Like most moms, I am constantly polling other parents for their tricks. At the park, at the library, at other people’s houses, I always want to know what they might’ve figured out that I haven’t. Wouldn’t it be great to have all that intel pooled into one handy book? Well, here it is.
Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers is filled with many tips from my own experience, but oodles more from others across the country. I had the benefit of learning so many new things while putting it together—some of them surprising. Who would’ve thought of using a long-handled fishing net to hand snacks and toys back to the third row of the minivan, for example? Or using over-the-door shoe caddies for toy storage? Or carrying tape for commando childproofing on the go? The ideas are simple but genius. And they may just save you a little time, money, or sanity tomorrow.
Last week, I tried out a new tip from the book. On the plane for spring break, I surprised my five and three year old by pulling out a slew of gift-wrapped items from my travel bag. These were just regular things I was bringing anyway: crayons, workbooks, snacks, even their own water bottles, made newly exciting with (old, recycled) wrap. As promised by a mom back east, my kids were entertained while they unwrapped the goods and then happily played for ages with the crumpled paper and tape, re-wrapping everything they could get their hands on—even the tray table. The only drawback? They complained when everything wasn’t wrapped for the trip home! (Whoops.)
What’s your best lifesaver for navigating daily life with kids? Let us know in the comments below and win a free signed copy of the book! We’ll pick one winner at random on Wednesday, May 4th—just in time for Mother’s Day!
Kerry Colburn is also the co-author of How to Have Your Second Child First.