Car Full O’Kids 

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What do you do when you’re driving around town and every young kid in the car is yelling, crying and misbehaving? I know we have all been there and it makes for a pretty stressful situation. Your heart is racing and you do not want to shout over your kids.

First, take a deep breath. Focus on the road. Stay calm until you can stop the car or make it to your destination. Turn on some soothing music if possible (I always keep a disc I made in the car with peaceful music).  You can try singing (kids always love this) or anything that will safely alter their attention onto something else. “Ooh, look kids, there’s a motorcycle,” or “hey kids, let’s talk about our favorite movie of all time!” Basically anything will change their attention from what they are being rowdy about if you use enough enthusiasm. Kids have very short attention spans, as we know.

It is stressful and you wonder sometimes if passersby see your rambunctious crew completely freaking out in the car. The truth is… we have all been there. My kids and I actually have some of the most meaningful discussions on our long trips to school each morning. They ask questions and they love to hear about my most embarrassing moments as a kid. Kids just like to talk. Instead of letting them have a free for all in car-rides, ask them questions, get them talking. Because before you know it, you’ve calmly reached your destination.

Quickly Repair A Torn Couch

Don’t have enough cash to buy a new, rip-free couch? Make your old one last by repairing it yourself. Kids can really fizzle out the lifespan of your comfy couch. Any loose threads, trim with scissors to prevent any more fraying or tearing. The idea here is to save you money and give yourself time to save for a new one down the road. If you have tears in the fabric of the couch, there is a way to patch the tears and it is quite easy.

  • Purchase fabric glue or a glue that specifically states it can be used on fabric. I found mine at a local hardware store for about $4.
  • Find an old t-shirt that you do not mind cutting up.Cut a piece of the shirt to fit the length and width of the tear in your couch (leave an excess of a half an inch all the way around)
  • Place the t-shirt fabric inside the tear so that it is evenly distributed under the tear.
  • Apply the fabric glue onto the t-shirt fabric (not too much), covering the fabric well.

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  • Lightly apply pressure to the tear allowing the glue and fabric to create a patch. Dry for several hours to ensure the patch is able to withstand kids’ cartwheels.