Icky Situations: Why I’m Not Ready for My Dream Car

BY: - 22 Aug '13 | Products

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On several occasions, I’ve written about being a proud card-carrying member of the “I drive a mini-van club.”  I’ve even warned people that talking about my mini-van could get you cut. Yes, it sounds a bit overboard…but it’s what I have to do keep myself motivated in this temporary phase of toting my little ones around town in a mini-van. So for the next few years…mini-vans are Da Bomb!

But I am just like every other mom and I have dreams too. And when I look into my future about 7 years from now, I do not see a mini-van anywhere in sight. I see a luxury car, I see fine leather, wood grain, power everything, and a nice sound system. But, I am a true believer in the concept that if you can’t handle and appreciate the things you have today, then you probably will not be able to handle or appreciate any new things that come your way.  And when I look around my mini-van, I can tell that I am not quite ready for that dream car yet.

What I see in my mini-van can only be described by the Clorox® Ick-tionary™ ( www.icktionary.com , an wiki for everyday ick – that will make you laugh, commiserate, and conquer the icky situations that everyone goes through.)  Right there, up front, near the driver’s side you will find – Crud Cozie (kruhd koh-zee) – The yucky mass of fluids that fill the car cupholder after sodas and coffees spill there.

Yes, my cupholders are sticky and crumby..it’s not pretty.  And I really can’t blame the kids for that. ( Don’t get me wrong…there is plenty of other junk in the mini-van to blame them for.)  But, I have to take responsibility for contributing to that mess too.

Once my son asked me for a new bike. Guess what I told him?  I told him: “I’m not buying you a new bike because you are not taking care of the one you have now.” And that rule applies to me too.  I have to start taking better care of my mini-van before I move on to my dream car. In my mini-van, I have to carry around Clorox.  I don’t plan on doing that with my luxury car….there will be no spills!!!

Go out to the Clorox Ick-tionary, www.icktionary.com, and check out all of the hilarious terms that they have defined for life’s everyday icky situations. And then let me know below which ones you can relate to.

Tell me about one of your outdoor ick moments for a chance to win $250 from Clorox! Visit www.icktionary.com to learn the new language for ick and how Clorox® cleaning and laundry products can help you tackle the next icky situation in your home, play games and win coupons while supplies last!

This post is brought to you by The Clorox Company.  I have partnered with them to spread the word about Clorox’s Ick-tionary program. To share Ick-tionary terms and real life messes, visit [www.icktionary.com].  All opinions and stories are my own.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 474 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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  • http://www.momsncharge.com/blog Christine

    OMG I just got finished trying to clean out the Crud Cozie from my car! lol I love these ick-tionary posts as it confirms that fact that I am not alone. Thanks Ronnie :)

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Mean Kindergartners! 5 Ways to Nip it in the Bud While They’re Young

BY: - 28 Aug '13 | Parenting

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Last night, I attended the very first meeting for my two youngest daughters’ troop.  Most of the girls in the troop are in Kindergarten.  This first meeting was more of a parents meeting (and the girls just played.)

The other moms and I began to share our daughters’ experiences with Kindergarten so far. For the most part, all of the girls are getting along fine in school.  But, there were also stores of:

  • boys and girls kissing on the playground (that’s one that my own daughter told me), 
  • clicks on the playground and mean girls
  • kids not playing with each other because they are different and because they are not dressed “right”

This is nothing new…playground drama is as old as the playground itself.  And it’s up to us, the parents, to ensure that our kids: 1. are confident with themselves and know that they are special, 2. appreciate differences in other people,  and 3. know how to treat other people.

Here are 5 ways that I teach my kids to love themselves as well as others:

  1. Celebrate what makes them unique.  All of my kids are special in their own ways. I try to remind them daily about what makes them so special.  I want them to have a healthy dose of self-confidence, so that when someone says something “out of pocket” to them…it will just roll off of their shoulders.
  2. Teach them how to treat others.You have to be intentional about teaching your kids manners and how to respect other kids.
  3. Tell them that being mean will not be tolerated.  Don’t get fooled into thinking that your little angel could not possibly be one of the mean kids on the playground.  Let your kids know that there will be serious consequences if they are caught being mean.
  4. Keep the lines of communication open. I am all up in the playground drama.  I ask my kids daily what’s going on at school and on the playground.  Of course I get the universal answer at first: “Good.”  But then I dig deeper until I get the details.
  5. Involve them in activities that reinforce these principles.  Which is why they are a part of the troop.

The troop leader asked each parent what we hoped our girls would get out of participating.  And it seems that all of the mothers had similar answers.  We wanted our girls to:

    • celebrate diversity and to know that it is okay to be different
    • to form a sisterhood with the other girls in the troop
    • to be of service to their community.
    • to have a safe place to be themselves.
    • to have fun, and
    • to have a camping experience (minus actually sleeping outdoors….none of us wanted to do that….lol)

My oldest daughter was a member of a troop for 3 years, and I can attest to the fact that she had a true sisterhood with other girls in her troop. And, I really loved that fact that they were taught to love themselves, and others, and their community.

Our Girls, enjoying their So So Happy Greeting Cards from Hallmark

Our Girls, enjoying their So So Happy Greeting Cards from Hallmark

I am also loving Hallmark’s new line of products, SO SO Happy™.  This is a line of cards, party supplies and gifts aimed at encouraging love, acceptance and positivity among kids.  “Hallmark’s mission – to make the world a more caring place by helping people make meaningful connections with each other – aligns perfectly with SO SO Happy’s mission to promote positivity, build self-confidence and inspire acceptance,” said Claire January, senior licensing account executive at Hallmark. “We are excited to partner with SO SO Happy and offer products that will boost kids’ confidence when they head back to school, as well as on birthdays and any day of the year.”

BMWK – Please share with us how you “nip it in the bud” with your own kids.  How do you teach your kids to embrace their individuality while respecting the individuality of others? How do you inspire self confidence in your kids?

Each new day provides you with an opportunity to have special moments with your family.

Disclosure:     This post is part of a series about Back to School encouragement that is sponsored by Hallmark.  All opinions and editorial content expressed are my own.

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 474 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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