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Fighting The Germ War #HealthyFamilies

29th November 2012

I love my germ monsters.

But with the kids in school and their extra-curricular activities and playdates, they are surrounded by other germ monsters all day long. This stresses out germaphobe mommy.

I spend a lot of time reminding the kids about how to try to keep the germs at bay at school and at home, especially this time of year.

There are several things I do and have taught the kids to try to keep germs at bay:

– Washing our hands before and after we eat anything.

– Sneezing and coughing into our arms.

– Never sharing food or drink (or straws) with anyone.

– Keeping antibacterial gel and wipes in my handbag, and car for those really grimy moments. As soon as the kids get in the car, we use them to clean their hands until we can get home and wash their hands.

– At home, I’m a big fan of Lysol wipes (germ killers!) and I use them most often in the kitchen, and what the kiddies love to touch a lot, like the light switches and door knobs.

– If the kids are sick with the cold or flu, I try to keep them home to stop them for sharing their germs with the other children, and at home.

Now, as soon as I get that giant bubble patent, I won’t have to do any of this because the little ones will be living in that bubble.

Fingers crossed.

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Cold And Flu Season Is Coming #HealthyFamilies

6th November 2012


I loathe this time of year for many reasons:

  • Snow
  • Cold things
  • Less sunlight
  • Snow
  • Freezing my tush off in carpool pickup because I refuse to wear a winter coat.
  • My empty wallet – I blame Santa.
  • And of course, germs. Then again, germs are always on the loathe list.
But this time of year also means that cold and flu season is on it’s way.

We are so lucky!

Ugh, the MAN COLD is pure pain. Am I right, ladies?

It’s hard to deal with man colds and being sick, but the kids being sick is so much worse. I hate when they have colds or the flu – they get all grumpy and pathetic and sad, and oy I hate it. We talk about germs all the time (Mommy is a germaphobe after all), and the things we can do to try to stay as healthy as possible this time of year.

I like to remind them that germs are basically like BUGS (yes, I am a doctor too). The goal is to keep their hands out of their mouths and noses and if fear works, then I’m all for it. Of course, the six year old is a nail biter and the eight year old thinks soap is overrated, so mommy’s tactics might not be as effective after all. At home, it’s much easier to remind them about germs and washing their hands, and I do so A LOT. However, because I can’t be with them at school, all I can do is keep reminding them to wash their hands before they eat and after they’ve gone to the bathroom. I do know that having a routine at home will make it more likely that they’ll continue the routine at school. Hopefully.

I also say, ‘Don’t pick your nose’, ‘Stop biting your nails‘ and ‘Wash your hands‘ about one million times a day (and I’m pretty sure that’s a conservative number).

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go wrap the kids in plastic wrap and put them to bed in their respective bubbles.

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Is Your Kid A Kid Who Touches Everything? #HealthyFamilies

11th October 2012

My daughter is that kid – the kid who touches EVERYTHING. She has no fears, no reservations, she just touches now and thinks later. Of course, she’s also that kid that bites her fingernails.

Ugh. Germs.

As her germaphobic mommy, this gives me a BIT OF ANXIETY. At home, it’s easier to deal with and ensure that she washes her little hands. At school, not so much.

However, she was super excited about going back to school this year. Starting grade one and full day schooling was very exciting for her. She was thrilled with her teacher and getting to see all her little friends every day. She’s the girl who will play with all the girls and boys, not worried about getting her clothes dirty or leaves in her hair. I love that she’s such a fun, free spirit.

Did I mention the germs?

Does this sound familiar to you? Do you have a kid who will touch anything and everything? Lysol has a great new contest going on right now, just for you (yes, I thought that was a seamless segue too – thank you for noticing).

It’s the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap ‘Is Your Kid a Kid Who Touches Everything?’ Photo Contest!  The grand-prize winner will win a $10,000 cash prize and $10,000 to donate to a school of their choice!

To enter, you need to submit photos of your little sweeties, showing why your kid is a kid who touches everything!

The contest ends October 31st, at NOON, so get your entries in now!!

For more details on the contest, check out the Lysol Canada Facebook page!

GOOD LUCK!!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Rewarding Yourself #HealthyFamilies

29th August 2012

As the stay-at-home mom/laundress/cleaning lady/cook of the house, (yes, I am looking for a sister wife), I don’t really get a day off. There is always something to do around the house.

Especially this time of year, with the spring cleaning and getting ready for back to school, it’s non-stop.

However, the best thing about working hard and getting things done is the reward.

I have certain things that make little old me happy and relaxed.

Magazines: I’m a bit of a magazine addict – I like them a lot, they can be found in every room of the house, and I can’t get enough of them.

Books: Books are another addiction that I enjoy in my downtime, although we’ve officially run out of space if I’m totally honest. Although I do like to make the bookshelves pretty, but I’ve moved to reading more e-books lately and I really enjoy reading on my iPad.

TV:

The only time I get to watch television is late at night when the kiddies are asleep. I put on the flannel pjs, lie on the couch and watch a great documentary or a tv series.. I actually just watched the first five seasons of Mad Men – so so good.

Of course, these all get better when I add a touch of caffeine.

What do you do to reward yourself??

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Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

My Five Year Old Touches EVERYTHING #HealthyFamilies

29th June 2012

My five year old daughter is a real sweetie. She’s funny and energetic and smart and all of that other good stuff we Moms say when we’re bragging about how perfect our kids are.

She is all of those things, and more.

She is also that adorable child that touches EVERYTHING. What’s worse? She bites her nails CONSTANTLY. Yes she touches everything and then puts those dirty little, adorable, contaminated hands in her mouth soon after.

Every gray hair I don’t have (I don’t have any – I’m sure of it), I can attribute to my lovely, sweet germ factory.

Enter Lysol!! Seriously, even though i’m currently writing a Lysol blog post that you are currently reading, I can assure you that prior to ever blogging a single word, I was a Lysol fanatic (germs – I hate you). So, I’m happy to share the joys of Lysol products because I use them all the time, every single day. I’ve worked hard to remind the little angel that she needs to wash her hands every day, especially before eating (and after), and after arts and crafts, which she does every day as well. As a child that also tends to bite her fingernails all the time, I am constantly reminding her how germs can enter her body that way and that clean hands will less likely lead to getting sick. Being five years old, I find that I have to repeat myself all the time, but it’s definitely easier to see what she’s doing when she’s home, now for the summer, than at school.

This is why I also love the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System and have been using it ever since it came on the market – it’s perfect for everyone, but especially for young kids who don’t think about germs as often as this neurotic, germ-hater does. Now if only I could convince my husband to install one of those automatic sinks in our home, I would be all set!

Please check out the Lysol Canada Facebook Page for more info on all their products!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

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