cave-children working together to smash your valued possessions. You know, the ones they know they’re not allowed to touch? Yeah, those are the ones.
  10. The kids continuing with the routine without you. Overflowed bathtub anyone?? Or maybe a repeat of The Epic Mom-Was-2-Minutes-Late Toothpaste Disaster of 2017?
  11. Kids off for a walk without you, without telling you, in dead silence. Seriously, when have they ever done ANYTHING in dead silence… until now??
  12. Children finding their own sensory experiences out of your kitchen- you know, like flour, sugar, or uncooked rice all over the floor. Very educational.
  13. The toddler pulling crayons out of her secret lair or vanishing cabinet or wherever she gets them (even though I’ve picked up every last crayon in our house fifty times to make sure this doesn’t happen!) and drawing beautiful masterpieces on my walls.
  14. The kindergartner pulling crayons out of her secret lair or vanishing cabinet or wherever she gets them (even though I’ve picked up every last crayon in our house fifty times to make sure this doesn’t happen!) and writing her name all over the furniture. You’d think she’d write ANYTHING else… I wonder who did this??
  15. Eating things other than food. You know, like dirt, paper, dog food, week old leftover cereal that’s glued to the kitchen chairs….
  16. Kids feeding all the above nonfood items to their younger siblings…
  17. That one helpful child trying to pour a glass of milk or a bowl of cereal themselves. Time to go to the store for more milk. Right after a lot of mopping.
  18. Little ones pushing buttons on the TV remote. Congratulations- You now get to enjoy permanent Spanish subtitles. 
  19. The baby pulling all the food out of your cupboards. Didn’t we have canned peaches once? Not anymore. They’re probably in the vanishing cabinet or in the secret lair with the crayons. They’re gone forever.
  20. The shortest family member getting into the top cupboards. Oh yes she can reach that! Uh oh.
  21. And the worst of all… The icing on the cake… The devil’s eye… The child could use his insane hound dog skills to track down your secret stash of chocolate. And by the time you get out of the shower… It. Will. All. Be. Gone. All of it. Yes, even the Lindor truffles!! Not those!

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Do what’s good for you.

It’s just not worth it! Save yourselves, young mamas. Take a short shower.

And as always, when the chaos strikes, just pull out your camera and take a picture! Laugh about it if you can. If you can’t laugh today, know you’ll laugh someday! Maybe not today… But someday.

Do you have a funny mom story to share? Comment below!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

Need more than 6 minutes to yourself? Check out this FREE Parent’s Guide to Self-Care to help you decompress and feel right with the world again!

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Everything Parents Need to Know About Car Seat Safety- 8 Common Questions Answered with the Best Expert Advice of 2019

Everything Parents Need to Know About Car Seat Safety- 8 Common Questions Answered with the Best Expert Advice of 2019

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Trivia: Using car seats correctly reduces the risk of death by what percentage??

(Scroll to the bottom of the post for the answer!)

 

When I first became a mom, I had no idea how little I knew about car seats and car safety!

In this day and age, most parents spend time in the car with the kids every day. Going to school, daycare, the store, running errands… It’s vital for every parent to know exactly how to keep their little ones safe in the car. 

Here is everything new parents need to know- the most updated information from child safety experts at safekids.org! All in one convenient place for easy reference.

Share with your friends, tell new moms, let the school and daycare know, and inform grandparents. Let’s get everyone on the same page with accurate information to keep our kids safe! 

Let’s start at the beginning.

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1) What Seat Should I Get?

  • Infancy:

Your baby’s first car seat will be a Rear Facing seat. These seats support the baby in a lying down position. 

Most Rear Facing seats are rates for 5-40 pounds. If you have a preemie, make sure your car seat is rated for your child’s weight.

It is important to keep your child in a Rear Facing seat for as long as possible as these seats are the safest option for young children. At a minimum, keep using the Rear Facing seat until 2 years old. Many children ride in a rear facing seat until they are 3. Don’t move your child on to the next seat until he or she exceeds the weight requirements. 

Sometimes, babies seem too tall for the Rear Facing seat. It’s no problem- the child can simply cross her legs to be comfortable.

 

There are 3 options for Rear Facing Seats: 

1.Rear Facing ONLY- These seats are common because they are portable. It’s easy to buckle a baby into the seat indoors and carry the seat, baby and all, to the car. These seats often clip into strollers for convenience.

