Ever since I began blogging I have had in my head a lingering series of posts, and yet I never get around to posting it!!! Here is the idea…
Se7en’s Se7en Essential Parenting Tools
Se7en’s Se7en Essential Homeschooling Tools
Se7en’s Se7en Essential Blogging Tools
Se7en’s Se7en Essential Photography Tools
I could go on… and then on, some more!!!
But let’s begin at the beginning. Remember I am a minimalist by nature and would actually consider it sheer madness to say you have to have anything at all. Especially when it comes to parenting I think marketers have given us so many choices and so many “must-haves” that we are forced to stop and think what do we really need from time to time and it turns out you probably wouldn’t need to go to a speciality parenting store for any of them!!! The whole marketing madness begins before you are even have a child in your arms. Poor first time parents are smothered with lists and lists of essentials that are not that essential after all.
That being said, if I were to have had our kids in a hospital and if they were to give me a goody bag to go, then these are the things I would like to find in it. Indeed these are the tools that make parenting a smoother ride for me:
- The Dust Buster: This is not so much for when junior goes trawling through the contents of the cereal cupboard but rather for days when I am helping someone with math, holding a baby, the phone rings and I remember lunch should be on so I toss the ingredients into the bread machine and press go and a light cloud of flour descends ever so gently onto every available surface. This only about everyday!!!
- The Hot Glue Gun: Not only is this useful for fixing endless pieces of plastic um stuff (that really should be tossed but little hearts can be fragile and I respect that!!!), but the hot glue gun is very handy for sticking soles back onto shoes, “sewing” seams that you haven’t time to sew as you are dashing out the door, filling gaps in the freezer lining where your kid has tried to pry open the freezer with a screw driver (just to see if he could), for sealing remote controls shut so that no-one else can “borrow” the batteries – the list is endless and frankly this is a worthy member of the tool box.
- The Humble Teething Ring: You are looking at our first aid kit. I don’t really use these for teething but we have a couple of them in the fridge for bumps and scrapes… I never buy plasters (after forgetting to buy them for ten years of my parenting life I eventually just stopped putting them on the shopping list). “Cold Things,” as they are called in our house, are the great soother and answer to absolutely any injury – be it physical or prideful… a cold thing is called for and almost always does the trick.
- The Flashlight: Sometimes my kids are sleeping so solidly that I could literally launch a space shuttle next to them and they wouldn’t hear a thing, but luck would have it there are times when even the drop of a sock wakes them… At times like these I rely heavily on my stealthy flashlight to light a clear path for me as I leopard crawl out of the bedroom. Trust me on this – if you haven’t been there you will think I am insane, and if you have you will totally understand!!!
- Duct Tape: Before I met the father person I hadn’t even heard of duct tape… I tell you where had I been. This stuff is brilliant. Tape it around your child’s rusty shoe. Long story – don’t go there! Not actually rusty shoes but he used his shoes as a bike brake and half the shoe was quite literally gone. Shoe taped and he joined the family on a hike with smooth silver sneakers. Otherwise, when a child complains that they are getting rained on, when they are snuggly strapped in their car seat – no worries hop on the roof of the car and slap some tape on it and your problem is resolved (albeit temporarily). This stuff is good for mending books, toilets, telephones – I tell you it is even good for entertainment when you are in a place that requires small children to behave better than any of the surrounding adults… just hand out a strip of tape and the ensuing silence – aaah, say no more!!!
- Clear Contact Paper: We read a lot of books, and I mend a lot of books. I never hold back on books and a lot of our books literally get read to death. I must have used miles and miles of contact paper in my parenting life as I repaired well loved books.
- A Camera: If you are making memories then you need to record them somewhere and somehow. You need a camera. The best you can get. I have always taken a myriad of photographs – I am useless at scrap-booking and photo albums, thank heavens for digital photographs and screen savers that flick through collections!!! Even if you don’t think you are making memories and you are just surviving taking a bunch of photos can help you remember those “just surviving moments.”
- A Computer: I know this one is a luxury, but really you have to store those photographs somewhere! And frankly I need direct access to Google because no amount of training could have possibly prepared me for the myriad of questions that I get asked on a daily basis: Did Shakespeare have a sister? How hot is the sun? How fast does a shark swim? Who invented spaghetti?… Endless I tell you. Not to mention – even mother’s need a break and what better place to take a break than catching up with on-line friends.
And I am allowing a “se7en + 1 th” item…
Update: Since you asked – here is a link to Shakespeare’s Sibling situation – you will never believe it!!! He was one of (se7en + 1)!!!!
That’s it – Se7en Essential Tools that smooth my way through almost every day!!!
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