How to deal with a toddler tantrum

I am very lucky as I never really had any of my children have a tantrum, Until last night. I was in Asda with 4 of my 5 children and one of the 7 year old twin boys had a mood on because I wouldn’t buy him an Xbox game!!!! As if this strop would change my mind. Surely, after all these years he should realise this. I had said I would buy them a dvd each that cost £5 each, but noooo not Austin. Well, luckily Erin, Alannah and Fletcher were being ok. After chasing him in the shop I then warned him in front of the cashier that if he didn’t stop running off I would give his dvd and sweets to the cashier. He soon shut up!!!

Other ideas:

Stay calm This is easier said than done, especially if they are causing a scene. But if you pick up on their anger and reflect it back it will not help the situation.

Don’t remonstrate If your child is in the throes of a tantrum they are beyond reasoning.

Give neither bribe nor punishment Well it seems I blew this one out of the water last night, doesn’t it?!! Try and send the message that tantrums will have no purpose and not get them anywhere. Whoops!

Don’t give in to demands or you create and tiny tyrant who knows that tantrums will get results. It’s really hard as sometimes you just want the whole thing to stop but if they learn early on that having this moody moment, it is less likely to get them what they want then being nice.

As screams calm down offer cuddles, warmth and praise for the child calming down.

This is just a phase and it will get easier, if you don’t give in to them. It will last longer if you let them win with these tantrums. Every parent has been through it. Ok mine was a little later in life but I still had to nip it in the bud. I am not saying that I am perfect but with 5 children and lots of friends with children I have seen a thing or two. Good luck.xx

Ash for chickens!!!

Did you know that if you put your cold ashes, from your open fire, in with the chickens they like to roll around in it? It’s good for getting rid of any mites!!! My chickens also love it when we cut the grass and put the grass cutting in with them. Especially, if its a hot day as these cool them down. My chickens will sunbathe in the grass cuttings. Odd chickens.

Chair socks!!!!

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We have a laminate floor so our wooden chairs have started to scratch the floor. So my hubby (it) came up with a good idea of putting ‘socks’ on the feet. So we cut up bits of fleece and used loom bands to hold them on. Good use for the loom bands that are not as popular anymore!!. It has made the chairs lovely to push out from the table now. Well done hubby, There’s hope for you to turn crafty yet. hehe.xxx

Reduce your energy in the home

This is taken from a book by Cabbages and Roses. It’s not all the tips but quite a lot of them.

* Rise with the lark to make the best of the natural light

*Clean the windows and get used  to using natural light instead of electricity

* Wear more clothes when it is cold rather than putting the heating on

* Interline curtains  for extra draught proofing. Sew old blankets between curtain fabric and lining.

* Place a brick or filled litre bottle of water in the cistern. This will save at least one litre of water every time you flush

* Brush your teeth with the tap off. Only turn on when necessary

* There is no need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, just scrap the food into the food bin

* Run the dishwasher and washing machine at full loads as much as possible

* Defrost your freezer regularly

* Avoid empty spaces in the freezer. If possible fill bags with ice to fill the gaps up.

* Switch off any lights and use lamps with energy saving bulbs in where possible

* Install a timer on your lights if you go away so you don’t have to leave lights on to deter burglars

* Unplug chargers when they have finished doing their job. They are not energy efficient if you don’t

* Switch off appliances when not in use. TV, DVD’s. Even washing machines and dishwashers and tumble dryers should be switched off at the wall plugs when not in use

* Boil only as much water as you need. I have a whistling kettle that goes on the hob and you can have less water in the bottom

* When cooking with boiling water use the kettle to boil it first as its quicker so saves more energy

* Chop vegetables smaller so they cook quicker

These are just few tips.

Homemade tumble dryer sheets

You can either use J cloths for this or old t shirts or rags as long as they are clean.

You will need: Jar with a lid, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 8 drops of essential oils, cloths.

Cut cloths into smaller pieces. Mix in vinegar and oil in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the cloths until they are damp. Store in a jar. When you have used them in the tumble dryer, keep them to one side and remake them all when you are ready. It’s better than having the shop bought ones getting stuck in the filter.

Felting sweaters

This is a post by a lady called Paige Russell She has explained the best way to felt a jumper.

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There are only two things that are important to felting success:

1. The fiber type / blend:

I have found that a blend of 65% or higher wool content yields the best results. 100% wool is desirable, but not necessary.

2. The knit stitch:

This one is a little harder to pin point or predict. I’ve found that certain knits refuse to felt no matter what I do – even if the wool content is high. The best thing to be on the lookout for is stretchiness. If a knit is too stretchy, it will most likely not felt well. But I say if in doubt, try it!! If it’s something that’s just been taking up valuable closet real estate, you have nothing to lose!

Step 2: Get Felting!

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Like I mentioned, this process is really simple. Felting occurs when the wool fibers of the knitted sweater are agitated enough to bind to each other. (aka, get fuzzy and stick to one another so fraying doesn’t occur) Here’s how I make that magic happen:

1. Place sweaters in a washing machine and chose a long, HOT cycle.
*For extra agitation, you can add a pair of old running shoes to the cycle. These will help ‘pummel’ the fibers into felted submission.
2. Add half the normal amount of washing detergent for a single load and start the cycle.

3. Once the wash cycle is complete, transfer the sweaters to the dryer (not the sneakers, if you chose to add them to the wash cycle).
4. Chose a setting that is long and HOT. ‘Cottons’ is usually a good one to use.

When the dryer is finished, pull the sweaters out and give them a good close once over. If the fibers do not appear bound/matted enough to not fray when cut, you can repeat the above wash/dry process as many times as needed. For your reference, the three sweaters pictured took 3 rounds of washing and drying to achieve their felted state.

Lavender bags

You can make lavender bags out of anything that hasn’t got big holes in that the lavender will fall out. You can handsew anything too as long as you do a good tight back stitch. I would recommend using felt though if you are hand sewing. If you don’t want to buy it then use and old jumper. ( i’ll do another post with how to felt an old jumper)

All you need is 2 10cm squares of fabric. you can either use pinking shears to make them zig zag or place the fabric right sides facing and sew most of the way round. Turn in the right way and fill with dried lavender then slip stitch the hole shut. If using felt or pinking shears option the fabric will go wrong sides facing and sew most of the way round, leave a hole. Fill with lavender then close the hole up. Bobs your uncle you have lavender bags. If you look on my pinterest page I’ll post a few ideas in the recycles clothes section.   http://www.pinterest.com/hollywillow74/