The seat usually clips into a base which stays in the car. Parents can choose to purchase multiple bases so that they don’t have to switch the base between vehicles.

Although babies can be safely carried while buckled into these seats, it’s important to unbuckle the child when you exit the vehicle. If the child is sleeping in the seat, undo the buckles to ensure that the child can breathe properly.

 

2. Convertible Car Seat- These seats are Rear Facing, but they convert to a Forward Facing seat when the child is old enough to make the change to the next seat style.

There are benefits of having a Convertible Seat. The seat is larger and has higher weight limits, so the child is able to stay Rear Facing for a longer time. It’s cheap and convenient to have two styles of car seat in one, rather than purchasing the next style.

However, the Convertible Seat is not portable like the Rear Facing Only seat. Rather than unbuckling the seat from the base, a parent must unbuckle the child every time he enters or exits the vehicle.

 

3. 3-in-1 Seat- A 3-in-1 Car Seat converts from Rear Facing, to Forward Facing, and again to a Booster Seat. All three styles of car seat are included in one, which is great and economical. These seats can be more expensive than the others, but they are generally cheaper in the long run because you don’t have to purchase three separate seats. 

3-in-1 seats are large like a Convertible Car Seat. They are not portable like a Rear Facing Only seat.

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  • Young Children (Approximately Age 2-8):

Once a child outgrows the Rear Facing seat, he moves on to the Forward Facing Seat. The exact time of the change is different for each child, but the switch should be made after 2 years of age. Keep the child in the Rear Facing seat until he exceeds the weight or height limits for that seat.

A Forward Facing Seat uses a harness to buckle the child around the chest and around the hips. This method is safer for young children than a seat belt. These seats are designed to support the child’s entire body in the case of a crash, especially focusing on keeping the spine, neck, and head aligned.

 

There are two kinds of Forward Facing Seats.

 

1.Forward Facing Only- These seats are cheaper than a Combination Seat. They are just as safe and effective as a Combination Seat, but you will need to purchase a Booster Seat once your child outgrows the Forward Facing Only Seat.

The benefit of purchasing a Forward Facing Only Seat is that it will be several years before you’ll need to buy the booster seat. Booster seats are the cheapest car seats, so it’s not a big deal to buy one later on.

If the seat expired or if the seat was in a car accident, you would need to purchase a new one anyways. It might be a better fit for your family to purchase a cheaper Forward Facing Only Seat rather than risk spending more money on a seat that might not last all the way until your child is 8-12 years old. 

 

2. Combination Seat- This seat converts from a Forward Facing Seat to a Booster Seat. It’s perfect for someone who wants to use a portable Rear Facing Only Seat for a baby. You get all the convenience of the Rear Facing Only Seat. When your child needs a Forward Facing Seat, you get the next two seats all in one. It can be cheaper to buy one seat rather than purchasing both seats.

If you got in a crash or if the seat expired, you would need to buy a new car seat, which is a bummer.

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  • Older Children (Around Ages 8-12)

A child moves on to a Booster Seat when the child outgrows the shoulder straps or the height/weight limits of the Forward Facing Seat.

A Booster Seat lifts the child so that they are tall enough to use an adult seat belt without the seat belt crossing over their neck or face.

 

There are two styles of Booster Seat, and one alternative option to a traditional Booster.

 

1. Backless Booster Seat- These are the cheapest Booster Seats. They are safe as long as your car has a high backrest on the seat, including a headrest for the child.

 

2. High Backed Booster Seat- This is the best style to use if your car does not have a headrest or if the seats are low.

High Backed Booster Seats can be more expensive than Backless Booster Seats.

It is nice to have a High Backed Booster Seat because it is safe in any vehicle. You never know when your child will be invited to go somewhere with a friend, a grandparent, or a family member whose vehicle is styled differently than yours.

 

3. Alternative Option to the Booster Seat: Travel Vests- Travel vests are designed to increase seat belt safety for a child. It has a harness similar to a Forward Facing Seat.

The seat belt attaches to the harness, keeping the seat belt in the ideal position across the child’s lap and shoulder. If a child were to experience a crash, the travel vest absorbs much of the impact, resulting in less injury to the child. See specific travel vests for specific ages or weight/height limits.

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2) What do I Need to Know When Shopping for a Car Seat?

