Best Places to Hide Candy from Your Kids

Best Places to Hide Candy from Your Kids

Mother’s Day is coming up soon and you might receive some form of chocolate or candy. But it’s pretty rare to keep a treat to yourself, even if it was a gift. Now you can your dessert and eat it too!

  • Behind the encyclopedia: No matter how much they may enjoy reading, children OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAunlikely to disturb the encyclopedia. In the age of Google, Siri, and Alexa, fewer people use books for research. If the kids start to ask why you keep getting the encyclopedia out so much, use this as a teaching moment! Sit in front of the candy to block any view of the contraband items while you open the book to teach them about history.
  • In an empty frozen broccoli box: Most kids will gag at the thought of eating those strange mini trees that smell like their little brother’s farts. Even if by some miracle they do eat broccoli, they certainly won’t eat it while it is frozen or try to heat it up themselves. This is about the safest place for your most precious, freezable candy — especially if you have popsicles in there as a distraction.
  • Linen closet: As almost any parent will tell anyone who will listen, they are the only ones in the house who ever put towels and sheets away. And unless you (the adult) replace the teenager’s towel (that by now probably houses a small colony of microbes) with a fresh one, the cheerfully colored towel will soon be beyond the help of bleach. This makes the linen closet one of the safest places to stash your treats away from the never-ending hunger of teenagers.
  • Laundry room: Not only can you hide the candy in the laundry room, but you also have a valid reason to be there for a while will you enjoy the sugar alone. Now you can get a sugar-high and be productive at the same time! Note: don’t place the candy on or near the dryer; it will melt!
  • Broom closet: Not all homes have a designated broom closet, so a pantry or coat closet will do (really anywhere you typically store your broom). Need a snack? Grab the broom and a bite, but “forget” the dustpan so you can sneak another morsel. By the time you’ve finished sweeping you have had four or five bites without anyone noticing. Bonus: you can sweep up the crumbs from your snack as you go!
  • Sewing supply container: So many of us grew up with the Danish cookie tins being cookie tinused as storage for sewing supplies. This has trained us to not expect delicious desserts and to walk right past the shiny, silver container. This method is especially effective if you keep the tin in a room not associated with food, such as a bedroom or closet.
  • Sock drawer: Few things are more terrifying to a young teen than their parents’ sock/underwear drawer. When helping to fold laundry (if they do), these items tend to be flung in the parent’s direction with a look of utter disgust. It may be tempting to toss it back at them just to giggle at their face, but this will slowly accustom them to the items and render the sock drawer an unsafe hiding place. You’ll want to make sure to not hide noisy candy here (i.e. M&Ms or Skittles) so as to not give away the contents of the drawer.
  • In an old sunscreen container: Sunscreen, the bane of every child’s summer. Though summer has many wonderful aspects, the continual application of sunscreen is something that both children and parents dread. As such, it is fairly safe to say that an empty sunscreen container will be left untouched by curious tiny humans. Be careful to not mistake this for actual sunscreen lest the candy within melt while you’re outside having fun.
  • Under healthy snacks in the cookie jar: Hiding candy in a cookie jar may seem illogical, but hear me out. Often times, when a child is getting into the cookie jar, they are trying to be sneaky. And everyone knows that a good sneak is not going to make a lot of noise by rummaging around. If your candy is hidden under a bunch of healthy snacks that your child doesn’t like, they will never discover the trove of sweets at the bottom of the jar! Mwahahahaha!
  • In their room: Unless you are blessed with a child that compulsively cleans their room, this may be a perfect hiding place. If you want to go this route, be sure the store the candy in a container to avoid attracting critters. You can use the floor of their closet, storage cubbies where everything on the floor is supposed to be, the pile of clean laundry that they haven’t put away. The possibilities are endless. If you are in the mood to share your sweet treats, you can even tell your kiddo that it’s hidden somewhere in their room and they need only tidy up to find it.chocolate

Why I Let My Young Children Play Video Games

Why I Let My Young Children Play Video Games

I’m sure by now we’ve all seen articles about how bad television is for children. Some go as far as to suggest getting rid of the TV completely, while others say tube time should be limited to 30 minutes. But that is just ridiculous! It would take those poor children three days to watch any Disney movie. And by time you get to the last third of the movie, Bobby and Sue will have forgotten what happened at the beginning and so you’ll have to start all over. Will Sleeping Beauty ever wake up? Does Hiro avenge his brother? Will Po finally learn the power of Chi and save the pandas?! We may never know, but hey, at least we stuck to that 30-minute limit.

