As I shuttle my kids to a few activities here and there, and sigh heavily when my 10-minute drive takes (gasp) 20 minutes due to hitting traffic and red lights, I cannot fathom how Ms. Chua managed to drive one hour each way to get her daughter to her private music lesson, each and every week. And though I'm excited to teach my son and daughter about the world around them and expose them to foreign languages and eventually foreign travel, this family managed to conquer half the world in the first decade of her kids' lives! (Don't think I'll be able to come close to that feat in the next four years.) So, how does the author do it?
Whether it's a party to honor a new grad, an upcoming wedding you'll be attending or an awesome vacation you'll be taking... there are many opportunities for memories to be found, made and enjoyed during the summer season. Here are some tips for making the most of that memorabilia.
If you're entertaining smaller-sized guests, some extra TLC is in order: Take a safety check. Walk around your front and backyard and look for hazards such as forgotten tools or toys that can be tripped over, overgrown foilage that might be prickly to a 2- or 3-foot child walking by, loose deck boards and even insect homes. (Bees, ants and wasps can lure a curious child!) Keep tabs on your toy supply. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s nice to have a few basic toys around so kids are entertained outdoors.
Luckily for me and my family, as my kids gain more independence, I do as well! And I'll gladly pull out my Kitchen-Aid Mixer and put it to work more often. I did so this past week as I baked the same banana cake my son loves three times for birthday parties and potlucks. He's six now, and it's time he sees that mixer in action! But, I'll confess, as soon as I've made the cake, it's time to clean up -- and put that mixer back in its cupboard. As you might imagine, I am not a fan of cluttering kitchen counters with gadgets of any kind -- but especially not the kind that are used only on special occasions.