  • Expiration Date- All car seats have an expiration date. Car seats are made out of plastic. Plastic becomes brittle over time, especially when exposed to extreme temperatures. Car seats become less safe the older they are. Following the expiration date ensures that your child is safe in a new and properly functioning car seat. If you need to find the expiration date, look on the tag or on the side of the seat.
  • Specs of the Car Seat- Each car seat has its own size and shape. Consider your needs and what will fit best in your vehicle. If you have more than one child in a car seat, how much room will you need in the back seat to fit both children?
  • Weight/Height/Age Limits- What are your family’s needs? Do you need this seat to last for several years or for a short time until the child grows out of the seat? Consider what seat will fit your circumstance the best.
  • After-Market Products can be Dangerous!- There are products like extra padding that can be purchased for car seats. These extra products are not rated for a specific car seat and could compromise the seat’s safety. If there is a product that you prefer, make sure you purchase a seat that already includes that product. If the product is included, the manufacturer has already tested to make sure that the product is safe for that specific seat.
  • Used Car Seats- Used car seats can be very dangerous! It is easy for a seller to lie about the car seat’s history, which could make all the difference in your little one’s safety! A used car seat is not safe if:
    • It has been in a crash
    • It is expired
    • It does not come with the original parts, instructions, and labels
    • If it has any visible damage, like cracks
  • Price- The most expensive car seat isn’t guaranteed to be the best, and the cheapest car seat isn’t guaranteed to be the worst. Consider your family’s unique circumstance to find the best fit for you.
  • Registering– Register your car seat provides the manufacturer with your contact information so that they can immediately let you know if there is a recall or a deficiency in your car seat. They do not share your personal information. Register your car seat quickly to keep your child safe. Usually, you can register your seat by using a mail-in or by going online.

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3) What are the Various Parts and Pieces of a Car Seat?

Image from www.safekids.org : 

Basic parts on a car seat of the front and back of a car seat.

For more specifics, check out this AMAZING post by babycenter.com: Anatomy of a Car Seat

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4) How do I Install a Car Seat in my Car?

There are two major methods of securing a car seat into a car. Each family should choose one or the other, but never use both methods at the same time.

1.Seat Belt Method- The seat belt method has been around for a long time. Vehicles older than September 2002 will use the seat belt method because the latch systems were not installed until after that date. Pull the seat belt through the designated slots (see individual car seat instructions for specific details). Buckle the seat belt. Pull the belt tight. If you plan to use the seat belt method, make sure the seat belt locks!

2. Latch Method (Lower Anchors and Tethers For Children)- The latch method tethers the car seat to anchors found in the vehicle. It is important to note that the car seat can only be placed in certain seats of the vehicle, depending on the location of the anchors.

Latch systems are installed on vehicles newer than September 2002. In these vehicles, you can check the owner’s manual to find specific locations of the anchors.

There is a lower latch that secures the bottom of the seat and a top tether to secure the back of the seat. This keeps the top of the car seat from launching forward in a car accident. 

The tethers and anchors are rated for a specific weight (usually 65 pounds). This weight limit includes the weight of the child plus the weight of the car seat. Once the weight of the child plus the weight of the seat exceeds 65 pounds, switch to using the seat belt method.

  • Rear Facing Seats- Rear Facing Seats are installed using a base that stays in the vehicle. The base is secured using the seat belt or latch method. Place the car seat into the base and push down firmly until the seat clicks into place. It is important to check the Angle Indicator (located on the side of the car seat or in the instructions) to make sure the Rear Facing Seat is angled properly. An improper angle could cause a baby to struggle to breathe.
  • Forward Facing Seats- Choose between the seat belt method and the latch method.
  • Booster Seats- A booster seat does not need to be secured. The seat belt will tightly hold the child and the seat in place in the event of an accident.
  • Tips for All Car Seats- 
    • Always place the child in the back seat until they are 13 years old.
    • Avoid placing children near air bags.
    • Always test to make sure the seat is installed tightly. Pull the seat from side to side and front to back. The car seat should not move more than 1 inch in any direction.

 

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5) How do I Buckle My Child Into the Car Seat Properly?

I used to think it was simple and easy to put a child in a car seat. Then I learned I was doing it all wrong!

And I’m not the only one. 3 out of 4 car seats are used incorrectly! Here’s some great pointers to make sure you are keeping your child safe.

