You just might have a lot of children if…
- someone at church meets you for the first time and says, “Nice to meet you. Wow! Either you don’t use birth control, or it’s not working!”
- you are at a thrift store and people ask if you run a daycare – before they look at your children and notice they all look alike.
- you can strike fear into the heart of your misbehaving toddler: as you actually get up, while carrying the nursing newborn, and step over the baby gate without falling.
- you label the 8 brooms and dustpans with the names of where they “live”, so that when you find them all over the house, you can put them away easily. Even if they’ve been taken apart so the handle is the spear and the broom part is the Spartan helmet ornament…
- you’ve been pregnant and/or nursing for so many years that one day your children ask you, “Mom, can you run?” and you answer, “Sure. But why?”
Need a portable dry erase board? Here’s how I made 9 of them for my children:
- clipboards – I purchased three 3-packs at Sam’s Club
- heavy duty sheet protectors – already had these (purchased from Sam’s Club)
- card stock – you can also use paper, perhaps with some scavenged thin cardboard
- old rags, chamois clothes, microfiber cloths – whatever you have
Insert the card stock into the plastic sheet protector. Cut the hole-punched edge off of the sheet protector. Clip the sheet to the clipboard. Now that I think of it, you could also leave that edge on, and just stick this in a binder!
I’ve found that washed and dried chamois cloths make an excellent homemade microfiber cloths. I actually bought microfiber cloths for cleaning, so I put my old do-it-yourself cloths to good use – I cut them into pieces for homemade erasers. Works great!
It’s that easy! My children use these for schoolwork. For my younger children who need to practice handwriting, it is so easy to print out something free from the internet that they can trace over and over. My kids will sometimes put the “whiteboard” aside and use it as a portable desk for drawing while I read aloud.
Check out my other WFMW tips.