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Not on my watch Waterboy!

I avoid behavior issues by keeping my kids on the ice!

Last week I had to step out of the arena during one of my daughter’s hockey games to take a phone call. As I was talking on the phone, I noticed a kid had plugged the indoor water fountain and was allowing water to spill over onto the floor. He was also spraying the water from the spout causing a tsunami like effect which also wet the floor.

There were about a dozen adults sitting in the lobby watching this go down. Clearly, none of them were his parents. As I was trying to wrap up my call, I looked at each one expecting someone to intervene and put a stop to Destructo-Boy. They all just looked blankly at me and did nothing. Water was everywhere and they just sat there like nothing was happening.

I cut my call short and immediately said, “Hey kid, cut that out – you’re making a mess.” Then he looked at me and said: “I don’t have to. You’re not my mom.”

Well, I must have shot him the look that only my kids can tell you about. Within a few minutes I had him on the floor with paper towels wiping up the water mess he made. I praised him for doing such a good job then went back to watch my daughter’s hockey game.

Clearly there are a few issues with this situation:

  • Where were the parents? While this is an issue that bothers many people, I actually don’t mind seeing kids wandering around unsupervised. But, if parents are going to let this happen, they had better be prepared to allow other parents to step in and address their child’s behavior with their own discipline technique or arrange for child care if they can’t supervise.
  • Why didn’t any of the other parents shut it down? What were they afraid of? Were they afraid that the kid would say, “You’re not my mom” and they would have no response? Or were they afraid he’d go running to his parents and get an earful for “parenting” their child?
  • I have to say, I was in complete shock when he spoke those words to me. Of all the children in my life – friends, neighbours, cousins, nieces, nephews – no one has ever said that to me. When I told my kids the story about my little water loving friend, their eyes all bugged out in disbelief that a kid would say that to an adult. They all wished they had been there to see my face.

How do you feel about dealing with other people’s kids? Am I the only one who expects you all to give my kids a swift kick in the butt if they are misbehaving? Heck, I count on you for parenting help. Would you have stepped in or left it to the parents to deal with?

 

About the Author:

Julie Cole Mabel's Labels

Julie Cole

Julie Cole is co-founder of Mabel’s Labels Inc., the leading provider of kids’ labels, and a proud mom of six.

Remember the good old days of PB & J?

When we were kids lunches were just peanut butter and jam slapped on bread, a juice box and that was that. Now things are more complicated and you’re probably already sick to death of making your child’s school lunches. With allergies and litter free restrictions and your own kids’ preferences lunches can’t be just a sandwich anymore.  Here are a few brown bag lunch ideas to spruce up the old ho hum ordeal.

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Jennifer Chait

Think outside of the bread box. Here are some lunch options that forgo the bread and some school approved fillings:

  • Romaine, Swiss chard, steamed kale leaves or Boston lettuce as wraps
  • Rice paper wraps (they make great day old salad holders)
  • Grilled Portobello mushrooms stuffed with filling of your choice
  • Apple slices stacked with cheddar cheese
  • Use skewers to layer fruits
  • Baby pita used for dipping; layer bean burrito fillings: refried beans, cheese, salsa…in mini containers.
  • Hollowed out cucumber stuffed with tuna
  • Celery filled with cream cheese
  • Red pepper halves hold everything nicely

Jazz up fillings by turning them into salad toppers. Try:

  • Tuna, olives, grapes chopped celery
  • Cooked potatoes, chick peas, curry powder and yogurt
  • Salmon, dill, chopped kale, honey mustard
  • Feta cheese, chopped peppers steamed Brussels sprouts, oregano
  • Frozen spinach, blue cheese, mayo, dried thyme, chopped garlic

Slap this list on the fridge and take a look at it whenever you want to avoid the brownbag burnout.

Here is a healthy recipe for a delicious sandwich that all can enjoy!

 

Baby Kale Caesar Salad Sandwiches

This mixture is equally good cold or grilled. If you want to take it for lunch, keep the salad filling separate until you are ready to enjoy and pre-scoop the buns.  Keep insides and break up onto a cookie sheet, toast in oven and then blend into breadcrumbs. (If you want to go low carb or paleo, simply swap the bread for rice or lettuce wraps!)

