Recently I saw an article discussing new ways to attract young people back to science. While I think this is awesome- we totally need to bring youth back to science- it made me think. Why are we pushing them away in the first place? If you will excuse me, I’m going to jump on my science and math soap box.
It all starts with the parents. We all know we can’t tell our kids we hate vegetables or that exercising is the worst and then expect them to willingly partake in them. We can’t tell them reading is the worst and expect them to be eager to pick up a book. So why do we think it is okay to talk about how much we hate or hated math and science? It doesn’t make sense. We as parents are huge influences in our children’s lives, whether we all think so or not. So step one: Stop talking about how much you hate math and science! Just stop. I don’t want to hear Oh, I don’t want to lie to my kids. One, you don’t have to lie, just keep some things to yourself. Two, almost everyone filters the truth to be appropriate for their kids. Do you really tell your kids everything in explicit detail all the time? Do you tell them all about your childhood trouble making? Do you tell them what you and your spouse did last night (wink wink, nudge nudge.) No, you probably don’t. You make sure you are passing on information in an age appropriate way. I’m not saying you have to tell your toddler you love chemistry when you don’t. Just don’t tell them all the reasons you think it’s the worst and still have nightmares about it. You can talk to a teenager about why you didn’t like science class. Sure, that kind of open conversation is fine. But you can’t tell a four year old you hate math and never use it. They just aren’t going to get the difference. So, no saying you hate these things.
One of my least favorite parts of being a mom is all the cleaning up I have to do. It is constant! Three kids, two of them one year olds that feed themselves? Yes, we have a lot of messes. I want to make sure our house is a clean, but I like to spend as little time as possible cleaning. This means I have consolidated my daily cleaning needs into just three cleansers. Now, these aren’t for deep scrubbing or specific jobs. These are for the general surface cleaning we need to do every day. But by having these three bottles handy I am able to keep the house looking good quickly. I spend more time between deep cleans, because I don’t let them mess build up. I am also able to do all this for as little money as possible. Clean and cheap, that’s my goal. Let’s break down how it works.
Time for March books! Okay, it is technically April now. Can I use that as my April fool’s joke? Yeah… pretty terrible. But missing out on a month of reading would be even worse. (Too nerdy? That one was too nerdy.) Let’s just get to it. (As always, this post contains affiliate links. That doesn’t mean you pay more, just that it helps me out if you purchase through these links. All opinions are mine.)
This month I have a nonfiction behind the scenes of Miss America, a story of two sisters separated sadly and how that shapes them, a drama with a turn I did not see coming, and a space story that is more of a personal rebuilding.
Tiny baby clothes are so cute. All the little onesies, tiny pants, itty bitty socks- adorable. You know what isn’t so adorable? How frustrating it can be to keep all those tiny clothes organized as your baby grows! Two babies means almost twice the number of clothes, and special sets that are meant to be worn together. We were very fortunate to get a lot of hand me downs and gifts from friends and family that keep the girls in style. But I need to stay on top of it! I find the first year to two years the hardest to keep organized. I hate when I find an outfit that is super cute but too small because I forgot we had it! So here is how I keep our twins clothes organized.
First off, so general tips. These work for all babies, not just twins. I do utilize them with my girls.
“Two for the price of one, huh?” Any other twin mom hear that just about every time they are out? (Among with other things.) I usually just smile and nod when I hear this. In my head I want to yell, “No! Two for the price of two!” Just because two babies were born at the same time does not mean you get out of paying for one of their needs. The trade off is worth it- I have two sweet babies to love. But it can make the budget a bit more challenging.
Back when Pat and I were discussing our ideal family, way before the kids were born, we thought we wanted a boy and girl. We were thrilled when we found out we were having a son. Got our boy! With our second pregnancy we knew we would be happy with either gender. Having Ben was such a delight, I could just picture having another little boy to love. But I would have been so happy to have a daughter too. With twins, well, I have to admit the thought of having two girls was the most daunting combo to us. One girl, yes, we both wanted a daughter. But two at once? Two going through all the less than exciting parts of growing up at the same time? That was a bit intimidating to us. Learning we were in fact having two daughters was a little scary at first. We got over it pretty quickly. Any gender can have trying parts of childhood. Two daughters was going to be awesome. Then I started hearing all the differences between little girls and little boys. Honestly it made having twins sound a lot easier- they were both girls. Well I’m going to say it. Most of them were lies.
Time to catch up on what the kids have been up to!
|Sweet girls outside!|
Sleep is so important. If it wasn’t we wouldn’t have so many articles and books and blogs on how to get our kids to just go to sleep already! A big part of getting into sleep mode is setting the stage that the day is over and it is time to rest. No parent wants to spend hours getting their kids into bed. A good bedtime routine contains just a few basics that can be performed almost anywhere. In my opinion, it should take less than ten minutes. It can be made longer if you are all having fun playing around, but it can be pared down even further if needed. There are four main components to a good bedtime routine.
I remember discovering (affiliate link) The Wonder Weeks when Ben was a baby. I was of course googling everything I could on how to raise a baby- how to get them to sleep, how to form a schedule, what to do with them while they were awake. Specifically I was curious how babies learn and perceive the world around them. I, like most people with babies, found this sort of development fascinating and wanted to use this information to help my baby. I was at first thrilled to find a reference that outlined specific leaps my baby would make and told me what they were experiencing. I read a bit more and found graphics which visually showed me what to expect from my child. The thing is, there were a lot of ‘stormy periods’ on these charts. Like a whole lot. Like my child’s first year of life was going to be one long fuss fest. I was not excited about that.