  • There should not be anything behind or under the child. No blankets, pillows, big puffy coats, etc. These things get in the way of tightening the seat properly by adding unnecessary bulk.
    • If you are concerned about your child being cold in the car, use a light jacket, warm the car before you get in, or place a blanket over his lap (and over the buckles- never place the buckles over the blanket as this causes the same problems).
  • The recommendations for how to use Shoulder Straps change based on the type of seat your child uses. 
    • Rear Facing Seat: The harness straps should come out from behind the seat at the height of your child’s shoulders or BELOW your child’s shoulders, but NOT above the child’s shoulders.
    • Forward Facing Seat: The harness straps should come out from behind the seat at the height of your child’s shoulders or ABOVE your child’s shoulders, but NOT below the child’s shoulders.
  • Even though it’s a pain, the best practice is to loosen and tighten the harness every time you get in and out of your vehicle. Don’t assume that the straps are adjusted perfectly. In order to test if the straps are tight enough, pinch the strap next to the child’s shoulders. The strap should be tight enough that your fingers slide off the material, rather than folding the strap in half.
  • The chest buckle should be equal with the child’s armpits, not down by her belly or up by her neck.
  • When using a Booster Seat avoid lap only seat belts. The child should use a lap and shoulder seat belt, which supports his body in the event of a crash. A lap only belt would allow his body to launch forward, causing injury.

6) What Else Can I Do to Keep My Child Safe in the Car?

  • Children grow fast! Double check the child’s weight and height often to make sure your child is using the appropriate car seat for his changing needs.
  • Be aware of objects in the car. If you got in a crash, hard objects could shift or be thrown throughout the car. This could easily hurt a child! Secure necessary objects. Don’t let the child bring hard toys in the car. Instead, choose soft toys like stuffed animals.
  • Don’t leave a child alone in the car for any amount of time. This could cause many accidents, including:
    • Heat stroke. A car is like a greenhouse. It traps heat, making the inside of the vehicle many times hotter than outside the vehicle. This can lead to injury or death in just a few minutes.
    • Strangulation. Many common features in a car can be dangerous when used by an unsupervised child- including: power windows, seat belts, sunroofs, straps of a car seat, etc.
    • Runaway vehicles. Children can bump the car into gear, causing it to start driving without you. This can cause injury to the child in the vehicle, injury to others outside the vehicle, and property damage.
  • Always wear your seat belt to be a good example of car safety. 
  • Model cautious driving. Always follow the rules of the road and avoid unnecessary risks.
  • Avoid road rage, as this can cause unnecessary aggressive driving.
  • Set family rules about riding with other drivers. Address topics like the driver’s level of experience, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, always wearing seat belts even if others do not, etc.
    • Communicate your expectations for your child’s safety to family, schools, neighbors, daycare, or anyone else who might transport your child to make sure everyone is transporting your child safely!

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7) How Do I Dispose of Old Car Seats?

If your child has outgrown a car seat before the expiration date, feel free to pass it along to a friend, family member, or neighbor. Be sure that they get all the original labels, instructions, and pieces of the seat. Give them a complete history of the car seat so that they know it is safe to use.

If the car seat is expired, do not place it somewhere where another person might use it mistakenly. Instead, take the seat apart into pieces. Place each piece into separate trash bags and dispose of the bags.

If the seat has been through a crash, research carefully to find the exact recommendations for your seat.

Start by checking the instructions that came with your car seat. Some manufacturers recommend disposing of the car seat if it has been through any sort of crash. Others allow the seat to be used if the crash was minor.

How do you know if the crash was “minor”? A minor crash meets ALL of the following requirements: 

  • The car was not damaged (enough to drive away from the accident.)
  • The door closest to the car seat was undamaged.
  • There were no injuries to anyone inside the vehicle.
  • None of the airbags were deployed.
  • There is no visible cracks or other damage to the car seat itself.

If you have further questions about if a seat is safe, feel free to contact the manufacturer directly to have your questions answered.

 

8) How do I Know When My Child is Ready to Stop Using Car Seats All Together?

Teens and preteens eventually give up using the Booster Seat. Make sure they meet the following guidelines before they make the transition:

  • The child can use the adult seat belt correctly.
    • The belt crosses the child’s lap and chest.
    • The belt NEVER crosses over the child’s face or neck, as this could lead to injury in a crash.
    • The belt fits securely, not loosely.
  • The child’s feet can touch the floor when she sits with her back against the back of the seat.
  • The child’s knees bend properly at the edge of the seat when she sits with her back against the back of the seat.
  • Check out a video here of how to test if your child is ready to give up the car seat!

