Say Cheese!

Why is it that children hate brushing their teeth? How come when I ask them to go brush their teeth you would have thought I asked them to burn all their favourite stuffys. I’ve said it before and ill say it again; I’m not a monster! They all have a spin brush with their favourite character on it, special toothpaste according to which character they prefer annnnd yummy Minion mouthwash too! They should try my minty sensitive teeth shit I have to use! Id kill for a bubblegum flavor!PhotoGrid_1512829737661

I will be honest in saying we didn’t push the teeth thing too hard in the beginning. They’re baby teeth, what harm can it cause, right? Wrong! Brushing is very important! You know how you learn that? When number one has to be referred to a specialist to be put under to fix all the damn cavities in his 4-year-old mouth! Shiiiit. If we didn’t have benefits we’d be looking at a price tag of over $3000! So after that horror show is done and my heart returns to normal speed after my baby is put under anesthetic we are on top of the brushing of the teeth! Until number two needs to go for the exact same thing! He needs a tooth pulled though! Where is the Tooth fairy handbook? Does he get money for a tooth that had a cavity and was pulled? Is there ethics attached to this whole tooth fair business? Whew ok made it through two kids with bad teeth. But guess what?! In the spirit of keeping things fair number three needs it too. Have I failed as a parent or can we chalk it up as inheriting bad teeth. I’m gonna pass the buck on this one and thank baby Jesus that I have a phenomenal benefit plan.

In an unusual turn of events, number 2 lost yet another tooth yesterday. I think he’s at number 6. BUT he couldn’t find it when it literally fell out. He thinks he swallowed it. you think you swallowed it? is it me or shouldn’t you know? Anyway it was no where to be found. A big gapping whole in the front of his mouth remained. Just in time for Christmas and for everyone to sing that damn song too! So anyway we had him write a letter to the tooth fairy explaining what had happened then tuck it into his Tooth pillow at bedtime. PhotoGrid_1512829356398That should do the trick! Except that the tooth fairy FORGOT TO COME! We explained to him that she was probably confused (fell asleep) and didn’t know he had lost a tooth since it wasn’t there and he probably needed to draw a picture on the not so she would know (and give her one more day to find a toonie) Tonight is take two, I’m sure she’ll come tonight (I’m sure i’ll remember)

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“I’m sorry I swallowed my tooth”

Seriously, is there no handbook on the ethics of Toothfairy-ism?

For the birds…and boys who eat like them

When my twins started eating real food it was organic, handmade, fresh food. I was #supermom and only the best for my little babies! No cheese whiz or hot dogs, don’t you dare give them juice or sugar period! (Laughing to myself) That didn’t last too long. Firstly we had twins so buying organic food that was being thrown on the floor or in the garbage was a waste! I still made everything but they had their fair share of processed food at a young age and it became an acquired taste for the young men. Now our constant rotation of dinners is pizza, chicken nuggets, macaroni, Alpha-getti, pogos and French fries…lunch are cheese whiz or jam wraps and a plethora of prepackaged snacks. I’m not a complete monster, they eat yogurt and cheese faster than I can buy it and I buy applesauce buy the Costco size case. Fruit, though expensive, never lasts long in this house. They have no desire to eat cookies or cakes. They still don’t drink juice often, either water or milk.  But they have a wicked addiction to ‘blue snacks’ (Welches fruit snacks)

I’m not sure where I went wrong. I tried to expand their pallet as children but now their likes mirror a first year collage student. My doctor and friends insist that we should be happy they are eating and as they get older they will acquire better taste buds. I try not to worry but their reaction to vegetables and meats (other than hotdogs and bologna…which aren’t even real meat) is almost embarrassing! So I do what any sane mother would do with a child on a horrible diet…vitamins!

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Every night my kids get vitamin c, a multi vitamin and an omega 3. It helps me sleep at night knowing they got some vitamins along with their processed goodies!

Organizing: Our morning routine!

With four boys, three of which are in school there is major commotion in the mornings. They usually wake up around 630am and get dressed the second they come downstairs. My husband gets them breakfast and they watch Netflix with their cereal. I get up with the baby when my husband leaves for work, usually at eight o’clock. We are out the door by 850 for school, which is a minute down the road. Sounds easy peasy right? Hahahaha its not, its torture most mornings. I am a screaming broken record and they are tiny little lemmings that have lost their hearing and the ability to comprehend easy tasks. Bad combination for the wee hours of the morn.

I have come up with a few things in our house that actually do help with the morning routine. If you look around our house there are a ton of signs, white boards and colour coordination in order to help morning and all other tasks run smoothly…err smoother…

  1. A 5-drawer storage container. (I got these at Canadian Tire three years ago) We originally started using this as a Monday to Friday thing. We put shirt, pants and undies for each day of the school week. They get their own socks because, to be honest, they are a bit weird about which socks they wear lol But anyway, as the boys got older they wanted to pick out their own clothes, their own styles and maybe not match their brother.

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    5 drawer storage container
  2. Easy accessible back packs. We have the boy’s backpacks in the front entry. In the mornings I put their icepacks in their lunch pail and their lunch in their backpack. Then they can just grab them on the way out in the morning. Having them in a specific spot helps with the chaos, everything has a spot.

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    Easily accessible backpack hooks
  3. Reminders! This list is as much for me as it is for them. It is a checklist of things that must be done before they leave in the morning. Things like nails and ears is obviously not a daily thing but sometimes in a busy week ears and nails can easily be forgotten until its too late and your kids nails are long and dirty and their ears have potatoes growing out of them lol No need for judgement from the perfect mothers, so we try to stay on top of things.

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    lists, lists, lists! For momma and the boys
  4. Essential oils every day! I have kids in school. Therefore I have kids who are around germs all.day.long. I do not need a house full of sick kids; I also have a baby who I do not want getting sick either. So every morning my little pumpkins get a nice rollerball remedy for immunity down their spine and on the back of their necks. I also made up a ‘potion’ to ward off head lice. A concoction I spray into their hats every morning for the prevention of those awful little critters. One other rollerball I have set out for the morning routine is Cheer by DoTerra. Some mornings are rough, for me and for them. I like to run a line down their spine when they aren’t in the best mood. It promotes feelings of optimism, cheerfulness, and happiness. I have those three sitting by their hat and coat racks, again, easily accessed and easy to remember if it’s in your face.

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    Essential oils for the win!
  5. Timing is everything. They say kids need structure. So how is this for structure? 

    8:25 – 5 minute warning before they need to get ready. they need to be prepped, usually a 5 minute warning then 2 then its go time. Less whining this way.

    8:30 – Brush teeth and use mouth wash, one at a time, so no one fights. It is an utter disaster if three boys are in the bathroom at the same time.

    8:40 – Hat, coat, boots, oils and hat spray! Stand at the front door with your backpack on. This is mainly to keep them in one spot while I run around getting the baby ready and myself too.

    8:50 – Out the door, in the van, on our way to school!

 

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Timing is everything