Today's Works-For-Me Wednesday over at We are THAT Family is the "Mom I'm Bored" Summer Edition. You really should head over there and check out all of the fantastic ideas to keep your kids from getting bored this summer.
When my kids are bored, I tell them to get creative. I also I tend to send them outside to play. Creativity and outside play often leads to 1 thing - getting hurt. I recently discovered the perfect solution for cleaning cuts and scrapes.
Memorial Day weekend my son landed in a blackberry bush (at least that's what my husband said it was). He had a pretty nice cut on his hand. We were out with friends, it was dusk, and we were getting ready to roast marshmallows over a bonfire. We threw some ointment on the cut and slapped a band-aid on it. My son was almost inconsolable. He hardly ate his s'more (only because I threatened to eat it!). He only stopped fretting about it when he fell asleep exhausted from the fun day.
The next morning I had to clean that cut. He wanted nothing to do with it. He tried to hide. He fussed and whined. He did not want me to even touch his hand, much less remove the band-aid.
Then, I remembered the foam soap I had bought to let the kids play with in the bath.
I brought my son to the bathroom for a "surprise" and then I showed him the foam soap. It took a few minutes for him to warm up to the idea and let go off his fear of anything touching his cut. But, after that, he had a blast playing with the soap. His cut was clean and I was the coolest mom ever.
When I originally bought the Foam soap (at Wal-mart) months and months ago, I let the kids use it in the bath. It was pretty frivolous and they went through it really quick. I didn't envision buying more. That one bottle I had left was worth every penny. I will buy more for this summer - for the season of cuts and scrapes.
Here's my little trooper enjoying the suds.