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Mom secrets! Shhhhhhhhh!

Let's start the holiday weekend off with some "Obsessively" cool Mom secrets:

1) Kids bathrooms are usually much smaller than the master bath.  Move their toothbrushes, toothpastes and stool to reach the sink into your master bath.  You'll have much more space to move around and won't be so claustrophobic . 

2) Want them to help you clean but don't want them exposed to harsh chemicals?  Keep a "kid's cleaning bottle" filled with JUST WATER where they can reach it to wipe off their kids table after dinner.  They get the chore and the concept.  You don't have to worry about exposing their little hands to something toxic.

3) Buy a simple plastic bookshelf and some clear plastic bins.  Label the bins: shirts, shorts, pants, socks, underwear, jammies, etc.  Get a tall laundry basket and put your kid's name on it.  Let the kid decorate it if you like.  When you have a basketful, it goes into the wash, into the dryer and then dumped on the kid's bed.  From the age of 3, your kid can put his own laundry away. 

4) If all she'll eat in the way of vegetables is broccoli, then serve broccoli at every meal.  Frozen broccoli is really cheap at Sam's club.  Put in a glass dish (glass cover) with a little bit of water in the bottom (1 cm or less).  Microwave (2-3 mins) until it's not cold in the middle.  Drain the water and serve.

Solve your problems.  Don't fight about them.  If you argue every morning about tangles in the hair, get her hair cut short.  Or buy and use conditioner every night, braiding her wet hair before bedtime so it doesn't get a chance to tangle.  Don't keep fighting over the same things.  There is an "Obsessive" answer to everything!

Sincerely,

The Obsessive Mother's Guide to Parenting

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