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4 Moms Answer Your Questions

Wow. You people are nosey.  And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Thanks to many of you, I now have an inbox full of great questions! I'll be answering some of them here, using some as prompts for entire posts, and answering some privately in emails.

Of course, I'll be doing that in my spare time, so I should get to all of your questions sometime in July of 2012.

And now for the questions weighing on your minds:

What do you do with babies/toddlers/under Kindergarten crowd while homeschooling the others?

I have written a few suggestions for homeschooling with preschoolers, and Preschoolers and Peace is a nifty place to find ideas on what to do with the little rascals.

Here's where I don't want to give anyone the impression that just because I have a few ideas or suggestions, the answer is simple. It is just  difficult  to manage little ones and teach big kids at the same time.

I try to keep on keeping on even when we have disruptions. Sticking to a routine and having activities to keep the little ones busy also helps.  When it's time for playing with the dollhouse in the living room, at least you can be fairly certain no one is trying to baptize the hamsters in the kitchen sink.

Until you turn your back. Then all bets are off.

 How do you store/organize children's clothes, including socks and underwear?

You can see where I have written about storing socks and storing out of season and hand me down clothes. In the summer I encourage kids to wear flip flops or sandals, because I really do hate socks. They are just one more thing to search for when we're running late or pick up off the kitchen floor when I'm cooking dinner. If you clicked on the sock link, you'll know that socks and I have a troubled history.

Rough-housing: Allowed in house? Running? Wrestling? Playing soldiers? Yelling? (During winter when no one wants to go outside)

You may or may not want to emulate my style and then phone the psychiatric ward of your local hospital on this one, but I am one of those moms who doesn't mind roller skating in the house and sliding down the stairs on pillows. That is until I have had it up. To. Here.  And then I send everyone to their rooms to read a book.

I do often encourage my children to play outside if the weather is at all compliant. After lunch, I like to send them out to get some fresh air and tell them to come inside when they are ready for a nap. You'd be surprised how long they'll stay out there given that directive!

What curriculum do you use?

See my homeschool curriculum choices here, and know that I am always tweaking, searching, and adjusting those to suit our needs when they change. Don't be afraid to change courses if you aren't happy with the curriculum you have chosen. Also know, though, that no curriculum is perfect.  If you are looking for something that will make homeschooling hassle free, you won't find it.

Thus ends this edition of  "Ask The 4 Moms". Thank you so much for sending me your questions!  I hope to answer those that are not in this post sometime in the near future. In the meantime, be sure to see if your question was answered by one of the other moms:

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  1. I hate socks, too. And I love flip flops and sandals. For everyone. Except my husband. He won’t wear them.

    I love the “come inside when you’re ready to take a nap” idea. I’m going to use that one. : )

  2. Sending the kids out to play and telling them to come in when they’re ready for a nap? GENIUS. I will definitely be using that once the weather is nice enough for outdoor play!

  3. Everyone likes the “play ’til you’re ready for a nap” idea, don’t they? Even the kids. We’ve been doing that here for years. It’s great until you realize it’s 6:00 and the 4yo didn’t get a nap. I don’t know about yours, but my little ones don’t sleep well at night if they don’t get a nap, so I sometimes pay for it later.
    Of course I’m not going to let that stop me…

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Come in when you’re ready for a nap? Genius pure Genius.

  5. Evidently I’m not the only one who thinks it, but I’ll go ahead and repeat everyone else’s comment . . . I LOVE the play-outside-until-you’re-ready-for-a-nap idea.


    No wonder we all want to be just like Connie!

  6. Oh yes I have to agree the come in when you’re ready for a nap thing rocks. 😀 I have told my 4 year old to go play in the basement toy room until she’s ready to go to bed and that has worked well too.
    Sounds like alot of fun at your house. My mom tried to tolerate us roller skating in the kitchen but after we ran into her legs about 50 times while she was cooking dinner she would get to the had it up to here point and we’d have to go off to the living room dragging the kitchen chairs with us so we could make a maze out of them and the living room couch cushions. Somebody get a blindfold! We’re gonna make baby brother crawl through the maze blindfolded! Haha! Oh wait… sorry… flashbacks. Ahem. I’m back now.

  7. thanks for sharing this. I am learning so much from the 4 Moms series :)
    I especially like the part about telling the kids to run and play until they are ready for a nap. I am so glad I am not the only one who does that! :) lol

  8. A day late and a dollar short, I’m in a pickle and am looking for advice.

    I had to be on bedrest for the final month of my pregnancy. Luckily, dh works from home, so he was able to take the parenting reins with our ENERGETIC two-year-old while we waited for the new baby to arrive. Now that the new baby is here, I’m easing back into my usual responsibilities.

    Problem? DS1 got used to Dad being the primary parent and now ignores what I tell him. We’re focusing on discipline right now to try to reverse the problem, but it’s very slow-going (toddlers, what can I say?)

    So here’s my question: During the final month of pregnancy, especially if you are on bedrest, how do you maintain your parental authority?


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