Even worse than the parenting sin of letting your child watch too much TV is letting them…du-du-dum…play video games! GASP!!! The thing is, yes, some video games are unsuitable for small children. Much in the way I’m sure you wouldn’t let your four-year-old watch Terminator (even though it is an awesome movie), Call of Duty should likewise be off limits. When we choose age-appropriate games they actually help our children.

My six and four-year-old play games like Sonic and Rayman together. I do limit the time they get to play, but I’m glad it’s an activity they like. I can hear the complaints flooding in now: They’re too young. They’ll get addicted. It’s melting their little brains! Au contraire!

4 reasons why I let them play:

  • Playing games keeps their minds much more active than simply vegging out watching TV.
  • It encourages their imaginations! The worlds and art in these games stimulate their minds, which encourages innovation and creativity.
  • GO TEAM! Playing together inspires teamwork. When one falls behind, the other must go back and help. If there is a difficult part, they help each other.
  • It builds problem solving skills. Not only must new levels be reached, but often the path that leads to the new level is full of puzzles and steps that have to be done just right.

These are my reasons, though there are many more. For some interesting research on the topic check out these TED links!


The Perfect Mom

I have struggled with getting angry with my children for ridiculous things like jumping on my bed, and thereby knocking over the freshly folded clothes. I have yelled at my precious munchkins and have expected them to not act like kids on many occasions.

Why am I telling you this? Because it is heavy on my heart. Many mothers try to be the ‘perfect mom’, either from some personal idea or pressure from others.

1) There’s no such thing as a perfect mom – We all mess up. Why? We’re human. That’s not an excuse, just a fact.

2) Don’t measure your standing as a good mother by what you see on Facebook – This goes two ways. We can’t look at some moms and say, “Hey, at least I’m doing a better job than she is.” On the other side, we can’t say of our friend the super-mom, “She has everything together. I’ll never be as good a mom as she is.” Let me let you in on a little secret: you’re only seeing glimpses of those mom’s lives. Maybe she’s having a bad day and needs to vent or needs support. That mom that does crafts with her kiddos and has all her laundry done, the rest of the house is a mess. I almost quit Facebook at one point because I was comparing myself to my friends. Though after talking with them, they graciously shared the whole picture.

3) Our kids are watching us – These beautiful little human-sponges watch EVERYTHING we do. I’m sure you’ll all know the feeling of just wanting to go to the loo alone, only to see a little hand creep under the door. :) My daughter is the first one to correct me when I’ve messed up. It hurts my pride and my heart, but it also brings me to repentance. This is a good side to not being perfect (as much as I would like to be). Our children can’t watch us be repentant if we never humble ourselves in their sight. Though I wish I didn’t mess up, it does present me with the opportunity to ask for forgiveness from Jesus and my daughter, and to ask for help to not have a repeat. I am able to show my kids how to do this rather than just tell them that it’s something good to do. The love that flows from children after a parent asks for forgiveness is amazing.

Should we desire to be better parents, Christians, people? Absolutely! But we don’t need to beat ourselves up emotionally because we make mistakes. Once you notice problem you have, don’t sit there and hope for it to go away; pray, read verses about the problem, seek accountability. Here are some great, encouraging verses. An accountability partner can be found in your spouse, best friend, mom, co-worker, etc. Someone who shares your same faith and that you see, or talk to, on a regular basis.

Note to everyone else: Please don’t expect the moms around you to be perfect, or their kids either. No one can be the perfect mom, husband, child, etc. because no one is a perfect person.

Our first role in life is to be a servant of God, everything else comes after that. When our relationship with God is where it should be, everything else follows. We are not perfect, but every day is a lesson learned. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)