Makes: 4     Takes:15 minutes

4 whole grain Kaisers or Rolls

2 boiled eggs

½ cup silken tofu

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp anchovy paste (optional)

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp grainy mustard

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 clove minced garlic

8 cups baby kale leaves or other hearty greens

Mash boiled eggs with tofu, parmesan, anchovy paste, lemon zest, juice, mustard, vinegar, oil and garlic.  Mix well and toss with kale. Scoop out the centre of each roll. Stuff into bread bowls.

If you wish to have a hot sandwich, add a layer of shaved parmesan and grill on a Panini press or in a skillet, pressing to flatten.

 

About the Author

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com

Are you a take-part, take-action type of parent? Then we want you!

If you’re a member of a Volunteer Committee, PTA or PTO and are thinking of ways to raise funds for your organization, charity or cause then we have the answer! Our online Fundraising Program is perfect for Schools, Daycare, Sports Teams, Recreational Activities and special events!

With our Fundraising Program, you don’t need to collect forms or funds, haul around boxes of sugary treats, or even go door-to-door pleading for a donation. All you have to start making money is sign up, recruit members (like other parents, committee members, teachers, coaches, etc) and then promote your fundraising campaign. Follow our tips for a successful campaign and you’ll watch you efforts produce the results you want! Our Fundraising Program is quick, easy and customized to meet your needs. Add your organization/team logo, choose the name of your campaign and even tailor promotional materials to direct supporters effectively.

If we haven’t convinced you that our program is amazing, here are some more reasons why you should fundraise with Mabel’s Labels:

  1. Parents love our labels! (And, so do the kiddos!)
    With many kids with allergies, parents aren’t so keen on fundraising offerings like cookie dough, pies, popcorn and cookies. Our labels are sugar-free, allergy-free and won’t give you that feeling of buyer’s remorse because you can’t consume our product while watching infomercials when insomnia hits. Plus, our labels help keep expensive items out of the lost and found. Invest in labelling, support an organization and keep your stuff, all while making money. Sounds almost too good to be true….but it is!

 

  1. You don’t need to be the Lone Fundraiser
    Don’t like offering to take the reins for a Fundraising Program because you just don’t want the responsibility of making it a success all by yourself? No need to be afraid to step up to the plate, we’ve made it easy for you! All you need to do is become the Campaign Captain – this means you will be the “leader” and will receive communications regarding your fundraiser. What it also means is that you will be able to invite others to join your team and share how to make money for your cause. And even better, those you invite can invite others too! You know how it goes; she tells her, who tells him, who tells them and voila, a team is born! So tell that bad taste from a previous experience gone wrong to take a hike, because with Mabel’s Labels, we make sure our Fundraising Program is a group effort.

 

  1. Get your funds fast!
    No need to gather forms and funds, tally your efforts or even get out a calculator. With our Fundraising Program you can see real-time results on your campaign page so you will know just how far away or close you are to your goal. With our campaign periods being a maximum of 60 days in length, you’re able to focus your efforts and maximize your results. Introduce Mabel to others like she’s your new friend (well, because she is) during your campaign and you’ll be amazed by how many others will want to know her too. And then once your campaign is over, you’ll receive a cheque almost immediately! No quarterly payments, means no more opening the mailbox every day for months! Check this out; if you’re fundraising for an event like a walk or run, you can plan your campaign accordingly and ta-da you’ll have your contribution well before the event.

 

  1. 4.    Make money while you’re out at the park with your kids.

Want to know how to make money while doing nothing? It’s easy! Once your campaign is over (remember, you choose how long you want your campaign to be; 30, 45 or 60 days) your campaign is still able to earn 5% commission on sales. So if there’s someone that wasn’t in the loop from the start and wants to support your cause, they can! During this Annuity Period you can focus your efforts on other fundraising efforts, like those darn chocolate bars if you must, BUT don’t forget about Mabel’s Labels. Be sure to keep telling others and then once the annuity is over, you can start another campaign and do it all over again. Or, take a break and come back when the time is best – our most popular seasons are Back-to-School, Camp or over the Holidays.

Have questions about our Fundraising Program? Email us at fundraising@mabelslabels.com or fill out a form here for more information.

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