You know when you deal with the same issues for awhile and it doesn't seem to matter what different angle you take, you continue to not get the results you were hoping to get? It doesn't have to be huge things, in fact the things that I'm thinking of are pretty small in the grand scheme of things, but they are things that you wish would change in one way shape or form. I was thinking about some of those the other day. Thinking that it would be great if there were some panel of people with all the answers and practical solutions that I could turn to for advice or help. Then I thought of this blog. What if I turned to my friends--real life and bloggy friends--to see what they have found works for them. Clearly we're all different and there are many areas where what works for me isn't going to work for you or visa versa. However, I firmly believe that there's a lot we can learn for each other. So here's the plan: I'm going to throw out a couple of situations that I wish I could find a fix for and you weigh in by commenting here or on facebook. And/Or you can throw out some other issues that you're needing input on and we can try to help each other out. We'll start small:
Issue #1 for me:
The toilet seat/lid. My boys are constantly leaving it up. While this is obnoxious to me as the next girl, it's compounded by the fact that my littlest guy loves exploring any and every space he can find. And as many of you read in my blog post, when the toilet seat is left up and he's thirsty...well, YUCK. So, in spite of the warnings and reminders I've given my eldest, the toilet seat is up again often. So...any great suggestions? How have you trained your kids to close the toilet seat/lid?
Issue #2 for me:
Laundry. This one isn't as bad currently. I might actually had found a system that works. I used to have one big laundry day, that way I could ignore it the rest of the week and only face it one solitary day each week. However, with three boys one day just isn't enough. It was spilling over to other days and I was feeling like a bit like a failure. So, now I've been doing the boys laundry on Monday and towels, sheets and grown up clothes on Wednesday. It worked really well last week. This week I kinda slacked on Monday, which made it pour over into Tuesday and Wednesday. And now it's Thursday and I still need to put away two baskets full of laundry. I know some of you like to do a load a day...honestly that sounds like Chinese water torture to me. But weigh in, let me know what you've found to work for at your house, please. :)
Issue #3 for me:
A couple months ago Sam started talking in a baby voice all the time. It may sounds silly, but it's really gotten annoying to me. Even Jon is starting to get annoyed. And just when I think we're making progress, he starts doing it more. Any advice or tips? Have any of you dealt with this?