Remember, each car’s dimensions are different. There might be one car that is safe for your child to ride in without his Booster Seat and another car that is not safe for your child. Test to see if a car is safe every time you change vehicles!

Again, make sure your child sits in the back seat until at least age 13 to protect them from airbag deployment, which can hurt younger children.

 

There you have it! Everything you need to know about car safety, all in one place!

Here’s to keeping our little ones safe!!!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

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One Simple Hack to Make Veggies Taste Good (Even to Kids)

One Simple Hack to Make Veggies Taste Good (Even to Kids!)

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Are you sick of eating steamed broccoli and carrots?

Veggies can be so bland and boring. But we choke them down because we want to be healthy! It’s so hard for me to be a good example of nutrition to my children because I don’t want to eat the vegetables either! I try to put on a smile, take a big bite of cauliflower, and act like I’m eating a candy bar.

But I’m no actor you guys.

And to be honest, I don’t think anyone is that good of an actor that they could sell cauliflower to a 2-year old. She sees right through me.

UNTIL….

I learned this one simple cooking hack that transforms boring old vegetables into a culinary masterpiece! They look good, they taste good, I’ve had friends ask me for recipes (even though there isn’t one- I just use this one trick!!).

And the kids eat them without a fight! 

Guess what else??? You don’t even need to make an extra trip to the store. This hack uses only 4 ingredients- and you have them all at home already!!! All you need is the veggie, butter, garlic, Salt/Pepper! That’s it!


Enjoy these Quick Links to Great Ingredients and Resources You’ll Need:

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Butter:

Minced Garlic:

Salt/Pepper:

Vegetable Slicer:

The Vegetable Butcher:


 

This trick works for ANY veggie!!! I’ve tried a ton of veggies and it always works.

Here’s the proof!

Veggies

I cooked several varieties of vegetables using this one hack. I’ll show you a side by side image of the delicious cooked veggies and the boring steamed veggies that I’m used to. You’ll know which one I’m talking about!

In the images below, you’ll see me cook:

  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • A Veggie Mix (Onion, Green Bell Pepper, and Mushrooms- we eat this on top of chicken or pork chops all the time!)

Here’s my trick:

Step 1: Chop Up Your Veggies

Nothing fancy, just make em bite sized!

Cut Veggies

Step 2: Boil Veggies Until Al Dente (If Needed)

If you’re dealing with a hard veggie like carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, asparagus, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, potatoes, etc. make sure you boil or steam the veggies first to soften them. Boil them until they are al dente (soft with a slight crunch left). 

We don’t want mushy veggies here! After all, we haven’t even started the yummy cooking yet. This is just preparation.

If you use packaged frozen veggies, they have been precooked already and will be soft enough to skip this step.

Soft veggies (eggplant, squash, peas, zucchini, mushrooms, cabbage, spinach, bell peppers, etc.) are good to go- so don’t worry about boiling or steaming these. Just skip ahead to step 3!

Step 3: Throw It All In!

Ok, if I were some chef in a restaurant, I’d probably tell you to begin by melting the butter and garlic in a saute pan, then add your veggies, then saute lightly, taste the veggies, salt and pepper as needed, taste again… BLEH!!!!

I’m not a chef, and this is no restaurant. 

I’m a mom, and I’m cooking dinner with several children pulling on my clothes while running in circles around my island while the baby eats the dog food and the toddler colors on my walls.

I’m not messing around here- I just need something yummy and healthy on the table without burning the house down! Is that too much to ask??? 

So screw the chef tricks!

Just throw your 4 ingredients in the pan- butter, salt/pepper, garlic, and of course the veggie.

Step 4: A Little Color

Allow the veggies to sit until they are slightly browned on one side, then stir them up so that they don’t burn. Wait for a few minutes between mixing so that the veggies get some nice charring (brown coloration) on all sides.

The char adds flavor that nicely compliments the salty, garlicy, buttery goodness that used to be nasty, bland veggies.

The best part about this is that I don’t need to sit and stir the pan all the time! I can take a quick brake to go take the crayon away from my toddler before my whole wall is colored pink or to pull the dog food out of baby’s mouth.

Perfect style of cooking for a busy mom!

Step 5: Eat!

And guess what?? You’re done! So easy, so tasty!!!

The Results!

Here’s some of the amazing veggies that I’ve tried with this method. You can literally SEE the flavor!

The results really speak for themselves.

