I decided I needed to do another installment of parenting tips. I know you gize are all struggling out there with out me helping. I got quite a few good ones this week.
#1 It is not a big deal if your kids are sitting on the curb waiting for you to pick them up after school. It teaches them patience. I remember waiting many a afternoon at the orthodontist when I was a kid. And look at me, I'm totally fine! It is especially ok, if you had good reason. Like trying to win a blog contest. Which I did, so it's fine.
#2 A great way to promise your kids things you don't actually plan on getting for them is to say, "You bet! As soon as we win the lottery." For example, we are getting a new dog, as soon as we win the lottery. Easy enough, yes? Your kids will be so happy, and sometimes even check the winning numbers for you, to see if you won. You only need to ever buy one ticket, then just keep showing them that same ticket to check for numbers. The odds of this backfiring on you are like 1 in 200,000,000 so I would go for it.
#3 It is perfectly acceptable to tell the neighbor kids they are grounded from your house. Sometimes, it can work as a deterrent for future visits after the grounding wears off.
#4 Bisquick can be used in just about every meal, and I am going to prove it starting tonight!