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Tips for Tear Free Hair!
Frustrated when doing your little girls’ hair? Tired of the tangles and Tears? Follow these
1. Practice! This seems like a no-brainer, but hair time on your toddler or child will go much smoother if it’s quick! Grab an older child or a friend and practice your braids, pony’s, or whatever style you’re working on BEFORE you try it on your unsuspecting 3 year old!
2. Start Fresh! Start with clean, brushed hair. Kids don’t need to have their hair washed every-day, but clean hair is much easier to brush through. If you have a child with especially tangly hair, try leaving a little conditioner in next time you wash it. If you have long hair, brush it at night and pull into a loose braid. This will make the morning chore much quick and smooth.
3. Give Choices. Children are always happier when they get to make the call. So give your little one the choice over her hair as well. Pick out 2 styles you deem appropriate for the day, and let them choose. Braids or buns, ponytail or headband, curly or straight, bows or clips.....they’ll be more patient with a style that they like.
4. Distractions, distractions, distractions. This is my best trick! Turn a tangled rats nest into minimal pulls when your child is distracted by a game of “I Spy,” or a favorite song. Do something that gets their mind working....plopping them down in front of the TV is not as effective as “What rhymes with.....” and, you’ll turn hair time into quality mommy, daughter time.
5. Keep it short. Anything over 10 minutes is like torture to a child. Pick an easy style that can be completed in this time frame, start to finish! I usually wash and dry my girls hair at night, before bed. Then in the morning, all I have to do is Brush, Style and Go.
As a mother of 5 kids (3 girls!) I handle lots of hair. I use these tricks to help hair time become a fun bonding time instead of crying time. Try out these TwiggleBox tips and your mornings will turn tearless in no time!
Better Birthday Bashes!
Kid’s Birthdays seem to be getting bigger and better every year. But a great birthday doesn’t have to be a headache, or break the bank. Here’s 5 tips for Better birthday Bashes from our experts at TwiggleBox.com.
1. Begin with the End in Mind! I always purchase or make my thank you cards at the same time as my invitations! I pre-address the thank you’s, even though I’m not sure which guests are really going to come. I’d rather throw out a 5 cent envelope than have to look the address up again. And if the Thank You’s are sitting ready and waiting, it is much easier to remember to complete the task and send them out.
3. Keep it Small! When I had my first 2 children with birthdays 2 days apart, throwing a party (actually, 2!) seemed overwhelming. My mom gave me this great tip: Invite as many party guests as your children’s age. This has been a life-saver for me! Now a mom of 5, I still use this rule. My 8 yr old invites 8 guests, my 3 yr old gets 3. This helps keep our parties manageable, affordable, and fun. Little kids can become overwhelmed by large groups, so this rule works great!
4. Keep it Short! There’s no reason to have a dozen screaming children for hours on end. I use the 20 min rule... 20 minutes for each year of age. My 6 year old got a 2 hour party, my 3 yr. old 1 hour. Since children’s attention span expands with age, it makes sense that a young child’s party shouldn’t last as long as an older child. Birthday parties are not a ‘free babysitting service,’ and they should accommodate the needs of you and your child, not the guests!
5. Over-Schedule! It’s hard to tell how long party activities will take. I have a few kickbacks that take no prep, but will entertain birthday guests just in case we have extra time. Duck-duck goose, charades, red-light-green-light, or even just a favorite story book on hand are all easy to adapt to any theme (just change the name!), and can be used if you have extra time. I also like to keep some fun upbeat music on hand, most kids love to dance, and this takes no prep. It’s even more fun if mom and dad get in on the action! On the other hand, if you’re short on time, they are easy to cut out, and no time or preparation energy is wasted.
Birthday parties should really be about the child who’s growing up, and both mom and dad should be able to enjoy the moment WITH their child and friends. Kids will be more relaxed if their parents are, so remember don’t over-do it!
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