At any rate, it's a fabulous post (and Simple Mom is a fabulous blog.) If you have the time to read it, find the post here.
Another good bloggy reminder was in a post I read yesterday on Kitchen Stewardship called, "Seeking Simplicity: Child's Play is a Job Well Done." The post discusses how games children used to play stemmed from real-life activities, and that as a culture, we've removed play from life-skills. Giving my children real dough to play with (not only play-doh) or allowing them their own (safe) cleaning and gardening tools will set them up for being comfortable with real-life tasks down the road. I include my kids in gardening, cleaning and baking as often as possible and as they get older I want to provide more expansive opportunities for them to play at "work," even when it takes longer, creates a bit of a mess, or requires patient supervision and direction. It's simply a mental shift from "this is a grown-up activity" to "let's find a way for you to participate too...."
And finally, I'm loving the tips that readers are leaving in the comments section of the giveaway. I've already put one into action! Lou from Seaside Siblings wrote: My tip: tie buffers to your crawling baby's knees, so they polish the floor for you... just joking. Um, I think my best tip is to leave a little jar on your toilet windowsill, with a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil and a little water in it. Will keep toilet smelling lovely and fresh all week. I love this one! I use lavender all over the house -- for cleaning, in the bath, on my pillow -- but for some reason this use had never occurred to me. This morning, I put a vintage glass on the windowsill with about 10 drops of lavender oil and a little water. A great way to make a little nicer an oft-neglected space. Thanks, Lou.
(Yup, that's my toilet! On my blog for the world to see. Who would have thought?)
I know I keep bringing up the giveaway, but please do stop by and leave a favorite tip if you haven't yet. Entries will end Saturday.