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How to Prepare Your Child For the First Day of School – Top 7 Tips For Parents

The first day of school is just around the corner and parents and children everywhere are preparing anxiously for their big moment. This is especially the case for children who are going to school for the first time. The thought of school with “big kids,” teachers and the vast unknown of “school” is overwhelming and downright frightening for the uninitiated. It’s equally as…

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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on August 27, 2012 at 8:27am — No Comments

The Top 5 Regift Tips For Beginners

Fruitcake?





Perhaps.





That hideous sweater that you got from your great aunt?





Maybe.





The 10th pair of socks/scarf/gloves/[insert item here] that you've received in the past little while that you have absolutely no use for, and even less space, for that matter?





Absolutely.





Regifting has become all the more popular…

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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on December 29, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments

The Creature From The Back Of The Fridge

The meal was "out of this world." That's why it was saved, presumably.





And indeed, it may have been heavenly in its original form, I'm sure; now? Not so much.





A science project, perhaps, a study in microbiology and the tenacity of bacteria. Mould is a very curious but fascinating thing, I'm embarrassed to admit.





Of what do I speak? Surely you know: the evil that lurks at the back of the fridge (contained in Tupperware, of course).…

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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on December 26, 2011 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Every Day is Boxing Day

Boxing Day used to be a high point for many of us parents. After a year of buying full-price retail items and perhaps getting some items on sale every so often, this one day of the year promised to relieve us from the financial strain of raising children in a modern world. Kids, after all, are expensive.



While the holidays proved to be a high point of the year, let's face it: getting a snowsuit or new running shoes for our children at 60 per cent off was almost too much to bear.…

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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on December 26, 2011 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Designer Labels and the Economics of Parenting

I went shopping the other day.
I figured I would buy my eight-year-old daughter a new coat. After all, it's winter, it's cold and the really bad weather hasn't set in yet. Sounds like a good plan, right?


Wrong.
I wasn't prepared for some of the prices that I encountered. Call me sheltered, or perhaps I've just spent too much time in discount department stores buying kiddie clothing.…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on December 13, 2011 at 7:36am — No Comments

It Takes A Village: Does "Community Spirit" Still Exist?

I used to love this song when I was a child:
Sesame Street was the "bee's knees" and this song rocked my world. Who were the people in my neighborhood? I wasn't sure but I knew I wanted to find out, at least that's what the song compelled me to do. Being a kid growing up watching Sesame Street along with the Electric Company, I listened intently…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on November 2, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments

The Bedtime Follies: A Four-Part Comedy

Bedtime is a blast for many of us moms.


Dinner has been eaten (sometimes), baths have been drained and we're in the home stretch, we tell…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on October 29, 2011 at 6:53am — No Comments

Post Halloween Horrors: A Top 5 How-To Guide For Parents

Halloween is almost upon us and so, of course, are the requisite signs of the season.


The houses are decked out in orange and black, ghosts and ghouls abound, and the…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on October 29, 2011 at 6:47am — No Comments

Spelling, Grammar, Kids and College

My last post on Kids and Cell Phones made me think more about the whole mobile phone phenomenon and the resulting effects on our kids, not just regarding health and safety.

In the past 10 years, text messaging has become a standard for the younger set. A whole new lexicon of words - if you can call them that - has emerged as a result of SMS, cell phones and the…

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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on October 20, 2011 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Kids and Cell Phones: How Young is Too Young?

How young is too young for a cell phone?
It may seem like a strange question, but I'm really curious. 


Increasingly, I've seen kids as young…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on October 17, 2011 at 5:11am — No Comments

Hijacked at the Checkout

"That'll be $57.24, please. And would you like to donate to [INSERT CHARITY HERE]"
Has this ever happened to you?
If you are a regular grocery shopper, the answer is likely "yes." Increasingly, stores have taken to "guerrilla collection…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on October 4, 2011 at 11:05am — No Comments

The Things We Do For Love: Parenting Style

Besides blogging, I actually have a real job. Hard to believe, but true. 


Venturing into the consulting realm, I needed a logo. Having a spouse who knew his way around graphics, it seemed to be a…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on September 13, 2011 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Back on the Chain Gang: Should Kids Be Leashed?

We've all been there, right?
We're out in public, with our kid (or kids) in tow, and suddenly he bolts for the road unexpectedly.


Or how about…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on August 27, 2011 at 11:58pm — No Comments

To Pee or Not to Pee: That is the Question

 

My modern-day homage to William Shakespeare. If you are a literary purist, my sincere apologies in advance.
To Pee or Not To Pee: That is the Question
To pee, or not to pee, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The puddles and poops of outrageous fortune,
Or to take baby wipes and bleach against a (pee) sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To change diapers and…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on August 16, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Top 10 Back to School Survival Tips

 

Summertime and the livin' ain't easy. Not if you've been trying to juggle swimming and sleepovers, play dates and parties. Let's face it: being a parent isn't easy, whether it's summertime or not. Adding to this is the fact that September is creeping up on us, folks, and guess what: that means it's "Back to School" time. http://bit.ly/nheI8Y

Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on August 16, 2011 at 1:13am — No Comments

The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy Walked Into a Bar...

Yea, this would likely be a pretty funny joke if it existed. Perhaps it does, somewhere out there.
Nonetheless, whether or not it exists doesn't detract from the fact that these entities - ones that millions of Western children hold dear - might very well be....well....not exactly real.…
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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on August 5, 2011 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Meltdown in Aisle 5: Top 6 Tips For Keeping Your Kids Calm at the Supermarket

It's an inevitability that every parent has to experience. A rite of passage, the "supermarket shakedown" is one that indeed shakes your maternal/paternal resolve to the core. This unique meltdown of sorts is atypical in that it is usually precipitated by the perpetrator's viewing of candy-coated confections, promptly followed by an unequivocal "No!" http://bit.ly/pp9UhB

Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on August 1, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

How to Dine Out With Small Children - Video

There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about the utility of being able to manage kids and their accompanying behavior.  Whether it's in a restaurant or airplane - there seems to be a growing contingent of the population that has determined, for whatever reasons, that kids are just not the best attendees at particular places. More specifically, the topic of whether or not kids should be in… Continue

Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on July 31, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

All Kinds of Wrong - Vintage Folger's Commercial Circa 1950's

Welcome to the first installment of "All Kinds of Wrong" on the Multiple Mayhem Mamma blog.





You may have surmised by now that I'm somewhat sarcastic and have low tolerance for nonsense. As well, I have a penchant for all things referencing to the past, my youth and prior as well.





The combination of these two facts has resulted in something that I've wanted to do for a long time: analyze vintage television. Commercials and TV shows from bygone eras have both…

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Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on July 30, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

The Top 10 Reasons Why Having Twins Rocks!

"Happily ever after" is not a reality when it comes to parenting twins, apparently. 





I just finished reading this article and boy, am I depressed. Sounds like I'm a prime candidate for not only the current depression but divorce and perpetual misery as well.





Unfortunately, I can vouch for the truth behind the basic theme of… Continue

Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on July 30, 2011 at 6:23am — No Comments

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