Look at the difference! Just wait until you taste the difference! I cooked some of my kids’ least favorite veggies today and they gulped them down like I fed them french fries! 

I love it, and I love the peace of mind that comes from feeding my kids healthy food.

And don’t forget to include your kids in the kitchen with these helpful tips and these great kids’ recipes! 

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

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Steps to Deliver a Baby Alone- Be Prepared for the Crazy Times When Shit Like This Happens

11 Steps to Delivering a Baby Alone- Be Prepared For Those Crazy Times When Sh*# Like That Happens

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Hey Moms,

Do you have crazy pregnancy nightmares?

Comment Below- What is your craziest pregnancy dream or nightmare??

I get those… and a reoccurring one for me is that I’m going into labor in random places.

I’ve dreamed that I went into labor in a grocery store, in an amusement park, traveling to visit family in another state… But by far the worst reoccurring labor dream is when I go into labor in the car in the middle of nowhere.

There’s no hospitals, no doctors or nurses…

Just me and my husband, who is always freaking out even worse than I am.

I usually end up yelling my best guesses of what to do at him as he ignores me and races down the road looking for a hospital. I’m much more profane in my dreams than I am in real life.

I usually have the babies (it’s always twins!!) in the passenger seat, and he finally pulls up at a hospital right after they are both born.

And then he sells our car because he can’t stand looking at it anymore.

Those nightmares are terrifying enough to motivate me to do some research. If something crazy were to happen, I wanted to know what to do! That goes for if I was the one in labor or if another poor mom needed help delivering a baby.

Dads- you should all read this! You can’t just drive and hope you find a hospital!

Moms- you too! For your sake and the sake of other women who might need you in some freak emergency situation, or a zombie raid, or whatever weird reason you might be stuck playing doctor for real.

It never hurts to be prepared, and a little prior knowledge might be just what you need to stay calm.

Let’s dive in!

 

1. Keep Your Head On

If you ever need to deliver a child, I’m sure it will be terrifying and crazy and freaky! Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  • Women all over the world have labor at home– without meds, without intervention.
  • Women’s bodies are tailor made for labor and delivery.
  • Most births aren’t complicated.
  • Nature knows its stuff! 

Remember that fact and stay calm! After all, if you’re freaking out, that poor mom is going to be losing it.

and breathe neon sign on tre

A woman once described her labor to me. This isn’t one of the crazy stories where someone delivers a baby in the jungle. She was in a hospital, safe with nurses, but she was having a natural birth.

She told me, “I’ve always been a screamer during labor.”

The nurse was repeatedly coming in and trying to calm her or make her more comfortable or offering her ways to help with the pain. But she wanted a natural labor, the screaming was more of a coping mechanism for her.

Finally, the nurse came in and said, “I’m so sorry, I really need you to stop screaming. There’s a 13-year-old down the hall in labor and you’re scaring her.”

So yeah, keep it relaxing for the poor mother’s sake.

2. Make Sure Help Is On It’s Way

Labor can go fast, and with all the fear and emotions floating around, things might slip your mind.

Above all else, make sure help is coming!

police car at street

Dial 911, call a hospital, call the midwife (love that show!), light signal fires, or whatever- but make sure someone is coming.

(Side note- if you’re pregnant and close to delivery, keep yourself safely near cell phone service. Save long hikes into the backwoods for you until after baby comes. Who would want to do that with swollen feet anyways?? 😊)

This step is the part that might save you from having to deliver a baby at all. Cross your fingers for that! But just in case, let’s continue so that you know what to do in all cases.

3. Make Sure Help Can Find You

You might not think about small things that will slow down the help that’s coming.

Are your doors locked?? Then they can’t get in! Unlock everything!

Are you still driving?? Then they don’t know where to go to find you! Anyways, I can’t imagine delivering a baby without meds while strapped in a seat belt. If it were me, that seat-belt would have to come off, and that means it’s not safe to be flying down the road anyways.

Are you on a main road or trail? What landmarks are around? How can you make yourself more visible?

It’s natural to try to hide away, after all, labor isn’t pretty and it’s a private event. But make sure that you can be found so that you can get help.

4. Sanitize

Find the cleanest space possible. Best case scenario, you have a bed with clean sheets and blankets. For easier cleanup, put a shower curtain down on the bed. You might want to put towels over the curtain to make it more comfortable and absorbent.

In the best case scenario, sanitize means not just clean but disinfected too. Do the best with what you have.

