Comments on: One of My Best Parenting Tricks http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:19:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Allison http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-454050 Allison Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:36:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-454050 I do the same thing! Checking in on your blog is my little treat!

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By: Sharon http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-437817 Sharon Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:47:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-437817 I usually have 10 minutes between when I get home from work and when I leave to get my kids from school. I either put in a load of laundry, vacuum the family room, or empty the dishwasher. Sometimes the tasks we dread (unloading dishwasher for me) really only take a few minutes.

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By: Alison Chino http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-437684 Alison Chino Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:37:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-437684 I love the idea of taking three minutes to be quiet. Often I cannot make it out to a yoga class (my favorite indulgence) but I can do one yoga pose for three minutes at home. One downward dog and some deep breaths are often just the boost I need to get to the next three minutes in my day.

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By: Amanda P http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-437657 Amanda P Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:54:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-437657 This is such a good thing to remember! I’ve been trying to take my babe outside for at least a little while each day, but it’s hard to find the time somedays. Must remember that even 3 minutes can count!

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By: Samantha http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-365584 Samantha Sat, 23 Jun 2012 12:15:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-365584 Keeping a washing basket or cute box at the foot of the stairs to fill with stuff to take up when you next go up is a good idea too.

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By: Lea Antonio http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-348838 Lea Antonio Thu, 22 Mar 2012 06:11:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-348838 I make the bed… Beautifully, like in a hotel. Makes walking into your bedroom so much more tranquil than when the blankets are just thrown haphazardly over the bed.

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By: Janelle Chapman http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-348831 Janelle Chapman Thu, 22 Mar 2012 04:01:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-348831 Lovely to read all the tips from busy mums and to see the sharing of advice is heartwarming.
My kids are grown up and I’m into grandparenting now. Please enjoy every minute of your bubs and children – they grow up way too fast!
My tip is this – take a few minutes to go outside or look outside if its miserable weather. Point out the blue sky, the little birds, the sleeping cat, the weeds growing, the puffy clouds ……. All children love little details and you are giving them a small gift each time to stop and LOOK at our beautiful world.It will rejuvenate you too!

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By: Allison http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-348665 Allison Wed, 21 Mar 2012 02:43:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-348665 One of my favorite things to do in a few extra minutes is some quick stretching – I have a ten month old and my back is still adjusting :) so a couple of forward folds or maybe some cat and cow and I’m back to whatever I was doing.

I also often open blog posts that have a ton of links in them in new tabs in my browser (like your Friday “A Few Things” posts) and when I have a spare couple of minutes, I’ll go check out one of those links; I use Google Reader for my subscriptions so otherwise I’d have to go through each right away. Eventually I get through all the ones that interest me and then I can close that tab.

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By: Kate http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-348632 Kate Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:18:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-348632 I definitely over-estimate the amount of time required to do these things…and don’t start them! This comment thread should help! Thanks!

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By: mandy http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-348600 mandy Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:34:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-348600 Very interesting post. I have no kids, but I work 9 hour days and spend 1.5 hrs commuting each day (on the subway in NY, which gives me lots of time for reading and podcasts)! I love this idea and know it’ll be useful now without children! One problem I have: how to get the motivation after a long day to actually USE the 3 min, instead of lazying around half asleep on the couch before bed…. any tips??

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By: Barchbo http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-347289 Barchbo Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:09:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-347289 I feel so ahead of my life that I figured this out long before I had kids (I hate chores.)

Three minutes? I can do lots of different things!
- put away laundry
- pick up all of the Tupperware my son strews about the house
- strip or make the bed
- load/unload the dishwasher
- load/unl0ad washer/dryer
- BRUSH MY TEETH (something I used to take for granted.)

Seriously, Gabby: how you do it with 6 is totally beyond me. You’re a marvel!

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By: Whitney http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-347052 Whitney Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:24:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-347052 My secret is laundry. I put a load on when I wake up. By the time I am ready, have woken my 5 month old up, fed him, etc… It’s time for the dryer. When I get home, I do a warm-up cycle in the dryer while I get dinner started. Clothes are ready to be folded as I watch my tv show after my son is down. Yes, I constantly am doing laundry, but we always have clean clothes and it makes me feel like I have done something worthy of a good night sleep ha!

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By: joe http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346959 joe Fri, 09 Mar 2012 06:59:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346959 thank you so much for this tip!! i’m having my first baby soon and since i’m a master procrastinator i’ve been worrying about getting things done around the house after the baby arrives. both the post itself and the comments – best new parent advice ever!

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By: Jen http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346936 Jen Fri, 09 Mar 2012 04:19:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346936 I really really like this; I don’t think I’ve ever thought about it that way. I think it’s because I’m always looking for bigger chunks of time. Like to go for a run, or have some peace in the garden to move a perennial. My resolution has come in the big picture, now that my kids are older, I actually DO have some time. Sometimes, I’ll guiltily admit, I don’t know exactly what to do! Right now though, I am reading the Hunger Games series, so I luxuriously sit and READ! Going back to your original question/blog though, Gabby , I was thinking about a parenting tip, and thinking back to this funny thing my sister-in-law taught me, when I was a new mom, that I swore by: when your babies are fussy, you put them up high on your shoulder, and you pat-pat-pat-pat their backs and sh-sh-sh-sh over and over and do this funny mom-bob-dance. Patting and shushing and bobbing – and for some crazy reason, it works! pat-and-sh-sh that’s what we call it in our family. ; ) I so miss having babies; all you new moms don’t take one sweet smelling minute for granted. It really does go by so quick.

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By: christina http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346934 christina Fri, 09 Mar 2012 04:10:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346934 If I have a spare three minutes my first thought is to try to clear up any random clutter…toys on the floor, mail on the coffee table, etc. I definitely start a load of wash or move it into the dryer a million times a day. Three one year olds means a never ending cycle of laundry and very few 3 minute breaks!

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By: christina http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346920 christina Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:24:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346920 Same for me! 3 minutes is also perfect to get rid of the clutter that somehow always ends up on our dining table

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By: sheri http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346892 sheri Fri, 09 Mar 2012 02:21:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346892 First – I LOVE Muji – one of my favorite stores in NYC. I had a 12 and 17 year old when my son was born 3 years ago. I had just gotten a “taste” of having large blocks of time while the kids where in school all day (and sometimes longer if they didn’t come straight home). I completely forgot how you really do need to do things in “little bundles” of time – and I often think that I am now MORE efficient as a result! That, and getting up at 5:45 each day! :)

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By: Melissa L. http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346858 Melissa L. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:19:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346858 3 spare minutes here and there throughout the day goes a long way. I find it so liberating to say to myself or the kids, “Okay, let’s take the next few minutes to…”
Good things can happen in small time increments. We have been able to: unload the dishwasher, put away a load of folded clothes, straighten up the toy area, make PB and J sandwiches for the family, and my personal favorite “get the wiggles out” (i.e., jump, dance around and stretch our muscles in between school subjects).

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346836 Design Mom Thu, 08 Mar 2012 22:57:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346836 Isn’t the watch cool? I love that there’s no branding on it.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/03/one-of-my-best-parenting-tricks/comment-page-1/#comment-346834 Design Mom Thu, 08 Mar 2012 22:55:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=17469#comment-346834 It’s always a pleasure to find a few minutes to check on Pinterest!

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