Moms have so much to do in a day. Our two favorite It Moms, Holly and Marni, are going to show us how the kids can step in to give mom a break.
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Audra Lowe: Cooking, cleaning, shuttling the kids all over the place, it sounds like the life of a lot of moms out there, very busy. So our two favorite it moms, Holly and Marny are going to show us how the kids can step in to give mom a little break. Marni Renison: Hey moms! The day-to-day life of the mom is hectic to say the least. Holly Resnick: From the moment we wake up until we get to lay our heads on the pillow at night we are moving. Marni Renison: So we have a few ways to get the kids moving. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a huge difference and put a smile on mom’s face. Every morning moms hit the ground running between school projects and what to wear for the day, I don’t know about you but it can get overwhelming getting these guys out the door but something that always comes up is what’s for breakfast. I feel like a short order cook in my house so what I’ve done to streamline the morning routine is I’ve done a breakfast bar. I have some cereal oats and muffins, some toast, fresh fruit, juice, everything that they need so they can make their own decisions and I get a little break, maybe to finish the school project. Holly Resnick: At my house when the kids get home from school, they drop everything. They drop their coats, their backpacks, you name it, it’s on the floor and in the house that I spent all day cleaning, it’s destroyed. So why not help them help you by creating a little to-go area. They can put their backpacks and their coats and hang them on these great little hooks right near the exit area. There’s a place for umbrellas, a bin for shoes, everybody knows where to put their stuff and it’s in the same place when you need it. You can also create a little bin for homework for special papers so you see them before you leave. See, the more they learn to help you, the less work for you, the less stress for moms. Thanks guys. Marni Renison: Dinner time rolls around before you know it and in our house it’s the busiest time of the day. Emily is doing homework, Julia is down -- the walls. I’m trying to catch up with my husband but I can barely finish a sentence much less get dinner on the table and you know you can empathize. So why don’t we give ourselves more of a break, get the kids involved in cleaning up after dinner. Let the older one bring the plates to you so you can maybe put them in the dishwasher and better yet, get dad to put them in the dishwasher while I just hang out, look on and relax. You guys think you can handle that? Well here we are, it’s the end of the day and laundry is sky-high. Holly Resnick: Of course it is. You know what? It’s not always easy to get the kids to help us laundry so we came up with some ways to make it fun for them. Put a little basket hoop over the hamper so they can make the shot. She shoots, she scores. Marni Renison: Another great idea is to use a clothes pin and have your kids mark their stains, that way, there’s no surprises when they’re coming out of the dryer. Holly Resnick: Yeah we hate those surprises. Mark your hampers clean or dirty so everybody knows which is which and you don’t end up washing clean clothes. Marni Renison: One of our fellow it-moms, Fran, from Plano, Texas was given a bounce drier bar and asks some questions about it. Holly Resnick: She said she loves its convenience and that she doesn’t have to remember dryer sheets anymore. Marni Renison: It’s super easy to use. Just put it in your dryer like this. It lasts for two, three or four months depending on the size of the bar, how often you use it and your dryer settings. Holly Resnick: There’s virtually no static cling and it’s one last thing to worry about. Raising kids is the greatest gift but there is no doubt that moms need a break every now and then. Marni Renison: So get the kids involved. You might be surprised how regular chores can turn into fun for the whole family. Audra Lowe: Oh those are some fun ideas it-moms. I’m definitely going to be trying one of those tonight. Than