The floor is a good choice because the baby won’t fall or get dropped accidentally. Babies are slimy and slippery after all.

Or maybe the cleanest area around is in the car or maybe it’s a patch of grass… Or just a zombie free warehouse, I don’t know.

Wherever you are, wash your hands or use sanitizer if you have it.

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5 Tips to Reach Optimal Health Before a New Baby (For People Who Don’t Like to Exercise or Diet)

What is a “Good Parent”?

25 Best Mom Hacks that Save Time, Energy, and Money

Over 35 Guilty Pleasures for Moms that I’m NOT ABOUT to Stop!


 

5. Listen to the Mother

From here, follow mom’s direction.

What position is comfortable for her? Lying down, sitting, squatting, standing, walking, whatever.

Do that.

She might want you to push her knees towards her chest (this can relieve pain) or help her breathe or say calming words of encouragement or just shut up.

Whatever she needs, do it.

And by all means, don’t cry about the mess in your car, in your house, wherever. You’re going to need new stuff. Accept that fact and help the poor woman.

man wiping his tears

Pray that the medics get there before you have to actually deliver. It’s normal for labor to go on for several hours, so hopefully you made it to the hospital before then or someone can come help you before then.

But labor can also be very fast in some cases… Again, just in case, let’s chat about what to do if you don’t.

6. Support Baby’s Head

You’ll see the baby’s head first.

Things often move slow in labor- so don’t try to rush it. Don’t pull or force anything. Just be patient.

Keep the head and neck supported by putting your hand under the baby’s head. It’s normal for the baby to turn as he is born.

7. Breathing

Even before the baby fully emerges, you can help make sure he is breathing.

Use a clean towel to wipe the baby’s face clean. Just wipe the towel downwards across the baby’s mouth and nose to open the airways.

Don’t mess with the umbilical cord. You won’t be cutting it or messing with it at all unless it’s tangled around the baby’s neck. Don’t freak out, just hold the baby with its head closer to mom to avoid pulling on the cord. Then untangle it from the baby as the baby is born.

8. Catch!

Watch out- once the shoulders come out, the whole baby’s comin. No more slow and steady wins the race- It’s fast and easy to drop the baby.

This is no time for selfies or a quick snack or a 5-minute break.

Just focus and be ready to catch. Expect slippery. It’s best to catch the baby in something- like a towel, a shirt, a coat, or whatever you have around- so that you don’t drop her.

Softly dab the baby to dry them, make sure they are breathing (if they are making any sound, they are breathing so no need to hit their butt. That’s a thing anymore.), and lay baby skin-to-skin on mom to warm up.

woman holding baby

Don’t be worried if there is blood. Blood and fluid is part of this process.

9. Afterbirth

Yes, there’s more.

I know, where does it end??

Soon… ish…

We can really really hope that help has arrived by now. In most cases it would have.

But AGAIN… Just in case… Let’s chat about the placenta.

This is the organ that a woman’s body creates when she’s pregnant to keep the baby alive. It’s not needed after the baby is born, so it comes out after delivery.

This usually happens about 10-15 minutes after baby comes. It’s important to let the afterbirth come at its own time. Don’t pull on it because it can tear and it’s important for the whole thing to be delivered. Any pieces that break off could cause problems for mom later.

Wrap the placenta up in a towel or something. The doctor might want to check to make sure that there are no broken off pieces on the placenta, just to be safe, so keep it around.

10. Keep Mom and Baby Warm and Comfortable

You can sit back and relax now!

baby covered with white blanket

If you’re in a safe place, just wait for help to come and they can handle it from here.

Pat yourself on the back and make a plan for a big reward/treat for yourself. You earned it.

11. Turn Things Over to the Professionals

Finally, they’re here! Just listen and do whatever they ask you to do. They know what they’re talking about.

 

Now you’re ready moms, and dads.

Knowing all this has stopped the nightmares and helped me sleep easy. If there were some crazy situation, I could handle it, and so could you!

The biggest thing is to trust nature. Trust a woman’s body to know what it’s doing. Don’t assume you know more and try to intervene more than you should.

Just support what’s naturally happening.

And get ready to tell all your friends, cause this is going to be the story of the century!

Have you ever had to deliver a baby on your own… Or known someone who did? Tell us about it in the comments below! And please share any additional advice!

 

For more resources on how to deliver a baby, check out theartofmanliness.com. 

If you’re worried about complications during delivery, check this doctor approved resource. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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