Archive for May, 2010

The new article from Better Homes and Garden

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Follow up to Better Homes and Gardens Article

They have issued an apology and removed the part about breastfeeding. They have also messaged me and informed of them working on another blog post that is inspired by real mom’s for dining out with children. I will link when I get the link.

I believe they are trying to learn from this and I am going to give them time to learn from this mistake. I understand others are still mad and upset about what was said and want more and I am not sure how to help them.

If you have any tips you would like to share with BHG please visit their fb page or the boycott group page and post them. Thank You

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In response to Better Homes and Gardens article on dinning out with little children

This morning I read an article about how to deal with little children while dinning out written by a woman with out children.  And lets just say she really failed at it.  While she made some great points she missed key things that some parents might find useful.   And her comment about breastfeeding in the bathroom.  Lets just say I have a feeling BHG is going to loose readers or say they are sorry soon.  Any ways you can find this article here.

But I thought as a mother of three children and soon to be four who would rather dine out while children in tow than leave them home I would share my tips on what works for me and also open this post up to tips from other parents that have been there and done that.  (I will edit this post to add some of the ideas as well)

One thing I find works for me is to go early like before 6pm if you can.

Another thing I find is don’t go when they are sleepy I find for at least my children this makes them cranky and makes a long meal even longer.

Have a dinning out bag of quite things for your children to do.  I have three kids right now when I go out so I try to have a bag for each of them of quite things they like and these things stay in the bag and only get used while dinning out.  For my Oldest things like a fav book, sometime his ipod shuffle with music or a audio book and headphones works great.  Sometimes he even gets to take his game boy with headphones and play that quietly (to be honest my 9 yo is the one to normally act up and get the 4 yo going) For my 4 yo we have found crayons and coloring books and paper work well and just playing tic tac toe with him is a great thing to keep him busy and quiet.  for my 18 month old, her’s is crayons and paper and her dollie she’s very good in the restaurants. Any toys they may get in the bag are quiet but if they make noise they must have headphones as I know others don’t want to hear it either.

I make sure my kids go pee before we sit at the table, I find this limits the getting up in the middle of dinner.

I teach my kids not to stare at other people tables and see what they are doing and to enjoy us as a family.

I order things I know my kids like and then have them try something new that my husband or I ordered.  I find this works best to not waste money on food but also gets them to try new things and my kids would rather try off of mom’s plate then there own.

Strollers was mentioned in the article and while many places I see this as something that isn’t really needed (I don’t own one) I can see where some places they are so I say common sense works wonders here.

One thing I believe the article got right was clean up after your kids, and if you not going to leave at min. another 5%-10% of a tip.  It holds up other people wanting to eat as well.  And really you clean up after them when your home it’s not hard to teach them not to do it other places.

Big thing is to practice at home and at other family friendly places and to start young, children just don’t pick up this behave just because they reach a certain age.

I know this list isn’t complete and I am sure I will be back to add more as I remember them.  and as others share their tips so please share your tips with me.

Now on to asking woman to breast feed in bathrooms, this is just wrong on so many levels.  And I really don’t want to get into it right now but ask all breastfeeding mom’s to check local law on it and remind staffers if this ever becomes a problem for you.


Many mom’s I know are calling for a boycott of BHG and I have to say that I agree with this, I think they should pull the article and apologize to all the mom’s they pretty much told to Breast Feed in the rest room.  I receive this Magazine as a gift but will not have it renewed when it runs out and what I will do with my next copy I am not sure,  but it won’t stay in my home.  I am going to look to canceling it as well.

More I think about this the more I am pissed.

Oh one more thing to those that have a problem with what I am doing what are you staring at me?

There is a Facebook page boycotting BGH now you can find it here

ok contact info for BHG
Meredith Corporation
1716 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-3023

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Proud of my boys!

My boys found a wallet and turned it over to us right away and then we called the cops to turn it over.  very proud of them.

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Simply Friends

Hey I started my own forum. it’s small and not very busy. But it’s pretty much there to chat and get to know one another I hope it picks up soon but if not I am fine with it. your welcome to join.

some parts are blocked off at first after you post more they open up. here’s the link

and our fb page!/pages/Simply-Friends/111349155562168

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A fresh start

That is what I have right now.  I haven’t posted in a while because well my life got way of track and I have been spending time getting it back on the right path.

First off is I have gotten help for depression and hoarding.  It was hard to do at first because I didn’t think that I needed help.  I am also in a parenting class it’s to help me and right now I haven’t learned a whole lot but i have met great people.

My Due date has been moved to 10/04 I am not sure on this that would make my cycle really really off I don’t know to be honest. I just want this baby to come out happy and healthy.

My marriage is needing work, I love my husband and I love him a great deal but the communication is lacking and there for intimacy isn’t there (and I am not talking about sex)  he’s up for that and will talk about that but work or everyday life or the news I am crazy to think he would want to talk to me.  heck he tunes me out most days and I have say the same thing four times to him.  But he hates harping…I don’t know what to do.  if I ask nice the first time it goes ignored if I harp he finally listens and will try and do or help or what ever it was but it normally lasts a couple of weeks and then we start over.  It’s hard.

School is yet something else I have given up on.  I just can’t do it now with everything else I have to do with the three kids and the house I don’t have hours to devout to school right now.  and frankly I am not sure if I was going for me or because everything thought I should do it.  I am how ever doing something that is 100% for me and something I want to do and that was I joined a paranormal group.  They meet twice a month and I don’t think that’s so much for me to be away from my children I think my husband can handle being home with all the kids at that amount of time.

Well that’s pretty much it for now I will try and update again.

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